Childhood nightmares. What scared you as a small child?
When I was a kid in Choteau, the 3 things I thought would kill me, possibly before high school, were (I'm being completely serious here.):
1. Quicksand I really really watched for that when I was a kid. It seemed like someone on a tv show or cartoon were always falling into quicksand, and I just didn't want to be a statistic.
2. Lava I was terrified of lava. Even though, years later, I realized how far said lava would have to travel to kill me while I was riding my bike around the farm.
3. Bigfoot You have to know that I come from a family who camped. We'd camp nearly every weekend in the spring, summer and early fall. Sometimes, it would be in Glacier Park or near the mountains and I wasn't that scared of bears, like a Montana kid should be. I was afraid of being carried off by Bigfoot in the middle of the night. Especially when it was my turn at the most highly regarded sleeping place in the camp, the front cab of the pickup. No WAY was I going to tell my brother and cousins that I'd barely sleep those nights because I was afraid Bigfoot would be checking out the cab of the rig, see a kid in there, grab me and run off.
I don't blame you if you giggled when you read those. I giggled as I wrote them out.
If you were a kid in the 70's, the video below was EVERYWHERE. I clearly recall my parents and cousins speculating about the animal, especially around a campfire. I can't find a definitive answer as to if this video was ever debunked. It was featured on an Hoax of the Century, but that's all I can find that's for sure.