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When i was young my Dad would warn my against swimmiing to far out to sea by telling my there were giant sea slugs that lived at the bottom of the ocean that would bite the legs of people who swam over them.
The worst part is that i beleived this until i was 18
When I was little, I asked my teacher if North and South America were connected or not. She said they used to not be, it was all water and then it connected. So then when I was swimming in the lake, I thought that all of a sudden it would connect to the other side. So after that I rarely swam in our lake!
I used to beleave that if I waled over a patch of ice and it cracke, it would break and I would fall into another dimension.
i believed that if i stayed in water too long i would turn into a raisin. my grandparents would always say that too and i beleived them.
A very early misconception, I thought the ocean floor was made of some kind of plastic grating I could fall through, which needless to say, kept me out of the ocean... I'm not sure where I got that from but I do have older brothers
When i was little, the town pool was called the 'Old Mill' although i thought it was the Old Milk and i used to think that everyones wasted milk was put into that pool.
I went to the beach alot during my childhood but i was never allowed to swim at night time. My parents would never tell me why which i thought was mean UNTIL i realised the reason i couldn't swim @ night was because the government turned off the waves at night time so stop people swimming!
Whenever I was in a boat and we would hit waves and the boat would bounce, I thought that we were hitting the backs of fish.
That an undertow was a giant toe under the water that grabbed people and pulled them under.
when i was around 3 or 4 i belived that the sea had a large plug like a bath and it was draind every night
Every year when I was young my family would go on vacation to a lake. When out on a row boat fishing with my brothers, I would think you could catch more fish if the lake was half empty. I would use a pail and scoop water from one side of boat and dump it on the other. Hence emptying one side of the lake.
I used to think that at night at the beach the government would turn off the waves.
I used to believe there was a creature that lived under the ocean called the "Under Toad." Whenever we drove by the beach, I'd look out the car window, and if I saw something sticking up out of the water, I knew it was the "Under Toad" lurking (I now realize it was probably seaweed). I think I developed this belief when I was about 4 years old and fell into a deep hole at the seashore. I probably would have drowned if it hadn't been for a kindly stranger who rescued me, because my mom was too far up on the beach to get to me in time!
I thought that ice was formed by snow falling down on the water. I tried to make ice that way myself, but it didn't work. Good thing it didn't freeze hard enough to prove me right...
I used to believe that there were porta pottys under the ocean for the fish to use. I thought they waited in line and when it was thier turn, they would swim in and swim out.
When I was in grade 2 I was at Nanaimo B.C with my family. I was looking off the dock into the ocean and saw a HUGE bath plug at the bottom of the ocean. I told eveyerone afterwards that i had seen the plug to the ocean, and that if it was pulled the ocean water would get drained. I still think that if you pull that thing, there will no longer be a pacific ocean. Im 15 now.
When I was little, I used to believe that the water you drank out of the water fountain, went back down into the big water tank and would keep coming back up so you were actually drinking "used " water
when i was younger i used to believe that we got tide coz there was to much water in the sea so i asked my mum why dont they take water out the sea (she never knew why i thot we got tides) since then i dont think my mums thot i was all there in the head
We (me and my brother) didn't realise that the ocean was salt water...until our first trip to the beach, when we both raced in, then raced out again, spitting and crying.
When I was little, like 7 or 8 years ago when I was 4 or 5, I used to visit Nags Head, North Carolina each summer with my whole family. We would always rent a 2-story house that was within walking distance of the beach and it always had a jacuzzi (we didn't always rent the same house). I remember hearing in the news one summer that a girl around 14 or 15 had been in her jacuzzi and started to like go under and swim around. On the news it had said that she had gotten sucked under and had drowned.
Being the small child that I was, I thought that she had been sucked down the drain, never to be seen or heard from again. This scared me very much and I never swam around in a jacuzzi for like 5 years. I was scared out of my wits that I would get sucked down the drain. Thus, my fear of drowning for years after this.
Now, at 12 almost 13 years old, I know that this was not what had happened to her and that her hair had just gotten caught in the filter, which made her drown.
I feel so stupid. :)