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I remember when I was little that Peter Pan was my faviorite story, and that I would spend almost every night looking up at the sky looking for the star that was Neverland. It occured to me latter that "second star to the right" wasn't very helpful, but I really thought I found it a few times.
I used to think than when it got slightly darker because the sun was hidden by clouds it was actually because the sun was on the other side of the planet and that once it got bright again it had come back.
when i was a kid, i bought this book about the history of the earth from a gift shop of a science museum. at the end of the book, it stated that earth will be swallowed by the sun in a few million years. i was scared of that event for days not realizing that i won't be lieve in a few million years.
When I was a child I firmly believed that humans had visited every planet in the solar system except Jupiter. I was so disappointed and disgusted to learn in school that we hadn't even reached the moon yet!
One night when I was about 7 I woke up around 3 in the morning. I couldn't get back to sleep so I decided to read a Richie Rich comic book, and the main story concerned a bunch of bad guys who stole the moon (of course they didn't; they just turned it invisible, and Richie figured it out). I remembered that there was a full moon that night so I went to look at it out my window, which faced East, and... IT WAS GONE! Not knowing that both the Earth and Moon would be spinning/revolving enough to get over on the other side of the house in the 5 hours since I had last seen it, I went into my parents' room and woke Mom up to let her know that someone had stolen the Moon or turned it invisible. She groggily assured me it hadn't and told me to go to bed.
Fortunately, I was wrong.
I used to believe that if you dug under ground a little bit that you would see space
I remember watching a television show about how SOMEDAY the sun would turn into a red giant and burn the Earth up.
Well, I thought that meant like NEXT WEEK, so for days I kept glancing at the sun through squinted eyes to see if it was getting bigger.
When I was little I used to belive that the earth was it. No space at all.
When i was little,i thought at night, the moon was actually the other side of the earth, because that was the light side
One of the weirder things I genuinely believed in was a physical border between the world of the imagination and the world of the 'real'. This border was a sharp division (like the equator or something) which sat on the very outmost edge of the universe and represented a border which mankind could never cross.
I used to believe if you could build a spaceship with a warp drive, a person could jump to the border between the two realities and put their hand through the curtain, to the other side. Everything that existed in 'unreality' lay on the other side... with effort you could bring people and objects back through the curtain - (they were unable to cross through on their own free will)- things like the animated Transformers on TV, or the imaginary heroes from books that only existed in your mind.
Later on this would evolve into my working definition of the afterlife for many years.
I used to think that the moon was just a reflection of Earth. I used to stand at my window at night and wave upwards, thinking that my mirror-image would be waving back down at me.
I used to think that up in outer space the sun was a gigantic baby that never grew up like in Teletubbies.
I used to believe that crescent moons were the bits of fingernail I bit off my thumb that had inexplicably floated into the sky, and glowed there to remind me not to bite my nails.
My brothers told me that the moon would become a crescent because the army was shooting at it. (we were army-brats)
My younger brother used to be afraid of shooting stars. This is because he thought that if you eyed a shooting star, it would actually shoot you with a gun!
I used to think that all the planets looked like what they were named after. Mars looked like a giant candy bar, Pluto was a cartoon dog, etc. Some were tough, like Saturn, (which I eventually figured out looked like a car). You can imagine what Uranus looked like...
By seeing small circle at the bottom of the World Map representing the Poles, i used to believe that astronauts go out of earth through that hole.
When I was a child I believed that if I fell off the earth I would end up on the Plante of The Apes.
When I was young, I thought that the chirping sound that we always heard outside at night was the sound of the stars twinkling. Only later I found out it was really crickets chirping.
My 3 year old niece wanted to know what color her swing set was. She was told it had been red but that the sun faded it out. She tells the sun every day that her favorite color is purple in the belief that the sun will change it to that color.