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When I was a young child I used to believe that when you ran for presidency, the person that could run the furthest without stopping became president.
I use to think that the prime minister would sit down at a big table and name everything so we would know what to call it.
Born in the USA in 1951, the Communist scare was in full swing when I was young. I was about four, I think, and the kid across the street was named 'Conrad.' I confused this with the word 'Comrade,' which was what the bad guys on TV called each other. I told my mother that the people across the street were Communists. "Oh!" she was sincerely interested, "why?" I told her that they called their son "Conrad." I'm sure my mother got a big laugh out of that one.
I used to believe that the Queen and Margaret Thatcher were best friends and imagined them going to each others house for tea.
being from england when i was young i used to think that the british and usa boycott of the 1980 moscow olympics was due to the cricketer Geoff Boycott. it was the only boycott i knew at the time!
In 7th grade we were learning about annexing. I wanted to be a politician and show the U.S. that Canada was tough and not to be messed with by taking over Maine. After all, it was nice and small and close to the border. What we would do would be have secret meetings where we would tell people to move there, then wait 18 years so they could have kids who would be of legal age to vote too, and then one of them would make a bill or something proposing that Maine join Canada and then all the Canadians there that would vote yes. I still, kind of, think it would work...
I'm Spanish, and as soon as I was told that Ronald Reagan spoke English I thought he must be the king of England.
i used to believe that Margeret Thatcher was the queen (because of the amount of coverage on TV) and that Great Britain was the only land in the world surrounded by endless sea.. i put this down to the weather updates on TV, which one day confused the hell out of me when it zoomed out to europe...what planet was this??!
My older sister also used to believe that the world in 'olden times' was actually black and white as shown on the TV.
When I was seven, Watergate was all you heard about on TV. I believed that someone had kidnapped Nixon and was holding him (tied up and gagged) next to a "water gate" which I pictured as a dried up dam. I thought that the kidnappers were going to drown him by opening the water gate. When I heard about payoffs and bribes, this only confirmed my belief.
When I was a kid I found out Hitler was an artist. I could not believe he was an artist. Artists are colourful creative people and they dont look like that.
I used to believe that all Republicans were Protestants and all Democrats were Catholic.
I thought the President of the US was like the King of the World, and because he was America's president he would have to be good. After all, America was good. He always was and would always be President. Then people started complaining about him (Nixon)and saying how he did bad things, and I thought "How could this be? He's President of America and America is good." Then they started talking about imnpeachment, and I thought they were talking about peach-mint ice cream!
I used to think that the poster of Margaret Thatcher on the door of the Conservative Party office was in fact the lady that lived there.
I belief that it was Ingvar Carlsson who killed Olof palme The swedish primeminstry only becurse Ingvar want to be the new primeministry
When I was a child aged 5, I used to beleive the President of the United States was Donald Dragon. It was after I asked my mother if she knew who the President was and she said, "I don't know, who do you think it is?" that I discovered it was, actually, Ronald Reagan.
When I was a child, I somehow got it into my head that 'The Government' was the same thing as the cobbler who wore a stained white overcoat and worked in a small shed at the bottom of the railway bridge near our house. I'm not sure where the connection came, but I remember it being maddening when, as a five year old, I attempted to explain to my mother the truth of the matter -- hoping she wouldn't be duped into believing the lie that everyone else had bought into.
When I was a small child, I used to believe that each night, Jimmy Carter (then president of the US) would come into every little girl's bedroom and say good night. We never did find out who (or what) that person was that I saw each night!
Up until myearly teeens I used to believe that a prostitute was the P in MP. Hence all MP's were prostitutes. :@)
When I was a kid in the late 70s my family took a trip to Washington, DC, and we toured the White House. I kept trying to look around corners while standing in line (ultimately to be yanked back in) because I thought that since it was the president's house, someone would come out to greet us. Even Amy Carter would have been great. After all, whenever people would come to OUR house, my mom and dad would have me come out from wherever I was to say hello to our company.
I was born in 1971. I don't remember Nixon resigning. I do remember Carter being elected president. All my memories of Gerald Ford, however, have somehow morphed into Chevy Chase falling off the podium on 'Saturday Night Live.'