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For a while, I thought hand grenades were called "hen grenades" and they were made of rotten eggs.
Based on a line in the Star-Spangled Banner, I used to think that wars were fought by each side firing cannons at one another's flags. Whoever's flag was obliterated first was the loser. That's why Francis Scott Key was so happy that his flag was still there in the morning.
When a soldiers went AWOL in the movies, I thought they physically climbed over "A Wall".
when I was growing up there was alot of talk about the cold war and the iron curtain....i could never understand this....how could there be an iron curtain??? what did they hang it from?? lol...and the cold war??? was it just cold there??? or was it about being sick with a cold??? was always strange to me...lol
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!!!
During the Vietnam war, I had this belief that it could be brought to an end so simply. All the President had to do was stand up on a pedestal in the middle of the front line and just wave his hands and tell them to stop fighting. It would be over just like that.
When I was younger I thought that the Cold War was named "cold war" because of how cold it was in the Soviet Union compared to the United States. Anytime anyone talked about the Cold War, I would picture a bunch of soldiers and tanks in the middle of a gigantic blizzard.
When I was young, whenever I heard of a "ceasefire" on the news, I always thought they meant a huge bonfire. I waited for them to show it, but they never did!
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 younger, I thought that in a war, one army would go on one side and the other would go on the other side of the battlefield. They wouldn't move, just kneel and shoot their guns. The side with the most people alive at the end won.
Once when I was in first grade, I renacted the Civil War with pennies and they fought it like I thought they did.
I used to believe Joseph Stalin was "Joseph Stalling" because he stalled a lot and that's why he killed a lot of people because they got mad at him because he was stalling.
I thought the Civil War was between North America and South America. It was only when I was asking my mother how the "north" could blockade the "south" when there was just so much available coastline that I figured out what was wrong
I thought the Falklands war was taking place down the road. We lived in Wheatlands, down the road was Pennylands. Naturally Falklands must be next to that.
I thought that wars had to last four years... just like high school and college.
I'm an American. When I first learned about the U.S. Civil War in school, I seized upon the alternate name "War Between The States" and took it too literally. I got into my head that the war unfolded as every single state going to war against every other state that bordered it. So the entire United States was a big nest of shooting border wars!
Fortunately I held this belief only briefly, but the lasting effect is that I still have a distaste for the name War Between The States.
up until i was like 17 i thought that POW/MIA was a band because everyone had their teeshirts and stickers.
When I was young, I'd heard of the French Foreign Legion, I assumed that the British Legion was the same thing.
When I was 10, there was a fireworks show outsie my house. I asked what was happening, and my sister told me that we were being bombed by iraqis. It scared the crap out for the rest of the night and I cried until my mom finally told me otherwise.
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. :)
I used to believe that World War II had literally been fought all over the world. I also had no concept of how much time had passed since the end of that war and when I was born in 1981. I had images in my mind of the city I was born in still being in smoking ruins because of the war.