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When I was little and grown-ups asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up I would always reply "I want to work in a toll booth." Probably because of the slight embarrassment, my parents finally asked me why I wanted to work in a toll booth. "Because they're rich!" I replied. I thought they kept all the toll money.

Lindsay
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being a pilot was my ambition when i was a kid and that time i was learning letters and words. jessy aunty told me if i write the word pilot many times i would become a pilot.

rocksea
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when I was little, in preschool I think. we started learning about safty (look both ways, don't talk to strangers ect.). for some reason, I though that saftey was a guy that ran around punishing people who were unsafe.

Anon
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When I was little my sister told me that you could only be a waiter if you had a special bone in your wrist so you could carry extra plates!

Zoe
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One day my dad came home and said he had "fired" someone. I thought he had fired a gun at him and shot him!

Anon
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I used to think that whatever you wanted to do as a job when you got older, that is what you would do. You just had to choose. I didn't factor in doing well in school and all that stuff.

Matt
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When I was born, my father used to work for a company called Durham China, which made china tea sets etc. As a child, adults used to talk about 'the China Factory' (i.e. the place my Dad worked.) I assumed this was a factory full of Chinese people, making Chinese lanterns, pagodas, etc. It wasn't until a few years back when my Mum died and she still had a Durham China tea set, that my memory was reawakened and it finally dawned on me just what 'the China factory' had really made.

David
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I used to think that the word mailman came from the fact that the mailman was a male. I don't really know why.

Andi
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When I was around four, I used to think that my doctor lived at the doctor's office. Then one day she mentioned something about going home, and I said, "But don't you live here?" She and my mother got a laugh out of it..

Anon
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I must have been about seven or eight, and my little brother maybe four, when Uncle Ken came to stay with us for a couple of weeks, all the way from Australia. He wasn't a real uncle, just a friend of my dad's, but we'd never met anyone from Australia before. Naturally we wanted to know what his life was like.

He told us in all seriousness that he was an alternative kangaroo tamer. He would calm the spirits of rowdy kangaroos by playing them Rolf Harris records to hypnotise them. The kangaroos would bounce up and down in time to the beat until they fell into a sleepy trance.

I must have been twelve when it clicked that bouncing up and down did not lead to a hypnotic trance. Naturally it took another couple of years for me to be sure he'd been having us on.

silverstar1809
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When I was young, I would always believe that when my dad went to work. He would just turn this great big wheel ( like a ships wheel ) with his bare hands. That's what he did all day.

Alex
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Up until about 5 minutes ago, when I read a similar belief on this site, I used to think candy stripers in hospitals were called candy strippers. I'm 16. I never thought that they were actually strippers, I just thought it was part of the name. Thankfully I don't think I've ever said 'candy stripper' out loud to anyone, that I know of. Still, I feel stupid now XD

Lisa
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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. ;)

kylie bug
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When I was five, we lived on base. I thought that all Daddies or Mommies had to join the military before they could get jobs.

Anon
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When watching the news, I would see reporters talking into these things they held in their hands. They looked sort of like ice cream cones. So I figured TV reporters were always eating ice cream.

Horatio
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when i was little i saw a dramatic show about some dude who killed people for money. i thought that you could get a job as a proffessional murderer and you got a million dollars for every person you killed.

Messed up flicky
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I used to belive that every single grade you got was recorded on a specil report card, which you would recive at the end of college. When my mom's friend asked me why I felt like i had to get good grades one of my answers was:
"Well, so I can get a good job."

My mom and her both laughed. I was confused. They explained my belife wasn't true.
I really thought iot was, and i am 12!

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Whenever the phrase "graveyard shift" or "working graveyard" was used when I was a kid, I always assumed it entailed working outside at night, maybe not necessarily in a real graveyard, but any sort of creepy environment with a lot of digging. I think it stems from growing up in a mining town and picturing a bunch of guys somberly digging for ore and stuff with shovels in the middle of the night. I wasn't very swift as you can probably tell.

B
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I used to belief that you could only become a barrister or a judge if your hair grew that way, i.e there were a priveliged few who were determined at birth!

Kat
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That you had to be missing at least two teeth to be a truck driver.

andrei gaspar
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