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When I was a kid, I used to believe that giants were buried under hillsides. Whenever we would go on family outings in the car, I would always marvel at and try to count how many "Giants" grave we passed.
We live near a man-made lake. One of the areas that used to be forest is a great fishing spot that our Dad used to take us to. The forest was flooded and there are tree trunks still protruding from the water. Our dad used to tell us that those were dead people's bones. That "they dumped dead people in the lake." I didn't want to eat the fish we caught from there even after he told me it was a joke. That man is twisted.
I used to believe that the rolling hills in Northern California were actually dead dinosaurs, covered in grass.
I used to believe that we lived INSIDE the earth, and that if you traveled far enough, you'd eventually get to the shell. I always wanted to get to the edge and lean up against a big wall of sky!
I was about 4 when my mother told me the world was round. I then had this picture of a circle of terraced housed floating in space, with the sweet shop in the middle.
I thought the Earth was something you had to "get back into" or inside of. Example - when astronauts were re-entering from outerspace, my question was "how do they get back inside?" I thought we all lived inside the earth and the green and blue was just the color of the outside ball. I was so embarassed in Science class when the LIGHTBULB went off. Now I'm going to read "most comomn beliefs" to see if anyone else believed that. ha.
At some point, my Dad must have told me that North was towards our house (because we must've been south of it at the time). But from that point on, I thought that north was toward my home, no matter where I was. At some point, I realized that from my backyard, the house was really East, but I had been living with the unshakeable conviction that this was North for as long as I could remember.
i used to believe any country that ended in "land" was an island on it's own (i.e scotland, england, thailand etc,etc) i believed that til i was about 6 and we moved from scotland to england without taking a ferry.
I used to believe that the heaven was above the earth, like the next floor, only the floor/roof had holes in it. That's why at night when they switched on their lights too we'd see it through the holes (stars).
And it really made sense when God poured water on heaven's floor and it rained down here.
I used to think that mountains were actually buried dinosaurs.
When i was about 7, i used to believe after sunset sun goes into the see.
I used to believe the earth was a giant sphere that we lived inside of, sort of like a snow-globe. I thought if I walked to the edge of the ground, I would be able to touch the sky.
When I was about five or six years old, I believed the sea was a man made phenomenon. I imagined that men actually dug the sea many years ago like that was their career.
I was told that hills were just the graves of giants who used to roam the earth. Apparently they just fell down and died one day. Hence the hills.
On being told that earth was round, and gravity holds everything down to the earth, I somehow thought that we were inside the "hollow" ball, and if we flew upwords we would reach Australia.
I used to believe that human lived inside the planet earth and not on its surface.
My friend told me that he asked his brother where hills came from, and he told them that hills were buried dead whales! Everytime I see a hill now I think of a whale.
When I was little (about 7yrs) I always think that the movement of the clouds was because the earth goes around very fast
I thought that desert islands, and indeed any island, just floated on the surface of the sea without moving. In other words it just bobbed there, rather than being connected to the sea bed in any way.
I used to think that volcanoes and geysers was the earth vomiting or taking a shit (especially because a lot of geysers i saw when i went to yellowstone for vacation smelled horrible. I didn't know it was because of sulfur)