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I used to believe, whenever I heard the term "third world", that it meant the place we now live because the first and second world wars had destroyed the first and second worlds.
I used to believe that a swastika was just a mark to differentiate a military airplane from a regular airplane. I had no idea what a Nazi was, I had just seen the symbol in a couple of movies and figured that's what it was. I finally discovered the truth when I drew swastikas on an airplane at school and the teacher told me not to. My mom explained it was a symbol of hate, and I stopped immediately.
When I was little I wasn't able to figure out how an army could win a war or battle without killing all the soldiers on the other side.
I used to believe that the Gulf War actually took place in the Gulf of Mexico, and I imagined that the land all along the Gulf Coast was desert and you would be able to find all the wrecked vehicles and ruins from the war.
When i was a child i thought the Gulf war was a war between rivaling Golfers.
and i imagined them shooting golfballs after each other. :)
Wen I was a kid i thought the Gulf War was "The Golf War" I pictured men running around killing eachother with golfballs and such
I was a child in the first 60's, when The Cold War was at it's worst. Soviet Union performed testing of their nuclear bombs in Norvaja Semblja and for us living in Northern Norway that bacame a big issue. We were warned about going outdoors at time, bacause of high rates of radioactivity in the air. To me it made sense - of course it was dangerous! I used to believe that it meant radioes would fall from the sky and right on your head! Search for rescue in the basement was easy for me to understand....
Elin, Tromsoe, Northern Norway.
I thought the Civil War was the Silver War.
In kindergarten, I imagined that World War Two had taken place long before the invention of guns, and everyone had fought with swords while wearing heavy armor, like in medieval times. I drew a picture of my grandpa 'in the war' fighting a guy with a big sword. My dad, his son, was very amused.
I was very young during the first gulf war and I thought that it was fought in the gulf of mexico.
When I was in kindergarten the first Gulf War was going on. All I really remember is hearing about "some war" and knowing that at one point my father was in the military.
Well, hear comes show-and-tell one day and I forgot to get something so I do what any normal kid would do: make something up (I also did this in second grade and told everyone I had read the entire encyclopedia -- my parents had just bought a new encyclopedia set).
So I told everyone how my dad was in "the war" and how he would come home every night "rugged and tired," because you can come home every night from Iraq! Mteacher was very concerned for me and called my mom to express how deeply she felt that "that little girl's daddy is at war". Needless to say I wasn't allowed to have any play dates for quite some time!
Up to a few days ago...i never thought submarines were real! i thought they were just made up for war films and things like! That waas untill i was at school and there was a documentary on in science and a submarine came out of the water!
I got picked on for sooo long!!!
When we learned about the Civil War in the second grade or so, I was very happy to learn that the North had won. I live in North Carolina, and obviously hadn't been paying attention, because I thought it was a battle between the Carolinas. I'm sure I did a good job of confusing my friends when I was gushing about how good we, the North, had done in the war.
i used to think that when two countries had a war, there was a specific battle ground where they would fight all the wars. just one, in like asia or something. and then when i heard about someone bombing some city, i went to my mom adn said "ooooo they broke the rules!!!"
When I was small, I believed that a war was when two teams (that for some reason looked like the swarves from Snow White) got together and played tug-o-war. They did this in the dirt with a chalked ring around the playing field. When I heard about Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War, and pictured him standing on the side lines cheering his team on.
I had a friend in secondary school who used to believe that Hitlers first name was "Heil"! I can still remember the look on my history teachers face when she asked him who "Adolf" Hitler was.
I used to think that when two countries were at war, a rope divided two sides of a field and both sides would line up on their side and they'd just start shooting at each other until one side was completley eliminated.
I thought that with the cold war, there was an ice age, meaning everything was frozen over and snow and ice was everywhere and ice sculptures were everywhere and the war was covered in ice and people would fight each other in the icy area.
I used to believe that all wars were a result of a previous war and that all it would take to stop any future wars was for the sufferers/country of the last war was to decide not to seek revenge and not to be angry.
When I was younger and somehow the subject of the bombs dropped on Hiroshima came up, my father explained that the bombs "vaporized" the residents of the cities they were dropped on. It took some years for it to sink in that "vaporized" meant "killed." Somehow I had made these folks out to be living clouds of vapor somewhere in Japan...