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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.
when I saw a sign with a deer on it I always thought deer had to cross the street by it. like a cross walk
I once asked my father why there were curve signs along the roadside when you could already see the curve. My father replied "those are for blind people." Nearly a year later when learning disabled in school after the teacher was explaining what Brail was, I raised my had to ask, "why don't they just make words the same colors as those signs on the side of the road."
until i was about 9, i was very confused about the sign "blind driveway". i figured either a blind person lived there or somehow the driveway had gone blind.
i also couldn't come to understand "deaf children" signs. even if deaf children read it they wouldnt know what to do. there were no instructions or anything!
When I was younger, my dad was a truck driver. He liked to joke with me a lot, and unfortunately, I didn't always know when he was joking. One day while on a road trip I saw a "Runaway Lane" for trucks. I asked my dad what it was and, being mean, he told me that Runaway Lanes were for truck drivers whose truck was going to explode. They could go up the Runaway Lane, jump out, land on cushions, and their truck would roll back down the lane and kill whomever was unfortunate enough to be driving behind him on the road. But hey, at least truck drivers like him would go home safely each night. I believed this for YEARS- much longer than I should have. I think I was 15 before I realized that wasn't true!
I used to believe that the handicapped signs in parking lots was someone on a toilet.
I used to believe that the "No Parking" sign meant no Peeing. Sounds logical...
No passing zones on the highway. How come we just kep passing those signs?
I used to believe those "watch for Fallen Rock" signs were about a missing person.
I'd spend every road trip looking for him.
I spent some time at a cottage when I was a kid. There was a sign from the Ministry of Transportation (M.O.T) at the local marina (run by a first nations band) that said "SLOW RIGHT DOWN / NO WAKE / M.O.T"
I always figured if we didn't slow the boat down enough the sleeping MOT monster would wake up and eat us...
When I was 3 and just learning about words and reading, I noticed a sign on the road to our house that said "Speed Checked by Radar." I thought it said "Speed Chicken" and I used to love to picture this giant chicken running up and down the highway telling people to slow down.
Before I was big enough to see over the dash of the car, I used to believe that all stop signs were held up by road workers. It was okay to proceed when the worker ran away with the sign and hid in a bush. I thank my older sister for that belief.
I used to look for an Indian along the roadside because of signs that stated
"watch for fallen rock"
When I was little, I thought that a "no outlet" sign meant that the street didn't have any electrical outlets. It always puzzled me how the people in houses on "no outlet" streets could get by without power. Similarly, I thought that a "dead end" sign meant that there was a heightened risk of something bad happening on that road, so if you got hurt or died, at least you were warned.
When I was younger I used to believe that the signs that said "No Outlet" meant that all the houses down that street had no electrical outlets or electricity. I remember looking at the houses and thinking "Wow, that's a pretty house, too bad it doesn't have electricity." I always used to wonder why anyone would want to live on those streets.
A young friend of the family was driving home from a camping trip with my family at night,he was looking at the reflective road signs when he declared that he wanted to be one of the mean who turn the lights on the road signs when you drove by and off once you passed them :)
When I was young, my mother told me you had to cross the street "only on the white lines," meaning the crosswalk. But I thought this meant you could only walk on the white part of the crosswalk, so I would have to jump from one line to the next. I thought if you stepped on the black part, the cars wouldn't stop for you anymore and you would get run over! I think I've got it figured out now...
I used to believe that at "Dead Ends" like on the road that people had died at the ends of them so whenever we'd go down a dead end road i would freak out.lmao...