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When I was 4/5 (U.S. kindergarten age), I believed that "the government" (which I often heard my parents discussing) was the title of a man who looked like George Washington.
When I was little, I thought Abraham Lincoln had a tail. Made sense at the time, considering that every time you had to make a decision, you'd toss a penny and call "Heads or tails!" and on one side of the penny you see Lincoln's head. I assumed that the picture on the other side was his tail. By extension I assumed that all presidents had tails and it was some sort of prerequisite.
When election time came, I used to think that whoever was up for nominations, (about ten or twelve in number) came in first, got the presidency, and the one who came in second, was vice president.
When I was 5 Jimmy Carter was running for reelction against Reagan. My parents were devoted Democrats, and somehow I got the idea in my head that if REagan won he would send all of the people who voted for Carter to Alaska to live with the Eskimos. I kept this to myself for a while, petrified, before finally breaking down and telling my mother, who assured me I would not need a parka no matter how the election turned out!
When I was a preschool kid, I used to believe that kings and queens only existed in fairy tales, like the other characters (dragons, fairies and things like that) that Mom had said were "just make-believe". Seeing news stories from England on TV impressed and confused me at the same time: "Mommy, is that Elizabeth lady real?"
That the leader of each country was the smartest person in that country and that they were also the richest people in the country. Except for in America where i thought astronauts were richer and England where i thought the Queen was richer.
I used to believe that Bush kept a buch of dead bodies underneath the white house. Dont ask.
In fifth grade, I thought that part of the reason that Quebec wanted to secede from the rest of Canada because English was printed above French on cereal boxes, and they wanted French to be on top. I thought that they should have a better reason for making such a fuss.
That when the labour party won the election labour party ment just a special type of party
I seriously believed for some time that Watergate was about a huge (and apparently long-lasting!) flood caused by the president who had screwed up and left a big Gate open and lots of Water came through it, which explained why people were mad at him. I was convinced that this had all been on the news. My guess now is that I had been seeing TV reports about major flooding on the East Coast in 1972 from Hurricane Agnes, at about the same time as the Watergate burglary, so when they started talking about Watergate, I just combined the news stories in my mind...
I used to belive that Ronald Regan won presidency from Jimmy Carter in a boxing match. Maybe I got this from Frankie goes to Hollywood's Two Tribes video?
I thought the Government was a high-ranking politician who shared duties with the President (I'm American). The president mostly gave speeches, and the Government did the work.
i use to bellieve dat america waz da only country in da world
I used to believe that when the race for the presidency was Really a race. The the two candidates ran through each state and the one who got there first, won the state. Whoever had the most states became President. I was 7.
When I was a kid, I used to believe that when adults voted, they all went out into a big field and raised their hands when someone called out the name of who they were voting for, like in class.
well, this was actually my mom's belief and is probably not pc, but here is it: when she was a very little girl and growing up in florida, there was still evidence of segregation every where. she would pitch an absolute fit at having to drink out of the 'white' drinking fountain, because it was boring and stupid, and she wanted to drink out of the 'colored' drinking fountain, which surely spouted rainbow water. her mother didn't know what to do with her screaming child wanting rainbow water!
When I was little I thought the london underground was a terrorist organisation
My father is an avid republican. When I was in preschool, we'd watch the news together, and whenever a picture of Bill Clinton came up, he'd point and say "That's the wicked wizard of the East. He kidnaps children."
I proceeded to go to my preschool class and warn all my friends about this evil wizard.
In 1995 (I was 8) President Clinton and the Republicans in Congress were fighting over the budget, and I heard on the news that if they couldn't agree on one, the federal government would shut down. I thought that meant the government would cease to exist, the country would descend into anarachy, and we would have to move to Britain or somewhere. Then the government really did shut down, but it only meant a few offices were closed.
The Whit house down the street was the real "White House".