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We used to go out to eat a lot when I was younger. When we were finished with our meal and the server brought the check, my parents would start searching for their wallets. When they couldn't find them they would tell us we would have to do dishes in the restaurant's kitchen to "pay" for the meal that way. I remember we got so scared that we would have to do everyone else's yucky dishes! But every time, they "miraculously" found their money just in time. WHEW! I think I was well into my teens before I knew they were joking with us. And now that I'm a server, I love to play this little game with some of the kids at my tables.
When I was in second grade we went on a field trip to the zoo, later on that day I broke out in chicken pox, well for years I thought i got the chicken pox from the zoo and wouldnt go back.
When I was a kid, there was an intersection in my home town and another that looked very much like it to me in a city that we would occasionally visit, a little over a hundred miles away. The latter reminded me of the former so much that I became convinced they were somehow the same intersection, but in two different towns. I thought, somehow, almost magically, that the street that turned off there in the distant town (which we never turned down) would therefore be a shortcut home, getting us back to my hometown in only a few blocks, rather than 100+ miles. One day I finally ventured to ask my father why we never turned there and took that drastic shortcut home. He just seemed to react like I'd gone crazy, and I don't think he ever caught on to what I was thinking.
When I was a kid, I was scared to death of Ferris wheels. I thought that if I got on one and it started going too fast, the wheel would break off and roll away and I would be lost forever. For some strange reason, even as a (very old) adult, I'm still afraid to get on those things!!
I BELEIVED THE WEIGHT TON LIMIT ON BRIDGES WAS SET BY HAVING PRISIONERS DRIVE OVER THEM IN HEAVY TRUCKS UNTIL THE BRIDGE SHOWED STRESS OR BROKE
After a spate of getting separated from my parents (lost) on outings, I was only allowed to go to the Royal Show if I wore an envelope with my name and address attached to my shirt with a safety pin (I now realise, so strangers would know who I was). I gripped my mum's hand and made sure that I didn't get lost the whole day, terrified of being found by a stranger and sent home in the mail.
My family used to go to Asian restaurants a lot, and I always believed the fortunes would come true! So I saved them all and stored them in a cigarrete compartment in our car (no one in my family smokes). That way, when I really needed luck, I could pull one out! I forgot to take them out later, so whoever bought our car must have been pretty surprised...
when i was little
i always thought that McDonld's was a 5 star resturant.
Every July 4th my town has a popular fireworks display. The fireworks are shot off from a big hill on the other side of a channel of water running through to Lake Michigan. When i was young, i was at a party and i think someone who was drunk told me that Benjamin Franklin and George Washington and Abraham Lincoln were behind the hill shooting off the fireworks every year. If that wasn't an all-American lie! I wondered why no one ever made a big deal about it.
My sister told me when I was about six that in order to ride the rollar coaster Space Mountain at Disneyland, you need to get a shot. I vowed never to go on that ride.
I used to get scared whenever my family would go out to restaurants and places advertising that they needed more employees, because I thought that "Help Wanted" signs meant there was a Wanted man on the loose in the area, and that they needed help catching him. The question of why a restaurant was advertising this never occurred to me.
I used to go to this one park all the time when I was a kid, & I thought my mom & I were the only people that knew about it. When my bestfriend told me she went to that park on the weekend, I said, "you KNOW about that place?" I was totally shocked!
WHEN I WAS LITTLE MY MOM USED TO TELL ME THAT IF I STEPPED INTO THE MIDDLE OF THE HOTTUB AT OUR LOCAL AQUATIC CENTER WHERE THE BUBBLES CAME OUT I WOULD BE SUCKED DOWN INTO THE GROUND AND I WOULD DIE. MY MOTHER WAS SO CRUEL!!! LOL :P
My mother was under the belief for ages that if you went into Arcades by the sea or whatever, there were big men in there who would inject you with heroin, and you would become an addict. What a nice thing to be told by your mother...
Whenever my friend and her sister were little and would have to walk home alone from school they would drag one leg behind them and try to bite their ear so that any potential kidnappers would think they were retarded and pass them by.
a woman i work with confessed the other day that on a trip to the zoo she asked her dad if there would be any unicorns there. When told they weren't real she cried her eyes out.
She was 17 at the time
Well once my aunt took me to see beauty and the beast on broadway when i was younger i had never been to a real theatre before so i asked what it was going to be like and my mom said 'it's like a movie thearte" so when we got to the thaetre and the show started, i cried out"where are the previews??"
Everytime we would be out driving and I would see a Budget sign I would think it said Bridget (because that is my name) I would always scream bloody murder and say we had to go to "Bridget"!
Used to believe that hitchhikers were directing traffic
when I was little my parents took me to a National Park with lots of waterfalls, as each waterfall had a name I asked my dad for the name of one particular waterfall and he told me that the name was "the one that eats all Silvias" (that's my name) so there was NO WAY for me to go closer to the waterfall, for years I thought of the danger I was in, 'cause if I didn't know the name of the waterfall and actually gone close or touched the water I could have been eaten by the waterfall.