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Stupid Sh*t You Believed As a Kid

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Swallowing a watermelon seed will make a watermelon grow in your stomach

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I’m not quite sure why parents told us this. The only thing I can think of is to prevent us from swallowing this that aren’t traditionally edible. But in some European countries, they eat the seeds.

There’s a man on the moon

blue moon close up

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This one was just plain scary for me. I was already afraid of things that go bump in the night, I didn’t need some strange man watching me while I slept.

Storks bring babies

stork and baby drawing

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Of course many parents would think many of their curious young children weren’t ready for the talk about sex. But why storks out of all animals? Storks were associated with babies in Greek and Egyptian mythologies. But telling children about storks can be traced back to Germany hundred of years ago. Storks are a migratory bird that fly south in the fall and return to Europe nine months later. Also Midsummer’s Eve, which takes place in June, is a celebration of the summer solstice, but it is also a pagan holiday of marriage and fertility. Many marriages and adult situations happened during the solstice, many babies would be born around the time that the storks could be seen flying north, making the connection that the storks bring babies.