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Up until I was about 26, I beleived that being Jewish only implied that you were of the Jewish faith. And argued with my husband, and mother that Jewish could also mean you were *Jewish* such as being *Spanish* or *English*. I didn't beleive anyone until my father (who has told his share of doozys) convinced me otherwise!
I used to believe Mexican food was made from real Mexicans!
When I was young I believed that if you stayed in another country for an extended period, you started to look like its inhabitants (change if skin colour, hair colour, facial characteristics, height, etc.)
My dad used to tell us kids that if we behaved badly the Japanese would invade and put bamboo in our ears and under our fingernails to punish us.
PS - Sorry to the Japanese people reading this, and we left my dad when I was 11.
Whenever I asked my parents if I could call my friend in America they told me I couldnt because she would be asleep so I thought all they did in America was sleep all the time.
When I was very young, I thought the word lesbian was the term for a citizen of Lebanon.
when I was about 7 we used to go on holiday to North Wales, and one time we stopped at a remote house to ask for directions. When my stepdad got back in the car he said "I can't believe that man's a geordie - what's a geordie doing in the middle of Wales?" and for some reason, from that moment on I thought a geordie was some kind of subversive, international terrorist..... (for those not in the UK a geordie is someone who speaks with a Newcastle accent)
I am from Norway, and I have some reletives in Amerika. So, when I was 5 ore 6 I believed that every american was black with big, curly hair and tru ther noses they hade bones! =)
I remember the time i found out that people on "the other side of the world" was awake when we were asleep, and vice versa and they had night and we had day, vice versa again. And for me the other side of the world was Australia and japan and all those countries, since I live in Norway.
Then i remember thinking that they must have a really boring life, because all the stores, the schools, and the places were closed at night.
Later i realized that the ones that own the stores and the other places also sleep when the other people in the country sleep... complicated, really =)
I'M 58 AND WHEN I WAS A KID BLACK PEOPLE
WERE REFERED TO AS : "colored people", so I thought there was a race of folks
that were pink, green, blue, red, orange
etc. I think this helped me to grow up
to not be a bigot!
I didn't see an Indian person until I was about 2 years old, the Pakistani gent in question was about 90 years old, and I thought that when you got old you turned black.
When I was quite young I remember seeing an old war film on the TV. There was a Chinese man who had been shot and because it was black & white I thought from then on, that all Chinese people had dark brown blood!
As a child I thought the whole world was England and that Americans were from another planet! I must have seen a program on a rocket being launched because then I was convinced thats how the Americans got to this planet!
I used to think that Eskimo's actually always lived in Igloos, like that was their home and that Indian's lived in tents.....and I'm talking about the 1980's LOL!!
I used to think that because Chinese people were from China, Japanese people must be from Japa.
I used to believe that other culture wore their indigenous outfits ALL THE TIME, like the British all wore Robin Hood outfits and suits of armor, and the Chinese always wore silk robes, and that Indians always wore feather hats. If they didn't wear these things they would become Americans and lose their accents.
I also believed that other countries made up languages to confuse us and all really spoke English, but didn't like us so they made it up. I still think this one a lot!
After one trip to the US side of Niagara Falls, where everyone I saw was Black, I assumed that the entire United States population was composed of Black people.
i used to believe that african natives were great at olympics because they ran away from lions and jumped up trees!