A child’s imagination is a wonderful thing, but as we get older, it becomes clear that the silly ideas we once had no longer make any sense. Perhaps you were tormented by monsters under your bed or believed swallowing a watermelon seed would result in one growing in your stomach. Although these nonsensical beliefs are a thing of the past (promise), it’s fun to reminisce about how naive and gullible we all once were. In a bid to do just that, Twitter user Ross McClearly decided to invite his followers to reveal the hilarious things they believed when they were young.
McClearly writes, “Where’s that ‘ridiculous things you believed as a kid’ thread? Because I just remembered that I used to think the two teams on University Challenge were stacked one on top of the other like the way it’s cut together.” It didn’t take long before fellow Twitter users began sharing their hilarious childhood beliefs—many of which are totally relatable. For example, @rivenscythe writes, “[I] used to think ‘drinking and driving’ related to all beverages, not just alcohol,” sparking memories for others who thought you could get arrested for spilling your drink in a car.
Others revealed their confusion about how TV and radio worked. “I used to think that people on the TV could see me when I was really little,” says @alicelucyrose_x. “One time an aardvark puppet on this show said ‘I love your new hair’ and I'd just come into the room after having a haircut. Proper freaked me out.” Another nostalgia-crazed Twitter user @VonnSand writes, “When a song was being played on the radio, I thought the whole band just popped into the room with the radio presenter, then left once they’d finished.”
Scroll down to read some of the hilarious things people believed when they were children. And if you have any silly memories of your own, why not add to the thread?
Twitter user Ross McClearly decided to invite his followers to share the silly things they believed when they were young.
Where's that ‘ridiculous things you believed as a kid' thread? Because I just remembered that I used to think the two teams on University Challenge were stacked one on top of the other like the way it's cut together.
— Ross McClearly (@strongmisgiving) September 5, 2018
The Twitter thread reveals hilarious, nonsensical childhood memories that are totally relatable.
I thought all Dogs were Male and Cats were Female
— Catherine Hughes 🌻 (@cathughez) September 7, 2018
Thought if I tried really hard I could breathe underwater.
— Holly Forsman (@Holly500) September 7, 2018
From drinking and driving…
Used to think “drinking and driving” related to all beverages, not just alcohol.
— Riven (@rivenscythe) September 7, 2018
I thought this once too. To the point that when I was very little and my grandfather bought me an orange soda to drink on the way home from a shopping trip, I thought he was trying to get me arrested.
— Kara Dennison (@RubyCosmos) September 7, 2018
to the myths of TV and Radio…
I used to think that people on the TV could see me when I was really little. One time an aardvark puppet on this show said “I love your new hair” and I'd just come into the room after having a haircut. Proper freaked me out.
— Alice Rose (@alicelucyrose_x) September 6, 2018
When a song was being played on the radio, I thought the whole band just popped into the room with the radio presenter, then left once they’d finished.
— Vonnie Sandlan (@VonnSand) September 5, 2018
When I would watch movies I would think that the movies were being filmed the same time I would watch them so I would get confused when I would watch the movie at night and movie would be set during the day time
— Jack Kahuna Laguna (@papaallmight) September 7, 2018
…and even confusion about science and human biology.
A friend told me that brocolli had the most advanced nervous system of all plants and if it had a brain it would feel pain. I was repeating this well into my 20s (with biological sciences degree in the bag) until I mentioned it to him and he peed himself laughing.
I thought when people said babies got all the food they needed from breasts, it must only be quite small things, like spaghetti and peas. Not big things like steak.
— louise leigh (@speshmagiclady) September 7, 2018