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When I was probably 4, one of my dad's co-wrokers told me there were fish in the lake that liked biting toes Well later on some of my parents friends had said how a fish had deflated their pontoon by biting it. I didn't go near the water for a long long time.... to this day I can't be in a lake by myself!!

fish'll eat me!
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I also believed that the ocean froze in the winter time; frozen waves, foam and all. I grew up in NJ and we would never go to the ocean to look at it in the winter time; I thought it was because it was too dangerous being frozen.

Maggie, NJ
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As a kid I had heard that song 'there's a hole in the bottom of the ocean, there's a hole in the bottom of the sea.' I had also been read that 'Cinese Brothers' story about the boy who could swallow the whole ocean. So the two got linked in my mind.

After that, I thought if I went swimming I would get sucked into the hole. Even though we lived near the beach, I refused to even stick a toe in the water for years after that.

Anon and on
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We (me and my brother) didn't realise that the ocean was salt water...until our first trip to the beach, when we both raced in, then raced out again, spitting and crying.

Anon
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when i was around 3 or 4 i belived that the sea had a large plug like a bath and it was draind every night

James Cameron
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When i was young my Dad would warn my against swimmiing to far out to sea by telling my there were giant sea slugs that lived at the bottom of the ocean that would bite the legs of people who swam over them.

The worst part is that i beleived this until i was 18

Dave The Rave
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my dad would take me fishing at the coast and would tell me not to step in the foam that washed up on the shore because sailors used to pee over the side of ships and it would wash ashore

jacob
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i used to believe that the water in the ocean went away a night......then came back in the morning.

Beverly
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My grandfather told me that the foam at the edge of the ocean would suck you in if you got too close. Said a little boy was grabbed before his mom could reach him and was never found again. I believed it for the longest time and refused to go near the foam.

Barbara Duncan
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Waves are whales and sharks moving up and down under the water

Anon
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when i was a kid there was a island in my creek that only appeared when the water was down, but me and my friends thought it would ust rise from the depths every year. lol.

peggs
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When I was a kid, I thought that the ocean was salty because little men dumped a giant saltshaker into it every night when everyone was asleep.

bythesea
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a friend of mine used to believe that the tide went out during the day and
in at night. He still believed this at 18 until I told him better!!

Lynne
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i believed that if i stayed in water too long i would turn into a raisin. my grandparents would always say that too and i beleived them.

Wayne
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When I was little, I asked my teacher if North and South America were connected or not. She said they used to not be, it was all water and then it connected. So then when I was swimming in the lake, I thought that all of a sudden it would connect to the other side. So after that I rarely swam in our lake!

Sea Starra
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i used to believe that people grounded up the deads' bones and what-not and put it in our tap water. Imagine when I was thirsty!

RL
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As a child I used to think that the sea was infinite.

Anon
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I used to believe that the "source" of a river, was a bottle of Heinz Tomato Ketchup stood in a cave, in the hills, with the water trickling out from under it.

Blue
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I used to believe there was a creature that lived under the ocean called the "Under Toad." Whenever we drove by the beach, I'd look out the car window, and if I saw something sticking up out of the water, I knew it was the "Under Toad" lurking (I now realize it was probably seaweed). I think I developed this belief when I was about 4 years old and fell into a deep hole at the seashore. I probably would have drowned if it hadn't been for a kindly stranger who rescued me, because my mom was too far up on the beach to get to me in time!

Anon
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I used to tell my little sister (when she was about 3) that she would get sucked down the drain of the bath tub. She would stay at the far end of the tub and cry the whole time. My mother always wondered why Chloe was afraid of the bath tub and the deep end of the pool. I thought this was sooo funny. I just told mom the reason for her fear recently and Chloe is now 15, luckily she found out on her own that she was perfectly safe near a drain.

Anon
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