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Unbelievable Childhood Memories you believed were true 😆

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Poppyjo Wed 22-Feb-23 21:57:31

As a young child I was eating an apple, which included the pips.

Mum looked at me and told me not to eat the pips as an apple tree would grow outside the top of my head!

I was fascinated and every morning
I would look in the mirror to see if I could see any shoots or leaves coming through my head. I truly believed I saw two leaves! 😂

I look back now and think how could I have ever believed it?

My mum did own up in the end. In case you wondered I never did grow that tree 🌲

What tall stories did you hear and believe as a child?

Toetoe Wed 22-Feb-23 22:01:17

Be careful if the wind changes you'll stay like that

Often said by my mum if I was being mardy or moody or crying

BlueBelle Wed 22-Feb-23 22:03:58

I remember being told not to suck my paintbrush as the paint would make me poorly I was very serious about this and neve4 did and then one morning without thinking I found myself sucking the end of my paintbrush I was terrified I was going to die and I remember running to find my Nan saying am I going to die

AussieGran59 Wed 22-Feb-23 22:08:07

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Shelflife Wed 22-Feb-23 22:22:37

If my Mum thought I was up to no good she would say " don't forget I have my weather eye on you" I never quite knew what her weather eye was but imagined it was somewhere on her body but did know where!
Obviously it was her mother's instinct!!

Maggiemaybe Wed 22-Feb-23 22:32:16

I love lots of vinegar on my fish and chips and and was warned that if I had too much it’d dry up my blood. Not only did I believe it I think my mother did as well. grin

GrandmaKT Wed 22-Feb-23 22:38:19

DS had just got back from a run and 3 year old DGS asked if he could go running with his dad. "When you're big and strong, we'll go running over the mountains together" his dad promised. DGS looked a bit worried, then whispered "but I might not get big and strong because I didn't eat my vegetables at nursery". Bless!

biglouis Wed 22-Feb-23 22:40:22

As a child I was told that if I didnt eat my crusts from my shandwiches I would lose all the curl from my hair. By my teens it had gone straight but I was quite glad of that as straight hair was fashionable by the 1960s. Girls used to iron their hair to make it straight.

Shinamae Wed 22-Feb-23 22:47:11

I remember when I was about seven putting hot water on the bonfire because I thought because it was hot, it would make it burn better 🤷‍♀️🤓..

Kate1949 Wed 22-Feb-23 22:48:31

We were told if we swallowed chewing gum it would stick to our hearts and we would die. Also, if we didn't wash our ears properly, potatoes would grow out of them.

Grannybags Wed 22-Feb-23 22:52:45

biglouis

As a child I was told that if I didnt eat my crusts from my shandwiches I would lose all the curl from my hair. By my teens it had gone straight but I was quite glad of that as straight hair was fashionable by the 1960s. Girls used to iron their hair to make it straight.

I was told the same. I had curly hair which I hated so always left my crusts and was disappointed when it didn’t work. How I longed for a straight fringe! Used to sellotape my hair to my face at night!

Mollygo Wed 22-Feb-23 23:10:16

Kate1949 🤣🤣
We were told our insides would stick together if we swallowed chewing gum. Later she said it was because she didn’t like us chewing gum.
I assiduously ate crusts in the belief that my hair would become curly. It never did!

One parent insisted that I never let her child sit on the floor as it meant she would have arthritic knees when she was older. I didn’t believe it at the time. Now I wonder . .

Kate1949 Wed 22-Feb-23 23:20:43

Yes I think that was the reason Molly smile

Kate1949 Wed 22-Feb-23 23:22:35

Our Catholic nuns told us it was a sin to cross the road at an angle. Their attempt at road safety I suppose!

Marmight Wed 22-Feb-23 23:38:44

We had big old Victorian radiators at school but were warned not to sit on them or we would get piles. I love nothing better than sitting on a radiator and have yet to develop piles 🤣

Grannynannywanny Thu 23-Feb-23 00:15:04

Kate1949 if you swallow your chewing gum it’s not your heart you should worry about 😆

Redhead56 Thu 23-Feb-23 01:18:45

I had red curly hair the only child out of eight I didn’t eat my crusts as I wanted rid of the curls. I hated it and as a teenager I tried everything to straighten it. None worked I was glad and grew to love my hair now it’s white and it’s ok but I miss the colour.
I loved Beechnut chewing gum and pink bubble gum Bazooka I was told if I swallowed it I would choke to death! So I didn’t I actually did as I was told which was rare for me I was usually argumentative.

AussieGran59 Thu 23-Feb-23 03:46:46

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Hiraeth Thu 23-Feb-23 05:37:39

My mum used to say if you eat carrots you’ll be able to see better in the dark !

MrsKen33 Thu 23-Feb-23 05:48:14

Something not too good to eat ,if eaten would ‘put hairs on your chest’. What !!!!!

Beechnut Thu 23-Feb-23 08:15:43

Redhead56

I had red curly hair the only child out of eight I didn’t eat my crusts as I wanted rid of the curls. I hated it and as a teenager I tried everything to straighten it. None worked I was glad and grew to love my hair now it’s white and it’s ok but I miss the colour.
I loved Beechnut chewing gum and pink bubble gum Bazooka I was told if I swallowed it I would choke to death! So I didn’t I actually did as I was told which was rare for me I was usually argumentative.

There’s still plenty of me left to chew Redhead 🤣🤣

Kate1949 Thu 23-Feb-23 09:26:16

Oh no Grannywanny grin

Yammy Thu 23-Feb-23 09:35:07

Kate1949

We were told if we swallowed chewing gum it would stick to our hearts and we would die. Also, if we didn't wash our ears properly, potatoes would grow out of them.

I had this only the chewing gum would give me appendicitis.
We all waited for the potatoes to grow.
Also if you picked your nose it would grow into a pig's foot,I didn't see many but as an Infant teacher saw lots of what wasn't supposed to be done.

Oldnproud Thu 23-Feb-23 09:46:29

I remember being told a lot of these things, but I don't remember ever believing a single one of them. I think I was born sceptical! grin

LRavenscroft Thu 23-Feb-23 09:55:49

My dad used to say that my nose turned blue when I told porkies. I believed him.