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I knew that there were people of all colors. i thought there were black people (african american), white people (caucasion), yellow people (chinese), tan people (hispanic), and i thought that other people from different nationalities were different colors...including blue, green, purple, and orange.
I used to believe Turkey day was a Turkish holiday. Then why are we celebrating it in America?
i thought that cartoons from other countries was how the people there looked ... like i thought japanese people had big eyes and pointy noses like anime
I used to believe that those of Indian descent who had them were born with dots on their forehead.
When I was younger, I had twin friends that just happened to like taking really hot baths. As they were part Japanese, I naturally thought that Japanese people were immune to hot water. I truly believed that you could dump scalding hot water on a Japanese person and they would be perfectly fine.
I read this article in National Geographic. It was about how people in (ancient) Saudi Arabia would remove people's hearts in some ceremony or another. Then, someone came to my Girl Scout meeting. She was telling us about Saudi Arabia. I raised my hand and said something like "Is it true that in Saudi Arabia they take out people's hearts?"
I believed the line from the Australian national anthem was 'our land abounds in nature strips', not 'our land abounds in nature's gifts'. But it's true, my part of the country did have a lot of nature strips!
I used to believe that Israelis lived in Pueblos.
A friend had a penpal from Germany and the penpal went into deep detail of what a house looked like - thinking people in Australia have no idea what a house looks like!
so public schools have yearly standardized testing where i grew up. and there was always the section to fill in basic information about yourself. like name, age, grade, etc...
one of those was also for ethnicity. all the standard choices, african american, hispanic, asian, pacific islander/eskimo/native american/other and caucasian.
only i didn't know that caucasian meant "all white folks" (tha’d be me) so i marked the eskimo pacific islander one until middle school.
when i was little my dad and i watched a show and there was a line on it where the main charectar kept shouting "The British are Coming, The British are Coming" like in the indapendance war, i didnt understand and asked him who the british were and why the were coming, and he said big men in red suits would come and get me if i didnt wash the dishes...i obediantly washed the dishes until i was 13.
I am Canadian and when I was little I would sing "True Pastry Love" instead of 'True Patriot Love"
When I was a kid, I thought that all the Americans are born to kill others (bad hlywood movies !) , one day in a hotel a 4 or ^ years old American boy asked us whether he could play footbal with us, we searched him but there were no guns with him so we let him ... but! one min. later his sister came with a pistol toy !!! we all fleed !
This happened to my little sister, but it's still hilarious.
When she was in third grade everyone in the class was sharing their genealogy. Kids around the room were saying, "I'm English", "I'm Irish", "I'm Danish". My sister raised her hand and shouted out to the class, "I'm Germish!".
I was told it took a long time for the laughing to die down.
Up until I was about 10, I used to think that all italians lived in huge house, had mistashes(like mario), ate spagettie every night for dinner, were always joyful and sang italian songs all day and night, lol.
In 6th grade I moved from Ontario, Canada to New York, and told several of my new classmates that beaver tails are a Candian delicacy, that my old school had been held in an igloo, and that I rode a dogsled or possibly a mammoth instead of a schoolbus each morning. (Some of them caught on when I got to the mammoth, some didn't.)
An adult had told me that people in China are of the 'yellow' race and that people in India were 'brown' and people in Africa 'black.' Naturally, I was confused why there were countries on the globe colored pink, green and blue, too.
I'm white, but my father is pretty swarthy and has kinky hair. I inherited my mother's coloring -- very fair. One day when I was about six or so I held up my arm because I thought I had a sort of tan. My dad held up his (much darker) arm next to mine and said "Look! We're of different racial sects!" Ah, that's why he's so much darker, I thought: because he's black! I didn't really understand genetics, obviously, but I thought of one of my best friends as black, and he had a white mom and a black dad, so it all seemed totally reasonable. I don't remember how long it took for me to figure things out.
As an add-on to this, the picture of Abraham Lincoln hanging up in my 1st-grade classroom looked a bit like my dad, so I decided that he was black too. Made sense why he would want to free the slaves, didn't it?
I kept hearing my husband say that "AL needs a Visa" to return her for work. Well, one day I said to my Hubby "Why don't we get him a card under our account" Boy was I ridiculed about that. I believed a visa was a charge card......I was 35 yrs old!!
When we were selling our furniture, a Dutch family came over to view the beds. Their son was like 6'5" and when they left, my sister asked why Dutch people were so tall. My dad told my sister that this was because Dutch people put their children in growbags, to make them tall. My sister believed this for about a year and told just about everyone she knows, including teachers :P She was 9.
He also told her last Christmas that a news flash on Sky News had just told him that Santa Claus had died, after being electrocuted by fairy lights. I'm beginning to think my dads a bit of a sadist :P