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15 hilarious things people actually believed as kids

Using their powerful imagination, kids can come up with the funniest explanations of the most boring things and events. This list of things people believed as children will definitely put a smile on your face and make you remember your childhood.


The members of the AskReddit community shared the most laughable things they thought were true when they were kids. Here are the best of them:

  • When I was a pre-schooler, my mom told me that you weren't allowed to ride a motorcycle or get tattoos unless your mother was dead. One day, outside the grocery store I saw a big, tough looking dude covered in tats, straddling the loudest motorcycle ever. I went up to him and ask, "Hey. Is your mom dead?" Dude looked at me and said, "Yeah." And I was shocked that my mom was right. – suture224
  • When I was a kid, my mom explained to me that we all had belly buttons because that’s how our moms fed us before we were born. So I thought when you got pregnant, your belly button opened up and you just put whatever you wanted to down there. Like I thought women were just shoving chicken legs in their belly buttons. Plot twist: I’m a Postpartum nurse now. – snarkyrn15

  • My brother had me convinced for a while that each person had to have a unique favorite color, and since his was blue, I had to change mine. On my first day of kindergarten, we had to introduce ourselves and say our favorite color. I was super stressed out because the kids in front of me picked the 'good' colors, and I kinda panicked and told everyone my favorite color was gray. pyrotech33
  • That actors/tv characters would have to come back into a studio for each rerun of a show/movie. I would always be so amazed that people would have the time to go into a room with a camera multiple times a day just so I could watch them do the same thing over and over again. DaKing4001

  • When I was about 4, my older sister told me that since the population of Japan was so high, Japanese people slept sideways on their beds so they could fit more people on every bed. I believed it until I went to a sleepover at 13 and suggested that we sleep “Japanese-style” on the bed so everyone could fit. Amachholz
  • I didnt know cars have a turn signal lever, so I thought the car knew where we were going. I thought the car would use the arrows to tell my parents where to turn. LadyLuxlord
  • I used to think every car had their own radio station and that the people talking on the radio were just talking for our car, it made me feel really special. your-turn
  • My brother and I wrote letters to Santa and our Dad would open up the coal furnace door and we would throw them in the fire. We belived they would go directly to the North Pole. TrainMouse1949
  • I fully thought that all dogs are male and all cats are female. mintjulep30
  • I thought that drinking and driving meant any drink. StarLordFloofer

  • Escalator stairs were one time use and just kinda piled up under the floor. stupidlyugly
  • That we had to change our names during different stages of our lives, like we have a toddler's name, a teenager's name and an adult's name. Chogisoo
  • Not me but my brother was convinced for a few weeks that some cows had longer legs on one side of their body so they could stand on hills. pdxblazer
  • Before color was invented, the whole world was in black and white, not just TVs. idiot_toaster
  • That adults knew what they were doing. scrmlck

Did any of these make you laugh? Do you personally remember any hilarious things you believed as a kid?


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18 Comments
bigmackdaddie
My sister though hot water came from hot water reservoirs she was in Jr High School when finally my father had to convince her it’s not so by showing her the hot water heater in the basement She will never live that one down
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Oct 17, 2020 1:58PM
Brian Hipskind
I believed watermelon seeds greew in your stomach, and gum would never digest! Oh the things you hear from other kids 😁👍
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Oct 3, 2020 10:00PM
ninakamwene
"That adults knew what they were doing" Not me! I thought my mom was the dumbest until I had a daughter who thought the same about me. Now my mom who is in heaven is the smartest and my angel guiding me still on earth.
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Sep 29, 2020 1:11AM
jeff grinsgo
I knew I was grown up when I could see my shoulders and see my face in the bathroom mirror.
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Sep 28, 2020 7:56AM
deborahpmercer
Re the dogs and cat ones, here in the UK there still are a range of pet treats called Good Boy for dogs and Good Girl for cats!
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Sep 28, 2020 2:45AM
Rhonda Hamilton McPhail
My youngest son hated eggs. So I convinced him that whenever I made French toast, it was eggless. I’d keep him busy while my older son broke eggs into a bowl and put the bowl in the frig. Later, I’d say who wants French toast for brunch? He would say Yes! But remember to make mine without eggs. He believed the eggless French Toast story until he was in high school.
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Sep 28, 2020 1:22AM
Kari Sigurdson Caine
I am a red-head and was adopted when I was a baby. For MANY years I thought only red-heads were adopted.
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Sep 27, 2020 11:21PM
johnpburkhardt
Thought all men were older than all women.
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Sep 27, 2020 10:36PM
Stephen Sparrow
At 71 yrs old I have to go along with the last one!!
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Sep 27, 2020 9:17PM
Neal
I told my three year old daughter that chocolate milk came from brown cows. Had her believing for about 2 years or so.
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Sep 27, 2020 8:36PM
Kathy Miller
When I was little, my mom told me that chocolate milk came from brown cows.
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Sep 27, 2020 7:58PM
Elizabeth
I always thought there were little tiny people in the stoplights and they would run around switching them.
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Sep 27, 2020 7:33PM
tmm
tmm
I was taught to believe that 🎅 would put ashes in your eyes if you did not go to bed early on Xmas Eve!
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Sep 27, 2020 6:48PM
Mack McCullough
I still don't eat them together. Not taking any chances
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Sep 27, 2020 6:22PM
Mack McCullough
When i was a kid my mother said you can't eat watermelon and crabs at the same time or you would die. When i was about 50 i asked her was that true She said no just didn't want you and your brothers to eat up everything at one time.
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Sep 27, 2020 5:36PM

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