As adults, we like to fondly look back on childhood as a time of joy, wonder, and imagination ⏤ completely free of worry or care. Of course, in reality, childhood is a time filled with confusion and fear. Kids often understand so little of the world around them that even the most seemingly harmless object can be a source of unfathomable terror. And that’s why Twitter user Sofie Hagan asked users to share the weirdest fears they had as a kid. The results, unsurprisingly, are odd and hilarious.
Sofie kicked things off by admitting that she was frightened of dying in an event that had occurred nearly a century before she was born.
When I was a child, I was so afraid that I would die on the Titanic. I was also terrified of someone poisoning the water system. I was also scared of quicksand but let’s not get into that. What was your odd childhood fear?
— Sofie Hagen (@SofieHagen) March 18, 2018
Others quickly got involved, including one guy who probably saw Jaws at too young of an age.
Sharks in swimming pools. Inside swimming pools that weren't even deep enough for sharks. But still, every time I put my head under water I'd be convinced there would be a shark there.
— Andrew Southern (@apsouthern) March 18, 2018
A lot of people confessed to being really scared of animals, like this guy’s extremely specific fear about wolves.
Wolves being on the roof outside my bedroom window when I was in bed, waiting for me to go to sleep so they could eat me
— Boj (@BextersLab) March 18, 2018
Meanwhile, Louisa admitted to having some strange ideas about how stuffed animals work.
That my teddy would suffocate in my bed if his head went under the covers….
— Louisa (@loobeyloobey) March 18, 2018
Dru Stephenson was so scared of vampires that it still affects her sleeping habits.
Vampires that hung around outside my window: hence I still cover my neck when I sleep, to this day. Also, that everyone could see my thoughts like speech bubbles: untoward thoughts would have me scanning the air round my head. https://t.co/d6FgR2tcKO
— Dru Stephenson (@Dru_Step) March 18, 2018
Like a lot of kids, Jim worried that inanimate objects would come to life and attack.
I used to think electricity pylons were going to come to life and follow me down the road. Still don't really like being around them.
— Jim Gardner (@JimGardnerSNCLP) March 19, 2018
Some people admitted that they were even afraid of food brand mascots.
The Hamburger Helper hand still terrifies me to this very day.
Where did it come from?
Who was the hand's original owner??
Is it a phantom limb???
— Ignoble Savage (@drayzze) March 19, 2018
While many of the fears were goofy and fun, others revealed the intense loneliness and isolation that comes with being a kid.
Being the only person awake in the whole entire world
— Karen Marston (@karenmarston) March 18, 2018
And some childhood fears are so vague and terrifying that they cannot be fully explained or understood, like fearing an entire planet that you’ve never been to.
The planet Venus
— Mara “Get Rid of the Nazis” Wilson (@MaraWilson) March 19, 2018
But of course, no list would be complete without some classic misconceptions about how belly buttons and butts work.
I was scared that if I unscrewed my belly button my bum would fall off.
— Natalie O'Donoghue (@Nataliealana87) March 18, 2018