26 Lies Told to Chinese Children to Make Them Behave

By Ned Kelly, October 11, 2019

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1. If you don’t finish the rice in your bowl, you’ll get freckles on your face

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2. Teeth that fall out have to be thrown up on the roof or buried under the threshold

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3. If you play with fire, you’ll wet the bed at night

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4. When you bite your tongue when talking, it means meat for dinner tonight

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5. Open an umbrella in the house and you won’t grow any taller

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6. Always eat chicken feet in even numbers, or your hand will tremble when you write and the characters will be illegible

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7. Sneezing once means someone missed you; sneezing twice means somebody is speaking ill of you

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8. If a chopstick drops when you’re eating, expect a visitor to the house

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9. If someone strides over you when you’re sitting or squatting, you’ll stop growing

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10. If you eat fish roe you’ll never learn how to count things correctly

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11. Eating earwax will make you dumb

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12. If a girl is kissed by a boy, she will soon have a child to take care of

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13. If you don’t behave a big grey wolf will come to the house and take you away at night

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14. Infants can’t eat chicken feet or they’ll tear books when they grow up

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15. Two people who share a duck head will soon start quarrelling

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16. The red scarf worn by Young Pioneers is dyed red using the blood of martyrs

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17. If you don’t spit out melon seeds, a melon will grow in your tummy

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18. If someone steps on your shadow, you won’t grow tall

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19. If you cut your toenails at night you’ll fall over the next day

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20. Wash your face twice or you’ll become a thief when you grow up

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21. Don’t point at the moon with a finger, or you’ll get your ears chopped off (children use a fist when pointing at the moon)

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22. If you ride a dog the crotch of your trousers will split

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23. Eat pig’s tail and your head will never stop shaking

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24. If two people wash their faces with one basin of water, they will fight each other later

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25. If you do eye exercises with your eyes open, you’ll go blind (Chinese children have to do eye exercises twice a day in school. They hate it as it’s boring and infringes on play time, while teachers are very strict watching them).

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26. If you fall over too often your bum will break into two pieces

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[All images via Wiki]

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