ten random beliefs
As a child (and, if I'm brutally honest, as a young adult) I used to believe that Sigourney Weaver was an aristocratic British actor: Sir Gornay Weaver.
When I was a child, the only exposure I ever had to people shooting guns was the classic Star Wars movies. For years, I assumed that all guns shot colored bolts of laser light. It wasn't until I was much older that I learned that real-world guns shot bullets, and only sci-fi guns shot laser beams.
I thought "having been some days in preparation, a splendid time is guaranteed for all" in Being For The Benefit of Mister Kite was, "some beans, some raisins, preparation, a splendid time is guaranteed for all."
I was about 6-- After I saw the movie Mary Poppins, I thought that people really could fly if they held an umbrella in the wind.
One day there was a storm, with a lot of wind rattling the windows. I argued with my mother for what seemed like HOURS, to let me go outside with an umbrella and fly.
I used to have a black and white striped shirt I was terrified to wear, because in cartoons, all prisoners wore black and white shirts.
I figured if I wore it and a policeman saw it, he'd think I'd have escaped from prison and would make me go back.
I honestly was terrified to wear it to school or anything.
When my sister and I were about ages 3-5, we would believe that the ceiling stole our toys and socks. We thought this because in the morning, our toys would be on the floor (we wouldn't see them though), and our socks were off of our feet (they really slipped off during the night.) I remembered one time that I thought I saw the ceiling steal one of my toys.
When I was little, my sister told me that watermellons were elephant eggs. I waited for two months for a baby elephant to hatch out of the watermelon in the kitchen.
I used to believe that I could take a bath and talk into the water spout and anyone else taking a bath could hear me.
I would get down on my hands and knees and spin around as fast as I could. I thought I was going so fast, I would look like a blur. I would keep asking my parents if they could still see me.
I used to believe that the devices that we used extensively would get tired, which is why we needed to turn them off. One day, it struck me that the same devices that get "tired" should also be thirsty, as I was after playing around outside.
So, I started quenching the thirst of the inanimate objects I valued, with coke, which included the telephone in the living room, my portable cassette player, my game console, and a couple of remote controlled cars (as well as several action figures.)
My mother stopped me just in time before I moved on to "help" the living room TV.