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I was told as a child that you couldn't enter Scotland without a kilt on. Pertrified of having to wear a skirt I used to hide under my coat in the back of the car when we crossed the border...

Iscaboo
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When i was young i used to hear the term 'Midlands' on the local news and imagine it was a vast, sprawling desert area somewhere the other side of the world. Little did i realise it was simply the name for my local area.

Nick Price
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I used to believe that there were two sides of the world, because the maps were flat. I always wondered when we were going to learn about the other side.

sarah
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I used to believe that only one part of the world could "work" at a time. For example, the people in America could be running about their day.. but everywhere else was "frozen" until it was their turn. You didn't remember being "frozen," cause it stops your brain from working too.

A Wild Cowgirl
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When I was little I used to believe that in those ball play pit things at Chucky Cheese's there were big mice (like Chucky Cheese) but evil waiting to kill me...I didn't get in one until I was 9.

Also, when I was younger I used to believe that Turkey was the capitol of Kentucky...because Kentucky Fried Chicken. I was heartbroken when I discovered it was a country in Europe

Rochalle
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I used to believe water from our bathroom sink flowed
through the earth to Australia. I shouted down the plughole to my aunt in Brisbane every night. I could never figure out why she didn't answer back.

snowey
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When I was in elementary school I had no idea that Great Britain and Enlgand were the same county or even in the same general area. Imagine my confusement when I heard about the UK, too.

Anon
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I used to wonder why they didn't fix the Leaning Tower Of Pisa. Weren't they embarrassed that it was crooked?

Bootlebat
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I grew up in California. I used to think that "Out West" was a region in the middle of the country, where the "Wild West" happened. Past that, was "Back East" which was obviously the east coast. California couldn't possibly be more west of west because things got wilder the more west you went, and my life involved absolutely zero train heists or saloon shoot-outs.

Lia
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When I was little I thought that all inflatable rafts were made in Cape City South Africa. Later I read it correctly as CAPACITY........

John Weeks
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When we were little my family would visit relatives in Mississippi every summer. The first time my youngest sister made the drive with us she very seriously leaned over the front seat half way through the drive and asked my Dad when we would be to "Mrs. Hippies" house!

Andrea Kelly
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we had a map of hawaii and a map of the continental united states in our hall. both were multi colored, where each island and each state was a different hue.
i used to beleive that each state was an island, but they didn't have enough room on the map to draw the water surrounding each island so they squished them all together to fit on the map.

Anon
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I used to believe that nobody could see the top of skyscrapers. My first trip to New York City was a great disappointment.

Anon
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That the city of Christchurch was a big church which everybody lived in.

Christine
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I used to believe that all countries could only be countries if they were islands.i live in England, so grew up thinking that.so when i saw a map and things i didn't understand how somewhere could be a country if there were other places around it.So you can imagine me getting confused when i thought the whole of Europe was an entire country.

Katie
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When I was younger I belived that Kansas was in black and white because of the movie The Wizard of OZ!!!!

Becky
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When I was about 6, I saw a country called "Egypt" in the atlas and thought it was pronounced "Egg-pit." I thought that it was some sort of fantastical land of make-believe, and I asked my parents repeatedly if we could go to Egg-pit. It took them a while to figure out what I was talking about. When they finally did, they took me to the Oriental Institute in Chicago and I was placated.

Kitty Kat
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As a tiny kid in the Midwest, I used to overhear the tv newscasters talking about the Mid-East. I was embarrassingly old when I finally realized that they weren't actually talking about Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

propchick
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I grew up in Birmingham, England and became interested in the exotic animals of Africa such as lions, monkeys, giraffes, elephants and so on. As a child of 3 or 4 I had no concept of outside the city let alone other countries and continents. Being introduced to these creatures I had to somehow place them satisfactorily in my comprehension of the world. So I worked out that at the end of my street, the part that I was not allowed to play in, there must be a huge wall and on the other side of that wall was Africa and that was where all those exotic animals lived.

Lee, England
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When I found out we were moving to "the South" I was upset because I didn't want to live on a houseboat in the bayou and have to fight off alligators and mosquitos.

That's okay, though, for when we got there, many kids asked me what it was like living in Arizona in Teepees without electricity or paved roads.

Desert Rat turned Southern Belle
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