15 Things You Thought Were True as a Kid That Are Actually Lies

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Reflecting on our upbringing often reveals instances where we were fed misinformation. Whether well-intentioned or not, these misconceptions shaped our understanding of the world.

A user asked on a forum, “What were you told growing up that were just lies?

Here are some responses he got!

ADULTS ARE ALWAYS GENIUS

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“I always thought adults were geniuses that knew everything. I once asked my dad how waves at the beach were made. He said, “Whales.” I believed that for years.”

GO TO COLLEGE IF YOU WANT TO BE SUCCESSFUL

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“Five degrees between my husband and I, and we still barely make ends meet. But our parents could support the entire family one a single job. We did everything “right” and had every advantage, and we still got screwed. Now my folks try to say, “you’re still young… it’ll get better”. How and when? Turning 46, and I don’t see anything changing!”

BLOOD IN OUR BODY IS BLUE

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“I was told in like 4th-grade science that our blood was blue in our bodies on the way back to the lungs- that oxygen makes it red.”

RULES IN HIGH SCHOOL ARE MORE STRICT

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“Next year, they’re gonna be much harder on you about this.” And “the rules only get more strict.” Heard that at the end of every year in elementary school but by high school, the rules are much less strict.”

DON’T SHAVE

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“That if you shaved your leg hair it would grow back thicker”

YOU ARE GETTING SO TALLER

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“My Nana would say “you’re getting so tall!” whenever she saw me.”

“I’m 5’1″. Are you making fun of me, Nana? Is that what’s happening here?”

WE’RE ALMOST REACHED DURING THE JOURNEY

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“One year, my mom gave me and my sister each a Ziploc about a third full of jingling quarters and said, “Each time you ask that question or get too loud, I will take a quarter away.” We were dead silent for the whole journey.”

ALL LIZARDS ARE NAMED RUSSELL

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“My dad told me that all lizards are named Russell because they make a rustling noise in the bushes. I proudly told everyone this in class at about age 6. I still remember the blank looks and the teacher laughing.”

NEED TO GET GOOD GRADES IN SCHOOL

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“You need to get good grades in high school, or you’ll never get into a good school. Jokes on them, community college is cheaper, and you can get a damn near perfect GPA and transfer pretty much anywhere.”

UNEATEN PIZZA CORNERS MAKES YOUR HAIR CURLY

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“Just eat the crust; it’ll make your hair curly!” My mom must have been trying to make me appreciate those uneaten pizza corners.”

WORK HARD TO SUCCEED

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“If you work hard and are loyal to your job, you’ll get promoted and paid more.”

“That if I worked hard I could afford a house, a car, and a yearly vacation. Jokes on me, LOL!”

PRAY AND PRACTISE MUSTARD SEED FAITH

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“I was raised as a Christian and born with golden hair syndrome. They kept telling me that if I prayed and practiced that ‘mustard seed faith,’ my deformities would suddenly disappear when I woke up one morning. That and I wouldn’t be poor anymore. They always said I didn’t pray hard enough.”

IF ANYONE TEASE YOU BECAUSE THEY LIKE YOU

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“When I was a kid, I had a massive crush on a girl. I put worms on her bike seat because they grossed her out. She went from barely acknowledging me to actively disliking me. I was a dumb kid.”

LADIES, DO NOT FART

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“My mum said something when I was a kid – someone had let one off at the dinner table, and the accusing fingers had been pointed at her – she replied, “Ladies do not fart.” In hindsight, it was a statement about class and decency – but it sat in the back of my brain for many years.”

“Cut to being ~19, and I took my GF to a lovely place in the country for the weekend. We were sat in front of a heater on a wooden floor, just having a normal conversation – and then she let rip with a solid 8-second fart that reverberated on the wooden floor and felt like it shook the whole house.”

POOR HANDWRITING OF LEFTHANDER

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“I was forced to be right-handed even though I was born left-handed. I didn’t know until I was an adult, and my mom slipped up by letting that detail out. I guess whoever thought they would save me from being different, I am different anyway. Now, I can’t write with my dominant hand, and my handwriting is terrible with my right hand thanks to “normal” society.”

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