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My parents used to have plastic plug-socket protectors (i.e. the plug prongs attached to a shield bit) to prevent inquisitive toddlers from electrocuting themselves.
Apparently I was of the belief that they were actually there to prevent the electricity from flowing out!
Pretty sensible, I thought! :)
I used to believe that electrons orbiting around a nucleus were a small solar system, with people actually living on the electrons.
The earth was also an electron on an atom in a much larger world.
Time is also relative in all these worlds; say if I were to throw a piece of paper into a fire, the seconds that it will take the paper to fall into the fire are like eons to the inhabitants of the small universe on the paper. Likewise, if someone in the large world tosses the paper we are an atom on into their fire, what seems like a couple seconds in their world will be centuries in ours. So.... suppose the giants have already tossed our piece of paper towards the fire....?
i used to think, and still do, that if ur IN an elevator thats falling down, that u wont die if u jump at the last second
We all used to think that heat dn cold were cyclical; that is something got cold enough it got hot. This was from playing with dry ice.
I used to lay on the ground looking up at the sky, watching the clouds go by. I thought that was evidence that the world was turning, as if the clouds were stationary, and the world moved beneath them.
When I was a child I thought that blankets had heat built into them. That
was why they kept you warm. The more you piled on the warmer you
would be. I can't remember when I stopped believeing this but it came
as a shock that I was wrong.
I used to believe that radio waves were actually thousands of microscopic, kayak-shaped, silver flying machines with tiny men inside them who drove from the radio station all the way into the antennae of the car radio. They couldn't fly well inside tunnels, though.
I couldn't understand why after putting a piece of coal next to a hot furnace wouldn't turn it into a diamond. Forgot it also needed pressure.
As a child, I believed in the law of balance. I don't even know where I got the idea. I believed if there were two options or two ideas, one had to be one way, and the other had to be the opposite.
Like winding an old clock, you had to let it wind down or you'd break the spring if you kept winding it. We had a bathroom with two light switches, one of them not connected to anything. So when I flipped the switch for the light up, the unused switch had to go down, and vice-versa.
Or if I had to turn around to the right to do something, I'd then have to turn back around to the left, as if there was some invisible string attached to me that would get wound around me oddly and somehow make my life more difficult if I didn't unwind it the other way.
I also believed that if I was walking with someone closely, like a friend or parent, there was some sort of invisible connection between us, and if I let something pass between us, like me walking on one side of a pole and the friend walking on the other, we'd break the connection and our relationship might start to fall apart. So I always scooted to be sure we walked on the same side of things together, eve if we had to go single-file.
That's pretty much the oddest thing I believed.
When I found out that Neutrinos passed through anything, I thought that they caused people to itch when they passed through them.
When I was learning to ride my bike, I was absolutley convinced that I had to balance on it perfectly still BEFORE I started pedaling. Took me a while to get the hang of that!
When i was little i use to think that if you jumped from a high roof, and had a little step 1 feet from the ground, you wouldn't get hurt because from the distance from the step to the ground was so little.. but later on i changed my mind because i got to think about the distance from the roof to the step.. but it was some really exiting hours of that belief
I had heard something about a mirror being a piece of glass with black behind it. So I found some black paper and a piece of glass, and I was very disapointed...
I couldn't understand why I couldn't just pick myself up (by the feet) and fly away. Thought I just wasn't strong enough.
Still not 100% sure...
I first saw Star Wars when I was seven. When the characters spoke about making the "jump to light speed" I instead heard them say "jungle light speed" and I assumed that light moved at a faster speed in jungles.
I used to firmly believe that there was an opposite to everything. The opposite of a carrot was a pea, just as the opposite of a boy was a girl. I got quite annoyed when my dad, who, after all, was a scientist, wouldn't help me classify some of the ground rules to this world of mine.
You know when you give someone a piggy-back or shoulder ride and when they get off you get a weird feeling like your arms are lifting up, well I used to think that if I gave a really fat person a piggy-back, when I put them down I'd spring up off the floor and float off.
I always had to hold on to something after I put my friends down.
I used to believe that if I fell over a cliff in a telephone booth that I could safely step out at the last second like Wylie Coyote in Looney Tunes cartoons. Physics changes everything.
When I was little, not understanding gravity so well I figured that if I wasn't very careful I would fall right off the planet on account of it's constant spinning.
when i was abotu 5 or 6 i thought that if i were to pull hard enough on my pants, i would float away