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On family road trips, my parents always told me that water towers were filled with chocolate.
Until 8 years old I thought that different countries that we visited during long evening airline flights were actually different planets. This explained why certain places were much hotter/colder than others (tropical Asia were Mercury or Venus closer to the Sun, while Northern Europe was Saturn.)
i used to believe that the country Thailand was actually 'tyre-land', a magical place with tyres and elephants to play with.
When I about 5 years old, my Grandmother went away on a trip. When I asked where she was going, I was told: "Buffalo". I cried for days afterwards, afraid for her safety. In my mind, Buffalo (NY) was a huge open space full of big, mean Buffalos. Eventually, my mother figured out why I was so upset, and set me straight.
I used to always want to go to Antarctica because I thought I'd be able to stand upside down. I wasn't a bright child...
When I was young I used to believe that we all lived inside the Earth. Not on it, but inside it, and that if we kept driving we would eventually hit a wall.
When I was younger my dad was in the military and we were stationed in Germany. I knew I was born in the USA and we used to live there, and my parents would talk about living back in the states. Having no understanding of geography, I always thought the moon was the other half of the earth, the half with the United States and airplanes took you back and forth.
I used to believe that different countries/continents were actually different planets, like Africa was a big, yellow planet. Strange, but true.
My father often went to Texas for work. One day my younger sister asked my mother why he spent so much time in taxi's.
When i was younger i thought a boarder (like between countries) was an actual board, like a piece of wood that you had to walk over
When I was in elementary school I thought maps were like real-time images of the world (like google earth only in real time). So when we were learning about war in a country looking at a map, I thought that if a bomb went off in that country, we would see an explosion image on the map!
I used to believe that Martha's Vineyard was where Martha Stuart lived and filmed her TV show. I imagined that it was full of gardens for her to make her food with.
I used to believe that if I touched a map or globe with my finger, a giant finger (mine) would come out of the sky and crush the city.
When I was a little kid, I was always fascinated with the globe at my grandmother's house. I believed that the Netherlands was Never-never land, from Peter Pan.
When my sixth grade class finally finished memorizing all the countries in the world, I raised my hand to ask where I could find "Orientar." My teacher was confused, until I sang the song... "We three kings from Orientar, bearing gifts we've traveled so far!" I really thought it was a place.
I used to believe that America was one of the states of the United States.
I used to belive that no one but Aussies & people from New Zealand had ever heard of New Zealand, like it was too small & insignifiant for anyone to have ever heard of it.
When I was younger, I thought that a globe wasn't just a small model of the world, but an ACTUAL little world. Like I thought that tiny little people lived inside of it and just did the same things that we did, just at a microscopic level.
When I was a kid I thought that Germany must be a place of many germs, that being how it got its name (germ + many).
When I was a youngster, I re-call travelling in our car and seeing signs saying, 'Dual Carriageway' and I thought this was a place. I could never understand why we never got there!