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I used to believe and argue with my neighbor friend that our house was positioned exactly in the centre of the world and that hers was just off. When I checked my "fact" with my dad he confirmed that I was right, which I was pleased about, but he added that any spot you pick is in the centre, it is just how you look at it and however big or small you make your centre. I just did not mention that last bit to my friend.

Rina
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When I was little, my best friend went on a family vacation over the summer to Vegas. When she came back, she told me penguins walked down the streets and that they had little pools for them on the corner for them to eat and hang out. I firmly believed this and whenever someone mentioned they went to Vegas, I'd excitedly ask them if they saw the penguins too.

H
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I used to believe that if I went to Antarctica I could stand upside down. (That's when i first learned of a globe)

Anon
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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!

John Green
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When I first heard of Amsterdam I thought it was "Hamster's Den"

Bootlebat
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When I heard on the news that some on was shot at gunpoint, I thought "Gunpoint" was a place; I wondered why people kept going to Gunpoint.

Anon
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I was born and raised in NY. For the longest time, I used to think that every single person in the world was born in NY and then decided to either stay or move away.

Anon
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I used to think when you lost balloons, they would go to balloon land. I thought my balloons would be happier there, so every time I got a balloon I let it go, thinking it would fly to balloon land. And sometimes I'd bring it home, and let it go from my balcony. I began to think as balloons as a separate species. I wanted to send a note along with one and see if the leader of balloon land would write back to me, but then I got worried that an evil balloon might get ahold of it and take my mom to balloon land.

Don't worry, I'm normal now.

Anon
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A friend told me (and I didn't totally disbelieve him either) that when you go in an aeroplane on holiday, the plane just flies around and around in the sky, while the people on the ground change the scenery and the temperature. The more complicated the change, the longer you stayed in the sky (which is why places like Japan take so long to get to). Then, when the people on the ground were finished, you would land back at the same place, but never know the difference!

Sharon
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I grew up in London and remember seeing lots of cranes and building sites in the city (as there still are). I used to think that one day, London would be completed, and that then all the builders would pack up and go home.

James
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When I was 4 or 5, we took a family trip to North Carolina. As we were driving back, it was getting late and my mother mentioned that we were getting close to Pennsylvania. My father then said "Uh-oh, it's getting late! I hope it's not closed!" For the longest time after that I really believed that certain states closed at night, and everyone had to leave and come back in the morning.

I wonder if parents realize that kids take everything literally!

Phil
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I used to think that you could actually dig a hole to China and set about attempting it when I was about four. My mother found me in the backyard, trowel in one hand and a suitcase in the other, and asked me what I was doing. I informed her that I was going to China for the week and I would be back in time for church.

texasbabe
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I used to think that the faces on Mt. Rushmore was a natural phenomenon. Of course, I grew up in Canada so it wasn't like they bore resemblance to the guys on my money.

gihrose
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I'm from canada, where we drive on the ight side of the road. One summer, we went to England, and I noticed (being an observant 6 year old) that they drove on the LEFT side of the road. This led me to believe that everything in england was the opposite of Canada I spent the rest of the summer looking for a neighboorhood with the opposite of our house in it, because I was convinced I'd meet the opposite of me there. I didn't realise my mistake until I was 9.

Opposites Attract.
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I used to think it was the United STEAKS of America and that cows must be really important in the U.S.

Jake
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I used to scoff at kids who somehow got the idea the people in Australia were upside down, since I knew that they were exactly like us, except that if they jumped they wouldn't come back down.

Starch
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In school I was told the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. And China is at the opposite end of the earth. So I started digging a hole to get to China the fast way. I didn't get there yet. So much for shortcuts.

Art
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When we were little my oldest sister thought when you moved to Texas you had to get out of your car, and get in a covered wagon, and fight Indians.

Anon
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I used to think that Norwich was Britains answer to Las Vegas, all because of the glamourous image projected by Nicholas Parsons and Sale of the Century. Palm trees, big cars, beautiful women.
Sadly, this belief persisted until I was 19 or so, and actually went to Norwich, and found out it was a dump.

Loz H
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The very first time I saw a globe (of Earth, yes) I asked where "College" was located.

Shade
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