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Fortunately, the first time my grandpa mentioned "guerrillas" in Central America to me, he explained that they "weren't like gorillas at the zoo", they were people, and it was spelled differently, so I didn't have that confusion.

But when I heard someone mention "guerrilla tactics" in a cartoon, I thought it meant fighting like a gorilla-- beating your chest and all of that.

Kai
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When I was little, no one wanted to tell me about the concept of war and what is actually is, which is, let's face it, a bunch of people killing each other over things that were way too complicated for a kid to know anyway. So I thought that war was more like a fight and no one actually had to die. I visualized it like a martial arts tournament and the two sides would fight and then when someone cried "uncle!" it was over in a match, so no one really got hurt and after they counted up the score of winds and loses, it was over. As an advocate for standing up for yourself, I didn't understand why people weren't having these perfectly civilized competitions more often to solve their problems. Even when someone told me that war is about killing everyone on the other side and showed me a picture of a US soldier with a gun in his arm, at first I was confused. "But if everybody kills each other, there won't be any winners or losers, just dead people." Oh man I wish I had been right all along.

Anon
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every time I see a black and white movies or documents on TV, I used to think that back in the day everything was black and white. and I was so glad that I wasn't born in those times. and I would say to myself I love the sun I love colors and would feel bad for all people who lived back then without seeing the sun or any colors.

M.T E
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When I was younger, I used to think that a long time ago a people lived in black and white

three girls
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I used to believe that all autobiographies ended in a string of gibberish because I only ever read biographies of dead people so I assumed that an account of the subject's death was a necessary part of a biography and there was no way someone writing an autobiography would be able to get out the full account of their own death before collapsing at their keyboard.

Roger
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I used to believe that the salvation army was an actual army.

Anon
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I used to believe that a dictatorship was a time when people had to do Dictation exercises in class (the ones in which the teacher says some sentences out loud and you have to write them down without any mistake) all the time. I understood why people said dictatorships were so bad: after a while, it would become really boring to do nothing but dictation at school!

Anon
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I used to believe that Nazis were "not-Z's" and I would picture people in army clothes that have pictures of Z's in a red circle with slash. I would wonder why they are called that.

Julie
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I used to believe Joseph Stalin was "Joseph Stalling" because he stalled a lot and that's why he killed a lot of people because they got mad at him because he was stalling.

Sally
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When i was a little boy,I used to think people of the 20th century and before lived without colours (in black and white )

serge
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