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I used to hear adults using the phrase "sectarian violence" in relation to Northern Ireland and think it had something to do with garden secateurs. I also thought the "Cod War" between Britain and Iceland in the 70s was some sort of battle being fought by the fish themselves.
for the longest time i thought that Stockwell Day was some kind of holiday about the stock market. but stockwell day was a leader of the canadian alliance (or something). it's not my fault if his name is weird!
I used to believe that "the bomb" was literally one bomb and resided in the White House, and I was fearful that some cleaning lady might drop it when dusting and that would be the end of us.
I used to believe that the Jewish Settlers in Gaza and the West Bank should move back and give the land back to the Palace Indians.
I used to think that the President of the United States did the evening news because Ronald Reagan looked a lot like Dan Rather to me.
I used to believe that George Washington was trying to talk to me whenever I got water up my nose during a bath. To this day, I have no idea why.
I used to think that everyone in the country got a turn at being President. I was scared because I didn't want that kind of responsibility or public attention.
On the TV news I was used to them showing a photo of a person's face in the corner of the screen with the name of that person underneath. So one day they showed Ayatollah Khomeini, with "IRAN" underneath, and I thought Iran was his name.
I was pretty small when Nixon was President. I thought "Watergate" was a type of alligator.
when I was very small Margaret Thatcher was still prime minister of Britain, and I used to think that she and the queen were the same person.
i used to think that Nassar Hussein(the captain of the England cricket team) and Saddam Hussein were the same person.
i used to think that groucho marx and karl marx were brothers.
I was born in the late fifties and went to grade school in the early to mid sixties-
JFK was asassinated in 1963- Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy asassinated in 1968.
I used to believe that all US Presidents died by asassination.
I used to believe there was a Russian Leader named Garbage Trough and an Arabian named Are A Fat
While growing up in the late 70s and 80s, my father always referred to Communists as "Communist Bastards". He never said the first word without the other. So, in elementary school when we were talking about world history one day, I remember raising my hand and answering, "Because the Communist Bastards ..." It was pretty embarrassing.
I was 6 in 1974. I thought President Nixon was in trouble for stealings scotch tape. I kept imagining him climbing up my parents' fire escape and looking for scotch tape in my parents' room.
As a child, I thought that President Ford and actor Harrison Ford were the same person. Upon seeing Harrison Ford's movie "Air Force One", I told my mother "You know, he does such a good job being president, he should become the real US president again".
I used to believe because I was born I Abe Lincoln's birthday I had a better shot at being President.
i used to think that 'uncle sam' was a real person...who took all my parent's money!
I was 7 during the first Quebec referendum (you know, the first time they were deciding if Quebec should separate from Canada?). My parents let me stay up late to watch the reuslts, and when the 'Non' side won, I jumped up and yelled "Yay! We get to stay in Canada!!"
Part of me thought that the whole province would physically separate and have bridges to the other provinces and the US as the only connecting points.