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i used to think that i was smart

dumb kid
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My dad told me that the TV only worked when it was raining. It didn't rain that much in my town, so i would get really excited when it would rain and I'd be able to watch TV all day when it rained, instead of going outside and playing in rain.

Sara
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When I was four and getting my vaccinations, my sister terrified me by telling me what she thought shots were. She said they were a mixture of pus from old people's sores and cow skin that 'They' mixed in a blender and then stabbed into your skin to make you sick.

Lijah
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When I was little, my mom told me that those tiny bumps you get on your cheek, inside your lip or on your tongue were "lie bumps" and if you lied you would get them and everyone would know. I thought that was true till I was like 10 and even when I caught on, I still thought that it was just a slang term everyone used for it. I thought that until a little over a year ago. ...I'm 22 lol. I have been calling it that to other people for my entire life and no one has ever said anything. The only reason I found out was because I called it that infront of my boyfriend (who looked at me with an extremely confused expression) and my mom, she then laughed for a good 10 minutes.

Jnel737
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My parents used to tell me that back in the day ( not sure when ) if you lied people would gather around you for a ceremony where someone would cut out your tongue.

knuckleheadmc.spazatron
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My grandma told me that if I misbehaved, the men in the garbage truck would take me away forever. Apparently they had a whole battalion of bad kids.

Anika
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My grandmother is really ageist, and she said that nobody is really an adult until they're thirty-seven. I really thought it was true, and that the government was stupid for letting people vote and drive and own property before then. It was only upon discussing it in class that I realized that was horrible and oppressive and ageist. I still feel stupid and guilty for ever thinking that.

And to think I was a child prodigy.... I don't think so any more.
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When I was being ugly to my parents or whoever, my parents would tell me I was acting like Hateful Hannah (my names not Hannah and I didn't know anyone with that name). The first time they said this I asked who that was and they told me she was a mean ugly old lady who lived at the dump and if I didn't get my act together they would take me to live with her. They used this threat pretty regularly when I was little. And I believed she was a real person for a long time after I stopped believing they would take me there.

Jay Buck
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i used to think my pants would catch on fire when i lied, now it explains that i tend to tell the truth 98% than i lie.

Anon
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I thought that smart people never made mistakes!

eeeeeeeeeeeeegggggg
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My mom liked watching a lot of Maury Povich and judicial shows when I was young and these shows always featured segments where lie detectors were used.

Consequently, I grew up thinking that lie detectors were so commonplace that every school, store, and police officer used them all the time. Because of this, I practically never lied as a child because I was scared someone would hook me up to a lie detector and prove that I was lying. As an adult, now I know better but even still, I find it very difficult to tell lies.

Stephen N.
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I used to believe that the world was all lying to me about everything, like my parents weren't really my parents and everyone was secretly planning my life for me... Like if I met a new person, it was all part of the worlds plan. And if I tripped, it was people secretly underground grabbing my foot so I tripped as revenge for me being mean to someone. It was quite funny at the time to think that if I told anyone this, they would lie to me that this isn't true...

Tanya
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My older sister once convinced me that the Russian word babushka (grandmother) meant 'an old person with wings'. She said she was a babushka, and when I asked where her wings were she said her shoulder blades were hidden wings. I spent the next few days trying to get my 'wings' to open up.

Anon
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My older sister once told me that the bath-bomb she had in her room was a real bomb. I became convinced she was secretly from the army.

Anon
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After watching many films I believed I was a princess and my family was my guardians. I thought they were waiting till I turned 16 till they told me the truth. I grew out of it eventually but I never told anyone for fear that the person they were hiding me from would find out.

Cammie
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My parents convinced me that when I was born they had the doctor surgically implanted a GPS tracking device behind my ear. I believed this so wholeheartedly that I went around telling all of my friends and their parents until my parents finally told me the truth.

Anon
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when I was a kid some other kid told me that if you prank call the CIA they will send a electric "spike" to your phone and it will blow up. I belived him for a long time

terberous
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When I was a kid I thought that there was only a small number (fewer than 100) bad people in the whole world, If only it were true...

Tesseract
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I thought if someone asked something and said please you had no choice but to do it (I think my dad told me this once when I wouldn't do something)

Hexetic
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I used to believe that if you told a lie that your face would develop blue spots. It was actually just my mum trying to scare me into telling her the truth!

Amy
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