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My parents told me that the lottery was a contest where the winner got a million dollars, and I mistakenly assumed that ALL contests had a prize of a million dollars. Imagine my excitement when, over the morning announcements, I heard my name being announced as the winner of the 2nd grade environmental poster contest. As I waited in the principal's office to get my prize, I imagined how proud of my parents would be of me when I came home that day with a million dollars. Alas, the actual prize of a free book left me disappointed, but at least I learned an important lesson that day.
When I was 8, I made a plan to become rich by selling cups and magazines from my house.
I used to believe the opposite of "expensive" was "relading". I didn't even know what expensive meant. I was just told I couldn't have something because it was expensive, so I said, "No! It's relading!", not knowing what the word meant but wanting that.
I thought that you could just go the bank for unlimited money, and my mom taught me the concept that you have to have an account there to take money out of and that you can't just go the bank for unlimited money.
I could never understand as a little kid why my grandma, on long shopping trips to various stores around town, would say that she didn't have enough money for something. After all, every time she paid at a register, they gave her back more bills and coins than she gave them, right? Didn't that mean she had more money as the trip went on?
I used to think that all countries had the same money as the United States, because the only currency I knew about was the united states, I never knew about the other countries and that made me believe that the currency was the same in poland, japan, germany, etc.
When I was a child, I thought the world had 10,000 bank accounts, i.e. they were all numbered 0000-9999. It came from noticing that my parents entered a four-digit number at the drive-thru ATM. I was very analytical and logical as a child, and still am.
The Chinese restaurant my parents took me to had a Styrofoam cup that sat on the counter and had "Tips appreciated" written on it. I thought you were supposed to write cooking tips on your receipt (if you were a good cook) and throw them in the cup so their chefs could learn how to cook better.
When i was little i thought that a credit card had all the money in the world on it. I never understood why my mom didn't use it all the time.
When I was a child, I used to know that using cheques you could spend an endless amount of money
when I was 8 I asked my dad if we could go to disneyland, he told me we didn't have enough money for it, so I suggested we go to the bank to get some. Thats when he had to explain he needs to put the money in before he can take it out. This notion seemed like madness to me, I couldn't figure out what the point of it was, though he did try to explain it to me...but at that moment I realized money doesn't magically come out of an ATM machine.
When I was 4.Me and my dad were in the bank and he said he needed to get money out of his card.so I thought I'd save him the bother and I snapped his card,needles to say I didn't find any money.
When I was about 5, my dad said he was going to get money out of his bank card. I thought I'd save him the trip and I snapped the card. Needless to say I didn't find any money in his card.
When I was little I'd watch the news with my dad and one time he told me that Nasdaq, Dow Jones, and S&P were competing like sports teams and that our favorite team was Nasdaq. I didn't realize this wasn't true until high school. For years afterward, even though I knew this was a complete lie, I'd silently cheer in my head when I saw the Dow Jones lost points out of habit.
My brother used to think that the bank just gave out free money. Whenever we said that something was too expensive, he would be confused and ask, "Why don't we just go to the bank?"
When I was very little I had no sense of what was a lot of money. I came to the conclusion that my family had around $300 in savings, and it was a reasonable amount to have.
When I was younger, I was rather inventive and imaginative. I wanted to solve poverty by inventing ' a game device that cloned money from DNA'. I was blissfully unaware of the giant hole in my invention for many years and sad when the teuth came about. All I wanted was to solve poverty...
When I was around 13-14, before I understood where money came from etc etc I thought that when a cashier asked you if you wanted 'cash back' it literally meant, 'would you like some of money you used to purchase this item back' I always used to ask my mum why she never wanted any of her cash back! I have now learned that I should explain shit to my kids to save them all this hassle!
I believed money didnt exist and you could just get anything you wanted.
All American pennies say "In God we trust" and underneath that they have a portrait of a bearded man. Until I was 8 I thought the portrait was of God! Only later did I learn that it's Abraham Lincoln.