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Like kids everywhere in the English-speaking world, I knew the rhyme "Twinkle, twinkle, little star" from early childhood. Except to me the word 'twinkle' meant not only the light stars gave off, but also the sound!
I was living in the Caribbean, where there were treefrogs singing every night. Now, our particular variety of treefrog made a very pretty, high-pitched sound, just the sort of sound you'd think the word 'twinkling' described. They were also just small, dull grey splotches about the size of a child's fingernail, very very hard to spot at night; and they never came out and sang until after dark, when the stars had come out too. And since I'd never seen a treefrog...of course that was the noise of the stars. Why would there be a nursery rhyme about it otherwise?
Not only did I never question this as a child, I didn't find out the error of my ways until I was 16, when we moved to London. One day I moaned to my mother that you couldn't hear the stars twinkle in the city.... It took her ages to work out what I was talking about!
I used to think, every time I saw the moon, that the sun was behind it and shining around and through it. I only realised when I was about 13 that if the sun was behind the moon the other half of the world wouldn't have any day time!
I used to wonder that if man wanted to reach the stars in rockets, why didn't he just go up at night? Duh!!!
I used to believe that a night turns into day after a man (like a night watchman) comes with his big flashlight and kinda point it towards the dark sky and use it like an eraser so it becomes a day. So used to pretend iwas asleep and wake up in the middle of the night and look out my window for the man with the flashlight and fall asleep until my eyes no longer could stay open.
When I was young and looked into the night sky on a clear evening, I believed that I was looking at God's Light Bright after he removed all of the colored pegs.
When I was like, 8 to 9, i saw a drawing of "plantet X" which was a purple planet with a big red X on it.
I believed it looked like this for years.
My dad told me once that the moon was made of cheese. And that the man on the moon wouldn't let us have any cheese. It always made me wonder why earth wasn't made of cheese too, and why the moon just didn't melt. To tell you the sad truth... I believe that until I was in middle school.
When I was little I had a hard time holding on to my balloons, so they would always fly away. After a while I came to believe that there must be a planet full of my balloons that had gotten carried off into space, since i had lost so many.
I always belived that when you get to be an astronaut and go into space you can accedintelly fall of a ledge of a space shuttle and fall all the way down to the bottom of the universe.But now I know that there is no gravity in space and you can't fall to the bottom because no gravity will make you float.
When I was young I used to believe that looking up at the moon will end up with the moon flying down to chop off my ears. That was what my parents & Gramma said to get me to fall asleep faster at night rather than wathing the beautiful moon through the window.
I used to think that wherever there was a vacuum, there was no graity and wherever there was no gravity, there was a vacuum. I don't know how I explained to myself the people in space shuttles, though.
From a very young age I believed that people 'worked' in stars.
I imagined a box, with windows and peddals to make it move about, with a man working inside.
This belief spawned from a picture book I used to have.
My brother believed up until the age of twelve that the "Big Bang" was the meteor crash that made the dinosaurs extinct.
When I was small my cousin told me that the earth had a bubble over it to keep all the trees, sand, and water from falling off. She also believed that space ships had pointed tips to puncture the bubble so they could fly into outer space. Can you imagine how horrified I was when I learned there was a hole in the atmosphere?
When I was a kid, I asked my mom can I get to the Moon. She said no, that's very, very far away. Then I asked : "What if I put one chair on another?" Standing on 1 chair was a pretty good height for me. And standing on 2 of them.. :)
The star wishing thing... Yeah. I used to believe that. Then I got mad and had a fit when my wishes of becoming a butterfly didn't come true...
When I was smaller my brother told me that the sun was going to blow up. Well, he was right, but I didn't realise that that would happen in several billion years. For the following week after he told me I had nightmares of the sun exploding. I woke up screaming, "IT'S EXPLODING! HEEEELLLLPPPP!" I still get him for the trauma today...
I use to watch alot of specials on the discovery channel about asteroids hitting the earth.I was so frightened by this that a couple nights i thought every little sound was the sound of an asteroid hitting the earth and destroying the world.Good thing i grew out of that phobia-lots of little sounds occur in the night
When I was small, the family had a party and being a young child I played up. My Uncle took me to the patio doors and told me to look up at the moon. He told me that if I made lots of noise the moon would hid. So I stood quiet for the rest of the night (and several nights after that) scared that the moon would disappear.
Can't wait to use this on my kids!
When I was a kid, I had a metal globe of the earth. I was under the impression that we lived on the inside of the shell, not the outside. I kept asking my Dad how can planes fly without hitting the inside of the planet. He had no idea what I was talking about.