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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.

kirchie
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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.

AllyKat
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I used to believe that the whole country was like a huge skyscraper with different floors because when we would go visit my grandparents in New Jersey, my parents would say that we are "going up" to New Jersey and when my grandparents were coming here to Tennessee that they were "coming down."

Chelsea
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Since all the things on the TV show starving kids in Ethiopia, I thought that in Ethiopia, a BIG factory was there were they built starving people.

I also thought if I didn't donate, Sally Struthers would come to my house with a starving Ethiopian boy and make me feel very bad about myself.

tommy
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I live in a valley.. I used to believe that the entire valley surrounded by hills was the whole earth.. when i look from the terrace i used to think the tall buildings i see is the usa and the one with short houses was japan.. i din know other countries.. :P

akz
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i used to believe people lived on both the outside and the inside of the earth. in my mind we lived on the inside and that ment we were really safe because we couldn't get sucked out to space.

Anon
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When I was little I used to believe that Disneyland was up on a cloud in the sky because all the commercials on TV had clouds in them. When I found out that DisneyLand was just in California and Florida I was sort of dissapointed.

Anon
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I'm a military kid, and when I was little, about 6 years old, my dad was going on tour to Yugoslavia. I didn't know where that was, so I asked him, and he said it was north of some other country. I didn't understand "north", or "south" etc. So I looked up into the sky, and asked, "How do you get up there? Is there a road that goes up there?" thinking you had to drive to the sky. He didn't see me looking into the sky, so he said, "yeah, there's a road that goes up there" as if it was a stupid question, lol. Thankfully, I do understand geography now.

Anon
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I am Australian. When I was young I used to get my countries mixed up. I though America was a big jungle with all these dangerous animals like lions, tigers and leopards lived and that American people spoke in Italian accents.

Anonymous
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When I was younger, we had a giant satellite photograph of the British Isles hanging in our hallway. There was a small strip of land at the bottom of the photograph (northern France and northen Belgium). One day, I asked my mother what country that bit of land was, and she told me it was France. For years afterwards, I believed that France was a long, thin country, covering pretty much all the coast on the other side of the English channel, and that it was part of the British Isles.

Fern, England
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I used to be scared of travelling. Since I live in Canada I thought you were safe. But I was terrified to go to Antartica. Why? I thought you would fall off since it was at the bottom of the globe. And that you would keep falling down in space.

Anna ^-^
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There are these small brown cone-shaped buildings that I can see whenever driving /riding down the highway, and I always thought there were dinosaurs in there. I had a good reason though. When I was maybe 2 or 3, I remember going to a dinosaur exhibit, and I remember the building being the same shape (brown cone).

EJ
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I used to think the world wasn't round like a globe but more like a spherical cork screw, think helter-skelter or corkscrew slide.

My young mind couldn't manage the idea of people standing upside down on a ball, and having this corkscrew arrangement made perfect sense.

Mike Hargreaves
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I used to believe there were 52 states. I thought Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia were states.

Anon
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i used to beleive that the world was round but we lived on the inside of it. i thought if u jumped to high then u would fall to the other side of the earth. and the stars were city lights from the other cities around the world.

had-a-good-imagination
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I used to think Miami was a state. I found out last week and I'm 15

Anon
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I thought that Florida wasn't connected to the United States, like Hawaii. I never caught on that people drove there in their cars and when I did I just suspected that there was a really long bridge. I found out a couple of months ago that it is connected and I'm almost 15.

Lily
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I used to believe that Disney World was in the clouds.. because you always had to fly to get there..

alskdf
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I used to believe that if it were raining where I was, then it was raining everywhere else in the world. The same goes for sunshine, snow, etc. I thought the entire world experienced the same weather at the same time.

Dan
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I used to believe that we were on top of the earth because we walked upright and the ground was under us. So I also equally believed that people on the “bottom” of the earth like Australia walked on space and the ground was on top of them like the sky was for us.

Anon
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