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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.
when i was a little girl our next door neighbors were robbed. for some reason i believed that all day every day robbers were hiding in the woods around our house waiting for us to leave so they could rob us. i would never want to leave. if i had to i would either leave messages or blow on the window and write things like "go away. don't rob us. love, katie" after a while i started feeling bad that they had to wait out there all day and night so i would sneak food out to the front porch for them. i would sit in the middle of the woods and talk to them but they were hiding. i thought i could be their friend and they would feel bad and go away. finally i just left one of my plastic vending machine rings on the porch, thinking they would be content with that and go away and rob someone else.
When i was little I thought that drinking and driving ment you can't drink while you drive. Well duh?! So one day we were driving in the car the whoel family and my dad was driving drinking orange juice. I was freaking out in the back seat! Wispering to my sister and telling it was illigal. Finally i got some nerve to tell my mom in the front seat, and she just told me to shut up. Then after told me what it really was.
When I was about 9 or 10 and first heard of "hookers", I thought they were women who hung out just about anywhere and snatched unsuspecting men that passed by with shepherd's crooks, didn't learn the truth for several years after, even after watching Pretty Woman.
When I was little, I thought every family had its own lawyer because people said "I'll contact MY lawyer" or "I'll have MY lawyer look it over." After all, we had OUR house, MY OWN bike, etc., that belonged to us/me exclusively. Only I couldn't figure out where the lawyer was kept or how each family could afford one.
I used to think that if a lawyer lost his case, he had to go to jail with his client.
When I learning to drive, my mom told me it was against the law to drive in bare feet.
I duly informed others when they attempted to drive bare-footed of this obscure, little known law.
Ten years later, dozens of people informed, I found out it was my "mother's law" not a traffic violation at all!
I often wonder how many people passed what I said along to others and just how many are out there are wandering around obeying "mom's law." haha
When I was very young I was listening to the radio, when a guy said a man was arrested for child pornography. I asked my mother what this was, and she said "He took bad pictures of children".
So then a few weeks later, I saw my friend drawing a mustache on a photo of his sister! Then I ran to his mother and yelled "HE'S DOING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY!".
When I was about four, I believed that statues ( the big ones in parks) were bad people covered over with cement. I didn't understand why they had to cover their horses with cement too sometimes!
I thought this is how criminals were punished before there were prisons!
I always used to think that there was an invisible mafia and they were always trying to shoot me with their guns. But every movement I made throughout the day would "dodge" the bullets and never get hit. I could only imagine how angry they would get as they kept missing. maybe they should take mafia-shooting lessons..............invisibly
When I was little I wanted to learn to ride a bike without the training wheels. My dad told me that if he took them off my bike he could never put them back on beacause it was against the law. I cried and cried untill finnally my grandpa told me he was lieing.
I used to only sleep with this one red blanket because I thought if someone broke into our house and tried to kill us, they would think I was already dead and covered in blood. One time my parents sneaked into my room to see if I was sleeping and I thought they wee killers. I screamed "Im dead leave me alone". They still talk about it.
when i was in about pre-school,my dad used to take me to jury duty (or at least i think it was jury duty)with him after pre-school because there was no one to watch me. well one time i remeber i was sitting on a hard wooden bench and looking up at the terrifying judge. my dad's approach to make sure i was quiet was to tell me that if i had talked at all,that judge would throw me in jail. true to that approach,i hadnt said a word...
When I was young I once read statistics about rape in a magazine, and didn't know what the word meant. When I asked my dad, he said it was "when a man attacks a woman." It made sense to me that this was a worse crime than simple assault, and deserved a separate name.
when i use to hear the song "Bad Boys" from the cops theme i use to get scared because i thought bad people were gonna come and get me
I was in a grocery store when i saw a lady 'steal' a grape. i was in a policeman stage that every boy goes through and i had these little plastic handcuffs. I took them and i said 'lady, you're under arrest.' She started to quickly walk away and i started screaming, 'theif!' the whole store was looking at her and me. In the car my mom took away my handcuffs and told me that i should never do that again. I was very upset that i couldn't save the world.
I was always a good little kid. My reasoning was, "What's the worst that they can do to you if you're bad?" Well, you can get detention, then be suspended, then they can arrest you and put you in jail and then put you on trial and if you were still bad, they could kill you. I didn't want to die because I still wanted a pony.