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in 3rd grade, my sister's class was learning about the presidents of the united states. one kid, David, (who, by the way, grew up to be a huge pothead) was confused by the two pictures of Grover Cleveland (the only president to serve two non-consecutive terms) on the poster (which showed all the presidents by order of term). My sister patiently explained to him that the map was actually a misprint, and that the second photo was of Grover Cleveland's twin brother Clover Cleveland, who also served as president. Little David felt enlightened by this information, and when the teacher asked the class "who can tell me about Grover Cleveland", he jumped up in his seat, raised his hand in the air, and shouted out, "ooh, ooh! Those are the twins, right?" The teacher had no clue what he was talking about! We still hang out, and he will DEFINATELY never live it down!
I thought Marco Polo was a kind of shirt.
when i was in kindergarten i believed that abe lincoln was buried in a cabin and not a coffin
When I was about 9 I used to believe that the Romans were Catholics (why else would we have Roman Catholics?). I even wrote this into a school essay. I also used to believe that the German city of Bonne produced dolls, because I was given a doll from someone who had visited Germany, and someone else said it was a "bonnie wee doll". I'm Scottish.
I thought Marco Polo was Irish.
When I was 8 I thought that James Madison built a secret passage behind the famous picture of G. Washington he rescued. I thought Presidents kept secret stuff back there and that G W Bush kept a guy locked up in there among other things.
All the way up to even eigth grade, I used to believe that the 2nd ammendment of the constituiton was "the right to BARE arms", the right to wear tank tops and other sleeveless clothing!
One of my favorite movies(when I was very small as well as now) was and is Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, where two guys who are about to fail history class are given a time machine and kidnap historical figures to help them pass their class. When I first saw it, I had heard of a lot of the people they kidnap, like Lincoln, Beethoven and Billy the Kid. I'd never heard of other people like Socrates. They keep pronouncing his name "Sew-crates," in the movie, and for the longest time, I went around mispronouncing his name, because I didn't have the common sense to never believe that Bill and Ted know how to say something correctly.
Until I was about 10 or 11 I believed that Joan of Arc, the French martyr, was really named "Joana Vark" It made sense to me! (I guess people speak fast where I'm from)
I used to believe that history was divided only in four periods: the dinosaur age which was very similar to the Flintstones, the middle age, when everyone was fighting dragons on an armor, the old west period (my personal favourite) when all humanity were indians and cowboys and the present days.
When I was maybe 9 yo (now I'm 17), I began to collect "World of knowledge" magazine (I'm not sure whether it's original title, in Poland was edition with such a title), and at first no. very interesting for me was an article about volcanos. One picture showed clay shape of child who died in Pompei. Description above photo was saying, that Pompei was destroyed by volcano in 79 AD. As I saw the date, I thought it means '79, and I started to imagine about cars and shops covered by volcanic dust :)
Once, my brother asked my mom when we were looking at her childhood pictures, "When did the world get color?" - My mom explained that white photos did not capture color but that she lived in a world of many shades :)
When I was in year 4, I did a project on the Kings and Queens of England during the Tudor period. I had read that Jane Seymour was the lady-in-waiting and that she was about to marry Henry. My mother told me that lady-in-waiting meant she was the lady waiting to marry the King. My mum honestly seemed to believe this and it seemed perfectly logical to me at the time. Of course, my mother vehemently denies it now.
My friend was an army brat, and went to a school for American children in Germany. One day the teacher asked the class to draw a "German Scene", so my friend drew Adolf Hitler, not knowing who he was (she was only 12). She only new him from history books, etc. The teacher explained, kindly, that he was "a bad man" and told her to draw another picture.
I had a very foggy understanding of evolution. Reading the Declaration of Independence, I was shocked that monkeys could write.
I was convinced that lois and clark from the superman comics use to be real people, lewis and clark explorers of the US.
I am a decendant of Peter Wentz. One time George Washington used his house as head quarters in the Battle of Germantown. When I was little I always imagined Gerge Washington sleeping on Peter Wentz's couch in the living room. And that couch in my mind looked a lot like this old Victorian davenport my grandparents owned.
When i was little i thought the mathamatican Archimedes, was named arquimedes because when i watched the movie sword in the stone i thought that's what they said. So i thought for the longest time that he was an owl. And i had a research paper in middle school on him and i couldn't find anything on him (arquimedes) except stuff in spanish. because that was his name in spanish
I used to believe Ab Lincon and Martin Luther King Jr. worked together becuase they both wanted to help African Americans.
I used to believe that until gravity was invented, people used to just float around!