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I was absolutely _crushed_ when I learned that there were numbers greater than ten. I had believed for... well, for months, I suppose (:-) that 10 was the biggest. When my mom broke the news, I cried for the rest of the day.
At one time, I believed I was capable of creating a new form of number manipulation which would stand alongside addition, subtraction, and so forth.
I used to believe that numbers had gender, that the odd numbers were boys and even numbers were girls.
I come from Norway. When I was a child I believed that twenty and seventy was the same number, they sounded alike to me, in norwegian. So when I was told to count to a hundred I counted ...28,29,80,81...
When I was six I didn't know about carrying numbers (who does?). I thought that 66 + 66 = 1212 and proceeded to write this and many other incorrect equations on a piece of paper. My dad told me that was wrong but I argued with him about it.
When I was about 4 I decided that if you were born in a bigger year, that meant you were older. So if I was born in 1965, that meant I was older than someone born in 1964. Because 65 is bigger than 64. Just like being 4 years old was bigger than being 3 years old.
My neighbors used to believe you could never count to 100 in a day, it would atleast take a week.
I had a little number puzzle where you fit the numbers 1-12 into notches. When I finished, I was so proud, because I could count all the numbers on the puzzle, and I was convinced that since 12 was such a huge number to a small child, there were no numbers higher, so I'd triumphantly shout, "Look! I can count to the end of the numbers," at random intervals.
When I was six years old, a relative from Czechoslovakia visited Florida, and was staying at my grandmother's house. When I met him, I was playing with my Super Speak & Math, and pushed in 4, the answer to my problem. Jokingly, he said "Oops! You pressed 2!" and I felt sorry for him. He seemed to speak English well, but he didn't yet know the American number system.
i used to believe that 100 was the biggest number in the whole wide world and cried when a boy told me that you could get two or three hundred as well
When I was about three years old, my two older sisters wanted to be teachers when they grew up so naturally I became their test student for all the things they were gonna do when they grew up. They taught me my multiplication tables successfully up to two times ten. So at the age of three, I used to believe anything multiplied by zero equalled zero. And I was right. =)
i used to belive that 100 was the biggest number in the world "i got at least a hundred marbles."