ten random beliefs
A friend of mine used to sing 'Oh my god! There's a snowman' instead of 'All we've got is this moment' to INXS's - Need You Tonight.
He was convinced that these were the correct lyrics and tried to justify this to me by saying 'Well, they come from Australia, so they've never seen snow before'.
When I was younger I used to believe that the darker your skin was, the dark your shadow would be.
My uncle used to warn me about eating strawberries straight from the vine because he said that they were covered with snake spit.
I always wondered why snakes didn't have anything else better to do than go around licking every strawberry in sight. It didn't stop me from eating them, though.
I used to think that there was a man playing guitar under my moms back seat in the car. He did all of the music that we heard on the radio. He was so talented and could sound like anyone. I always felt bad because he couldn't get out and eat, so I stuffed my McDonalds french fries into the cracks of the seat.
I used to think the conductor of the orchestra actually told the band what notes to play by waving the stick in a certain direction. I always wanted to stand up before an orchestra and wave the stick around to see what kind of music I could make!
I think I was about eight when I was first introduced to the creation/evolution debate, and I remember thinking it was -obvious- that the right answer was a cross between the two: that God set off the big bang and oversaw the process of evolution like a quality-assurance person in a factory that made planets. Sort of a biblical Slarty Bartfast ("Hitchiker's Guide To the Galaxy").
When I was a little girl and we were driving in the car, I always thought the signs in the residential areas that read "speed radar controlled" meant that my dad couldn't drive any faster than the speed limit because his car was controlled by a radar beam!
When me and my little sister were kids, I told her that peacocks make the sun rise and set. She believed this for years, until in she decided to stand up in class and share this fact with everyone else. We are both in our 20's, and I still make fun of her for it.
I used to think that the Elgin Marbles were actually the kind of marbles we used to play in the street with, and not great big statues. I couldn't understand what all the fuss was about and why they wanted them back.
I used to think that the 'vacancies' sign outside B&Bs / hotels meant that they had toilets (because of the vacant / engaged sign on public toilet doors!!) I never understood why anyone would go to a hotel with a 'no vacancies' sign.