Seemingly Normal Things People Did As A Kid That They Now Realize Were Really Weird

When we are children, we'll believe anything.

Why wouldn't we?

That is part of being a kid, trusting adults and the world.

And when we're young, we'll believe some really crazy things.

Then as adults, we'll look back in shock at our own innocence.

And we're in shock from the truth and our behavior.

Redditor 20195780 wanted to hear about all the things we've done as children that were more odd than regular, so they asked:

"What things did you do as a kid that you now realize is extremely weird?"

Biggest life lesson... Nothing is normal kids.

Eat Up

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"Ate rose petals. My grandfather told me they are edible. I still eat one when I go visit his grave."


In my Room

"There were spiders and mice in my room which totally freaked me out so every night before I went to sleep I'd whisper a report of what the weather was outside to encourage them to go outside rather than stay inside and bite me in my sleep."


"That is so cute. Rather than wanting them to be killed or refusing to sleep in your own room, you just told them the weather instead. Super cute!"


"This reminds me of what I'd do. I would rotate my stuffed animals that I slept with so they wouldn't feel left out. I did this by putting them in an ever changing line around my bottom bunk bed against the wall. Part of my bedtime ritual was scooting them down by one so I would know which one to sleep with the next night."

"And the one first in line would assume to seat of honor with me on my pillow. As I tried to fall asleep I would think about each meal I had that day and feed each stuffed animal the ghost of that food. I also fed the ghost of my grandfather."



"I used to host imaginary science shows where I would get questions from viewers that I had to answer. I don't remember a lot of the questions from my fake audience, but I remember trying to explain that glass actually could let air through, and that was the explanation to how we didn't suffocate when all the doors and windows were shut."

"Young me did not know a whole lot about ventilation."

"I also remembered something else now, my mom worked as a nurse, and she sometimes let me take syringes home with me, both with and without needles (don't really know how I feel about that nowadays, though). I sometimes took a bit of everything from our bathroom (shower gels, shampoo, whatever fluid I could get my hands on basically), and I filled a mixture of the s**t and put into a syringe."

"I then sneaked around the apartment and chose my victim: a poor plant of some kind. I injected a small dose of the magical elixir into the poor plant."

"Super happy this didn't develop some sort of mental disorder for me later."



"I used to have 'science experiments' in the bathroom sink. Meaning, I’d go the bathroom and lock the door. Once in I’d make sure the sink drain was shut and then proceed to add every cleaner/chemical/ shampoo etc under the sink to the sink in hopes of a reaction. Never got one, but it also never stopped me from trying. In hindsight I probably could have killed myself if I had mixed the wrong stuff. I obviously didn’t."



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"I used to steal things from my sister when she was mean to me, and then hide them by sewing them into her stuffed animals. She found out a few months ago and was really freaked out."


Ah, stealing, who hasn't done it?


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"Not me, but my partner used to keep Kiwis (the fruits) as pets. He would name them and take care of them... until his mom took them to blend into a smoothie. That was a rude awakening for him."


Eat What?

"I used to eat tissues as a kid. My mum found out one day and yelled at me to stop, (as any sane parent would do) so I started eating them in secret. Sneaking away with a tissue box to another room to eat a tissue or two."

"Until one day when I was about 5 years old I had to go to the hospital. I had no idea what was going on all I knew was that I had trouble breathing through my nose."

"Before my operation I was in the hospital and I overheard one of the nurses say that they just needed to remove the excess tissue in my nose. Naturally I thought that the tissues I had eaten had started getting clogged up in my nose and I never ate a tissue again. I made the realisation at 14 that it was muscle tissue in my nose and not the actual tissues I was eating."


Jokes on them...

"A few years ago, I was visiting my aunt and uncle, and they had some old film from the '80s of my extended family on a camping trip. There was a full playset there including a trampoline, and my mother was filming my cousins and I playing. I'm not sure why my aunt and uncle had the tape instead of my mother, but whatever."

"I was about 3 at the time, and my mother panned the camera away from my cousins playing on a swing set towards me on the trampoline. Except I was lying face down on the trampoline, full-on thrusting my hips into it as hard as I could."

"Now, I don't specifically remember doing that, but I have a pretty good idea of how my little mind worked at the time."

"I'm certain that I was just trying to see if I could build up enough force to lift myself off the trampoline mat, or flip myself over. Still, not exactly the best thing to be watching with your aunt and uncle, who threatened to save it and show at my wedding."

"Jokes on them; I pocketed the tape when they weren't looking."


Almost 60

"Several friends and myself had a fascination with writing in code. We had little pocket notebooks full of codes and deciphering instructions (also in code) and would write volumes of notes between us in code. Notebooks got confiscated by a teacher, we wouldn't tell her how to decode, she tried to get us in trouble. Parents thought it was hilarious. I'm almost 60 and I still have one of these notebooks around somewhere."


Gimme Water

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"I used to waste a crap ton of water by turning on the shower and lay on the floor next to it with a towel over my body and fall asleep with a tiny bit of water splashing on my face. I used to imagine I was in a cave and it was raining outside for some reason. ah good times."


Kids have so much more fun before we learn the truth.

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