A humorous hashtag, #ThingsIBelievedInAsAChild, has been trending in South Africa, under which people are publishing a number of funny and superstitious beliefs they had when growing up.
Here's a selection of some of the tweets appearing under the hashtag.
“Divinity” had to be very careful when eating an orange, because:
If you swallow an orange seed, an orange tree starts growing in your stomach
— Divinity ?? (@CAN_Divine) February 17, 2017
“Big Boss” believed whistling had to be done during the day:
Never whistle at night, it brings bad luck.
— Big Boss (@Thee_Psychic) February 17, 2017
Levi thought height was tied to jumping:
If someone jumps a leg over you, you won't grow tall unless they unjump you ???#ThingsIBelievedInAsAChild
— Levi The-Truth (@Levi_Scary_T) February 17, 2017
How does the TV work?:
#thingsibelievedinasachild people who are on TV are actually inside TV pic.twitter.com/vZeZb8drqo
— Oa Matatiele (@Paballo65M) February 17, 2017
If you see a hearse passing by:
#ThingsIBelievedInAsAChild that if you see this car, you must hold a hair strand till it passes by???or else pic.twitter.com/obL5MiW1Kr
— noluthando (@KgabuNoluthando) February 17, 2017
You had to wear your “Sunday best” on, well, a Sunday:
I can only wear new clothes on a Sunday and not during the week #ThingsIBelievedInAsAchild
— Zinhle Mashiloane (@ZeeMach) February 17, 2017
Was told albinos don't die but they just vanish
Till now i haven't seen obituary of an albino ??
— #Avantgardehipster (@1real_bill) February 17, 2017
One user shared the following photo to accompany his tweet:
Eating too much will make me fit & strong. pic.twitter.com/V21ZTXhNQL
— ®Azee (@TheRealAzee_RSA) February 17, 2017
I genuinely believed that testicles were eggs#ThingsIBelievedInAsAChild
— Zanel Ndzume (@Zanel_zn6) February 17, 2017
Where do babies come from?:
#ThingsIBelievedInAsAChild Babies were bought not born
— Luvuyo Mkonqo (@LMkonqo) February 17, 2017
How can the refrigerator light turn on by itself?:
That there was a tiny man that turned on the light in the fridge whenever i opened it. #ThingsIBelievedInAsAChild
— theREALone (@Babs_2by4) February 17, 2017
How do you spot rich folks?:
#ThingsIBelievedInAsAChild if you had this at home, you were rich people?? pic.twitter.com/XPwHRsn1rY
— #See_Yowa_Life?? (@IraguhaHerbert) February 17, 2017
If you don't want to be toothless all your life…:
After removing a tooth, if you don't throw it on the roof you'll never grow another one to replace it #ThingsIBelievedInAsAChild
— JoyLiladzani M (@Liladzani1) February 17, 2017
All toothpaste are called colgate
All bleach products are Jik
All soaps are either called Lux or Sunlight!
— #SayMyNameBaby (@DJASH_214) February 17, 2017
Jik, Colgate, Lux and Sunlight are popular products in Sub Saharan Africa.
Check the weather report before you wear red:
#ThingsIBelievedInAsAChild don't wear red if there's a thunder storm … lightning might strike you real quick
— ig: ms_yazlee (@Yazmiin_Yawlee) February 17, 2017