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I used to think the southern half of the United States was warm all the time and the northern half was cold all the time (I live in southern California). Then I went to New York City in the summer...
I used to think London was in France. Whenever kids in school would say, 'I see london, I see France, I see so and so's underpants', I was confused because I figured if you could see London, of course you could see France!
My sister and I both jumped to the same conclusion that the sea was actually someones paddling pool.
Just a lot better than the one we had in our garden.
I thought Canada never experienced daytime after I saw a picture of a mountain in Canada at night. I also thought it was nothing but ice and glaciers, like Antarctica, because of this.
When I was 10, my family went to the grand canyon & the adults were talking about how it takes 2 hours to hike down and it can take 4 to 6 hours to go back up. However I misheard them. I thought they said 46 hours, not 4 to 6 hours. I was thinking "Why would anyone want to spend almost two days hiking up a canyon?" A few days later I was thinking about it and I realized my mistake.
I used to believe that instead of being loads of postmen, there was only one an he had to travel the world every day to give everyone their mail.
I thought Battersea was called that because it was built right next to the sea and got battered by the waves. Later when I learned about the Battersea Shield I thought it was like a giant wall they built at the seaside to shield the city from the waves!
When I was about 4 or 5 my mom told we were going to visit my aunts and uncles that lived in Wales. I pictured them all living inside the stomaches of actual whales. I was very confused when we arrived at a normal house instead.
When I was little my mom would always say if California sunk Puerto Rico would become the 50th state. I used to believe that meant that Puerto Rico would be picked up and moved to where California was.
The first place I ever saw fireworks was Disneyland. When I saw the 4th of July fireworks in my town, I shouted "Disneyland! Disneyland's over there!" My mom tried to prove me wrong, but I was convinced that Disneyland was somehow picked up and moved into the hills in the distance where the fireworks were shot from.
When I was a kid I believed that there were two parts to the world, existing side by side - Eden and the part that God created, and the rest of the world, which came about by evolution. Only in a child's mind could those beliefs exist together! (I no longer believe in evolution.)
I used to think that if I dug deep enough I would end up in Australia as it was right under us. I spent many summers trying!
When I was younger, I would hear about the war and people being killed in different cities. I always remembered the city Baghdad, though, because I thought that people were saying "Bad Dad". I thought Bad Dad was a place in California (A very far away place at the time) where all of the mean Dads were sent. I always hoped that my dad wouldn't be sent there, even though he was nice.
I used to think that there were more UN-Discovered places on the other side of the Map.
(And I would not tell this to anyone and discover them myself, for fame & money)
I used to believe all of North America was Canada and South America was USA..
For along time I thought the Middle East and Eastern Europe were just different names for the same place!
I I thought that Ibiza was the name of a band since you hear about music described as "Ibiza"
I used to wonder why they didn't fix the Leaning Tower Of Pisa. Weren't they embarrassed that it was crooked?
I remember riding in the car with my mom and having an epiphany. I randomly said out loud " Oh my God. Alaska is attached!" She was confused, so I explained that I had never realized that Alaska is attached to Canada. On maps of the U.S, Alaska and Hawaii are drawn out in the middle of the ocean in their own little boxes. I seriously thought Alaska was and island.
I was 13 when I realized this!
I thought when someone gets the key to the city it's like a master key that opens any lock in the city. I figured it was to show how much they trusted them because they could possibly use it to break into places. I also thought that a skeleton key was a key made out of human and animal bones and wondered why they would do such a thing.