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I used to think that the ocean was salty because of the boston tea party, and that the tea never got washed out and spread to the entire ocean.
Apparently I thought that the ocean was freshwater before this.
I guess it never occured to me why tea would make water salty instead of tea-like.
I used to believe that the foam found on the shores of many lakes were that of the alligators that lived there.
I used to believe that only the surface of water was wet, and that eveything underneath was dry. The reason you get wet when you leave the water was because you had to go through the surface.No one has really convinced me yet that I am wrong.
I used to believe that the ocean froze over in the winter (I grew up in Minneapolis where EVERYTHING froze over in the winter!) I thought that the waves froze in motion, so the winter sea was one giant mass of frozen waves. I believed the only reason people didn't walk to Europe in the winter was because it was too difficult to lug your luggage over all of those frozen waves.
When I was about 6 we lived in Alaska in an apartment complex. There was a small water hole in the woods behind the apartment building where the kids used to go play. One day I went down there and all the kids were staring at this one kid in the water hole as he was splashing around like he was drowning. I asked why no one would help him and was told that this was a portal the devil used and that the devil had a hold of the kid's legs. So they were all scared to help him. From that point on I thought that all open bodies of water led to the devil and was always scared he was going to grab my feet and pull me down.
I used to believe that if you stood on some seaweed on the beach, you would fall through the sand and drown in the sea below.
I used to think that the waterfalls from the mountains above where I lived were from trolls standing on the edge of the mountains peeing. There were tiny ones from the children trolls,but also real giants were peeing high above me.
I believed that "they" switched the ocean waves off at night. When I was about 4, we were on holiday at the sea and one evening, after dark, we were driving along the beach road, when to my surprise I saw the waves were still coming in. I asked my mother at what time they were switched off.
I used to think that all rivers ran from north to south, i.e. from the top of the
map to the bottom. It seemed natural. I also got very excited when I first saw
a complete map of North America. When I saw "Newfoundland" I though it
was soooo neat that they were still discovering unknown places--and so
close to the U.S., too!
My older sister used to tell me that the foam from the ocean was caused by fish vomit, I was about 10 when I realized she was pulling my leg.
I used to believe that somebody turned the ocean waves off at night.
I used to believe that there was a giant toad under the sea, and when it breathed in, the tide would go out, and when it breathed out the tide would come in. This toad was known as the "undertoad", and if you went swimming when it was breathing in, it might swallow you.
I grew up on a farm on eastern Long Island (New York). It had a large pond from which we pumped water for irrigating the crops. My father told me that I should never go near this pond because there were hundreds of poisonous, copperhead snakes there. Not wanting to be bitten by a copperhead, I always avoided the entire area. Of course, there are no poisonous snakes?copperhead or otherwise?found on Long Island. Yet, even though I now know there?s no danger of being bitten by a snake, going anywhere the pond still makes me nervous.
My sister belived there was a giant toad under waterfalls that would grab you and pull you under water if you got to close.... it was the under toad
I used to believe you got high tides when the sea was full (I lived on the Thames, then)
I used to believe that if you were wet, say from being in the pool or running through the sprinkler, and you walked near something that smelled very badly, say dog poo or garbage, that the smell would stick to you.
I used to believe the old story of how water drains backwards in the southern hemisphere. I believed this until I was 24 years old and actually researched it. I regularily run into people who still think it is true, but I can't laugh at them because... well, that used to be me.
i used to believe that scuba divers went to school to learn how to breath under water like fish do. my cousins told me this
My dad used to tell me and my sisters that there was a giant plughole in the harbour, and that there was no water there at certain times of day because someone had pulled the plug out. ...For years I looked for that plug every time we drove past!
I was told that if I ever drank puddle water from the driveway I would get polio and have to live in an iron lung.