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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
I used to thing that vikings lived 50 years ago.
I thought that "medieval" times were called "men evil" times, and felt bad for anybody who had to live back then, if everyone was so evil.
When I was in elementary school, probably 1st grade, we learned about the Underground railroad and Harriet Tubman and they played a tape with a song and they played the song over and over, so after hearing the song I believed that the underground railroad was underground and at night the slaves would go underneath the ground through these secret caves where there were railroad tracks and they would walk across the railroad, holding lanterns so they could see underground.
When i was little i used to believe when people said something happened in the 20's or 40's or whatever it wasn't really a real time it was just kind of to express something ahppened a long time ago. Like "did u put out the trash?" " oh i did that in like the 50's" Hmmmm it doesn't really make sense now.
When I first saw a Yin-Yang symbol, I thought it was something new and modern used only by surfers in their surfboards. I was a bit surprised to learn it was an old symbol from an ancient religion of Asia!
I thought nothing interesting happened between the death of Jesus and discovery of America 1500 years later
hen i was a child i used to think that old granmas and granpa's were from '''The olden days''..... hahaha
I used to believe that it became dark as night during the day on good Friday when my mom was a kid. And I was so envious that it didn't get dark anymore so I could experience the same
I used to think kings and queens couldnt leave their thrones.Food,drinks,and everything were brought to them,and there was a toilet in the throne.
When I was in school and read history books I used to believe that "past people" like the pilgrims and stuff were still alive they were just on another part of the world!
My sister is three years older, so i always asked her questions. When i was seven and she was ten, she learned about Pangea. I asked her to tell me about it and she said that the world was one piece of land and then it seperated into what we know today. So i thought that the earth was just a small ball of sand adn then it seperated and water just magically appeared.
In 1973, two years before I was born, our local church was destroyed in an arson attack. I knew that Oliver Cromwell had been responsible for the destruction of a number of castles and manor houses, so I thought he had started the 1973 fire at our church.
I used to think President Gerald Ford was "General Ford". I couldn't understand why a general wouldn't wear a uniform and look like Patton. I believed this right into Jr. High, nobody ever corrected me. It wasn't until I read his name in a text book that I figured out my mistake.
When I was in elementary school we were learning about history and our ancestors. I misheard the teacher and instead of ancestors I thought she said "aunt sisters." This baffeled me. So I raised my hand and ask what happened to the "uncle brothers."
When i was a kid i watched lots of shows about history of kings and queens. Because kings and queens are often fat and unfit, i thought a logical explination for this would be that they stayed in they're thrones and never EVER got out!
When I was little, Mum took me to a mueseum and I saw a picture of Pangea on the wall.
Mum explained about it, but I misunderstood and thought that when she was young, Pangea broke up and she was very cross about it, because she would have to fly overseas to see relatives.
I remember having a heated argument with my family, contending that the declaration of independence was signed in 1767.