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When I was in elementary school, we had a lesson on how racism was wrong, and the teacher was telling us, "You should accept people whether their black, white, purple, or gold."
For the longest time I thought that there actually were purple and gold people, and I always wanted to meet one.
I used to believe that people with hydrocephalus were called "waterheads" and the adults lived in the woods at Grant Park (Atlanta, GA) and if you drove out there after midnight and honked your car horn they'd all come running out of the woods and bite the tires off your car.
.... That was the story a neighbor kid told me and a group of other neighborhood kids. None of us believed her so she offered to prove it. She said a "waterhead" lived a couple of houses down from her so we all followed her to her house. We hid behind her mother's station wagon and waited. Soon a car pulled up and 2 people got out - a woman and a man with an enormous head. Why the fact that such a human condition as Hydrocephalus existed also confirmed her biazrre story of tire biting in our young little minds, I'll never know, but we believed it after that.
I believed that my dad and his best buddy were hawk-eye and his pal from mash... also at another stage I thought they were the layland brothers ( a show on Australian tv)
i used to believe there were left and right socks. why not??
I used to believe when people got really heavy they would just blow up and all the food would just explode out of them and you'd just start over a skinny person!!
I was told that if the wind change directions as you were yawning your face would freeze that way. I was so afraid to yawn.
I used to think that the big cranes at the construction docks were chairs my aunt would sit in, since she was so tall.
I used to believe that if you got drunk, your face disapeered. I used to wastch Cops a lot, and when they blurred out the faces, they were usually of people who were wasted.
I used to think if I closed my eyes and crunched up into a little ball on the floor, I would somehow camaflouge into my surrounding and no one would be able to see me.
Let's just say I wasn't too good at hide and seek...
I also assumed this position whenever I wanted to pick my nose.
When I was four, I saw one of the day care workers put on foundation.
Because it looked so much like skin, I then thought that the foundation itself was fake skin and that you put it on to prevent your skin from falling off. So I believed that when I got older like the workers, I would have to use foundation to prevent my own skin from falling off.
I thought that the taller a person was, the older they were.
My dad has rather bulbous lips, not huge but largish. My mum has really thin lips so when I was little I thought that boys had fat lips and girls had thin ones. kind of strange I didn't notice anyboys with thin lips.... ( or vice versa since my mum says my sister has "kissable" lips". She's only nine!)
When I was in grade 3, I was busy looking at an encyclopedia for the first time. I was amazed that people on the other side of the world looked so similar to the people here in Canada. I thought they would look alien, like from outer space or something, with strange faces and bodies.
When I was very young I thought that underpants were worn only under pants. When I wore skirts I wouldn't wear anything beneath them, not having any underskirts. It took a windy day for my mother to catch on. We called them underclothes after that.
I used to believe when I was little (Because my mom told me), that when I pulled a funny face (Like stick my tongue out etc), if the wind came up and blew on my face, my face would stay like that forever! It would freeze it there. Needless to say, I never went outside on windy days...just incase...
When I was younger, my best friend told me that the reason why Arnold Schwarzenegger had such big muscle was because he had a rare disease. This disease made the fat on his body grow under his muscles making his muscle big. The false fact went unchecked untill last year, I was like "Dude you lied to me"...lol...kids!
i used to believe that polishing your nails also consisted of painting your fingers.
When I was younger (even though I have a twin sister) I would hide behind my door and stare at my family between the crack because I thought they were robots... That they couldn't be real because I was real and they were not like me.
I used to believe all down-syndrome people were related and that they were just a really big family I didn't think they were any different from normal people just thought they were all related
When I was little I didnt recognise people by what color/race they were but by their hair. Instead of describing some one as white, black, ect I would say the curly hair girl of the blond girl. It was years before I even really noticed race. When your young things like that dont matter and its sad that sometimes when you grow older you do notice.