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when I was little, my mom told me that those big round water towers were filled with alligators. for years, i pictured their insides with a giant alligator habitat in the bottom, with balconies above, men in white lab coats taking notes on clipboards. I finally got her to tell me the truth when i was about 12...

Zoe
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I used to think that the big water towers were following us in the car when we drove past them. I would lean forward in my seat to "make the car go faster".

M
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When I was younger I was convinced that ET lived in the city water towers (they kinda look like a UFOs).

Every time we would pass one in the car I would point and shout "That's where ET lives, right mommy!?" She'd just agree.

Julie
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This is my sisters'... When the family went on road trips, we would always see water towers. My sisters, upon hearing that they were water towers, always thought that they were giant water fountains, so they always begged my dad to climb up the water tower and get the family some water.

The Doom Cat
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When I was little I believed the entire cast of Sesame Street lived in the water tower in our town. I thought they all wanted me to come and hang out up there with them forever...and eat cookies.

kja
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I used to believe that the giant mushroom shaped water towers were the door knobs that opened up huge doors in the earth. I had heard bible stories of giants living in the earth in the old days.

Anon
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When I was younger, I lived pretty close to a water tower, so I thought frequently about how the water got into the water tower. I finally came to the conclusion that the top came off to let the rain water in.
There was a door at the bottom of the water tower, and I thought that when you opened the door, water would come rushing out but if you did get in, you would float to the top and get stuck untill they opened the top during a rainstorm!

???
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With many thanks to my father, I believed (well into my teens) that water towers were in fact, Beer towers. Love You Dad.Jen

Jen
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My mother had me convinced that water towers were huge onions. So every time we would pass on in the car, she could somehow make her eyes water. She was very convincing :)

Mark D - Washington
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When I was little, my uncle was driving us home from a day at the beach. My brother and sister and I saw one of those tall water towers in the distance and asked my uncle what it was. He said, and I kid you not, that it was skunk. For years after that, every time we saw a water tower we would scream SKUNK at the top of our lungs. It wasn't until we grew up that Mom finally asked us why we yelled skunk everytime we saw a water tower and she's still not sure she believes us.

Jeanne
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When I was about five(ish) there was a water tower in my town and for some reason, I thought it was a giant pineapple! Every time I passed it I got so hungry. Looking back at it today, it doesn't even look like a pineapple.

Mike
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When I was a little girl, maybe 9 or so, a new water tower was being built close to our house. We would drive by it almost every day as it was going up. My Dad told me that it was going to be a new type of zoo where the animals were going to be kept in areas within the cylinder shaped building and the people would walk around in circles on the different levels to look in at the animals. He went into detail about what animals they were going to have and that on the bottom floor was going to be a huge icecream shop. I was so excited and just couldn't wait until it was finished. Boy was I dissapointed when he finally fessed up...months later. But now that I'm a Mom and my Dad has passed away, I always smile when I pass that silly water tower.

Jen
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I used to believe that babies came from water towers, and that parents had to climb those outside ladders to get to the top of the tower, pry open a heavy door, go inside and grab a baby.
If they couldn't make it, no baby.
But they got to keep trying.
I liked to believe that my parents nabbed me on the first try.... ;)

Anon
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For some reason, I believed that water towers all had these little cone-shaped lids on top. They covered an opening only a few inches across. When it rained they would open the lid and the water would fill the water tower.

I remember thinking there had to be a more efficient way to gather water.

'duardo
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I used to think that water towers were giant golf tees.

adam
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I used to see water towers and think that Aladdin lived in them. I don't have a clue why.

Jessy
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Once, when I was little, we drove by a house that was coincidentally near our trown's water tower. I felt so bad for the people who lived in that house because I was certain that water towers were in reality bomb/nuclear testing facilities and that all water towers would, at some point, explode. I wondered why the people living in that house hadn't already evacuated!

cool cat
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When I was eight, I used to think that the towering water towers in town were actually secret government control centers that would direct the fire department or the police if something went wrong. I also used to think that they would watch us play outside, and if we did anything wrong, they would know and call the police.

I've debunked that theory, because we all know the government uses televisions to watch us =) j-k

Gary Kiper
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I used to believe that when jails got full or if there wasn't one near by police men would store them in the water towers

Anon
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When I was little I asked my Mom where water comes from. She told me that it comes from a water plant. After that I decided that inside water towers there were huge flowers that made water!

Mandy
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