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I used to think that the Battle of Hastings took place in France, and that Hastings was the English name for the actual battleground!

Rama
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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.

icarusxfemme
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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

Courtney
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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....

Turn the Page
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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!

L
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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...

Cat
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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

Sandi
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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.

Emily
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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.

Literally Six.
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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.

Laura
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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.

Emmy
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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.

Sarah
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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! "

Katelyn
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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.

Emmy
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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

Emmy
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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...

husain abdi husain
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I thought that FDR was an government organization during the Great Depression, not a president.

Anon
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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.

A Confused Person
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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!

Dummby
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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...

Lindsay
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