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When I was four or five, I got out of bed one night to join my mother and her friend downstairs. It was very late, so my mother and her friend convinced me that little boys who were awake after midnight turn into girls. Once I was back in bed, I had to keep checking that my privates were still there and my hair was still short. I had no clock in my room, so I was terrified that the stroke of midnight could come at any time and I would become a yucky girl.
I used to think that if you stayed up until 12 o'clock then went to sleep you would sleep through the whole day and wake up the day after.
When I was a little kid, I loved watching "before-sleep show" on TVP1 channel (I was really cartoon addicted), which always ran at seven pm. Since I started watching it when I was three (?) and it was winter, I was sure it was aired when it was dark outside. Then when summer came and sun still was arise behind the window when I watched favourite characters on TV, I was very confused - back then, I imagined day as divided into two main parts: daytime and nightime, and I couldn't understand why they moved my show from early nightime into daytime!
I thought that if you changed the time on the clock, it turns that time. I thought this cuz my parents changed the clock for daylight savings times and i thought 'hey it changed, the time changed!' I changed my clock to 10:00pm and was astounded. I couldnt change the time in real life, it was still light out. So i thought that only parents could change the time. I asked my sis and she had to set me straight.
I used to think Boxing Day was called that either because you had to put your presents back in their boxes for another year or because there was nothing but Boxing Matches on the telly. Either way, I remember crying a lot at the end of Christmas Day.
I also used to think that Lent was so called because you were only allowed to eat lentils.
I believed that my dad was born before the dodo birds were extinct, and i had mentioned it to my teacher, she laffed. Turns out they have been extinct since 1600's. My parents still tease me about that.
For some reason, probably because I was always in bed early, I didn't know it got dark outside. The first time we went to a movie, and came out after sunset, I freaked out because I thought the world was coming to an end. It took several evening sunset's to get me over that experience.
As a child I used to believe that at Midnight is when the monsters came out. My brother and I had to be in bed AND asleep by then, or else! I do not know where I got this belief (perhaps from a movie), but I pretty much lived it until high school.
i used to believe if you stared at a digital clock, you would never see the time change, because i had never seen it happen before. i got in trouble cos i was supposed to be finding a book to read in my room but i didn't like reading so i stared at the clock instead ... and tried to make time stop... my dad said WHAT is taking u so long?!?!? and i saw the clock change for the first time in my life i was like DADDI DADDI I SAW THE CLOCK CHANGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Because the first hour I learned to recognize on a clock was 12, I thought that when both hands were on a certian number, it was that number o'clock!
I thought there was one enormous clock somewhere in London that controlled time all over the world. Once in a while, it would decide to jump forward an hour, and then everyone had to jump an hour into the future. Similarly, sometimes it would jump backwards and everyone in the world would have to live the last hour all over again.
I was glad it never managed to go further than an hour, as I thought that if it started going backwards, the years would go back 1992, 1991, 1990 and so on, and people would start getting younger until everyone on earth was a baby. And if it went forward, I might have to leave school not knowing enough.
I thought about things too much as a kid.
As a kid, I believed that everyone else was terribly confused about Sunday coming right after Saturday...after all, on the calendar they are so far apart! That made no sense for YEARS.
I used to think that days of the week had colors. Whenever I would hear someone mention a day, I would envision a color. There was a vague sense of shape that went along with each color as well. Sunday was beige and shaped like a pair of eyeglasses. Monday was burnt orange and looked like a cardbord cylinder. Tuesday was translucent yellow -- I don't really remember what shape. Wednesday was a deep red or burgundy. Thursday was a translucent dark blue. Friday was black and had a bumpy texture sort of like the teeth of a comb. Saturday was a translucent teal and shaped like one of the U.S. states, maybe South Carolina or Tennessee. I have no idea what the origin of any of this synethesia was -- probably just the efforts of my developing mind as it struggled to understand such an abstract concept as time, trying to make sense of it all by attempting to create links to the more concrete visual world.
When I was little, I couldn't grasp the concept of "forever' -- as in, living in heaven without end. I imagined a huge wheel in space, endlessly turning... it was very scary to me.
When 'daylight savings' came around every year, I used to get very excited. I thought it was 'A Day LIKE Saving', so if it had been a fabulous day, you could stretch it out an extra hour!
I used to believe that time was suspended inside vacuum sealed packages. This was why their contents didn't age. I thought that we should vacuum seal terminally ill people until medicine figured out how to heal them.
When i was 5 or 6 years old my mother and I were driving to visit my grandparents. This was a 500 mile trip. I was bored and always asking when we would be there and how long til we would be there. My mother told me to try sleeping, if i slept time would go faster. I literally believed this for years to come. When i slept time went faster. The hands on the clock would spin maybe 20-40 % faster than i was awake i estimated
When I was five and a half, my mom bought a new calendar for the upcoming year- 1980. I could read, so I sat down to flip through the pretty pictures on the calendar, but I quickly realized that this calendar held no month of June. Some printing error had taken place, and the calendar went straight from May to July- no June. SInce my birthday is in June, I was devastated and started crying. My mom finally got me to tell her why-- I thought that since there "was no June" that year, I wouldn't have a birthday and would have to stay 5 instead of turning 6! My mom kept the calendar, she still has it!
I used to believe that by re-setting the clock forward for Daylight Savings meant that we'd be ahead by two hours instead. I guess I thought the clock automatically adjusted itself when it was supposed to and that we were tampering by adding another hour.
When I was little I had no idea about 12 and 24 hour clocks... So I thought that people who used the 24 hour clock's day lasted longer than our's.