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When I was about four or five, I used to think that a "cyclone" and a "cyclops" were the same thing.
I used to believe that a tornado was a storm that threw huge tomatoes at you.....
This was actually a friends belief when we were 11 or so. She believed that if there was an earthquake people in planes would feel it because cracks would from in the sky and knock the plane out of the sky.
In elementary school we were told that a tornado approaching sounded similar to the sound of a train. I took this as meaning the toot of a train- not the chug noise....I let my family in on my knowledge to warn them... but from that point on, every time my cousin and I were playing outside and a train in the distance tooted it's horn, she would run inside and lock me out, yelling that it was too late!! She couldn't open the door because of the tornado.. I cried and cried and held on to the railing waiting for the gust of wind to come and take me away...
When i ws little, my mom told me about floods and how the water goe up really high. Whenever she talked to me about this, i would imagine the water going above our roof, and we'd have to swim all the way up to survive and not drown. I always hoped there wouldn't be a flood because my baby sister didn't know how to hold her breath, and i wasn't sure i could swim all the wy up without passing out and dying.
when i was 4 i thought an earthquake was an earth cake!
When I was a kid and saw floodings on TV with poor peoples houses under water, I found it super cool and wished the same happen to me, because I would be able to swim from my room to the kitchen and back to the living room
when i was real little my dad was reading the paper so i treid reading it i thought it said a metor would hit the earth and blow up the earth in 2006 well its 2006 when i got older i found out it said come to wal mart no interest till 2006
After studying meteors at school I was sure that a meteor was going to land on our house. After a week of sleepless nights my mum asked my teacher to tell us that this is very unlikely to actually happen.
I never realized that hurricanes were named as they started to form. It confused me as a kid when hurricane Gloria was coming - how did they know it was Gloria? Was there a certain way the wind blew that determined it was Gloria and not, say Andrew?
When I was little there was a small tornado by where I lived. I remember thinking of a big robot with a tornado picture on it. And when everyone said the mountains would stop it from coming, I pictured it exploding right before it hit the mountains.
I used to think that every tornado had a cow standing up-right flying around with it, so if there was a tornado warning, I looked for the cow.
I heard about volcanos originating from cracks in the Earth's surface. I was scared that the cracks in my driveway at home would turn into a volcano, I would frequently check them to see if they looked any bigger.
When I was quite young, I'm guessing about 6, there was a tornado warning in our county so we were in the basement until it passed. However since I was so young, I made a connection between tornato and potato. So I started wondering why a potato swirling around on the ground was so dangerous. I was picturing a large potato bumping into things on the ground!
I was always afraid of trailer parks because I though that is where tornados came from.
When I was little I was convinced that I was Dorothy Gale from "The Wizard of Oz". I live in the midwestern United States and we get tornados frequently, but I wasn't afraid of them at all. When we were put under tornado warnings I would run out side and sing "somewhere over the rainbow" hoping that the people of Oz would hear me (their beloved Dorothy) and bring me back to see them.
(Stepdaughter, at age 7, when she came to live with us)
"Did you know that if you throw a pebble in a volcano it will explode?"
Took a lot of convincing that her 9 yr old pal wasn't the smartest in the world.
When I was about four years old, I remember my family was always talking about hurricanes coming, because a few years before, hurricane Hugo had hit us and they were waiting for the next big one. I didn't remember Hugo because I was little then, but when hurricane season came and they showed the satelite views of the hurricanes on the news, I thought that when a hurricane came, I could look at the window and see the exact same round, white image from the TV rolling down the street, and that it would be about ten feet high and harmless. So, to everybody's shock, I always kept repeating that I wanted a hurricane to come so that I could see it. It wasn't until a few years later, when hurricane George hit Puerto Rico straight on, that I stopped believing that, realizing that a hurricane was much worst than I thought and why everybody in the island is so affraid of them.
I used to believe a tornado was a omato flying around and wondered why people were afraid of them.
I used to belive that there was somewhat a high presure tomato soup groung inside the Earth, and that some times, when it became really hot, it would cause that soup to get released. That's what people called a volcano. I was four years at the time..