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Up until I was in my twenties I could not understand how Deer Crossing signs worked.. I mean, how could the deer understand that they were supposed to cross the road where the sign was??? It didn't dawn on me until one day I saw a neighbor had posted a "baby raccoon crossing" sign in the neighborhood - that did it for me - I knew that baby raccoons could not possibly understand the sign...then it all started filtering in.....
My parents had me convinced (and I still cant do it) that if you ran the vacuume over the cord, you would die. And they told me that the yellow lines in the middle of the road are where runaway kids have to walk. Also, the "watch for falling rocks" signs meant that you had to watch for a little runaway indian boy named Falling Rocks.
I used to believe that the Merging Traffic signs meant that the cars coming in were all from some place called Merging.
We used to go to Lake Tahoe every summer, and there are signs everywhere warning of falling rock...my mother convinced my older sister that 'Watch for Falling Rock' was a sign put up by an Indian Chief years ago, becuase he lost his son, Falling Rock, and they never found him. I believe my sister was well into her teens before she figured it out....
I used to believe that the 'Blind Driveway' signs mean that a blind person lived there so you better watch out because they might just walk (or drive!) right out in front of your car.
I used to live in a village called Par in Cornwall. Everyday i used to see signs saying
St Austell 7
I used to think that there were 2 Par's, 4 Foweys and 7 St Austell's.
I used to believe that when you came to an intersection and saw a "ONE WAY" sign that you had to turn and go that way. I never understood why my dad would ignore those signs.
Once I was able to read, when traveling in the car, I would see numerous signs on the highway for a "Frontage Road". I looked and looked, and for the life of me, could not find that dang Frontage Road! My dad later told me that the frontage road was the same as the service road.
We used to vacation in Hilton Head, South Carolina. And, I was the youngest of 7 kids, so I knew all the big-kid words at a very young age. Well, you can understand my dismay and confusion when I used to see signs down in South Carolina that read: "S.C. Law: Please do not feed or molest the alligators" I could understand telling people not to feed the alligators, but I never imagined that people in South Carolina would MOLEST a poor alligator!
My dad always told me that the signs in the mountains that said "Falling Rock" were named after an old Indian Chief in the area. Since we travelled a lot in the Western states, I sure thought that Indian Chief got around as much as we did!
I grew up in the country where there are a lot of dirt roads and some tough roads that are paved. I used to see the yellow street sign reading not a 'through' street all the time. Except I though it advised that it was not a 'tough' street
When I was young, my sister told me that Stop Signs outlined in white were optional. I later realized that all Stop Signs were outlined in white and weren't optional!
I remember when I was riding in the car with my parents on a cold night, I was about 2 at the time. I always asked my mother what all the signs meant, and she normally told the truth. But when we got to an intersection and stopped, and, as usual, I asked her what the sign meant. She told me "It says, 'Don't stop here or aliens will come and take you away to mars.'" I believed her, and started kicking and screaming at my dad to keep going. I kept on crying and yelling every time we stopped at that sign until I learned to read two years later, when I learned that the sign said something like "No thru trucks." I still get a bit paraniod every time I stop there, for some odd reason.
While driving in our car, I asked my father what the "Falling Rock" signs meant. He went on to tell a story about an Indian boy who was sent out into the woods to retrieve an animal for food to prove his manhood. The boy never returned.
My father explained that whenever I see that sign it means there has been a sighting of the young Indian boy named Falling Rock.
The sad part is that I thought I saw him a couple of times. Hey, I was young, alright?
When I was a kid I thought the traffic sign with a camera on it meant that there was a good photo opportunity ahead, like a nice landscape. I had been driving for about 3 years before I realised they were speed camera warnings.
I used to believe that, in Germany, there was a major city called Ausfahrt, because of all the signs on the autobahn with that word on it. Ausfahrt is German for "exit".
My younger sisters used to believe that the "slippery when wet" road signs meant that snakes were following your car
When on a two-lane road, when it is no longer safe to pass a car (by going into the oncoming lane) - there is a sign "Do No Pass". Until my driving exam, I never understood why those signs where there. Because I thought it meant I should pass beyond that point. As if danger were ahead!!
I used to believe that the "Crime Watch" signs in our neighborhood ment "watch for crime, because its really bad here". I used to get so nervous when we'd pass these. This continued until I was 9!
I used to think "Yield" signs read "Yelled", so I thought that they were there to show where someone had once yelled at something.