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My grandma told me if i stared in the mirror for too long the devil would come out and slap me. I had to sleep with a blanket over my dresser's mirror for year before i realized it wasn't true.

Courtney
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As a kid I assumed that only really pretty (like movie star or model pretty) people could actually get a boyfriend/girlfriend/lover etc. For some reason it didn't occur to me that if that was the case the world would be populated only by really pretty people since only they would have reproduce

Nate
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I'm a light skinned black person who went to predominantly white school. In gymnastics class one night, a friend's little sister asked if I was black or white. Before I could respond, my friend hit her little sister and confidenyly said, "neither silly, she's tan."

C.G.
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I used 2 think that the scar on my side said "UNUSEABLE" LOL!!!!!!

John In Pennsylvania
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When my mother came home from work (in the 1950,s) she used to talk about all the 'coloured' people who were coming from the Caribbean to work at her place. I thought she meant they were red, green, purple, blue etc. and was dying to meet these people who were all the colours of the rainbow. Fortunately today there is no confusion.

jenny black
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i used to belive that if your shadow punched or kicked another shadow , the other shadow would get hurt... and so would the person with the shadow! i would spend ours beating up peoples shadow's so i could say, "my shadow did it!"

Nahtiak
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My 4 year old daughter was outside wearing a new pair of jeans playing with her older brothers and sister. They were playing in the water so her pants got a bit wet. She pulled up one pant leg only to find that the dye had begun turning her leg blue. Her older siblings then convinced her she was turning into a Smurf. She came screaming into the house hysterical, crying "I don't wanta be a smurf I don't wanta be a smurf" Her siblings were rolling on the ground with laughter. It was pretty funny.

Lisa B
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my dad told me that eskimos would get run over in the antartic because they couln't see out of their hoods properly.

Heth
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When my sister and I were little, my Mom told us that it was illegal to get your ears pierced before you were six years old. Every time we would see a baby or toddler with earrings in, we would freak out and think that they were going to go to jail.

Amy
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When I was little I used to believe that when I turned 16 I'd have red curly hair, green sparkly eyes, a hot boyfriend and a red convertible. (I read a lot of Nancy Drew). When I turned 16, I was strangely disappointed to find that my brown hair hadn't changed over night, my dream car was a no show and my Prince Charming hadn't shown up at my all girls boarding school. Growing up sucks.

Disappointed Brunette
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When I was nearly two I was meeting my newborn baby cousin for the first time, I thought she was a doll and I screamed when she moved.

ali
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I used to think deaf people didn't have ears and that's why they couldn't ear. I got confused when I met a deaf girl at the playground, and I said "You're deaf? You don't look deaf to me". After my mom asked why, I said "Because she has ears! Deaf people don't have ears!"

Lila
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I used to think that someone having dark-coloured skin was a result of eating too much chocolate.

Anon
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I used to think that blue was a natural hair color but it as very rare, even rarer than ginger.

Anon
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My 4 year old nephew kept asking me why his shadow follows him everywhere. I asked him to dance like the bear in Jungle book, shaking his butt real hard so he could shake the shadow off. Imagine his parents and me rolling on the ground laughing when he tried this real hard for 15 minutes!

Raj
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I used to believe that clothes with horizontal stripes were illegal, having heard them described as such on a daytime TV programme.

PurpleEmily
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My mom told me that women always had to wear a slip. So naturally, I believed that whenever she wore jeans, she just had to tuck in the slip into her jeans!

Anna
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When I was very young I asked my father what "mulatto" meant. He explained it was when a mixed racial couple had a child and the child turned out poka-dotted. For years I scanned crowds hoping to find a kid with spots, imagining them to look somewhat like a Jersey cow.

Debbie
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I used to think that people who had brown eyes saw everything with a brownish tint. Everytime I would see someone with brown eyes, it made me sad for the rest of the day.

Jules
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I used to believe that animal fur apparel was made by brushing the animal, taking the loose hair from the brush, and threading each strand through a sheet of fabric to make it stick out.

Delilah
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