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when i was 4or5 i thought if i was naughty i would get sent to jail.

JESSELEE GWYNNE (VICTORA)
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when i was a child, i used to believe that when a judge would say to a criminal"you should be sentenced to 317 years in prision." i thought that when the person would had died they would burn the body to keep the smell away for the next hundred something years and put it in a safe not realeasing it untill the 317 years were up in to the sea.

j boogie
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When I was 4 years old I saw a commercial on tv warning viewers that drinking and driving is against the law and will result in getting arrested. The next day I went shopping with my mom and she was sipping her coffee while driving. I started screaming! When she looked at me, concerned, and asked me what was wrong I told her to throw it out the window before the police came. She then explained to me what "drinking" meant.

Sara
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When I was about 7 I used to be really scared of anything "bad" getting into my room at night while I was asleep. So I invented an ingenius method for keeping out the baddies: I put up my own imaginary "force-field" over my door and window. This involved drawing a square around the door or window with my finger. Of course, I had to turn the invisible ink on first by clicking my fingers. As soon as the square was complete, the force-field activated and only let good thing pass through (parents, dog, etc.). I have no idea where this protection method came from but it worked. I've never worried about "baddies" since.

Suspicous Little Child...
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When I was a little kid,about 3 or 4,if I started to get rowdy in public,my mom would always say "Do you want that man to get you?" and pointed to the nearest able bodied male.
Thus,I believed that all men where child abductors until I got lost in the mall when I was 5 and a guy tried to help my find my mother,but I punched him,kicked him,and ran off into the clothing department to hide in the clothes rack.Of course,I ran off everytime a male shopkeeper asked me where my mom was.

After a female clerk finally found me and took me to my mom,my mom yelled at me for running all over the mall.I shouted,"BUT EVERYONE WAS TRYING TO GET ME,MOMMY!There are a bunch of kidnappers in this store!I can tell,if they're a boy and they're not related to me or a police officer with a badge,they're a kidnapper!"

She never used that threat again.

Charly
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Me and my cousins used to watch Law and Order a lot, and often times people would get convicted for assault and battery. Well, I knew what assault was, and I knew what it meant to be battered, but it never really clicked that "battery" meant the act of battering someone. So I just thought they were talking about batteries, like AA, AAA, and so on.

I'm really glad I never asked anyone about that.

Katie♥
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i used to think being "prosecuted" meant getting the death penalty. i remember crying hyserically when my family and i went hiking, and there was a very old sign that said "do not trespass, violators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law" i totally thought if we got caught we'd immediately get the electric chair. i thought it was an awful extreme punishment.

Against the death penalty
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We used to watch " America's Most Wanted" and I pictured the killers and rapists outside seeing us seeing them and how they were bad and I thought they would come kill us so we couldn't tell on them, or find them.

Scared
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when i was young (5 or 6) i would line up a row of stuffed toys either side of me in bed because i was convinced that a burgler would come in the night and shoot me. For some reason i thought that the bullet wouldn't get to me, because it had to travel through all of my teddies first.

zebra gurl
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when i was about four i stole a pack of gum from the store and later my mom found out how i got the gum. she told me i had to go back, give the gum back, and apologize. i told her i wouldnt go back untill she told me if i didnt i would go to baby jail, so until i was seven i never did anything bad because i didnt want to go to baby jail.

kelly
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Most people are comforted by night lights, right? I used to be very terrified by nightmares when I was young, so my mother installed a night light by the side of my head.

At first, it comforted me. Somehow, though, I became convinced that an evil, female criminal lived inside of the night light. So whenever I slept, I would turn away from the night light, because I didn't want to provoke her.

John T
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My son recently asked me what "battery on a cop" was, after watching "Cops" with me, and I asked him what he thought it meant. He blushed and responded quietly, "Electrocution?"

A.J.
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my little cousin who was 3 at the time, kept on freaking out and screaming and crying everytime my aunt told her she could leave her toys/books where they were and come to dinner. You see my aunt was saying "leave it there, nobody will take it" my cousin thought that NOBODY was the name of a person.

Zo
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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

Leslie
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When i was little my friend told me that there were always burgulars in your house every night. She said that if you were asleep the burgulars would leave you alone, but if you were awake they would kill you. So if I ever woke up in the middle of the night I would never open my eyes so the burgulars thought I was asleep

Kate
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There was an auto crash-test exhibition at the mall for several weeks. The focal point of the display was a machine with "THE SLAMMER!" written boldly on the side of a carnival-ride car that sat atop a tall track. This track ran down about 20 feet, diagonally, directly into a metal wall. There were seatbelts in the car, so that dummies could be placed inside to demonstrate the force of a collision.

After seeing THE SLAMMER, I assumed that when people went to jail (a.k.a. the slammer) they were forced to ride in this machine day in and day out.

Kalah
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when i was young, a girl was murdered were i live and everytime we went travelling in the car i used sit there with my feet on the seat just incase if the murderer was under the seat trying to get me.

herr schmetterling
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My younger brother used to beleive that superheros and super villians were real. When I told him that they were made up characters, he thought that ALL criminals were pretend. He thought that everyone in the world was nice, and there was no such thing as jail or criminals, just in stories and on tv and movies.

luckyblackcats
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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 beleive that you would be put in jil if you didn't do what your parents told you to by the count of 1. I thought that they would just take you to jail and keep you there untill you died.

S.D.P.
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