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My parents covered our above ground pool with black plastic every Winter. To keep us away from the pool they told us there was a monster in the pool and I believed it for years until I finally started wondering where did the monster go in the summer?

Suzanne
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i used to believe that a carpool wasa car with a pool inside. Everyday i would tell my dad,"when i grow up im going to buy a carpool"

jacky
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There used to be a swimming pool dealership near our town. They had a few pre-formed pools sitting on their lot. When I was 4, I thought those were bathtubs for giants. When I started reading, and could read the sign, I was very disappointed to learn that they were just pools!

Cyndi
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When I was too old to know better, I believed that there were swimming pools on top of RV's because of the ladder on the back - hey, it looked like a pool ladder!

Anon
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As a kid I would always see those campers that had a ladder that ran up the back to the top and I thought it had a pool up there.

janet
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When i was about 5 years old i believed that the chlorr people puttin pools was medicine so 1 day i asked my mum" mummy, when are u going 2 put medicine and a plaster on the pool??" Then my parents laughed their head off before they told me that they use chlorr to keep the pool clean!!

B
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I remember when I was about four or five, my mother used to take me to the local swimming pool back home in Finland, and the swimming pool floor had black and white tiles. I thought the black tiles were whales and if I stepped on one of them they'd eat me!

Linka
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i remember an episode of Are You Afraid of the Dark where there was this nasty hairy slimey monster in a pool that drowned people, and from the time i saw it til i was about 13 i would never go to the middle of a pool no matter how deep it was for any reason. not even with a group of people.

Tommy
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I used to think that there was a saltwater crocodile in my pool...i'd still go into it though...just not the deep end.

Steph
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When I was little, I wouldn't swim in the deep end of the pool because I thought there were sharks at the bottom. I still don't swim in the deep part. I think I've been watching too much Jaws.

Shelsea
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When I was 5, I got a birthday card that had picture riddles. One of them featured a kiddie pool on top of a car. For several years I thought a "carpool" was literally a car that had a little pool, and I wondered why no one we knew had one...

Jackie
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When my friend was seven she was involved in the Swim Team. While at a meet, she got tired and had to stand up in the pool for a second, which resulted in a disqualification. When they told her she was "DQ'd", she thought it meant she got a free ice cream at Dairy Queen. Thw whole drive home, she looked out for Dairy Queen signs so she could go get her free ice cream.

Anonymous
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I would not swim near a pool drain. If I did a shark would burst through the drain and eat me. Didn't matter if it was a big drain with a grate over it or a tub sized drain.

Élistariel
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When I was little I was afraid of pools and hot tubs and baths and sinks and things like that, mainly because they all had a little drainy thing that I thought would suck things under. Now it is 7 years later and the other night I remembered my fear - on the night my friend invited me and some other friends over to go in her hot tub. I was skeptic, but right when we got there, she said (without knowing my fear) "Oh, watch out for the drain in the bottom, a few people have gotten their feet sucked in it."
I stayed in the corner of the hot tub the whole night and am afraid of them again!

Someone
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when I was 4, my friend had a pool in her backyard. one day I really wanted to go for a swim, so I asked her if we could swim in her pool. she replied that a monster lived in it and that if we went in it would drag us in and eat us. I stayed away from her pool from that day and was afraid of swimming for a while after that.

val
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Before swimming lessons, my mom would always tell me to finish eating ALL of my lunch, and that if I didn't...in the water, I'd sink - because I didn't have enough food in me.

I honestly believed this till about grade 7...in what turned out to be an embarassing conversation with friends.

Anon.*
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I rember one time when i was six.I was at the swimming pool with my dad and he sai that while i was wimming i went so fast all you could see was the blue of my swim suit

Sasha
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When I was about 9 years old I was all into watching shark movies such as jaws and so on. At this time I lived in a mobile home park where my mom would take my brother and I down to the pool to go swimming. Now though I loved learning about sharks and watching them...I was terrified of them! So when we would go swimming I believed that somehow where ever there was water...there could be a shark. (Except of course the bath tub at my house because nothing scary or bad could be somewhere that my parents lived.) so to say the least every time we would go swimming I had this thing that if I went into the deep end I had to be the first one to pass the blue line separating the deep end from the shallow and the first one crossing it to come back or the bottom of the pool would open up and a shark would come out and eat me. ! honestly did this and had it in my head until I was like 12 haha

Kelsey
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As far back as I can remember I have been afraid to be alone in a large bath tub or pool because I had this terrifing phobia that if I was alone in the bath or pool, then a shark/crocodile/snake would swim up the plug hole or out of the filter and eat me.

Jessica
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when i was like 7 or 8 i believed that in pools the filters on the side would suck you in and never let you go so i would always go under the water so i would get sucked in

max
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