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What Downright Untruths Have You Fallen For?

My exploration into Burns Night (read here if you have no idea what I am talking about) reminded me of the haggis story I fell for a few years ago. Having never had haggis before or even heard of it, I was the perfect gullible candidate for this downright untruth. However, it was slightly comforting to find out that my much wiser mother-in-law was also a victim of the same prank.

It got me thinking about what others might have been led to believe apart from the usual ones from parents, like these courtesy of mine:

  • If you eat the seeds in a fruit, a tree will grow from your stomach
  • If you swallow your gum, all the bits inside your body will stick together
  • If you make faces too often, your face will stay stuck in that expression etc
So I asked around and here are 10 just for giggles

    We have all fallen for a few funny, cringe-worthy and downright untruths. Read about some true gullible-ness at The Growing Mum

    • My brothers told me when I was little that if you suck the fizzy cola bottle sweets, the cola will come out. I used to sit there sucking on one  for ages while they polished off the rest of them! Even now I still find myself sucking them! ~ Life As Mrs D
    • I believed that imbeciles were actually seals. My dad would refer to seals as “imbers”. ~ Sophie and Lily
    • We used to eat pickled onions for Sunday tea and the jar would contain peppercorns and gherkins. Dad told us the gherkin was a relative of the Loch Ness Monster and liked to lurk in pickled onion jars. I have NO idea why I believed that but I used to spend Sunday tea times seeing if I could spot it. ~ Mother Distracted
    • My uncle always recalls the tale of when he was little and my Mum was reading a book called ‘The Virgin Soldiers’. He asked what ‘virgin’ meant and she told him it meant ‘brave’. He says he was the laughing stock of the playground afterwards ~ Riding Boots for Boo
    • My brother told me that if you stepped on 3 drains in a row it brought bad luck. The only way to stop it was to jump up and down 3 times afterwards. I used to get some strange looks when I would stop and do it in the street. I was around 13 or 14 at the time ~ Household Money Saving
    • I’m from Hereford and as kids we were told about the Treacle Mines at Dymock. Adults would swear blind that they were an actual thing. I was always suspicious but they were so definite about it. When I finally had my own aged 17 I decided to investigate. There is a Treacle Mine in Dymock, it’s the name of the local pub! ~ Jodhpurs for Maisie
    • When I was a child my Grandad used to do that trick where he would pull coins (and often in his case: chocolate bars) out from behind my ears. I always used to have a really thorough check behind my ears before we went to visit him as I just couldn’t understand why I would have objects there that I hadn’t known about prior to this ~ Rice Cakes and Raisins
    • My Mum and Dad used to sing the lyrics to songs differently to make them more kid friendly. It wasn’t until I met my Husband and would sing along to the radio in the car and he’d look at me funny and say ‘what the hell are you singing?!’ I had no idea! ~ All About Mummy
    • I loved the lambswool I had as a baby, and used it for many years. It wasn’t until my early 20’s that I found out it wasn’t called a ‘baa baa’. I was so mad at my mum! ~ Bare Mother
    • During a conversation about famous musicians hailing from Liverpool, I managed to convince my husband that it was the birthplace of Roy Orbison ~ Cup of Toast

    I am sure there are a lot more hilarious anecdotes out there so please let me know yours in the comments 🙂

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