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What weird things were you told as child that you simply accepted as true (despite who odd it was!)

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Moln Fri 31-Jan-14 20:11:05

I've just remembered (for no particular reason) that it was a firm belief of my peers and mine, in primary school, that eating an orange and drinking milk at the same time was very, VERY, bad for you.

Not entirely sure why!

Catsmamma Fri 31-Jan-14 20:12:58

My dad told me that the black wine gums and fruit pastilles were poisonous.

I would pick them out and hand them over.

TooWetToWoo Fri 31-Jan-14 20:14:19

If you swallowed chewing gum it would get clogged inside you.

And when I was really young, I was told your tongue turned black if you were telling a lie.

Vintagecakeisstillnice Fri 31-Jan-14 20:14:55

Milk and OJ, the citric acid was meant to curdle the milk in your belly making you either vomit or sweat bad milk. .

KirstyJC Fri 31-Jan-14 20:15:13

My Dad told me that if you stand close to the toilet in a plane when you flush it, you get sucked down the toilet and out of the plane. I believed him.

Even though I later found out that was a lie, I still can't flush a plane toilet. I avoid drinking for hours beforehand and then if I do have to use it, if someone is waiting when I come out I just mutter something about 'flush not working' as I sidle away.....blush

ravenlocks Fri 31-Jan-14 20:15:33

That if you swallowed an apple seed an apple tree would grow out of your ears.

Countessfosco Fri 31-Jan-14 20:16:14

Ketchup dries up your blood!

WooWooOwl Fri 31-Jan-14 20:16:31

That moles and birthmarks were actually beauty spots given to people by fairies. I grew up insanely jealous of my best friend who had a tiny birthmark on her leg.

LCHammer Fri 31-Jan-14 20:17:29

That a snake can swallow a cow. Told to me by my Dad.

Runningtrainers Fri 31-Jan-14 20:18:39

That I was found in the hedge on the farm! grin

missmagnum Fri 31-Jan-14 20:18:40

It only dawned on me fairly recently that there is no way eating crusts could possibly make your hair curly blush.

LCHammer Fri 31-Jan-14 20:18:48

That I'd get a real life mini-troll the size of my palm for my 7th birthday. Told to me by my sister.

kelper Fri 31-Jan-14 20:18:52

That teeny men live in streetlights, and have to switch them on and off.
That was perfectly plausible to me, and I used to knock on the metal doors and ask if they were ok I there!

ecofreckle Fri 31-Jan-14 20:19:45

that you get a baby by saving up.

CyberMam Fri 31-Jan-14 20:20:08

That Eccles cakes were filled with flies.

It was many years before I would eat one, and I'm still not that keen even now to be honest.

Pimpf Fri 31-Jan-14 20:20:21

My grandmother told me that if you looked in the mirror too long the devil would appear at your shoulder. I'm in my 40's. I still don't like mirrors!

VerucaInTheNutRoom Fri 31-Jan-14 20:22:24

That grouse have one leg shorter than the other so they can run around hills easily.

Moln Fri 31-Jan-14 20:23:07

Oooh so there was a reason about the orange and milk!! Wondsr why it was widely believed! Well possibly widely unless Vintagecake was in my primary school!!

letsgotostonehenge Fri 31-Jan-14 20:23:11

that if you picked a freckle it would bleed and bleed and you would die sad

Melfish Fri 31-Jan-14 20:23:46

My mum told me she was 19 when I was 7. She was actually 42! Didn't stop to think she would be likely to be a mum at 12.

Primadonnagirl Fri 31-Jan-14 20:24:18

My Mum told me my spots would clear up as soon as I started having sex..I was 13....

Vintagecakeisstillnice Fri 31-Jan-14 20:25:05

Well did you grow up in very rural Ireland???

KirstyJC Fri 31-Jan-14 20:25:12

Oh and Dad also told me that the sheep on a steep hill near us had shorter legs on one side so that they could stand up straight on the hill.

I used to wonder what happened if they turned around!

eatyourveg Fri 31-Jan-14 20:26:02

That when you crossed your eyes if the wind changed direction, you would stay like that

NinjaPenguin Fri 31-Jan-14 20:26:41

I was told that about haggis, Kirsty

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