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When I was young, I used to believe--and be amazed--that the earth could switch sides during the drive back home.
When I was little, like many kids, I was told to stay in our yard, and not wander too far. I thought this was to make sure I wouldn't go too far and fall off the edge of the world. But I thought I was really smart and thought, what about the kids in the yard next door? And the house next door to that, etc? Obviously they had the same rule and the edge of the world wasn't in their yard, since they hadn't fallen off. So it would be perfectly safe for me to go past our yard, and into theirs. I wondered when our parents would be smart enough to realize that, and let us go farther.
I also thought that once you DID get to the edge of the world, instead of a drop off, it was a wall with a door, and if you opened the door you'd find a dark space filled with wolves. I wanted to go exploring so I could find that door at the edge of the world, but I was too scared of the wolves.
When i was little, i use to believe that mountains where actually dead dinosaurs covered in dirt.
As a child growing up in Montana, when we would be riding in the car, up and down the rolling hills, I used to think that the earth was breathing (inhale.. uphill.... exhale...downhill).
When my brother was little, (five or six) he asked our mother if he planted a rock, would he be able to grow a mountain.
I grew up near Bisbee AZ which is an old mining town. In the center of the city is a HUGE pit kinda like a mini grand canyon, well my uncle told me that they had dug out all that earth to make the penninsula of florida. Seemed reasonable to me at age 10 or so. The next time we drove by it I said "did you guys know......" my family let me go on talking about it for a while before informing me I was a gullible moron. My family is mean.
I used to believe once that the earth was the gigantic head of a person and that the whole of humanity was a colony of lice.
i used to believe that electrical pylons were robots, and the cables were lasers, and there was one HUGE war that froze them all in place. I also used to think that trees were monsters...
When I learned in school that the middle of the earth was filled with lava, I demanded that my mom buy me new shoes with thicker soles to be as far away from the lava as possible.
I used to think those giant wind turbines were really just big fans because it was so hot where they were, and it needed some cooling.
When travelling along country roads at night, I thought the lights of distant towns were farmers lights so that they could plough their fields when it was dark
When I was little and my parents would take me along for a ride in the car..I believed that when my mother pointed out a bare spot on a mountain....I thought that was where all the bears hung out. I never questioned her, so I believed this for a very long time. Until I was old enough to know better! One day it dawned on me........That is NOT where the bears hang out. Just a bare spot.
When I was in kindergarten, I was convinced I could dig my way out of a sandbox and off to China.
When I was about 5, we used to go to my grandmother's house. She lived in a village, where was a place, where the was an echo. We always shouted, and heard the resound. Once I asked: How it works? What is this phenomenon exactly? She said: On the otherside there's a child, who shouts back the same words. (It was easier to say this for a little child.) I always tried to see him, who "lived" next to the forest on the otherside, but actually I couldn't make it out whether there was standing or not.xD
When I was in sixth grade we had moved to Tempe, Arizona. My dad told me that a bunch of men with picks, shovels and wheel barrow dug the Salt River. Well, we had a guest speaker from the Salt River Project. When she asked the class about how the river was formed, I shot up my hand and answered the same way I was told. She looked at me blankly and decided I must have been joking. I went home and yelled at my dad........
As a child I used to believe that the hills had giants buried under them, thats why they were big I used to spend many hours when we were in the car going on holidays, working out from the shape of the hill which was the giant's legs, stomach, head etc.
Near my grandparents house was a field which contained a large round stone surrounded by a ring of trees. My Grandad once told me that every new years eve at midnight, the stone would sprout legs and run around the field three times. I still plan a trip to that field in new years eve to verify that.
I used to belief that the Equator was a large indentation in the world, similar to a canal, that people had to leap through to get to the other hemispheres of the world. If you stayed in the ditch for too long, then you'd be fried!!! The water would also dip along the Equator. It dipped so perfectly, the walls and the floor were exactly perpendicular!
I used to believe that every single slightly round stone r pebble was a fossilised dinosaur egg.
Flying Rocks - I had a baby sitter when I was 3-4 yrs old. She used to tell me to get my arm in the window so that I would not get hit by a flying rock. I still remember going for rides in the car with her to pick up the bigger kids from school. I would roll down the window in the back seat and stick my hand out the wind to surf the air. I still do it today. I never could understand why she thought rocks could fly. They did not have wings. What was she thinking.