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I remember my Grandpa talking about the Cold War - and I always thought that it was a war at the south pole because that was the coldest place I knew of.
Abraham Lincoln invented all the WORDS. He wrote the dictionary by candle light in his log cabin. (Lincon Logs were so named in his honor.)
When I was very young, I would hear about the "Iron Curtain" and I thought it was a gigantic metal drapery between countries and no one could go through it.
I didn't fully grasp the idea of a "secret ballot":
One election year Dad mentioned that no one knows who you vote for. I took that to mean, "including yourself". So I said, "Can't you just walk in there, bang your fist on the table and demand that your vote goes to [a particular candidate] ?"
Some time later I realized the true meaning of the "secret ballot".
My 18 year old brother thought the former vice president was named Al Gorbachov.
When I was 10, Ronald Reagan was elected president. My dad said that George Bush would take us into a war, so I was terrified that if anything happened to Reagan we would be in WW3 and the whole earth would be blown up with nuclear bombs.
I thought Abraham Lincoln was the first Jew.
I used to believe that the Demon Headmaster and Jack Straw were in fact one and the same person. I couldn't watch any parliamentary sections on the news because I thought that he was going to hypnotise me.
I used to believe that Aiatola Reza Parlev was praying. In portuguese "reza" means pray, and I believe that this Aiatola was praying some tipe of supplication named Parlev
I used to believe that George Washington was my father. I ran around during 1st and 2nd grades bragging that he was my father. I have no idea why.
Once during a general election a political reporter asked a candidate "How was your campaign?"
I thought that they were asking about the fizzy wine!
Once at the time of a general election I asked my Mum if they had jelly and icecream at the Labour Party?
I used to believe the president of the United States sat upon a throne and ruled like a king. The only difference was his garb-- he wore a suit and tie instead of a robe and a crown.
I was very young when the whole WATERGATE situation occurred. I remember hearing things on t.v. and thinking that it had something to do with alligators!
I used to believe that our next-door neighbour, Mrs Grigg, Annie Walker off "Coronation Street" and Margaret Thatcher were all the same person. They were all vaguely upper-middle-class, pompous and stuffy, and had "old-lady" perms - hence my confusion.
When I was younger I used to believe that Margaret Thatcher was a male ballet dancer with a beard. Not unlike "Bullet" Baxter from Grange Hill.
When i was in first grade, we had " President Lincon" at our school, and when i saw the man who played lincon the next day at Chuck e. Cheese, I cried, becasue it wasnt really Lincon.
I used to believe that the cold war was happening in Siberia or Alaska.
I thought Hitler was the name of the guy who shot lincoln.
Untill I was about 15 I thought that the birthmark on Mikael Gorbachov's head was actually a map of the world.