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I used to believe (and i admit i sometimes still do) that when you were away from your house for over an hour at night, when you came home the first person to use the toilet would be attacked by a burgler hiding behind the shower curtain who had been stealing from the house and had hid away in the bath when he heard people come home.
I used to sleep in my bed all rolled up in a ball. My mom would ask me why and i would tell her that it was beacuse I was afraid that someone would break into our house and upon seeing my incredibly comfortable bed, steal the bottom half of it. I slept balled up to make sure that my legs wouldnt get cut off when he cut my bed in two. Yes, this actually terrified me.
For some reason, I used to believe that women only got raped on train tracks.
When I was little I thought drinking and driving was drinking anything and driving. So I always yelled at my dad for drinking coffee on the way to daycare in the morning.
I used to believe that if my dad played the lottery and won, kidnappers would comeandd take me away for the ransom money. I told him to play bingo, he never did.
My older cousin told me that If I slept with the light on, and it was still on past 12:00am, The police would come and arrest my parents and me. Mortified that I would get arrested, and still believing in the boogieman when it was dark, I would go to sleep before dark. I beleived that until I was 7, when finally, I asked my dad about this scary law. I was relieved.
That I would be attacked if I didn't sleep with at least a sheet covering my body...I was totally protected if I had the blanket too! It was really hot in the summer!
I used to love to walk with one foot on the curb and one foot in the gutter. My father told me when I was very young to be careful not to get arrested for jaywalking, but as a kid I still did it, thinking myself to be a rebel. I believed that "jaywalking" was walking that way until COLLEGE when I said something to my new college pals who were doing that in the streets of Washington DC and they laughed hysterically... I was mortified.
There was an auto crash-test exhibition at the mall for several weeks. The focal point of the display was a machine with "THE SLAMMER!" written boldly on the side of a carnival-ride car that sat atop a tall track. This track ran down about 20 feet, diagonally, directly into a metal wall. There were seatbelts in the car, so that dummies could be placed inside to demonstrate the force of a collision.
After seeing THE SLAMMER, I assumed that when people went to jail (a.k.a. the slammer) they were forced to ride in this machine day in and day out.
Most people are comforted by night lights, right? I used to be very terrified by nightmares when I was young, so my mother installed a night light by the side of my head.
At first, it comforted me. Somehow, though, I became convinced that an evil, female criminal lived inside of the night light. So whenever I slept, I would turn away from the night light, because I didn't want to provoke her.
I used to think that the ages on game boxes was legally how old you had to be to play that game. Whenever my family was playing a game with someone was playing who wasn't old enough and I heard sirens I just knew that the police were coming to arrest us all.
When I was little my friend moved away and gave me her shovel. I somehow got it into my head that I had stolen it and cryed for an hour because I thought I'd go to jail.
And my lovely brother told me I probably would.
When I was little, I beieved that Horace and Jasper from the animated 101 Dalmations movie were going to climb in my second-floor bedroom window and kidnap me (It didn't help anything that my bed was right up against the windows).
well it all started one day when my family went to Applebee's to eat .. and as most kids do i got a balloon when i was done eating. -later on that night- i had bunkbeds and i was getting ready for bed..i slept on the bottem(no one slept on top)so i went to bed .. i rarely wake up in the iddle of the night but that night i did and i was gonna get out of bed for something and as i was going to the edge of my bed i looked up and i was this big dark figure thing on the top bunk i was so scared i thought some crazy murder monster guy was on my top bunk and was going to kill me. so i screemed for my life i really though i was going to die. then in came my dad and turned on the light .. i found out the the crazy murder monster guy that was going to kill my was just the balloon i had gotten earler .. needless to say i got a new bed to i didn't have to think someone was one the top of it and going to kill me
When I was little I was very afraid of a murderer coming into my house to cut my head off. I thought knives couldn't cut through fabric, so I always held the covers up to my chin so I wouldn't get my head cut off.
I thought that "Don't drink and drive" meant you shouldn't drink anything and then drive (not just alcohol). I was on the bus and saw my busdriver drinking a pop. When she started the bus up to drive I told her, "I don't think you are supposed to drink and drive." She laughed and told me that pop was okay.
i use to believe that a killer would be at the bottom of the steps every time i would go up
When I was a kid, I was a bit confused about the word 'prosecuted' and consequently thought that prostitutes were all people who had been caught trespassing. You know, "Trespassers will be Prosecuted."
When i was a little girl, my mom worked nights at the hospital. I was always afraid of robbers breaking into my house at night. So, whenever it rained, I always felt safe, because what robber would be so stupid to steal stuff when it was raining? As soon as they would take it outside, the stuff would get wet and then they wouldn't be able to sell it....to this day, I still feel a little bit safer when it rains.
When I was little, the whole "Don't Drink and Drive" campaign was so wide-spread that I remember yelling at my Dad in a McDonald's drive-thru for getting a Coke to drink before we hit the road. "Don't you know you're not supposed to drink and drive, Dad?!?!?" He laughed forever about that.