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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.
When I was about 3 my parents would take me to a Christmas light show every year. (I called this "Light Move Land".) Every time we were driving at night and were going towards a city, I saw the dots of light (from the buildings) in the distance and thought we were going to "Light Move Land". Even once I realized what it really was, I still called it that.
I thought that Loch Ness was actually Loch Nest because it was like the monster's nest
I used to believe Las Vegas is the capital city of Alaska since they sound alike. To make things worse, my officemate started to think the same way right after I told him my misconception.
When I was a child, I believed Downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota was actually New York city. I thought anytime my mom or dad took me there, we were going to New York.
I used to believe that if you went to the bottom of the world (Antartica) you would be upside down,and eventually fall off.
I thought that all US state borders were rivers because my hometown was near a river that served as the border between my state and another. I never considered that perfectly straight rivers don't exist in nature.
I used to believe the whole world before 1960 was all in black & white, because old television shows were never in color.
I was taught in second grade that the earth was flat at the poles. Second grade to Fifth grade i believed that we lived near the poles, because i couldn't see the ground curving.
When my parents took my brother and me to St. Louis, I thought people there spoke a different language.
(I grew up in Indiana.)
After my first trip on a subway, I thought that there were two levels of the Earth and that half of the world's population had to live underground. I used to feel sorry for them because they weren't able to see the sky.
I used to believe that by digging in the sandbox, at my daycare, I would eventually make it to China. My friends and I would dig every day and when we hit the bottom or the sides we thought it was just earth's core.
I used to believe that there was only China, America, and Canada in the world. I was in Canada and China was in America.
I used to think maps and globes were somehow connected to places they represent, so if you touched a point on the map, in that part of the world a giant finger would come out of the sky. I refused to touch maps until I was about 8 years old, because "what if my finger hurts someone?"