As children, we saw the world as a very simple place. We thought we knew everything, and that nothing would ever hurt us. Oh how we were wrong, almost all of the time.
Weelie92 asked: What's the dumbest idea you had as a child?
A happy ending, at least?
"I once tried to build my own trampoline.
Placed four chairs a good distance apart, spread a bed sheet across them, and put something heavy to hold down the sheet. Now, a smart person would test this, make sure it's going to hold my weight or actually work like a trampoline. I did not take any such precautions, and took a dive face first from the back of the couch.
And that's how I got the scar on my forehead.
I did get a real trampoline when I was older though, never even got hurt on it."
"I dug a hole in the back yard thinking I could build an underground house. My mum ended up falling into it when she went to hang some shirts on the laundry line. Luckily she didn't get hurt."
They're lucky they didn't learn the hard way.
"I remember reading The Boxcar Children and I was convinced that anyone who was like 13 years old was basically an adult, and could survive by themselves.
My parents were constantly finding the hoard of canned food and camping supplies that I was trying to squirrel away in order to just f**k off and try to live in the woods."
"I tried to roast marshmallows on steam from the dishwasher."
They'll value their sleep once they hit adulthood.Giphy
"That the world was stupid for thinking 6-8 hours sleep was necessary. For about one academic year, I stayed up till about 3am playing games or watching films or even doing last minute homework and woke up at 6 for school.
I was falling asleep in the afternoon lessons every day but I got back home and perked up again. Most of that year is a blur. I think it also coincided with when I stopped growing taller."
"I thought booby traps had something to do with boobies.
So I went like a commando through the backyards in the neighbourhood and stole bras off the clothes lines. Since I figured - they already trap boobies at some level - they are the material needed to build my larger trap.
My dad found whatever insane net I tried to build by connecting them all together stashed in the garage and was pretty confused, then pretty upset when I told him what I was working on.
Since I had no record of where I got them from he made me go door to door asking if any females in the house were missing bras, then go through my entire collection to pick out which one.
No one was very happy based on my actions."
"I thought that if you put blank copy paper in the copier it would make infinite paper.
My dream of ruining the paper market at a young age was cut short when the paper ran out of the copier."
"I formed a detective agency with my friends and would scour the local newspaper for cases to solve. Got really excited when I read that there were people down the street who's son just died suddenly. Was just leaving the house to go interview the dead kid's parents when thankfully my mom found out and stopped us."
That could've gone very wrong.
"Bungie jumping from the tree out front of my house. With a rope tied around my waist. Dad found me asleep hanging from the tree an hour later."
How did they think this was a good idea?
"I learned that the shape of proteins make up stuff in your body, such as your eye color.
I wished I had different colored eyes.
I learned that proteins get denatured (change shape) when put in certain conditions, such as high temperature.
Fast forward to me boiling a pot of water under my face in hopes of the steam changing my eye color."
We are told that, if you're not confident, you should just "fake it til you make it."
This is great--in theory. In practice, sometimes "faking it" can have extremely real and terrible consequences, which these people found out the hardest of hard ways.