Well, this should be fun!
It’s always a blast (and kind of embarrassing) to look back at our pasts and realize just how freakin’ WEIRD we were as kids.
If you’ve spent time with kids, you know EXACTLY what I’m talking about. They do the strangest things and they don’t even think twice about it.
Let’s take a trip down memory lane with folks from AskReddit.
“Ate rose petals.
My grandfather told me they are edible. I still eat one when I go visit his grave.”
“Found out that the air had germs in it and tried not to breathe too much.”
“I used to host imaginary science shows where I would get questions from viewers that I had to answer.
I don’t remember a lot of the questions from my fake audience, but I remember trying to explain that glass actually could let air through, and that was the explanation to how we didn’t suffocate when all the doors and windows were shut.
Young me did not know a whole lot about ventilation.”
“I used to steal things from my sister when she was mean to me, and then hide them by sewing them into her stuffed animals…
She found out a few months ago and was really freaked out.”
“There were spiders and mice in my room which totally freaked me out so every night before I went to sleep I’d whisper a report of what the weather was outside to encourage them to go outside rather than stay inside and bite me in my sleep.”
“I used to eat tissues as a kid. My mum found out one day and yelled at me to stop, (as any sane parent would do) so I started eating them in secret. Sneaking away with a tissue box to another room to eat a tissue or two.
Until one day when I was about 5 years old I had to go to the hospital. I had no idea what was going on all I knew was that I had trouble breathing through my nose.
Before my operation I was in the hospital and I overheard one of the nurses say that they just needed to remove the excess tissue in my nose. Naturally I thought that the tissues I had eaten had started getting clogged up in my nose and I never ate a tissue again.
I made the realisation at 14 that it was muscle tissue in my nose and not the actual tissues I was eating.”
“A few years ago, I was visiting my aunt and uncle, and they had some old film from the ’80s of my extended family on a camping trip. There was a full playset there including a trampoline, and my mother was filming my cousins and I playing.
I was about 3 at the time, and my mother panned the camera away from my cousins playing on a swing set towards me on the trampoline. Except I was lying face down on the trampoline, full-on thrusting my hips into it as hard as I could.
Now, I don’t specifically remember doing that, but I have a pretty good idea of how my little mind worked at the time. I’m certain that I was just trying to see if I could build up enough force to lift myself off the trampoline mat, or flip myself over. Still, not exactly the best thing to be watching with your aunt and uncle, who threatened to save it and show at my wedding.
Jokes on them; I pocketed the tape when they weren’t looking.”
“Not me, but my partner used to keep Kiwis (the fruits) as pets. He would name them and take care of them…until his mom took them to blend into a smoothie.
That was a rude awakening for him.”
“I used to waste a ton of water by turning on the shower and lay on the floor next to it with a towel over my body and fall asleep with a tiny bit of water splashing on my face.
I used to imagine i was in a cave and it was raining outside for some reason.”
“I (a girl) used to sit back to front on the toilet to pee.
My reasoning was that that way it sounded like my dad peeing and then the monsters wouldn’t try to grab me.
Childhood anxiety is wild!”
“In grade 1 we would sit in a group on the floor in front of the teacher while she read us stories.
I would sit at the back of the group against the wall and pull my pants halfway down my bum. I liked feeling the cool ground/wall against my bare b*tt.”
“Several friends and myself had a fascination with writing in code. We had little pocket notebooks full of codes and deciphering instructions (also in code) and would write volumes of notes between us in code.
Notebooks got confiscated by a teacher, we wouldn’t tell her how to decode, she tried to get us in trouble. Parents thought it was hilarious. I’m almost 60 and I still have one of these notebooks around somewhere.”
“Wearing velcro strap shoes so tight they’d probably cut off the circulation in my feet because I was worried my shoes would fall off.
I used to eat butter straight out the tub too, my 5 year old niece has started doing it… maybe it’s a family trait.”
“I used to eat mechanical pencil lead.
No idea how I got into that habit, but I think I enjoyed the crunchiness of it. Did it for a little while, but showed a classmate and she immediately went to the teacher who then called my mom who scolded me and told me to stop.
Goodbye 0.7 mm, you will be missed.”
How about you?
What really weird things did you do as a kid?
Talk to us in the comments!