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As a young child I used to believe "Pedestrians" were members of a religious sect that refused to stop for automobiles, so special "pedestrian crossings" were put up to keep them from being run over. Apparently, this was wrong.
I used to believe a mile was the distance between telephone poles.
You know those blue signs they have for roads under construction, the ones with the shovel and the hardhat? When I was little, I thought the shovel/hardhat thing was a monster and if I looked at the picture it would come to life and would make the road drop out from underneath our car... i would hide under my blanket in my car seat until we got home.
You know the Dead End sections of streets? I used to be so afraid of those sections. Usually when I went to one there was the woods, and I think I was scared of the woods when I was little, but it looked scary to me. I used to think a monster would come out from the woods or that the people in the car with me would die.
The Children Crossing signs in my town had a silhouette of two children walking over the letters XING. I thought there was an actual word xing you pronounced as "zing".
It meant something like reservation or game preserve.
I thought that til I was about twelve.
I used to believe that the "Wrong Way, Go Back" signs on a freeway were put there by 'Bunyips' - mythical Yeti type monsters which are said to reside in Australian billabongs.
for years i read "turn left any time with care" signs as "turn left any time with car". And i wondered how else you would turn left, it seemed so crazy to me, having signs like that.
My great grandfather would point out "Watch For Falling Rock" signs along the highway on family road trips. He would tell a brief story about Falling Rock, the missing/wandering Indian and that they were search signs for the public to help find him. My grandma and my three great aunts used to watch for Falling Rock on their road trips. And no one ever fought the whole trip, just silence.
One day when I was riding with my mother, I asked her what the "Do Not Pass" sign meant. She told me it was for blind people.
I figured that if a blind person was driving, their passenger would have to tell them that they had to stop because of the sign.
I was 18 when I moved to New York City from Nebraska. I was standing at a corner in Mid-Town, waiting for the light to change, when I noticed a sign above -- "No Standing". I thought, my god, I can't even stand here!!!! Took me a while to figure out that "no standing" meant that cars could not sit there and idle while waiting, not that I could not stand there. I was most amused at myself when I finally figured it out.
I used to believe that the dear crossing sign was a place where the deer in the area would meet each other.
I used to believe that when you drove down a road that said "Pass with Care" you had to care about the people that lived in the area.
I used to believe road signs tell you the time, so 60 means 6:00 it always seemed really weird to me when i left the house at noon and like 1 minute later it was already 6:00, i thought i was hollusonating till in grade 3 i had a unit on road safety and signs. I asked the teacher about how the clock on a road sign works, she looked at me like i was an alien of some sort O.o
I used to believe that the arrows on the road for going straight ahead actually meant up. I spend much of the time in the car looking for cars flying up and wondering why ours didn't fly!
I was out for a drive with my dad one day, and I asked him what the blue roadsign with a "P" in it meant. He explained to me that it meant "somewhere you could stop your car and go for a pee." From that point on I had the notion that car parks, no matter what the size, existed solely so that people could go to the loo.
I also made sure I went to the toilet whenever we parked the car in a car park, so the police wouldn't arrest us for misusing it.
I grew up in New Jersey, so naturally there were a lot of highways. We would travel to see our relatives a lot, and since all of the highways looked the same, I could never figure out how my parents knew where to go. Eventually I came to the conclusion that the green signs on the highway said things like: "This Way to Grandma's House", so my parents wouldn't get lost.
I used to think that the road signs that read: "NO SHOULDER" meant you couldn't hang your shoulder out of the car window while driving in the area. It seemed perfectly logical to me.
When we were in the car as we drove past the No entry sign my 2 cousins Danielle and Kirsty told me that that ment no talking if your under 5, I carried on beleiving that for a long time.. Kids can be so cruel.. But i do use it on mine now
i thought dat road signs were jst there because they looked nice, so i put one up on my street saying my house!
I used to think that the sign that said "do not pass" meant that it was forbidden to go past that point in the road. I thought my mom was breaking the law.