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Ice cream was only available in summer time.
Bullets were made from the dried bark of Sycamore trees.
Lead came from the center of trees.
My brother, after seeing a field of just planted tomato vines (nothing visible but rows of 20inch high wooden steaks) believed it was a farm that grew wood sticks.
When we were very young, me and some other girls from my building used to believe that popsicles grew on trees. So, after a summer afternoon, we would go to the garden and plant all the wooden sticks in the dirt so next year we wouldn`t have to buy more. And we would also plant watermellon seeds in small pots. It never grew, unfortunely.
Embarrassingly enough, when I was young I thought leaves would fall off the trees only during the day (because that is when I saw them fall). When I was fifteen this belief had crept into my subconscious and I was out one night during the fall and my friends were startled when I saw a leaf fall and I started laughing hysterically at my self for such a simple misconception.
When I was younger I saw this advert on tv for the Eastern Electrical company. In it there was a woman picking money off a 'money tree.' I believed for years that money grew on trees. I even tried planting coins. Sadly, nothing ever became of them...
I used to believe that wild flowers were really "wild". I was terrified at the thought of going into the countryside incase I was attacked by any "wild" flowers.
When I was about 7, I was so naive. My Brownie leader gave me a huge cockleburr & told me it was a porcupine egg. I kept that thing warm for days before my bubble was burst when someone told me it was just a weed.
when i was little i used to love watching doctor who, but found it really scary. there is an episode where strange daffodils sprayed suffocating plastic on to peoples faces. to this day i cannot small them or have daffodils next to my face!
I remember hearing a series of newscasts about a dangerous power plant, some trouble with a power plant, and I thought that it was a big green angry plant (you know, the kind of plant that grows in soil) and that it was throwing a tantrum of some sort and everyone was afraid of this powerful angry plant. I can still see the image I had in my mind of this big plant thrashing its leaves, with people running in fear or else trying desperately to placate it.
I used to believe that marigolds would spit at you if you walked by them because my mother told me that they were in her garden to keep away bugs. You had to take a walkway through her garden in order to get to our driveway and every summer I would run as fast as I could past the marigolds and jump into the car or into the house. My mother didn't find out why until I was 18 years old. :)
I used to think our gray furry cat was somehow related to the blooms on our backyard pussy willow tree! I think I got the idea since cats are also called "pussy" cats...
When I got my glasses at age 4, I was stunned to find: trees were not solid objects of green.....that turned colors in the Fall, and fell to the ground in the shape of leaves. I also was surprised to find: adults did not have solid teeth. I couldn't see the inidividual outlines of the teeth, so I thought as a child, you got them one at a time, but as you grew older.....they must unite into a solid white mass.
My Granada once gave me a swans feather and told me if I planted it in the garden it would grow into a swan tree. I did and was very disappointed when nothing happened.
One of my favorite books was "The Lollipop Tree." In the story, a little girl planted a lollipop stick (after she'd eaten the good part), and a tree grew which bloomed real lollipops all the time.
I can't you how many lollipop sticks I planted (red ones, of course) and never got even a sprout!
I used to believe that for every crunchy leaf on the ground during fall, that if I stepped on them - each one would become a person. I think it has to do with a story I read in the 2nd grade about an old man that was always sitting on a bench with a green coat on, then one day he was gone and there was a tree where the bench had been.
When I was little I believed that trees were already completely formed under the ground.They pushed themselves out of the ground and when only the tops were showing it became a bush or hedge.
My grandparents had a pond in their backyard and I used to spend a lot of time by it studying the plants and wildlife. There was one plant that I discovered when you peeled its stem inside it looked like the fruit of a banana. It was small so I thought they were 'fish bananas.' I would peel them and break up the 'fish bananas' and throw them in the pond to feed the fish. I told my family, but they never corrected me...I guess they thought it was cute. I have no idea what that plant was.
I must have been home sick the day they taught this in school but in some amazing way I managed to miss the truth about raisins. I was well into my 20s before I found out that they are actually dried grapes. (I had been wondering for years why I never saw a raisin plant.)
When I was a kid I was told that umbrellas grew in the rain. When it rained they bloomed into big, fully grown umbrellas and the closed up ones had to get wet before they got bigger.
I believed that leaves on trees only became individual when you you close to them, and then I got glasses.