1. Stranger danger is a real thing, but you're much more likely to be abused by someone you know. Even someone your own age. I sometimes wonder if I was educated on this as a kid if I'd have told a teacher what a classmate was doing to me for years and gotten some help earlier in my life.

  2. As an adult I have some memories of my older brother doing things that were definitely not ok. But I knew him well so it didn't even occur to me at the time that what was happening wasn't ok or that I even should tell somebody

  3. I got a job and they didn't even bring up that I had my own assigned seat in detention. It's almost like i wasted all that cool kid cred.

  4. I'm 35 and I am about 90% sure I could just lie about having a bachelor's degree. Literally nobody has ever asked to see my diploma or thesis or anything. By this point in my life it's just assumed you have one if you say you do, especially since I went to a really small college most people have never heard of. They'd never check that unless I was claiming a graduate degree maybe.

  5. Apart from infamous quicksand, I thought it would be a bigger problem being stuck in the alps and having to drink alcohol from a saint bernards necklace.

  6. Also, cannibalism. Was a huge concern in late elementary to early middle school days. It was highly unlikely we’d ever crash in the Andes or that our wagon train would get stuck in the mountains in winter, but for some reason all the kids in my school were concerned about it. Should we eat someone? Could we actually do it if we had to? Who should we eat first? The fat kid will keep, but we don’t want the muscular guy to lose too much weight.

  7. I was so stoked the two times I saw actual quicksand. I prepared my whole life for that moment lol

  8. I’ve been stuck in quicksand. I was backpacking and a buddy said “watch out for quicksand” as I went to filter some water. I laughed him off because I legit didn’t think quicksand was real. A few minutes later, he was pulling me out.

  9. Mom warned me to "avoid any girl who wanted to stick her tongue in my mouth ('French kiss') because it would lead me astray."

  10. My 8th grade teacher kept telling us how scary high school was and how unprepared we all were. She told us that freshman were to be hunted at the beginning of the school year. She told us that we’d probably get beaten up just because we were new. She told us that we’d have to run from class to class because we’d be a target. She told us we’d all be back visiting her and saying how sorry we were and how much we miss middle school. Her “source” was her daughter who was like 3 years older than us.

  11. I had an identical thing with school in general. Whenever we’re on the verge of graduation, (Elementary School to Secondary, Secondary School to College) they would always talk about how teachers at the next level would have a “tough love, we don’t care” attitude. There were some elements of truth, but I a lot of what they said turned out to be laughably wrong. I think it was just meant to scare the true slackers straight.

  12. Every year of school, we were told that we better get serious because the next level would be harder, culminating in actually being an adult with a job which would be hardest of all. You couldn’t pay me to go back to the suffering I went through in school. Being an adult with a job is a breeze in comparison.

  13. When I was 5, I did that many times and ended up with terrible constipation. I had to have X-rays for the doctors to check out what was going on. Our neighbor was a nurse and helped my parents give me an enema.

  14. I remember adults would always tell me as a kid it takes like 7 years to digest. I remember being so scared to swallow chewing gum because of that

  15. If the movie Gremlins ever raised an existential question in my jellyfish brain, it has to be this one: when does "after midnight" stop? 11:37? 13:15?

  16. When I started my job I didn't have a car. Got off work at 2AM, went to the gym then took the first bus of the day home at 4:30AM. A couple of my older coworkers were very upset by this and went to the boss (without speaking to me first) and demanded my schedule be changed. Because they were "worried" about me.

  17. I have a good amount of nostalgia for those days of mystery and mystique. Knowledge is great and all, and the world being more skeptical in general is probably a good thing. But the 90's were such a wild time where we believed the Bermuda Triangle, and that heavy metal musicians were all satanists.

  18. I make it a point to wreck my car if someone turns on the overhead light after I tell them not to. They have to learn somehow.

  19. Do parents actually do this? My mom just said “hey when you put the light on it’s hard to see so can you turn the light out” and I was like “ya sounds fair” and turned the light off

  20. My parents both smoked before having kids, and my mom raised me on stories about how the first time she smoked a cigarette, she coughed so badly that she threw up. It made staying away from smoking cigarettes pretty easy, because I didn't want to puke!

  21. I could definitely see throwing up the first time you smoke a cigarette, especially if it's a really strong one. Cigarettes taste horrible and the nicotine makes you feel light headed and nauseous if it's your first time. I didn't throw up but I coughed my guts out. Same thing with the first time I tried weed, coughed for what felt like eternity.

  22. My school made me believe that I would be set on fire frequently. It has obviously not happened yet.

  23. My 50-year-old dad actually got set on fire not too long ago and he said his first reaction was to stop drop and roll like he heard in grade school and that it worked. So it may not happen very often but someday you may be thankful.

  24. My 4 year old niece lectured me the other day about not having a fire ladder in my second story and fire extinguishers strategically placed through my house.

  25. Most useful thing I learned from the fire safety stuff was how to check if something was hot without touching it. Hold the back of your hand near it and you can feel the radiant heat much better than any other way. Handy for me who has to occasionally handle pieces of metal of varying degrees of hotness.

  26. We learned stop, drop and roll. I didn't pay much attention. Years later, in my twenties, I caught on fire, panicked and started running around, increasing the flames. Thankfully a friend of mine chased me down, tackled me and rolled me around until the fire went out.

  27. Talking to people online, AND THEN MEETING THEM! I would never have met my partner, got my job, had my hobby, had any of my friends, travelled anywhere I got an uber to if I hadn't.

  28. Really this. All throughout school with the police and their DARE campaign, I was expecting to be offered free drugs a lot. I’m seriously disappointed

  29. Or your school permanent record like all the tropes in shows and movies. No one cares that you pushed little billy down in 4th grade

  30. Playing with yourself will make you go blind. Sure, my eyesight has declined over the decades but it's absolutely been worth it.

  31. my mom said some of her friends growing up were told lies like that. one friend was apparently told if she touched herself she would go crazy. my mom told me that this girl did go crazy because she was obsessed with trying to not touch herself, like after she peed she had to make sure her hands didn't touch anywhere. and this actually drove her crazy.

  32. That was drilled into me at a young age and stayed with me up until college. In the real world no one gives a rats ass, now more people are quitting good and bad jobs just because of the toxic mentality it has placed on the workers.

  33. Grades are a metric. They are the closest thing we have to knowing if you've integrated the information into your brain.

  34. I don't know how many people can relate to this but I have gone through some mental stuff ever since I started puberty. Mom forbade me to ever tell others about what's going on with me (even friends) because I might be perceived differently, become a social outcast, etc.

  35. Yeah. The people who treat you differently because you admit your struggles aren't worth paying attention to. But talking about mental health empowers you and others.

  36. I think there’s a huge difference in the world my parents grew up in and the one I did. They still think there’s some massive stigma attached to like EVERYTHING especially mental health. Even my older psychiatrists say shit like “YOU SHOULDN’T BE ASHAMED TO BE ON SSRIs” and I’m like… yeah? Obviously? Why would I be?

  37. Movies with age ratings. It was the creepy kids movies/TV shows that traumatised me, not those movies. Hehe.

  38. Yeah, thinking back I think a lot of the kids movies I saw were more scaring than anything rated R or PG-13 I saw as a kid.

  39. I think a lot of adults misunderstand what upsets kids the most. My 5 year old niece can be quite macabre when she invents stories involving say, animals eating or killing each other—but she cannot emotionally handle loosing at Candyland.

  40. I was told in D.A.R.E. that people would constantly be offering me drugs and trying to get me high and it would be a constant struggle to turn them down. Imagine my disappointment.

  41. A post program study showed that kids who participated in the DARE program ended up being more likely to use drugs than those who didn't. Which is hilarious.

  42. They told us the street names for them, what they do to you, where you can find them, and how they get into prison, but then ended the entire presentation with "Dont ever do drugs" and then just left.

  43. How hard highschool is. Teachers always said you would have to smarten up in highschool and you would barely have time for anything. I crocheted my teacher a sweater for his dog in class once. I think ill be okay

  44. I barely did any homework in high school, still graduated with a high 70s% average (which AIUI is still pretty decent in Canada), so when they told me the same stuff about college, I didn't listen. Protip, at least for a STEM major, they mean it for college.

  45. Depends on the school. More rigorous schools expect students to take multiple AP courses. I had college friends who said college was a breeze compared to their private high school.

  46. Honestly. For some reason teachers love to pretend the educational system isn't designed for students to go through naturally. They always made it seem like things would at one point become too hard to handle when in reality, you grow up and can handle more things naturally.

  47. My 5th grade teacher was this horrible battleax who was obsessed with "preparing us for junior high." There were no exceptions to tons of stupid rules whatsoever and God help you if you merely forgot something. All it did was give me a horrible anxiety disorder I still battle nearly 30 years. Turns out 6th grade actually isn't that hard. Turns out too that life in general isn't that strict.

  48. Stranger rape. It still happens and is devastating, but most rapes are committed by someone known to the victim, not by a masked stranger popping out of the bushes. I think that emphasis on stranger fear discourages people from seeing red flags in situations with people they know.

  49. Wasn't it then found out that stranger danger did a lot of harm because when people were in actual danger they were less likely to seek out help from stranger because they were afraid of them?

  50. Same for child abductions. The vast, vast majority of "missing" children are custodial interference or runaways. Only about 100 stereotypical "stranger danger" kidnappings happen every year in the US.

  51. I think this really depends on everyone's personal definition of "having their shit together"

  52. Yeah! Some of us did everything that was expected of us and still ended up flipping burgers. (not to shame it, everyone deserves a living wage and regular hours)

  53. This, and just pressure to do drugs in general. I was under the impression that some villains were going to actively try to force me to do drugs. And I know that is a legit concern when it comes to people slipping something in a drink, but this was in elementary school. Most of my life, people who offered me drugs were trying to be nice and if I said no they were happy to keep more drugs for themselves.

  54. You don't get offered free drugs? I don't do drugs but I get offered them for free at every single party I go to. Most times it's just weed but occasionally it's harder stuff.

  55. lol! if you turn the car light on while your dad is driving, he will swerve off the road immediately killing your entire family.

  56. Came here for this. It was drilled into me as a child that turning on the car light while driving would kill the battery, get us pulled over, destroy the car's engine, de-stabilize the middle east even further and cause the plot of Children of Men to occur in real life.

  57. "Just wait till you go to primary school, you won't be playing games in primary school, you're gonna be working your ass off."

  58. Jokes on them. I literally now teach a university course on designing games for education. I play games all the time…

  59. Just wait till after University, you won't be playing games after University, you're gonna be working your ass off

  60. The tables have turned because now I have to spend a portion of my time explaining to my parents that the stuff they read on Facebook isn’t true. They like to argue about things that don’t make sense so whose brain really got scrambled by technology?

  61. My mom was petrified of "Dungeons and Dragons" when I was a kid because there were rumors that someone in our small town got too deeply into it and committed suicide because they lost their mind. My mom was not a religious nut at all but she said that people who called themselves Satanists or who were members of cults played it.

  62. When I was a kid, my friend had an older brother who had a D&D book. I knew from tv that it was filled with depictions of satanic gore and probably some boobies. Imagine my disappointment when I realized it was a manual for a game.

  63. To my absolute surprise, I recently discovered, that this is actually a problem for typical adults!

  64. Dr. Donald Unger actually cracked the knuckles of his left hand at least twice a day for over 50 years whilst never cracking those on his right hand in order to prove his mother wrong – he never developed arthritis in either hand, and won an IgNobel award for his efforts in 2009.

  65. Yeah, apparently it's just nitrogen bubbles in your joints that you're popping, which grow back after several minutes. Also why you can't keep popping your knuckles non-stop, you only have so many of these bubbles to pop before you need to wait for them to reform.

  66. Having a bad handwriting being a huge handicap for me in the future in my professional life.

  67. Same, I remember my mother telling me over and over again that if I had bad handwriting, when I got a job, everyone would assume I was stupid. Similarly, teachers telling me I had to be good at mental arithmetic, because I won't always have a calculator. Now I have beautiful handwriting that I never use, and I do always have a calculator.

  68. I actually think playing StarCraft and WoW in my formative years was WAY more helpful than any sort of training on how to write better...

  69. The thing that always bothered me was "You have to memorize all of these formulas." Accountants have reference books. Lawyers have reference books. Why does a student have to memorize something for a test on paper, when the paid professionals don't, for work?

  70. That and poisoned candy. We were told to examine every one our pieces candy when we were kids. IIRC, there hasnt been a single reported incident of tampered holloween candy.

  71. Don’t ride your horse alone in the woods you will be attacked by a rapist. My mother, a city woman warned me about this and don’t go out in a boat alone for the same, I might be attacked, boarded and raped. 😵‍💫 Like pirates looking for virgins on the high seas err, river.

  72. The boat thing is a good idea, but not because of rape. Its good to have a buddy around in case you go overboard or something goes wrong.

  73. Come on Artax! what's a matter?! Whats wrong?! Artax youre sinking!! Come on!!.... Artax pleaseeee youre letting the sadness of the swamps get to you...

  74. When I was a child, I was told many times that badgers will bite your leg until they hear a crunch, so it's smart to put pinecones inside your boots. This made me think that aggressive badgers would be something I had to deal with a lot in my life. surprisingly, it was not.

  75. Not going to college would make it impossible to have a fulfilling career. Edit: I want to respond to a lot of comments. My reply doesn't state that college is not beneficial, especially if you want a certain field. Just that my parents specifically stated I won't be able to do anything without "that pig skin." I am currently 40 and this was drilled into the 1990s high school kids heads.

  76. When I was younger, my mother once told me that if I didn't start paying attention in school I'd be lucky to end up as a roofer.

  77. I went to University, spent 5 years and $50k to get a degree. Then back again to a college for another year to get a certificate, then lastly a technical school for 2 more years to get a diploma. Earn just shy of $100k a year now.

  78. My 2nd grade teacher SWORE we would be writing nothing but cursive when we got older. I've never used cursive as an adult except to sign my name which is more like fancy scribbles

  79. As someone who was born in 2003, the dangers of the internet. Don’t get me wrong, there ARE dangers and we should be taught how to be cautious about them. In fact, some dangers are becoming even more apparent. The thing is, the teachers giving these “internet safety talks” didn’t even know that you could make your account private on the social media apps that they were talking about. Rather than their attitude being, “you will die within a matter of days if you post any picture on the internet” it should instead be, “there’s no point in us pretending that you’re not on social media, so here’s how to NOT ruin your life with it” (to be fair, some of the talks that happened later on were more like this), similarly to what they do with talks about alcohol (at least in my country).

  80. It's also rich growing up with people telling me not to believe everything I read online, and yet, many of those same people now have trouble taking that advice.

  81. Yup. The internet has its dangers, but a lot of them have been hidden/blunted in more recent years. It used to be true that you could do something stupid and have the picture/video never go away, but, on the other hand, it's super hard to find a bunch of old forgotten stuff from around the time you were born. It seems to last up to around 20 years on the internet, not forever.

  82. This is one that's been around for a while. I was born in the early 90s and our parents were scared of the internet and there were a lot of talks about the dangers of it all. For all the talks I ever had about the "dangers of the internet" I only ever had one where the guy giving the talk leveled with us and just told us how to be on social media safely: not posting pictures of where you live, don't post that you're on vacation until you're back, don't give away overly personal information people could use against you, etc. Surprise surprise that's the talk I actually remember and keep in mind to this day

  83. Laced weed. My parents brought it up like I was taking a serious risk with my life every time I smoked. I've smoked weed pretty regularly for like 8 or 9 years. No one I know has ever met anyone whose ever smoked laced weed. Turns out drug dealers deal drugs to make money, and they're not going to spend money to put more drugs in your drugs without telling you/ charging you more.

  84. Yeah, this one was always funny to me too. Also, a main part of being a drug deal is repeat business. Why the fuck would you sell fucked up weed to someone once, when you can sell regular weed to them indefinitely?

  85. So...let me tell you the story about the last time I smoked weed. (which is the only drug I've ever done, besides drink) It was more than 25 years ago. And I was a very casual user, I only smoked a handful of times. I never bought anything myself, but would occasional smoke when offered by my older sister.

  86. My friend got laced weed last week. It's rare, but it happens. If you don't want to get laced weed, don't accept a joint from a crackhead outside a seedy bar at 2am.

  87. That gay men will try to rape me if I'm left alone with them. Literally, my dad told me a story about how one time, he and his buddy went to a party and it turned out to be a "gay recruitment event." Said he almost had to physically fight his way out of there. He even said a girl friend of his ended up being led off to a different room with some other girls. (Sounds like she was already curious.)

  88. A former friend was brought up that way. It was so bad that when walking to school he refused to even walk by one house in particular because a gay guy lived there. Unanswered is how he knew that, but I do know he wasn't going to take any chances getting raped in a snowbank on the way to school.

  89. I'm still kinda mad at the time I told my mother that I had a gay co-worker and she seriously asked if he ever tried to rape me. She isn't a full-blown "The gays are evil and must burn in hell" homophobe. More an "I'm old and and think it's weird" kind, who doesn't like seeing men kiss. But that was the most horrifyingly homophobic thing she ever said!

  90. Ha! If there ever were such things as a "gay recruitment events"... I bet they were pretty damn fun!

  91. That not knowing how to square dance would make you look like a tool. I am about to hit the half century mark and have yet to do-si-do my partner.

  92. My parents and relatives would tell me often, as a child, that big cities are trouble and would put me in danger. I’ve lived in big cities and small cities since moving out of my parents house over ten years ago. I’ve really only experienced dangerous and harmful situations in small cities, including the one I grew up in. I know I’m an isolated case, so I don’t want to speak for everyone. I felt like I met more of the wrong people in a small city. It’s all relative though since big cities are so spread out, I guess.

  93. My parents often warned me about the dangers of credit cards. I was about 20 before I even found out that you could pay off your balance in full every month and actually make money in cashback rather than having to pay interest on every purchase you make.

  94. Yeah, I was pretty scared of credit cards because I saw my parents go in debt and be pretty stressed about the things they bought with them.

  95. Marriage being difficult. Maybe I'm just lucky to have a great partner, but it's literally just communicating well and always maintaining respect and appreciation for your spouse. Have we had hard things happen? Of course. But marriage hasn't been hard, if anything it's been the only thing that got us through the hard things. There was always this typical baby boomer "ugh I hate my wife" and that is just not what my (or my friends) marriage is.

  96. That I won't have a calculator everywhere I go, spoiler alert: I do, but in all seriousness I was told math is everywhere and I have to learn it to be able to have a successful life, but math is hard for me and a lot of people, but we do have Google and Calculators to use when it's even more hard!

  97. I think they tell you that because while most algebra and geometry isn't in daily life, the basic principles are. For instance, seeing 15% off a listed price or doubling a recipe.

  98. I remember being told it was bad to go about without carrying any cash, the reason being that buying things with ATM/credit cards doesn't "feel like" one is spending real money, and we would therefore very easily go into debt. Going into debt was a horrible thing and to be avoided at all costs.

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