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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?
when i was little, i thought people who lived in the 1920's, 1930's, and 1940's were the best and prettiest looking people i had ever seen. i thought they had some makeup thing that made them look pretty but stopped selling it in the 60's when people turned ugly.
My dad used to say that my grandparents lived in the stone age when they were kids. i used to think that they lived in stone houses and they had dinosaures and that they played with the dinosaurs, like the flinstones.
At some point when I was very young, I came to the conclusion that the phrase "hurt like the Dickens" was associated with Charles Dickens and that he was a wicked man. Eventually, this mutated into a belief that A Christmas Carol was autobiographical and that Charles was Scrooge (only he hadn't become nice in the end like the character in the book). Later, in the 3rd grade, I was asked to give a report on Charles Dickens based on an illustrated book for children about the man. Thinking I already knew everything I needed to know about him from seeing the film version of A Christmas Carol, I winged it. I found myself in front of the class telling everyone that Charles Dickens was an evil man who didn't pay his workers very well and hated handicapped kids. At one point I got Scrooge confused with the Grinch and told everyone that Charles Dickens stole children's toys and abused his dog.
I was about five when Diana and Price Charles got married and I remember watching the wedding on TV with my mom. Only problem was I thought Diana was the Princess of WHALES, not WALES. I imagined after the wedding she and Charles would ride off into the sunset on the back of two humpbacks...