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I used to think that traffic lights were the strings of lights some shops have up at Christmas. I was realy unhappy when I found out the truth because I felt they needed a wider variety of colours!

I also used to think that traffic jams were caused by jars of jam that were left in the road and stopped the cars moving. It made sense at the time!

Penny, England
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I used to believe that there was people underground that had three buttons: One red, 1 amber and 1 green. And they pressed each one of the buttons to operate the change of the lights!! They knew when to change because the looked out of the 'Cats Eyes' (the little lights in the middle of the road at night in some places!)

Jodie
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When I was a kid I thought that when a traffic light gave the signal "don't walk" it meant you ran!! How dum is that?

Anon
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when i was younger i thought that traffic lights had little colored(red yellow and green)'light discs' in them. when the light turned green a green 'light disc' would pop up into the right hole. there had to be a lot of them so they wouldnt get tired tho.

jackie
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I used to believe that stoplights were controlled by people. I thought that there was a man in a room that overlooked intersections (every intersection), and pressed buttons to change the light.

Stacy
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When I was little I thought that traffic lights were controlled by little men who lived underground and timed when the light needed to be changed.

Lindsay M.
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Sometimes I'd see an arrow-shaped green light, and the ones that pointed upward I thought existed to guide airplanes.

I assumed there was a runway somewhere near, and because I was at this particular intersection with airplane lights, I might get to see an airplane go right over my head at any moment!

Josh
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When I was younger, my mom told me how traffic lights and street lights worked. I thought she was totally lying, and so I became convinced that all the lights that moved or turned on at certain times were operated by tiny gnomes who sat around and knew when to change the light.

Madii
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When I was about 7 or 8 I used to think that there were little people under the road at the traffic lights. They would choose whose turn it was to go and stop by pressing a switch, kind of like a light switch.

Rachel
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When I was about seven, I thought that cars should be equipped with very long, motorized periscopes. After going through a green light, the car would deploy the periscope and it would continuously extend behind the car, watching the light until it turned red. I guess my idea was that the car would stop for the red light, no matter how far it had traveled down the road. I'm not sure what that says about my seven-year-old desire to please the establishment.

Todd
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When I was little I believed there was a little mustached man (not unlike Gomez from The Addam's Family) under the road that pulled a string to make the traffic lights change. I still think of that now, lol.

Chelsea Changa
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Whenever I was in the car with my aunt and there was a red light, we would always blow to make it turn green. the amazing thing is it worked..............

Caitlin
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i used to belive that traffic lights were my friends, and i (no one else) could talk to them, and tell them when they could turn green, and red... there was one i used to like im particular who i always talked toooo... :( but then we moved away

shell
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When I was younger, I believed that the way the stoplights at intersections worked, were by construction men in underground dirt rooms, looking at the traffic through tiny cameras. And they decided when to change it from green to red. I still have no idea why 'till this day.

Mona
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When I was little, I was scared to go under traffic lights. I always thought the colors changed by insects changing them from a nearby bush or tree. I was always afraid that the bugs would change the green light to red while we were going under it to kill us, since we always step on them if we feel in danger. It was just about 2 years ago, when I was 10, I found out how they really changed- technology!!

rachael from nc
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When I was a child, I used to see the "Don't Walk" light(the one that's in the shape of a hand), and think that if you would move while it was on, it would come out and slap you. So I was very afraid to move and I would tell my parents "Don't move or the hand will slap you!"

Anon
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When I was young, we'd be sitting at a red light and after a while he'd say 3...2...1 and on 1 the light would turn green. I thought he was using magic, but really he was just counting down from the other light turning red (3 seconds between one light turning red and another turning green)

A Wild Cowgirl
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When I was about 8, I was visiting the beach in New Jersey. I was walking from the hotel with a group of about 10 neighbors. I saw a stoplight and I wondered how in the world they knew how to change colors when you pressed the little button to cross the street. I asked my friend Mackenzie and she replied "Sakura, you mean you don't know? Inside those little poles that hold up the stoplights, there are tiny midgets who work them." We thought we were so smart knowing that the streetlights were run by midgets.

Sakura
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when i was little i always thought that their were little tiny elf people, who ran the lights on the streets( green, red) and when i would see a hole in the side walk or something i would look down the hole to see if i could see the elfs.

Goerge
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I used to believe that there was a man sitting under the traffic lights in his own little botth controlling all the stop lights and that the man holes were how you got down into the booth so i would always talk into them.

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