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Question today: What funny things did you believe as a kid? I remember when I was very little, that after my dad was out of sight when he left for work in the morning, he was *there*. Like, there was no time between him being down the road and arriving at work. That was it. I didn't see him anymore? He was at work.


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Chergel
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I was thoroughly convinced that the song that goes "everybody dance now" was actually singing "everybody pants down". I got detention for talking about this at my private school.

Submitted March 9, 2015 at 12:53AM



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More things than I can count! For instance, my dad had a '65 Chevy with a  big gaping burn hole in the back seat from a poorly-aimed cigarette. I was not only afraid to sit where that burn hole was, I would scream in terror if forced to sit there. I assumed spiders would crawl out of that hole and all over me.


When I was five or six, I believed all black people only lived to be 47, because my mother once told me that the singer on the cover of one her albums (Tommy Edwards) died at that age. He was black, and I'd never seen one older than 47 (I was living in a still-segregated Southern city at the time, so I'd hardly seen any black people) soooo....

From the ages of three to six, I feared if I got soap in my eyes, I'd be permanently blinded. I assumed all the blind people in the world had a similar soap mishap as kids....

My dad used to tell me that the black spots on Fritos came from the Frito factory workers' dirty fingernails. I couldn't eat Fritos for years after that.

When I was maybe four, I hated the fact I was the only kid in the family with brown eyes. Picture this: I'm a half-Native American kid among my mother's critically Irish relatives, so let's just say I stood out. One day my mom found me with her blue eyeliner pencil, nearly poking my eyes out. I was trying to color them blue.


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Nestor Notabilis
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The funniest/weirdest one I can remember is thinking that if I wanted it enough I could be a werewolf and spend my nights running around the desert and having fun.

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My parents talked about how my uncle was in the navy and he was really cool and high rank and I was like "that would be awesome" and I liked that all the way up until I saw a movie about the navy... and the people were weird... and then there was shooting and explosions and they all died.

I then decided I wanted to be an engineer(a train one... my parents never quite got that part when I would say "engineer").

That being said, if they *weren't* space rangers, what on earth were they doing there?

Submitted March 9, 2015 at 2:38AM




Niceguy Eddie
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How much trouble do I get in if I say "religion?"

Submitted March 9, 2015 at 7:40AM



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I had a mischievous grandpa that told me that the long black grains of rice in mixed rice were really spider legs. XD

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What Eddie said. And some specific things about religion... somehow I think I took at face value that eternal torment and genocide and telling your groupie to kill his son through a burning bush were okay if it was God doing it :/


I was also convinced that everyone's sex automatically changed every few years, kinda like Hutts in Star Wars or Gethenians in the Hainish Cycle (neither of which I was aware of at the time btw, so I didn't get the idea from either of those places LOL). But that's no sillier than the things cis people take for granted about sex and gender well into adulthood, so meh

I also had a really distorted sense of distance. I thought the shops 2 streets away from where we lived were the next town over XD

Submitted March 9, 2015 at 6:53PM



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I also took for granted that everyone automatically had enough income to survive on and that anything they got by working was extra. But that's not silly, that's a perfectly reasonable assumption coming from a kid who'd never been hungry or homeless and knew nothing about power/domination/oppression 

Submitted March 9, 2015 at 7:00PM



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Guys: I'm going to ask you to to be tolerant of all beliefs here. Not everyone believes the same thing. If you have a problem with someone else's beliefs, please find a different forum for that discussion. We're not gonna be making fun of different belief systems or lacks thereof, even if we feel it's deserved. Okay? That's a price of entry for this comment section, and something I'm gonna enforce.


I'm not gonna erase any posts at this point, but I'm considering it because I don't want this to go any further. I'm not gonna let this grow into a big ugly thing the way things tend to go. People believe different things. We may thing we understand why, but that's not always so. So let's just go with the mutual respect thing.

Sorry if I'm touchy on this issue. But, I'm touchy on this issue. So, yeah. Let's let that one go.


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Submitted March 9, 2015 at 9:32PM



Allie
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If that's about my comments on religion, I'd like to point out that I was talking about my *own* beliefs when I was a kid. But fair enough, some people might not like my self-criticism and you shouldn't have to deal with the fallout

Submitted March 10, 2015 at 8:28AM



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I getcha. But you know.... these things escalate. It's like they used to say in a more sexist era: "Three things you don't talk about in good company..... religion, politics, and other men's wives". ;') In other words, with loaded topics, I prefer to tread carefully in these comments.


And, y'know, I do know it's a little unfair, as I do put forth some strips about faith. I just want this to be welcoming to scared kids and troubled adults.


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Submitted March 10, 2015 at 12:03PM



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I believed that cork trees grew exactly like they're drawn in The Story of Ferdinand - trees with little wine corks growing as fruit.  It took a long time before I learned what cork was, and realized that that illustration was a joke.

I also believed that boys and men had short hair because they couldn't grow it long - the first time I saw a man with a long ponytail I was amazed at seeing an impossible thing.  Then I wondered why, if boys could grow their hair long, did at least some of them not do it?

Submitted March 10, 2015 at 3:31PM



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Sounds similar to what I thought. I figured growing one's hair long made a person a girl (so naturally I wanted to do it. Goof ) When I saw hippies with beards for the first time, therefore, my confusion abounded.

Submitted March 10, 2015 at 6:15PM



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There's a song where the chorus goes "Here comes the Silverton up from Durango, here comes the Silverton shovelin' coal."  It's pretty obvious (now) from the rest of the lyrics that it's about a train, but when I was little those two lines were the only part I paid attention to and I got:

"Here comes the silverton up from the rainbow, here comes the silverton covered in gold."


Had no idea what a silverton was, but I decided that it must be some kind of magical creature that lived on a rainbow.  I kind of still wish it was.  :-)

Submitted March 11, 2015 at 6:23AM



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OK, I don't get it.  Why do they (both?) believe that "Grease" has something to do with space rangers?

Submitted March 11, 2015 at 10:01PM



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A production of Grease in the 1940s? Obviously, Irma is not that good at maths (don't attack me for pluralising the word - we say it that way in the UK), or people in the 40's had a good idea of the future. It would also mean her parents are really old!

Submitted March 13, 2015 at 3:11AM




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Sincere apologies. Poor judgement on my part to start than stone rollin.

Submitted March 13, 2015 at 5:44AM



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A production of Grease in the 1940s? Obviously, Irma is not that good at maths (don't attack me for pluralising the word - we say it that way in the UK), or people in the 40's had a good idea of the future. It would also mean her parents are really old!
 

I went on a fortnight exchange with a student in Southhampton back in high school. He mentioned we were going to a class.... maths. I asked him "What? Mass? Is this a Catholic school....?"

He had a chuckle, yes he did.

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Submitted March 13, 2015 at 1:07PM



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