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We were told that if you lied, your tongue would turn black. My parents would make us stick out our tongues when they thought we were lying and say, "Yes, your tongue is black." We'd run for the mirror...but they told us that only grown ups were able to see the black.
My horrible cousin once told me that when girls turned 8 they changed into boys, and vice versa boys into girls. I totally believed him, and although I was a bit of a tomboy the thought of actually BEING a stupid mean boy with a stupid floppy willy horrified me so much I was in floods of tears for the rest of the day, it took my parents ages to convince me it wouldn't happen. It seemed so unfair, you know?
When I was little, my grandpa and uncle Mike scared the shit out of me saying that if I was a bad girl, they were going to take me to the baby market and sell me for another baby. My grandpa would show me this big building and say, "See sissy, there's the baby market, you'd better be good today!!" He'd even go out of the way to scare me by saying they only fed you corn cobs, beans, and brocolli (I hated all three of them) I learned that it was made up when I was about 11.
i was told when i was young that the cold spots on the ocean floor were the devil trying to suck you down needless to say i haven't been to or in the ocean since i was 7
When I was 5, my 10 year old sister told me that our family was once so poor, we had to live in a matchbox. I believed her!
I used to believe that if I told a lie my tongue would turn purple and so that way if my Mum thought I was lying she'd tell me to stick out my tongue and could always tell if I was lying or not by how quickly I stuck it out. God I was stupid...
My brother once convinced me to drink a puddle of mud by putting a straw in it and saying it was a chocolate milkshake.
...He also filled a bottle with warm soapy water and threw it all over me and told me it was acid. I cried.
When I was very young my parents used to tell me I was found under a rock. Naturally, after being told this for years I believed it.
All was fun and games till we were at a grocery store when I was eight and an old friend of my mom's asked where I came from.
when i was a little girl, i noticed that my mother had a tattoo. when i asked her how she got it, she told me that it appeared on her ankle (thats where the tattoo is) after she had eaten several breath mints. (you know the ones with the little red and white swirls) so obviously, i thought that this was true so i persuaded her to buy me an entire bag of them. i finished that bag 45 minutes later. imagine my disappointment when my tattoo didn't appear! i cried for about 3 days. ;) but lucky me, i got the press on tattoos. (the ones that rub off with soap and water) hehehehehe ^_^
My brother actually believed this. One day, we watched Pinochio, and my mom told him that when he lied, his nose would grow, just like Pinochio's... well, whenever he would say something, like "I'm hungry", or, "Lisa called me a name and hit me", he would touch his nose to make sure it wasn't growning... and still to this day, every once in a while, he taps his nose when he is talking...haha. He is almost 13 now...
When I was little my mum used to tell me that my eyes would turn green when I lied so I would stand in front of the mirror and say things like, "I am 100 years old" or "I am a boy".
My mum said it only worked for proper lies like, "It wasn't me" and "I didn't do it" and only mothers had the power to see this transformation
We were watching a house fire on the news and I was about 4 or 5 and my older sister who would have been 7 or 8 told me that everyone's house would burn down at some point in their life. She also told me the same thing about accidentally stapling your finger like she did one day. I was terrified of the day that I'd have to feel that pain.
I thought that smart people never made mistakes!
I have known my best friend for about 20 years but when we first met I couldn't stand her. I thought I was quite a clever child and I knew that 'twins' meant 'identical' so I was always angry with my friend because she used to say she and he brother were twins and I knew that was a lie because she was a girl and he was a boy. I couldn't understand why she lied so much or how she thought anyone would believe her!
When I was little, I had a best friend who often told me information that was quite false. Unfortunately, I was not much better. She told me in art class that the teacher told her that Vincent Van Gogh cut off his ear to sell it for art supplies. I told her that she wasn't right. It was because he wanted to give it to his girlfriend.
My dad was in the Navy when I was small so I grew to love all things naval. We would watch all of the war films, especially the naval ones. There was one film which showed the men in the torpedo room wearing white masks on their faces whilst loading the torpedoes. "Why do they wear those masks, dad?" I asked. He replied, "That's only the men with false teeth - it's so they don't fall into the tube and jam the torpedoes." This is another one I truly believed and even relayed this knowledge to others!
When I was younger my Mom told me and my older sister that if we lied she could see the devil in our eyes. Whenever we'd lie we would check each others eyes to make sure he wasn't in there.
my mum told me that the 'public' park was closing so she could go home
When I was younger my mom bought my dad a very life-like Yoda. The box it came in had holes and my brother and I thought whatever was in it was alive. After he opened the box, my dad proceeded to tell us that he saw it blink and that Yoda was alive. He then told us that his Yoda would walk around the house at night. To this day I still can't look the thing straight in the eye
I used to believe most people were smart!