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My dad used to tell me that I had to put his dirty socks under my pillow before I went to bed at night - otherwise the hippopotamus man would come and get me. After sleeping with dirty socks under my pillow for awhile he tried to get me to put his toe nail clippings under my pillow (unless the some other type of animal-man would come and get me) - thats when my mom put an end to that (thank god!)

Lauren
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When I was younger I would always want to go to parties with my mommy and daddy. This was at the same time that I was getting all my immunizations, so I hated all shots. So my mommy proceeded to tell me that they were going to "shot parties" and you have to get shots if you want to go. I didn't figure out that "shot parties" are imaginary until I was 12.

Anon
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My Grandpa told me ALL KINDS OF STUFF when I was little. Here are a few:

1. He built the bridges at the park by the museum.
2. He owned the electric company.
3. He put the UHaul on top of the skyscraper in downtown Tulsa...by himself.

I was gullible...I believed all of these and everything else he said. I even went to school and told the teachers and students.

Christina
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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 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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I used to say to my little sister in a really mocking mean voice "you have a brain, you have a brain" of course she thought it was a bad thing to have and started crying but I kept telling her "you have a brain" and i used to tease her about it all then time, then once we were in the car and I was saying it. And she asked "Mom do I have a brain?" really smart-aleck-like. And My mom said "no. you don't" because my mom is funny. My little sister stuck her tongue out and me and said "told ya". My mom and I laughed so hard.

but then when she went to kindergarten, she told people They had brains and her teacher explained it all to her. She was so upset when she found out she actually did have a brain.

julia
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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 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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I used to believe if i told lies my nose grow like Pinnochio

Cindy
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My brothers convinced me at the age of 6 to touch an electric fence. They insisted that if you used a peice of grass to touch the wire it wouldn't shock. I was knocked off my feet while my brothers laughed for days. I'm not bitter. I hardly ever think about it now.

Anon
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When I was about 8 or 9 I convinced my little brother, who was about 6 or 7 at the time, that every time i sung the 'pink panther' tune a kangaroo was coming to chase him. He was so scared and I always tease him about it now!

Rachael
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when i was little i said that my mum was the queen and when she turned up to pick me up from school she got ambushed by little kids askin her if she was the queen and where her crown was

princess poop scoop
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I used to believe that if you crossed your fingers when you were lying, you weren't really lying.

jo
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I used to believe that if you were a tattle tale, then you would actually begin to grow a tail from behind. When I got older and figured out it wasn't true, i would tell my younger sisters the same thing. It was great because they would always look behind them.

Tootietilla
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This isn't me Its my friend. I was outside with him ( he was 8
I was 11) And as a joke since I'm a girl, i told him that when boys get 4 their brains start to dissolve. A couple days later I saw him running through the house saying "Its true! Its true!" Once i figured out what he was talking about, I almost died laughing.

Anon
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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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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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My mum told me that when I told a lie, blue smoke came out of my ears. The worse the lie, the more smoke there was. I thought I could fool her by putting my hands over my ears when I told a whopper. Of course then, she had a clear indicator of when I was lying. DOH!

Hannah
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My Mom used to tell me that the white calcium deposits under your fingernails happened everytime you lied. I beleived that until I was at least 14 or 15 years old!

Dana L.
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My aunt told me once that a six-legged woman had escaped from a circus in a nearby town in Mississippi. She carried this on for months. Telling me the woman had been clocked by a Highway Patrol running down the highway at 125 mph. Also she hated men but didn;t hurt women, I won't say what awful things she did to men. I believed this, not really thinking about it after awhile, until I was in my early twenties and told my husband about it. He thought it was hilarious and asked me just how many tampons this woman used.

cj
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