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I remember sobbing on New Year's Eve, 1968.
I just couldn't imagine it not being 1968 any more. It was the first time that it really sank in that once a time has come and gone, it's never coming back.
I've been grappling with that concept ever since.
I use to beleive there was a big light switch that was turned off and on by god to change from day to night.
But I was only five.
When I was small, my cousin told me that fat people exploded if they stayed up past midnight, I believed that for a long time, until my aunt & uncle hosted a new year's eve party, I was petrified about a quarter of twelve, I was sure we'd all be witness to my aunt's explosion....needless to say, my father boxed my ears when I tried to warn her to go to bed and why...
I remember worrying (back in the early 70's), how banks were going to handle the new millennium. It really bothered me. I didn't know how they were going to know when to stop making checks with the "19______" on them and start making them with "20______".
I thought the year of my birth (in my case, 1968) was some sort of code you were given when you were born. Whenever I was asked what my birthday was, I would give them the day and month. If they then asked what year, that was my clue to give them my code... 1968.
when i was little i use to think that your body had a clock inside it, so when doctors open you up they could see how old your were and then they wouldn't need to ask you
When i was a kid i thought daylight-saving time meant that all the clocks would stop for 1 hour and then start again. I used to try and stay awake to watch the miracle, but always fell asleep before it struck midnight..
I used to belive that time didn't pass unless i was close by. but I never found out how far away i had to be. and if moved fast enoungh, the time would'nt react on my precence and stop.
When my teacher told me (12 year old)that in winter days were getting shorter , I never understood it. One day was 24 hours, wasn't it!
My sister and I used to say "A long, long, time ago yesterday." I suppose it meant that we thought things happened a ;ong time ago, yet it still seemed like yersterday.
If I asked an adult what time it was, they would always know. I figured that this was something you knew after a certain age, it didn't matter if you had a watch or not.
when i was little i used to believe that Saturday was the weekend and Sunday was just a day to get over the weekend
When I was very young I thought every day was a play day. Then school started and it seemed that every day was a school day. Then I learned about weekdays, months and years. I held this belief for a long time. Then it happened one summer. It occurred to me that everyday is a non-descript workday, except for my day off which is a play day. I've now in the phase where every day is a workday and on the days off the boss changes. The good news is that when I was a kid, I had it correct. I just need more practice to turn every day back into a play day.
I used to think that there was only 1980 and 1981. I thought that we just alternated between the two, I got really confused when we got to 1983 because no-one had ever explained to me how years worked...
It was less of a belief than a conviction. I felt strongly that Thursday *should* follow Tuesday with no intervening Wednesday (Tue - Two, Thur - Third) and that the entire world was making a foolish, illogical error. I remember telling my mom that when I grew up and had a daughter, I would teacher her that Thursday followed Tuesday because that was the right way. My mother pointed out that if my future daughter had any Wednesday appointments she would show up on a different day, but I did not care because she would be *right.*
When I was three or four years old, I heard talking heads on the TV referring to "time zones," and others describing some Third World peoples as "living in the Stone Age." So I put the two together, and was convinced that all the eras of history coexisted on Earth at the same time.
I was never able to get a good answere as to what hour of the day "evening" actually began
I used to think that there were three 12 o' clocks in every day: one at midnight, one mid-morning, and one in the middle of the day. I know not why.
I used to think "Soon" meant "later" and the sooner something was gonna happen, the further into the future it was.
One day I asked my dad when He had to leave and he said "Soon." I responded with a hearty "YAAAAAY!"
I remember people metioning "Mountain Time" and thinking that time must travel at a different rate at higher altitudes.