Some of these things you may find relatable, others you will make you think to yourself “well, that’s where the insanity comes from”.

I was told many things as a kid, by my parents, siblings or peers that in my naïveté, of course I believed. This coupled with my over active imagination, led me to believe some pretty stupid things as a kid. Without further ado, here are a few that spring to mind.

If you ate melon seeds, you’d grow a melon in your belly. 

I don’t know how this classic misconception came about, as I’m pretty sure eating fruit seeds is perfectly safe. I think it was my older sisters that told me this one and I’ve heard other people mention it too. I don’t know where it came from, but as a 90’s child this was a popular myth.

If you remove the plug whilst still in the bath, you would get sucked down the drain. 

I can’t recall who told me this, but I remember believing it. I also remember trying to tempt fate by pulling the plug and sticking my toe over the drain to stop the water flow. (I was a strange child)

Dolls could come to life and kill you. 

This one came about after watching a not so child-friendly movie called Child’s Play. I was about 7 years old and watched it at a friend’s house. After going home, I was legitimately afraid that my life sized bride Barbie was going to kill me in my sleep, so I pulled its arms off. I had so many Chucky nightmares, they were brought all the way into my adulthood. Moral of this story is that movies have ratings for a reason and shame on my friend’s parents for letting us watch that movie at such a young age.

If I misbehaved I’d be sent to a children’s home. 

I think this one was probably just my parents. Thinking back it was a bit of a mean threat and sometimes secretly I wished they would send me away and then I could be adopted by a rich family with a super cool dog and an indoor swimming pool.

Life was in black and white before colour TV was invented. 

I didn’t actually believe this one, as much as my dad tried to convince me otherwise. It is a funny thought though.

“If the wind changes, your face will stay that way”.

This was a common sentence we kids heard if any of us were in a pouty mood. Funnily enough, it wasn’t true!

Cat’s eyes on the road were actual cat’s eyes. 

I’m not sure if this was another one of my dad’s terrible jokes or I thought of this myself, but for a good while I thought all of the cats that got hit by cars were collected and their eyes were used to illuminate the roads at night.

Okay, I think that’s enough stupid for one day! Are there any common or weird things you heard as a child that you believed to be true? I’d love to know it’s not just me!

Until next time, stay smart.

-Sara

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