My Greatest Fear #9

Did you ever have someone of authority tell you something when you were a child that you now know is absolutely ludicrous, and yet you can’t let go of it? Today’s greatest fear is one of those things.

Back in my fourth grade science class, my teacher told us a scary story. She told us that she knew a child who once put an ice cube in a glass of warm water. The ice cube shattered, sending a shard of ice into the child’s eye, permanently blinding him.

Yeah, that’s scary stuff for a fourth grader. I took it to heart. Ever since that day, just to be on the safe side, I look away when I put ice in a glass of water. In fact, when I was younger, I used to duck down below the height of the glass and quickly drop the ice in before withdrawing my hand. Just in case. Just in case.

Now, in all these years, never once has ice shattered in the manner that my science teacher described. Not one time. And yet to this day I try to prevent ice blindness.

Do you have a story like this, something crazy that someone told you when you were younger that you know doesn’t make sense but just in case you avoid endangering yourself anyway?