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when i was a kid my mom told me that the reflectors on the road were for blind people. i belived her until i was 17 years old.
My sister and I used to believe that highways were required to have an exit each mile. It wasn't until we were well past driving age when we realized otherwise.
up until I took drivers ed I thought that the speed limit sighns showed the speed you were not allowed to go. this came from everyone slowing down when they saw a cop. I never knew that people allways drive faster than the speed limit.
When i was little i used to see those Wrong Way signs and i spent years wondering how they knew where people were supposed to be going.
I am one of those rare colorblind females. I have protanomaly, which causes me to see less red than a person with normal color vision would. Therefore, most shades of red appear to be orange to me.
Just today, I was in the car with my mother and she sped past a stop sign and nearly hit someone. It scared the hell out of me. So then I began to yell at her.
Me: You idiot! I almost pissed myself for a second there! YOU STOP AT THE BIG ORANGE SIGN THAT SAYS "STOP" ON IT!
Mother: Orange? You mean red...
And that's when she began laughing hysterically. To think I didn't know this for fourteen years... XD
i used to think the traffic signs with the arrows pointing up (forward) and down(backward) ment that you drove your car up in the sky and under ground...what was i thinking?
When I was a kid, I knew that a "dead end" was where the road ended before joining another road, but I thought that if you drove down to a dead end, you couldn't go back and you had to stay there until you died. Hence the term "dead end".
When I was about 4 years old I was convinced that the red and yellow reflectors on metal poles that you see by the roadside were really lollipops. I really really wanted one of those lollipops and used to beg my parents to please stop and let me get one. Boy was I disappointed when they finally caved in one day and let me try to get a lollipop...
my mom believed when she was little that a street sign that said don't walk meant you better run.
I used to believe that when seeing a road sign saying "BLIND DRIVE" it meant to watch out because there were blind people driving around.
When driving with my grandpa one day, we passed a "Blind Drive" sign. I asked him what it meant, and he said "It means that the driveway doesn't have any eyes". I believed for the longest time after this that most most driveways had eyes and could see me (and I felt sorry for the ones that didn't)
Having seen enough red octagonal STOP signs in my time, I used to look out for green circular GO signs.
I used to believe that the people who made the "Slow Children Playing" signs were very mean people,After all it is rude to call a child slow.
When I was little I use to believe that the highway signs "Park N Ride", for car pools, meant that there was a place to park ahead and go on carnival rides. I use to beg my parents to stop for the "carnival" and they would look at me as if I was crazy! I still get a kick out of those signs.
I used to think that the signs on the side of the road that said "Do Not Pass", meant do not pass that point. I would yell at my mom and tell her to turn the car around, and would get scared something was going to happen, when she didn't.
For the longest time, I never understood the road signs- Pedestrian Xing. Truck Xing. Deer Xing. "What in the heck does xing mean", I thought. "And how did you pronounce it"?
I used to think the sign on lorries that said Long Vehicle said Long Voyage no idea why as I was always good at reading!
I grew up in South Africa. Road names are marked as R10 or R60 etc. The currency in South Africa is the Rand (note the capital R), so I believed that the R10 or R60 signs I saw along the road, was the amount of the fine you would get if you were speeding on that road.
when I was younger (I am still a child as I am only 17 now), I thought that the "do not pass" signs meant you couldn't move past the sign. It always upset me because I thought my parents were breaking the law.
I thought this until I read the drivers manual at age 14.
When I saw a road sign that said no outlet that it ment the houses there didn't have electrical outlets. I believed this until I was about 11 and mentioned to my grandma how it must suck to live with no electricity when the next street over had it. I felt pretty dumb when she explained it ment the road was a dead end