Commonplace facts that surprised you as a child

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  1. jmc2000

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    - The sun is bigger than the world

    - The moon is bigger than your house

    - "Red hot" is not the hottest kind of hot

    - The teeth you see in your mouth are the same as your skeleton's teeth ( I don't know why this surprised me... I think I thought my skeleton had his own teeth, somehow?)

    What surprised you as a small child, which you now take for granted?
     
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    Good topic matey

    I used to think that each house had its own individual water supply.and that the sun was literally replaced by the moon.

    I used to think clouds were the actual size they looked, and that they were solid.

    Regarding skeletons, I always wondered why they didn't have a bone nose
     
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    I also believed that every book I had read to me or knew about had just being written that year. I didn't believe they could be older, but i accepted that films were, because it always listed the year they were made in the description of them in the newspaper's film guides
     
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    Funny how everything is so utterly black and white when you are a child. I believed tv shows were happening as I saw them, and that at Christmas all the tv stars gave up their holidays on Christmas day to be in that days programmes
     
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    - Your eyes are not bigger than your belly

    - The moon is not a Death Star in disguise

    - The tooth fairy doesn't exist

    - knowing how to read traditional music (those squiggly notes and stuff) is not particularly helpful for learning to play guitar

    - Noel Gallagher did not invent sus chords or the four-fingered G

    - George Orwell was a socialist

    - Pine nuts are not nuts
     
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    That you couldn't possibly slide down a rainbow :-(
     
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    Orwell fought in the Spanish war of independence I think. hence homage to Catalonia
     
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    "The Spanish war and other events in 1936-37 turned the scale and thereafter I knew where I stood. Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly against totalitarianism and for democratic Socialism as I understand it." ~ George Orwell, 'Why I Write', 1946
     
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    Yeah, that's why he wrote my favourite ever book, animal farm, it was an attack on the betrayal of communism as he saw it, amongst other things anyway
     
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    Guys ffs....

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    What the heck. I came in cause this was a cool thread about childhood misconceptions and things. Were did all this communism nonsense and things come from.

    My one was, when I was a kid I thought you could just get any kind of job you wanted. I thought you could just say "I want to be a policeman, I want to be a taxi driver, I want to be a carpet salesman" and you could just get that job no problem.

    Also I thought babies just appeared randomly in stomachs. I remember when I was about 8 someone found a condom in the school playground and was chasing everyone with it on a stick. I didnt know what it was and he said guys wear it to not have a baby. So i thought when you grew up you had to wear it all the time to not have a baby and if you wanted a baby you just took it off and one would appear in your wifes stomach.
     
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    I used to think babies came out of womens arses! The pain if they did doesn't bare thinking about really does it
     
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    I used to worry about catching the plague after hearing a lengthy story on how bad it was. I also wondered where grass came from, because you never saw or heard of it being planted
     
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    OH and women! and after years of marriage and three kids, I'm still no nearer understanding;-)
     
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    Dude... you just made me laugh so loud, my cat woke up..! :lol:
     
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    I do remember being quite confused at the idea that not every country is an island. I couldn't get my head round it at all until I saw a globe for the first time.
    This one is quite morbid so sorry for that but I remember hearing my mother refer to someone as "drinking themselves to death" not knowing anything about alcoholism at the time (I'd have been about 6) in my imagination the person had drank too much water and burst to death.
     
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    Thinking that everyone I looked at were possibly robots; an episode from The 6 Million Dollar Man (The Day Of The Robot with John Saxon, 1974), and an un-named one from The Bionic Woman (1976) saw to that. Seeing their electronic circuit board 'faces' and wires, and wotnot gave me nightmares for a long time, and I'd seen the aforementioned episodes in 1984, scaring the bejesus out of me. The Bionic Woman one was memorable only because I actually shouted at the TV: "Look out! She's behind you!"
    :scared::scared::scared:
     
  18. neilold

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    on a similar note I was paranoid about dying young after watching logan's run. I was also worried that my eyes weren't open wide enough all the time, I still am, and I had an obsession with dying for a long time, not of anything in particular, just dying
     
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    When the house used to make a lot of noise, my parents would always say it was the iron roof making the noise. I thougth there were old fasioned irons like in the image below making the noise and not the corrugated iron the roof was made out of.

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    some houses settle so much, you find it impossible to believe that

    A They haven't reached a point of finally settling after countless years

    B There genuinely isn't people upstairs given the volume of the noise they make
     

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