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    Crazy and Utterly Absurd Things That You Used to Believe

    I believed the moon was made of cheese. Hmm, I'll think of others if I can remember and add as the theme progresses. What about the other members?

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    My grandmother had a lakeside cabin in a mountainous and rural part of my state. My father would bring me there frequently as a child, and he always told me of an "enchanted forest" nearby that you could only visit just at sunrise on a foggy day. He said at those times, an entrance appears and you could go in to the magical places, but you couldn't leave until the next time it was foggy during sunrise. I never got to test the story because I always woke up just after sunrise.

    I also believed the "Bloody Mary" story. It was said that if you were alone in a house and it was pitch dark, if you faced a mirror and said "Bloody Mary" three times, you would die. I was never inclined to try.

    My father also told me that the world was entirely black and white before 1950 when they invented color, which is why I had never seen any color pictures or movies from before then. I believed him.

    Children believe the most ridiculous things. The reason is that they soak up knowledge much more quickly than adults, because they do not stop to question, because they do not have the knowledge required to dispute it.

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    I watched those documentaries about history or science, and I believed they really filmed authentic peoples from the antiquity and middle ages. I learned only after that they were contemporary actors and filming equipment didn't exist back then.

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    I believed in a myth called Jesus.

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    I believed that when you made a bad face it would stay that way for life. Maybe thats what happened to me?

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    I actually did believe for awhile that kids were brought by the stork. Not because my family told me so, but because TV did. We have a fizzy drink here in Austria, not dissimilar in taste to Ginger Ale, called Almdudler. When I was young, they had that ad where the stork brings the kid but takes the bottle of Almdudler away.

    Obviously, this was a bad influence and it culminated in a situation which could have ended much worse if my mother had not stopped me. See, I had this kids' doctor's kit, and it contained scissors. Unaware that it was used for anything else but urinating, I came to the conclusion that my penis was useless appendage and was going to cut it off. What a Freudian error!

    My mother reacted quickly and shouted: "Are you mad? You could bleed to death!"
    -In kalte Schatten versunken... /Germaniens Volk erstarrt / Gefroren von Lügen / In denen die Welt verharrt-
    -Die alte Seele trauernd und verlassen / Verblassend in einer erklärbaren Welt / Schwebend in einem Dunst der Wehmut / Ein Schrei der nur unmerklich gellt-
    -Auch ich verspüre Demut / Vor dem alten Geiste der Ahnen / Wird es mir vergönnt sein / Gen Walhalla aufzufahren?-

    (Heimdalls Wacht, In kalte Schatten versunken, stanzas 4-6)

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    Well, I guess I took many myths as granted. In fact, I believed in anything what the Catholic church said because the church was omnipresent in my early life outside the family. My kindergarten was a catholic one, and in elementary school you can rarely dodge around religious indoctrination.

    So let me name a few things I believed into: Heaven, hell, purgatory, god is angry when there´s a thunderstorm (now I know it´s Thor! ), christ child, Nikolaus, easter bunny (I was really sad when I discovered it isn´t true), the creation of the world in 7 days, Adam and Eva...etc.

    It all changed step by step when I left elementary school, that´s around age of 10. Well, some myths were unmasked by my parents and other family members when they thought I´m old enough to "handle" the reality.

    "Judge of your natural character by what you do in your dreams" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    Quote Originally Posted by Valkyrie View Post
    easter bunny (I was really sad when I discovered it isn´t true)
    What is untrue about Ostara's sacred hare?

    the creation of the world in 7 days
    Six days. It is only us Bavarians and Austrians who consider "resting" as part of work. I'm sure that in Prussia the bible myth is different, on the seventh day God taught them to be so uptight about everything.
    -In kalte Schatten versunken... /Germaniens Volk erstarrt / Gefroren von Lügen / In denen die Welt verharrt-
    -Die alte Seele trauernd und verlassen / Verblassend in einer erklärbaren Welt / Schwebend in einem Dunst der Wehmut / Ein Schrei der nur unmerklich gellt-
    -Auch ich verspüre Demut / Vor dem alten Geiste der Ahnen / Wird es mir vergönnt sein / Gen Walhalla aufzufahren?-

    (Heimdalls Wacht, In kalte Schatten versunken, stanzas 4-6)

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    Crazy and Utterly Absurd Things That You Used to Believe

    I'm wondering what absurd things Skadi members used to believe, whether in your childhood or adulthood.

    I for one don't have much to share. If I ever believed in anything absurd, it was never fully. When I was about 15 I stumbled across a site linking giant human remains to extraterrestrials, and even though I did not believe in the extraterrestrial part, I actually did get myself to believe that there were tribes of giant human beings (over 9 feet tall) scattered around the world, especially in North America, in antiquity.

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