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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)
well when I was little, I thought we lived inside the earth, like in the core. one day I asked my mother how astronauts broke through the earth to get to outer-space. A also wondered how they could fix the holes that must be there. I was horrified when i found out we don't actually live inside...
We grew up around lots of canyons, and one in particular has small, shallow holes in the sides. When the family would drive through on a random Sunday drive, my father would tell us the holes were caused by "rock worms". He'd actually pull over so we could roll the window down and listen to them munching the rock - I couldn't ever hear anything, but I'd play along anyway. I didn't figure out they were actually caused by wind erosion until I was about 12.
I live in West Virginia where a lot of our roads had to be cut out of mountains and there are signs all over the place that say "falling rock" to warn drivers that rocks sometimes slide off the sides of these mountains and hit cars. My grandpa told me told me Falling Rock was an Indian, so I believed that these signs meant an Indian reservation was nearby......There are no Indian reservations in WV that I know of......
Up until when I was six or seven I used to think that the earth was flat! Funny how the Greeks thought the same.
I used to believe the earth was covered with shiny cloth at night by God..
when i was small i used to believe that the sand in the desert was filled by the builders who did not need that sand anymore, and when i got to the actual reason for the desert being full of sand i was shocked and suprised too :-)
I used to believe when i was about 6-10 years old, that every country was a planet and we were conect for a transparent tube and we could transport us through them. I was so funny
When I looked up in the sky and could see the clouds moving I used to think that it was the earth spinning.
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 used to believe that we all lived on the inside of the earth. in other words, the world is hollow, therefore we must live on the inside of the outer crust. also, the crust was made of aluminum. how we got into outer space, i do not know.
When I was little, we lived a 1/4 mile out of town and the highway cut through blasted rock. Seeing all the differents sizes of rocks, I thought the little rocks would someday grow up to be mountains. Just like kids grew up to be adults. Know better now!
I used to believe that Earth was covered by a dome, just like a planetarium, and that the stars were painted on the ceiling.
I grew up just North of New York City where we obviously had no farms or livestock. We had relatives in Kansas, and every summer we would visit. Driving along the plains and prairie there is not too much to see, except the occasional windmill rising up from the endless rolling fields.
Not knowing why a farmer would place giant "fans" in the middle of his property, I assumed that this was to blow the smell of the cows away whenever the farmer was working in the field.
When I was younger, I used to believe that islands floated in the sea.
When I was little, I used to believe that instead of people moving when they walked, the earth moved in the direction they wanted to go, and the people were stationary. I never did figure out how so many people could walk in separate directions if the earth was moving. I never really though of it - I just knew that when I walked, the earth moved, and when I stopped, it stopped, and it must be the same for everybody else!
that hills were giants buried underground...
I used to believe that those tall chimneys you see that bellow out lots of steam/smoke and general pollution were entirely responsible for creation and maintenance of clouds in the sky
When I was 4 I believed the mountains where actually the skirts of giant ladies who were resting or lying down because they rested during daytime.
I also believed there were giants everywhere, as well as small people (less than one inch) who were always spying what we do, especially in the bathroom.
When I was younger, I thought I could run and fall off the edge of the earth.