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I used to believe that the RB button on drink lids meant the drink was for me. My first name starts with R and the nickname for my middle name starts with B. I then realized that it was for root beer.
I believed Tea is for men and coffee for women. (Because our mother drinks only coffee and our father only tea, my sister and I thought it was an universal rule...)
I used to misread "serve chilled" as "serve child" on lemonade bottles. I thought lemonade was made for kids so it was a serving suggestion.
When I was a child I used to belive that if you drink water and bread you are going to have worms in your stomach.
I always thought that carbonated beverages like Pepsi, Coke, Sprite and suchlike were called fountain drinks because they often "fountained" when you opened the can or bottle. It wasn't until I was 20 and had to maintain a drink fountain as part of my job that I realized the machine that dispensed the drinks was called a fountain. That's where the name comes from, but I still like my idea better.
I used to think Dr. Pepper flavor soda was actually what a Doctor named Pepper tasted like when you ground him up and stuck him in a soda can, and I didn't understand why anyone would want to taste that.
I used to think prune juice was called "pooin' juice", because you drank it when you were constipated. I thought the name sounded totally nasty!
I once saw a cartoon where someone remarked that one of the characters looked pale and "could use some orange juice." Now I know she meant the character looked sickly, like they needed some vitamins. But back then I used to think that OJ put color in your face, so I stopped drinking it for a while, because I liked being pale.
I thought pink lemonade came from pink lemons.
When I was two or three, I used to refuse to drink any liquids that had been sitting for too long because I thought the devil put poison in it when I was not looking. No one told me this about the devil. I just came to that conclusion with my morbid little mind.
I used to believe it was illegal to drink and drive because when you drink from a cup your head is tilted back and you can't see the road. So I thought drinking ANYTHING was illegal.
I used to believe that the drinking and driving law referred to not drinking anything while driving. It actually doesn't. You can't drink liquor while driving.
Eight year old
I didnt realize that the purpose of the buttons on the front of drinking machines for handicapped people were to make the machine more accessible to those in wheelchairs, instead, I thought that button dispensed some special type of water, containing medicine or vitamins so that the handicapped people would get better. I always made sure not to push that button and drink the "handicapped water" because nothing was wrong with me.
My mother used to tell me if I drank too much water I would float away. I wanted to see if this would actually happen. So I deliberately drank a lot of water. I imagined a stream of water lifting me up and taking me away. Needless to say, it never happened.
I thought that if I poured my beverage into standing water in the sink, the dishwater would come back up through the stream and into my cup. I would never half pour out a glass of anything for fear of drinking nasty dishwater.
I used to believe that "drinking and driving" meant drinking anything including water or soda while driving your car. I told my kindergarten teacher that my mom liked to drink and drive.
I used to believe that when a meal or drink was 'on the house' it was actually on the roof of the building.
("Why would someone put it ON THE HOUSE?")
I used to believe that when grow ups would shake their drink from side to side (when it had ice), they were heckling how much ice was in it and they somehow knew without looking how much there was.
When I was little, I believed that drinking Gatorade would make me stronger like the people in the commercials I saw. One day I took a drink, flexed my arm and was very thrilled to realize I had made my "first muscle." My older cousin tried to tell me that my body was filled with muscles but I was convinced she was jealous that she wouldn't be the strongest anymore and told her not to ruin it for me.
I used to think it was illegal for children to drink coffee