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When I was growing up there were only four countries: The United States, Canada, China, and Russia. China and Russia were on the other side of Earth and right next to each other, like Canada and the US are. And the Cold War was named that because it was in Russia, and it was cold there.
I used to believe Saddam Hussein was Uncle Sam.
I used to have a stuffed globe I used as a pillow when I was first learning to read. Phonetically sounding out the countries, I used to believe that Niger and Nigeria, were pronounced with a hard G, and proudly announced their names to my mother as Nigger and Niggeria. She VERY quickly corrected me.
I used to tell my mom that i never want to be turkish, when she finally asked me why, i replied saying because everyyear at thanksgiving we always eat the turkeys!!
When i was younger i thought that england was the only country in the world that had the internet!! When i was even younger i thought England was the only country in the world! I was terrifed when some from another country came to my house or on the T.V because i thought they were aliens!!!
up until the age of 19, i thought that spanish food consisted of tacos and burritos until i realized that spain has a culture and culinary world much separate from mexico and latin america
When I was in first grade, we learned about Native Americans, and how it wasn't proper to call them "Indians." At the time, my dad worked with a woman who was Indian (as in, from India), and he made some reference to her being Indian. However, I had never heard of the country of India, and I got really mad at my dad, saying "No! You have to call her Native American!" He kept insisting that, no, she wasn't Native American, she was Indian. I just thought he was being really mean and ignorant.
ME and my couzin told her brother that we were from Ireland and we had a language of our own and that grandma held a ceremony for us to become true Irisians. He believed then asked his mom if it was true and we got punished but it was worth it!
When I was little and everyone would talk about the Palestinians(sorry can't spell)I used to think that they were saying "palace indians" and in my head I had an image of indians living in the Buckingham Palace.
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.