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Down the street from my house, there's two long mounds in the grass between the sidewalk in the street. When I was little I believed that alligators lived in these mounds. No idea why I thought that.

Anon
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When I was eight, my sister tried convincing me there were lions in the streets and the field behind my house. Now I know that she was just trying to get me away from her and her friends when they were outside, but I believed her. I didn't leave the yard alone until I was eleven, and even then I took a baseball bat.

Elizabeth
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When I was young I used to believe that streetlights, instead of coming on automatically when it got dark, were in fact operated by two men sat in a control room with loads of switches.

Jess
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I used to live in Mexico city, in the federal district.
My last name being ruiz, and first name dani, I thought that whenever someone talked about the DF, it was about me. I also thought that the neighborhood was named after me. I believed this until I was maybe a teenager.

"Distrito Federal"
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My older sisters told me that statues in cities were people who froze to death. I could never figure out why they turned stone-colored.

Anon
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I used to believe that the "No Outlet" sign on the road near mine meant that there were no power outlets... I thought the little boy that lived down there was Amish...

Anon
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I used to believe that that drainage ditches (common in our neighborhood) on the sides of the roads, the 4 or 5 ft long kind and the slope that is next to them would cause you to fall into them if you got too close, and that alligators would eat you once you were in. In walking past them I would steer clear of getting too close. Even though the opening is no greater than 6 or 8inches I thought you could still fall through them, even sitting on them was a scary thing!

N
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I used to believe the lines in the road were just decals that could be peeled off. Nearly rubbed a finger raw trying to peel one off one day.

Lowell
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My gran told my mum that when you were anywhere outside people are watching you wherever you go, in houses and shops. She used to find it amazing and used to look around everywhere when walking down the street!

AMY
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When I was little, I used to think that there were tiny, midget policemen in swivel-chairs that operated the switches inside of traffic lights, and I thought it must be hard to find people that were both small enough and that wanted to be a cop.

DisturbedRa
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i always thought the "caution children playing" signs in our city's neighborhoods meant that the CHILDREN were very cautious about playing there. i always figured there was something bad about the neighborhood if the children were so cautious.

jessica
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i thought batman lived on the top of the giant store and i believed that batman only drank coffee and ate kids who were up there

ezekiel
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When I was little and about to fall asleep and the windows of my bedroom were open I would hear the "end of the day" noise. I believed this was just a sound the world made when the sun had set or almost set and it was time to go to bed because I heard it every night. Much later I realized it was the sound of trucks and cars passing on a highway not far from our house.

Anon
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When I was maybe eight, I remember my parents driving through the sleazier part of our town (the bar district), and I saw lots of signs advertising "NO COVER CHARGE FOR LADIES". I thought this meant that if women didn't wear a shirt, they could go in the bar for free. Wow, did I have a lot to learn!

C.B.
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I used to believe the Pass With Care signs on the road meant that you should be very careful if you went into the woods, field, or whatever it happened to be there on the side of the road...

niki
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I used to think that if you walked down a dead end street you would die.

holly
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My birthday is June 14th. Here in the US that is also flag day. Growing up on my birthday everyone would put out their flags on their houses, cars or whatever. My parents told me they did that because it was my birthday. Until I was 10 I believed them

Mike D
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when i was little when i saw a plastic bag in the road i always made my parents go and get it so i could take it home and look after it


actually i still do that now!?

lil
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I thought my kids would enjoy seeing a snow plow drive down our street, since it’s not an everyday occurrence. So when I would hear the familiar rumble after a snowfall, I would shout, “snow plow!” and my son and I would run to the front window to see it go by.

I just found out the other day that my 5yo daughter thought “snow plow” was some kind of winter swirling tornado thing that went by. No wonder she would never run to the window with us!

Erika Lyons
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I used to believe that those signs on the roads that say HIDDEN DRIVE was a game set up on the road. The rules? that you had to find them. I told my mom one day that I always won and see just stared at me and laughed. I felt so dumb!

Catie
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