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i used to think that 'uncle sam' was a real person...who took all my parent's money!
I was bourn on 23 April 79 just days before Margaret Thatcher became prim minister and so until around 8 years old I thought you had to be a woman to be Prime minister.
I live in Kansas, and I have all my life. I always was a fairly logical kid (although my behavior apeared to contradict this!) and I always tried to make sense of complex things. When I was a little kid, I heard people talking about the Governer. Well, one time we went to the capital of the state, Topeka, Kansas. And we saw the Capitol building and iI remember Mom pointing out its ts big, green copper dome, etc. I remember Mom saying thats where the governer was. I thought that the governer headed the government and the president headed the country. I thought they were separate organizations that ruled the country. I always thought it was neat that they had the government based in Topeka. I always asked people things like, "Hey, why did they put the govermmnt in Kansas?" I always wondered why they would choose such a half-a**, redneck place like Kansas to put such an important thing. I was kind of stupid but smarter than other kids my age. at least I knew who the governor was.
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.
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.
I used to believe that communist is someone who wears weird military uniform, grows a bushy moustache (I watched too many films in primary school) and hates Church and religion - so since my neighbour never goes to church and isn't shy to tell he doesn't believe in God, I was convinced that he is civil form of communist. Then when in school, at history lesson, our teacher told as that communist countries like Soviet Union or Northern Korea were to blame for genocides of millions and that communism is the most bloody form of governing in history. I was scared like hell because putting two and two together I came to conclusion that we live next to insane murderer!
I grew up in West-Berlin, when is still was in the middle of Communist territory. Passing the border by car to transit through East-Germany (for a holiday, typically) took hours and the controls were harsh, with dogs and seaches and lots of paperwork and lots of questions.
I thought the reason was fighting highway robbery and always felt uneasy when we were visiting countries like Denmark of Switzerland where you wouldn't be harrassed for hours when entering. I thought they were irresponsible and dangerous places!
When I was young, president Bush was president. For some reason, I thought Abraham Lincoln was the president that came right before bush, instead of Clinton. I recall bragging that I was alive when Abraham Lincoln was around. No one believed be, though.
I used to believe that a ballot is just a blank piece of paper where you write the name of who you vote for in giant letters.
If you lost a Presidential election, you had to leave the country. This came from me mishearing the words "lead the country" from a TV ad talking about the election that was going on back then.
When I was young, I saw on TV that the US President was named Reagan, which is very similar to the German word "Regen" (meaning "rain") so I thought the Americans say "Reagan" for rain.
i used to think that Nassar Hussein(the captain of the England cricket team) and Saddam Hussein were the same person.
I used to hear on TV all the time about the "government", and think it was an actual person who was even more important and powerful than the president, except nobody actually saw him or knew his name.
When I was young, I was driving in the car with my father, and they were talking about politics on the radio. The words "Democrat" and "Republicans" kept coming up, and I asked my dad what the difference was. His response was, "Well, last year they elected a Democrat. In a few years they'll get sick of him and elect a Republican. Then the same thing will happen and they'll elect a Democrat again." This was my understanding of the U.S. political system until around my senior year in high school, when I discovered that it was a bit more complex than that. As my knowledge of politics grew, however, I came to realize that my dad had pretty much summed things up pretty accurately.
I used to believe that the state seal (you know, the picture on the state flag) was an actual animal seal! I believed that every state had an animal seal at the state capitol! I believed this until I was in 7th grade.
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.'
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!
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.
When I was little I heard on the TV that poverty had something to do with politics. I knew politics was something the mayor do, and mayors take care of cities.
So I believed that poor people lived in poor towns, and rich people lived in rich towns.
I believed I saw Abraham Lincoln on a cross-country car trip when I was 7 years old. I "shook his hand" at a motel in Illinois. I argued with my 2nd grade teacher who called my mother. She explained it was a "stand-in" for Lincoln.