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I thought that "Don't drink and drive" meant you shouldn't drink anything and then drive (not just alcohol). I was on the bus and saw my busdriver drinking a pop. When she started the bus up to drive I told her, "I don't think you are supposed to drink and drive." She laughed and told me that pop was okay.

Susie
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My older cousin told me that If I slept with the light on, and it was still on past 12:00am, The police would come and arrest my parents and me. Mortified that I would get arrested, and still believing in the boogieman when it was dark, I would go to sleep before dark. I beleived that until I was 7, when finally, I asked my dad about this scary law. I was relieved.

Katy is Krazy
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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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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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My mother has this friend whose last name is Stalker, so when I heard people talking about stalkers, I thought they meant my mom's friend and people related to her.

Anon
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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.

angi
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I remember in 3rd grade I asked a friend what rape was, and she told me it was when a guy took a knife and cut your lower stomach.

Brittany
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When I was little I was very afraid of a murderer coming into my house to cut my head off. I thought knives couldn't cut through fabric, so I always held the covers up to my chin so I wouldn't get my head cut off.

Laura-Marie
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I use to believe rape meant to attack or rob. So one day when my dad was going to the store late at night I told him "Be careful not to get raped!"

Tiff
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I always saw "DONT DRINK & DRIVE" signs around my town. One of them was a martini glass with a key going through it, I thought that it was a saw going through that sign, and i thought it was "DON'T CUT THIS SIGN IN HALF!"

"Stirred, not shaken"
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when I was younger I was watching the news and it said a girl was raped. I thought they said she was "raked" so I believed that a guy would take a rake and scratch the girl's body with it.

jess
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Until I was about 11 or 12, I thought "rape" meant scratching someone's chest with a garden rake. I had these images in my head of a girl who had been "raped" and had four parallel bloody cuts across her chest and abdomen!

Michelle
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I used to believe that Halloween was a guy who came to your house and killed your mum!!!

Billy U
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Judging by the sound of the word, I used to think an asylum was where everyone had to be silent. Well, it is a type of prison!

Anon
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I used to think the sound of a heavy church bell was meant to be the chime of doom, and that God was ringing it himself as a ghost. Grim but still funny.


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I have 4 older brother who were always in trouble one way or another, one time when I was little I heard my mom say my one brother was arrested last night for Jay-walking. I couldnt get the picture out if my head. I didnt understand what it meant. I pictured him walking down the street naked, because I associated the term Jay-walking with the term "Naked as a Jay-bird!" I know better now. :)

Heather in Florida
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I used to believe when a criminal got out of jail and was on probation that he had to go see an officer (or counsilor) once a week AND pass drug tests - or go back to jail. My sister's ex-boyfriend proved the movies and tv shows lied.

no one
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I used to think that every night, if I got up there would be a murderer out there that had already hung my parents up on the wall and would kill me. That's one of the reasons I started sleeping with my door closed

Anon
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I used to believe if I am naughty, a policeman would come get me and throw me to jail!

Melody
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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!

Nocturnal Lucidity
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