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There's a city in California called Lompoc.I thought it was pronounced lawn-poke.when I was 7 we went on a car trip and stopped in lompoc for lunch.As chance would have it we drove bya lawn that was being airated(sp?) You know when they punch holes and there are little plugs of turf lying around. I saw it and thought ,"aha! Thats why its called Lawn-poke!" It made plenty of sense.When I told my mom she cracked up and I couldn't figure oht what was so funny.what a coincidence!
When I was a child, I believed that Mount Rushmore was a natural phenomenon. Somehow God or Nature had carved the heads of Washington, Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt, and Lincoln into the cliff in South Dakota at the beginning of time, and when our country was born, the prophesy began to be fulfilled. Not sure when I realized this was not the case, but I think I was probably a teenager.
I lived on a dead end street with a group of trees at the very end. I thought that if I went behind the trees I would be in China.
I used to think that each country was on a separate planet. And that there were a LOT of country-planets, ....like 6 or so.
I was well into my teens before I realized that Pearl Harbor wasn't in California.
I used to believe that Florida was up in the clouds and that's why we had to take a plane to get there.
Whenever we saw something that said "Made In USA" our dad told us that "Yoosa" (USA) was an island in the Pacific.
I grew up in California. I used to think that "Out West" was a region in the middle of the country, where the "Wild West" happened. Past that, was "Back East" which was obviously the east coast. California couldn't possibly be more west of west because things got wilder the more west you went, and my life involved absolutely zero train heists or saloon shoot-outs.
I used to believe that everyone had a twin somewhere in the world living the same exact life you were living, since there just seemed to be too many people for the amount of personalities.
My grandmother was born in Transylvania. When I was young and she told me stories about life there, I used to think that that was a state next to Pennsylvania!
I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area and believed that the Golden Gate Bridge led one out of California and the United States: after all, the word "gate" always meant that it led to something else!
I used to think a large radio tower down the street from my house was the Eiffel Tower. I knew it was a historic monument and I lived in a historic town, so it made sense.
I live in Michigan, and I was convinced for the longest time that New Jersey (where my grandparents lived) was a different country. I mean, Canada is a different country and New Jersey was waaaay more different from Michigan than Toronto is.
When I was about four or five, I thought that Washington was a place full of soapy water, and people were just used to swimming around in it with furniture floating around in it. I grew up in Australia, but that's no excuse.
I really wasn't looking forward to my first ever school field trip because I though we would literally just visit a field.
when I was a kid and we went to visit our grandparents in a place called easingwold, I thought it was easingworld and was amazing we didnt have to take a rocket to get there
I used to think that when my mum talked about our 'address' that she was talking about and actual dress. I some how thought that each house was identified by a dress that was allocated to it by the government. This belief was also justified when I overheard mum talking to someone about where we lived and she said 'we live on the outskirts of town'. I always wanted to see this dress she was talking about.
I used to think that there was a main, or central, place in the world. Kind of like a capital city, but of the world. I thought where I lived was that place.
I thought the safari was a place you went, not a type of trip. I was trying to explain this to my sister telling her these characters were from the safari, she quickly set me straight. I was 15
i used to think that Las Vegas was actually pronounced 'Lost Vegas' and i thought it was a place called Vegas that got lost