Culture The Most Incredibly Messed Up Things You Did As A Kid (Now That You Look Back)  

Elise Hennigan
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List Rules Vote up the horrible things that, yes, you definitely did as a kid (and now you feel bad)

Remember all of the horrible things you did as a kid? Even if you were a shy, withdrawn introvert, you probably tested boundaries in some odd ways as a child. Maybe you took your pet fish out of his tank so you could hold him (you killed him), pointed at your mom's thighs and told her she's fat (you really hurt her feelings), or lied about your weird neighbor just because you didn't like him (he probably actually got in trouble). There are some everyone did as a child that were - in retrospect - pretty messed up. 

As a kid, you live in the present. Your moral compass is still in development and your curiosity is boundless. You don't feel guilt about your decisions - mostly because you don't totally have a grasp on what is right or wrong just yet. Things you did when you were little, however screwed up, probably helped you actually get a grasp on the concept of morality and appropriate behavior. You realized after the oblivious comment regarding your mom's thighs, for example, the necessity of social tact. 

Looking back on all of the terrible things you did as a kid, you probably can't help but cringe. Or, let's at least hope so. Otherwise, you might be a psychopath. So let's delve into the cringeworthy kid things you used to do. What's the most horrible thing you did as a kid, without realizing how bad it was until you grew up?

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51 16

Mrs. Johnson is still trying to figure out who that was who called her in 1994.

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43 21

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36 17

Nothing seems dangerous as a kid, but you probably knew this was dangerous.

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39 23

If you cut earthworms in half, both sides keep squirming...

5
37 23

If he told you, why can't you tell your whole class?

6
36 24

The house is haunted, you had another sibling who died, they were adopted... 

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32 20

This has to be where "it's all fun and games until someone gets hurt" comes from.

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31 20

Like a speech impediment or an unfortunate birth mark. 

9
32 26

That friend is 100% more successful than you now, you jerk.

10
28 27

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25 25

Just a little candy in your pocket.

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5 1

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23 26

If you grew up in a "no junk food" household... you were bound to get desperate once in awhile.

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24 28

Like a science experiment, but demonic.

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18 23

The dog probably got punished when it was you who got into the garbage to get that cookie someone threw away. 

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2 2

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1 2

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18 28

Maybe you pulled your dogs ears or tried to pick up your cat by its tail. 

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15 26

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17 31

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14 27

Just to see if it scared the drivers (it did).

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16 32

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16 32

It doesn't count as bad if you run away afterwards.

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12 27

Making fireworks illegal should be illegal. 

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15 32

Maybe you didn't know this was a no-no or maybe you were just curious...