Being a kid can be confusing. Life is incredibly complex and nuanced and as much as you try to make sense of the world, you don’t usually know enough as a five-year-old to figure it out. So instead, you end up with a bunch of half-baked notions about everything, like believing a piece of gum takes seven years to digest in your stomach.
To celebrate the blissful ignorance of childhood, adults began sharing their funniest misunderstandings they had as kids on Twitter with the hashtag #AsAKidIThought. Here are a few of the funniest things people believed when they were growing up.
#AsAKidIThought if I ate a watermelon seed a watermelon would grow in my tummy.
— Jeff Dwoskin – Hashtag Roundup (@bigmacher) February 25, 2018
As kids, Disney plays a critical part in shaping our understanding of society. But some of the lessons learned turned out to be less helpful than others.
#AsAKidIThought ALL stepmothers, sisters, and step-family, in general, were evil. Thanks, Disney.
— ☘️ The Leprechaun Fringe ☘️ (@RamonaSoprano) February 25, 2018
Technology makes almost no sense growing up so you try to make some sense of it with your limited understanding.
#AsAKidIThought traffic lights were manually operated by people in bunkers under the intersection
— MYERS (@2112marc) February 25, 2018
Who among us wasn’t frightened by what might happen if you removed your mattress tag?
#AsAKidIThought I was going to do hard prison time for removing the tag from that mattress
— Blake Raab – N4BWR (@N4BWR) February 25, 2018
Most adults would love nothing more than a nap but as a kid, they often felt like a chore.
#AsAKidIThought naps were a waste of time.
— Geoffrey Gould (@realbadger) February 25, 2018
So that’s how clouds are made…
— Kenneth Reading (@KennethReading) February 25, 2018
Making sense of the human body was always confusing.
#AsAKidIThought how many testicles a man had was how many babies he could have.
— Seth Goodtime (@SethGoodtime) February 25, 2018
Kids believe adults have all the answers. Then you grow up and realize everyone is making shit up as they go.
#AsAKidIThought adults were supposed to be the smart ones, as an adult I realize kids were right
— MikealaSunshine (@Alohababe2011) February 25, 2018
One of the best parts of being a kid was how simple everything seemed to be.
#AsAKidIThought very little. I just played outside a lot.
— Rock Star (@eye_ofthe_heart) February 25, 2018
And, of course, the floor was always lava.
— Writerlike???? (@writerlike1) February 25, 2018