ten random beliefs
When I was 4, my 5 year old brother convinced me that the weather forecasters lived in the cracks in the earth. (We lived back a dirt lane and anytime it was dry the ground cracked on the surface) I felt bad for them so used to yell down to them to keep them company. I also shoved cookies and crackers through the holes in case they got hungry.
i was always fascinated by the receipts given by ATM machines. one day, my brother told me that if you could get the receipts out of the tiny containers people put them in, and took them to the bank, then the bank would give you the amount of money shown on the docket. i was excited for 15 mins, thinking i would make our family rich, until i jammed my fingers in the container.
When I was a little kid, I used to believe that worms turned into moths like caterpillars turn into butterflies.
My friend Sergio told me he used to believe that those streaky slicks of petrol you see in puddles sometimes were dead rainbows.
I used to think Ray Charles sang "What a Wonderful World" instead of Louis Armstong and I always wondered, since Ray Charles was blind, how he could sing about "I see trees of green" and stuff like that.
After choking on some food, adults would always say "it went down the wrong tube", so I used to think that you had one tube for solid food and one tube for liquid and you had a coughing fit when they got mixed up. This proved problematic when eating soup.
I used to believe that when you baked "from scratch" it meant you put the baking pan on the kitchen table and then took a fork and 'scratched' the bottom of the pan and the ingredients would emerge FROM the bottom of the pan, and then you would take a spoon and start mixing them around.
I know where that idea came from. I went to Catholic school and as a first grader my entire class went to see the film "The Ten Commandments" and in one scene Charlton Heston (Moses) took a big stick, scratched a rock and water came pouring forth. That had a bit impression on me.
Next time you see that movie I'll bet you think about how that looked to at least one six-year-old.
When I was little, my older sister told me that If I picked up the telephone and dialled the number for that telephone it would automatically trip a self destruct devise and blow up the whole house. I believed this for a very long time.
I used to believe that checks were like free money, that you could write 1 million dollars on a check and you'd have a million dollars. I used to ask my mom to buy me toys, and when she told me they cost too much, I would ask her to write a check!
One evening we were all chatting in the kitchen, eating low fat yoghurt.. Once finished, my younger sister -who must have been 6 at the time- stood on a chair and eagerly asked: "Do I look thinner now?"