Eclectic Curiosity

Kids Think the Darndest Things

Posted on June 22nd, 2005, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Uncategorized. No Comments

Some of the freshest, if not most amusing, insights come from kids. They don’t know any better (or worse). That’s the idea behind I Used to Believe, the childhood beliefs site. It’s a wonderful collection of ideas that adults thought were true when they were children. “It will remind you what it was like to be a child, fascinated and horrified by the world in equal parts.” For example:

I used to believe that there was a magical ingredient in birthday cakes that allowed you to age another year, and that’s why you had to eat it.

I used to believe that my parents relied on me to make the traffic lights green. I would do this by absorbing the green from trees and grass with my eyes and beam it into the traffic lights. If i was given enough time i had a 100% success rate.

When I was a kid, I was very afraid of chicken pot pies, and wondered why anyone would ever eat any such thing. It was probably because I wasn’t yet clearly hearing a distinction between “chicken pot” and “chicken pox”. So I must have been thinking of them as “chicken pox pies”.

I used to believe that when the judge sentenced a criminal to an impossibly long sentence (like 100+ years) that they kept his body in prison after he died until it was there for the whole sentence.

I wanted to grow up and become a marine biologist, which seemed to me the perfect combination of studying nature and shooting people.

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