Being a kid was not easy. The world was full of threats, and you could take nothing for granted. If you swallowed a seed, the plant would grow in your body. A psycho would hide behind the shower curtain every time you entered the bathroom. And for dessert, you could never skip a square when walking down the sidewalk, ‘cause you'd either get someone close to you in trouble, or (pick one) the plague would start.

Luckily, we are all past this point and as grown adults, most of these irrational fears are far behind us. But that doesn't mean we don’t remember them, since so many people on Twitter feel like it was yesterday. After one woman who goes by the Twitter handle @torY asked “did anyone else go through a phase as a kid where u were genuinely concerned ab the bermuda triangle?” it soon became evident that not only was she not the only one, but that there are many more threats we had to endure as kids.

So let’s see what things used to send chills down our spine right down below, and please remember, even if those fears may look unreasonable today, it doesn’t mean they weren’t real and distressing then.

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Johnny
Community Member
1 month ago

I remember going to the elementary school library to research how to survive quicksand - I was convinced that I was bound to get stuck in a patch of quicksand on my way to school. Somehow I managed to avoid that hazard all my life despite its prevalence in cartoons and TV.

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#2

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BrokenFlame
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1 month ago

I- i still do dat tho..

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
1 month ago

I was scared of quicksand, piranhas and accidental body swaps or time travel XD overactive imagination and anxiety, me? Never XD

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To find out more about fears among children, Bored Panda reached out to Dr. Kristin Pleines, a clinical social therapist at Manhattan Play Therapy who specializes in doing trauma work to help young families and children. Kristin explained that irrational fears happen to kids of all ages, and there are very common fears that children in different age groups may experience.

Kristin suggests that parents validate their child’s feelings first. “We want the child to feel validated, supported, and safe.” She gave an example of a seven-year-old afraid of being snuck up on by a snake—a child who has never even encountered a snake.

“You might say something like, ‘I'm sorry you feel scared. We all get scared sometimes, and I know it's not fun. But there aren't any snakes in our house, and we aren't going to keep looking for them, because you're safe here. I think your brain is playing a little trick on you, so let's find a way to distract it!’”

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Remi Flynne
Community Member
1 month ago

It’s something which lots of people think is a fact but there’s no law against driving with your interior lights on. But at night it can be distracting or interfere with your vision by reflecting off of the inside of the windscreen. If you’re pulled over and it’s decided that your light was a probable cause in any bad driving, you can expect to get a careless driving charge though.

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Daria B
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1 month ago (edited)

It's a very common myth, so don't worry. ^_- Also the one with watermelon growing in your stomach if you swallow the seeds.

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Love My Dogs
Community Member
1 month ago

Yeeesssss!!! I was genuinely scared to even try it.

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Another way is to get creative. “For example, you might pretend to be snakes and wiggle around, or start to research different kinds of unique snakes together. This is actually a type of exposure, which helps desensitize the child to his or her fear,” Kristin said.

Usually, irrational fears tend to go away on their own as children develop. Only if the fear persists for more than a few months, or if it begins to interfere with the child's daily functioning, Kristin recommends that parents consult a therapist.

“For example, if a child begins avoiding situations that he or she previously enjoyed in an effort to avoid reminders of their fear, this is a sign that the fear might be better addressed with the help of a professional.”

The therapist also explained that irrational fears can be caused by trauma, OCD, and anxiety, and “there is a particular nuance to addressing fears based on their underlying cause.”

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Monday
Community Member
1 month ago

I used to have this weird fear that if I were swimming I'd kick a dead body at the bottom of the pool...I have no idea why

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#8

30 Things People Found Terrifying As Kids That Look Less Scary Now

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Tor Rolf Strøm
Community Member
1 month ago

Sorry but I think that's pretty normal. So yeah, you are normal.

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Mag Marguerite
Community Member
1 month ago

When I was a child? Why? can't we anymore? :-)

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#10

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postboredom
Community Member
1 month ago

WTF. This happened??

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#11

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Hubertus Touché
Community Member
1 month ago

With the farts my dad produced spontaneous combustion really didn't seem to be that far off to me...

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GirlFriday
Community Member
1 month ago

SO MUCH YES!!! I didn't have a car seat as a child, I rode in the back of pick up trucks, I walked the bank of the Mississippi river alone, but GOD FORBID I should swim right after eating.

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Lucas
Community Member
1 month ago

I enjoyed watching it but as kids we knew it was just an illusion. My parents must have been quite upfront and honest about most things.

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#14

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Shelp
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1 month ago

That's why you always answer your children's questions

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#15

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 month ago

It isn't poisonous but you can choke on it. https://www.healthline.com/health/digestive-health/what-happens-if-you-eat-silica-gel

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GirlFriday
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1 month ago

My very first home had a basement and I was so terrified of this that the first thing I did in fixing it up was have a light switch installed at the top of the stairs. That was literally #1 on the fixer-upper list. My father (who was helping with the fixing up) was like, first thing should be get rid of the carpet, and I was like NO, BASEMENT LIGHTS CONTROLLED AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS.

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Celeste Grant
Community Member
1 month ago

I had a phase as a child where I thought eating spicy food might cause me to combust in my sleep so would have a long shower before bed... as water would stop any fire that had started inside me... sounds crazy but I guess there is some kid logic in there somewhere.

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postboredom
Community Member
1 month ago

I still turn around and search for demons hiding in my bathroom

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#19

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Remi Flynne
Community Member
1 month ago

That isn't emphasising a danger, that is exaggerating and unreasonably scaring that poor child. Teaching care is one thing, giving people lifelong phobias isn't good parenting.

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Bardhi's Dad
Community Member
1 month ago

But, it's true. Isn't it? 🤪

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Octavia Hansen
Community Member
1 month ago

In the days of VHS tape, one of my friends pulled the FBI copyright warnings out of all his tapes and spliced them together in an empty cassette. 2 hours of FBI warnings! Very Andy Warhol-ish . . .

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Queen Mab
Community Member
1 month ago

My concern was volcanos. I read a book when I was in grade school about a farmer in Mexico who saw a volcano erupt from his corn field. Mind you, I lived in Florida (before it became awful ) which is comprised mainly of sandstone with no tectonic plate with hundreds of miles. I was suspicious of every hole in the ground. Worried about it for years.

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troufaki13
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1 month ago

I was scared that if I sat on the toilet too long, then a snake-like monster would emerge from the water and bite my ass

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Bardhi's Dad
Community Member
1 month ago

I don't know if every swimming pool have shark, but some of them certainly do. I'm sure!

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#25

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Katherine Boag
Community Member
1 month ago

Volcanoes are a pressing issue. Love from NZ

Patrick Reolon
Community Member
1 month ago

just depends where you're living right? Best regards from Chile... (on the other side of the ring of fire)

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Khavrinen
Community Member
1 month ago

Well, as someone who grew up in the '80s, thirty miles from Mt. St. Helens...

Coco
Community Member
1 month ago

Me! I lived nearby an extinguished one, and I remember passing many nights watching it in case it would erupt.

Bob Belcher
Community Member
1 month ago

Yellowstone is over due by a couple thousand years. Sleep tight.

Maria Briggs
Community Member
1 month ago

Asshole. Thanks. Here come the mares

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Maddz
Community Member
1 month ago

Absolutely, and I literally lived nowhere near a volcano.

Kiwii Stone
Community Member
1 month ago

As someone who grew up in Cornwall, England, I just thought all hills were undiscovered volcanoes :(

Maria Briggs
Community Member
1 month ago

Never said anyone in Hawaii

Leo Domitrix
Community Member
1 month ago

Depends where you live.

Matthew Green
Community Member
1 month ago

I live in the Philippines and school was cancelled in January due to mount Taal erupting. We had to wear masks for 4 days due to ash fall. Thankfully that was the worst thing that happened in 2020, so we're all good now.

Queen Mab
Community Member
1 month ago

see above. Actually they are a pressing issue. I live in the shadow of Mt. Rainier and other Cascade volcanos.

JacPot
Community Member
1 month ago

They still might be.

NWB
Community Member
1 month ago

yes and I lived under one which made it worse!!! thing has not blown up in millions of years! NZ one too!

Sara Samul
Community Member
1 month ago

I do live in a state with many 'inactive' volcanoes and as a child I used to have nightmares that a volcano was suddenly going to erupt in my backyard or in Hawaii and people would be trapped by slow moving lava but in the end we all burned to death.

Mark Serbian
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm still terrified of volcanoes. I'm 69, but I don't know how I've lived this long...

Pascale Ehrmann
Community Member
1 month ago

So I'm not the only one! I once watched a cartoon where a volcano was growing at high speed, and I was terrified something like this would happen in my garden or, worse, in the bathtub when I was taking a bath (I was around 6), so I always spread my legs open in my bath so the volcano had enough room to grow without damaging my legs before I had time to get the hell out of the tub !

Vytas Navickas
Community Member
1 month ago

lava flowing into the subways... had nightmares about that one- I think it was some fifties movie, not sure

Elizabeth Butler
Community Member
1 month ago

They terrified me

Ivan Ilic
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes ☺

Love My Dogs
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes

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Aleksandra Jankowska
Community Member
1 month ago

What's wrong about that?

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#27

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Perfumista Perfumista
Community Member
1 month ago

Our dog got skunked so yes. I was terrified. I am allergic to tomatoes, so bathing in tomato juice would not have been an option for me.

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Monday
Community Member
1 month ago

I blame Rugrats....that episode unnerved kid me

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 month ago

If people keep destroying the habitat of animals, they must not be surprised when the animals move into the peoples habitat.

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
1 month ago

I was 18 when this was released and tbh she creeped me out! I remember thinking that's a bit too much for kids. When her glasses and wig came off was one awful, but her talking to them and her creepy "cat" has to be the worst bit of that scene

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