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My dad was (and still is) an amateur astronomer. He told me about how we were all made of the same matter as stars. Me being about five at the time, I ran around looking to see if I could find "stardust" in things. I swear I saw some in a brick one time...
My daughter was 3 when the astronoughts landed on the moon. She believed that they got there by climbing a ladder
until i was about 6, i was completely convinced the moon was made of pudding. i would always try to convince my mom to take me to the moon so i could try the pudding.
I was a kid when the Soviets got Sputnik up. I asked my father if that wasn't dangerous--I thought we lived inside the earth, and that a satellite would poke a hole through the other side when it came our way. After he stopped laughing, he explained that we actually lived on the outside. Then, I worried about falling off!
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.
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.
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 a child I believed that if I fell off the earth I would end up on the Plante of The Apes.
I used to point the torch to the sky and belived if i waited long enough i would be able to see the light of my torch on the sky..... silly me.....
I used to think the moon was a giant rock type thing with space dust on it...now I am much older and know that it is made out of cheese.
I specifically remember looking out at the sky on our porch one night...it was cloudy, but the clouds blended in with the sky, and so I figured it was just a starless sky.
So I turn to my grandmother, and tell her "The stars ran out of batteries!"
Later on I found out that stars did not run on batteries at all, but it was fun to think while it lasted.
I used to believe that the sun was following me
When I looked outside and I saw how the moon would change from one day to weeks later, I thought it was from "smurfs", or little blue alien people eating the moon because I thought it was made of cheese. The less of the moon was showing, the more the "smurfs" ate. And when it was a new moon, the "smurfs" would eat all of it and slowly the moon cheese would grow back to a full moon, and that's when the "smurfs" would start eating it again.
I used to believe that stars were actually little holes in the ceiling of the sky where you could see the light from heaven shine through.
I used to believe that the dark spots on the moon were astronauts walking around. I would sit on my front porch every night and talk to them, and I would wave and say hello :)
I used to believe the sun went into a hole when it was dark out and the moon came out of a hole, the holes looked like craters, and they had big dirt plate covers.
I never knew that the moon revolved around the earth until I was in my early thirties...and only then, because I noticed
one night that the moon had moved. I must have missed that day of school.
I told my brother the Moon was actually a giant's head. That two giants were battling and one lopped off the head of the other and threw it into the sky, and that's why you see a face on the Moon. He believed it for a couple hours, until our Dad interfered.
I used to believe that the sound of crickets at night was the noise the stars made when they sparkled.
Oh Lord not me but this woman my father used to date and her daughter also believed that the sun and the moon were the same celestial body. No shit.