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As a child, I was frequently on trips with my family to the Appalachian mountains, and that was the one place where I'd then seen Rhododendrons, which grow in abundance there. But we went on very few hiking trails, and what hiking we did do was very short, because my father had a bad knee. So most of our observatins were from or near roads, and all rhododendrons that I clearly saw were along or near roads. So I thought that was the only place they grew, and that the "rhod-" part of their name came from their occurrence alongside roads.
I used to believe that trees changed into beautiful colors in the autumn because they were festive and wanted to celebrate Christmas.
I used to believe that the little 'helicopters' that fall from the trees were dead tadpoles.
I used to be convinced trees created wind. If anyone said otherwise, I would insult them for their stupidity.
An aunt of mine told me that laburnum could kill me (because of its poisonous seeds/flowers). She didn't specify *how* it could kill me though, so I thought it... radiated deadly gases or something. I'd get horribly panicky if I had to walk past a laburnum tree in someone's garden or something, ever.
When I was little, I went shopping with my gramma and she said she wanted me to help plant egg plants. I wondered how in the world eggs would come from the ground. " How do you grow egg plants?" I asked. "Well you grab some eggs and put them in a hole in the ground." Not knowing she was joking, I went home and grabbed all 12 eggs to plant. She laughed real hard when she figured out I did that. Now she asks me to plant them every summer.
I used to believe that the white stuff that comes out of dandelions was poisonois or toxic. The only reason I found out otherwise was that a friend and I decided to feed it to my little sister. In hindsight, I thank my lucky stars that it wasn't poison! Hey, I was 5 years old!
I missed one day of 4th grade - the day the teacher explained to us that a hydroelectric plant was a factory that pumps water, not an actual green leafy plant. They had been showing us how plants pump water up their stems... seemed reasonable to me....
I used to believe that you had to plant sprouts in order to get cabbage trees.. lol I know, I feel so stupid now!
when i was little, i remember this big orange flower growing in my yard, and i thought it was particularly ugly, so i showed my cousin and he thought it was ugly too. we were then convinced that the flower had AIDS and we would get it if we touched it....sad i know.
My young daughter thought that night came after the trees ate all the sunlight.
I used to think that after a big rain you can hear the corn grow. I thought it would be a squeeking noise! I would sit by the corn field and breathe very softly.... listening. It was just the wind, but I really thought that was what growing corn sounded like.
My mum told me that if i picked dandilions that i wld wet the bed. i believed her up until i was 14 when i told my younger sister not to do it. My mum interupted and said not tell her such nonsense, i was not amused!!!
When I was in 4th grade one of my friends told me that if you touch this certain weed that had yellow berries on it and then let the sun hit you hand you would die. On day I touched the weed and panicked for days that I was going to die if I let the sun tough my hand for to long!
My mom said to my aunt " that Kudzu is taking over, nothing can kill it". So in my mind she said kudzu was going to take over the earth and we would be smothered by it, and that is what I belived.
I was always told that if you held a buttercup flower under your chin and it reflected yellow then that meant you liked the taste of butter.
my mom would plant a piece of candy and I would watch her do it, the next day there would be a "lollipop tree" which was really just a plant with lollipops taped to it. i thought that there really was such a thing as a lollipop tree.
when i was like 5 my mom told me that if i sat in the yard and looked at a clover little men would come out of them and i would sit outside for hours waiting for one to come out and the worst thing about it is that i belived it until i was ten?!?!?!
At age four I went with my mother and grandmother to get potatoes, being a "city kid" I found it very strange to go out to a field instead of a store. As they dug up the first mound to show me that potatoes were indeed there. I asked indignantly: "Where's the BAG"
Down the road from my home is a ditch with cattails growing in it. Growing up, I was convinced that this was a small hot dog farm. At the time this made perfect sense, as we lived in a farming community.