historyShow most recent or highest rated first. Common beliefs in this section include:
I was a young kid at the time of the Berlin Airlift. I heard at the time how pro-Russian forces had built the Berlin Wall to isolate East Berlin. I was still vague at the time as to where and what some placenames applied to. I had Berlin and Brooklyn confused at the time, so I thought the Russians had actually occupied a portion of New York city!
This is really the opposite of a silly belief but amusing anyways. I was a very skeptical little kid (and am now a skeptical adult). In addition to realizing by the age of 4 or so that Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, and the Easter Bunny weren't real, I went further and refused to believe that dinosaurs had ever actually existed. I had seen pictures of them in books and on TV, but my cynical little self already knew that not everything you read or saw was true, so I figured that dinosaurs were made up. I persisted in this until I was 7 and we went to the Smithsonian museum of natural history, and they had a bunch of dinosaur skeletons. I felt ok about believing them after that because if you acutally observed something for yourself, it was ok to believe in it. As you might imagine, I did well in science classes but had a tough time with CCD...
This is not my belief, but a person (several people) I know's.
A lot of my friends ant the age of 8 believed that in sword battles you had to hit the opponent's sword and NOT in fact the person. This aggrivated me, as I had a granddad who did archery and simulated knights battles as a past time. I decided to just have my imaginary sword slice off one of their heads.
Needless to say they threw a mental at me!
Until I was 13 I thought Sigmund Freud was a tap dancer. I don't know why I thought this.
I used to think that History was a place and that in the song "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" The reindeers were warning him that he would be shot down there. (e.g: "you'll go down in history")
I heard that Martin Luther King had a dream and that he was dead. I thought he had this dream when he was lying in his coffin.
When I was younger, I was totally convinced that the only person who knew everything was George Washington, and that he was still alive. I told my mother that someday I would meet him, and I would ask him how many people knew everything, and he would respond, "Why, just me, of course!" (OBVIOUSLY because he knew everything.)
I used to think that Hitler got both his name and his bad reputation because he went around randomly hitting people.
At age five, I believed that the "Watergate" incident of the Nixon presidency was actually a gate that held back water, and that they could find no one to plug the holes, and that the entire nation would flood, ala' the story of the dutch boy and the dike. I was that the president would let so many people become overwhelmed by a flood. Ironic now, considering New Orleans.
I used to believe that the current borders (I'm tlaking about teh current borders according to back when i believed this.) have always been there forever. I was shocked when I first saw an old map that has the U.S.S.R. on it, and again when I saw a map of the ancient Roman Empire. I tried to tell everyone that these maps lied until about age 11.
When the queen of whales died i was about 3 or 4 and i started crying because i thought ariel the mermaid had died
up until i was 16, i had beleived all the wild rats in enland had been killled during the plague and great fire of london....
and tought we only had tame rats until my sister said we had to clean up the peas i had spilt on the floor before the rats got them... i protested saying we only had tame rats as all the wild ones had ben killed in the 1600's...
i dont think ill be living this down for a while...
I once thought that should I be transported to the 18th Century, I would reinvent every discovery between then and when I was born. With my elementary-level education I would singlehandedly bring humanity out of the dark ages.
I thought that the "olden days" was actually an era so I would always asked my mom if my grandma lived in the olden days and when she said no I would ask if my great grandma did and if she said no again I would keep asking but just adding more and more greats in front of it.
One day I stared at the cover of a Peoples magazine which said that Ford was the sexiest man alive. At that point I was extremely disturbed because I thought that they meant Gerald Ford, the ex-president, not Harrison Ford,the actor!
When I was small, I would sometimes hear that the stock market crashed in 1929. I got "stockmarket" mixed up with "starmarket" (that grocery store chain) and that gave me the idea that a plane had crashed into a starmarket in 1929. When I saw a commercial for starmarket sometime later, I asked myself "The starmarket? I thought it crashed."
Up until the 5th grade, I thought that all Egyptians were extinct.
A friend of muine said that he used to think that in the 20's and 30's people speed-walked everywhere they went, because that's how everyone walked in all the old news reels. Of course that was because the cameras weren't timed right.
I used to think that the year zero was when God created the earth, and that everything, (dinosaurs becoming extinct, kings and queens, photographs becomeing colour) had happened in the roughly 2000 years since then. I remember trying to tell my Dad, there was once a year zero, and being really surprised not only that he already knew, but that it wasn't what I thought it was.
When I was child I was very interested in history of ancient town in Biskupin (Poland), which in 600's BC was surrouned by earth-wooden wall. One day when I was reading magazine with photos of modern reconstruction of Biskupin, I got very astonished seeing entrance gate - there was only short section of wall surrounding huts and streets (they didn't want to rebuilt entire wall), and I thought there had been really only one piece of wall in ancient Biskupin. How could they, I thought, defend themselves with over 90% percents of border not protected?