Speak Your Mind

Speak Your Mind: Penny for Your Thoughts

Yesterday I read a weird article from NPR. They just asked the Internet if there was something you thought as a kid that turned out to be hilariously untrue. As unnecessary as this article seemed to be, it produced some interesting results. Here are a few of my favorites:

“We were a Jewish family in the South, and I always thought the cover at the top of our chimney was so Santa would know not to come into our house.” — Todd Koren


“I used to think being carried over the threshold after getting married automatically made the woman pregnant.” — Jill E. Anderson


“I thought all Main Streets were the same street and you could get anywhere if you followed the street for long enough.” — Jason Michael


“My dad told me the ice cream truck [driver] only plays music when he finally sold out.” — Jarrod Anderson Derr

That last one made me laugh out loud. (That dad was clever. And mean.)

We’re all rational people here. Or at least we try to be. But there’s no doubt that, as young kids, we probably thought some weird stuff, too. So for this week’s Speak Your Mind, I’m letting NPR do my work for me:

What were some weird things you used to believe when you were a little kid? Do you pass your new found wisdom on to your younger siblings, or is this some kind of right of passage?

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Mindy is an attorney and Managing Editor of Teen Skepchick. She hates the law and loves stars. You can follow her on Twitter and on Google+.


  1. March 19, 2014 at 1:04 pm —

    I thought that if I wasn’t really really careful, I would be sucked into the crack between escalator steps and crushed.

    • March 19, 2014 at 1:21 pm —

      Oh yes I used to think that, too! I was always really careful to pull my pants up a little so the hem wasn’t touching the step and I always stood very still with both my feet firmly planted on one step. They said no horseplay on the escalator for a reason!

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