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I remember seeing the sun set and it didn't look all that far away, really. I also imagined it as being about the size of my wading pool. I was hoping for the day the sun would come down right in our yard. I wanted to go touch it.
I used to think that if you shone a flashlight beam onto a lightbulb long enough, it would eventually light.
when i was abotu 5 or 6 i thought that if i were to pull hard enough on my pants, i would float away
I didn't think you could put out a fire with hot water - only cold water would do.
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.
My older brother told my cousin that while laying down, if you tried hard enough, you could lift your entire body off the floor by an inch-or-two, supporting yourself with only the back of your head touching the floor. - My cousin tried it and of course failed...
I used to believe that houses were built on ball-bearings about the size of a bowling ball. Much later I realised that this must have stemmed from my dad trying to explain that the world was round.
I used to believe that if I picked up a chair while sitting in it, I could levitate and float around. After several failed attempts, I assumed I needed a jump start. It was only when I hit the floor that I realized I was a bit off =)
I used to think that if you got two buckets and put a foot in each one you could lift yourself up by the handles.
i used to believe that if you were in a falling elevator, you could just jump at the last minute before it crashed at the bottom of the lift shaft, thus reversing your direction while the lift crashed around you. Then you'd land (still inside the mangled lift wreckage) as if you were landing after a normal jump. Genius.
I once asked my friend if he knew what kept everything down on the ground (meaning gravity). He said it was because the tables and chairs were so heavy that they held everything down.
When I was about seven, my best friend and I were completely convinced that the world was held together with Elmer's White Glue in the small bottle. Not the large bottle, we were very clear about that. The small bottle.
I use to believe the speed of sound was the speed of sand and it was measured by how fast you disappeared into quick sand
you know how there are atoms in the air and everywhere? good sence my little brothers name is adam i thought there where little versions of my brother in the air............. creepy
When I was really little, probably about 4 or 5 years old, I knew what gravity did (keeps you planted to the ground), but I used to think that the source of gravity was someone named Mr. Gravity, who lived under my parents' bed! I had a mental image of what he looked like and everything... I would also look underneath my parents' bed, trying to search for "Mr. Gravity". My parents never corrected me, probably because they thought it was "cute" or something.
I even thought that under this same bed was a planet of its own... I was a very, umm, imaginitive child!
When I was younger I was absolutely convinced that there was a real value for "x" and that everyone was hiding it from me. I got a scholarship to highschool.
During the "nukular" 80s I had a fair idea of the power of an 'atom bomb', but couldn't figure out why it was so darned big when I'd been told in school that an atom was a really really really small part of the universe.
I used to believe that when walking on the beach I wouldn't leave any foot prints if I concentrate all my weight in the top half of my body - I tried and tried but always left foot prints in the sand.
I used to believe that when it thundered it was God moving his furniture...if you have ever sat on a floor where people on the floor above you are dragging furniture it can sound quite similar to thunder.
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.