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When I was a child I used to believe that there is a person on the moon who is watching us with a telescope all the time.
I used to believe that space ended in a blue velvet curtain and if you looked through this curtain you would see God with a long white beard sitting on a golden throne.
I used to think that the moon wasn't the moon but was just a reflection of the earth. When people told me 'There's the moon' I would think to myself 'You're crazy'
I used to think that stars are made by God for children to stop crying, to enjoy and they are our toys to make us happy and they do not twinkle but wave to us.
I used to believe that the world was solid and that the stars were the little holes that the astronauts would use to get out to outer space.
Not my belief, but I knew someone who truly believed the sun was only bright on one side, and someone turned it around at night so we could all get to sleep. This belief was shattered on one of those evenings when you can see the moon in the sky while the sun is setting - but she believed until she was over twenty years old.
I used to beleive that the moon was where the local fair was.
At dusk, when the sky would turn pretty swirling colors my mom would tell me, "Santa's making candy!" To this day whenever I see a pretty sky at night, I get nostalgic and think about all the ways I'm going to lie to my kids when they're old enough to understand, but young enough not to know better.
i don't know HOW i thought this considering i knew the order of the planets since 3, but i thought for a few weeks when i was 10 that you could see titan (one of saturn's moons) glowing (even though titan doesn't even emit light) on a CLOUDY DAY. i blame dumb youtube conspiracy theory videos on this one.
when i was young, i refused to believe what my teacher said that you can't count the stars in the universe. i was so resolved that i can do it before i'm 20, so everynight for almost 3 weeks, i saw to it that i counted at least 20 stars... making a mental note where i "stopped" counting the previous night! I finally stopped when for 3 straight nights it rained heavily and since i saw no stars during that time - i thought the sky wiped away all the stars that i've already counted and no way, i'll start from 1 again!
I used to think the creaters in the moon was the baby that was going to be born tomorrow. It always seemd to look like a baby.
I believed for years that the sun and moon were the same thing - it just glowed more in the day :)
I used to believe that we lived inside the earth instead of on it and that rockets headed for space had to break through the "top" of the earth first.
I used to believe that the reason there were nights I couldn't see the stars was because god hadn't paid his electricity bill.
I used to beleive that Pirates lived on the moon because i never saw them anywhere else.
When I was really little I used to belief that fireworks dropped out of the sky from outer space.
My brother believed up until the age of twelve that the "Big Bang" was the meteor crash that made the dinosaurs extinct.
I believed for a very long time that the Moon was the back of the sun. My big brother told me that and it would make sense: Everyday the sun shines because it faces us and at night it faces other people and we're actually looking at it's butt! I feel so silly sharing this!
When I was in third grade, I read in a science book that someday the sun would become a nova. I must have figured "someday" was imminent because would I lay awake night after night wishing that the sun would not explode and incinerate the Earth. The sun seems to be holding together so far...
When I was little, my dad used to say that sometime we'd "sleep under the stars." I had this picture in my head of literally sleeping right up underneath a star, possibly in some kind of hammock-like-thing. In my head, the stars would be huge, bright and shiny, but perfectly cool. One day I asked my dad when we'd sleep under the stars, and he said something like, "We did, remember?" He was referring to a recent night when we'd all camped out in tents in the yard. I was a little disappointed, but I got over it.