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Living in Amish country, our family would take many "Sunday drives". My parents used to tell me and my brothers that Indians lived in the corn shocks (which looked like tee-pee's). For several years when we went on a drive I always looked, but never saw any Indians.

A .S. in Ohio
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while going down country roads i belived, freshly baled hay fields were cow grave yards. it made me sad to see so many grave markers .

susan ramos
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When on vacation, I was terrified to go to sleep in a hotel bed for many years as a child, as on one vacation we were forced to stay in a seedy hotel with vibrating beds and my brother convinced me that he was going to sit on me, pour water on the bed, and watch me sizzle because there were electrical wires running throughout the mattress.

Mojo
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when i was little and our family was on a driving trip, i misunderstood my dad's explanation of the huge metal high tension power wire structures, and thought they were real, living monsters kind of marching across the land. i was so scared of them and would cry whenever i saw one.

Sarah
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when you heard news reports about holiday makers cuaght in traffic or flocking to a certain resort, I used to think they were a group of people who actually made the holidays for you to go on. I used to think it was nice they the tv people kept you up to date with what they were doing.

boo
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When I heard music playing from above me in a nice restaurant, I used to think that there were multiple bands upstairs in the attic playing songs.

Anon
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I use to think that when I got in line at a theme park that the whole park would follow my family due to secret speakers.

Ceci
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When I was little, we were driving in the car and I saw a radio tower blinking in the sky. I asked my mom why the towers blinked, and she said that it was so the airplanes wouldn't fly into them in the night. I firmly believed her, until a little while ago. I saw a very low radio tower, and asked her why that one blinked, since the airplanes couldn't possibly fly that low. She wasn't sure what I meant, until I related the story to her. She laughed and said that she wasn't sure why they blinked. Even now, I still believe that the only possible reason why they blink is because otherwise the pilots wouldn't see them. It baffles me to this day, and I'm thirteen.

Cory
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I used to believe that the distance of a "block" was how many streets you passed by. My teacher was really confused when I told her I walked twelve blocks to school.

Anon
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I used to think that if you walked underneath a certain bridge near my house, and you talked whilst you were doing it, you'd get bad luck for 7 years. 20 if you walked underneath it when a train went past. I still get worried when I'm talking whilst walking under it now! *goes slightly red*

Amy
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When my mom was little and went in an elevator she believed that the lift didn't move it was everyone changing everything around before the doors opened!

AMY
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Whenever my parents took me to the beach there was always this beachside road, parallel to the ocean, we had to cross.

I used to think this road ran all around the edge of the country without any interruption.

Michael Howe-Smith
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whenever my mom & i would go to the library, she'd always have to pay her overdue fines when we checked out our books, so i thought you had to pay to check out books at the library!

ingy
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Once I was out running errands with my mom. She was telling me all the things that we were going to do "okay, we'll go to the grocery store, the drug store, and then we'll hit the bank..." at this point I said, "mommy, why do we have to hit the bank?"

Natalie
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I always thought that when I went to the dentist the chain holding the towel around my neck fastened me to the chair. I somehow never thought about the fact that I had to lean forward to spit and wouldn't be able to if I was chained to the headrest!

joneswoman
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I used to believe that pictures, especially huge portraits of people, would rest when no one was looking or when they thought no one was looking. So you can imagine how afraid I was when I visited an art museum and we took a tour of the place. I just knew I would happen to see one of the people change positions out of the corner of my eye when we walked past.

strycc
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I used to believe that those little crystally things that you put on ice ( I have no idea why you put it on ice) were really valuable crystals. My friends and i would pick up as many as possible and keep them in our pockets so that we could become millionares! My mum got cross wit me and said tha they were wrecking my pockets, and i just loked at her and went" Mum, these are really valuable! don't you want to be rich?" I would have just laughed but my mum was furious!!!

IceCrystal
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When I was little, I kept hearing about skyscrapers for some reason...and I couldn't figure out what they were. I couldn't figure out why there was a need to scrape the sky... maybe something like street cleaning trucks that I saw in illustrations in books? (We lived in a very small town, I was also sidewalk deprived.) So, I pictured some kind of rig extending up into the sky with a scratchy metal brush.... until the night I dreamed about the Sky Scraper... a nasty man like the Sand Man... in a hot air balloon, coming to throw sand in my eyes! Quite a nightmare... after that, I no longer worried about sky scrapers... too intense to contemplate! Not quite sure what section to put this in so I'll pick....This One! I also used to believe that touching a telephone or power pole would give you polio.

ChrisF
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When I was a kid, I was scared to death of Ferris wheels. I thought that if I got on one and it started going too fast, the wheel would break off and roll away and I would be lost forever. For some strange reason, even as a (very old) adult, I'm still afraid to get on those things!!

Misty
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When I was about four I was taken to the State Capitol. I was told that my grandfather used to work there. (He was a state representative) They also discussed the fact that there were tunnels that led to other buildings. I thought that my grandfather was buried under the floor.

Anon
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