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From when I was five until I was about seven, I thought humans had evolved from bears, not apes.
When I was in second grade, I learned about the Underground Railroad. I knew that "underground" meant secret, but the phrase still conjured up images of black women holding up lanterns, leading escaped slaves through these dirt tunnels under the ground. (That was probably because all the pictures I had seen of Harriet Tubman showed her leading people through the dark with a lantern.) Even today, I have trouble shaking the association from my mind...
I always thought that Abraham
Licoln was black because he's the only president on a coin that's not silver but copper.
Wen I was 6 or 7 we watched a film on Maducer, an ancient Greek god who turned people to stone. Imagine my horror when I visited my Aunt in London and saw lots of statues! I was so scared that Maducer was still hanging around!
I once asked my grandmother what it was like living when the dinosoars were around. Boy was she mad. I really thought she was alive at the same time as the dinosoars!.....my bad
i used to believe that humans started when some robots constructed us and then threw us down to earth
when i was little, for some reason i was convinced that vincent van gogh cut off his ear because he didn't want to hear the traffic outside because he thought it was distracting. it didn;t occur to me until much later that he lived long before cars were invented.
My father believed that President Lincoln was famous for freeing the sleighs. Dad hypothesized they must have gotten stuck in a snow drift, and Lincoln went out and got them unstuck. Really.
I used to believe that o dinosaurs lived in England, or the Americas, or anywhere else for that matter. I thought they all lived on some humongous island in the middle of the Atlantic that dissapeared along with them. I blame Jurassic Park.
I remember looking at the bayeux tapestry, and how at the bottom were pictures of naked soldiers who had been killed and stripped of their armour. I didn't realise this, and thought that they must have just not worn any clothes to battle that day. I also remember being pset at hearing that the English had actually LOST the battle of Hastings.
Somehow i used to belive that knights wore jeans! and that everyone started a one. i thougt the king was a bald guy with his own tower and a crown. ???!
i also thaugt they rode dinosaurs and drew any sybol on their sheild that they liked!! I thought knights only fought against evil people who were anywere withing a 7 mile radius of their castle!I was a strange kid
I don't remember this but apparently when I was little I asked my grandma if when she was little people thought the world was flat
When I was litle, my aunt used to pull me around in a wagon and say "hail Cleopatra!". When I was in Kindergarden this one kid's mom dressed as leopatra and our teacher said "Look everyone it's Cleopatra". Not knowing who she was but being familier with her name from the "Hail Cleopatra" thing, I assumed she was a one-name celebrity like Madonna. I felt Honored that such a big celecrity would visit MY kindergarden class.
I used 2 think that dinosaurs still existed when my dad was little
I used to believe (and still do) that my history teacher came from another era and travelled through time to teach us our lessons, then go back to whatever era he was supposed to be in.
When I was first learning about the discovery of America, I thought that my grandmother played an important role in it. I misunderstod the year, instead of 1592, I thought it was 1892 and I thought my grandma was old enough. I don't know why I thought she played an important role in dicovering America though.
I used to be convinced that Abraham Lincoln had been the first president of the United States. I held onto that belief for years, even in the face of overwhelming proof.
I remember when i was little i asked my dad who the first person on earth was and he told me it was michael jackson! i actually believed him and whenever i heard the name on tv i was like, "wow, he must be really old!"
well, this belief persisted into high school, until I was humiliatingly corrected in a history class, but since I'm STILL a kid I think it counts... I used to believe that Walt Whitman (poet) and Charles Whitman (guy who shot people from the tower in Austin TX) were the same guy, that later in life Walt Whitman went nuts and went up in that tower and shot everybody, and that this tower was called the ALAMO, and that's why they said "remember the Alamo", like "remember that time Walt Whitman went up in that tower and shot all those people?"
I thought Elgin's marbles we're pre-historic marbles, as in the sort you
play with. It wasn't until I walked around the display hall in the British
Museum, past all these really boring statues, turned round to my husband
(yes I was an adult before I figured it out) and said "so where are they
then? I can't see any marbles!", that I found out the truth (after he'd
finished laughing at me).