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What I thought was the worst way to die, Age 6

Postby factorialite » Thu Nov 01, 2007 2:41 am UTC

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When you were a kid, did you have any funny/interesting ways you thought you'd meet your maker with?

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Re: What I thought was the worst way to die, Age 6

Postby Verator » Thu Nov 01, 2007 2:45 am UTC

"If you cover more than 1/2 your body with sand you'll get sucked in like quicksand and die!"

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Re: What I thought was the worst way to die, Age 6

Postby AnonyMouse » Thu Nov 01, 2007 2:57 am UTC

I was convinced when I was young, that because breathing into my pillow made it warmer, that if I didn't flip it over now and again, I would breath too much and it would get too warm and catch fire. my brain sort of knew that didn't happen, and that I'd never heard of it and they probably made pillows not to do that, but I still worried about it happening while I was sleeping. I was a weird kid. :oops:
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Re: What I thought was the worst way to die, Age 6

Postby Katastrophy » Thu Nov 01, 2007 3:02 am UTC

Oh god, the escalator one...

Reminds me alot of when I was young. I was terrified of the concept of a bottomless pit, because I was positive you'd just fall in darkness until you died of old age. Or starvation or something.
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Re: What I thought was the worst way to die, Age 6

Postby SecondTalon » Thu Nov 01, 2007 3:07 am UTC

AnonyMouse wrote:I was convinced when I was young, that because breathing into my pillow made it warmer, that if I didn't flip it over now and again, I would breath too much and it would get too warm and catch fire. my brain sort of knew that didn't happen, and that I'd never heard of it and they probably made pillows not to do that, but I still worried about it happening while I was sleeping. I was a weird kid. :oops:


I always thought that the pillow would store carbon dioxide and eventually, if I didn't keep moving or keep my head pointing away from the pillow, I'd suffocate.
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Re: What I thought was the worst way to die, Age 6

Postby pollywog » Thu Nov 01, 2007 4:20 am UTC

I read Hound of the Baskervilles when I was young. I slept with my head under my pillow until I was 15, and still get scared sometimes. My worst way to die was therefore getting ripped to shreds by a dog, or even worse, a werewolf.
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Re: What I thought was the worst way to die, Age 6

Postby xooll » Thu Nov 01, 2007 4:41 am UTC

I once got my shoelace caught in an escalator.
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Re: What I thought was the worst way to die, Age 6

Postby Trina » Thu Nov 01, 2007 4:45 am UTC

i thought i was invincible until the age of seven. then i watched it and became terrified of dying at the hands of a clown or killed by a spider.

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Re: What I thought was the worst way to die, Age 6

Postby Rat » Thu Nov 01, 2007 6:14 am UTC

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well they made such a big deal out of crossing the street...

if i saw a car pulling out of its driveway two blocks down i'd wait to see if it drove past

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Re: What I thought was the worst way to die, Age 6

Postby parkaboy » Thu Nov 01, 2007 6:17 am UTC

pollywog wrote:I read Hound of the Baskervilles when I was young. I slept with my head under my pillow until I was 15, and still get scared sometimes. My worst way to die was therefore getting ripped to shreds by a dog, or even worse, a werewolf.



i'm STILL terrified that this will happen to me.
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Re: What I thought was the worst way to die, Age 6

Postby d33p » Thu Nov 01, 2007 6:23 am UTC

Being raised in a VERY strict Protestant household, the son of a preacher man, I was convinced that God would smite me for the smallest error. I got straight A's until 7th grade, when I realized God didn't care about my grades.
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Re: What I thought was the worst way to die, Age 6

Postby pollywog » Thu Nov 01, 2007 6:27 am UTC

parkaboy wrote:
pollywog wrote:I read Hound of the Baskervilles when I was young. I slept with my head under my pillow until I was 15, and still get scared sometimes. My worst way to die was therefore getting ripped to shreds by a dog, or even worse, a werewolf.



i'm STILL terrified that this will happen to me.


It's the reason I carry a knife with me while walking. There are a lot of pigdogs in the area, and they can be vicious bastards.
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Re: What I thought was the worst way to die, Age 6

Postby parkaboy » Thu Nov 01, 2007 6:42 am UTC

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Re: What I thought was the worst way to die, Age 6

Postby pollywog » Thu Nov 01, 2007 6:46 am UTC

Dogs that are used specifically for hunting and killing wild pigs. They are brutal, fierce and scary as hell.
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Re: What I thought was the worst way to die, Age 6

Postby keozen » Thu Nov 01, 2007 8:37 am UTC

I swam a lot when I was little (did classes then swam for a team) and I am therefore terrified of drowning. I can't think of a scarier death at all.
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Re: What I thought was the worst way to die, Age 6

Postby reishka » Thu Nov 01, 2007 9:39 am UTC

Being bitten to death by spiders. Actually, I'm still pretty sure that's scary.

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Re: What I thought was the worst way to die, Age 6

Postby mrcheesypants » Thu Nov 01, 2007 9:51 am UTC

When I was six, I was told by one of my friends that all ditches have hidden spikes in them and that if you fell into one you would die. By age eight I realized my friend was an idiot when we learned about tornado safety.
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Re: What I thought was the worst way to die, Age 6

Postby Aviatrix » Thu Nov 01, 2007 9:52 am UTC

d33p wrote:I got straight A's until 7th grade, when I realized God didn't care about my grades.
Whoa... wait a minute. God doesn't care about my grades? (Still a perfectionist, for very similar reasons, although not so much a believer any more.)

Along the same lines, I was convinced I'd die in my sleep, since I was reminded of the possibility each and every bloody night. "If I die before I wake..." It seemed pretty important, if they made you recite a prayer about it every night.

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Re: What I thought was the worst way to die, Age 6

Postby Robin S » Thu Nov 01, 2007 12:11 pm UTC

I used to have dinosaur nightmares all the time; I still have them occasionally to this day. I used to be into dinosaurs a lot more than I am now, though I don't think I ever seriously believed that there was a genuine risk of death by dinosaur.

I remember fearing death, in general, a lot as a child. It wasn't fear of a particular cause, so much as being thoroughly disturbed by the knowledge that one day I would cease to exist. Being about six at the time, I found that idea absolutely terrifying. It still worries me sometimes.
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Re: What I thought was the worst way to die, Age 6

Postby MFHodge » Thu Nov 01, 2007 12:20 pm UTC

I was about that age when I saw an episode of the Twilight Zone where a girl was a stowaway on a cargo space ship. Her added weight had caused them to use up too much fuel and the ship wasn't going to make it to the next place to land. They tried ejecting any thing they could, like spare parts and panel covers, but it wasn't enough to drop the weight. The show ended with the girl getting ejected into space.

That fucked me up for a while.
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Re: What I thought was the worst way to die, Age 6

Postby rachel » Thu Nov 01, 2007 1:15 pm UTC

My older sisters had me convinced that when I was thirteen the bologna man was going to come and cut my big toe off and turn it into bologna and that is what all bologna is made of. Just people's toes.

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Re: What I thought was the worst way to die, Age 6

Postby Aleril » Thu Nov 01, 2007 2:40 pm UTC

Fear of heights has always been a big factor of how I thought I was going to die. Including the time I went to the Grand Canyon and ran the fuck away from the edge thinking I was going to fall off. There are many other examples of this.

Also, I thought that if I mixed a lot of water with sand, quicksand would be made.
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Re: What I thought was the worst way to die, Age 6

Postby Katastrophy » Thu Nov 01, 2007 2:51 pm UTC

A friend managed to convince me that if I chewed on my pencils, I'd get lead poisoning and die. I was fairly certain it wasn't true, but pencil lead always made me a little nervous thereafter. Ironically, she was much worse about chewing her pencils than I was, I only did it to see what the appeal was.
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Re: What I thought was the worst way to die, Age 6

Postby Robin S » Thu Nov 01, 2007 2:54 pm UTC

In a similar vein (no pun intended), getting ink in a cut.
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Re: What I thought was the worst way to die, Age 6

Postby Mathmagic » Thu Nov 01, 2007 3:58 pm UTC

Is this thread not pretty much the same as the Childhood Misconceptions thread?
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Re: What I thought was the worst way to die, Age 6

Postby Robin S » Thu Nov 01, 2007 5:11 pm UTC

Far more similar pairs of threads have been created and allowed to flourish. This one is about childhood death-related fears, rather than misconceptions.
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Re: What I thought was the worst way to die, Age 6

Postby ehird » Thu Nov 01, 2007 5:32 pm UTC

Either quicksand, or reality's 3d rendering fscking up and my object got distorted in various impossible dimensions and my texture mapped onto something else like water or something so I turned into liquid.

Yeah, I was a nerd.

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Re: What I thought was the worst way to die, Age 6

Postby Stief » Thu Nov 01, 2007 6:02 pm UTC

I used to think I could laugh to death....You get to that point of sheer breathlessness and you realise " :| what if I don't actually breathe again?"

Then again...6 previous severe asthma attacks made me think that as well :wink:
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Postby Robin S » Thu Nov 01, 2007 6:21 pm UTC

People have laughed themselves to death. I think it was technically heart failure which killed them.
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Re: What I thought was the worst way to die, Age 6

Postby Ambelie » Thu Nov 01, 2007 6:35 pm UTC

Aviatrix wrote:
d33p wrote:I got straight A's until 7th grade, when I realized God didn't care about my grades.
Whoa... wait a minute. God doesn't care about my grades? (Still a perfectionist, for very similar reasons, although not so much a believer any more.)

Along the same lines, I was convinced I'd die in my sleep, since I was reminded of the possibility each and every bloody night. "If I die before I wake..." It seemed pretty important, if they made you recite a prayer about it every night.


I came from a very NON religious family, and I was STILL terrified that I'd die in my sleep, not really sure why though.

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Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Thu Nov 01, 2007 6:40 pm UTC

I was positive that I'd fall off my bike, and my head would be run over by a car.

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Re: What I thought was the worst way to die, Age 6

Postby Kizyr » Thu Nov 01, 2007 6:56 pm UTC

VTHodge wrote:I was about that age when I saw an episode of the Twilight Zone where a girl was a stowaway on a cargo space ship. Her added weight had caused them to use up too much fuel and the ship wasn't going to make it to the next place to land. They tried ejecting any thing they could, like spare parts and panel covers, but it wasn't enough to drop the weight. The show ended with the girl getting ejected into space.

That fucked me up for a while.

You sure it was The Twilight Zone? That's just the plot from The Cold Equations. ...which was really good. SciFi channel around 2000 or so had a movie of it (and unlike most of their movies, this one was actually really well-done).

As for me... when I was little, I thought you could die of fright from a hallucination. For some reason I was always scared to walk around the house at midnight because I was afraid I would hallucinate. I wasn't scared of ghosts; I was just scared of thinking there was a ghost. KF
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Postby MFHodge » Thu Nov 01, 2007 7:04 pm UTC

Kizyr wrote:
VTHodge wrote:I was about that age when I saw an episode of the Twilight Zone where a girl was a stowaway on a cargo space ship. Her added weight had caused them to use up too much fuel and the ship wasn't going to make it to the next place to land. They tried ejecting any thing they could, like spare parts and panel covers, but it wasn't enough to drop the weight. The show ended with the girl getting ejected into space.

You sure it was The Twilight Zone? That's just the plot from The Cold Equations. ...which was really good. SciFi channel around 2000 or so had a movie of it (and unlike most of their movies, this one was actually really well-done).

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It's pretty weird how well I remember the show, seeing as how I saw it once when I was seven or eight.
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Re: What I thought was the worst way to die, Age 6

Postby Ambelie » Thu Nov 01, 2007 7:05 pm UTC

VTHodge wrote:
Kizyr wrote:
VTHodge wrote:I was about that age when I saw an episode of the Twilight Zone where a girl was a stowaway on a cargo space ship. Her added weight had caused them to use up too much fuel and the ship wasn't going to make it to the next place to land. They tried ejecting any thing they could, like spare parts and panel covers, but it wasn't enough to drop the weight. The show ended with the girl getting ejected into space.

You sure it was The Twilight Zone? That's just the plot from The Cold Equations. ...which was really good. SciFi channel around 2000 or so had a movie of it (and unlike most of their movies, this one was actually really well-done).

High five! We were both right!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cold_E ... ht_Zone%29

It's pretty weird how well I remember the show, seeing as how I saw it once when I was seven or eight.


I think I might have seen that, but for some reason I remember it as a story I read in Junior High or early High School though. :o

It sounds EXTREMELY familiar.

EDIT: A-HA! And it is based on a short story, lol, that where I heard it from.

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Re: What I thought was the worst way to die, Age 6

Postby apricity » Thu Nov 01, 2007 7:07 pm UTC

I used to watch Unsolved Mysteries when I was around that age. I really don't know why now, but back then I thought it was awesome. There was one where there was some mysterious fire that burned a family's house down at 4 am. After I saw that, I started to wake up at 4 am every single morning and listen for "fire sounds." I did it for a few months, until finally I talked to my mom about it and we planned an escape route from every room of our house in the event of a fire.
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Re: What I thought was the worst way to die, Age 6

Postby mrorange » Thu Nov 01, 2007 7:10 pm UTC

i remember being afraid that i would fall (somehow, bike, stairs, shoolaces, i fell over a lot when i was little) and that my head would crack open like a melon when i hit the ground.. because i thought heads worked like that.

it is also a testamant to my morbidity as a child that after that i wondered what brains looked like on pavement.
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Re: What I thought was the worst way to die, Age 6

Postby MotorToad » Thu Nov 01, 2007 7:51 pm UTC

I was irrationally afraid of getting trapped or stuck somewhere and starving to death alone. Probably not an irrational fear, but it seemed like the worst thing possible to me, being helpless. The weird thing is it was actually very possible, I explored * when I was a kid, the further from civilization the better.
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Re: What I thought was the worst way to die, Age 6

Postby TiberiusM » Thu Nov 01, 2007 7:58 pm UTC

MotorToad wrote:I was irrationally afraid of getting trapped or stuck somewhere and starving to death alone. Probably not an irrational fear, but it seemed like the worst thing possible to me, being helpless. The weird thing is it was actually very possible, I explored * when I was a kid, the further from civilization the better.


I remembering watching about Floyd Collins in a National Geographic special as a kid and determining it would be the worst way to die, until I reached about age 10.

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Re: What I thought was the worst way to die, Age 6

Postby Ess » Thu Nov 01, 2007 9:34 pm UTC

Once, my mother told me to pick up my toys that were by my bed because if I rolled out of bed while I was sleeping, I'd land on the toy, break my back/neck, and die. To this day I cannot have anything within 2 feet of either side of my bed because I'm scared s***less of rolling off the bed, hitting something, breaking my back/neck, and dying.

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Re: What I thought was the worst way to die, Age 6

Postby Belial » Thu Nov 01, 2007 9:36 pm UTC

Through most of my childhood, I harbored a deep suspicion that death was something that only applied to other people.

So I was mostly just afraid of pain.
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