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.

#1

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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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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.

Clavelle
Community Member
1 month ago

Me too😂

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Perfumista Perfumista
Community Member
1 month ago

That, and that cracking my knuckles would make them bulge

Ann
Community Member
1 month ago

I was told that my fingers would break

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CrunChewy McSandybutt
Community Member
1 month ago

When I was a kid I was seeing how deeply I could cross my eyes because... reasons. Anyway, I pulled the connective tissue so hard that the next morning I couldn't shift my eyes without piercing pain shooting through my eye sockets. Have you ever tried to not move your eyes? Not possible.

RaroaRaroa
Community Member
1 month ago

Yup, and if you sat too close to the TV you'd get square eyes.

Lauren Caswell
Community Member
1 month ago

Im sure i read a picture book about a boy who got square eyes when I was at primary school

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deanna woods
Community Member
1 month ago

Or that making funny faces would get them stuck that way.

Bizianka
Community Member
1 month ago

Rises hand

Felicity Lemon
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes and I asked my dad and he said it was possible they get stuck for a short time but I still cross them

WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 month ago

Scariest part was that they didn't say what was "too long".

Weronika
Community Member
1 month ago

Wait so it's not true?

Juan Hernandez
Community Member
1 month ago

wait . these is not true ?

totinos pizza rolls
Community Member
1 month ago

omg yes

Cassie
Community Member
1 month ago

One of the kids in my neighborhood was cross-eyed, so our moms didn't have to tell us twice. We could see the evidence!

Eliana Mount
Community Member
1 month ago

i kept doing it tho to piss them off because it ever hppened

Magical dolphin so like yea 😎
Community Member
1 month ago

my mom told me that!!! haha funny story i tried doing it once but i got scared so i stoped i bit later my brother had to go to the docter ( just for a check in ) and i asked the docter he said no they would not get stuck so after that i did it all the time i guess the funny part is that same time there were some cotton balls in a jar and i asked my mom why there were marshmellows on the table and if i could have one she told me what they were it was very enbarassing

Sandra Lynne
Community Member
1 month ago

Weirdly enough, when my father was a child, he had his eyes crossed when his sister gave him a terrifying fright. His eyes locked in place and he had to have surgery to correct it. So some truth in this one.

Loretta
Community Member
1 month ago

I was told that if someone pushed you while you're doing it, you'd stay like that. Probably not true I guess.

Kathrin Bextermöller
Community Member
1 month ago

my grandma did that XD

Julesoccer20
Community Member
1 month ago

Mine sure did

CatWoman312
Community Member
1 month ago

Or if they hit you in the back of the head while you were doing it

Grace Lassen
Community Member
1 month ago

yeah but i still did it anyway lmaoooo

JustAWeirdoGirlChild
Community Member
1 month ago

yes i learned recently thats not the case lol

Louloubelle
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes, my dad did. But he was such a tease that I eventually stopped believing anything he said if he was smiling at me. My brother once said, he'd be 6 inches shorter, if not for my dad pulling his leg.

Liz DuBois
Community Member
1 month ago

I was told if the weather changed whilst I was crying that my face would stay like that ha ha ha

Yvonne Blau
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm honestly still not completely convinced that this isn't true...

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
1 month ago

You mean they don't?

Hubertus Touché
Community Member
1 month ago

They did, the buck-toothed b*stards >:-(

Robert Robi Z
Community Member
1 week ago

Oh yes. I quickly realised it was a lie.

Alexandria Rodriguez
Community Member
1 week ago

yessssssssssssssssssssssssssssdsssssssss

*sigh*, The Yellow Teletubby
Community Member
1 month ago

YESSSS!! And if you try to roll them back to expose the white part, they'll get stuck there lmao

Lauren Brandon
Community Member
1 month ago

I used to get told to stop making faces because if the wind changes it would stay like that 🤣 also sitting too close to the telly would make my eyes go square 🤣 sad bit is i fully believed it 🤣🤣🤣

Steve Barker
Community Member
1 month ago

No. They never mentioned it. Xeyed-5f7e...9558b1.jpg Xeyed-5f7e0429558b1.jpg

Ashley Conover
Community Member
1 month ago

Or if you made a funny face for too long.

Debra Robinson
Community Member
1 month ago

or make grumpy/crazy faces

Grace Smith
Community Member
1 month ago

Wait that’s not real?

Toni Carroll
Community Member
1 month ago

This hit me hard since I was slightly crossed eyed and I thought I did something bad to cause it.

Amoureuse
Community Member
1 month ago

Here it's almost the same. I've been told that if you cross your eyes and the wind changes direction, it's a done deal and cannot be changed back.

Evripidou Maria
Community Member
1 month ago

yep. I was never able to do it though

Tor Rolf Strøm
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes, and I thought I had ruined my eyes, as I didn't quite understand how the whole focus/crossing eyes thing worked.

Martine
Community Member
1 month ago

I still say that to my granddaughters! ;-)

Edgar Rops
Community Member
1 month ago

Especially if someone gave you a fright while you were doing it.

Arctic Fox Lover
Community Member
1 month ago

Omg yesssss :0

Mark Serbian
Community Member
1 month ago

My grandmother said that. My response was to try to get better at crossing my eyes...

StardustRainO8
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes, and that if the wind changes when ou are making a weird face, that it will stick

Papa Emeritus IV
Community Member
1 month ago

Everyone's

Boudica
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes, and if you frowned that 'your face will stay like that if the wind changes'!

Ian Milne
Community Member
1 month ago

I was told that if you twist your dinkle and your belly button at the same time your bum will fall off. Still too scared to try it.

Yvonne Blau
Community Member
1 month ago

I wish I could make my bum fall off with some trick, at least part of it, lol

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Rose the Cook
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes and also that if we held a guinea pig up by the tail its eyes would drop out. Since we didn't have a guinea pig it was some time before we realised that they don't have a tail.

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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

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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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postboredom
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1 month ago

WTF. This happened??

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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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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
Community Member
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
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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
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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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Katherine Boag
Community Member
1 month ago

Volcanoes are a pressing issue. Love from NZ

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#26

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Aleksandra Jankowska
Community Member
1 month ago

What's wrong about that?

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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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