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When I was about four, I thought that each country was a separate planet and that they were connected by long strips of water. When I drew a picture showing this, my mother disabused me.
I used to believe that you could see the Rocky Mountains from way, way far off on the plains -- like, say, from Kansas.
Since the time I first heard of the fjords in Norway, I remember having two distinct misconceptions as to what a fjord is. My first was that a fjord was some kind of fruit -- totally wrong. Then later I had a notion that a fjord was some kind of festival -- equally wrong!
I used to believe that the smoke stacks on factory buildings were actually cloud machines. I believed that until I was about 8 and asked my uncle (who had recently gotten a job at one of the factories) how they decided which shapes to make them into.
When I was little I was told what biodegradable was and thought you could watch the things that were biodegradable go into the ground, so I use to through orange pills on the ground in my backyard and try to see them disappear.
this is for my mom:
When my mom was a little girl her older brother used to tell her that the mountains were after her. (This was when the family was on vaction)...to this day when she isn't paying attention i can still get her to wonder every now and then.
When my mom was little she saw an oil rig next to a K-mart. She asked what it was and my grandma thought she was talking about the store, so she told my mom that it was a K-mart. It wasn't until years later that she figured out it was an oil rig.
I would always ask my parents where the edge of the world was, and they would tell me it was round. I would reply "I know, but where's the edge???". They couldn't understand. I believed that the sky above made up the top half of the sphere, the ground was the bottom half, and we lived at the ground level in the middle of the sphere.
I used to believe that the world was God's snow globe, and that that we all lived in this snow globe...when I would look up at the sky I saw that it was round, so I knew it had to be a snow globe..So I never wanted to do anything bad because I knew that he was watching
Until I was about 15 I honestly believed that the atmosphere was a tactile layer that held us inside the earth. I believed that if we walked on the outside of the earth that we would just float away. It took my step father telling me the truth to make me understand that I was very mistaken :-)
When I was little, I used to believe that the world moved under my feet as I walked, I didn't travel over the world, it spun under me.
i used to think bales of hay were housing indians
i always thought that when people said butterflys are flying around in my stomach i really thought butterflys were in my stomach!
For some reason, I used to believe the sky was the beach (the clouds were the sand and the blue part was the ocean- I'm not sure what I thought about cloudy days)
I was deathly afraid of moss. I think it reminded me of bugs which I was also deathly afraid of. Outdoor time was fun in my family.
I used to believe that the earth was flat.
When I was little, I thought that the earth was flat and on the other side the dead souls lived. Outside the planet were the gods who looked at us.
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.
that if i swang high enough on the swing set at my grandmothers house...i could catch a cloud for her.
I used to believe that long ago the dinosaurs got tired from migrating, laid down and died. That is how the Rocky Mountains were formed.