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When I was little it was a common belief held by the kids in my neighbourhood that dinosaurs had lived a mere 100 years ago.
One Christmas, my Brownie troop went to a local rest home to sing carols for the residents. It turns out the day we went was also one of the residents' 100th birthday. One of the Brownie leaders introduced her to me this woman and told me that it was her 100th birthday. I was gob smacked! I immediately asked her what it was like to live with dinosaurs.
I used to believe that when 9/11 happened, the suicide bombers ran into the empire state building and that too had been destroyed. But in 2007, I went to New york and was surprized to find it still standing. Everyone started to laugh the second I asked, " I thought the empire state building was gone! "
I used to believe that Abraham Lincoln was the 2nd president of the United States.
I blame the school system, who only taught kindergarteners and first graders about two presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, no one in between.
I used to believe that in the 1960s' and 1970s', EVERYTHING was tie-dye and EVERYONE was a hippy.
Needless to say I'm only 11, so I did not grow up in those decades
When I was a child, elder people used to tell us tales like "dakdeer dimatoy dulki nabadye" means; long ear died and the land is in peace". we used to get scare of long ear if we stays long out side at night without our parents or some one older...they used to tell us that long ear use to steal cheeps and eat them...when we grow old we realized that long ear never existed. this tale was made of just to keep us close to our home or to scare us in order to sleep earlier at night...
I thought that FDR was an government organization during the Great Depression, not a president.
I used to think that J.F. Kennedy had been assasinated by having his head chopped off. I guess I got this idea from the half dollar only showing his head.
When my grandpa got sick, a black woman was a house-nurse. I, for a while, thought she was Harriet Tubbman, but was too shy to ask her about her adventures!
When I was about five, I used to believe that 65 million years ago, not only did dinosaurs roam the earth, but dragons and monsters did as well. The asteroid killed the dinosaurs, dragons, and monsters, so that's why they weren't around anymore...
For some reason I thought Hannibal was a Rastafarian man who rode an elephant up a mountain to help freedom of speech.
In first grade we were reading about Amelia Earhart, and how Roosevelt was president at the time. However, I did not understand that "First Lady" meant you were the president's wife, I thought it meant Eleanor Roosevelt was the first woman who ever existed!
When I was six, my parents took me to Germany to visit relatives. We had a three-hour layover at London Heathrow. I was very hopeful that I would see Robin Hood AND the Queen. My mother explained that Sherwood Forest was a long way from London, so a visit from Robin was out. The Queen wasn't as far away, but probably very busy. I was still a bit disappointed that there were no sightings!
When I was little, I saw a picture in an encyclopedia drinking milk from a wolf's breasts. Around the same time, I had heard my dad telling a Helen Keller joke. Wondering why somebody would do such odd things (you've heard them all), I came to the conclusion that Helen Keller must've been raised by wolves. I thought this was the case until I was about 17 years old.
I used to belive that the city and all it's modern things were done by God. So, when I asked my mom what was all that of AGES about, she explained me that soscietey had evolved, and that actually God only made the earth, but not the cars or buldings, or TV, or toys.
I used to believe that the Gettysburg Address was the mailing address of the White House.
That the McCartney Era was another name for Beatlemania (due to confusion between "McCartney" and "McCarthy"
I used to belief that the colour pink was only invented when I was about five or six. It immediately became my favourite colour.
Until I was about eight I thought that there had been actual fighting during the Cold War.
Ok, this isn't my belief but one of my friends at school...
At our secondary school, our history curriculum ONLY covered the two world wars (seriously, that was all we were taught) and didn't include any Colonial or American History.
This was when the film Independence Day had only recently been released - my friend was amazed when she saw Independence day on her calendar... only having the film to connect it to, she thought there had actually been an attempted alien invasion and the 4th of July was a commemorative holiday.
To be fair though, I only found out yesterday that The Boston Tea Party was a protest against British colonists (i'm 20), I had always thought it was a slightly less- well known music festival than Woodstock, where people had drunk tea rather than dropping acid.
It's a good job GCSE's got easier.
I used to think humans had always been advanced, had airplanes, cars, and modern appliances, and "The good old days" was a conspiracy to make you feel bad about taking it all for granted. I believed ancient civilizations and cavemen were make-believe