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At one point growing up, I became convinvced that the world would end on February 29, 1997. I have no idea how I came by this belief, but there it was: it didn't matter what I did, what I achieved, or how I lived my life, because come February 29, 1997, the whole world would blow up and utterly extinguish all life on earth.
I believed this until one day, when I realized that 1997 wasn't going to be a leap year...
I used to believe that "Bank Holidays" were called Bank Holidays because we could all have a day off and go to the river bank - i didn't realise that it was because the Banks were actually closed.
I used to believe that the tap water at basins in public toilets and at schools was somehow derived or tainted from the urine.
I used to believe that if I looked at the clock and it was exactly midnight, I had to stare at it until it changed to 12:01 or else something terrible would happen.
My mom often told me that we would do something in a specific way because "it was better in the long run." Because we always did things that were "better in the long run", I thought we were constantly in the mode of preparing for this "Long Run", the way a runner prepares for a race, and that at some unidentified point in the near future, life as we knew it would cease and we would find ourselves at the start of a foot race, with a huge banner at the starting line that said "The Long Run". But I could never quite reconcile how doing the specific "better" action would prepare us for this really long run as these "better" actions were never running related.
I used to believe that the future (robots, flying cars, plastic clothes) was in 1992. I guy told me so when I was young. Perhaps he said so because something hot would come out in 1992.
I really though we would be in the future in 1992.
A neighbor kid told me that if a person ever slept for 24 hours they would die. I think that's why I have to have a clock right beside my bed so I can see the time as soon as I wake up.
I used to believe that the sun shone brighter on a Sunday! Sunday in all languages is named after the Sun!!!
i used to think that every place in the world had a different time to the exact minute. like if you were 10 miles east of someone you would be ahead by like one minute.
I used to think that people who were born in a leap year only had a birthday each 4 years. So when I was 6 my baby cousin sure enough was born on Feb. 29 1996 and to this day he is only 3 years old to me.
When I was smaller, I was convinced that time didn't begin until I was born. How could all these people live without me around? I found it impossible. Seeing people on TV who lived before I was even an egg was scary, and drove me crazy.
I used to believe adults who made the systems in the world were really thick in the head. Here are two reasons why:
a) The way a clock works. If you were going to have two of something, couldn't you have made it two dials, instead of two needles?! One dial with only the hours (numbers 1 to 12), one dial with only the minutes (numbers 1 to 60). My childhood brain was very stubborn and just couldn't accept that a 1 could be 5, 2 a 10 and 3 a 15 and so on. It was the dumbest instrument to be ever made; instead of being easy to read, it was totally frustrating for me.
b) Piano books. Please, I beg of you, why on earth did you have to start at different notes for the left hand and right hand? Couldn't you respect the beauties of nature, and mimic symmetry?! I ended up giving pinao for this very reason. To this day, I solemnly detest piano books; they make no visual sense to me at all.
When I was young I did not understand the time zone thing. I wondered how TV studios could get the recorded shows all the way to the next time zone at the end of the show so it could "air" on time.
When I was little, about 3 years old, my grandma used to call perfume toilet water. One day before we went out to eat somewhere, Grandma said she was going to put on some toilet water. A few mintues after that, I was gone and my mom couldn't find me. When she finally did find me, I was in the bathroom standing in front of the toilet, sopping wet. When my mom asked me what I was doing, I replied very seriously, "I'm putting on toilet water so I can smell pretty mommy!"
When I was younger, for some strange reason, I thought there was another part of the day. It was in between the AM and the PM. This was because people would always refer to the parts of the day as morning, afternoon, and night. I honestly thought there was three parts to the day. And when your a very young child without any cares or burdens, you thought the day lasted forever. I did not want to look stupid so I never asked anyone.
We re in AZ, my firns in IL. On 9/11 after the attack had happened I get a call from my fiend in IL. During the conversation she says, "well, we saw it happen first becasue we are 2 hours ahead of you in time" Hehehe, I didn't correct her.
When ever i would ask my brother or sister for something they would hold on a minute. so i would stand back count to one and then cotinue asking them. they would yell at me, "That was a second!!!"
1972 was a leap year. My sister told me that meant February had a "29th" but some years didn't have the last day of February.
Did this happen to other months? I was so scared that maybe July would sometimes drop its last day, and I wouldn't get my birthday. No birthday presents! Horrors!
Lucky for me, I did in fact get to turn 3 that year. Phew!
When I was a kid - about six or seven years old - I didn't think that midnight was a time of day. I thought it meant that it was late at night - not just late at night, but it had to be stormy to be midnight!
that groundhog's day was the beginning of beaver hunting season. I pictured a bunch of pilgrims sneaking up on an unsuspecting beaver's hole (don't ask me why i thought grounhogs were beavers) and yanking the poor thing out. I thought they would wave it around and then bash it on the ground to kill it. If it hit its shadow i thought that meant people could hunt beavers until spring. I'd seen various pictures of those strange men in top hats (who look rather like pilgrims) waving around these big rodents (who also look like beavers). I guess i sort of combined thanksgiving and groundhog's day in my mind. I dunno, but i'm starting to think i was a crack-baby.