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i had a terrible fear of earthquakes when i was a kid.....just one 30 second report on the news about some tremor in CA, which was like on the other coast from where i was, would send me into a crying fearful panic...just the thought of having the solid earth break apart under me would have me freaking out
When I read the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy's house was in where the North and South winds meet, making her safe. I asked my Mom if our house was where the North and South winds meet.
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.
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.
i use to believe that when it would be very hott there would be an earthquake!!
When I was about 6 or 7 I watched that movie Volcano. I was really scared that a volcano would pop up in the middle of town and we would all die that I would run and hide whenever I heard a loud noise
Just last year while my sister was in her 20's i got her to believe that there was an astriod that will hit the earth in less then a year that will be the size of Africa. She was so scared i told her it was bigger then the one that hit billions of years ago that killed off all the dinesoar
I used to believe that a tornado was a storm that threw huge tomatoes at you.....
I used to live in a trailer and was terrified that in the case of a tornado or hurricane that my house (with me in it) would just blow away altogether. Finally my neighbors gave me the key to thier basement so I could go there when it was windy! Wow-Concrete!
In Russia we had a lot of training for 'incase a powerplant explodes and released toxic gases'. And I kept hearing these stories about it...
People were telling me things like "When the powerplant explodes we would all have to wear the gasmasks, even when we sleep, and even eat wearing them".
This eventually made me belive that there is only one powerplant on earth which one day WILL explode... like it is unavoidable and it will explode, people are just basically waiting for the unavoidable disaster to happen ( just like a meteor strike)
And I belived that when it explodes, the gases would ALMOST INSTANTLY fill the ENTIRE EARTH and we would have to live with gasmasks for the REST OF MANKND. xD
When I was about 5 or 6 my friend told me that if the weatherman said that there was a tornado, you had to be extra quiet because if you talk too loudly, the tornado would hear you and come after you and suck you up into the clouds. The only way to protect yourself was to fight the tornado (yes, punching and kicking) off and hope you win and scare it away.
We were what you call "special."