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When I was little, whenever a storm came, I'd always stay inside and run around like a maniac.
One night we were going through a particularly bad storm. Tired of my antics, my grandmother told me that movement attracts lightning. So, I believed that if I moved in the slightest way, I'd get electrocuted.
Even today, more than a year after she died, I still sleep or read during a storm, and avoid getting up!
My fear of tornados was heighted when I learned in elementary school that there was an "eye" of the tornados. It confirmed what I had feared, you couldn't sit next to windows because they would see you.
I used to believe that cumulo nimbus clouds signaled an imminent invasion by UFO's, since in the movie EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS the camera looked skyward to see such clouds, which was immediately followed by said invasion.
When I was 4 my brother and I used the garden hose for hours, spraying the sidewalk, trees, etc. My dad got mad at us for wasting water and since storm clouds were gathering, for some reason he told us that we had "made it rain." Until age 10 I firmly believed that spraying the water into the air had caused the clouds to form and caused the resultant rain, and I didn't completely let go of this belief until about age 15.
I used to think that weather presenters actually made the weather. This was the case in the days when they used a map with stick-on icons instead of computer graphics, and I used to be annoyed at them when they put rain clouds on the map!
I used to believe that when it rained, it was because someone who lived beyond earth was straining pasta they had just cooked. And the clouds which bore the rain was the steam from the cooking of the pasta.
I used to believe that winter was literally right around the corner!! One summer day i was playing with my friend and we wanted to play in the snow...my mom told us not to worry because winter was right around the corner!! we believed her and went looking...we were very disappointed when we didn't find it. LOL
When I was 11 I used to think that if you put an orange in the fridge and then went to bed with your shirt backwards it would snow. I've tried it never works.
Whenever I saw jets pass by, I noticed that they left a trial of white stuff behind it. I figured that the sky must be low on clouds and Jesus was flying around to make more. Whenever a jet passed over, I would run out of the house to see Jesus fly by.
As a child I used to think that clouds were big pillows of white fluff and that was why fireworks night was never on when it was cloudy because it would set the sky on fire. The concept of someone accidentally burning the clouds scared me because I knew the firemen's ladders wouldn't reach that high up and I thought the fire would just keep going till bits of burning cloud fell out of the sky. My imagination was quite vivid like that!
When i was younger, I used to think that the weather people on tv controlled the weather... When I found out they didn't I was uspet for ages :(
When I was little, up until about the age of 18, I couldn't figure out how worms ended up on the sidewalk after it rained. I just assumed they fell from the sky. God, I am smart.
I used to think that tornadoes were giant purple octopuses that would climb up the side of your house and rip your roof off. i learned what an actual tornado was when i saw The Wizard of Oz.
When I was little, I used to believe that the sun followed me everywhere, like a spy and moved willingly. When I got into the car I wanted this to be faster to escape from the sun and when I entered into the house looked out the window to see if it was gone ...
I spent most of my childhood somewhere without any snow, and I read a comic where a boy explodes from getting a snow flake on his tongue.
The joke was because the snowflake was dangerous as it was the result of a nuclear winter but I didn't know what a "nuclear winter" was, so I thought that getting snow on your tongue would make you explode.
Thankfully, my father (who spent a significant amount of his childhood in Scandinavia) cleared that up pretty quickly.
I used to think that when the weatherman said "Sunny Spells" it was when it was sunny and raining at the same time, some kind of M A G I C !
A belief from childhood that remained with me until an embarassingly late age, was that the jet stream, that all powerful influence on temperate and arctic weather, was caused by jets whooshing around the planet on intercontinental flights at high altitude.
I used to believe that on a cloudy day I could sing to the sun and it would come out for a minute. I would ask my mom "did you notice any sunny times today?"
I used to think that clouds were made of candy floss and couldn't understand why none of them were coloured pink
When I was little I used to love snow and I made myself believe that if I looked outside when it was snowing, the snowfall would stop. It happened once and I told my mum about it. She said it was just a coincidence, but I am still reluctant to watch the snow fall... and I am 23...