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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.
I used to think that wherever you were, north was always directly in front of you. I never got why anyone had trouble with directions. North was to the front, south to the back, east to right, and west to the left. Then I discovered compasses.
When I was younger, I used to believe that the road sign depicting the motorway in the UK was in fact a monster, with the bridge forming the arms, and the road beneath it making the head and legs. I was always relieved when we got of the motorway, because the sign had a line through it, so there were no more monsters.
When I was younger and saw the road signs stating "Pass With Care" I always read it as Press With Care and thought it were only those time you could leave tire tracks on the road.
When I was a little kid I used to believe that the handicap parkingspots with the Wheelchair on them was actually meant for wheelchair parking. That people would leave their weelchair there and walk away. Everytime I saw a car parked in a handicap space I got really mad at the driver.
When I was little, I used to think that the runaway truck ramps on the side of the road were places that trucks who ran away from home could hide so their families couldn't find them.
When I was little and I saw a sign that said..
NO STOPPING OR STANDING..
I thought it meant about people not cars(LOL)
Every time I saw those signs I thought ..''What do I do now?!'' Do I crawl,hop,,jump,etc... to not get in trouble? What if I wasn't close to the sign ? Will I still get in trouble???!!! Till This day whenever I see 1 of those signs I just roll my eyes and laugh!!!!
My mother had been given directions to a house she had never been to before, with one of the directions being "look for the glow-in-the-dark sign" (which, the author of the directions meant to be a "reflective" sign)...I spent the entire hour long trip so excited to see a sign that would glow in the dark...grrr...
I used to believe that the numbers on the signs above overpasses telling the clearance height were actually math problems for me to add up so that I would have something to do on long car trips.
When very young I remember my father driving down the Hi-way. There was a sign saying "Pass With Care", but see we were in a pick-up truck. Not being able to tell the difference between "car" and "care" at the time, I thought for sure we'd be arrested.
When I was little, I used to believe that the handicapped parking spaces were for people in wheelchairs to park their chairs and go shopping. After all, there was a wheelchair painted on the space!
I used to believe that the PASS WITH CARE signs on the side of the road meant you were supposed to care about what you were driving past right then.
I used to pass a sign on the way home from school that read Caution Blind Drive . I wondered how they could drive and why it was a problem in that particular area.
I used to believe that if you turned onto a street with the name of a state, you would actually go to that state. This is also why I believed my state was a street in another state.
In Alberta, on country roads, the roads lie on a grid. the east-west roads are abbreviated as TWP (township) and the north-south roads are abbreviated as RGE (range). I naturally assumed that they stood for twerp and ridge, respectively.
When I was just learning to read and riding in the back of my parents car, I would get so nervous when we'd pass the signs reading "Picnic Area Ahead". I read it as "PANIC Area Ahead"! I thought that was where you were supposed to pull off if you were in a panic out about something!
When I was younger, I used to think Highway signs that said like: "San Fransisco" and then a lane, would mean that as soon as you got in that lane you were in that city. I used to think the world was so small...
I used to believe that the STOP signs that had "All way" written underneath them meant that you had to come to a complete stop, as opposed the usual way - by rolling through it.
I used to think "No outlet" signs meant there was no electricity on that road and that the people were trapped there forever.
When I was young, I did not understand that cars are always on the right side of the road. As a result, I believed that half of all road signs were backward. I could not figure out why it was that you had to turn your head around to read half of all road signs.