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When I was little I used to think that the sign outside taverns advertising Free Pool meant that anyone could go in and go swimming.
Not knowing the word “tailgater,” I assumed that it must be a variety of alligator. Family trips to Colorado were terrifying for me, given that my father spent hours cursing all the tailgaters that were RIGHT… BEHIND… OUR CAR.
Before my Grandfather died he always told my sister and I that the vacuum tubes at banks were operated by tiny men inside the machines with tiny Hoovers.
I'm in eighth grade, this year I was reading my science textbook and it was talking about chemical change and it mentioned that the chemical change had made the copper in the statue look green. I had always thought that it was painted. I had no idea why the painted it or now that I think of it, how it stayed painted
When I was a child I believed that Ocean County College in NJ, was located under the pond on Hooper Ave. In the middle of the pond there are some pillars that say Ocean County College. I thought that under that was the access to the college
When i was younger, i used to drive down this road which had a sign that read "hidden drive." when referring to this road, i called it "hidden drive rd" for the longest time until i learned the real name.
I used to believe that nobody actually lived in cities--they all commuted from the suburbs to work there.
Halloween was so much fun as a kid. I used to believe that if I started yelling Trick-or-Treat while I was running for the house, I could get the candy person to the door faster. It usually worked too. I always came home with a lot more candy than my friends.
I used to believe that babies needed to be walked in strollers, like dogs, because in my neighborhood, all the small children (including myself) would be walked around by their parents during the summer months
I used to believe that the envelope I dropped in the mailbox goes down a series of pipes that will eventually lead to the intended recipient
one time, my friend and i were with our mothers and younger sisters. the moms wanted the younger sisters to take a nap while my friend and i went to the playground. to refrain from upsetting the younger siblings, my mother said that the younger ones were going to "dreamland" while we went to the park. i was extremely jealous as i thought dreamland was a theme park even better than disneyworld, and i couldnt believe i had to go to the stupid playround while my sister and friend's sister went to this magic kingdom.
When my brother were small( 4 and 5), our parents would talk about taking a couple of drives around the block. My brother and I were confused when we didn't see any blocks. We thought that our parents meant the kind of blocks that kids play with
The house I grew up in had an irrigation ditch behind it, and my parents (not wanting us to drown or otherwise be hurt) had done a very good job teaching my sister and I that we were never, ever to go beyond the fence onto the ditch bank without a grown-up with us. However, we carried it a bit too far and believed the "no kids on the ditch bank alone" rule was some kind of cosmic law, and if you broke it, you'd be struck dead on the spot. When the (poorly supervised and mean) kid who lived next door went on the ditch bank to play, we'd both watch over the fence to see him drop dead. As he was an extreme bully, we were rather disappointed when he didn't. Bet he's in prison now, tho.
When my mom was little and went in an elevator she believed that the lift didn't move it was everyone changing everything around before the doors opened!
When I was young, my mom would always take us on a car ride which would pass oil fields and windmills. When we would ask what they were for, she told us, "oil pumps make the world go around, and the windmills send it in the right direction." We believed her for years.
I used to believe that if I didn't jump off the escalator in time I would be chopped up like mince.
when i was little i was really smartmouthed, i still am really. my sister and my cousin would always tell me that my mom was going to take me to kids r us because they all the really bad kids in cages in the back of the store. when i was bad they would say "oh get ready moms taking you to kids r us!" and every time we passed that store i would scream and cry "dont take me there! no! ill be good i swear!" i was afraid to go to kids r us until i was 10.
I only allowed to play in my street when I was a kid and some older kids from further down the road told me that if you left the street and turned left you got to Disneyland. One day they all went off to Disneyland AKA the play park around the corner and I wasn't allowed to go. For ages I thought that my mum was really mean for not letting me go to Disneyland.
i used to believe that if you were driving forwards you were going north.
When I was little we'd often drive past this "Adult Bookstore" in our town. I loved to read so I remember begging my parents to take me to that "bookstore." I couldn't understand why we couldn't go there!