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Thread: Weird Childhood Misconceptions

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    Weird Childhood Misconceptions

    Just wondering what kind of strange ways we tried to make sense of the world when we were young.

    One of my most bizarre misconceptions when I was very little (like 4 and 5yo) I used to think that movie makers who wanted to make war scenes first had to place 'wanted' ads in the newspaper for men who wanted to commit suicide, so they could be used in the war scene for the people that died. I remember thinking this especially in relation to cowboy and Indian movies. I'm glad I worked that one out before too long!

    Anyone else remember thinking some strange things?

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    Junior Member lynnegreen's Avatar
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    My granddad was a general practicioner. Back in the "old days" GP's did everything from basic medical care, to surgery, to "popping babies". When he would get a call from his Exchange that a woman was in labor he would leave the house cheerfully telling us he was off to pop a baby. My childish brain had a terrible picture of him pushing on a mom's tummy and the baby somehow just popping out of her. Was never sure when I was little how or where, but it sounded just awful to me and certainly not something to be cheerful about!

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    When I was about 3 and visiting our new house still under construction, Daddy said, "that's where the telephone will go" (plug evident on the wall), andI thought I could kneel down and talk to my grandmom by putting my mouth against the spot....and he encouraged me! I've never forgotten that; I guess their laughter made me wonder about it long enough to make it a memory.

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    Super Member ptquilts's Avatar
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    I used to think when you heard music on the radio, there was a live band in the radio station playing it.

    One of my cousins thought the moon was a hole in the sky.

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    My father had a cousin who drove 18 wheeler's and and would PU loads all over. I thought when he picked up Caterpillars they were the long bugs that crawl on the ground and wanted to know why he would do that.

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    For awhile any time my friend from next door and I would stop playing and pray whenever we heard a siren and I also thought there were live bands at radio stations

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    I was a pretty gullible child so I believed just about anything people told me.

    From Dad: The neighbor's sheep had black faces because he fed them coffee.

    The bull was playing leap frog with the cows.

    From a cousin: Angels used sunbeams to slide down to earth, saving their wings for the flight home.

    Don't eat soft eggs or a baby chick will form in your stomach. (I can't stand loose eggs to this day)

    But on my own, I couldn't figure out how trombone players could swallow all that metal when the pulled the slide back toward themselves.
    If no one ever experimented we'd all still be making 4 patches.

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    I used to lie on my back in the summer to look at the clouds and when there were those skittle ripply clouds I thought each little ripple was a soul in heaven.

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    My DH was given a waterbed when he was 7. After seeing the movie "Jaws", he refused to sleep in the waterbed for 2 months. He slept on the floor instead, because he thought the waterbed was connected to the ocean and that Jaws would swim up from the depths of the waterbed and eat him. MIL & late FIL loved to tell that story...

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