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During college, my girlfriend at the time was driving me around her hometown in New Jersey. We came to a fenced area surrounding an AT&T building. There were telephone poles of varying heights stuck in the ground and they were covered with what appeared to be varying types of oil or other protectant. "That's where they grow telephone poles", she said. I burst out laughing, thinking she had made a very funny joke.
"Why are you laughing, " she said straightfaced.
Turns out her father told her this fib as a little girl - and to that day she still believed it!
I used to believe that all of Russia was part of Asia. I believed this until I was in the 7th grade. Oddly enough, when I asked a librarian, she had no idea.
I used to think summer was a year long and would never end. The days were long and hot and I would ride my bike in what seemed years. I was not until high school that I realized in reality how short it was and it forever changed in my mind after that.
I used to believe that Chernobil was in africa and when everyone talking about the children having deformities I thought they meant when starving children's stomachs get all bloated.
I grew up near Worcester, MA, USA. I knew of that city as Wuster, because I heard people say it that way. When I saw Worcester on highway signs, I thought it was a different city, pronounced the way it's spelt. I was shocked to learn they were one and the same.
When the Soviet Union broke up, I was six years old and thought that an earthquake had cracked the earth at the new international borders and the people there had decided to form new countries because of these new natural boundaries.
As a kid, I had a dining place mat with a map of the United States on it that showed Alaska and Hawaii in insets at the bottom. Even when it was explained to me, I absolutely refused to believe they were not depicted in true location and scale to the rest of the country. I knew for a fact that Hawaii wasn't far from the California coast and that Alaska was in some sort of bay in Mexico. Seriously.
I used to believe that the world was just infinite in all directions. I didn't understand the concepts of space and planets. I just thought that there was infinite "world" in all directions and that new land and ocean were always being discovered. The times when I believed that were wonderful and the world was still a mystery. Now that I know I feel that the world is no longer a mystery and am kind of depressed about it. Ignorance Is Bliss!
I used to think that if I dug a deep-enough hole in my dad's garden (located in Virginia) and jumped through, I could fall through the sky into North Carolina.
When I was four my dad got transferred to England for business. I thought that when we flew to England it was another planet. I thought that all the continents were separate globes. Later my version of the world resembled a map spread flattened out like you would see in a text book. I thought the world was one flat plane and no one knew what was on the other side or if there was another side.
i didn't know canada was a separate country from the usa until i was about 12... i grew up right by the border of niagara falls ny and niagara falls ontario and thought it was the same city cuz we went there all the time to shop. i think i found out it was a separate country in school, and i just remember being shocked that i was actually an international traveler.
Up until about fifth or sixth grade, I imagined the United Nations as one big country in south america or whatever, made up of lots of little countries who'd banneded together.
Now, as i know, its far from the truth.
Up until I was about ten, I thought my local newspaper was distributed around the world. I thought it was just a coincidence that my town was always mentioned. I was in total shock when I saw a different newspaper at my grandma's house. What a life-changing moment.
I was convinced that there was a city in The Netherlands called Hamsterdam and that was where hamsters came from.
I was puzzled for a LONG time after first hearing of the Adriatic Sea. I envisioned that somewhere in the world there was a strange (and probably very large) house with a whole sea in its attic!
When I was about five or six,I believed that Las Vegas was its own country. Somehow,when I was seven I thought that it was the capital of California. I was completley confused when I found out that Las Vegas was , in fact , in Nevada.
i used to think easter island was called that because a giant bunny ran around and layed eggs there.
When I first heard the word 'suburbia' on TV, I thought it was the name of some exotic country in Asia. I was kind of disappointed when my mom told me it was just a term for a part of a city.
When I was still in elementary school, there was this big (permanent) chalk drawing of the United States on the pavement near the playground.
During recess when I was in the 1st and 2nd grade, I repeatedly jumped on the drawing. I believed that if I stepped on our state, a giant foot would fly down from the sky and squash everybody on the playground. I was so confused when it didn't happen. Haha.
When I asked my Mum if Washington was called Washinton because people washed a lot there, she said yes, that was why. She doesn't admit it to this day... Lucky I never got asked why at school, I would have looked pretty silly.