ten random beliefs
I used to believe that Marshmallows grew in nature.
I was once told by my dad that peddling a bike down a hill would actually slow you down. I wwas about 15 before i realized this wasn't true.
I used to believe if I lay out in the sun with a window screen over my face, I would get freckles, just like my best friend.
I heard the joke "how do you get down from an elephant? You don't. You get down from a duck"
I didn't know that "down" had two meanings. So, for the longest while, I thought that if someone were sitting on an elephant, that they couldn't dismount directly but had to use a two-step process. First, move from the elephant to a duck. Then get off the duck.
I used to believe that whenever the space shuttle launched, it made a hole in the atmosphere, which I imagined was similar to a giant eggshell. For many years, I wondered how long it took for the hole to close, and why all the air on Earth didn't leak out!
On certain three speed bicycles, the shifter is made by a company called Sturmey Archer. On a particularly long ride one time, my mother told me that Sturmey Archer was the name of the little man who lived inside the hub and changed the gears. He had very large ears, which made the clicking noise as you rode, and changed the gears by sticking his nose in and out of the hub. This last bit isn't too far off from how a three speed hub works (sans extremely small man), so she might have been actually trying to teach me something useful...
Once when I was about seven, I took a peppermint from the Brach's pick and mix display at the supermarket. I hid it in my closet because I was terrified that the police would come and arrest me for it. I found the peppermint a couple of years ago when I was cleaning out my closet at my parents' house...it was still there!
My parents used to joke that the dirt in my ears could grow fruit and I believed them. they would pretend to pull grapes and strawberries out of my ears. I would often ask them to check. When I told them that the kids in kindergarten didn't believe me they started pulling bigger and bigger fruit out of my ear to try to drop a hint. After the oranges and grapefruits didn't work, they just told me the truth. I was sooo mad and disappointed I shut myself in my room for the day.
Cats go miaow, dogs go woof, rabbits go fuh, fuh, fuh! This is said with the front teeth over the bottom lip. I believed this to be true until I was 13. My little brother used to have to go to speech therepy, and to get him to say his f's, rabbit impressions were used. duh!!!!!
When I was little, my grandfather told us kids that he was so old, he served coffee and donuts to the Pilgrims when they landed here. He was pretty old, so we believed him!