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My dad always used to tell me that the small road humps on motorways coming up to a roundabout (UK) where for the benefit of blind drivers.
It took me 3 years to finally realise he was lying to me!

Vince
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When I was at school some kids used to come from a nearby village on the waterfront. When they went home at night they told us the were going to play on the wreck. I always imagined that this was some old abandonded ship, maybe a galleon or something. Years later I realised they were going to meet at the rec - short for recreation ground - where they would play on swings and slides and in the park.....

Karen
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when i was little i used to be a hardcore ninja turtles fan (actualy i still am at the age of 20), and i used to believe that whenever there was smoke comming out of the manhole from the sewers it was the ninja turtles cooking some pizza. man did i ever want to go eat pizza with the ninja turtles.

Buddha
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When i was little my mom used to tell me that all the oil spots and/or gum spots in a parking lot or road was children that ran in front of traffic and got splattered! i belived that from the time i was 3 to the age of 7 ....kinda cruel huh?....but i guess if it kept me out of the road!!!!

Tegan
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Growing up I believed that once I left my street, I was out of my hometown. I was baffled when my parents would take me a couple of streets down, asking "what town are we in NOW?", and they would replay with a blank expression "We're still in [hometown]."

Matt
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Up until very recently, and I am now 22 years old, I always thought that the reason some people's lawns were a kind of teal or light bluish-green color rather than regular green was because they had their lawns painted so that they would stay a pretty color all year long. I was driving with my husband one day and saw a lawn like that and I actually said out loud, "I wonder why people paint their lawns?" and he said, "that's not paint, it's pesticide". And laughed.

Shanna
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When I was a small child, I used to believe that little gnomes lived inside the lamposts seen in the street. These gnomes would sit at computer consoles inside the lamposts and, when it would get dark enough, simultaneously switch on the lights. They lived there all day, every day and I often wondered how they survived as well as admired them for their demanding occupation.

Anon
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Whenever I would travel with my parents I noticed the signs that had JCT on them. I thought that meant that Jets, Cars, and Trucks could use the road. I have no idea why. It was years later i realized it was abbreviation for junction. I still say to myself "Jet Car Truck" when I see the JCT sign.

Kristeen
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I used to think if you stepped into a nasty puddle of water or car fluid in a parking lot, you would be mutated like TMNT or the Toxic Avenger!

LongLiveRock
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I used to believe the 'To Let' signs on buildings meant there was a tiolet there

marky
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I used to think that there was a highly complex underground tube system that connected public mailboxes around the world - once you popped your letter into the mailbox, the underground system would figure out where it's going and pop it out on the other end.

I thought the mail man was only for private, home mails only...

Anon
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When my neighborhood friend from New York moved to Florida, I expected my new neighbors moving into the house to be from Florida as I was sure they were exchanging houses. I had no concept about buying and selling and I assumed it was just a trade. When I found out the new neighbors were from across town, I was very concerned about what happened to the poor family from Florida.

Will
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When I was 2 or 3 I used to believe that, when you mailed a letter, it went down a chute under the mailbox and was somehow (pneumatically?) whisked into your mailbox at home. When walking along the street with my mother, I used to peer under mailboxes, looking for the chute.

Mike
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I thought the painted white lines of a crosswalk were meant to lift you up a little higher so cars could see you.

Anon
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i used to think next door neighbors were "next store neighbors"

Anon
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When I was little, I assumed that gas stations had to be built over underground gasoline deposits (naturally, because gas comes from the ground, into the pumps). So when they knocked down the FoodTown by my house and built a gas station in its place, i could only wonder why they didnt just build an Exxon to begin with.

ShayBaby
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when i was younger everytime we went to the parade we would stand on the sidewalk and wait, so i thought that on any given day if you stood on the sidewalk for long enough a parade would come.

Jocelyn
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I used to think that the traffic signs saying, "No Parking, $5 Fine," meant no parking unless you paid $5. Then it was fine.

Anon
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I moved houses for the first time when I was four and I strongly believed that you traded houses with someone else. I realized it was a lot more complicated than this when we were at the buyer of our house's current house and I told my parents I didn't like their house so we couldn't trade with them.

Anon
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the numbering in our street when I was young went even down one side and odd numbers down the other,So i lived at number 3 and my friend lived next door at number 5,we used to think that number 4 was demolished because somone was murdered there...no amount of digging turned up any eveidence though.

marty f
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