Culture The Silliest Things You Thought Were True as a Kid  

Erica Scheidt
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List Rules Silly beliefs you held as a stupid little kid. Upvote the things you remember arguing about on the playground.

Looking at this list, it's amazing we were able to get through our childhood without having a nervous breakdown. Seriously! The amount of silly things you believed as a kid and the little lies that we had to tell ourselves just to get through those traumatic childhood days is insane. There were monsters everywhere, sharks in the swimming pool, and plenty to worry about as fair as cutting your hair and eating watermelon seeds. Now that we're mature, grown adults, we definitely don't believe any of these silly lies anymore. Riiiiight? 

When you were growing up, what silly things did you believe? Did you actually believe that the world was in black and white before color TV was invented? Did those horror movies that you were way too young to watch traumatize you so much that you were actually afraid of being sucked down the bathtub drain? What silly thing did you tell yourself in order to avoid the monsters that most definitely lived under your bed or in the closet?

From flat out ridiculous to straight up delusional, which of these silly things did you believe in the most when you were a young, innocent, naive child? How many of you out there still think chocolate milk comes from brown cows? We'll admit we're still a little afraid of the dark, what about you? Let us know in the comments section and be sure to vote up the beliefs on this list that you also thought were 100% true as a child.

Is your weird childhood believe not listed? Add it below to help others remember all the ridiculous things they believed when they were kids. 
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If You Pulled Your Blanket Up ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Silliest Things You Thought Were True as a Kid
RebellionxGamer added If You Pulled Your Blanket Up Over You Then Nothing Could Get You.

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2,292 513
When You Turned the Lights Off... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Silliest Things You Thought Were True as a Kid
When You Turned the Lights Off in a Room, You Had to Sprint Out to Avoid Monsters
Yeah, we still do this.

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1,123 292
If You Shave Your (chest, Legs... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Silliest Things You Thought Were True as a Kid
john-morgan added If You Shave Your (chest, Legs, Etc) the Hair Will Grow Back Thicker and Darker

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967 324
Lava is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Silliest Things You Thought Were True as a Kid

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If You Swallowed a Watermelon ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Silliest Things You Thought Were True as a Kid
If You Swallowed a Watermelon Seed, it Would Grow Inside Your Stomach
Water daily and you'll have yourself a garden.

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All Grownups Knew What They We... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Silliest Things You Thought Were True as a Kid
All Grownups Knew What They Were Talking About and Were Always Right
LOL BIGGEST LIE EVER!

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842 373
Ranker Video
TheWelshGuy added That Father Christmas Was Real!

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Your Stuffed Animals Came to L... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Silliest Things You Thought Were True as a Kid
Your Stuffed Animals Came to Life When You Weren't Looking
Toy Story was a documentary, right?

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If You Thought Hard Enough, Yo... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Silliest Things You Thought Were True as a Kid
If You Thought Hard Enough, You Could Move Stuff with Your Mind
But we could never show anyone our hidden talent.

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761 387
If You Crossed Your Eyes, They... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Silliest Things You Thought Were True as a Kid
RobLein added If You Crossed Your Eyes, They Would Stay That Way
Uncles and aunts were great at saying this.

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717 407
All Inanimate Objects Had Feel... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Silliest Things You Thought Were True as a Kid
Lauren Slocum added All Inanimate Objects Had Feelings

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642 363
Everybody Must Obey My Mother is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Silliest Things You Thought Were True as a Kid
john-morgan added Everybody Must Obey My Mother

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650 394
Stepping On Lines / Cracks Cou... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Silliest Things You Thought Were True as a Kid
travis-harris added Stepping On Lines / Cracks Could Hurt Parents Spines / Backs

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There Were People Who Controll... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Silliest Things You Thought Were True as a Kid
There Were People Who Controlled the Stoplights at Every Intersection
We've always wondered why we only hit red lights.

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603 384
My Dad Was the Toughest Dad in... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Silliest Things You Thought Were True as a Kid
RobLein added My Dad Was the Toughest Dad in the World
Kids still get into fights over whose dad was the toughest in the world.

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577 379
If I Can't See You, You Can't ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Silliest Things You Thought Were True as a Kid
travis-harris added If I Can't See You, You Can't See Me.

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Chocolate Milk Came from Brown... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Silliest Things You Thought Were True as a Kid
Chocolate Milk Came from Brown Cows
And strawberry milk came from pink cows, obv.

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1,056 1,163
If You Didn't See it, it D... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Silliest Things You Thought Were True as a Kid
If You Didn't See it, it Didn't Exist
Ignorance is bliss!

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498 492
Drinking Coffee Made You Short is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Silliest Things You Thought Were True as a Kid
RobLein added Drinking Coffee Made You Short

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1,194 1,110
You Could Get Sucked Down the ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Silliest Things You Thought Were True as a Kid
You Could Get Sucked Down the Bathtub's Plughole
Why do you think all kids eventually switch to showers?

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1,208 1,139
Elemenopee Was One Word (Inste... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Silliest Things You Thought Were True as a Kid
Elemenopee Was One Word (Instead of L-M-N-O-P)
We still recite the alphabet this way...

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910 1,264
Every Song on the Radio Was Be... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Silliest Things You Thought Were True as a Kid
Every Song on the Radio Was Being Played Live
Rockstars obviously had nothing better to do.

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There Were Sharks in the Deep ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Silliest Things You Thought Were True as a Kid
There Were Sharks in the Deep End of the Swimming Pool
Shallow end for life; we're still scared.

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803 1,297
Before Color TV Was Invented, ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Silliest Things You Thought Were True as a Kid
Before Color TV Was Invented, the Whole World Was in Black and White
No gray areas here!

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759 1,251
That Was Actually Mickey Mouse... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Silliest Things You Thought Were True as a Kid
That Was Actually Mickey Mouse You Met at Disneyland
Definitely not a struggling actor!