The most ridiculous things you used to believe

surprised child

Older but not necessarily wiser, Mumsnetters share the most bizarre things they used to hold as the gospel truth

“I thought starfish were make-believe animals until I saw some at an aquarium. My mind was blown and my friends were in stitches for weeks.”

star fish

“I didn't realise trains had wheels. I'd never looked, and never pondered how they moved until one day watching Thomas the Tank Engine. I was in my late thirties at the time.”

thomas the tank engine

“My friend asked me once what Shakespeare's last name was. She didn't believe me for ages when I told her Shakespeare was his last name. She is 36.”


“My roommate at university thought unicorns were real. She was absolutely convinced that she'd seen them at Longleat.”


“I was always impressed that The Bee Gees encouraged men to learn to cook if they wanted to impress women. As in: “You can tell by the way I use my wok, I'm a woman's man”.

bee gees

“I convinced my daughter that cured ham comes from a pig that has been poorly.”


“As a child I thought that my mum's childhood was in black and white – because her photos were! I asked her how old she was when her house 'got the colour'.”

black and white

“A couple of lads in my friend's class convinced her that the members of the band Run-DMC were Robert Mugabe, Gandhi, and one other equally unlikely person. This only came to light when we were having another discussion about Gandhi.”

run dmc

“I am still confused by how pineapples are grown – I am convinced they grow on trees like coconuts. We went to Disney a few years ago and in Epcot they show you them growing from the ground. I spent the remaining holiday arguing with my partner about how it must be Disney magic.”


“When I was very young I believed that the faces on Mount Rushmore were a natural phenomenon, and the presidents had been chosen for their resemblance to them.”

mount rushmore

“I used to feel sorry for the radio DJ if my parents put a tape on in the car – I thought he had to sit there quietly in the dark til he was needed again. Poor Tony Blackburn.”

tony blackburn