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When I was about eleven, I knew about the periodic table and I thought the expression "exposed to the elements" meant being exposed to the actual elements, like on the periodic table, and I thought, "surely that's everywhere?".
In french, water is "eau" and bone is "os".
And theirs words are pronounced the same way.
So I used to believe when a woman's waters break it was actually her bones !
When I said it to my mother, she laughted and... I cried.
Actually, I think I was a special little boy.
I used to think that all chemicals were orange liquids, and that a chemistry lab would have a load of test tubes in it all filled with the same coloured substances. I don't know what I thought solids, gases and non-orange liquids were supposed to be!
When I was I child, I used to believe I was reaincarnation of Marie Curie. Why? I loved spending my time doing some strange experimentsand I was in search of a new way to help sick people.
I used to believe every person was connected by thin threads, only when I became older I realized my mother was referring to DNA. This was when I was about 10 years old.
After I learned what H20 meant, I thought that faucets worked by combining hydrogen and oxygen atoms in the pipe when you turned it on.
I thought that in an atom the protrons are red, the neutrons are blue, and the electrons are yellow. (I probably saw it depicted that way in a book once)
I thought that hydrogen was pure water (since I knew hydro- meant water) and H2O was impure some how
When I first learned about the periodic table of the elements I thought the elements were numbered in the order they had been discovered!
I used to believe that if you mixed exactly the right amount of each colour of poster paint, you would make white. I spent hours staring at a brown pot of paint, gently adding another dab of blue (or whichever) thinking I must be doing it wrong!
I used to believe that medicine could only make you better and wasnt harmful, which eventually lead to me drinking an entire bottle of medicine....
I remember doing it, my logic was 'Mum makes me drink this when Im not well and it makes me better....so even though Im not ill, itl just make me feel even better!'
My mother didnt agree
when i was little i went to a museum and saw a whole thing about rocks and gold and stuff, and someone said that over time the rocks get bigger underground. when i went home i took all of my mom's gold jewelry and buried it in a flower pot to make more gold.
When I was little I thought everything could be made out of water or turned back into water! Gold, silver, anything could be heated up and turned into water, even people. I have no idea why I decided this was so, but it wasn't until a field trip in 5th grade to the water refinery that I was informed that not everything was made of water.
Until I learned about it in eighth grade, I thought the periodic table didn't always look the same way. It made sense to me that it could be rearranged, since it looked like such a crazy shape already.
This belief probably arose from the fact that, because of that crazy shape, I could never remember what it looked like between the times I saw it.
when i learned about atoms at a young age, I never really comprehended how small they were. Whenever the sun would gleam off dust particles in the air, I thought what I was seeing were actually atoms, and I thought I must have some special sight super powers since a book I read said atoms were invisible to the naked eye. (I also thought "invisible to the naked eye" meant it was literally invisible unless your eye was 'wearing' special lenses)
I used to believe that ice cubes were only cold because they were left in the freezer all the time. If you left them out they would simply become "warm ice." I was so insistent about this that one day my grandmother got fed up and told me we were going to do an experiment. (This is when I learned what "experiment" means.) She left some ice cubes on a plate by my bed and told me to check them in the morning. Of course when I woke up the plate was full of water, but I wasn't fooled: I was sure my grandmother had come in when I was asleep, taken the "warm ice" away, and filled the plate with water. It never occurred to me to wonder why my grandmother would be so concerned with hiding the truth about ice from me.
i used to believe that if you held hydrogen in one hand and oxygen in another and clapped that water would come out.
i just found out today and i'm 15.
When I was young, I figured out why yawns were "contagious." When someone yawned, they sucked in a lot of oxygen, leaving less for everyone else in the vicinity, so people nearby had to yawn too, to get more into their lungs. I still sorta believed it into my 20s.
This one isn't mine, but it's one my daughter picked up from me one day when we were driving. She was about 4 years old at the time and we were driving to the zoo for the day. We were passing a power plant with the two large steam silos that were giving off quite a bit of steam. My daughter asked me "Is that where clouds come from?", I was only half paying attention to here remark because I was driving but I responded, yes. We were driving the other day and she called me out on it. She's now 15 and knows better, but we both laughed as she confessed that she believed that's where the clouds came from until she was about 8.
I am 16 and a sophomore in high school. I believed from the time I knew what an atomic bomb was to today (August 19th 2008) that when things in close proximity to the blast are vaporized, that they just disappear. I was informed by my chemistry class and teacher that they do not, in fact, "turn into air" rather they are converted into extremely small particles that are lighter than air. Silly me.