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I began reading the Harry Potter series when I was 10 and, according to the books, you get your letter to Hogwarts on your 11th birthday. I was completely convinced these books were real and cried for hours on my 11th birthday when no letter of acceptence to this magical school came.

Anon
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I used to read Highlights magizine and there would be drawing contests. There was a section for the winners and a section for the honorable mentions. For the longest time I thought this said horrible mention and felt embarassed for the kids with the horrible drawings.

Anon
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In the Chrismas season you see "Season's Greetings" on cards, etc. I asked my mom, "Who is this guy, Season's?"

Sandy
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I used to hear grown-up talk about the book "The Last of the Mohicans", I thought they were talking about a biography of a guy named, "Elastigo Heekins" -- a very stretchy man.

Jess
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A certain cousin of mine tends to be quite stubborn. When she was about five years old (and I in my late teens), she was absolutely certain that there was no way I could know how to read, as I'd never "went to school." (My parents chose to home-school me.) Eventually, I managed to set her straight and even tease her about it a couple of times.

I two kin reed! :P
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I used to believe that 'prosecuted' as in 'trespassers will be prosecuted' meant electrocuted. I always thought that it was so unfair, and that they should at least give you a chance to explain.

Amber
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i used to think the cat in the hat wrote the dr. seuss books

Kimmie
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i used to believe that when you read italicized words, you were supposed to lean to the side a little bit like the letters did.

Linarite
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Somehow, i used to be sure that Edgar Allen Poe wrote Winnie the Pooh, and whenever people talked about his work being so depresing, I would think "What are they talking about, he wrote Winnie the Pooh!"

Proud weirdo
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when i was wee i used to think union was pronounced like onion, which led to some confusion when seeing the covers of various news magazines during the various strikes and worker problems of the 70's and early 80's

adrian
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I used to believe that the "y" at the end of the Walt Disney Logo was a "p".
Walt Disnep. XD

harmsc12
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My friend and I used to read Judy Blume books but we had a bit of trouble understanding some of the American expressions (we're English). First of all, lots of the girls had bangs - we had never heard of this before and thought that it meant big breasts. Secondly, they talked about cuticles - no idea what this meant but it sounded rude. We would have been so disappointed if we had only bothered to use a dictionary. (Actually I only found out about the bangs when I went to university!)

Cath
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As a kid I loved to read and I would read in bed almost every night. I especially loved books about animals and the natural world with lots of big glossy photos. However I believed that if a book was left open any "bad" creatures such as spiders which were on that page could come out and bite or eat me so I was always careful to close my books up and if there was a photo on the front or back cover I would turn that side face down to the floor.

Belinda, AUSTRALIA
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when i was 7 i believed that if u fell down the stiars that u couldnt read books anymore. so one day i fell down the stiars and i tried 2 read a bood and thats when i found out that that wasnt true.....

Anon
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I used to believe that if you folded a letter with the recipient receiving the blank side upon opening, then he or she would think there was nothing on either side of the paper.

SPC
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When at home reading out loud from my science book while doing homework I pronouced 'organism' as orgasim. I didn't know what was going on until I realized my mom was trying to keep from falling in the floor laughing. She came over and looked in my book and corrected me. The next day in class we had to check each other's papers and read out loud from the chapter. A boy in my class got those same paragraphs and did the same thing I had done. The teacher didn't say nothing until he finished reading his section then corrected him. A few kids were laughing. He didn't know either. At least I had my embaressing moment at home! Poor kid!

ann
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When I walked to kindergarten, I passed a building with a sign that said "Office"

I firmly believed that the office had a floor of ice, and that the sign was a warning to stay off of that ice!

There was also a sign that said "Notice" and I believed that the sign told you there was no more ice.

Denver
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i thought grown ups read in a different language!

Anon
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Before i read the Harry Potter books, i think someone told me Griffindor was a place! I imagened a city, at night.

Also in 1st grade we named our "groups" (groups of desks) once, a group called themselves (Dumbledors" i thiught "why wuld anyone want to be called "double doors"?"

When i read it i found out the truth.

I was silly..
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When I was in first grade (1995) I had read the book "Shiloh" (Bad idea). After reading it, I was terrified Judd Travers (Bad guy from the story) would come into my house and shoot my beagle. I belived this until 3rd grade, when I realized it was just a story.

Read it! READ IT! REEEEED ITTTTT!
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