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When I was younger my dad was in the military and we were stationed in Germany. I knew I was born in the USA and we used to live there, and my parents would talk about living back in the states. Having no understanding of geography, I always thought the moon was the other half of the earth, the half with the United States and airplanes took you back and forth.
I used to believe that different countries/continents were actually different planets, like Africa was a big, yellow planet. Strange, but true.
My father often went to Texas for work. One day my younger sister asked my mother why he spent so much time in taxi's.
When i was younger i thought a boarder (like between countries) was an actual board, like a piece of wood that you had to walk over
When I was in elementary school I thought maps were like real-time images of the world (like google earth only in real time). So when we were learning about war in a country looking at a map, I thought that if a bomb went off in that country, we would see an explosion image on the map!
I used to believe that Martha's Vineyard was where Martha Stuart lived and filmed her TV show. I imagined that it was full of gardens for her to make her food with.
I used to believe that if I touched a map or globe with my finger, a giant finger (mine) would come out of the sky and crush the city.
When I was a little kid, I was always fascinated with the globe at my grandmother's house. I believed that the Netherlands was Never-never land, from Peter Pan.
When my sixth grade class finally finished memorizing all the countries in the world, I raised my hand to ask where I could find "Orientar." My teacher was confused, until I sang the song... "We three kings from Orientar, bearing gifts we've traveled so far!" I really thought it was a place.
I used to believe that America was one of the states of the United States.
I used to belive that no one but Aussies & people from New Zealand had ever heard of New Zealand, like it was too small & insignifiant for anyone to have ever heard of it.
When I was younger, I thought that a globe wasn't just a small model of the world, but an ACTUAL little world. Like I thought that tiny little people lived inside of it and just did the same things that we did, just at a microscopic level.
When I was a kid I thought that Germany must be a place of many germs, that being how it got its name (germ + many).
When I was a youngster, I re-call travelling in our car and seeing signs saying, 'Dual Carriageway' and I thought this was a place. I could never understand why we never got there!
I thought that PB (pacific beach) in San Diego stood for peanut butter. I sure wondered why the banners advertising peanut butter everywhere had fish on them...
i used to believe that canada was pink and floated above america because if was pink on maps, and my kindergarten teacher said that canada was RIGHT ABOVE US.
Me and my sister used to dig holes in the yard because we thought we could dig to china.
I used to think that people on the East Coast or other parts of the US had never heard of California. I was duly impressed when my cousins had heard of the state that I lived in. XD
Until i was about 13 I thought that we lived inside the world instead of on top of it. I thought I could see the domed shape (horizon on left, sky above, horizon on right) and that aeroplanes and rockets had to break through it to fly in space.
I also wondered why people in australia didn't get dizzy from hanging upside down all day.
CARACAS another country
When I was child, my mother used to take my brother and me to the doctor in Caracas. I used to believe that Caracas was another country. I didn't know that Caracas was a city.