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i used to believe that when you saw someone killed on t.v. or in movies that they really died but that it was ok because they were using bad people(criminals) for those scenes and that was how we got rid of them.
when i was a lttle boy i used to believe
that metal detectors at airports could find out who was a bad person because older people told me that some persons tried to carry weapons on the plane.
so i assumed that everybody who was stopped at the security checks was a thief or murderer, even if they only had to unpack their backpack to show their personal stereos or whatsoever.
I used to believe arson was a really bad person. It must have come from hearing reports such as, "The police belive arson was responsible for the fire."
When I was about 7, I thought that all robbers could be easily recognized by their thuggish appearance, broken noses, 5:00 shadow and black-and-white horizontally-striped shirts. Once my brother and I got toy rubber bats (as in flying mammals), and we walked around the block looking for robbers. The idea was to shake the bats in their faces and scare them away. We didn't find any. What a boring neighborhood.
My sister and I heard the phrase kerb-crawler on television and logically assumed it to mean someone who drove slowly and close to the kerb, like an old granny (it never occured to us for what reason they were doing that). We were somewhat confused when our mum told us off for shouting it out the car window at some man who was driving really slowly, and oddly enough she refused to tell us what it actually meant
When I read the phrase "violators will be subject to prosecution," I thought it meant that the people that wrote the sign would one day hunt you down and execute you (probably in some foreign country years from now). I wondered why they couldn't arrest you right away... but I wasn't too shocked about the "executing" part.
when i was about 3or4 iwas very much afraid of burglars especially as i had to spend a few hours a day home alone.the only thing that really reassured me was this:i used to believe that if any burglar would break into our home i only had to break the tv set and i would get to the people in the tv who were of course going to protect me
I used to believe that (and ive never ever told anyone this before) if i ever got kidnapped, i would tell my kidnappers to read "where the red fern grows" i read that novel as a child and was very moved by it and i believed that it could turn any 'bad' person into a 'good' person. HA
I dont know where this came from, probably one of my brothers...but untill I was about 11 I believed that if you were in jail long enough you could become a judge. Therefore all lawyers and judges being exconvicts..?
I thought a "cat burglar" was either a burglar who stole cats, or some kind of evil cat that burgled....wasn't quite sure if I could believe my mom when she told me what it actually meant.
I used to believe that when a woman was raped, she was actually being scraped. So for a while I said to anybody that would listen that when I fell off my bike I was raped. Needless to say alot of my teacers talked to my parents.
I used to believe that if I used the bathroom in the middle of the night, the duration of the flush would be just enough time for the robbers to break into the house (without being heard over the sound of the flush) and get me. Petrified, I would flush and then run back to my room as fast as humanly possible, get under the covers barely peeking out, listening for the robbers. And out of breath from the sprint back to my room, I didn't breathe too loudly or else I might not hear the robbers coming to get me. Or I didn't flush.
I used to believe (for quite a long time actually) that when somebody was 'Raped' it meant that they had been attacked by a 'Rake' the garden tool used for clearing up leaves. I always thought it was a horrible way to be attacked... which I guess it is.
I believed that I could make myself small enough and still enough that a robber would not tell the difference between me and my stuffed animals.
When I was little I used to try to balance on the edge of the kerb as I walked along it.
Believing this to be "kerb crawling", my mum was pretty shocked when I loudly announced that this was what I was doing and that it was illegal!
I was told at a young age that rape meant killed by a knife. So on the news once, I heard that a lady was raped and then hours later shot to death. I was SO confused, and asked my parents to explain. That means I learned about Rape and Sex at the same time, in fifth grade!
I remember reports of housefires on tv catching my ear. They often said that "arson" was suspected. I couldn't figure out why they couldn't catch this guy. They already knew his name...
I used to believe that the term "being mugged" meant someone beat someone else with a coffee mug.
I used to believe that when people said a criminal was going to "the slammer," that the slammer was some sort of machine that crushed people. So when Boss Hogg would state that he was going to put those Duke Boys in the slammer, I actually thought that he meant to execute them.
When I was in second grade, there was a scare, someone luring kids into his car. Our teacher told us about a man in a green car when she was a kid "He yelled at us, and was taking his clothes off, being ugly..." She must have meant to tell us to watch out for ANY stranger, but her badly thought-out, stammering explanation came out as "ANY man in a green car."
For about three years, I FREAKED whenever I saw a man in a green car. If I was outside, I hid behind my mother. If I was in our car, I would duck down in the back-seat.