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I used to think that the reason that we are able to see is that light somehow comes out of our eyes and illuminates the scene in front of us. I apparently never thought about why this doesn't work in dark rooms!
However, I have since read that grown adults used to believe the same thing in the Middle Ages, so it must be a common misconception.
my mum used to say if i lied my eyes would change colour...when i lied i would shut my eyes
I used to think (thanks to Walt Disney) that the only difference between boys and girls was that the girls have eyelashes. See Daisy and Donald.
My dad always told me that eating carrots would improve my vision. So everytime I ate a carrot, I would look at some object and continue focusing on it as I ate the carrot. Right after I swallowed, I was sure that I could see the object much better!
My mom used to tell me that she could tell that I was lying because I had little lights in my eyes... and she still teases me because I believed her!
I can remember thinking that is I hid my eyes, and couldn't see anybody that they couldn't see me.
I used to believe that small people lived behind your eyes. They poured buckets of water out when you cried and controlled your eyes by moving the stems back and forth.
I used to think that if you closed your eyes, you convince others that you were blind.
I used to think that when you got some small piece of crud in your eye that it didn't fall or get washed out eventually, it just went into some kind of small repositoiry inside the eye socket and it stayed there your entire life. Not unreasonable for a kid to think that since you hardly ever see what was stuck in your eye even afterwards, do you? I figured if the thing ever filled up then you would really be in for serious eye injury since there would be no place for the next thing that got into your eye to go.
When I was small kid my older brother told me that if you stomped on the ground too hard both your eyes would pop out of your head at the same time getting smaller and smaller like a nesting doll..
When I was 5, I asked my Dad how a doctor could tell if a new-born baby was a boy or a girl. His answer? "By the color of their eyes."
My mother once told me a story about a boy who had fallen face down on the grass. A seed got into his eye and later he grew a marigold out of it. I spent years terrified of getting "airborne marigold seeds" inside mine!
As long as I can remember my left eye has been very bad (20-200) and when I
was little, I use to think I could see through my hand. Putting may hand over my eye (right), I could still see a fuzzy image,-- my conclusion, a person couldn't expect to see a normal image looking throught your own hand.
someone once told me that the reason why our eyes close when we sneeze is because if we didn't, the pressure from the sneeze would cause our eyes to pop out. this always interested me, and for awhile whenever i sneezed, i would try to keep my eyes open to see if it was true. i never succeeded in doing so, and today i'm thankful that i couldn't...just in case it really is true. :D
When I was younger I believed that even though everyone had eyes, everyone saw things differently. For example, I can recognize my mom; but if I were to have an eye transplant, I would not recognize her because she would look differently than how I saw her with my original eyes.
One night at this coffee house this woman made me beleive that if you crossed your eyes and hit your back that your eyes will be crossed forever.
She said when she was a little kid a friend of hers did it and her eyes were still crossed. I ws brave enough to try it because I usually had my eyes crossed anyway. I didn't become cross eyed but it felt kinda weird.
I believed that my pupils would become heart-shaped when I met my "true love." I was unsure of how I'd know, however, because if I checked in a mirror (thus, no longer looking at my "true love"), my pupils would become round again.
When I was about 14 a friend told me a gruesome tale about another friend who, when she sneezed inside an elevator, her eyes popped out of their sockets and landed on her cheeks. I am now 37 and have never sneezed inside an elevator in case it is true.
When I was little my mom told me that if I watch too much TV my eyes would get really big. Everytime I saw someone with big eyes, I would think that they watched a lot of TV.
I used to believe that if I would lay on my back too long that my eyes would fall back into my head. Also, If I would lay on my stomach, my eyes would fall out.