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Ah, the tales we were told in our youth, woven with the threads of innocence and imagination. Many of us have fond memories of being regaled with stories that often seemed too good – or too bizarre – to be true. As we grew older, we began to unravel the web of childhood myths and discover the truths hidden beneath. From well-intentioned fibs to elaborate tales spun to keep us in line, the falsehoods we were told growing up have a way of sticking in our memories. Join us as we delve into the world of childhood misconceptions and share the amusing, puzzling, and sometimes downright absurd lies that we believed with all our young hearts.
Adults Know All
To start, a user shared, “I always thought adults were geniuses that knew everything. I once asked my dad how waves at the beach were made. He said “whales.” I believed that for years.”
Body Functions and Parts
A person said, “I was told in like 4th-grade science that our blood was blue in our bodies on the way back to the lungs- that oxygen makes it red.”
A second person replied, “Gum will get stuck to your ribs for 7 years if you swallow it.”
A funny story was, “Next year, they’re gonna be a lot harder on you about this.” And “the rules only get more strict.” Heard that at the end of every year in elementary school but by high school, the rules are much less strict.”
Another story was, “I need to behave in school because I have a “permanent record.” Lol, no.”
One comment was, “My Nana would say “You’re getting so tall!” whenever she saw me. I’m 5’1″. Are you making fun of me, Nana? Is that what’s happening here?”
Insects and Animals
An interesting lie was “That moths are the ghosts of butterflies. Cheers for that one, Dad.”
Another lie was, “If you pick up a baby bird and put it in its nest, your smell will stay on it, and its parents will reject it, and it will die. A few years ago, I found a baby crow on the ground and called various aviary sanctuaries to see what I should do, and ALL of the ones that got back to me (3) told me to get it safely back in the tree ASAP. I expressed my worry about getting my smell on the baby bird, and they reassured me that it was not a problem at all and that it was a very common myth but held no truth.”
One user said, “We are almost there” ( during a long car journey).”
A second user added, “Road trips are fun, and you will sleep most of the time. No, I can’t sleep buckled in and in a weird position.”
A person shared, “My grandpa told me he wouldn’t swim with me at the beach because he’s made of salt, and he’ll melt. I believed him.”
A user replied, “Bad people/criminals never win.”
Another user added, “That the bully slept with my mom. No such thing happened. He was such a liar.”
One reply was, “Just eat the crust. It’ll make your hair curly!” My mom must have just been trying to make me appreciate those uneaten pizza corners.”
A popular response was, “If you keep making that face, it’ll freeze that way.”
Another response was, “If you look cross-eyes, they’ll get stuck that way, lol.”
Drugs & Alcohol
One user commented, “Our D.A.R.E. officer in elementary school said the reason green was so dangerous is because the smoke never leaves your lungs.”
A second user replied, “People will try to give me free drugs.” -DARE.”
A most-liked comment said, “Cracking your knuckles is bad for you…”
Another comment said, “I was told if I peed in the pool, the water would turn purple around me, and everyone would know…guess I developed a good habit of not going pee in the pool.”
A very popular answer was, “If you work hard and are loyal to your job, you’ll get promoted and paid more.”
Another answer was, “Only people who work hard get ahead in life.”
One user replied, “That the boys tease you because they like you. No, they were bullies.”
Another user added, “The best way to stop bullies is to just ignore them.” Fight back is probably a way better solution.”
Finally, someone shared, ‘That my pet ducks flew south for the winter… Apparently, we ate them for Thanksgiving. I learned this as a 40+-year-old adult.”
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