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I used to believe (at 3 or 4) that counting money was very difficult and confusing. I was so very worried that I would grow up to be a cashier. Counting back all that change made my head spin just thinking about it. I still get confused when to give the cashier one penny to round out the total.

Jennifer
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this isn't a belief, really - just the way it has always been for me ......when I visualize numbers, they are 3-dimensional and have specific colors: 5; is red; 6 is blue; 3 is yellow; 4 is brown; 2 is gray; 8 is pink; 9 is very pale gray and 1 and 10 are white; 11 is also a light gray...............after that color doesn't bear any relation to numbers for me.

katy
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Like Lena, katy, Bewildered (and somewhat like Ericka) I too have always associated digits with colors. 0=white, 1=gray, 2=red, 3=green, 4=yellow, 5=brown, 6=maroon, 7=silver, 8=blue, 9=orange. Letters of the alphabet, too. I recently read about the brain condition synesthesia, in which senses are mixed, and wonder if this is related.

Walter
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when i was in kindergarten i used to think that 100 was the highest someone could count!

Jessica
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[i went to a french school, btw]
When I was in 1st and 2nd grades, I was convinced that however you said the numbers, was how they should be written, as in, the number twenty-two, should be written 202 [20-2]
if you wanted to write 22, you should say two-two.

I was adament that this is how it was, and would throw crying fits when my teacher tried to tell me otherwise.

Clementine
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Zero and Zorro were easily confused words.
Of course you can't divide by Zorro! It's not a number!!!!!!

Anon
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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...

Kim
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When I was little I used to think that when you counted the numbers went 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10---- then 11-19 was replaced with one-ty like twenty or thirty. It went ten, onety-one, onety-two, onety-three... and so on!

Kratz
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i dont remember what 1-19 were, but 20-29 were yellow, 30-39 were green, 40-49 were blue, 50-59 were red/pink, 60-69 were lighter green, 70-79 were orange, 80-89 were darker yellow, and 90-99 were dark red, or something like that

ben
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I used to believe that all the numbers up to 20 had different personalities, like 5 had 4 children (1,2,3,4) and she was married to six who was always getting attacked by 7. This is how I remembered my math problems.

Jonelly
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I once counted to ninety-ten. I think it was a moment of absentmindedness, which are cmmon with me, but you can never be sure...

Hilary
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I used to believe that 100 plus 100 is 1000 as I couldn't figure that anything as large as 100 could NOT result in 1000!

Marion Schimmelpfennig
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When I was little I thought that numbers stoped at 110 and had no idea what came next until one day I was talking on the phone (I dont know who to) and I asked what came after 110 and of course they answered 111 then I realized you could count as far as you wanted

108, 109, 110...what?
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when i was little, i used to count one, two...twenty-nine, twenty-ten, twenty-eleven...

schmoo
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I used to believe ther was a "One-teen" and "Two-teen"

Like this: Nine, Ten, Oneteen, Twoteen, Thirteen...

Lecia
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I had a friend one time who thought "one pillion" was the highest possible number. There is no number higher. I said to him, "All right, then how about one pillion one, one pillion two, one pillion three...". Then he said, "Aw, shut up."

Anon
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I used to think that there were only 11 numbers (0-10) and that everyone only lived 'till the age of 10.

JRE1
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I used to believe that numbers were made in a factory. The employees worked there 24/7, constantly typing up really long numbers and pressing the "Enter" button, therefore sending the new numbers out of the factory and into our brains.

Allie
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When I was in Kindergarten I used to believe 100 was the biggest number.

Jenny
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I also have the habit of associating numbers with colours (see: Katy). 3 is yellow, 4 is orange, 5 is red, 6 is purple, 7 is grey. I'm not sure about the others.

Lena
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