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my dad would take me fishing at the coast and would tell me not to step in the foam that washed up on the shore because sailors used to pee over the side of ships and it would wash ashore
I believed that if I threw enough rocks in the frog pond behind our house, it would turn into a paved bottom pool. Hours and hours, tons of rocks later, it was still fit for ducks only.
When i was a little kid, i used to go to the beach often in the summer, and reasoned that the ocean waves were what caused the earth to rotate. I therefore concluded that by getting in the way of the waves (swimming) i was making summer last a little longer.
i used to believe that there was a dropoff in the ocean and that if i walked to far out, i would fall down in it and never be found.
On one particular visit with my grandparents, when I was very young, I remember playing on the living room floor and finding a little piece of clear plastic that had apparently broken off of something. I was very excited, however, and ran into the kitchen where the adults were so I could show them the piece of "dry water" I had found. They kidded me about that for years...hey, it made sense at the time.
ever since i was a baby, we have owened a beach house, and up until i was 7 i used to believe that the waves would stop crashing on the shore at 7.00pm, when i went to bed.
To me it made perfect sense, I as a child got tired, so why wouldnt the ocean, get tired of churning up water???
When I was about 7 years old I had asked my mother why the water in water coolers was cold. She told me it was spring water, and spring water is cold naturally. As I grew up I found out it is because of a cooling compressor in the water cooler. But my Mom stills thinks she is right.
I used to believe that whenever i stood under a waterfall a tiger would swoop down and carry me off with it. Havent yet convinced myself it doesnt really happen :)
When I was about six i had a pen pal in Colorado. I thought that because they didn't live in a shoreline state they had never seen water before so I would go down the street to the beach and put some water in bags and mail the water to them, attemting to explain what it was.
When I was young, I thought that the sea had a giant plug and that you could let out all the water. I was convinced I'd seen it on a nature programme
I used to think that oil drops on wet road were rainbows drops that have fallen to earth
I used to believe that you could walk on the swell that was left behind boats, being a coastguard ops assistant I doubt I'll try it now!
when i was like 10 or 12 i was so scared of the water because my babysitter pushed my off our dock. i wouldnt even go into a boat for fear that it would crash and i would drown and a monster or big fish would eat my remains!! (im 15)
I used to believe the rain drops that fell from my roof at night were shooting stars
I used to believe that the waves in the ocean were made from whales swimming by...
When i was little i would call Bread Lardlard, and, living on Lake Superior, where the waves are often rather large, i would see the rollers and think it looked "Lardlards" and i was afraid to go into the water because i didnt want the bread to smash into me. those were the days.....
I used to think that all rivers could only flow south. Because of the curve of the Earth and gravity, of course.
When I was younger I used to believe many things. Things that you would stop you in your tracks and burst out laughing. One of my most popular ones just happen to the lake. I used to live in Kentucky and there was this huge lake (I thought it was huge atleast) but anyway I believed that their were sharks in the water. It would take hours for my poor mother to persuade get me to get in and by the time I was ready to get in it would be to late. I also believed that there were bodies at the bottom just waiting for ME to find their dissolved carcus. I still believe that there are bodies at the bottom of the lake but as for the sharks I know better. Just to let you know though...I'd rather stick with the pool.
At my school, when you went out to recess you would play on a large asphalt lot that had a drain at one end so that puddles wouldn't form on the play area when it rained. When I was in first grade my friend and I were absolutely convinced that this drain was the source of all the city's water supply. We had noticed that when it rained the water going down the drain usually had mud or leaves in it, or gasoline that had dripped from cars. We couldn't beleive that the mayor would let people drink this water! So my friend and I, feeling an obligation to our community, got together a bunch of kids to build a "dam" around the drain. We built it of rocks and twigs, and assumed that it would hold out all the water that had been sitting on the dirty asphalt while still letting in rainwater. When we went away to got more rocks some older kids came and stomped on our dam, letting all the water in (of course our little dam hadn't realy held out any water anyway). For days afterward we would not drink any tap water.
As a small child a thought the world was a large ball of water, with only a crust of land around it. I didn't understand why, if I stood near the edge of the sea or a river, the ground didn't cave in underneath me because it was too thin!