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When I was young, I saw a sign saying "No dumping," as in no dumping trash here. I was amazed that it was illegal to dump your boyfriend/girlfriend in some places!
I used to think that the sand bags used to hold down motorway road-works signs down were plucked chickens ready for the workers dinner.
I used to think that you had to stop at a stop sign and count to five, and then you could keep going. it never occured to me that you had to look for other cars...but then, i was very young.
On some midwest highways they use white signs with a bold black plus sign to indicate an upcoming intersection. My dad used to tell us this meant the road was positively charged. I could never find any negatively charged roads.
When I read the Pedestrian X-ing signs I didn't understand the X was for cross so I tried to figure out why only pedestrians could ex and why ex-ing was only done on crosswalks.
You know the triangular road works sign with the man and a shovel or something? Well, my dad used to tell me that it was a man trying to put his umbrella up, but he couldnt do it. So every time we passed one of those signs, I would get upset because the man hadnt got his umbrella up....especially if it was raining...
My dad told us that there was an Indian who had escaped from prison and his name was Falling Rock. So every time we saw one of those signs that say "Watch For Falling Rock", we would look up and down the mountains convinced we would see that Indian lurking there. I think he probably told us this to keep us quiet on long car trips because it worked.
When I was young and we would go by these signs that said "pass with care" and I would always make sure I cared about that spot and when we passed the one that read "do not pass" that we were trespassin on someones land. I beleived that for a long time then I finally asked. What a relief lol
That if you followed all of the "One Way" signs that it would get you to One Way Products. My dad works there, and there are a lot of one ways streets, and at the time the logo was the same
You know those exit ramps on the highway that say "exit only"? When I was a kid, I used to think if you got off on one of those exits, you could not get back on the highway. I actually discovered the truth at age . . . well, let me put it this way. I was driving my own car when it finally dawned on me that those signs just meant the LANE was exit only!
On Australian roads (don't know about other countries), roads have a zigzag line painted for a few metres before a pedestrian crossing, so driver's are aware that it's coming up. When I first saw one, I thought the cars and other road vehicles all had to follow that line and go zigzagging along the road.
Not long after learning to read, I thought the number next to the town name on road signs was the temperature of that town, not the distance to it. I guess that came from my dad always wanting to see the weather on the news each night. I think I even said one day "look how hot it is in that town" and my parents agreed. I don't think they were being mean, I think they just had no idea what I was on about. I was a little embarrassed (but no one else knew my little secret) when I learned what the numbers really meant.
I also wondered how you were supposed to be able to read those signs with four or more different towns on them, because being a new reader, I could barely read the top one before we passed the sign, and of course everyone read at the same speed as a 4 year old.
when i was about 7 or 8 my dad had to get surgery on his left shoulder. a few weeks after that, we were driving on the highway and there was a sign that said "left shoulder ok," meaning it was ok to drive on the left shoulder of the road. but i thought the "highway people" (whoever they were) were personally talking to my dad and asking if his shoulder was ok!
The street sign on my street was always getting knocked down by cars running into it, but the "Dead End Street" sign was always there so I thought I lived on Dead End Street. I always got angry when my mother ordered pizza using the wrong street name and was proven right every time because the pizza guy could never find our house.
I used to think when you would drive down the road and you would pass the signs that told how many miles until a certain city when you counted to the number next to the city you were there.
i used to believe the do not pass signs on the road really meant you couldn't pass them. Everytime we did I thought a policeman was going to come get us.
While stuck in construction traffic, I asked my dad when the construction would end. He said he wouldn't live to see the end of construction.
Not understanding the sarcasm, I thought he was dying. My mother put me straight later that day when I told her Dad was gonna die.
I used to think the road signs "no outlet" meant that whoever lived down those roads didn't have electrical plug-ins.
I used to believe that "do not pass" signs meant that you weren't allowed to go past that point, and got confused and almost angry when my mom passed them.
When you leave the motorway in the UK, there is a sign saying 'end of motorway regulations'. I used to think that regulations meant congratulations and that we were being congratulated for leaving the motorway!