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Whenever I didn't want to finish all my meal my mum would say "think of all the starving children in Africa".
I used to think "I AM thinking of the starving children in Africa!" I thought that all the food that got put in the bin went to rubbish tips in Africa because I had seen the poverty stricken people in those countries on the news scavenging through rubbish. SO I thought that what ever food I didn't eat would get sent out to the rubbish tips for them.
I really never used to understand my mum!!
I believed there was a town called "Random".
If someone said, for instance, that "the numbers were selected at random," then I thought that they must have been to Random to pick the numbers.
I don't remember how old I was but I remember once my mom told me she and my step-dad had tickets to go see Chicago. I thought it was very odd that you needed a ticket to get into a big city. I imagined cars lined up at all the entrance points into the city to give a ticket to someone in a booth......kinda like the lines getting into the parking lots at Six Flags.
I live in Denmark and if we talk about Greenland, we say "up on Greenland". So, naturally, for years I thought that Greenland was placed floating in the sky. Who knew...
Until yesterday, I used to believe New York City was not in the state of New york (you know, like Washington DC is not in Washington state), but in New Jersey. I´m not from the US, if that makes it any better....
In school I was told the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. And China is at the opposite end of the earth. So I started digging a hole to get to China the fast way. I didn't get there yet. So much for shortcuts.
I used to think that Alaska and Hawaii were just islands in two sqare lakes down by Mexico. I never understood why Alaska was so cold if it was down there. It wasn't until I was 8 or 9 and got a globe that I realized I was wrong.
When I was younger, I had a geography problem. I believed that Europe was just above Canada. Except Italy, of course. In my mind that was sticking off the side of Russia.
i used to think the united states were all that the world consisted of. i never understood there was any other country.
i thought that at the end of every country you could sit at the edge and dangle your feet off the edge into the water
When I was about 4 or so, I believed that when the space shuttle took off, it would go very high in the sky like you see on tv, but then just go towards a big house like a plane, and this house was that big Kennedy Space Center building (the rectangular one) i believed the "earth" was some kind of magical deity inside this building and the only way to go through the walls was by space shuttle. i never realized we lived there.
I used to think a drain pipe in my backyard led to another world.
up until last week i always thought swindon was near sweeden or switzerland, until everyone laughed and said its actually not very far away from where i live! CRINGE CRINGE CRINGE (im 18)
I used to believe that Washington D.C. was in Washington and that the the United States was the entire world and there were no other countries.
You know when your little most kids have this idea that you can dig to China. Well, not me! I was probably five or six when I learned about heaven and hell and I would get terrified when my little brother was in the back yard digging in the sand box or just anywhere really because I was convinced we were going to make the devil angry and he was going to take us away forever.
When I was little I had a very short attention span (still do, actually) and when we were going somewhere a few miles away in the car, I'd start asking where we were going even though I'd been told a few minutes ago. Just to shut me up my parents would tell me we were going to Texas. For years I didn't believe Texas was a real place. My parents told me the truth when I got in an argument with my Kiddie Gymnastics instructor because she'd said she was going to visit her relatives in Texas and I knew there was no such place.
In preschool my 2 BFFs and i would dig in the sand box because we thought there was a magical world where there was no adults and every single cartoon people like Mickey Mouse and Minnie would be there and you could wish for anything you wanted and no one would notice you were gone
I used to believe that everyone in Russia (back when it was The USSR) had to write a letter to the president for permission to do anything. This also included writing a letter to the president asking for permission to do something, so I thought the president would come to the house of anyone who wrote him a letter and arrest them for writing a letter without permission.
I don't know how I thought anyone got anything done, I didn't think that far.
my dad told me that hershey park was made completely out of chocolate
My dad put a thumbtack on one of the stairs to the basement and told us kids that it marked the center of the world - we believed him and all 7 of us thought we lived at the center of the world. My sister told about the thumbtack during show and tell one day and suddenly her world was shattered:(