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King Henry VIII was named “the eighth” by his dad because the first seven didn’t listen!
When I was 9 years old, I heard my dad listening to something on the Discovery Channel about the Great Depression. Using my warped information, I concluded that the Great Depression was caused by large numbers of people jumping off of tall buildings and creating a huge hole (or depression) in the street.
When I was little, I went to a hospital, and I saw a omish couple. I yelled out and said. "Look dad, Pilgrims.!" I was told to be quiet as we ran out of the hostpital
When I was in about 1st or 2nd grade, I saw a history book for the first time. As we would read them in class, I'd think to myself "Wow, someone actually had to sit there with a blank book, pen ready, all through out time and writting down anything interesting that happened!" That same year we learned about the Magna Carta...as we read that, I thought "That had to be really annoying to write down a chapter about some King signing papers...it must have been a boring year."
Then I remember comming home upset one day after learning about the Civil War because I had the idea that the book-writer kept dying and someone else would have to take his place in order to get it into history.
Later I was told that history books were written by people who studied the past...but then I thought to myself "I was right! Someone did have to sit there and write about importaint things when they happened in order to create the books now."
I used to believe that historical movies were made while the real thing was happening. Like when a country would go into a battle one of the knights on horseback would be carrying a video camera and taping it all for history. I was very disappoointed when I learned that I hadn't been watching the real King Arthur and Julius Caesar but just people pretending to be the. What a rip-off!
After a visit to the La Brea Tar Pits, I thought that the dinosaurs weren't alive any more 'cause they had all fallen in the tar pits!
when i heard that Henry v111 had six wives, I thought he was married to all six at the same time. I had visions of him marrying a new wife as the others looked on.
I used to think that the evolution of species included the transition from the "big, fancy white hair" of Federalist justices/presidents/etc. (pre-Jefferson) to our current bald, sometimes dark-haired politicians. I thought it had become genetically impossible to have those luxurious white locks.
I used to believe (when I was 8) that Hitler was description for famous singer, because of "hit"
I ued to believe that everyone in America was British. I figured, since the British were the first to colonize here, everyone had a bit of British blood in them.
my older sister always wanted to be a teacher, and at 4, i was an easy target. she did teach me to read and do simple math, but when she tried to teach me about history i got confused somehow -- i think it must have been the louisiana purchase bit. at any rate, i ended up believing that any time we wanted a new state, we sent money over to the english. then they took a huge knife and cut off a big chunk of land and stuck an american flag in it and sailed it across the ocean. when it got here, we stuck it onto the rest of the country. the state shapes were usually all ragged because it was really hard to cut all the way through.
I used to believe that all the inventors existed in the late 18th century. I didn't think anything had been invented since Edison, Bell, and the like. I guess I thought that after coming up with the telephone, there was nothing else to invent!
I used to think that the Boston Tea Party was a huge city wide tea party in Boston. Even my social studies teacher could not concince me otherwise.
I used to believe the “Great Depression" was a weather-related occurrence. All the pictures I'd seen were of terribly unhappy-looking people taken in shades of grey. Being aware that I was happier on sunny days than on cloudy ones and having a working knowledge of the effect of light on photography, I put two and two together and assumed that the sky had been overcast for so long that large numbers of people became depressed. At some point I was educated on the economic application of the word “depression” and also learned that the photos I’d seen had been taken with black & white film. I was more amazed by the fact that there hadn’t always been color film than I was by the economic ramifications of the stock market crash. I didn’t understand why my grandparents complained about getting paid a few dollars a week. The pay sounded great – but not having color film? Now THERE was a real hardship . . .
in 3rd grade, my sister's class was learning about the presidents of the united states. one kid, David, (who, by the way, grew up to be a huge pothead) was confused by the two pictures of Grover Cleveland (the only president to serve two non-consecutive terms) on the poster (which showed all the presidents by order of term). My sister patiently explained to him that the map was actually a misprint, and that the second photo was of Grover Cleveland's twin brother Clover Cleveland, who also served as president. Little David felt enlightened by this information, and when the teacher asked the class "who can tell me about Grover Cleveland", he jumped up in his seat, raised his hand in the air, and shouted out, "ooh, ooh! Those are the twins, right?" The teacher had no clue what he was talking about! We still hang out, and he will DEFINATELY never live it down!
I thought Marco Polo was a kind of shirt.
when i was in kindergarten i believed that abe lincoln was buried in a cabin and not a coffin
When I was about 9 I used to believe that the Romans were Catholics (why else would we have Roman Catholics?). I even wrote this into a school essay. I also used to believe that the German city of Bonne produced dolls, because I was given a doll from someone who had visited Germany, and someone else said it was a "bonnie wee doll". I'm Scottish.
I thought Marco Polo was Irish.
When I was 8 I thought that James Madison built a secret passage behind the famous picture of G. Washington he rescued. I thought Presidents kept secret stuff back there and that G W Bush kept a guy locked up in there among other things.