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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.
For some reason when I was a kid I figured since the White House was so big they couldn't paint it by hand so when they had to repaint it I thought they would have these 4 helicopters with chains carry this HUGE tub of white paint and then dump it out right on top of the White House!
I used to believe that the White House was in Washington state, and always imagined the president residing at the top of the country like he was looking out over everyone.
I used to believe we lived IN the earth rather than ON it.
I used to believe Alaska was full of unicorns. The misty tundra just seemed like the perfect place for them to live.
I thought that the Empire State Building was actually the Entire State Building since you could see the entire state of New York from the top of it!
I live in the United States, and when I was four I didn't know where that was on a map. I got a little toy globe that showed the names of all the continents but not the countries. I knew I lived in "America", but on the globe I saw North America and South America and I didn't know which one I lived in. I decided South America was cooler because it had the Amazon Rainforest, so I chose to think I lived there, but was corrected by my parents soon after.
When I was a kid, I thought that the people that lived on the south pole had to hold onto the grass, or they'd fall forever since they were upside down. And I thought the houses were somehow attached to the Earth by the ceilings.
I live in Scotland, on the mouth of the River Fourth, and for years I thought that Edinburgh (on the other side of the river) was the rest of Europe because my parents used to say that Germany was just across the water.