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What did you used to believe as a child that you no longer believe?

I used to believe that clouds shed themselves and that's how we get our cotton. Of course (thankfully) I don't believe it anymore. I'd love to hear your experiences/beliefs. Have you told your children about it?

Seeking Experience Child Development 4 years ago
Chanda Gohrani admin
Chanda Gohrani
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Holly Seddon admin
Holly Seddon Editor-in-chief of Kent, UK

I believed so many crazy things. I should probably answer anonymously but here goes...

  1. I believed that the world was under threat from a bad wizard thing called Grey Evor, and he could only be defeated by his goody equivalent, 'White Evor' and the only thing that kept me safe from these dualling super-powers was my favourite cuddly toy.
  2. I believed that all adults where secret vampires and talked to each other through their minds. I really did.
  3. I believed that if only I could find a big enough tree, I could hollow out the middle of it and make it into a house to live in.
  4. I believed that the man who played Arthur Fowler in Eastenders - who is still alive - was haunting my bedroom. (When I was about 7).
  5. I believed that my teacher was a witch (because she had really long grey hair).
  6. I believed that there were secret panels in most rooms in most houses. But I never found one.
  7. I believed that the Pet Shop Boys had recorded a secret message in West End Girls that only I could hear.
  8. I was convinced that I could get Tetanus from any scratch received by anything. To the point that I wrote a sombre 'goodbye' letter to my parents after getting scratched by a nail when I was 9 and then curled up with the pet dog and waited to die.
  9. I believed I was going to get rich and be hailed a prodigy for discovering that strirring tomato ketchup into mayonnaise was really nice. (Yeah, I discovered Marie Rose sauce).
  10. I believed that almost everyone was going to become a drug addict when they grew up if I didn't help them. 'Just Say No' really worked on me. To the point that - I cringe so much at the memory - I gave an anti-drugs talk to my class, aged 9.
  11. And the worst of all... my friend Ella and I, aged 10, believed that we were really talented rappers. And we recorded several of our freestyle raps onto tape and then - oh God, this is true - gave it to the headmaster and he played it - one whole 'song' - in assembly, while the whole school howled with laughter.

The worst thing is, I could go on.

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Experience 4 years ago
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Andy Powell expert
Andy Powell Internet Consultant Oldham, GB

I genuinely believed that colour had been invented sometime before I was born, because old footage on the TV was always in black and white.

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Experience 4 years ago
Heidi Scrimgeour writer
Heidi Scrimgeour Freelance scribe. Mother x2. County Antrim

That my face really would stay like that if the wind changed.

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Opinion 4 years ago
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Jordan Wright expert
Jordan Wright Director at Nous Education Paisley, GB
E-safety expert

I was always told if I ate my sandwich crusts I'd get curly hair. I never did eat them and I ended up with an afro of some sort. -

I also thought that one day I could invent a colour that nobody would ever have seen before. Pretty sure that's impossible...

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Experience 4 years ago
Nick Antram admin
Nick Antram UX/Visual designer at Cholsey, GB

I remember two that involved witches:

  1. They would get you at the top of an escalator if you didn't jump off in time.
  2. You had to make a hole at the bottom of a finished boiled egg shell or witches could use them as boats. Bonkers.

I still have no evidence to suggest either are false.

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Experience 4 years ago
Adam Page
Adam Page London, United Kingdom

I thought that adults always knew the right answer. Now as an adult I realise that I don't.

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Experience 4 years ago
Tamsin Oxford writer
Tamsin Oxford Professional writer and editor Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, UK

I believed that if you ate an apple seeds, then the apple tree would grow out of your stomach. I was convinced I would have to go to school with an apple tree tummy when I accidentally bit too deeply into the core of an apple once. Fortunately my parents let me know that this wouldn't happen.

I wish I had dreamed of inventing a colour, that's cool.

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Opinion 4 years ago
Stuart Carter
Stuart Carter Tech-loving London dad Bexley, GB

That "the pictures" ( as we called the cinema) was a place where you got your photo taken. All those hundreds of people regularly queuing to get in all wanted nothing more than to have their picture taken.

Oh, and my Nan told me that the Loch Ness Monster lived under a bridge near her house - in Swindon, a long long way away from Loch Ness!

It seemed quite logical at the time... :-)

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Experience 4 years ago
Vivek Khare
Vivek Khare Doctor. Learner. Educator. London, GB

I thought if I concentrated enough I could fly and you will not believe the amount of hours I have concentrated..

Also I thought there is an awesome kung-fu fighter inside of me..and at some point I will find a damsel in distress and thats when it will be revealed..I had the dress and nunchucks and every thing.

I thought my Mum and dad wanted to get rid of me by leaving me in train or amusement park or some public place and I always thought I should carry bread crumbs or popcorns to make a trail.. I should check with mom & dad..just to make sure it was a false belief :-)

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Experience 4 years ago
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Maurice Wheeler expert
Maurice Wheeler Kids & family consultant London, GB
Technology expert

I was told if the ice cream van's tune was playing it meant they had run out of ice cream and there was no point trying to buy some...

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Fact 4 years ago
kirsten bischoff
kirsten bischoff co-founder of Springfield Township, US

I believed that my parents sometimes just didn't want me to have fun. Now that I have a teen I realize they just wanted to keep me locked away and safe - and I love that they loved me that much. :)

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Fact 4 years ago
Scott Collen admin
Scott Collen Social and Community Geek London, GB

Anything Roald Dahl wrote about.

BFG was definitely where I got my dreams from, Frobscottle was made from blitzed up kiwis and lemonade, very jealous of Matilda, and one of his lesser known books "The Tales of Henry Sugar" got me into gambling at very young age. Staring into candles helps you see through the backs of cards - honestly.

Favourite book was Danny the Champion of the world and the whole soaking raisins in rum with horsehair and sleeping tablets was something I was allowed to try and do.

Rum and Raisin is now my favourite Ice cream flavour.

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