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Here's how I used to think how traffic lights worked:

There were these two people, a brown-eyed, brown-haired boy, and a blonde-haired, blue-eyed girl lived underneath the ground. They controlled all of the traffic lights in the world, in this one little room that had wood all over the walls. They had a string for each of the lights, yellow, red, and green. When they wanted a certain one to work, they'd simply pull on the string. They even had a special string for when they got hungry, groceries would appear down a dumbwaiter. When someone pressed the WALK button, it would set off an alarm down where they lived, and they would have to pull a special lever to allow people to walk. And when they traffic lights weren't working, it meant that they had fallen asleep on the job.

Muff
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My mum used to always tell me that I should stop at the traffic lights until I saw "the little green man come up". I was busily looking up and down the street for a little green alien type figure to wave me across the road, and of course he never appeared. But not wanting to seem stupid, I never mentioned to my mum that I couldn't see him, and just crossed the road when she did! I think I was about 8 before realising that the little green man actually appeared ON the traffic light!

Anon
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i used to think there was a underground traffic light control unit. i always cursed the ppl working in there when the traffic lights stayed red for a long period of time.

oiman
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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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i used to think that mice worked in the traffic lights and pushed the red, yellow, and green buttons all day when they felt like it. and that was why each light we had to wait at was either longer or shorter than the other one.

Amber
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I used to believe that I could change street lights with my mind

Anon
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For a very long time I believed that there were little men underground that changed the traffic lights!

Melissa
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I used to belive there were people under the traffic lights, otherwise they wouldn't work...

Anon
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I used to think that at each intersection with traffic lights, a little man would sit underground with video cameras. His job was to look to see who had been waiting the longest to see who would get the next green light.

Erica Brandt
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When I was around 4 or 5, I thought that traffic lights were changed to red or green by policemen. I thought the policemen were right there at each intersection even though I never saw them - I figured they were just behind a tree or in the bushes or something.

When I saw a "No turn on red" sign, I thought that meant that the policeman working at that intersection was new and kept forgetting and leaving the green light on, so the sign was to remind him, "No, don't just leave the green light on, turn on red." Apparently they never forgot to turn on the green lights.

Anon
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i used to believe that the green arrows on the traffic lights told you which way you had to go to get home.

Helen
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I thought that underneath intersections there were big control rooms with lots of buttons and lots of men who spent their day randomly pushing buttons that controlled the traffic lights.

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 little I used to think that the word for "stop-light" was a** hole. thats because whenever we went to a stoplight it seemed that my mom always said that word. lol.

Kathy
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When I was young I used to believe that "traffic light changer" was an actual occupation, and it involved sitting in a little office underground at an intersection, with something like a submarine telescope which stuck out of the ground above you so you could watch the traffic and know when to switch the light from red to green.
A few years went by, and I explained my theory to my dad, who then proceeded to enlighten me, that they actually worked by laser beams that shoot lasers down the road that count how many cars are there wating, so they know how long to hold the lights for.
Thanks dad.

Courtney
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I used to think that at traffic lights, there were little gnomes or midgets that lived underground, beneath each intersection, and held the ultimate control of when to change the lights to red/green whenever they noticed a certain number of cars backed up at the red light. I also usually got quite upset at the gnomes when we would sit at the light for a long time, figuring that they were on a break and not paying any attention to us or the cars backed up behind us at the red light. This lasted until I was about 11 or so.

Matt
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When I was little I used to believe that stop lights were operated by tiny little men. These tiny little people each had a flashlight that they would shine against the colored glass in order to change the signals.

Tara
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i used to think that traffic lights were controlled by police men. i had a very clear image of police men sitting infront of a model version of the streets (which of course only consisted of my town) and pushing buttons, they'd say things like that little girl wants to cross the road lets stop the cars...

zara
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I use to believe that my mom could change he traffic light by blowing on it. I guess she had really good timing. Then I realized that she didn't do it when we were in a hurry and figured it out, but it would be cool if we could!

RedheadCyclone
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I used to believe that the yellow street light meant slow down in Georgia and HURRY UP in LA, California. Apparently, i didn't find out that it was just a joke that my mother had told me three years earlier until i was 12!!!

Netters
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