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« on: October 04, 2012, 01:57:33 PM »

     When I was a kid, I believed....
In the toilet monster, that if you flushed the toilet at night, it would wake up, and grab you.

That the padlocked storage rooms in the basement of the Dreamland, near the Men's room, were where they kept the monsters between movies.

 That if you stirred coffee or other beverages backwards, they would unmix.

That the stockboys at the supermarket went out and shot the turkeys they sold for Thanksgiving.

That if you dialed a certain number at night, you could hear dead people talking. (My older cousin, Todd, told me that).

That I could jump off the garage roof with an umbrella, and float down like Jiminy Cricket (Thanks again, Todd!)

That there was a skeleton in our upstairs closet; I thought I heard my mother say so.

     What about you?
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« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2012, 03:02:40 PM »

We lived beside a grammar school that had an iron fire escape attached to it.  When I was around 6 or 7 years old, there was a story going around the neighborhood that if you stepped on a certain spot at the top of the fire escape, the iron stairs would extend very high into the sky and you wouldn't be able to get down.  I remember climbing those stairs and getting very near the top, but being afraid to step on the top landing because I thought I'd get raised up into the clouds and be stuck up there forever. 
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« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2012, 04:30:13 PM »

My mom told me that if I opened my mouth really wide, my whole head would turn inside out.  I was skeptical, but you know, it's from mom and she would never lie...
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« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2012, 12:03:09 AM »

If a snapping turtle bit you it would hang on to you until it thundered. Even if you cut its ugly head off the head would continue to dangle from your arm, foot, whatever.

We did sometimes wonder why you NEVER saw people walking around with big turtles dangling from them, but we rationalized if you DID have a turtle attached to your hand you'd be too embarrassed to go out in public until a thunderstorm freed you from it.
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« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2012, 03:04:30 AM »

If a snapping turtle bit you it would hang on to you until it thundered. Even if you cut its ugly head off the head would continue to dangle from your arm, foot, whatever.

We did sometimes wonder why you NEVER saw people walking around with big turtles dangling from them, but we rationalized if you DID have a turtle attached to your hand you'd be too embarrassed to go out in public until a thunderstorm freed you from it.

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« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2012, 01:53:16 PM »

Our across the street neighbor told us that if you kiss a cat on the mouth you'd get cancer.....we were a lot younger and believed her until Mom set us straight.
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« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2012, 02:06:55 PM »

I believed that everyone can read minds. No joke, I thought reading minds was real.
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« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2012, 02:10:17 PM »

As a very young child I believed that when you went to Heaven and moved into your mansion,there would be a big pile of everything you ever lost in the back yard.
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« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2012, 05:25:22 PM »

Forget the garage roof. Forget the umbrella. I believed as a kid, that if I jumped out of the 3rd story window of our apartment, I would survive the experience. Fortunately, I never tried to prove whether that was correct or not.
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« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2012, 06:28:57 PM »

If you step on a spider, it'll rain. I can remember quite a few kids who subscribed to that idea. Don't know where it came from, or why kids kept believing it.
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« Reply #10 on: October 05, 2012, 08:15:02 PM »

If you step on a spider, it'll rain. I can remember quite a few kids who subscribed to that idea. Don't know where it came from, or why kids kept believing it.

I've heard that one before...think it's an old superstition or something. Yeah I believed it as a kid.  Also superstitions like not stepping on a crack (you'll break your mother's back), avoiding black cats.

As a kid at one point, I believed I actually controlled the wind with my mind. Also believed there were fairies in the woods and one shouldn't go on the marsh at evening because that's when they came out. Also thought there really was a pot of gold underneath a rainbow. And oh that you should never look at yourself in a mirror in the dark as you would see the Grim Reaper. Yeah I was a bit kooky as a kid I guess.
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« Reply #11 on: October 05, 2012, 09:21:25 PM »



That I could jump off the garage roof with an umbrella, and float down like Jiminy Cricket (Thanks again, Todd!)

Yep, I was pretty convinced of that one; sadly my mother refused to let me prove it.


I believed if you didn't keep your eyes closed when you sneezed, your eyes would pop out of your head.  I also believed your eyes would pop out if you held your breath for too long.

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« Reply #12 on: October 05, 2012, 09:37:03 PM »

when I was very young I used to think that when a man and woman got married, the woman had to have a baby on the day of the wedding
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« Reply #13 on: October 05, 2012, 11:11:28 PM »

when I was very young I used to think that when a man and woman got married, the woman had to have a baby on the day of the wedding

My parents were fine with telling me the mechanics of conception when I was little, but avoided any talk about sexual activity. There was a time when I thought it just happened after marriage, maybe because couples slept in the same bed. The sperm just wiggled their way across the sheets during the night or something. Needless to say, it made much more sense after somebody finally explained intercourse.
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« Reply #14 on: October 06, 2012, 06:08:32 AM »

     



That I could jump off the garage roof with an umbrella, and float down like Jiminy Cricket (Thanks again, Todd!)



I got the same idea from Mary Poppins-tried it too-only it was from a huge stack of lumbar at my freind Frankie Marada's hous in Wappinger Falls,NY.

If a snapping turtle bit you it would hang on to you until it thundered. Even if you cut its ugly head off the head would continue to dangle from your arm, foot, whatever.

We did sometimes wonder why you NEVER saw people walking around with big turtles dangling from them, but we rationalized if you DID have a turtle attached to your hand you'd be too embarrassed to go out in public until a thunderstorm freed you from it.

I beleved this as well for the looongest time! untill my early teens! Sheesh!  Lookingup

I also beleived that if an earwig got into your ear-it would crawl into your brain and lay eggs-thanks to an old episode of "Night Gallery" for that little nightmare.

My mom told me that if I opened my mouth really wide, my whole head would turn inside out.  I was skeptical, but you know, it's from mom and she would never lie...

Heh heh-I thought for the longest time if I crossed my eyes  too much they would stay crossed-FOREVER.

When I was a little kid we stayed in a foster care home of some old lady who had this  large photo of some creepy kid in a Buster Brown type suit hanging in her bedroom-the eyes followed us...me and my brother really thought the picture was of a kid that lived and was murdered there and he lived in the picture.

In our old farmhouse on Dead End Road we had a bedroom whch was next to the attic-a small door in our room led into it.
My brother Mike told me that a dead kid named Billy lived in there. He couldn't come out because if you saw him you would die too-and live in the attic as well-FOREVER.
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