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When I noticed that the plugs on electrical appliances are often marked “Fused”, I thought that meant that they had blown a fuse.
I have no idea where she got this, but my little sister (who's four) took it into her head that umbrellas were really called rain-a-bellas. Now everyone in my family uses that word instead of boring old "umbrellas".
I'm 14, and up until this year I thought that at Christmas time when they said "trimming the tree" they actually meant trimming the tree with shears to make the branches more even or something. I wondered why they sang about that in songs...
when i was little, i used to believe that a "self cleaning oven" meant just that...i imagined robotic arms and soap bubbles coming out of the inside of the oven scrubbing the walls and racks...and then water spraying to rinse it and then all of it neatly dissapearing again when it was finished. i never saw what really happened because my mom would never let us near the kitchen when she was cleaning because of the chemicals. she kinda laughed when i told her one day but also seemed very slightly annoyed that she never got credit for working so hard to clean it all those times cause i thought it was automatic!!
I believed that if you left a electric plug socket on the house would catch fire BUT if you rubbed toothpaste into the wall around it, you'd be safe.
My great-uncle Ben (who was actully a friend of the family) died when me and my brother were quite little. We used to think that if we got to the attic, then we would be able to see him. We weren't aloud to go to the attic, so we designed some contraptions to get us up there. I put some food (camernbert cheese) in a bag, incase we were there for a long time, but the cheese went off!
We also used to beleive that the heater under the stairs was his heart, because it was coverd in red plastic, but it couldn't have been, because it was the same size as him!
When we were children we somehow believed that we could dig tunnels under our house. Not only did we think that we could accomplish this, but we thought we could connect our tunnels to our cousin's house in a different state. We were so excited for the time when we could simply walk through the tunnel to their house in a short time instead of having to drive 6 or 7 hours.
We spent an entire summer working on this project and never got beyond a three foot hole.
When I was in that "Why" faze all kids go through, and my mom was feeling especially frazzled, she once told me that inside every light bulb there was a fairy, and that sometimes when they burned out, the fairyies exploded, and that was why you could sometimes see a burnt mark on the outside of the lightbulb.
At the risk of feeling stupid, I'm gonna admit that I wasn't all that young when I had this misconception -- after all, bag clips or chip clips haven't been around all that long. Anyhow, I used to be really puzzled about bag clips with magnets on them. The magnets are never strong enough to hold a bag on the refrigerator with any substantial amount of chips or other content in it. So I wondered why they bother to put magnets on the clips if they aren't strong enough to hold a bag on the refrigerator. Eventually I realized that the magnets are to hold empty clips on the refrogerator so they'll be convenient for when you need to put one on a bag, not for hanging actual bags on the refrigerator.
I used to believe that if you opened the window at night time, the darkness outside would come in and fill the room. My older brother would delight in tormenting me as he threatened to let the dark in by opening our bedroom window.
as young children,my dad told us human head was used in making louvre glasses.so whomever brakes one wil have he's or her head cutoff. it worked,none got broken after that
As a child, every time I took anything from the refridgerator or freezer, after I had finished, I would give the door a gentle push so that it would close slowly giving me enough time to get off of the linoleum and onto the carpet of the living room before it closed. I believed that if I was still on the linoleum when it closed, then I would turn into a frozen iceblock statue.
I used to think that if you put something in the VCR it would show up on the TV so one day I was very disappointed when I put a piece of popcorn in it and it didn't work.
i remember having my friend danny over and telling him about how my dad had a special drink that made u irrisistably attractive to women... it was his aftershave...
We thought each plug was for a particular thing, and if you plug the wrong thing it won't work properly, as in plugging the TV to the plug meant for the piano it will play music that's all
My friend told me that he didn't want to sleep in the room where there was a refridgerator, because he thought the room would be really cold.
when i was younger i thought that the air vents led directly to China, dont ask why its little kid logic. One night my mom told me that i should eat all of my vegetables because there are starving people in China who would like to eat them. Well i ran out to the air vent and shoved my broccoli into the air vent. my mom got mad and said that only the spiders would eat thebroccoli and that the vent didnt lead to China. This event happened several times, once with shreaded cheese ( i was feeding the spiders though)
We had a shilling-in-the-slot gas meter, and I used to believe the shillings themselves actually physically turned to gas.
When I was little my sister was in amateur dramatics and my mum was often sewing theatrical dresses. I remember them kidding me that the sequins were actually fairy records and I spent ages looking for a tiny record player that these would fit onto.
.. the knots in wood would turn into dinosaurs. I was petrified of pine cladding.