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When I was little I thought ten was the highest number in the world.
I used to feel that numbers had certain characteristics. Odd numbers were thin and male, while even numbers were fat and female.
Before I started kindergarten, I used to beleive that there were only 12 numbers, 1-12. I thought this because at the moment, my fave number was 12 :P lol. (I was also under the impression, "Save the best for last", so 12 was the last number). dont get me wrong, I was pretty smart, i knew all of my ABC's! (but i knew there were 26 letters of the alphabet...) my know-it-all cousin who was the same age as me, finally set me straight and told me that numbers went on forever! man, i was soo disapointed! :'(
I used to belive that ten was the biggist number
Zero and Zorro were easily confused words.
Of course you can't divide by Zorro! It's not a number!!!!!!
I used to believe that eg 1+1=11 and 2+2=22.
Luckily that only lasted until age 2 1/2.
I don't know why, but when I was first learning to count it went like this : 1... 2... 3 ...4... 5 ...6 ...7... 8... 9... 10 ...11 ....12 ....30... 31... 32 ...33 .....
I can't remember why I thought you went from 12 to 30 but I counted like that for almost a year till my dad told me the correct way....
I used to believe that the only types of math problems that existed were addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
Not so much an "I used to believe" but...
When I was in 2nd or 3rd Grade, my parents made sure I knew my multiplication tables up to 12x12 (or I wouldn't get to go out and play). We hadn't yet been taught this in school, but I darn well made sure I had them memorised, as summer was soon coming around.
One day on the playground, I ended up in a fistfight with another classmate, as we got into an argument about 2x2. His stance was: "There is NO way 2x2 can equal 4, as 2+2 equals 4. Multiplication is different than addition, so you are lying!"
I'm not sure how it escalated to blows, but needless to say, the Assistant Principle could barely contain her mirth after we were pulled into her office.
My cousin used to think that the lowest number in existence was negative zero. He knew that negative numbers were all lower than positive ones, but he wouldn't believe me when I told him they were in reverse order.
I used to believe that odd numbers were male and even number were female. So in my head they were all dating. 1 was dating 2. 3 was engaged to 4. 5 was married to 6. And 6 was cheating on 5 with 7. ( I don't know what happened to 8,9,0... )
When I was in kindergarten one day we were learning about numbers and we were counting. It seemed like forever that we were counting outloud so I asked my friend "when do numbers stop?". She told me that "they never end!". And I couldn't understand that at all so I thought she was just nuts and was that obsessed with numbers!
when i was little, concepts and inanimate objects were either nice or mean. My favorite things to classify according to mood were numbers and colors. my least favorite number was five, because it was an odd number, and it just sounded mean. I decided that five was a really mean old librarian. My favorite number was two...she was a princess. One was a nerdy tall guy in a green suit, and seven was a nosy man who liked to look over fences at what the neighbors were doing. I had issues.
I also believed that numbers had personalities. 6 and 8 were best friends, and they worked on this special project (14) together. 9 was mean, tricking other numbers into giving up their rightful places in the teens. 8 and 9 were sometimes friends, but 8 like 9 more than 9 liked 8.
I used to believe that numbers up to ten had genders:
After my first day at kindergarden I told my Mother that I was not going back anymore. When asked why I told her that the teacher wanted me to make number one and number two on the paper and that was nasty. I am 75 and still hear about that from family members.
My friend asked me if I wanted to go to cotillion with her. I had never heard of cotillion. I thought it was a very large number. million, billion, trillion. . .cotillion.
I used to believe that numbers only lasted to 1000. I also used to believe that after 100 or 1000, it would be 100, 200, 300, 400 etc. LOL!!!
I used to believe numbers only lasted to 100. And, I thought, when I was three, the alphabet lasted forever like numbers.
When I was little I didn't really understand how numbers worked, I knew that you could carry on counting forever so naturally I assumed that the number system was cyclic, you obviously couldn't have that many different numbers.
When counting in 10s in my number system you went '10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 20, 30, 40.... ad infinitum
obviously with numbers less than 20 you knew whether they were bigger or smaller than each other, cos you only used them once, but when asked as a child 'is 30 bigger or smaller than 20' I replied 'id depends on which 20'
I'm quite good at maths now..