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I used to think that countries were planets
I used to believe that the moon was a reflection of the earth and the darker spots were the different continents reflections.
I used to believe that the man on the moon was the Quaker Oats man!
I used to believe that the light switch in my room controlled the sun, and when I turned out my light before going to bed, the sun would go out too.
I used to believe that I lived in a town called Germany in a country called Earth, but I just could not figure out what planet I was on. I asked my mom what the name of the planet was and she replied "Earth" and I remember thinking that she was a total idiot. I just walked off and concluded that I was on Pluto, that being the only planet name I could remember.
I used to believe outer space scenery, with black background and shining stars is because there is "night" in space, and there's always "night" in space just because it lasts way more time that night on Earth, and after few hundred years then comes a "space day", when planets hover among clouds with blue sky in background. I also believed every planet hover incredibly high over "space ground" which exists in the bottom of universe and stretches into infinity in every direction, and if you fell off the spaceship, you would be falling down until you'd hit the bottom, which looks like giant desert.
When I was younger, my dad told me that when the moon was yellow it meant that it didn't drink enough milk and it was sick. He said that when it was white, the moon drank a lot of milk and it was healthy.
When I was about 6/7 I was convinced that the world was something stuck in a giant jam jar that belonged to a giant or God or something, so whenever I left my house I would look up to the sky, wave, and say hello.
When I was little I was told that the world was round so I believed that but I couldn't figure out how it was also flat. I ended up with my own theory that we lived encased in a huge glass globe with a flat plane on the inside, that's what our houses sat on on and what we walked on. Then someone told me that the sun is bigger than the earth, but that made no sense to me because I figured there's no way the sun could fit inside the glass globe.
When I was little, I used to believe, that when the moon was in crescent shape, that it was actually the Cheshire cat's smile(alice in wonderland) It kind of scared me a little as well....
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.