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I used to think that we were breaking a law every time my mom passed a "Do Not Pass" sign on the road.
When I was a child we lived on a short rural street that didn't connect with any other streets.There was a sign that said ,"not a through street". I thought that meant that they were not finished constructing the street and eventually it would connect with another street.I kept waiting for them to finish the street so it would be "through ".
My parents had me convinced (and I still cant do it) that if you ran the vacuume over the cord, you would die. And they told me that the yellow lines in the middle of the road are where runaway kids have to walk. Also, the "watch for falling rocks" signs meant that you had to watch for a little runaway indian boy named Falling Rocks.
When I asked my mom what the
"School X-ing" sign meant, she said that at one point during school, all the kids in that school would line up in a row and draw x's up and down the street and that was the school x-ing.
I used to believe that the lines on roads were for motorcycles to drive on.
We used to travel alot when I was growing up. I remember every time we came to a draw bridge sign, my parents would yell, Hurry and draw a bridge, before we cross. I never could find paper and pencil in time. I used to think it would open up when we were halfway accross and swallow us up.
When I used to see the signs that said "WRONG WAY" posted on ramps to and from the highway I always used to think to myself "how do they know it's the wrong way, it may be the right way(direction) for someone to go home"
I used to think the road signs "no outlet" meant that whoever lived down those roads didn't have electrical plug-ins.
until i was about 9, i was very confused about the sign "blind driveway". i figured either a blind person lived there or somehow the driveway had gone blind.
i also couldn't come to understand "deaf children" signs. even if deaf children read it they wouldnt know what to do. there were no instructions or anything!
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 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 used to believe that the Speed Limit signs were pronounced "Speed Lime". Apparently I had seen something in French with a silent T at the end, and thought all T's on the end of words were silent. To this day I read it that way in my head while I'm driving. "Speed Lime 45."
The yellow and black signs that showed the car swerving when the street was wet, were always giant car creatures with wiggly snake-like legs. Thank goodness the signs warned us when the car creatures were coming!
I used to believe a dead end sign meant there was a graveyard at the end of the street or zombies
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 used to think that "No standing signs" meant that you weren't allowed to actually stand in the area!
I used to believe the sign "no shoulders" meant you couldn't make particular shoulder movements while driving. I could NEVER understand what "soft shoulders" meant. (Now I do)
WHEN I WAS YOUNGER I USED TO BELIEVE THAT THE CATS EYES IN THE ROAD WERE ACTUALLY GLOW IN THE DARK CRYSTALS. I WAS GOING TO BUY A HOUSE NEAR A MAIN ROAD AND DIG THEM UP AT NIGHT TO LIGHT UP MY ROOM. IT WAS A SAD DAY WHEN I FOUND OUT THEY WERE ONLY REFLECTORS.
On the A40, at the outskirts of London is Northolt Airfield. Where the road crosses the centre line of the main runway, the lamp posts are cut down in size. I used to believe (because my father told me)that this was where lamp-posts were grown.
I used to think that signs that read "No Outlet" (meaning a dead-end road) meant that the people on that street had no electrical outlets in their homes. I used to feel so bad for all of the people without electricity and wonder why they would live there.