If you make a silly face will your face get stuck like that forever? Of course. If you stepped on the cracks in the sidewalk would your entire future be doomed? Definitely. Was there a kid two years ago that was able to flip over the swing-set TWICE? Yeah, Billy. Stories of what would happen to you if you ate too much candy, watched television too closely to the screen or turned a light on in the car while your mom was driving were taken as hard facts without question.
However, growing up is definitely a reality check. With the internet, we now have all of humanity's knowledge at our fingertips and we unfortunately now know that there definitely wasn't a shark in Alyssa's swimming pool and that it doesn't matter how fast you Skip-It, you won't be able to fly. Digging in your parents backyard will end in a dirty mess and not a free vacation to China.