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As a young and very guilable 15 year old I was given to beleave by some much older and 'wiser' work mates that the windows in igloos were made from freezeing 'hot' water, it was only many years later it came to me how i'd been had.
As a small child I was terribly worried that a polar explorer would drop a match, melt the ice-cap and drown everybody
When I was little my brother gave me a scientific explanation for why ocean water was salty. He told me that kids on the beach would throw sand in the water, which would disolve and become salt. I believed this for a long time.
I used to beleive water could catch fire, this happened after i saw the news and heard somekids had burnt a homeless man by throwing liquid over him and settingit alight, i became scared of baths!
That the rivers stopped flowing at night!
when i was a kid, my dad told me that there was two kinds of ice, tame ice and wild ice. The tame ice was the icecubes in the freezer, and the wild ice was the ice forming on lakes etc in the winter.
When I was about 8 or 9 I asked my brother why there were always big storms at the Cape of Good Hope (I think we had been watching some adventure film about Pirates). He proceeded to give me a long and detailed explanation. Apparently the Atlantic Ocean was actually 32 feet higher than the Pacific Ocean. Where the two Oceans met, this large gap resulted in violent crashing of waves as the waters came together.
Completely plausible and beleived by me for many years.
Until my 5th class, when we went to the beach I used to think that the ships near the horizon will fall down from earth into the ocean.
I used to beleive that the water in the deep open well is because of some special rain right into the well when we are in sleep. This was told by my elder brother - I don't know wheather he also beleived so or not !
I used to believe that in the middle of the ocean was a giant plug. That the waves were caused by air going in and out of the plug. I always made sure that I only went out as far as I could touch the ground because I thought that if you went out to far the giant plug would be pulled and you would go down the drain and had no chance to get back to the sand.
when I was a child I thougt taht sea waves are the result of whales swimming
I used to believe that all rivers ran south, or down. This just had to the truth because the rivers were on the big pull-down map hanging in our classroom and the fact that gravity makes water run down.
I used to think that whenever we were out on our boat and we hit a really big bump, that we were hitting the parts of the rockets that fell off the space shuttle and fell into the ocean.
I used to believe that when running back with the receding surf at the beach, the earth was rotating in the opposite direcction of what I was running, so that I was staying on the same spot.
I thought that if you ate less than 30 minutes before going into the water to swim, if you got into the water up to at least your stomach, you would instantly drown. And I had no idea WHY this was -- I never questioned it!
Once when I was young I saw a movie where some nuns fell out of a boat and began to drown. I said, "What's wrong?" "They're drowning." After that, I was scared to get into the tub until my mother told me it wasn't "drowning water". After that, I believed there was a difference between regular water and "drowning water". Some time later, we saw a movie where two people were in a boat on a storm. I asked my mother with concern, "Is it drowning water?" She replied that it was. That was a scary movie!!
Remember Ricky the Rain Drop? When I was in first grade I used to think that I was killing Ricky if I drank water or flushed the toilets. I got over it fast though cuz I learned that I needed water to survive the next day at school...
My first trip to the beach was when I was 12 years old, to make this a special occation my parents got us a hotel near the ocean. So during the first night there I thought that the water from the ocean was gonna get out of the ocean and we were gonna drawn (because of all the noise from the waves) :P.
I used to believe that the foam on the ocean & waves was made up of bubble bath that went down the tub drain. When I discovered it wasnt true, I deceided that the foam was made from dead mermaids and thats why it glowed green in the dark.
I have always been terrified of water and what was in it. I used to be afraid to take a bath because I thought something might come out of the drain and get me. I had learned about sharks in school and how the water we use comes from the oceans and rivers in the same day. So I imagined sharks and other fierce biting fish swimming around in a "well area" under our house... I wouldn't go near the drain thinking they would stick their heads in and bite my toes off. I also never learned to swim because my brother told me the fish loved "kid toes". Since I usually couldn't see in the water I wouldn't go in it. I still have this fear....even though I know I no longer have "kid toes" and that fish never ate them.
I also wouldn't drink water from the bathroom sink while the toilet was flushing... I was scared the dirty water would take the wrong path and come out in my cup.