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I was about 8 years old in Little League baseball, with some reasonable skill at the game but a few gaps in my understanding of how it was played. I'll never forget the humiliation I experienced one day during a game where I'd gotten on base. Our team was below average and often I'd get on base but the next batters would get out before I could make it home. So there's the day--I'm on 3rd base, the batter hits a line drive and I tear off for home. I beat the 2nd baseman's throw and scored. I was thrilled. "I got a home run!" The other kids that jumped up to congratulate me on making it home, then sneered and laughed at me for what I said. "No, you didn't make a home run," I was condescendingly informed. "But I ran to home and made it! Why isn't that a home run?" One kid took pity on me and explained how I'd have to run all the way around the bases after hitting the ball, in one shot. THAT is a home run. I didn't want to believe him, because I felt so great about reaching home base. When my father finally told me the same thing, I sadly realized the truth of it. We won that day. But I wouldn't be happy until the next season when I finally hit a "real" home run. ;-)

Gary
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I used to believe that the list of retired numbers displayed in baseball stadiums was actually the stadium's telephone number

Andrew
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i used to think that a'quarterback' was some guy who ran around with a giant quarter on his back! i was dumb

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When I was really little and watching the Olympics opening cerimonies (sp?) for the first time, my mother explained to me that flame had been carried by an athlete on all continents. I pictured some poor runner carrying the torch all the way across his or her continent, and also thought they had to use foot-powered paddle-boats (like the kind we rented at City Park Lake) to get it across the oceans. It never occured to me to wonder how they ever started the the Olympics on time. I thought that was why it was only every 4 years.

Still not an athlete
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When I was 4 or 5 ish, I used to watch formula 1 with my two older brothers, and I used to chant 'they're going to the shops'

Samantha
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I was a smart kid, so when I was thinking about the Olympics I noted that they were held in a different city every time. Given that the number of cities in the world is limited, I wondered how much would I have to wait until the Olympics were held in our small town.

Felipe
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I grew up in the New Orleans area, where our football team is the Saints. My father was, and still is, a die-hard Saints fan, and as a result, I often heard a great deal about the local team. Well, as a child, when I heard about the holiday All Saints Day, I believed that it was a day to commemorate the athletes playing on our local football team.

Miss Mustard
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I used to think that running cross-country meant you ran across the entire nation!

Anon
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i used to believe the quarterback was second in command (what an idiot i was)

Anon
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My dad used to ride a motorcycle & surf, but i had this wierd belief that surfers & motorcylists were currently in an epic street battle against each other, like rival gangs.

I was always worried about daddy when he would surf or ride his bike that someone would shoot him for being a traitor.

ShannonOfDoom
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My brother thought the white powder used by weightlifters to help them grip the weights was the ashes of the Olympic flame.

This was because at the 1984 games the containers used to hold the chalk dust looks just like the flame bowl at the stadium.

Richard Davies
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I used to think everyone competed in the olympics.

jo
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wen i was around 6-7 i used to think during playing a game of CRICKET..when a batsman hits the ball VERY high in the air..GOD catches the ball and gives the batsman a 100 runs:D..how random..

Anon
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When I was younger, I first heard that my brother needed 'fit' for a cup for baseball. Needless to say, I always pictured him standing with an old lady who placed a rather large styrofoam cup on his head that was brightly decorated and him smiling up at it as if it were 'just the right size.'

STFUgo-bot
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top belief!

I used to believe that drag racing was when guys dressed in drag raced each other. LOL

Emmy
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I used to believe that in baseball, every time a player crossed home plate and scored that it was a home run. After all, they did "run home."

Anon
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when i was really young, my dad took me to a New York Knicks game. They were doing really bad, and everyone was silent. then the screen that said "make some noise" came up. I was cheering my head off, thinking that I was making the bar raise my myself (i looked liked an idiot around everyone else). It took me about3 years to realize that the screen went the meter went up on its own

Mike
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When I was around 12, I thought that the nosebleed section of venues or stadiums was for people like me who frequently got nosebleeds. I envisioned a section of people with handkerchiefs held to their noses, paramedics nearby, just freely bleeding while enjoying a concert or a baseball game.

Gabrielle
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when i was little i thought vollyball was bollyball

stephanie
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when i was in primary school i was told thats the school had bats flying around the place. At the time i thought they meant wooden rounders bats that had wings and could flyand thought it rather strange. Years later i remembered this and realised how stupid i was.

Martin
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