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People Are Sharing What Dumb Things They Believed As Children

When we're young, we'll pretty much believe anything we hear. From our parents, our siblings, anyone.

We are impressionable and we are easily moldable. So, at the end of the day, no one can blame us if everyone lies to us and tells us things that seem almost unbelievable. It's not always our fault that we buy into this crap.

If you flip your mom off, you'll lose a finger.

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"When I was pretty young, probably about 5 years old, I met the black power ranger and got a picture of him signed. In the picture you could see that he was missing his middle finger and my mom told me it was because he had flipped his mom off so she cut it off. I believed it until I was about 20 years old," said MostlyLightKindaDark.

All cars have crash tests.

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"For some reason, I thought every car that was made had to do a crash test. Probably because my dad once told that our car had a very good rating in the crash test.

I was amazed by the fact that all cars were repaired so well before being sold," said Diesell23.

This is actually really sweet.

One Twitter user said when her goldfish died, her dad said that she was at the vet getting married and having a baby fish so he can replace her goldfish with two new fish. How sweet is this?!?

Moms use their belly buttons to feed people

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"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," wrote snarkyrn15.

That's how babies work.

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You have to persuade the government that you deserve a kid in order to have a kid and make a family. So, you have to practice your persuasive writing in order to get your child.

I mean, everything from then is black and white.

That back in the 1960s and early, everyone saw things in black and white. Pictures, real life, TV, it was all black and white. We only started seeing color recently. I mean, let's be honest, everything * was* in black and white.

The way reruns work, not that complicated.

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"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," said DaKing4001.

Tampons are only for SOME women.

One person said they thought tampons were only for married women, I guess because of the whole "hymen" thing? Welp, everyone can use tampons! Thank goodness for that.

Like in Game of Thrones.

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"I often got caught doing stupid stuff when I was a young rascal. When I would get home my dad would say a little birdie told him he seen me do such and such with the boys. Up until I was 8 or 9 maybe I believed my father had some sort of snitch pigeon keeping an eye on me," wrote geroshizzle.

Awww poor baby.

One person said they used to cry whenever they saw an airplane flying by because they thought that it meant their parents were leaving them forever.

Poor kid, always thinking his parents were going away!

Morning sickness is for pregnant women.

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"I had no idea that morning sickness was associated with pregnancy. My coach was concerned when I shrugged my shoulders and stated that's what was probably causing my sluggishness at football camp practice," said a Reddit user.

ATMs are like slot machines.

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"I used to watch my dad go to the ATM, look at the receipt and get grumpy/frustrated. I knew how bank accounts and ATMs worked, but the kidlogic part of my brain figured that they also kind of worked like slot machines. In that, when you conducted some transaction on them, you got that slip with three icons on it.

If you got one with three cherries, for example, you would take it inside and they would deposit $50 or whatever in to your account. I figured he was frustrated because he kept losing all the time," said Mr_A.

Santa gets those letters.

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"My mom had us throw our letters in a wood fire, and when sparks came down and rested on the burning paper, those were the Fire Fairies and they carried the ashes to Santa where he magically reassembled them and read your letter," said Wishyouamerry.

Sleeping "Japanese style."

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"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," wrote Amachholz.

Only one person can like one color.

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"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,' said pyrotech33.

h/t Reddit