I was terrified of the little orange light on the gas meter at nighttime because I thought it was a fire.
I used to think that fires were random and they could happen anywhere at any time. I used to be afraid of a fire happening under me because I would get burned.
I used to believe that hen an earthquake struck it would shake the whole world. Until there was a earthquake in Christchurch and I didn't feel any shaking :(
When I was a kid my father used to say that if I did not get out of the woods until 18:30 one FIREBALL would followed me and burn me if it arrived near to me. all of this was to get me out of the woods ...
After a big windstorm in my hometown, my preschool started teaching about the extinction of dinosaurs. I thought the windstorm is what killed them.
When i was younger i used belive that seat belts in the car were for to protect you from flying out the window. If you took them off and the window was open, you would fly out. I belived this untill i was 9
I used to believe that women became pregnant when two people kissed.
I later discovered that was just the beginning.
When I first learned about the Richter Scale I didn't know about logarithms so I thought that it was just linear and wondered why you could barely feel a 4.0 earthquake but an 8.0 could devastate whole cities if it was only twice as big!
When I was little i used to think that tornados were tomatoes with legs that walked in your house and go crazy.....Maybe thats why i had a fear of tornados?
I thought you could make an active volcano erupt just by dropping a bomb or grenade in the mouth of it. For some reason it didn't occur to me that if that was the case why hasn't some terrorist or someone set off a volcano that way?
I was about 4 or 5 at spending the night at my grandmother's house and during some bad storms with tornado warnings it began to hail outside. My grandmother flipped over a couch and had us get underneath and from my understanding she said it was "hell-ing outside." With the image of fire falling from the sky I cried asking why satan was mad at us.
I used to believe that it was safe to be in the basement during tornadoes because tornadoes didn't have legs to walk down the stairs.
I used to believe that the handle above the door in most cars was to keep tornadoes from sucking you up if you held tight.
I used to believe that earthquakes happened because the earth was farting.
I used to believe that when people talked about the tectonic plates, they meant that the entire earth rested on two dinner plates and that is what kept the earth in space. Because of this, I couldn't understand how the whole earth didn't shake when there was an earthquake.
When I was little, I didn't understand that hurricanes are given names, and everytime they said "hurricane isabelle" I thought that was the weather reporter's name.
When I was a kid I believed that if there was a crack in the dirt, (like where a mud puddle or pond used to be,) it meant that if there was an earthquake then that was where the earth was going to open up and swallow people.
Fireworks: sky was on fire
I was in Disneyland for the first time saw fireworks and kept hiding, asked mymom and she said fireworks, and i was like "how can people be so stupid not to call the firefighters if the sky is on fire.. and was really really terrified
I used to believe that it was a 'tiger wave' not a tidal wave. You can imagine my confusion when told that a tiger waving had killed hudreds of people!
I used to believe that if there was an earthquake, a hole would open right under my feet, and I would fall to the center of the earth, and the hole would then close, thus, trapping me inside the earth forever. ( Cuz' it's happened in movies!) I soon realized that this is VERY unlikely.