I might have fallen for some nonsense.

Has a thought ever hit you in your adulthood that strikes you as unusual, believable and questionable?  Have you ever realized yourself accepting certain routines that you’ve practiced since childhood, not really sure if that’s how the rest of the world does it?

Question: Does coffee really stunt someone’s growth?  Or was that just my grandmother’s way of redirecting my interest?  It seems to me that men and women of all heights, shapes and sizes enjoy a nice cup o’ joe.  I’ve never really questioned my grandmother’s caution until recently.  But now that I’m going to have my own little one, it’s occurring to me that sometimes adults say things for the mere point of suppressing curiosity.

However, I realize that’s not always the case.

Did you know that when a postage stamp is upside-down on an envelope, that means “I love you”?


But that’s what my Momma taught me!  Now, maybe she was just referring to a little code that the two of us should have understand between each other, but in hindsight I see that this point was never clarified to me.  I’m pretty sure that countless individuals in my life have wondered why I can’t tell which side of a stamp is up.  Brian insists that he’s never heard of this upside-down stamp rule and that his father, who has been working at the post office since about 1985, probably would have told him by now.

And speaking of Brian, when I picked his brain this morning about today’s subject, he told me that 1) his step-dad convinced him that he knew kung-fu and 2) his uncle told him that he killed Santa Claus.

Uhhhhhhhhhmmm…  Is this normal?

Am I going to do this to Bennett?  At some point, probably.  I know that when I was 14, I told a little boy that his lips would fall off if he kissed a girl that he didn’t marry; so I’m definitely capable of making up nonsense.

Have you ever done this?

Or is there anything that you have learned or unlearned that might, in fact, be rooted in an untruth?


  1. October 10, 2012

    LOL! was that boy trying to kiss you??? 🙂

    I think Ma told me that about the upside down stamp. I love that “countless individuals in my life have wondered why I can’t tell which side of a stamp is up.”

    Poor Brian …. killed Santa …. who knew. 😉

    I was told years ago that wooly caterpillars predict our winters … if they have stripes then one color or the other will be how long of a bad spell we would have, short stripes being short (maybe a few days) spells of bad weather and longer stripes being harsher. This year, all the woolies are a solid color, whether it be orange, brown, black … no stripes at all …. so that means either a very early/harsh winter, or a mild one ….. or so I’ve been told.


    • Looks like Ma instigates a lot of this! She told me that a relative was brought back to life when I grave robber cut a ring off of the woman’s finger, thereby allowing blood to circulate through her body again. I really want to believe it…

  2. October 10, 2012

    i was taught the stamp thing as well

  3. October 10, 2012
    Heather F

    I also have heard of the upside down stamp:-) but I don’t remember who told me…either my grandmother or mother

  4. Long time reader, first time commenter. I’m 33 and never heard the stamp thing as a kid. Maybe the stamp thing was more for girls?
    My grandpa did tell me that eating onions would put hair on my chest. I still eat onions a lot, and in fact I DO have hair on my chest, so….
    And I’ll admit that I’ve used this on my 4 year old son, which now helps me realize that it was probably just a tactic to get kids to eat things they didn’t like.

  5. October 11, 2012

    Shane told me when I was like 8 if I got nail polish remover on my skin it would melt my skin off! I totally freaked out and believed him!!

  6. October 12, 2012

    My mom told me if I ate the seeds of a fruit a tree would grow inside me

    My daughter was told by a neighbor’s child if she showed her underpants outside the house, she would go to hell. Hmmmm. Don’t think so! God has better things with which to deal.

  7. October 15, 2012

    BAH HA HA HA HA! This is great. Ahhhh. Yeah, I definitely can make someone believe a load of crap. I could sell a deep freezer to an eskimo.

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