Millennials seem to be realizing more and more things the older they get. However, they’re still baffled by all the weird fears that every single kid seemed to have growing up. Did all millennials live the same life or did parents just give really bizarre advice? Here, we break down some of the strangest things millennials were afraid of growing up that really hold no water today.
1. If you swallow gum, it will never leave your stomach
Did anyone else think that gum would stay in your stomach for seven years if you swallowed it? No? Just us…?
2. You became an Olympic sprinter after turning the lights off in the basement
Obviously, once you turned your basement lights off you had to run upstairs as fast as you could so the ghosts and monsters that came out in the dark didn’t catch you.
3. Quicksand is going to be a huge issue in your small town
Did anyone else think as a kid that quicksand was going to be a much bigger, much more common issue in life?
4. The Bermuda Triangle is a very real problem that will have very real-life consequences
Did anyone else go through a phase as a kid where they were genuinely concerned about the Bermuda Triangle???? We were like, why is this problem not being solved??
5. Is an ax murderer hiding behind my shower curtain?
Every time I went to the bathroom as a kid, I was so paranoid that a robber or murderer was hiding in my bathroom that I would rip my shower curtain open to make sure I was alone. I never really considered what I would do if there was a killer hiding in there, though.
6. What’ll really happen if you turn on a light when driving?
Did anyone else’s parents make them think it was illegal to turn a light on inside the car while they were driving? My parents made it seem as though the car would immediately crash if I turned one on.
7. Booby traps were around every corner
We certainly thought we would be dealing with a lot more booby traps in our adult lives than we currently are dealing with.
8. Why am I not dealing with more piranhas?
Does anyone else remember the near mass-hysteria over piranhas when they were kids? I know piranhas are real-life fish, but I must say I am surprised they aren’t in my real life. I thought they would be playing a much bigger role in everyday life.
9. Was I going to sink to the bottom of the ocean if I ate and then swam right afterward?
I got a lot of my information from A Series of Unfortunate Events, and I am certain that one character died from flesh-eating leeches because they didn’t wait long enough to swim. Yes, yes, I know that’s a work of fiction, but I swear my mom also told me that I needed to wait at least 30 minutes before going swimming after I ate so I wouldn’t get a cramp and drown.
10. Swallowing a seed will make a plant grow in your body
I used to genuinely believe as a kid that if I swallowed a watermelon seed, apple seed, sunflower seed, or any seed for that matter, that I would grow said plant in my stomach. Really, it was an excuse for me to not eat my fruit.
11. I was told my eyes will stay crossed if I keep them that way too long
Maybe my parents just didn’t love me making funny faces, but was anyone else told that if you cross your eyes too long they’ll get stuck like that?
12. The moon is following you
Who else believed that the moon tried to keep up with the car you were in as a kid? I used to always think I was in some sort of weird race with the literal moon.