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I used to believe "work" was just where grown ups went to sit around all day. Like kids sat at desks at school all day.
I didn't imagine some jobs were physical. Thats why I sometimes looked at my mom and always wondered why she was tired from work. She was a nursing assistant that worked nights but to me she never did anything and got money just for showing up!

Faith
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Somehow I got it in my head that it's actually illegal to drink during your lunch hour at work. (I'm in the U.S.) The sad thing is, this belief wasn't corrected until I was 21! A few coworkers and I were getting lunch out at a new job I had and one of them suggested we get sandwiches and beer at a local pub.

"We can't do THAT!" I whispered. "It's against the law." They explained it wasn't and I was never sure if they thought I was kidding. I wasn't!

Jen
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When I was a child I assumed that firemen started fires. I was extremely frightened when a fireman came to my kindergarten class.

Derek
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When i was little I used to think that Martin Luther King was the king of all black people.

Teriq
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my dad used to work at a bank. but he always fixes things around the house, so my 5 year old brother thought his job was to fix things. then he quit (they wanted to move his office to new york) and went to work with loans at fifth third. then my brother thought he gave money to poor people and other people to keep.it never occured to him the people had to pay him back. we had to explain the whole thing to a 5 year old boy. it was pretty hard. ;)

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When I was young, my dad was a retiree of the Air Force and would get retirement checks. I used that think that ANY job somebody had would pay them monthly after they quit, depending on how long they had worked there.

Jason
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I remember a girl in my kindergarten class told me she wanted to be a waterfall when she grew up.

Anon
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I remember watching Madonna's "Lucky Star" video and telling my mother, "When I grow up, I want to marry Madonna." As in marry her as a career. Some boys wanted to be fireman and I wanted to be Mr. Ciccone, which, I guess, still could be a plausible career choice.

Anon
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When i was little i my mom told me about how that if she was late too many times she would be fired. i was horrified at this statement and pictured the people at her work making my mom climb into a fireplace. needless to say, i never took too long in the morning to get ready again.

Caleb
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I used to believe that being a "stripper" meant that you not only took all your clothes off but that you somehow took your skin off, imagine how shocked I was when people said strippers were hot!

Skinshedders
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I thought a mathematician was something like a magician, complete with a wizard getup of a robe, white beard, and pointy hat. (The "How Much is a Million" and such books didn't help.) I thought all they did was sit around calculating pi to places so far out that the calculators and computers didn't know them yet. Needless to say, it sounded like the most boring job on earth.

Aretia
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My brother used to believe that there was a job that consisted in turning on and off the sun daily... He said he never wanted to work in it...

Lucía
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Thanks to my dad, for the first 10 years of my life I believed that C.I.D (Criminal Investigation Department) stood for "Constable In Disguise"

Adam C
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My step-grandfather use to work the graveyard shift at his job, and when my step-mother was in school the teacher asked everyone what their parents did, and she started crying because she thought her dad worked at a cemetery and didn't want to tell people.

Anon
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When I was little I thought that the street a crossing guard worked on was named after the crossing guard because my grandmother Carmen worked on Carmen Ave.

Kimberly
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I used to believe that if I didn't finish my dinner at a restaurant, the chef's feelings would be extremely hurt and he wouldn't allow me back at the restarant because I was mean.

Jessica
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When I was a little kid, I my parents asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, and I proudly told them that I wanted to be a toll booth operator. When they asked me why on Earth I'd want to do that, I explained that it was because people always gave them money.

I was under the impression that they got to keep all of it.

Jay
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I thought everyone in a suit was a lawyer, and that you married someone with the same jobs as you. Until around 4th grade (haha, much longer than it should have been, probably)

My parents are both attorneys, and so naturally I assumed when you get a job, you meet someone there, and thats how everyone meets to get married (which does happen, but i thought it was the ONLY place) teachers married teachers, accountants married accountants, etc.

And since my dad's friends all wore suits, and they were lawyers, of course that meant that anyone in a suit was a lawyer, haha.

Anon
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At some point I had heard the saying 'you need money to make money' and I thought that it meant than in order to get a job you had to pay the business you wanted to work for first. I never thought it all the way through though, so I didn't really know where the making more money part came in.

Willow
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I used to believe that since my dad always left for work right before the weather report came on the news that he was the weatherman. The only problem with this theory was that the weatherman was actually Spencer Christian who was black...my dad was not.

Rachel
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