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I thought that asylum seekers were people who were mad and wanted to find an asylum.
When I was 3 I went to Spain with my parents and while standing in the middle of a really crowded street I asked my mother where the spaniards were... I guess I was expecting to see really strange creatures instead of regular people just like me...
I thought there was only 1 nationality in the world so I started talking to a German man in filipino.
One time I heard that 1 in 4 people in the world was Chinese. I thought that meant one out of every four. For weeks, I would look around my class of predominantly caucasian students figure out which of them were really Chinese.
I used to think that the U.S. and Great Britain were natural enemies -- I was just the right age when the Bicentennial happened in 1976, and there was a lot of information about Washington fighting those dastardly British.
when i was four years old i used to believe that our planet earth had thousands and thousands of countries.afer a couple of years, when i got older i relised that earth was not as big as i thought it was. it came as a big surprise to me, i was so dissapointed
I used to think that if you were pregnant and your baby was born in another country, the baby would be of the nationality of that country and you wouldn't be allowed to take the baby home with you (it would be adopted by one of the native citizens).
My mum, (who in fairness was told this by her mum) told me that Black people couldn't swim in their adult life. She said that their bones get heavier as they get older and that's why you don't see any Black people at the Olympic's (& other swimming comp's) etc. We all believed her, until I brought it up to my best friend when I was about 16, who happens to be mixed race... The sheer look of disbelief on her face.... "Man! My mum told me that!"
When I was about eight, my family went on a trip to Canada. Since I was "American," I decided it would be cool to call peoplefrom Canada "Canadians." I was so convinced that I made up the word "Canadian" that I was really disappointed that they didn't mention my "great new invention" on the news that night.
So what did Canadians call themsleves before, really?
I used to ask my mum why Americans put on funny accents and why they just didn't speak normally like Australians.
I used to believe you could only marry another person from your country -Canadians couldn't marry Americans, and you had to be the same age.
I also thought there were only Canadians and Americans, and when I found out about British people I was amazed and thought that now you could only be one of those 3.
i used to think that albinos were from Abania..
when my mom said that i should look at china because they got starving people, i used to think seriously why couldnt we pack it up and send it to them.
people where I live are always complaining about Bosnians, so one day my confused little sister said "there are Bosnians all over the place, aren't there? they must have a lot of kids!" she thought that 'Bosnian' was a surname and that all the Bosnians were part of the same huge family!
I was on the bus one day when I was little and I saw a man wearing a turban. I was really excited because I thought he was a genie (I think Aladin had just come out). My aunt explained to me that he was sikh and I was really upset.
When I was about 7 my parents took me and my brother to Purto Ricoon vacation. The first day we went to the beach I saw eroupean men walking around in speedos. I thought that they had lost thier swim trunks and were looking for them. i procedded to try and help them find their trunks until my mom told me that speedos were another kind of swimsuit.
When I was little I always used to belive what my dad told me. one day we were watching the simpson and he came out with the lie all Americans are yellow! it took me years to finally think hang on...
i used to think all chinese people looked exactly the same
When I was in seventh grade, a girl I was in Social Studies class with named Susie was reading her paragraph out of our geography book. We were discussing the Shiite and Sunni Muslims and she was the first one to read about the Shiites. The rest of us in class were not quite sure how to say it but we knew it probably wasn't how we thought it should be said. Sure enough, though, Susie kept struggling through her paragraph and got to Shiite, pronouncing it "Shitty" and making the whole class and our teacher laugh. When he finally got control of himself, the teacher explained to us how to pronounce it, Shee-ite. To this day (and I've already graduated from both high school and college), I still use "Shiite" (pronounced the correct way) as a euphemism for that other expletive.
I used to believe that the French perfumed their horses. Whenever a family member would try on a perfume at the mall, my dad would remark "You smell like a French horse." It took me years to realize that he really meant 'whore,' not 'horse'.