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When a person goes to jail, I thought that "jail" meant "hell" and they would spent 1-2 years burning in agony.
I used to think that adultery was illegal (because it was one of the commandments). One day I found out that my next door neighbours had moved because she had had an affair. I discovered that it wasn't illegal when I asked my sister if she would come with me to visit our neighbour in jail.
I thought that "statutory rape" were meant to rape a statue.
When I was little, I had always heard that when people go to jail, they eat nothing but bread, and drink nothing but water. Naturally, since I loved eating bread, I thought that jail wouldn't be such a bad place to go.
When the news were talking about "movie pirates were arrested for camcording a movie in the theater," I thought that they meant pirates from the seas.
When I was 10-12 and the world news would talk about "Software Pirates" or "a person was arrested for pirating computer software" I thought they seriously meant the pirates from the seas and I thought that the pirates from the boat were planning to steal videotapes, software or music.
When I was about 3 or 4 years old, I thought that assault and battery happened when salt was poured on a battery. My lawyer wife loves this.
I used to believe that "Prosecuted" meant "Executed". When someone said they were prosecuted, I thought they were gonna die.
I was only 3 or 4 when the OJ Simpson trials were going on. When my parents were talking about it, I started crying because I thought they meant our orange juice got arrested!
When the news were talking about death or jail sentences, I thought that they were writing complete sentences about jail and death.
I overheard a conversation while at primary school in which a boy told that people could get locked up for being too rich. As I was only around the age of 6, I believed this for a few years.
Until the other day I believed that 'kerb-crawling' [picking up prostitutes in a red-light district] was the offence of driving too slowly and too close to the kerb [sidewalk], therefore making all the traffic slow down...how wrong I was!
I used to believe that drinking, literally drinking like, anything, not just alcohol, while driving was illegal. I also thought that smoking ciggarettes while driving was illegal. I didn't find out about the drinking part untill I was in the car with my mom and saw her take a sip of coffee. I told her that she would get arrested and she explained it to me. I was about 8.
When I first heard the news about person jailed for assault and battery, I thought they were throwing batteries at someone and the victim's eyes got blind from battery acid.
When the news were talking about statutory rape, I thought that they were raping a statue. Also I used to believe that statutory rape was something about a person who rapes a statue and they were arrested for public nudity.
I used to get very upset seeing reconstructions of crimes. I could never understand why instead of stopping the armed robbery/kidnapping/murder some heartless sod had just videod it instead. I was far too old to admit to before i understood the difference!
When I first heard 'statutory rape' I thought that 'statutory rape' was something like raping a statue or having sex with it.
I used to see newspaper stories about people being arrested for keeping/being in "disorderly houses." I used to think they were guilty of poor housekeeping, not gambling or prostitution.
When I was younger there was a 50 year old man jailed for 60 years. I thought that if he died after 30 years, his body was kept in the cell for another 30 years.
When I was young I thought the IRA was like the IRS and that Ireland was overrun by irate tax collectors.