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Until I was about 12 I used to think that Jay walking meant you crossed the road naked. My mom used to say naked as a jay bird so I just assumed thats what it meant. I could never figure out why people would want to cross the road with no clothes on
I used to believe that the handicap symbol was a person sitting on a toilet, and the reason these parking spaces were near the entrance of a building was because that person really had to pee.
I used to believe that the road signs that said "do not drive on shoulder" meant not to drive while leaning your shoulder on the car door.
When I was a little kid, I used to believe that "Pedestrians" were another race of people and I was confused as to why they would be segregated from the rest of us, as my lessons at school taught me that all races were equal.. Seeing signs all over the place that read "Pedestrians Only" or "Yield for Pedestrians", or "Watch for Pedestrians" continued to confuse me. What was so special about pedestrians? What was wrong with them? Why couldn't they walk with the rest of us? It wasn't for a year or so that I realized what a pedestrian really was. =)
I used to believe that the white cat eye bump things seperating lanes on roads was so blind people driving could feel where the edge of the lane was and so could stay in their own lane
I used to believe that the road sign that said "Watch for Falling Rock" meant look for a little Native American girl named Falling Rock who had run away from her tribe. My dad still tries to keep this one going.
I thought when a road sight said Dead End that someone had actually died there.
I used to think that we were breaking a law every time my mom passed a "Do Not Pass" sign on the road.
I used to believe that if a car drove over the double yellow lines to the other side, something would come up from the lines and stop the car and put it back on the right side of the road because you couldnt drive on the other side.
I used to believe that the president hired little kids to take their yellow paint and paintbrushes to the road to paint the yellow lines on the road.
I used to think that the "Wrong Way" signs that indicate one-way streets were meant to tell you that you personally were heading the wrong direction to your destination. I asked my mom once how that sign knew where people we going...
I used to believe that the solid double yellow lines on highways were the motorcycle lane.
My Grampie used to tell us when we were very little that the sign on the road that says "Road Narrows" was a warning of little birds that peck your tires, so watch out. My cousin believed this until he was 15 and in driver's ED.
i used to believe that the green man who tells you when to cross the road was a martian, hidden somewhere - like in a tree - who controlled the traffic lights.
I used to belive that the road arrows that point up were to go to heaven.
When I was little I used to wonder how people got of streets that had 'No exit.' Then I reasoned that it meant that there was no exit for cars - I believed that you could drive your car in but you couldn't drive your car out, so you had to walk out....I had images of a street lined with cars that never moved.
My mom told me that the falling rock signs were where an Indian named "falling rock" was seen and if you looked for him he would push rocks onto your car
When I was little, I thought the road signs that say "No Outlet" meant that there was no electricity on that road.
I used to believe the handicapped parking spaces (With the painted wheelchair) were for people to park their wheelchairs while they went in shopping. I didn't think about how they'd actually walk without it though.
A friend of mine told me that when she was little, she thought that the signs that say "no dumping" meant that people were not allowed to "take a dump" at that particular location. She wondered why people would want to take a dump outside in the first place.