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As a small child, I was told of the guards with the furry hats standing in front of Buckingham Palace. I also learned that people from around the world would wait around to see the 'changing of the guards'. For the longest time, I pictured this as footmen bringing the guards fresh uniforms so they could strip down to their boxers and put on clean clothes.
You know those British soldiers with the red coats and big fuzzy hats who have to stand perfectly still? I used to believe that if they moved while on duty, the Queen would chop their heads off.
I used to belive that if you didn't step off of an escalator carefully, the teeth would grab your foot and pull you down inside it.
My dad told me this. In motels there are these doors that lead to the next room. He told me a dungeon was in them.
I live in a neighborhood called Queen Anne and when I was younger and I used to take walks with my parents I would stop at every single house to try to see if I could see the Queen through the window.
We went to the Holy Land when I was about ten and I thought we were going to see "The Dead Sea Squirrels." I was disappointed because I didn't see any.
I didn't know how rollercoasters worked, so I thought that in order to stay upright on the track, the riders would have to bang on the sides of the cars with hammers at the right times to maintain balance. On my first trip to a theme park, I made everyone laugh by asking when we would get our hammers...I had been mentally preparing myself for the task since I found out we were going.
When My cousin and I were kids, he told me that "IceCapades" (a live ice skating show that you could go see) was really gross and had lots of naked people. It wasn't until years later that I realized that he had confused IceCapades with "Escapades" (an adult cable network).
When I was 2 or 3 my mom went into KFC and I didn't want to go. So my mom said, "The big man will get you." I pointed at the KFC man on the wall (THE MAN ON THE KFC LOGO) and said, "Is the big man him?" My mom said yes and I ran in!!!!
I used to believe that at the first window that some fast food restaurants use for payment that they were actually handing you the money to pay for the food (since I always saw the worker handing my Mom change). I even remember thinking, "That can't be too good for business..." or something along those lines.
Whenever we were on a log ride I always thought that there was no track that led down the highest drop and you were free falling for about 50 feet or so. I was always really scared thinking we would turn over and either fall into the water or fly out and hit something hard and die a painful death.
When I was in third grade I was going to go on a field trip to a planetarium. I was very disappointed and told my mother "Why do I have to go to a building to see plants?? I'm not going. I can see plants outside." This was FRIDAY, the NEXT FRIDAY I woke up and she made me go anyways. When I got to the plant-ittarium as I htought it was, I was pleasantly suprised, but mad because my mother hadn't explained the truth to me this WHOLE WEEK!
My daughter is 6 and asked me recently why I go into the tanning bed that stands up. She said the stand up ones are only for boys and the lay down ones for girls. Since boys stand up when they pee.
i usedto beleive that if u went down one of those tubular slides at McDonalds you would keep on going and the slide would never end. I beleived that at the ages 6-8. I still don't go on those slides.
When I was a young child I thought that the huge statues in the museum came to life at night when the museum closed and they wanted to trap me in the museum with them. I had such a strong belief in that notion that I dreamed about it for many years. The last time I had that dream was when I was in my late teens. I am 51 yrs old now and I can still remember that dream. Silly I know but than again, childhood ain't easy.
I lived in a seaside town and ofen walked with my grandparents along the cliff top and looked down at the beach and the road next to it.
My grandfather told me that the tiny cars I could see were models that were wound up at each end of the road and sent back again. I beleived this until I was about 9 or 10. I'm stupid
Once when i went to a pub called the Forge Inn, I saw a trainee run down the corridor screaming because he'd cut his finger off (not the highlight of my night either), and i thought that they were trying to cook little kids in the kitchen and that one had fought back by biting off his finger and ever since i was affraid of going there... still get the jibblies when i go there now!
And i'm 12!
When my family went downtown to go to the top of the tallest building in the city I was scared because they did not tell how we would get up there. I thought we had to climb up the outside of the building and I was terrified. But my grandmother was with us so I thought if she can do it I can to. I was relieved to go up to the top in an elevator.
Whenever we'd eat out when I was a child, and I'd hear of waiters or waitresses "waiting tables", I thought it was "weighting tables" instead. I couldnt figure out any connection between "waiting" tables and "waiting" as in patiently waiting for something, so I thought waiting tables must be "weighting" instead. I could figure out a connection there, since after all, putting food on tables DOES add weight to the tables.
When I was a little girl, I was completely mystified by McDonald's restaurants and their amazing ability to have exactly what you ordered ready so quickly.
I used to believe, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that each and every McDonald's employed a psychic. This psychic would sit in a small, white room and predict what each and every person was going to order before they even arrived at the restaurant. The psychic would then tell the cooks what to prepare so that your food was ready and piping hot when you got there.