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After we moved to San Jose when I was little, I used to believe my grandmother was just on the other side of the mountains. So I would stand in the front yard of our suburban West Valley house and scream "Grandma!" at the mountains, over and over.

Of course she didn't hear me, but it didn't help that I was yelling at the mountains between me and the Pacific Ocean, and my grandmother was in Ohio.

A. Foster, Naples, Florida
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I used to believe that America was actually the entire world and that people from every state spoke a different language. People from Ohio (where I grew up, of course) spoke English. I was always confused as to why my grandparents who lived in Illinois spoke English...I guess I figured that they moved from Ohio.

Nick L.
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I thought that in Hawaii, the water fountains dispensed pineapple juice. For free!!! I wanted to go there just to get all the free pineapple juice I could drink. (Wasn't there an episode of the Brady Bunch or some other TV show where this happened?)

Diggerz
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When I was 5 or so, my dad told me that Albequerqi, New Mexico was named after Al Bequerqi. He said Mr. Bequerqi was dieing, and had learned that they were trying to rename his hometown, so he got them to name it after him, Albequerqi...

I hadn't thought about this until last week (I'm 15), when my dad and I were trying to figure out the capital of New Mexico, and I said, "Isn't it Albequerqi? Yeah, cause you told me the story about that!" He said, "What?" And I preceeded to retell him about Mr. Bequerqi.

I was devastated when he told me this wasn't true, and he denies ever telling me this. When my mom came home later, I pointed at dad, virtually screaming, "HE MADE UP MR. BEQUERQI!"

Ms. NewYorkie...
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When I was a kid I overheard my mother's friend say that her husband had gone to work in the Gulf. At the time I imagined that this involved playing golf on a massive golf course in the desert.

Bunker bound
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I used to believe that India and Indonesia were right next to each other since their names sounded alike

Anon
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I used to believe that the borders of countries would have actual "lines" or "walls" on the ground to signify that you were entering a new country.

Anon
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Child me thought that Los Angeles was a mythical city like Atlantis or El Dorado. Because I misheard how it was named and thought it was called "Lost Angeles"...as in "the lost city of Angeles."

Anon
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I used to think the Empire State Building was called the "Ten-past-eight building".

Alex
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I used to believe that Finland was in the end of the world. Fin-land.

Francesco Delvecchio, Roma/Italia
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having grown up in western germany, i was told the strangest things about the eastern part of germany: socialism is very bad, you have to help harvesting during your summer holidays and socialism means that everybody has the same, that is close to nothing.
i was really terrified to get kidnapped by east german police. that changed when my gran got a letter from some distant relatives in east germany. thea had sent a photo, showing them all on a swing hammock - my idea of glamour and success, which i never got from my parents. naturally i thought that if everybody has the same i will recieve such a swinging hammock immedeately after entering GDR. i didn't move after all because i hated to help my mother in the garden and thought it even worse to harvest grain and hay...

jankai
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having learned that the world is a huge globe with millions of people on it, i used to believe that every single thing existed at least twice. my best example for this, and i think that's also where i got the idea from, was our washing machine:
i was told that we were not the only family that had this particular washing machine, and so i concluded that there was also at least one family who had the same clothes in it, at the same time, washing it at the same degree...

anna asisa
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I used to belive Road Island was really an island and Hawaii and Alaska were next to each other becuase in school thats how they are on the map. I could never understand why it didnt snow in Hawaii. I didnt find out I was wrong until I was 21.

Jennee
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When I was little I thought "Pencilvania" was a huge store that sold pencils and nothing but pencils.

Tim
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Digging in the dirt was one of my favorite activities when I was little and I thought I could dig to China if I tried hard enough, until one day my parents told me that it was impossible to dig to China. I then decided I'd make my digging goal more realistic by trying to dig to Canada instead.

Serenity
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When i was little (like 3 or 4) i was convinced that florida and new jersey(where i live) were next to each other, and the only reason it took so long for us to get to disneyworld was because we stopped so much.

Anon
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I used to think that people who live on the Tropic of Cancer were more likely to get the disease cancer. Because of this, I assumed that there was also a disease called "capricorn" because of the Tropic of Capricorn

Troy
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When I was really little, I believed that there were actually two Texases. I would constantly refer to "the other Texas".

There was, of course, the Texas I lived in, with cities and subdivisions and Wal-Marts, and then there was the "other" Texas, with cowboys and Indians and cattle ranches all over the place.

Severely disillusioned as I was, it took quite a while to grasp this new concept, otherwise known as the passage of time.

oddleng
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When I found out that Alaska was part of the US, I was a little freaked out. I thought that it was part of the continental US, so like, there was this frozen ice area in the middle of warm climate of the rest of the states. I thought it was some sort of strange phenomenon.

Brr...
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i used to think easter island was called that because a giant bunny ran around and layed eggs there.

Oliver
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