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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...
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!
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.
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...
You know the triangular road works sign with the man and a shovel or something? Well, my dad used to tell me that it was a man trying to put his umbrella up, but he couldnt do it. So every time we passed one of those signs, I would get upset because the man hadnt got his umbrella up....especially if it was raining...
When you saw the road signs for how curvy the road was ahead, I use to think that would be the way you would go to heaven if you were killed between that point and the next one. The speed limit under those signs was how slow you would travel to heaven.
When I was a kid, I used to believe that the "ped x-ing" signs meant "pediatrician crossing."
I used to think that Wheeling (as in Wheeling, WV) was a kind of ramp, like a ramp to get to get onto an interstate. I don't know why but I just never thought of this as an actual city. I used to see road signs all the time while going to my grandma's for wheeling. I just assmed it was a special kind of ramp. I just learned that it was a city when I turned 13.
When i was a kid i thought that the white space in the middle of a Do Not Enter sign ment if you entred there you where suppost to write you name in that spot.One day my mom and me were going down the street and i asked her why nobodys name was ever in the white spot she said that you werent suppost to puit your name in it.
when i was young i drove with my family to the village and i saw traffic sign that was warning that we are approaching to left turn and i used to believe that it warns us that piece of crap was on the road and that we should avoid it
When I was young growing up in the country where we with dirt roads, I thought the main highway sign "Don't Drive on Shoulder" meant the girl sitting next to the guy couldn't put her head on his shoulder while he was driving. I thought this for the longest time, probably until I learned the rules to drive.
I used to think that the slippery road sign was a ski hat - the tires and wavy tracks were ear flaps with the strings hanging down. I thought it meant to be careful driving when it was cold out.
I used to believe that the Merging Traffic signs meant that the cars coming in were all from some place called Merging.
There was a concrete plant near my house. A sign at the exit, directed towards truck drivers leaving the plant, read "Remember, when you leave this spot, YOU ARE Century-Crete." I always thought that was a warning to trespassers - if you fell in the concrete-mixing vat, there was no mercy. You were now a part of the concrete.
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.
As a child on long trips on the freeway I would see the signs that said "Wrong Way" and I always thought to myself "How the hell do you know where I'm going?"
Obviously, I figured these signs out by the age 10.... :)
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.
We didn't have a car when I was little, so most of what I knew about traffic signs came from what I saw in my suburb. When I was lucky enough to go somewhere in the country with a relative, etc., I couldn't understand why they kept breaking the law by passing all the "DO NOT PASS" signs...
I thought for the longest time that a No Standing traffic sign meant no person should stand near that sign.
I used to believe that "do not pass" signs meant that you weren't allowed to go past that point, and got confused and almost angry when my mom passed them.