JOIN
OUR EMAIL LIST!

Gullible Adults Share The Dumbest Things They Believed As Children

As we mature and see and learn more of the world around us, we lose our childish understanding of how the universe works. When we look back on the things we used to believe, sometimes it can be a bit embarrassing.

Reddit user xXPlexalXx asked "What is the dumbest thing that you believed as a child?"

Here are people's confessions.

Owning It

If you farted you had to raise your hand. Damn you dad, i did that for far too long.

World Savings Day

We have the "Weltspartag" (World Savings Day) in Germany. As a kid you bring your collected money to the bank.

As a young kid I thought when you take your coins to the bank you are then able as an adult to freely take money from there to live. Made sense when your parents always got "free" money out of a machine there.

I realized it was not the case some years later. Thankfully I never talked to someone about it.

Climate Control

I used to think clouds were made by factories, and that if we would close all factories it would never rain or be cloudy again.

Professionals

When I was a kid, I thought a prostitute was a female robber.

I thought that was cool. My friends and I did too! We all wanted to be prostitutes when we played COPS AND PROSTITUTES.

Not From Potter?

That there are people trapped in paintings and I would wave at them so they know someone knew about it. Thank you Witches movie for this.

Blame Disney

That you grew up, got a job, got married, had kids and lived happily ever after.

Big Boom Theory

I believed the world wars were at the beginning of time.

We lived in the Marshall Islands when I was really young and at some point I viewed footage from a WW2 battle fought on the island and I construed that as the world being created. Don't ask me why.

Ball Control

I unironically thought that pee was stored in the testicles.

Jamping Jack Flash

I thought that past tense of "jump" was, not "jumped", but "jamp". It made sense in my little brain - ya know, run/ran, swim/swam... jump/jamp. I said it until I was 14 before somebody corrected me. Yes, English is my first language.

Pledge

I use to think the Pledge of Allegiance said " for witches stand""instead of for "which it stands. "

I used to think it was invisible instead of indivisible.

Peace & Quiet

I was never allowed to watch soap operas growing up but my parents were always a little vague on the precise reason why, beyond saying that it would rot my brain. In my childish head, I assumed they were forbidden because they must be sinister, violent or scary in some way. Even the silly, tame daytime soaps like Neighbours and stuff like that were off limits.

Years later, when I was in my late 20s, I asked my mum about it and she was like "Oh really? I can't remember that. I must have just wanted you out of the room so I could watch my soaps in peace."

Moo

For some reason in kindergarten we ate grass at one point. Like, pulled it out of the ground and ate it.

One day my best friend came crying and said that his dad told him we would become cows if we kept eating grass.

No Streaming Either

When my parents first got cable when I was a little kid in the early 80's, I was so excited. Then the day finally came and when it was installed, I triumphantly told my parents that the first film I wanted to watch was Empire Strikes Back, to which my mother told me that that film was not on HBO or any of the other movie channels that month, and that's when it dawned on me that "cable TV" didn't mean you can just watch any movie ever made that you want to see, there were only certain films that each channel showed each month. It was 1981 and little kid me thought cable was streaming on-demand, when that wasn't a thing yet.

Reality Check

I could be anything I wanted when I grew up.

Grayscale

I thought everything in the "olden days" was in monochrome because of black and white movies and photos.

Birds & Wedding Bells

That the act of marriage was what caused babies to be born i.e. two people marry, they get a kid in a year. After that, drop rate is random.

Berber Probably

I used to think a carpenter made carpets, I always thought it was a weird job for Jesus to have, considering he lived in the middle east and that it would get covered in sand.

Growth Spurt

I mistakenly swallowed orange seeds once. My cousins made me believe that soon a plant will start to grow in my body and the leaves will come out from nose and ears and mouth. It was damn scary . They told me it's irreversible.

Unplanned

That adults knew what they were doing and there was a plan of sorts in place.

Image by Tumisu from Pixabay

There's something seeing a person litter that drives me up the wall. I remember being a kid and being explicitly told to hold on to my trash and not just throw it in the street. As a kid, I distinctly remember being made fun of for not just throwing the bag of chips I'd just eaten or an empty soda bottle into the gutter.

I can't imagine doing that. Why?! We truly treat this planet as if we have somewhere else to go.

After Redditor pnrddt asked the online community, "What small action immediately makes you dislike a stranger?" people shared their observations.

Keep reading... Show less
Image by Arek Socha from Pixabay

When you're in the market for a slew of very specific facts that all fall under the same general theme, the internet really delivers.

Forget streamlined public health capabilities and revolutionized human communication, the true beauty of the internet is all the random, barely useful information you can find when a bunch odd people decide to assemble and swap info.

Keep reading... Show less
Image by Alterio Felines from Pixabay

Working in a doctor's office means helping people when they're at their lowest. Sometimes, that leads to wonderful moments when the patient is thankful for all the advice and care you provided. Other times, it means taking something out of someone's bum.

Turns out, that second one happens a lot more than you might think.

Keep reading... Show less
Image by Sammy-Williams from Pixabay

I love movies. The cinema has long been a savior of mine and has given me some of my greatest inspirations. But being an avid film watcher has also made me quite the critic. I can always tell when a movie is worth the money to see in theaters or wait until it's on basic cable with commercials. The signs of mediocrity abound, and sometimes they aren't that difficult to spot.

Redditor u/fjv08kl wanted to know what is obvious about mediocre cinema by asking.... What are some subtle 'red flags' that tell you a movie is not worth watching?
Keep reading... Show less