|Yep, I pictured him as a garden gnome. Not scary at all. (source)|
Where did I get such a crazy idea? From my crazy dad. When I asked him where everything went when you flushed, he told me there was a little man who lived in the toilet and ate (shudder) it all. Not sure how old I was at the time, but I was young enough to swallow (sorry) this story. Which, sadly, could mean I wasn't that young (insert joke here).
What I do know is that long after I realized he had been making a joke, I continued to fear using the bathroom in the dark. I wouldn't be able to see any signs of the little man! It wasn't that easy to use it during the daytime either; I always checked carefully before sitting down. Rationally, I knew my worry was absurd, but I never sat down without thinking the little man might...wait for it...pop up and pinch me on the hiney.
The good news is I no longer check the toilet bowl for signs of the little man lying in wait for my bare hiney to present itself. Here's to conquering childhood fears!
Now, go read some other FTSF posts found on hosts, Kristi's, Janine's, Kate's, and Stephanie's blogs.