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When I was little, whenever we seemed to pass a "do not pass" sign, we were near a wooded area. So I always believed that those signs were telling people that they couldn't enter the "forest". And when we passed a sign that said passing was okay, it was alright to enter the "forest".
I used to think the double yellow no-passing lines in the middle of the road were a bicycle lane, and I wondered why I never saw anyone riding their bike in it.
I used to believe that the road sign for slippery roads (the back of a car with squiggly lines behind it, on a yellow background) actually meant, "beware of busses on tall squiggly legs." I could picture these towering busses on wobbly legs attempting to step over traffic. I still have to tell myself that that isn't what they've depicted.
When I traveled to Slovenia I saw a sign on the right side of the road which said: Maribor-ZAHOD(west). But on Croatian "zahod" means toilet....I believed that it lead to toilet....not west....
I used to beleive that road signs grew out of the ground.
My brother told me that the double yellow line in the center of the road was for motorcycles to be driven.
The handicap parking signs were a great mystery to me when I was young. The parking spots were always near the door, and I could never interpret the symbol. I concluded that these were special spots for people who had to use the restroom, because it looked like a person sitting on a toilet and it was so close to the entrance.
I used to believe that the 'Emergency Stopping Lane' was in fact, the Emergency Shopping Lane, and used to desperately look for any sign of the shops!
I use to believe that the signs on the side of the road that said "Watch for Fallen Rock" were talking about a Indian Chief that would kill you if he stopped your car.
I thought if 3 cards stopped at a 3-way stop sign then they had to stop forever until Christmas.
I would always see the signs on the road that read "Grooved Shoulders" and had a picture of a man on a motorcycle. Knowing that groove, was like to dance, I thought you had to rock to the beat with your shoulders, but you had to be cool, like motorcycle dudes! I always thought that people with cameras hid behind the bushes near the sign and would videotape the people dancing and get a kick out of it, and show it on TV. I would always start dancing when we came to these signs, even if there was no music on in the car. When I saw nobody else in the car was doing it, i thought we would get arrested for not following the sign. I would sometimes start crying and my parents had no idea why. I still don't know what that sign means, but its not what I thought!!
i used to believe that the signs for curvy roads were for snake crossings
I used to think the 'turn left with care' sign at the corner said 'Turn left with car'. This seemed so obvious that having a sign about it seemed silly. Once I mentioned this fact to my mother in a world weary voice. She found that so funny it became one of her favourite stories to tell other adults.
I guess in the US and Europe that would be turn right...
I used to think that signs that said "Do Not Pass" on roads meant that you weren't allowed to drive past that point. I was always so worried that my mom would get pulled over.
This probably drove my parents nuts, haha... I remember being on trips telling my parents they couldn't go by those "No Passing Zone" signs by the highway. Also, stop signs made no sense... How long do you stop? How do you know when to go again? No wonder I got D's in driver's ed.
Also it was cool as hell the day I realized that some of the streets go in numerical order in my town from north to south.
When I was young, I believed that all of the lines on the roads were painted by one man with a wide paint brush. I imagined that he must have had a little wagon which carried his paint can and ruler. Since I lived in West Texas at the time, and traveled to visit my grandparents in the mountains of Colorado, I thought that was the loneliest and most dangerous of jobs.
You know those signs that appear 10 meters before the turning? When I was little I thought that you had to turn exactly where the sign was - only there never seemed to be a road!
When I was young and riding in the car with my parents I would see signs at the beginning of streets that said "No Outlet". I used to wonder how the people lived on the streets without electricy.
Since I can remember my mom always told me that thoughs black and yellow striped signs you see on the side of the road were "racoon crossing" signs. I believed that untill I took drivers ed.
I believed that the interstate road signs that said "Exit Only" meant there was no way to get back onto the highway.