Multiplying Kisses, Growing Seeds in Your Tummy: 10 Weird Things We Believed as Kids

And trains coming out of a wound?

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( As children, we didn’t know better than to trust what adults tell us while we were growing up. We didn't cast doubts on the world, after all, and being a skeptic wasn't much of a thing when you're young. There were superstitions and urban legends that we thought to be true because our grandparents said so, threats we believed in just because our mom said so, and other weird instructions that we followed to the letter because our friends said so. 

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For a little throwback to simpler days, here are 10 funny but ridiculous things we believed to be true:

Kisses could multiply if you take care of them


If you never believed that Kisses give birth to more Kisses, then what kind of childhood did you even have? Kidding aside, most of us took good care of our supply of Kisses—small, translucent plastic beads that absorb and hold fragrance—thinking that they would grow and produce more. Some may have even put them in between cotton balls and stacked them inside plastic film containers. They definitely didn’t multiply, but it was our first step towards being responsible for someone or something else. Even Nadine Lustre fell for this "scam."

A stray eyelash could make your wishes come true

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Finding a stray eyelash on your cheek was heaven-sent—when we were kids at least—because they could supposedly make our wishes come true. In one version, you’re supposed to press said eyelash between your thumb and forefinger while making a wish; then predict if it’s sticking "up" (your forefinger) or "down" (your thumb). Getting a correct answer was a guarantee that the gods heard you. 


Using books as pillows could raise your IQ 

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Final exams were the bane of our existence as students. But just in case we didn’t study enough, we relied on the age-old belief of putting our books or reviewers under the pillow so we can "absorb" the knowledge overnight. 

Number of bumps on palm = number of future kids

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There are a few fortune-telling methods we still believe in even as grownups; but as children, there was the fool-proof way to tell how many kids we’d have. You just asked your fortune-teller friend to press on the lower part of your palm above your wrist, and the number of bumps or circles that appeared would be equal to the number of your future offspring. 

Your school used to be a cemetery

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Sure, it might be true that the ground on which your school stood was an old cemetery, especially if you went to a Catholic school. But it might also not be, right? Who knows? We still believed these urban legends, along with the ghost stories of dead nuns walking the corridors. 

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A priest/train/grain of rice could come out of your open wound 

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As kids, our parents would tell us that if we continued poking on our scabs or open wounds, a priest, or train, or grain of rice would come out. We never understood why or if that was physically possible at all, but we still stopped fiddling with said wound just in case. 

A watermelon seed could grow in your stomach 

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When eating watermelon, we were taught to spit out the black seeds unless we wanted little seedlings to grow in our stomach. This was very specific to watermelon seeds, and we just didn’t have the same worry when we accidentally ate melon, orange, or papaya seeds. 

Drinking water with ants makes you a great singer 

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How to be a great singer? Just put some black ants in a glass of water, mix thoroughly, and drink. It never had a scientific basis, of course, but we still followed what the elders said. 

"Kukunin ka ng bumbay" was a real threat 

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The '80s and '90s weren’t exactly the "wokest" of times, and the very racist phrase "kukunin ka ng bumbay" was a real threat that stopped us from doing bad things as kids. But we now know better than to throw around this slur. "Kukunin ka ng pulis" was also another line that our parents used on us. While it wasn’t entirely true then, we’re pretty sure it’s not entirely false today.

The spirit of the ballpen could summon ghosts 

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Spirit of the glass (a.k.a. another take on the Ouija board) may be the subject of many horror films, but the spirit of the ballpen piqued our interest as grade school students. The rules were simple: You held one ballpen in each hand and aligned them with the pen of your classmate right across you. If either pen moved, a spirit had arrived in your midst. We're terrified just imagining it.

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