What Ridiculous Things Did You Believe In When You Were A Kid?

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A friend of mine sent me a link to "11 Silly Things You Probably Believed As A Kid" yesterday and I surprised myself by clicking on it.

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I'm never very excited by lists like this —as I never seem to be able to relate to anything on them which makes me feel like a tremendously unique individual and a weirdo outsider all at once— but this one actually got me thinking about ridiculous things I seriously believed when I was younger.

And yes, some of them were on this list.

Stuffed Animals Came to Life When You Weren't Looking
I don't know that I actually believed in this but I did actively hope it might be true. And I won't say how old I was but I was probably way too old to get excited about the possibility of conversing with stuffed animals. And that it was probably some sort of cry for help.

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Before the 1950s, The World Was in Black and White
It's hard to say if little kids actually believed the world existed sans color before the 1950s/1960s but I'm sure it seemed that way at some point. I remember reading that Lucille Ball's hair color was actually red and thinking "Uh, no it's not...wait a minute, what?" This is also similar to my loose belief that life began the year I was born. Not because I was any sort of narcissist, but I just couldn't fathom how time had existed before I did because I was a little kid and that is not something you can easily wrap your brain around at the age of 5.

Blankets Served as an Impenetrable Barrier From Monsters
This one is just true.

I'm sure you can top these ridiculous beliefs so let me hear 'em. The more outlandish, the better.

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wendybelle

I thought that the people in the tv were really IN the tv, and that when their shows were over, they watched my family like it was a tv show. Sometimes I sang songs for them.

I also believed that all of the big bad wolves from the fairy tales were a family and lived under my bed and in my closet. They couldn't grab me if I was kneeling and saying my prayers, but as soon as I was done, I had to leap into bed. To this day, I don't like to stand with my legs right next to the bed.

My grandfather convinced my little brother and I that an alligator lived under the grill at the bottom of the escalator at the mall, and that we had to jump clear of the gap where the steps went in, or he would eat our feet.