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Stupid Sh*t You Believed As a Kid

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Thanks, mom and dad…

There are some things I miss about childhood: Not having to work nor doing my own laundry. But the downside is that we as children were naive, innocent and trusting. Unfortunately many adults take advantage of kids’ ignorance and get them to believe all sorts of weird things. It’s amazing that in our logical, rational and scientific times that some of these traditions live on. Some of these things comfort children and some are just scary when you don’t know any better.

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Keep reading for ridiculous things that we believed as children

Easter bunny

easter bunny

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People have been decorating eggs since the 13th century. Long ago, churches had believers abstain from eggs during Lent. It wasn’t until the 19th century that on Easter, Russian aristocrats started exchanging fabulously decorated eggs, even some with real gems. Some sources say the Easter bunny came to America back in the 18th century with German immigrants sharing their tradition of an egg laying rabbit. Children would make nests in which the rabbit could lay it’s colorful eggs. Another theory is that pagans made rabbits a symbol of fertility due to their, um, proclivities.

If you swallow gum it will stay in your stomach for 7 years

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Did you know that the human digestive tract can’t digest the gum resin? It’s moved through the digestive tract unaffected until it ends up in the toilet. While it’s not bad per se, doctors advise against doing it on a regular basis. The origin of this myth? Unknown.