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My mother once told me that thinks like fossil ammonites were the
remains of creatures that lived "a long time ago". I tokk this to mean about
a hundred years, and imagined Victorians sharing their world with giant
snails and the like. Not sure about dinosaurs, though.
My mom's maiden name is Duncan, and in school we learned about Duncan I, a Scottish king. So for a long time I went around telling people that my great great great...(I would count out ten "greats" on my fingers) grandfather was a king.
i grew up in central new york where there were many old barns that were toppeled over, but left there. my undeveloped concept of time led me to believe that the dinosaurs were the ones that destroyed them.
i used to believe that when my mother was a child, they used to kill the messenger who brought bad news
I believed that Robin Hood was very skilled building lovely stone arches which later would have lovely romantic layers of Ivy. I was 6.
When I was little I thought that the First World War was at the beginning of time and all the history one learned at school (1066, Tudors etc.) was later. I also believed that one of the main changes over the course of history was that men's hair got shorter and shorter (this was the early 1960s)
I believed that the astronauts from the Challenger disaster managed to survive by diving into the sea.