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when i was younger my mom told me that there tvs were black and white, so for about 3 years i thought that meant the tvs were spotted like cows.
I used to believe B.C. stood for "Before Cowboys" because I heard it on a cartoon and my dad let me continue to believe it because he thought it was funny. I didn't learn any better until 4th or 5th grade.
I used to believe Bob Dole was Bob Dylan. In second grade we had a mock election when the 1996 presidential election was happening. So I thought that Bob Dylan was the person running against Bill Clinton. So I voted for Bob Dole thinking I was voting for Bob Dylan. The teacher called my parents wondering why I voted for Bob Dole.
George Washington was the first president and on the $1 bill so naturally I assumed that since Lincoln was on the $5 bill, he was the fifth president
When I was little (age 5) I wanted to be a paleontologist and I knew people at the museum and they took me to a little sand box and I found some dinosaur bones (chicken bones) and they said to come back in a week. So, I did and they showed me a video of the "dinosaur" (the bones and plaster) coming to life and growing to the size of a Volkswagen Beetle and roaring before being hit by a rock! I was then given the "dinosaur" and a piece of paper with the words "klaatu nixxu barru opim" and they told me it was how to make it come to life. I tried this until I was 8. I'm 12 now.
I used to belive that dinosaurus has lived until the WW2
I once asked my dad what "Soviet Union" is; he replied that it was a horrible country where you couldn't say anything, because you'd be taken to jail immediately.
For a long time, I have been shocked by such an evil country where you had to be silent all the time.
I used to think that there were no bombs or casualties in England in World War One!
My younger brother just three seconds ago asked me what A.D. means. He thought it meant after democracy!!! i about died laughing and told him it meant Anno Domani. He claims our mom told him that but I'm not so sure...
I used to think that the Battle of Hastings took place in France, and that Hastings was the English name for the actual battleground!
In second grade my mom and aunt were helping me study for a history test. they both told me that George Washington is called the father of our country not only because he lead the continental army and was our first president, but because while he traveled across America fighting battles, he would sleep with woman all across the country, so he had children all across the country.
I had told this to several friends and teachers over the years. I didn't find out until a college friend called me out on it a couple years ago, and when I talked to my mom about it, she said that she and my aunt were just joking.
When we read our history books and we read something I always wonder "I wonder if that really happened.." so I always make up my way of history o.O
One day I was babysitting this kid and he said "we learned about Abraham Lincoln today and he's a bad man." So I said "Why is he so bad?" and the kid replied "He wants everyone to be seagulls." I think he meant equal....
I used to think that when I saw something in a photograph that it was trapped in there forever. This belief began when I was about 5 and my older sister were looking at a photo that had my blankie in the background. She convinced me I'd never see it again...how cruel!
This is horrible, but...when I was a little kid and I was learning about the civil rights movement in elementary school, I assumed that the "Brown" in Brown v. Board of Education signified brown skin, and that this brown-skinned person was speaking on behalf of all brown-skinned people! It made sense at the time...
I used to believe that the whole reason they tore down the Berlin Wall was because of all the graffiti on it. Silly me. :oP
I used to believe that Christopher Columbus was still alive and for some reason lived in the White House. And all of the past Presidents lived there as well, possibly in ghost form.
In first grade, we would come to school in our costumes for Halloween, and one girl told me she was going to be a pilgrim. I thought she was going to be a giant pill-looking thing with a mean face.
I used to believe the atomic bomb (the Manhattan Project)
was created by someone named Dr. Manhattan, and that the city of Manhattan had been built in his honor because of it.
When I was 7 I went to Disney World. There is this show thing that is about American history and I remember one part in it about Abraham Lincoln. I remember him saying something about being black and white and that is why he wanted to free the slaves. (I think I misunderstood it.) It made since to me, because he was on the penny which was copper, (those of you who don't live in the U.S., all the other coins are silver), and in all of the illustrated history books I had seen, his skin looked tanner than all the other presidents in them. I still don't know what the guy in the show at Disney World was actually saying.