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When I was a kid living on the west coast I asked my dad how the tides happened. He said, when people in Asia go to the beach and get in the water, it's high tide here. When they get out, it's low tide.
I believed that the yellowish foam by the ocean was dolphin pee because my dad told me
I used to believe that there was an off switch to the ocean so that it could go to sleep at night.
I used to think that the daytime sky was the sea seen from above, and that one day would see
land from the other side of the clouds.
My grandma used to tell me that if you hold a seashell to your ear you can hear the ocean. I thought it made sense that the ocean sound could be there since I believed this up until I was 23 years old!
A college guy went around telling people if you peed in the pool or drank the water your hair would turn green. I misunderstood this as all water. One day I had to pee and was in the ocean at the time so I just went. When I realized what I had just done I kept looking in the mirror all day expecting see my hair turning green. I told my mother and she told me not to worry, that everything pees in the ocean
We lived near a lake when I was a boy. My older brothers, who all swam well, told my younger brother and me that there was a sandbar in the middle of the lake, and that it was where all the snapping turtles lived. They said if I ever tried to swim across the lake and tried to stand up on the sandbar, or even let my kicking feet get near the bottom, the snapping turtles would bite onto me, would never let go, and I would drown.
A few years later, when I finally figured I was strong enough to swim across the lake, I nearly panicked when I got tired near the middle. I'm so glad I learned the elementary backstroke in the Scouts! I wouldn't let myself stop, made it all the way across, and all the way back.
To this day, I still have a irrational fear (though one I can get past) of being bitten by a snapping turtle when I'm wading or swimming in lakes and rivers (and I'm 39)!
When I was about 5-6 years old and I heard my mom say that there was a drought and that we had to be careful with our water usage. I thought she meant that it was so dry outside that since we had water inside..I figured that I'd be helpful and make a few trips outside by taking a cup of water and pouring it on the street curbside and watch it go down to the storm drain. Well, after a few times of seeing me running back and forth she finally stops me and asks..''What on earth are you doing??'' I told her that I just wanted to help out by taking water outside to help get rid of the drought!! She laughed at me and explained the whole thing about the drought to me... Well??!! I was a kid..LOL!!
I used to believe that sharks could appear in any water that was deep enough, like the shower, bath, or swimming pool.
When I was little me and my twin brother used to think people would drive big trucks into the ocean and poor salt in the ocean.
When I was on holiday with my parents once, we saw a flooded quarry. I asked why nobody was swimming in it and my mother told me it was too deep to swim in. For years I believed that there was some depth at which water became too deep to swim in and you would simply sink to the bottom. Even now I'm wary of swimming in deep lakes!
when i was 8 i read that all the water in the world is reused all the time, and I assumed that ocean water, which had touched giant squids, had been reused as the water in my shower.
I was terrified to take showers because the water had touched giant squids before, and washed myself in the sink (including my hair). My brother found out I had been washing my hair in the sink, and when I told him why he cracked up and teased me about it relentlessly until I got annoyed and took normal showers again.
Early years of my childhood, I believed that the clouds had a large trunk that sucked water from the sea and showered rains!
My friends and I used to volunteer at the court house, well they always have water for you to drink and somehow the conversation came up where on of my friends was talking about the ocean. My friend goes on to say you better taste the water in the pitcher because it has been sitting there for awhile and the other girl says, "Yeah you wouldn't want to drink stale water, thats why the ocean is so salty." We were 16 years old and my friend thought the ocean was salty because the water was stale.
when i was a child (of course)i used to believe that the sea is salty because God throws bags of salt into it.
I used to believe that you heard the sea through the large sea shells I collected as a child. One night I was convinced I heard the clanking sounds of an anchor being dropped and told my whole class the next day, I was glad my teacher did not spoil this conviction out me out...
I got a mouth full of ocean water in my mouth when I was three or four, and quickly asked my parents who put the salt in the water. I also developed my own theories. I used to believe that the reason why the ocean was salty is because people would lean off the docks and pour table salt in the water.
i used to believe that the sky was the bottom of the ocean, and we were at the bottom looking up, and that if you got the bottom of the actual ocean you'd fall out of the "sky"
When I was a kid, I thought that the ocean was salty because little men dumped a giant saltshaker into it every night when everyone was asleep.
After having "Voyage of the Dawn Treader" (sequel to the lion the witch and the wardrobe) read to me I was terrified by the magical pool which turned anything that touched it to gold. For about a year I had to remind myself that if the water in my shower was like this it would have turned the shower head gold on the way. While this helped, I was never entirely sure whether or not this would stop the flow of water before it could hit me, and I never liked taking both eyes off the shower head at once.