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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby Disco_Inferno » Thu Nov 15, 2007 12:52 am UTC

My biggest misconception was actually came about because of sex ed. It was fifth grade, and the class was learning about the reproductive systems of the human body. First, we learned about the female system, and then the male systm. After class was lunch. So after getting my meal, I went over to my friends and wondered, "Well, how does the semen get in there?" None of them could answer. Even as I got older, that question was never answered durning sex ed class.

Much later, when I was fifteen, I had the epiphany. I accidently went to a porn site and that question from Fifth grade came back. Then I said a loud "Ohhhhh" as I realized how the semen actually gets in there.

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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby persephonester » Thu Nov 15, 2007 1:02 am UTC

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This misconception was only corrected two years ago:

When I was little, I never had a toaster oven. The first time I saw one was in The Sims. I thought they made it up for the game. I figured no one really had a teleporter, so why would anyone really have a toaster oven?

Cut to me, years later, drunk, at a frat house, screaming "TOASTER OVENS! THEY'RE REAL!"
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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby Stief » Thu Nov 15, 2007 4:02 am UTC

When reading various magazines, games magazines in particular, I used to think a person whosent a letter or anything anonymously was actually a person named "Anon" who had nothing better to do than send letters to this magazine...

I read another magazine, "Oh, Anon reads this one as well!"
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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby podbaydoor » Thu Nov 15, 2007 4:43 am UTC

I used to think that if I couldn't see someone's eyes, then they couldn't see me at all.
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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby scowdich » Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:12 am UTC

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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby hack124x768 » Thu Nov 15, 2007 8:10 am UTC

Even after seeing my sister born (I was about 8, she's the third child) I still didn't get that mom was speaking literally when she was saying there was a baby inside her. I suppose my mind at the time just couldn't grasp the idea, even when seeing it.

My siblings and I were all born at home, so it was a much larger family event. I opted not to watch the 5th and last one being born however, as at 15 I had the idea, and was now grasping the gross factor I can't believe some people are fathers and mothers at an age when I was still being grossed out by the idea. 18 now, not grossed out by it, but I still would rather not watch. :p

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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby Sunsnail » Thu Nov 15, 2007 8:46 am UTC

I thought kissing a family member on both cheeks (like they do in some European countries) was called french kissing. I'm still embarrassed when I think that I requested it from my grandmother :(

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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby The Mighty Thesaurus » Thu Nov 15, 2007 8:48 am UTC

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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby evilbeanfiend » Thu Nov 15, 2007 10:52 am UTC

Disco_Inferno wrote:...
Much later, when I was fifteen, I had the epiphany. I completely on purpose went to a porn site and that question from Fifth grade came back. Then I said a loud "Ohhhhh" as I realized how the semen actually gets in there.

I was sheltered lad.


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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby Disco_Inferno » Thu Nov 15, 2007 6:06 pm UTC

evilbeanfiend wrote:
Disco_Inferno wrote:...
Much later, when I was fifteen, I had the epiphany. I completely on purpose went to a porn site and that question from Fifth grade came back. Then I said a loud "Ohhhhh" as I realized how the semen actually gets in there.

I was sheltered lad.


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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby Iori_Yagami » Thu Nov 15, 2007 7:41 pm UTC

How could I forget to mention this one?
As a little child, I used to believe that girls were somehow naturally 'good' creatures unable to do anything mean in principle. Only boys could be disobedient, dirty, tree-climbing, fighting, spitting, stealing, swearing and such. I felt quite unnatural for my 'not-enough-boyishness', being a calm child.
I just had to explain to myself, why girls deserved special treatment and were privileged all the time (feminism was not heard of at those times, and I was still in a kindergarten). So I truly belived that girls were 'by nature' clean, soft, well-behaved and very very kind. It turned out to be soooooooooo wrong! :mrgreen:
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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby hack124x768 » Thu Nov 15, 2007 7:53 pm UTC

Iori_Yagami wrote:How could I forget to mention this one?
As a little child, I used to believe that girls were somehow naturally 'good' creatures unable to do anything mean in principle. Only boys could be disobedient, dirty, tree-climbing, fighting, spitting, stealing, swearing and such. I felt quite unnatural for my 'not-enough-boyishness', being a calm child.
I just had to explain to myself, why girls deserved special treatment and were privileged all the time (feminism was not heard of at those times, and I was still in a kindergarten). So I truly belived that girls were 'by nature' clean, soft, well-behaved and very very kind. It turned out to be soooooooooo wrong! :mrgreen:


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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby pollywog » Thu Nov 15, 2007 9:39 pm UTC

My sister's misconceptions:

Greece is not a real country. I suspect that she still believes this. When she was young, I happened to mention Greece, and how it would be cool to go there, and she said that it wasn't real, and it was just a legend. I showed her maps and everything, but a good Discordian never believes what she reads. When she was 15, we met a Greek man, and she talked to him, but I still think she doesn't believe it exists. She may be getting it confused with Atlantis.

Spelling doesn't matter. She's mildly dyslexic, and hardly ever reads, so has atrocious spelling. She still (at 16) cannot spell. Yesterday she had to make a poster for her driving course, and she spelt hazard as hazord, New Zealand as New Zeland, appropriately as appropreiatly, and missed out every possible apostrophe.

If you touch a boy who is not related to you, you will get pregnant. Yeah, made for some funny reactions to people.

If you hold your arms and legs straight stiff, and fall over, you will not hurt yourself. This is actually true, unless there happens to be a table to hit your head on.
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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby shinybaby » Fri Nov 16, 2007 4:41 am UTC

i just remembered another childhood misconception (of sorts...)
i remember the first time i realized i was going to die (not the misconception :D ). it didn't really scare me, i just thought 'oh yes, of course.' and then i was convinced i would die before i turned 20. how weird is that? i was maybe 4 years old... i never really grew out of that one until i passed my 20th birthday without dying... i was really sure.
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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby gmalivuk » Fri Nov 16, 2007 8:03 am UTC

shinybaby wrote:i just remembered another childhood misconception (of sorts...)
i remember the first time i realized i was going to die (not the misconception :D ). it didn't really scare me, i just thought 'oh yes, of course.' and then i was convinced i would die before i turned 20. how weird is that? i was maybe 4 years old... i never really grew out of that one until i passed my 20th birthday without dying... i was really sure.

I met a girl who, as a result of all the "don't talk to strangers" and "always wear your seatbelt" and "look before crossing the street" videos she watched as a kid, pretty much assumed that about 60% of all children died before they reached adulthood. After all, with strangers lurking in every schoolyard and cars just out to run down and kill kids who didn't look both ways, how could the survival rate possibly be better than that?
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Postby shinybaby » Fri Nov 16, 2007 12:01 pm UTC

gmalivuk wrote:
shinybaby wrote:i just remembered another childhood misconception (of sorts...)
i remember the first time i realized i was going to die (not the misconception :D ). it didn't really scare me, i just thought 'oh yes, of course.' and then i was convinced i would die before i turned 20. how weird is that? i was maybe 4 years old... i never really grew out of that one until i passed my 20th birthday without dying... i was really sure.

I met a girl who, as a result of all the "don't talk to strangers" and "always wear your seatbelt" and "look before crossing the street" videos she watched as a kid, pretty much assumed that about 60% of all children died before they reached adulthood. After all, with strangers lurking in every schoolyard and cars just out to run down and kill kids who didn't look both ways, how could the survival rate possibly be better than that?


that's awesome, thanks!! i feel a little less weird for that one now. :D i never really thought about it like that before, but her reasoning makes that misconception make at least a little sense.
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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby Akira » Sat Nov 17, 2007 6:17 am UTC

OH!!!! OH OH OHHH!!!! I GOT ONE.

So. Football games. On TV.

I wondered how they moved the yellow and blue lines on the ground around.
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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby Verator » Sat Nov 17, 2007 6:25 am UTC

I always wondered gasoline generated the power that let airplanes fly all of that mass.

I wasn't a smart little kid, what are you talking about? >.>

oh, I also wondered how the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park managed to change their physiology so they could mate.
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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby Nosefoot » Sat Nov 17, 2007 2:07 pm UTC

I once asked my dad if Unisex bathrooms were for "people like Rupaul." He laughed at me, and it was many years until I understood why.

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Re: Childhood misconceptions

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Akira wrote:So. Football games. On TV.

I wondered how they moved the yellow and blue lines on the ground around.

I still wonder that.
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Re: Childhood misconceptions

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Stief wrote:When reading various magazines, games magazines in particular, I used to think a person who sent a letter or anything anonymously was actually a person named "Anon" who had nothing better to do than send letters to this magazine...

I read another magazine, "Oh, Anon reads this one as well!"

Anon is my favorite people.

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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby Akira » Sat Nov 17, 2007 6:41 pm UTC

oxoiron wrote:
Akira wrote:So. Football games. On TV.

I wondered how they moved the yellow and blue lines on the ground around.

I still wonder that.

It's done with a computer. *nod*
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Postby PatrickRsGhost » Sat Nov 17, 2007 9:56 pm UTC

Akira wrote:OH!!!! OH OH OHHH!!!! I GOT ONE.

So. Football games. On TV.

I wondered how they moved the yellow and blue lines on the ground around.


On a similar note, I wondered how the weatherman saw the U.S. behind him, and how it moved like that. My mom told me it was a blue screen and all done with computers. I didn't believe her for the longest time, until I took a tour of the CNN building on a class field trip in 8th grade, and they showed us the blue screen they stand in front of, and how everything is done by computers. I remember one guy was wearing a blue windbreaker, similar in shade to the blue screen. Our tour guide asked him to stand in front of the screen. Suddenly the map was projected on his jacket.

What I still wonder is how one of the TV stations does this: Every year on Halloween, one of the weathermen on that TV station would make himself into "The Invisible (Weather)Man." All you saw in front of the screen was his suit, but no body.
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Postby Rodan » Sat Nov 17, 2007 9:58 pm UTC

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What I still wonder is how one of the TV stations does this: Every year on Halloween, one of the weathermen on that TV station would make himself into "The Invisible (Weather)Man." All you saw in front of the screen was his suit, but no body.

Get a member of the blue man group?

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Postby Akira » Sat Nov 17, 2007 10:04 pm UTC

Alternatively, just paint him blue.

Dude, that would be the coolest thing to see XD
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PatrickRsGhost wrote:
Akira wrote:What I still wonder is how one of the TV stations does this: Every year on Halloween, one of the weathermen on that TV station would make himself into "The Invisible (Weather)Man." All you saw in front of the screen was his suit, but no body.

Awesome. They probably just put him in a blue suit that covers his whole body and put his suit on over it, or paint his skin blue.
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Postby PatrickRsGhost » Sun Nov 18, 2007 1:41 am UTC

Rodan wrote:
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What I still wonder is how one of the TV stations does this: Every year on Halloween, one of the weathermen on that TV station would make himself into "The Invisible (Weather)Man." All you saw in front of the screen was his suit, but no body.

Get a member of the blue man group?


Doubt it. Would cost too much. I think they rigged up an extra suit using marionette wires and had someone above the sound stage guiding the suit, pointing out different areas of the map, using another monitor set near them as a guide. Another cool thing they did for Halloween is they'd rename some of the cities with spooky names, or get readings from towns that had spooky names. For example, there's a town east of Atlanta called Dacula. They'd change it to "Dracula." I haven't watched the news on that station in a long time on Halloween so I don't know if they still do that. This was mainly back in the late 80s/early 90s when I saw this.
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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby Maseiken » Sun Nov 18, 2007 2:00 am UTC

That is one cool tv station.
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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby Rippy » Sun Nov 18, 2007 4:05 am UTC

Did you see his eyes? Cause they could've painted the guy green or something. Some of my friends did a green screen project once and painted one guy's arm green, it looked awesome.

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Postby CorporalClegg » Sun Nov 18, 2007 7:22 am UTC

I used to think that when a baby was born, they ripped their way out of the mother's stomach, kinda like in Alien, and that was why it was so painful and why they always talked about "scarring."

I also used to think that 99% of the world was Jewish, 'cus so many people in my town are Jewish, and that I was in the vast minority by being raised Christian.

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Postby Torvaun » Mon Nov 19, 2007 6:05 am UTC

I thought that if something were true, there was no reason not to say it. Cue a 4(?) year old in church telling just about everyone that they're old. It was then explained to me that just because something's true, that doesn't mean I should say it.

I thought games were something that you either won or lost. I'm told that in kindergarten, the TA had a game for us to play. I listened patiently to the rules, then asked how you won. The TA said that this wasn't the kind of game you won, to which I responded "Then why are we playing it?" Apparently she thought that was just horrible.

Due to reading a lot as a kid, I got myself stuck with a bunch of bad pronunciations. Plague rhymes with blag, doesn't it?

Due to shows like America's Funniest Home Videos, I thought that hitting people in the groin was funny. That got exercised once, bringing my uncle to tears. Soon afterwards, I understood the theory behind slapstick. This got adjusted after I laughed at my dad falling down the stairs. I'm amazed I didn't get beaten as a child, now that I think about it.
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Re: Childhood misconceptions

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PatrickRsGhost wrote:What I still wonder is how one of the TV stations does this: Every year on Halloween, one of the weathermen on that TV station would make himself into "The Invisible (Weather)Man." All you saw in front of the screen was his suit, but no body.

Actually, depending on the chroma-key suite they use, they may not even have to employ body paint. Just add fleshtones to the keyed-out colors. It's usually a preset. Most suites I've used have come stock with 3 presets - "Chroma green" "Chroma blue" for the two fairly narrow bands of green and blue that are the canonical chroma-keying colors (green preferable to blue, because it occurs less often in clothing and nature) and "Fleshtones" - for the handy deletion of human beings and/or cheesy 70's sci-fi effects.
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Postby Ghandi 2 » Mon Nov 19, 2007 8:13 am UTC

One time when I was 3ish, my dad wanted to show me this bamboo grove. I adamantly refused because I didn't want to get attacked by a panda. They eat bamboo, there's probably one lurking!
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PatrickRsGhost wrote:Like Calvin's dad had implied, the real answer would have been too complicated for a six-year-old child to understand.

Yeah, five year olds are stupid. Like, when I was five, I thought atoms fit the Bohr model, and wondered if maybe electromagnetism could be explained by the fact that even atoms have a small amount of gravity. I *totally* wouldn't have understood the concept of large masses of air moving around...

Most 5 year olds don't know about atoms at all, so...

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Postby Verator » Mon Nov 19, 2007 2:14 pm UTC

Ghandi 2 wrote:One time when I was 3ish, my dad wanted to show me this bamboo grove. I adamantly refused because I didn't want to get attacked by a panda. They eat bamboo, there's probably one lurking!
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PatrickRsGhost wrote:Like Calvin's dad had implied, the real answer would have been too complicated for a six-year-old child to understand.

Yeah, five year olds are stupid. Like, when I was five, I thought atoms fit the Bohr model, and wondered if maybe electromagnetism could be explained by the fact that even atoms have a small amount of gravity. I *totally* wouldn't have understood the concept of large masses of air moving around...

Most 5 year olds don't know about atoms at all, so...


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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby Maseiken » Mon Nov 19, 2007 2:26 pm UTC

Actually, Calvin's dad said the real answer was too complicated for most people to understand.
That's how I saw it.

Do you know what causes the wind to blow?
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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby ZeroSum » Mon Nov 19, 2007 2:35 pm UTC

Maseiken wrote:Actually, Calvin's dad said the real answer was too complicated for most people to understand.
That's how I saw it.

Do you know what causes the wind to blow?

Duh. It's the clouds exhaling. They even show you pictures of it on the Weather channel!

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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby sarahnade » Mon Nov 19, 2007 4:46 pm UTC

I know this was a few pages back but...

The Spherical Cow wrote:After meeting a pregnant friend of my mum in town one day, I later went on to ask the typical question about a rather rotund gentlemen in the next shop.

"Mum, is he pregnant too?"

Rather loudly, I believe. Mother was horrified and made a quick escape.


EDIT: I think I should maybe make clear - I kind of knew that men weren't the ones to get pregnant. At least, in my experience. But I thought I should just check, to make sure.


This happened to me too!!
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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby Vanguard » Mon Nov 19, 2007 4:48 pm UTC

There was a traffic error this one time when I was a kid and I thought red lights meant GO and green was STOP.
EDIT: more. Everything in green text was one I added or an added comment.

I thought a woman's hole (I didn't know what it was called either) was on the front of the crotch, in a place corresponding to the penis'. When I found out it wasn't I was left wondering how the hell people were supposed to make babies.
[Which is a direct result of THIS misconception:]
I thought that humans reproduced asexually.

That when you become an adult you sort of just got a house and a job and got married. Like it all sort of magically appeared one day.

Also, I thought God was like Santa Claus. Nobody really believed in him; it was just something grownups told their kids.
[This is still sort of true in the sense that "grownups" are the "christians."]

I believed that everyone who spoke different languages translated to English in their head. I could never figure out why they took the extra effort to do all the translating when they all knew English already.
[When I dreamed about other languages there would be subtitles. I still do this in my dreams sometimes.]

-I believed in God. (oops, too non-humerous for you?)
-I thought those "Home Alone" movies were possibilities. (I took notes. No joke.)
-2+2=2. The only reason I remember that is because my teacher yelled at me for it, and I strangely didn't get upset because I was sincerely confused!
-I once thought just smiling at a girl would get them to like you.
-"ellameno-P" was how I cut through that song like butter.
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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby GhostWolfe » Tue Nov 20, 2007 1:59 am UTC

Vanguard wrote:I thought a woman's hole (I didn't know what it was called either) was on the front of the crotch, in a place corresponding to the penis.

At the "tender" age of 17, in the few days after we first did the deed, my BF at the time confessed to me that until that moment, he had still thought that to be the case.

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Re: Childhood misconceptions

Postby WraithXt1 » Tue Nov 20, 2007 1:39 pm UTC

I honest to god believe that if I ran fast enough with an umbrella, I would fly like Marry Popins. I didn't this for several years until I read about how parachutes worked.


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