I thought Bonnie and Clyde were fictional characters.
When I was about 10 years old John Lennon was assassinated. I did not know who John Lennon was (though I did know of the rock band, the Beatles). In school we had recently learned about the Russian communist dictator Vladimir Lenin, and that's who I thought had died. I wondered why everyone was so sad about such a bad man dying, and thought maybe he had changed his ways, or maybe he wasn't as bad as the teacher thought. I also thought it was weird that he hadn't died yet. I would have thought he'd died years and years ago.
I got the 1990s and 1900s mixed up, so I thought people wore that fancy old-fashioned garb in the 1990's.
I used to believe in a sudden end of the world
I used to believe that all autobiographies ended in a string of gibberish because I only ever read biographies of dead people so I assumed that an account of the subject's death was a necessary part of a biography and there was no way someone writing an autobiography would be able to get out the full account of their own death before collapsing at their keyboard.
I used to believe that before the advent of color photography, everything was black and white and that before the advent of photography, everything was a cartoon.
I used to think that the 'olden days' ended because everybody died including the children. Then there were new people who made up the modern times.
i used to believe color was invented. I would see old pictures in black and white and think that everything looked that way in real life.
(on account of the black and white movies) when i was young i thought that the world was black and white and then people discovered the colors
When I was about 7 I used to believe that in the old days everybody saw in black and white (because all old photos were black and white). I just assumed that's how life looked to everyone back then.
I thought there were no pirates alive today!
I used to believe in the 3rd grade that when the first president was born the world was born, and that the presidents have existed for 1000s of years ...
I used to think that in the past, everything was black and white - there was no colour. So I'd always ask my mum 'when did the world get colour?'
My dad was a Vietnam vet and when I was little he would tell me about different things he saw/did while there. It was never anything war-related, it would be more like "I saw a lot of monkeys like that in Vietnam" or "It used to rain a lot in Vietnam." I thought that being in Vietnam, then, was something men went and did before they were qualified to become fathers.
Of course, I learned otherwise.
I used to think that a long time ago humans and animals could talk to each other.
Then the animals began to loose their ability to talk as the humans began to invent more complex technology.
I used to love browsing though a picture book about ancient history when I was a kid. The section on Ancient Egypt had several illustrations of men in Anubis masks performing burial rituals, but I didn't know they were just wearing masks. I though that some people in Ancient Egypt really had dogs' heads!
When I learned about the American Civil War in 4th grade, I thought there was a line that went across the middle of the country to determine which side you were on. I was in Southern California, so I thought we were part of the South...
my 10 year old granddaughter was looking at black and white picture book at the dr office and said "was it still b&w when you were born?" she thought the whole world was like that.
This one time when I was a kid I came into the living room and saw my dad watching some old movie depicting slaves rowing on a slave ship. I asked my dad why they had to do that and he said they sometimes made people do it as punishment, sometimes for just a few years but other times for life. He forgot to mention however that THEY DON'T DO THAT ANYMORE! So some time shortly after my mom got a ticket for speeding or something and I was terrified she would be sold into slavery!
Anytime we would talk about Abe Lincoln freeing the slaves I would picture him walking into a cave and unchaining everyone.