A few days ago a link to a post went around where people were confessing funny things they thought as a kid – you know, like “there are tiny people in the television set” and whatnot.
I was reading the comments and saw one that said “I thought ponies were baby horses!” and I smugly thought “UHHH, that’s because THEY ARE, duh.” And kept reading. And then I saw someone else mention it. And other person and what?
Off to wikipedia I went and oh my god. Ponies are not baby horses. I’m 43 years old and I did not know this. I did not know this.
I mentioned it on twitter and got made fun of quite a bit, which I totally deserved. I even mentioned that OF COURSE I understand that, for instance, Shetland ponies aren’t baby horses. They are special. In some way. Like – perhaps they were tiny baby horses that never grew up properly and people where like “AW. They’re like PONIES. But they’re full grown. They get to be their own special type of horse/pony.” I DON’T KNOW.
(And then people started talking about the differences between ponies and miniature horses and someone mentioned miniature ponies and I was like “Oh fuck this. Too complicated.”)
Here’s an example. Look at this picture. I know it’s a grown up pony with a baby pony. A pony pony, if you will. I thought the little one was a pony pony, ok?
(I set out to make myself sound less dumb and what I’ve accomplished is actually making myself sound more dumb. Well done me!)
What I’m saying is this: I know what ponies are. Horses-like creatures that are small. But I ALSO thought that baby horses were referred to as ponies.
I mean, I grew up pretty close to the city. I didn’t spend a lot of time around horses and ponies and FARMS. I didn’t know. I just didn’t know.
In any event. Since I confessed this, knowing full well I’d be made fun of, I want to know if you have anything funny you thought was true when you were a kid that you came to find out wasn’t. I’ll give you two more of mine: (1) yes, I thought unicorns were extinct animals and (2) I thought Mt. Rushmore had been created naturally. I didn’t think that one for long, but I remember being really amazed by it.
Tell me yours! TELL ME.
ps, while we’re at it, here’s another Pony and another confession: I thought the singer of this song was a chick up until a few years ago.