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i used to believe the president controlled all the street lamps. i thought he had a big board and at night his job was to turn them all on by small buttons and turn them off.

lawrence
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One Halloween, when I was about 7, my Dad dressed up in his old Navy uniform and my Mom dressed up a "girl that dates sailors." When the neighbors came over dressed the same, they told me that they were all dressed up as sailors and hookers. So for about 4 or 5 years, I thought that hookers were just girls that liked to date sailors...

Chris S
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I used to believe that Fired and Hired both meant that you were out of a job. Me and a friend also thought it was an insult. We used to run up to other kids and yell, "Your fired! Your hired!"

Lecia
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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 used to believe that children in movies where played by adults. I just figured that they edited them smaller. Since acting is a job, and jobs are for adults, it made perfect sense.

Maja
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I used to believe that doctors couldn't get sick because it was their job to fight sickness. To me, it seemed as logical as police officers not committing crimes because it was their job to fight crime.

When my mom asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I proudly proclaimed, "Doctor!" When she asked why, I said, "So I can never get sick again!"

She laughed and cleared things up for me. I was quite peeved to find out that doctors getting sick and (somewhat later) police officers committing crimes were not uncommon occurrences.

Anon
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I used to believe that all men with mustaches were rich.

Katie
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i used to believe that a living person can never ever be a scientist.......a person who has contributed a lot in the field of science would be called a scientist after his/her death.......because all the scientists i read about in books were all dead..........

Trishia Nashtaran
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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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I used to believe there was a tiny man in the ATM that would take/send the money. I thought he'd just sit in there counting money all day.

Saika
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I used to think that those masks doctors wear during surgery was to prevent them from vomiting all over their patient.

Anon
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When I was four I saw a group of nuns and told my grandma...look there's a bunch of brides with raincoats on.

Anon
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When I was younger a new neighbor moved in next door. My mom told me one day that she was a "head hunter". I spent the next few years scared to death of this woman, afraid that every night she would sneak into my room and steal my head. It wasn't until much later that I learned "head hunters" actually found jobs for people.

Anon
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When I was a kid I thought that when mum and dad were working, they were playing video games. I walked in on my dad typing and was suprised.

Carole-Ann
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My 5-year old cousin used to believe the garbagemen were stealing their trash.

Anon
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I used to admire the grown-ups very much. They apparently did not rest or sleep at all - working all day, spending all night having sex (as in the movies), always getting up earlier than me to prepare my breakfast... Wow! No wonder they kept telling me: Sleep while you may, when you're grown-up, you won't have the chance any more! So I slept diligently to catch up as much as I could and I feared growing up as it seemed to be so demanding. (Well, now, with two small kids, I know they were right! :-)

Anon
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I was buttering some bread at my grandmother's once, and she told me "We'll all come your restaurant when you grow up. You butter that bread so nicely". I spent several weeks worrying about my future in the catering business, as I had intended to be an astronaut (I was about 7 at the time).

Phil
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I believed that, while my father went to work, he didn't actually have a job. That was because there were only three things you could do that were considered jobs: you could be a fireman, a policeman or a chef. I think I considered it important to have a special hat.

When I told my kindergarten teacher that my dad had no job, she became concerned.

Matt
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I used to believe that when an adult said they were "going to work", it meant that they would all go to the same big building where they would each turn a giant nut on a screw with a huge wrench for hours.

Alex
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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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