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When I was little I remember being taught that light was the fastest thing in the universe, however to my little mind I wondered that if light was so fast why was the darkness always there first, surely that was quicker?! Seemed logical at the time.
I used to think that if I was in an elevator that suddenly came crashing down from ten stories up you could survive by jumping just before it hit bottom.
When I first found out the the world is constantly moving and we can't feel it I used to to think when ppl feel it was b/c the world was either moving too fast thatday and that person could feel it or it moved the wrong way and that person felt it. hehe
I used to think that when you squint your eyes and go a little crosseyed, and you see the little spots and bubbles floating around that I could see air molecules (this was shortly after learning about solids, liquids, and gases, and how gas molecules are loosely scattered). I told my dad this and he tried to explain the truth to me, but I believed the molecule theory for a long time.
Gravity used to frustrate me greatly and I tried to defy it reguarly. I remember thinking that if I just stacked and arranged them right, I could make a bridge I could walk on with my grandfather's countless National Geographic Magazines. I was also greatly dissapointed to find that Bonkers Candies, which in commercials caused any lucky person who ate them to shoot straight up into the sky, didn't work on me. I also remember at my birthday parties trying to tie enough balloons on my stuffed animals to make them float, but we never had enough balloons when I needed them.
When I was a boy, my dad took a test drive in a Volkswagen bus, just so that I could have the reward of a lunchpail in the shape of a VW bus. The prize included a small thermos bottle. I'd take the pail and thermos to school, the thermos filled with iced juice. I convinced myself that when the ice melted in the thermos, the resultant water would fill the thermos beyond its capacity and it would explode, sending VW bus shrapnel throughout the classroom, killing me and anyone else in its path. Each day, I was anxious for lunch to come so that I could drink the juice and defuse the ticking time bomb. After weeks of such dread, I confessed my concerns to my dad. He explained that water expands during freezing and contracts during thawing. To this day, I believe that his explanation was the inspiration for my career in science.
I used to believe that echos were actually the sound going completely around the world and coming back to you.
When I was young, I believed that when I was walking or riding my bike, I was staying still and that my motion was making the earth revolve!
When I was quite young, I desperately wanted my very own swingset. Then it dawned on me: unlearned in simply physics, I believed I could simply get a piece of rope, hold each end in opposite hand, and then while supporting the rope, I could just sit down and swing myself. Unfortunately, as you probably guess, it did not work quite as I had expected.
I used to believe that when the world turned it went over and under instead of around they way it does, and I thought that when it turned upside down, everyone would fall off. Of course I hadn't realized that if that were to happen, none of us would be here, nor would I have been there then.
i used to believe lava and water made electricity
It was back in 1994, I was 7 yo and when summer vacation was, every morning I watched educational cartoon for kids. One of episodes explained had does electricity works. I took their explanation of running electrons too literally, and for next few years I believed that when you switch on the trigger on the wall, line of little guys starts running through the inside of wire and gets crashed within the bulb, emiting lot of warm and making light!
I used to believe that sonic booms were huge explosions that only occured at the very tops of mountains.
Once, I believed that if you put an eraser in the microwave, it'd melt into really cool, gooey rubber. I tried it and nearly blew up the microwave.
I used to think that if a spaceship went through "hyper space", it would take a temporary toll on the crews' brains, thus making then scream, panic, go into hysterics, and slam against things. When hyper space was over, everything was fine.
Hyper space sounded pretty fun.
I used to think that lbs. stood for a form of measurement called labs. I felt like an idiot when I realized it meant pounds.
my dad used to tell me that if you pointed at things, you were poking holes in the air and the fairies/birds would trip over them.
i'm still hesitant to poke holes..
When I was little, I saw a science show on t.v. that explained about how splitting atoms would make nuclear explosions etc...etc...etc... So I believed if a person just broke something or tore something in half it would cause atoms to split and blow apart the planet.
The German word for x-rays is Röntgen-Strahlen, so I used to believe it must be an amazing coincidence that the man who discovered them bore the name of Röntgen.
I believed that if you held up a large enough piece of paper, that if a very fast jet plane flew through it, it wouldn't make a hole in the paper.