Kids Think the Darndest Things
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.