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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby Sorroth » Thu Jul 23, 2009 10:03 pm UTC

I thought that barely meant the opposite of hardly. I think my reasoning was that two similar-sounding words that I'd heard used in similar contexts couldn't possibly mean the same thing, because that would be redundant.

I thought Synagogue was actually "Singing-God", because we sang a lot there and it had something to do with God. Calling it that has become something of a family tradition, and my little brother took a while to find out it wasn't actually called Singing-God, simply because that was all he'd heard us say.

Oh, and I thought tress made the wind when they waved, like fans.
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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby Cytoplasm » Thu Jul 23, 2009 10:47 pm UTC

Mactabilis wrote:i remember when i got my first job at like 18, i was blown away at the thought that the people behind the counters were just average people, until then they always had some strange authority.

I too thought the people behind the coutner had magical authority. Then I just realized it's a job and they go through hard times too at work so try to be nice. ^^ (well, after working at The FUnzone so long I realized that).
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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby Akira » Fri Jul 24, 2009 12:20 am UTC

Yeah, I had similar "important people illusions"... Until I got my own fast-food job, and realized how low we really were.

I confess that I felt proud of my parents for raising me to be unfailingly nice to service workers. Put in their shoes, I realize how appreciated it must have been. I got a smile and a 'thank you' perhaps one in every dozen customers I helped.

That's another misconception, I guess: that everyone was taught manners, and uses them unfailingly.
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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby zug » Fri Jul 24, 2009 1:13 am UTC

When I was a kid, I thought there were 3 little gremlin-type creatures living in a stoplight like a three-floor apartment. One was red. One was yellow. One was green. They would take turns watching tv. And when the green one got sick of watching tv, he'd turn it off so the yellow guy could watch it, ad infinitum.

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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby LinuxPenguin » Fri Jul 24, 2009 2:10 am UTC

I love how they've each got little recliners in your illustration. :P
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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby medlii » Fri Jul 24, 2009 4:11 am UTC

When I was six or so and learning to read and write, I tried to write down what the priest was saying at church on Sundays. We used to sing a hymn that went something like "The lamb of God will take away the cities of the world... have mercy on us." Being six, I had no idea what a sin was and city was really the only word I knew that sounded similar. I always wondered why God had a horrible, city-destroying sheep and why we never talked about it in Sunday School. I only remember this because I had to ask my mom how to spell "cities" during the middle of church.

Okay, this one is really horrible and I'm not sure how I got this idea, this was probably still around age 5 or 6. But I knew that all girls had to marry boys someday and I knew that all the boys at school were dumb and gross. I knew I did have two uncles who were always fun to hang out with and were unmarried. So why shouldn't I marry one of them? It actually turns out I'll be getting married before either of them.

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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby kapojinha » Fri Jul 24, 2009 9:15 am UTC

medlii wrote:I always wondered why God had a horrible, city-destroying sheep and why we never talked about it in Sunday School.


lol

When The Da Vinci Code first came out, I didn't really get what was the big deal about it. I mean, it's just a book. So I brought it to read in Sunday School. I got the most scandalised looks. :mrgreen:
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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby Ran4 » Sat Jul 25, 2009 1:44 am UTC

Kineticka wrote:People's ages and birthdays didn't synch up. This was because I counted the day you were born as your "first birthday," so you would be 22 years old on your 23rd birthday.
Same here. I remember that I thought that I was 8 when I was 7 (or was I 8? I don't know thanks to this :) ).
I mean, when you were born, obviously you'd have to be one year old.

Nowadays I think that starting on 1 is stupid :)

Quadropus wrote:Of course there was the old little people in the TV, colour was invented at around the same time colour TV was.
I saw this "child notion" in a tv series when I was about 5 or so, and I thought it was fun (which was the point of the tv series, duh) since nobody could be that stupid.
Actually, I thought this until I read this thread, so this misconception has been going on for over a decade.

I thought that my teacher was partially mentally retarded since she didn't know what the USA stood for. I had no clue, but I was sure that it was an
abbreviation. But every time I asked my teacher what it stood for, she said "It stands for USA". Now, later, I understood that she probably didn't understand my question, or she thought that I wouldn't understand it: I really hated when adults threated me like I knew less than they did. That lead me to another misconception - since adults kept the truth to themselves, I started to believe that everyone knew everything better than I did. Thought this changed when I was about 13-14, because then I realized that when my class mates failed their math test, it wasn't because they chose to/didn't care about school: it was because they were... stupid. Same with teachers when they said something stupid.

Actually, I think that is the most common childhood misconception that many won't realize isn't true: "I am stupid". No, you are probably not: just by thinking about it, you are most probably smarter than 80% of the population.

Thankfully, no childhood misconceptions of sex: I feel sorry for you sheltered individuals. I for one know how I'll teach my kids if I'll have any: give them a book or two to read about the subject. Done! A few pages of sex-FAQ sorts misconceptions out really quick. No need for embarrassing moments.

I thought that I could read when I was 2. I couldn't. I pretend-readed. A year later, when I was 3, I saw someone around 2 do the same thing, and I thought that it was completely stupid... But I didn't realized that I did that just a year before, I didn't get that until a few days later.
That's still one of my most embarrassing memories: me pretend-reading. I mean, c'mon! It's so silly and stupid.
Ugh, if I ever get kids, I won't be afraid that my children will be gay or something arbitrarily like that; I'll be scared senseless that my child might one day pretend-read. :|

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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby J the Ninja » Sat Jul 25, 2009 4:31 am UTC

Mine:

-One more for "Walt Gisney"
-I thought the vagina was in front too. Granted, I am male, and just assumed the opening was where my penis was, and that it just went straight back. Heck, make-out scenes in movies always had the couple just standing face-to-face, so this made perfect sense! (I didn't get the thrusting part until age 12 or so). I never really thought about WHERE back there it could have to go.
-I thought my sack was a "pee-tank". Strangely, this belief persisted for some time after I learned about the bladder.
-I thought when my parents left me home alone, the mafia were down the street with some sort of giant dish-shaped antenna that could sense my fear. Not sure where I got this idea, it was mostly paranoia I think. In any case, I've recently set about making a short web film inspired by this belief (w/Lego)
-My mom once told me "The steering wheel makes the wheels turn". I didn't quite get what she meant, so I thought turning the wheel was what made the car GO FORWARD.
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Re: Childhood misconceptions

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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby el_loco_avs » Sat Jul 25, 2009 9:14 am UTC

As a young kid, i thought when you had two cars starting from the same point, one going 50km/h and the other 55km/h they'd be separated by 5km after an hour. Correct so far. But for some reason I thought they would stay separated by that distance while they kept going.
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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby Gears » Sun Jul 26, 2009 5:49 am UTC

tiramisuloverr wrote:Up until the age of 5, I thought a man could only have sex with a woman if he was on top of her. Watching my first R-rated movie taught me otherwise.
So does this mean you were watching porn at age 6?
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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby Impulse97 » Sun Jul 26, 2009 6:16 am UTC

My idea of how poop was formed was that you had cells that looked like big tamales or corn strung together like sasegue links and they slowly turned into poop and fell down into your butt.

I had little understanding of sex then but enough to know that babies grew in mommy's tummy, just not how. One day while musing this and the impending due date of my aunt i realized that the baby had no way out because it couldn't come out the penis (cause if i had one girls had one too right? lol.) and not the butt because poop came out there. I was conviced that the baby was trapped and my aunt would explode when my cousin decided to be born.
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Re: Childhood misconceptions

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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby michaelandjimi » Mon Jul 27, 2009 7:31 am UTC

Cytoplasm wrote:Let's see, when I was two or three I would stare out my bedroom window at night and I thought my heart beat was a t-rex coming down the street. I would get scared, search for it and when I couldn't find it my heart would beat faster, further scaring me.
Holy crap, I had exactly this, only it was bears and mammoths. Bears and goddamn mammoths.

I don't know why, but I could hear my heart beat in my ear, which is a phenomenon I only get occasionally nowadays. I can barely remember the last time.
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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby Pez Dispens3r » Mon Jul 27, 2009 3:35 pm UTC

tiramisuloverr wrote:
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tiramisuloverr wrote:Up until the age of 5, I thought a man could only have sex with a woman if he was on top of her. Watching my first R-rated movie taught me otherwise.
So does this mean you were watching porn at age 6?


Not regularly, but I was certainly curious.

Hmmm. I first saw porn when I was about ten.

I think my initial reaction was "that's the vagina?! gross!"

Except quietly, because I didn't want to let on to my friends how much I was unaware of.
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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby i_ll_winn » Tue Jul 28, 2009 12:21 am UTC

Pez Dispens3r wrote:Hmmm. I first saw porn when I was about ten.

I think my initial reaction was "that's the vagina?! gross!"

Except quietly, because I didn't want to let on to my friends how much I was unaware of.


I was with a friend first time I saw porn as well, my friend said that exact thing.
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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby Alpha Omicron » Tue Jul 28, 2009 1:15 am UTC

michaelandjimi wrote:I don't know why, but I could hear my heart beat in my ear, which is a phenomenon I only get occasionally nowadays. I can barely remember the last time.
If I concentrate, I can hear it, feel it in any part of my body, and even see it if I'm looking at a blank white surface.
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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby Walter.Horvath » Tue Jul 28, 2009 3:10 am UTC

Alpha Omicron wrote:
michaelandjimi wrote:I don't know why, but I could hear my heart beat in my ear, which is a phenomenon I only get occasionally nowadays. I can barely remember the last time.
If I concentrate, I can hear it, feel it in any part of my body, and even see it if I'm looking at a blank white surface.

I used to think that either my heart was somewhere near my stomach, or that my stomach was going to asplode any second because of this :P

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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby velvet_octopus » Tue Jul 28, 2009 3:25 am UTC

My stuffed animals could hear my thoughts. When a new one became my favorite (because you could only have one favorite, of course), the old favorite felt bad and needed to be apologized to and assured that it was still loved. I continued to do this past the point where I knew logically that they were probably just inanimate objects, just in case.

Santa Claus could make it all the way around the world in one night because he actually had ~36 hours to deliver presents. He started at the international date line at dusk and ended up back there again at dawn, giving him 12 hours of night there + 24 hours by circling the world very carefully. This was my logic in about 3rd grade, after we learned about space and planets. (Once again, logical doubts were setting in but damn it, I had faith! He was backed by Science!)

My grandma put cheese in her homemade spaghetti, which was rings and tasted like SpaghettiO's. SpaghettiO's advertised on the can that they contained no MSG. Therefore, MSG was a kind of cheese. (Much later in life, I found out on the label that SpaghettiO's do contain cheese . . .)
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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby zipper-chan » Tue Jul 28, 2009 5:53 am UTC

I used to think that everyone who lived in America was an actor :lol: It made sense really, because in the 90's most 80% of everything on Australian TV came from the states. :P

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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby Gears » Tue Jul 28, 2009 7:10 am UTC

I had a misconception that everyone could be friends, and girls were nicer than boys. Now I know girls are be just as mean as boys, and most people are dickbags.
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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby zug » Thu Jul 30, 2009 1:01 am UTC

That rubbing dandelions on your feet made you run faster! My friend said it was true, so of course, it had to be.
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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby Shivahn » Fri Jul 31, 2009 2:31 am UTC

When I was little, so little that I don't actually remember it, but my mom does, I thought gravity was caused both by mass and the spinning of planets. In retrospect, I must have been confused about using spinning chambers in space stations to simulate gravity.

Anyway, I thought it'd be SO cool to stop gravity by making a huge metal rod and sticking it into Mars. It would stop both planets' spinning and gravity would be either weaker or nonexistent.

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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby MysteryBall » Fri Jul 31, 2009 9:12 am UTC

I thought that you couldn't put 5.25" CD/DVD drives and 3.5" HDD drives on the same IDE ribbon.

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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby Gears » Sat Aug 01, 2009 3:39 am UTC

That when you shoot a gun the entire bullet came out, not just the slug.
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Postby Shivahn » Sat Aug 01, 2009 4:21 am UTC

Gears wrote:That when you shoot a gun the entire bullet came out, not just the slug.


That reminds me, thanks to Goldeneye, I thought that the long pointy bullets were Russian and/or rifle bullets, and the round ones were pistol bullets. I thought that those were the only two types of bullets in the world (essentially, I thought there were only two common calibers on earth).

I also thought if I got shot I wouldn't die. Bullets are small, right? How could tiny holes kill people? This wasn't so much a misconception about guns as it was about physiology. I hadn't really thought about what blood loss could do to something.

I thought that every teacher was female, because they all were to a certain point. In elementary school, there was one male teacher that taught science separately from the rest of the class (we went to see him every once in a while). I figured he didn't count, so men could only be science teachers that come in sometimes, and all permanent teachers were female. When the school got our first male teacher, I think I thought he was gay. Or something. It must have made a lot of sense back then. When I went to middle school and almost all my teachers were male I was very surprised, and a bit alarmed, but for the most part they were some of my favorite teachers.

I don't know what I actually thought about language, but I remember I repeatedly asked someone to "spell my name in Chinese", and didn't understand why he couldn't.

Oh! I remember one thing I thought about language. I figured English was the One True Language. When my dad explained that Japanese people spoke Japanese, and Chinese people spoke Chinese, etc. I asserted that our language was the "right" one. Guess I was a bit egotistical.

I thought that if I concentrated and "felt" energy moving down my arms, and mentally pushed it to my hands and out, that I could shoot a Kamehameha wave, like from DragonBall Z.

I thought that if I asked God for magical powers, it would be granted. But I figured God was like a trickster genie, and would give the most screwed up version of a wish that could be given, while still being true to your wording. So when I asked, it was always a massive run on sentence with clarifications appended.

In retrospect, those "clarifications" that I forced myself to append each time had a breathing pattern to them, and were actually symptoms of OCD. I also was afraid if I wasn't breathing in and remembering something when I left it, it would be gone when I came back. And I had to touch it a certain number of times. So, classic OCD, and it still manifests when I'm leaving my pets to go to school.

I thought I was a totally normal boy :P . Dunno what I am, but it's NOT that.

I feel like I've said this before, but can't find it. Anyway, when I climbed up into the top of my bed, which was over a desk, skeletons would grab my feet and pull me back. They'd either kill me on touch, or just freak me out and drag me down with them. I had to imagine their bony hands getting close to me, and repelled by a force field, or they'd grab me. I could stop holding the force field up when I got into my bed, though, because they couldn't touch anything that was entirely within the rectangular prism formed from my mattress up indefinitely. They'd only come out at dark, but my light was far from the bed, so I had to move quickly.

I thought anything with fur had it grow, so I tried to cut the hair of a Halloween costume once.

I can't remember other major ones. Some minor ones are really nerdy though, and barely misconceptions. I thought that the Earth's atmosphere was about 1% carbon dioxide, for example. Silly me.

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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby OBrien » Sat Aug 01, 2009 2:11 pm UTC

Shivahn wrote:When I was little, so little that I don't actually remember it, but my mom does, I thought gravity was caused both by mass and the spinning of planets.


Funnily enough, the spinning does have an effect on gravity, but it opposes it rather than adding to it.
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Postby J the Ninja » Mon Aug 03, 2009 9:35 pm UTC

Shivahn wrote:Oh! I remember one thing I thought about language. I figured English was the One True Language. When my dad explained that Japanese people spoke Japanese, and Chinese people spoke Chinese, etc. I asserted that our language was the "right" one. Guess I was a bit egotistical.


Actually, the term is "ethnocentric".

(Thanks, general-ed anthropology class)
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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby medlii » Mon Aug 03, 2009 9:37 pm UTC

I thought that if you were in the army, you would die. I remember talking to my grandpa when I was probably 6 or 7 and asking him what sort of jobs he had. He was in the military for awhile and I straight out didn't believe him. Of course, I thought that being in the military meant you were a soldier who fought battles, but I'm not sure why everyone in the battle had to die in my mind.

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Re: Childhood misconceptions

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Sorroth wrote:I thought that barely meant the opposite of hardly. I think my reasoning was that two similar-sounding words that I'd heard used in similar contexts couldn't possibly mean the same thing, because that would be redundant.

I thought Synagogue was actually "Singing-God", because we sang a lot there and it had something to do with God. Calling it that has become something of a family tradition, and my little brother took a while to find out it wasn't actually called Singing-God, simply because that was all he'd heard us say.

Oh, and I thought tress made the wind when they waved, like fans.


similar to the synagogue confusion, I once heard a kid talk about the "three kings from orientar".

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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby zug » Tue Aug 04, 2009 2:19 am UTC

krazykate wrote:similar to the synagogue confusion, I once heard a kid talk about the "three kings from orientar".

and the mysterious letter "ellemenopee"

Cute though, I myself never understood the whole orient-are lyric before I was about 8 or 9. And I was watching Aladdin the other day and I picked up on a LOT of words I didn't know when I was in 3rd? grade and it came out. Like Scheherazade having 1000 tales, "Allah forbid," and that crack Aladdin makes when he's down in the mud about the horse with two rear ends :D
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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby elminster » Tue Aug 04, 2009 4:01 am UTC

I used to think paracetamol was an antibiotic like penicillin but milder. Made sense for a long time till I noticed people had it when they were in pain and not ill from a virus/etc, at which point I thought it was a painkiller and antibiotic.
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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby Gears » Tue Aug 04, 2009 4:26 am UTC

The car exhaust pushes the car.
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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby Alpha Omicron » Tue Aug 04, 2009 5:30 am UTC

Gears wrote:The car exhaust pushes the car.
A rocket engine works like this, so you weren't way off base.
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Postby Squid Tamer » Wed Aug 05, 2009 2:18 am UTC

I thought that soap made, along with the usual visible bubbles, tiny microscopic bubbles that germs got trapped in (Due to surface tension). They then got washed down the drain harmlessly. It made a lot of sense, and still sort of does to me.

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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby Lizabeff » Sun Aug 09, 2009 10:59 pm UTC

I used to think that absolutely everything had a layer of air between it and the ground/whatever it was touching. I have no idea why, but it made sense at the time.

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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby Kurushimi » Sun Aug 09, 2009 11:03 pm UTC

My sisters thought the Sims were speaking Spanish.

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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby TaintedDeity » Sun Aug 09, 2009 11:36 pm UTC

Lizabeff wrote:I used to think that absolutely everything had a layer of air between it and the ground/whatever it was touching. I have no idea why, but it made sense at the time.
There's not a layer of air, but things still aren't actually touching.
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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby sweet_concorde » Mon Aug 10, 2009 12:47 am UTC

I assumed I was playing against other people when I played video games.

I thought sub-titled movies in the video store were movies that had a curse word in the title - so they had to change the title to have them in the store. (I think this is because I asked for a movie, and my mom didn't want to get it for me because it was sub-titled)

I thought plush animals became alive after you cut the tags off. My little brother and I even did experiments trying to figure out if our toys were secretly alive, like we would tape a balloon around the mouth and wait for it to expand - because they couldn't hold their breath forever, you know.

I had heard that 'crazy people' had voices in their heads. I realized that I had a voice in my head, and I couldn't get it to stop. I have a pretty clear memory of standing in my room by myself, thinking I was insane and trying to stop thinking. I didn't want to tell anyone, so it took awhile to figure out that everyone had thoughts.

I thought any squiggly line could be cursive. I had a poster with kittens laying in a pile of yarn, and I was really mad that no one would tell me what it said.

My mom always knew when I was doing something I wasn't supposed to be (probably because I was being quiet) and so I thought there were cameras all over the house. When I was older, I went around and unscrewed the wall vents and looked inside with a flashlight. If there was a little nail hole in the wall I would plug it up, because some cameras are very small. I still worry a little about secret cameras, especially in apartments and public bathrooms. It happens!

When I was in maybe third grade I started girlscouts, and I had a girlscout book that had a short chapter on puberty. It was a little vague. After reading it I thought that when I turned into a teenager, my boobs would start bleeding. And that's why women put pads in their bras. I also didn't think there was anything between the vagina and the uterus - and it would be possible to lose something up there.

I had a ganglion cyst on my wrist, and when I found the lump I freaked out and looked up lumps and cysts on webMD. I decided I had wrist cancer. It took me about a week to tell my mom, I thought I was dying, and started a journal for my family to read after I died. I was in high school.
Themis wrote:I thought man-parts were tails.

Apparently, after I saw my little brother in the bath tub, I asked my mother when his tail would fall off.

-Just thought of another one. I thought that if I treated my pencil really nicely, that the pencil would do better on quizzes and whatnot. So I made my schoolbox into a little house for my pencil, and made a bed out of a tissue for the pencil to sleep in when I wasn't using it. The big eraser was used as a little pillow.

I also thought that the offering trays in church were put into some kind of contraption like the tubes used at drive-through banks, and that all the money went straight up to God. We were paying him so that he would do the things we asked him to do in the prayers.


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