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i used to believe that the road sign "not a thru street" meant that they were still building the road and weren't finished yet.
Even after drivers education, I really thought the "feeder" rd. was a really long road that you could take from state to state because you saw it in ,uhm state to state.
when i was a kid i used to believe that those "speed zone ahead" signs meant that cars were going real fast. so i would look out the window waiting for this "zone" to come up.but traffic seamed to slow down for some odd reason.
I grew up in a mountainous region of Kentucky. In many places, the road cuts through the hills and rocks will fall off of the cliffs on to the road. There are signs that read "Fallen Rock Zone." My Papaw had a story he would tell me about an Indian cheif who was looking for his missing daughter. Her name was Fallen Rock and when you went into a Fallen Rock zone, you were supposed to keep an eye out for her. I would scan the area for her every time I saw one of those signs. According to my friends, I am not the only child who was told this. Maybe it is a Kentucky thing...
I used to believe that the abbrieviation for crossing (XING) was Chinese and that only Chinese people could read it.
I used to believe that the road sign "Slow Children Ahead" meant that there were mentally challenged children living in the neighborhood.
I used to think that signs that read "No Outlet" (meaning a dead-end road) meant that the people on that street had no electrical outlets in their homes. I used to feel so bad for all of the people without electricity and wonder why they would live there.
I used to think that people who lived on streets with "NO OUTLET" signs did not have any electricity. I couldn't figure out why anyone would buy those houses.
I was taking my first trip to Florida without any adults. As I crossed the Kentucky/Tennessee line I noticed a sign that said "Be Alert, Arrive Unhurt," with a picture of a bee. I turned to my friend and asked, "Do they have a bee problem in Tennessee?" Needless to say, my friend had to pull over because of hysterical laughing and I had no clue that the sign just meant to be careful!
When I was just starting to read I remember believing the "pass with care" signs said "pass white car"-- I even told my parents to never buy a white car or we'll be passed all the time. They never made the connection.
i used to think that "caution ice on bridge" signs said "caution ice on berg" you know like iceberg. ya it crack me up too
I used to believe that when a street had a 'No Outlet' sign, it meant there was no electricity on that street. I used to also believe the signs that said 'Deaf Children at Play' meant that all the children on that block were deaf.
It used to really scare me when I would see the falling rocks sign in the mountains. I would be on constant lookout for boulders hurling down the mountain toward our car.
I was almost ten years old before I realized that the "Do Not Pass" signs on highways meant something altogether different. For years, I just assumed that everyone on the road was a terrible scofflaw, a belief reinforced by the way my father always slowed down and tried to be inconspicuous when a police car appeared.
As a child I would notice the "Road slick when wet signs" (with the wavy lines below the silhouette of the car) and think that it was a warning that this crazy octopus creature could be found on that stretch of road.
When I was little driving in the car I would see the "crossover" signs for miles at a time, I always thought it was a really big city whitm like a million billion people that was somewhere sorta to the left of wherever I was
Whenever we were out driving we would pass the signs saying " slow children" as they would want you to slow down. I being the kid i was, would eagerly look out the windows for kids moving in slow motion.
Whenver i saw the sign " No riding on shoulder", i thought it meant you couldn't drive while on someones shoulders. After that i would look for people sitting on eachothers shoulders and driving!
When I was little my parents told me that the signs warning of "road slumps" were warning motorists of little creatures called slumps which had big feet and ran along the roads. I used to look out for these slumps all along the road, but somehow I never saw one.....
I used to believe that the traffic signs that said "pedestrians" were warning of a dangerous spot where you might strain four foot.