Silly things I believed as a child. 

Some of these things you may find relatable, others you will make you think to yourself “well, that’s where the insanity comes from”.

I was told many things as a kid, by my parents, siblings or peers that in my naïveté, of course I believed. This coupled with my over active imagination, led me to believe some pretty stupid things as a kid. Without further ado, here are a few that spring to mind.

If you ate melon seeds, you’d grow a melon in your belly. 

I don’t know how this classic misconception came about, as I’m pretty sure eating fruit seeds is perfectly safe. I think it was my older sisters that told me this one and I’ve heard other people mention it too. I don’t know where it came from, but as a 90’s child this was a popular myth.

If you remove the plug whilst still in the bath, you would get sucked down the drain. 

I can’t recall who told me this, but I remember believing it. I also remember trying to tempt fate by pulling the plug and sticking my toe over the drain to stop the water flow. (I was a strange child)

Dolls could come to life and kill you. 

This one came about after watching a not so child-friendly movie called Child’s Play. I was about 7 years old and watched it at a friend’s house. After going home, I was legitimately afraid that my life sized bride Barbie was going to kill me in my sleep, so I pulled its arms off. I had so many Chucky nightmares, they were brought all the way into my adulthood. Moral of this story is that movies have ratings for a reason and shame on my friend’s parents for letting us watch that movie at such a young age.

If I misbehaved I’d be sent to a children’s home. 

I think this one was probably just my parents. Thinking back it was a bit of a mean threat and sometimes secretly I wished they would send me away and then I could be adopted by a rich family with a super cool dog and an indoor swimming pool.

Life was in black and white before colour TV was invented. 

I didn’t actually believe this one, as much as my dad tried to convince me otherwise. It is a funny thought though.

“If the wind changes, your face will stay that way”.

This was a common sentence we kids heard if any of us were in a pouty mood. Funnily enough, it wasn’t true!

Cat’s eyes on the road were actual cat’s eyes. 

I’m not sure if this was another one of my dad’s terrible jokes or I thought of this myself, but for a good while I thought all of the cats that got hit by cars were collected and their eyes were used to illuminate the roads at night.

Okay, I think that’s enough stupid for one day! Are there any common or weird things you heard as a child that you believed to be true? I’d love to know it’s not just me!

Until next time, stay smart.


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  1. You were traumatized by Chucky too!!! I watched a little of it on TV. by accident when I was little, scared the living **** out of me!
    Me: Oh look there are dolls in this movie, must be for kids…. Oh God, the doll has a knife, it’s chasing them! Not for kids, not for kids!!!!


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  2. I was told all of these except the last one and I am a month from being 49. We were called gullible instead of stupid. The only thing that comes to mind is when my father would have me pull his forefinger and he would fart … I seemed to always forget.

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