Don’t you remember what it was like to be a kid? Fascinated and horrified by the world in equal parts? Our imaginations took us to distant lands, where we could become fairy tale princesses or soar through the air on our magical wings.
And then there are the nightmares.
I remember my older brother teasing me all time growing up and telling me that if I said “Bloody Mary” in the mirror three times that she would come and eat my soul. Needless to say, I never got past saying it twice (with the lights ON). I might still think she is real.
When Reddit user MPanthony 2 asked the online community, “What is something you completely misinterpreted as a child but didn’t realize it until you were older?” he probably had no idea what kind of can of worms he was opening up.
Check out a few of the comments below from people all over the world – some of them are funny, some are intriguing and others are just plain ridiculous!
“I used to think ‘oral sex’ was the same as kissing.” – Yemskies
“When I was little I thought there was two Michael Jacksons, a black one and a white one. Even after being told they were the same guy, I refused to believe it was true until I was about 12. Black or White made less sense to me that day. ” – mstickle
“I thought if you stayed in the hospital for a long time they gave you a baby. Like a consolation prize or something.” – eight42
“For the longest time whenever I saw a sign for an Adult Superstore I just assumed they sold boring things like, cheese, wine, candles, summer sausage.” – BickNerg
“I thought that the medieval times were actually mid-evil. Like there was a time when people were bad, but also kind of good.” – jake55555
“I thought the cones that pets wear to prevent them from getting to parts of thier body, were bark amplifiers.” – kcipsirhc
“When I was little my mom showed me the series of Fievel the mouse, and explained to me that my great – grandmother had made the same journey from Russia to the United States. Until I got older than I care to admit I was convinced that my great – grandmother was a mouse.” – jizzlemizzle
“I thought Tweety Bird was a girl.” – duskyrose0403
“Until earlier this year I thought that ‘Save it for a rainy day’ meant you should save you money for when it’s literally raining, so you can afford indoor activities; go to see a movie or someshit. I’m 27.” – dogbreath_48
“Pretty much the entirety of the movie Drop Dead Fred. That whole movie is just one big sex joke. I can’t believe my parents let me watch it.” – oldmatesunshine
“Growing up in South Carolina, when I was very young I thought the war between the north and the south was between South Carolina and North Carolina. When I found out how mistaken I was I felt really stupid.” – Chrishwk
“I believed that if you cross you eyes and somebody slaps you will remain cross eyed.” – cartoonartist
“For some reason I thought you had to say ‘blesh you’ after someone sneezes, I only figured it out a couple of years ago.” – pwnyourmum
“That parents work late. Turns out they are just at the bar.” – Dcoutofstep
“I used to think B.C. meant before Christ and A.D. meant after dinosaurs. Yeah.” – MyGodThatSmelledGood
“The character of Christian in Clueless. Any and all hints that he was gay just flew over my head.” – wildontherun
“Someone would say, ‘You’re full of shit.’ When I was a youngin I thought that basically our bodies were hollow and filled up with poop. So when I really had to go, the poop was like up to my chest, but when I only had to go a little, poop only filled my body to my waist.” – trolliamnot
“Whenever I sang the Alphabet song, I thought that “LMNO” was a single letter. H-I-J-K-LMNO-P…Until my big sister went to kindergarten and told me the truth.” – DIGGYRULES
“My dad used to tell me all the time that the crust of the bread was the healthiest part, had the most nutrients, etc. Only at 20 did I realize he was just a lazy bastard who didn’t want to cut my crusts off. Needless to say, I will use this on my kids.” – lasphinc
“That my parents couldn’t take an infinite amount of money out of the ATM. Also, that there weren’t little people inside of traffic lights controlling them.” – my_internet_name
What are some things you can recall misinterpreting while growing up?