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My aunt who is a highly intelligent 46 year old medical journalist, booked a cycling holiday in New Zealand because she thought the entire Southern Hemisphere was flat. This was 3 or four years ago.
When I was about 5 or so, I thought that someone had the special job of walking around the world and meticulously planting each seed of grass.
A few miles from my home there is a wind farm on the coast. When I asked what the large twirling things were, my Dad (who loved to kid us) said that they had been left there by a race of extinct giants, and that they were the giant equivalent of those plastic twirly things on sticks you get in seaside shops and put in the sand on the beach.
When I was small my Dad used to tell me that electricity pylons were in reality large animals that were resting in daylight but at night started to walk around. I was never quite sure whether to disbelieve him or not.
I though that behind mountains in my town there was a kind of heavenly place with water falls, riots of flowers, fruits -the most delicious in the world-and lovely animals from little birds to enormous elephants. I always kept my secret until now when I posted it.
I used to believe that when winter came and it snowed the grass just died or went away for the winter.
that if i swang high enough on the swing set at my grandmothers house...i could catch a cloud for her.
When as a child I first saw a giant's grave and was told what it was I got utterly confused. I am German and the German word for "giant's grave" contains a rather rarely used synonym for giant ("Huene") which I didn't know then. As I couldn't make anything of it I thought I must have misheard and that surely it meant chickens as the plural of the German word for chicken ("Huehner") kinda sounds like "Huene" (giant). So in order to make sense of it all I imagined some ancient tribe so worshipping chicken that they burried them in huge fancy rock graves. Some grave for a chicken!
when i was a child i used to believe i can touch the sky by going at the top of the maunting
I remember thinking, for some strange reason, that a "sun set" was a day glo set of folding chairs and a card table. Unfortunately my internal monologue is no less confusing at 29...
my church told me that if you believe in God, you may move mountains. i used to sit in the backseat of my car andfocus really hard on the hills trying to make them move.
When I was about 5 my older sister told me that the earth moved and when people were walking they were really standing in the same spot and the earth was moving around them.
I could never understand how people could be walking in different directions at the same time, and what happened if you doubled back really quickly.
She denies all this of course.
for the longest time I thought that people lived on the inside of the planet earth! I just couldn't figure out where the wheather came from ...
when i was younger, i used to think that the big companys with the smokestacks were cloud factories.
i could never get my mind around the world being round and used to believe that the clouds in the sky were the whales in the see of the country opposite us on teh globe.
i used to live in southern california. whe my family would go out to drive around, i noticed that the hills and foothills looked like big mammoths' heads. i supposed that the mammoths were sleeping and that one day they would wake up.
When I was very young in Florida I believed there were still dinosaurs and that they ate the gray moss that was on all the trees in my neighborhood. The moss just looked ancient to me.
I worked as a camp counselor. One camper, age five, was kicking a large white rock sticking out of the ground for a while, so I asked him what was up with the rock. He said, "is this a dinosaur?"
when i was little i used to believe that the reason mt. rushmore was so special was because it was a natural occurence. i was actually disappointed when i found out it was man-made. weird kid, huh?
I had resonantly learned that the Earth was round, so I thought an obvious consequence had to be that we would experience this: -“Ah, so that’s why there are hills – they are in fact the curving of the Earth!”