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I used to be confused about the concept of speeding tickets. I figured that about 99% of people just threw these away and were never bothered by them again. So when my mom got a ticket when I was little I volunteered to "throw it away during cleanup time"

Anon
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Until I was nine or ten I thought Jack The Ripper was a dude who went around ripping pages out of people's books....

Yeah, my mom laughed.

PAGES ARE SERIOUS BUSINESS
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I used to think Jaywalkers were people who walked briskly whilst swinging their arms.. whoops!

Lisa
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I used think being mugged was when someone knocked you out by hitting you with a cup, then stealing your money.

Richard Davies
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When i was 5-6 my mum and dad told me that if i didnt turn off my bedroom light when it was empty, the bedroom light police would arrest me.
Then 1 night the phone rang and i answered it and the people on the other end said they were the bedroom light police giving me a warning.
I realise now it was my dad on his mobile.

Turn off that light!
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When I was little I heard my mom talking about someone "being behind bars" which means they are in jail.. Well.. I thought that it meant that they hung around behind bars.. Like where you go to get drunk.. Yeah I wasn't very bright!

Michelle
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I used to believe when i was 6-8 years old that the criminals in the prison ate spiders with bread, i think why my father told me that so i was scared to go into prison .. Now i can laugh about it

Olivia
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I used to think cerial killers were cereal makers that hated their jobs so they bought boxes of cereal and stabed it untill the box could not hold the cereal at all. then they crushed the cereal unto little crumbs.

untill I was 9 I use to watch FBI most wanted and whenever I heard cerial killer I think poor cereal then go up to my mom and ask to go to the store and check if the cereal is still ok...........wow

Rachel
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when I was 8 or9 I thought that you could only move to 3 houses or then you would get in big truble!!!

3 houses
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I used to believe that drinking and driving laws applied to all drinks.

I severely scolded my dad one day for drinking a Coca-Cola while he was driving the car out to my grandparents' place.

Sarah
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When I was growing up, they had just introduced the V-chip. Since I would always watch Nickelodeon, it was only Y and Y7. Since I was 7 at the time, I thought that it was illegal to watch Y7 shows if you were under 7. So whenever shows like "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" would come on, I'd kick my younger sister out of the room and tell her "You have to get out of the room! It's Y7! You're not allowed to watch it! It's the law!"

Anon
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When I was around 10-12 years old, my best friend [who is also my cousin] let me know what rape was when I asked. She said "rape is when you grab a person by the sleeve of their shirt and make them have sex with you." i said "they have to grab your sleeve?" and she said "yes! they must grab the sleeve or else it's not really rape." ahahhahahhahahahhhahhahahhahahhahhahahhhahahahhhahahahaha. i find it funny when i think of how i believed that.

Valerie G.
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When I was 2, I stole candy from a drugstore and of course, I didn't know what I was doing so my parents weren't mad. When I was 6, my parents told me about. I was terrified of going to jail and I couldn't sleep for months!

Emmy
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When I was around three, my dad would always joke that people weren't allowed to walk on logs that had drifted up onto the beach. He said that the log police would come and arrest us. Until about age 6, I believed that and spend my days terrified that I would be arrested for walking on logs.

Cate
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I used to believe that joy riding was riding in the car without a destination or purpose so every time my mom would put me in the car to drive me around so I would fall asleep I would have to think of a excuse for the police for when they pulled us over for having a ‘fun time driving’ I lived in fear of being put in jail for having fun in the car!

Jaimie
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I was told by my grandmother that all bad people had to eat blackeyed peas and cornbread and drank only water when they get put into jail.

1965 looker
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I thought there might be a law that you needed to be a certain age to buy a cup of coffee. I was almost suprised as a teenager that I could get away with it.

Giselle
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When I was younger, my mom told me that if i keep writing on myself with ink, that it was against the law and the ink police was going to come and take me away from her.... It got me to stop writing on myself...lol

Kim A.
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I used to believe that if I watched America's Most Wanted, the criminal that they were looking for would get mad because I was watching it and come get me.

Kim A.
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When I was quite young, I saw an Alfred Hitchcock tv show that had these two brothers killing their aunt to get her money by grinding up glass and putting it in her food. After that, whenever my mom made soft boiled eggs for me and I found a small piece of shell in it, I thought it was glass and that she was trying to kill me.

Meggie
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