My son used to think the last line in The Star Spangle Banner was "Play Ball" because the only time he used to hear it was at baseball games
I saw a basketball game on TV and the announcer said, of the four teams in the playoffs, only TWO WOULD SURVIVE that day. I thought the players on the other two teams would be executed when they lost. I pictured trapdoors opening up on the basketball court to drop the losers to the depths of who-knows-where.
I once read in a magazine when I was very young a story about people in seoul (where ever that is?) eating dogs but in the article it mentioned the olympics!. I got confused and assumed that the olympics was a cruel dog eating competition and was disgusted with my mum when she asked me to join her in watching it on tv!.
When I was 5 or so my father took up curling at the local rink. For the life of me I couldn't figure out why he would go, since he was bald......As you can tell, I'm not a sports fan.
I used to believe that drag racing was when guys dressed in drag raced each other. LOL
For years I believed that cheerleaders had to have surgery to remove their hands and put pom-poms in. I vowed never to become a cheerleader -- Good thing too, I'm male.
I used to believe that the rock thing they used in the sport Curling, was a tea kettle.
When my sister was little, she thought that the designated hitter at a baseball game was the hitter that didn't drink!
Until I was 12 or 13, I used to believe that if a soccer player got a yellow card or red card, he or she was given that card to take home after the game, just like you take home a medal you win.
When I was little, I used to think that the shoulder pads worn by American football players were actually their muscles.
When I was little, I used to think that (after watching in slow motion) centers in football pooped the football to quarterbacks. I s*** you not.
I used to think that the football players with the higher numbers on their jerseys meant they were the better, stronger players than the ones with the lower numbers.
When i was a child i absolutely HATED sports and physical education. Now, my mother had told me about the Vietnam war and how there was a draft and any male over 18 could be called upon to fight and if they refused, they would be imprisoned.
So when i heard there was an NFL draft and an NBA draft, i thought it was the same idea, with the draftees selected at random amongst the general populace. I was so scared that when i turned 18, i was going to be selected and i would be forced to either play major league sports or rot in prison.
I used to think that the driving range at a golf course was a track for racing golf carts to keep the non-golfers amused.
I used to believe that racing cars with the number 100 on the side would always win the race, since it was the biggest number. And the car that had "1" was supposed to come last.
It seems that I missed the whole concept of compeditive racing.
I used to believe that cheerleaders pom poms were somehow permanently attached to their arms instead of hands:p
I became addicted to video games at a young age, and it's lasted to the present day. When I was younger, I used to believe that video games got certain ideas like "pause" and "reset" from real life. The day this belief stopped, I was riding in the car somewhere with my family, and saw a tennis ball go rolling across the road from a nearby park. I screamed at my dad to "PAUSE THE GAME! PAUSE THE GAME!" We pulled over and I explained that I needed them to "pause it" so I could run and get the ball for the tennis players. My family was extremely amused (including my _younger_ sister!), and my parents suggested they take away my video games for a couple of weeks so I could get back in touch with reality. Needless to say, I shut up and never mentioned it again, although there are times I'll get the overwhelming urge to press a Reset button...
I used to believe that, when I was playing soccer at the yard or at the street (a very common practice in the neighbourhood)the national soccer team couch would see me from his helicopter (?????)and I could be called to join the national team and participate in the World Cup.
I used to believe that the human race was just like a bigger version of the London Marathon, with people from all round the world.
I used to believe that Celtic had an age-old rivalry with Queens Park Rangers.
Imagine my humiliation when, at the age of 20, and pretending to know about football, I had to be informed that there was a Glasgow Rangers. And that Celtic did not have a (frankly weird) thing against the London club QPR.