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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!
the sand whirls left by the tide going out were little worms and had to be carried i couldn't let my feet touch the sand at all
i used to believe that people grounded up the deads' bones and what-not and put it in our tap water. Imagine when I was thirsty!
When I was little, we would always get in a tube and bounce up and down in the pool to make a "wave pool." When we went to the beach, I thought there was a really really fat person in the middle of the ocean with a really big tube bouncing up and down to make waves!
I used to think that fountains were taps left running all day. Could never work out where all the water used to go to.
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...