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    Rhesus PositiveRhesus Positive GNU Terry Pratchett Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    A journalist once did the same sort of "selectively display the stupid people" thing in England, and found a woman who thought that clock hands went round anti-clockwise.

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    Alistair HuttonAlistair Hutton Dr EdinburghRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    TeeMan wrote: »
    I guess I can toss the entire Australian culture into this thread, to finally give it a good home. Somehow we've got into our heads that sport = culture, and if we really, really like sport then that's what our culture should be made around.

    Except, you know, when the Poms do better than you in which case Sport isn't important at all.

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    dr_dandr_dan Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    childhood misconceptions? I think I had about a hundred of these growing up. I seemed to form my own perfect kid logic where i would take any common phrase and take it to its (il)logical conclusion.

    The one i received most ridicule for was after i heard the phrase "i'm going to write to my MP" (member of parliament) said by someone on TV a few times when they were mad about something. I though that every single person had their own respresentative in parliament, and so therefore 1 out of every 2 people was a politician. No wonder the world's so fucked up I thought, if we have that many politicians.

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    GoodOmensGoodOmens Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    saint2e wrote: »
    For the longest time I thought Leprosy was some "old" disease that was prevalent in Jesus' time (ie- him healing the lepers), but was dealt with, and wasn't a problem anymore.

    Sadly, it's still around.

    Same thing with the plague. I was gobsmacked a few years back to find that 20-30 people die in the US every year of plague. It makes sense, after all...there are still ticks and rodents, so there's still Y. Pestis out there. It just doesn't spread the same way because we're so much cleaner now.

    You have to feel bad but also oddly jealous about the guy who gets this. I mean, a cold or flu is one thing, but the plague is fucking Biblical.

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    GoodOmensGoodOmens Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I thought that WW1 happened in the 40's and WW2 happened in the 60's, and that's what the hippies were protesting.

    Until I was like 8.

    That's alright, I knew a kid in high school who didn't know there was a World War 1. He thought it was called World War II because, I swear to any God you wish, sailors say "aye aye" alot.

    He also thought it took place in Vietname.

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    Curly_BraceCurly_Brace Robot Girl Mimiga VillageRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    GoodOmens wrote: »
    saint2e wrote: »
    For the longest time I thought Leprosy was some "old" disease that was prevalent in Jesus' time (ie- him healing the lepers), but was dealt with, and wasn't a problem anymore.

    Sadly, it's still around.

    Same thing with the plague. I was gobsmacked a few years back to find that 20-30 people die in the US every year of plague. It makes sense, after all...there are still ticks and rodents, so there's still Y. Pestis out there. It just doesn't spread the same way because we're so much cleaner now.

    You have to feel bad but also oddly jealous about the guy who gets this. I mean, a cold or flu is one thing, but the plague is fucking Biblical.

    Thankfully, I learned that Armadillos carried leprosy when I was, like, 10 so I knew all about it from a young age.

    I am tempted to post on the stupidity of others, but allow me to post on some of mine...

    For many a year I thought "snowjob" (a cover-up) and "snowballing" (something, uh, sexual) were somehow the same thing or intimately related. Imagine my shock and confusion when my father used the former... in the car... with my mother and family present. I expressed my shock and confusion, totally derailing the conversation. My family collectively awkwardly argued with me... I think my sister understood my confusion right away. Suffice to say, after about a minute I realized my mistake and promptly did not speak for the next half-hour ride home. :oops: I was 21 at the time! I should have known better.

    EDIT: Yeah, i should have totally posted that in the Embarrassing moments thread.

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    evilbobevilbob RADELAIDERegistered User regular
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    Richard_DastardlyRichard_Dastardly Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Until I was about thirteen I thought girls peed out of their butts.

    I'm serious.

    Also, after playing Lord of the Realms as a kid, I was convinced actual medieval battles consisted of a dozen guys with axes vs. a dozen guys with swords.

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    fjafjanfjafjan Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    When i was a kid, hell up untill I was like .. 13? I thought matter was destroyed in nuclear reactors, and that matter was created in the photo synthesis. So by my logic we should be getting tons of new shit each year and the earth should be growing alot.

    And I didn't know about North/South Korea for a long time either, I mean it just seems strange that China wouldn't have invaded them I guess.

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    emnmnmeemnmnme Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    What's the word on reading in the dark? Bad for your eyes? Not bad?

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    NerissaNerissa Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    emnmnme wrote: »
    What's the word on reading in the dark? Bad for your eyes? Not bad?

    According to "Dr. Know" (kinda like myth busters for medical stuff) eye strain doesn't cause any permanent damage.

    Although, yeah, my dad drummed that into me as a child, and I'm sure it's a big part of my distaste for darkness right now.

    Of course, I was also told that sitting too close to the TV was bad, and probably the reason I had glasses by 3rd grade. If Dr. Know is correct, that shouldn't be a problem either.

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    cooljammer00cooljammer00 Hey Small Christmas-Man!Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Prohass wrote: »
    As a young kid, maybe 5 or 6, I would sneak into the lounge room to see what my parents were watching. There was some violent show about vikings or something on most of the time. I had no concept of special effects and was convinced the people actually were dying. I asked my dad why so many people would die just for a tv show.

    I remember seeing the original Nutty Professor, when the actors come out at the end and do basically a curtain call on film.

    I read somewhere that this was a problem in early film. The thing about theater is that if a character dies, he comes out at the end and waves and you know he's alright and not really dead. With film, you didn't get that sense of safety. I wish they would do that sometimes still.

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    Rhesus PositiveRhesus Positive GNU Terry Pratchett Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Nerissa wrote: »
    emnmnme wrote: »
    What's the word on reading in the dark? Bad for your eyes? Not bad?

    According to "Dr. Know" (kinda like myth busters for medical stuff) eye strain doesn't cause any permanent damage.

    Although, yeah, my dad drummed that into me as a child, and I'm sure it's a big part of my distaste for darkness right now.

    Of course, I was also told that sitting too close to the TV was bad, and probably the reason I had glasses by 3rd grade. If Dr. Know is correct, that shouldn't be a problem either.

    I always sat close to the TV when I was a nipper, and I've been wearing glasses since I was five. I think it was probably the other way round, though - I had bad eyesight, so sat closer to the TV in order to see it properly.

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    EdcrabEdcrab Actually a hack Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    My nana used to say I had a "double crown". I used to think she meant I had a huge forehead or something, until a few years back when I realised that "crown" was synonymous with "cowlick".

    And even further back, I remember taking a good ten minutes to figure out where Vietnam was. 8-year-old me knew the world was round but it took me a while to have the revelation that Vietnam was closer to the States than the flat map made it appear.

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    AsiinaAsiina ... WaterlooRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Res wrote: »
    Until I was lke 6 or 7 I thought "Gunpoint" was the name of a place, which just made perfect sense in my young overextending mind, because I had lived in a town called West Point so of course X Points were towns.

    So every time I heard about someone getting robbed or kidnapped at gunpoint I'd think "Why do people continue to go there?"

    This is truly the most adorable thing.

    When I was younger we lived in an apartment and my friends and I would hang out on the staircases. I remember you would always jump the last few steps, and as we got better, we'd jump successively more steps. I was convinced that if you held onto the railing and timed it right, you could jump, use the railing to swing around the corner to the next bit of stairs, and continue perpetually falling/floating down the staircase in a controlled fashion.

    That theory, uh, doesn't work too well in practice.

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    YamiNoSenshiYamiNoSenshi A point called Z In the complex planeRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Asiina wrote: »
    Res wrote: »
    Until I was lke 6 or 7 I thought "Gunpoint" was the name of a place, which just made perfect sense in my young overextending mind, because I had lived in a town called West Point so of course X Points were towns.

    So every time I heard about someone getting robbed or kidnapped at gunpoint I'd think "Why do people continue to go there?"

    This is truly the most adorable thing.

    When I was younger we lived in an apartment and my friends and I would hang out on the staircases. I remember you would always jump the last few steps, and as we got better, we'd jump successively more steps. I was convinced that if you held onto the railing and timed it right, you could jump, use the railing to swing around the corner to the next bit of stairs, and continue perpetually falling/floating down the staircase in a controlled fashion.

    That theory, uh, doesn't work too well in practice.

    You fell down the stairs, right Asiina?

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    AsiinaAsiina ... WaterlooRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Asiina wrote: »
    Res wrote: »
    Until I was lke 6 or 7 I thought "Gunpoint" was the name of a place, which just made perfect sense in my young overextending mind, because I had lived in a town called West Point so of course X Points were towns.

    So every time I heard about someone getting robbed or kidnapped at gunpoint I'd think "Why do people continue to go there?"

    This is truly the most adorable thing.

    When I was younger we lived in an apartment and my friends and I would hang out on the staircases. I remember you would always jump the last few steps, and as we got better, we'd jump successively more steps. I was convinced that if you held onto the railing and timed it right, you could jump, use the railing to swing around the corner to the next bit of stairs, and continue perpetually falling/floating down the staircase in a controlled fashion.

    That theory, uh, doesn't work too well in practice.

    You fell down the stairs, right Asiina?

    I would have done it if my timing was better!

    I just needed more practice!

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    DoctorArchDoctorArch Curmudgeon Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    TeeMan wrote: »
    Hell, even I have no idea what Australian culture, or what our national identity, is. Not anything that isn't shared by a myriad of other nations, at least.

    To this day, almost my entire perception of Australia is based off of Crocodile Dundee.

    I don't know, at PAX last year my roomie was a doctor from Australia and he was awesome. But the one pearl that sticks out from everything else is when he came into the room, excited, hands clutched tightly around something in his hand.

    "Look at this!" he tells me and shoves his treasure into my hand.

    I look at the small packet and it says "Bacon Salt: Make's everything taste like bacon."

    He says "Bacon Salt. That's amazing! They even have low sodium Bacon Salt!"

    My roomie was easily amused.

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    YamiNoSenshiYamiNoSenshi A point called Z In the complex planeRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Archgarth wrote: »
    TeeMan wrote: »
    Hell, even I have no idea what Australian culture, or what our national identity, is. Not anything that isn't shared by a myriad of other nations, at least.

    To this day, almost my entire perception of Australia is based off of Crocodile Dundee.

    I don't know, at PAX last year my roomie was a doctor from Australia and he was awesome. But the one pearl that sticks out from everything else is when he came into the room, excited, hands clutched tightly around something in his hand.

    "Look at this!" he tells me and shoves his treasure into my hand.

    I look at the small packet and it says "Bacon Salt: Make's everything taste like bacon."

    He says "Bacon Salt. That's amazing! They even have low sodium Bacon Salt!"

    My roomie was easily amused.

    In original, spicy, and hickory smoked flavors. Everything is better with bacon.

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    DoctorArchDoctorArch Curmudgeon Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    When I was 10 I asked how eating cold turkey helped you quite smoking. My parents were assholes and told me I was stupid for thinking it.

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    Monolithic_DomeMonolithic_Dome Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    As a sort of reversal from the OP, I watched the Futurama movie "Bender's Big Score" when it came out.

    Part of the plot revolves around a narwhal, a whale with a horn. Like a unicorn of the sea.

    Until quite recently I had assumed that narwhals were fictional creatures thought up by the Futurama creators.

    But No! they are fucking real.

    How the hell did I live for 22 years not knowing about narwhals.

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    LeitnerLeitner Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    When I was a little kid I thought that anal (as in you're being anal) and anal as commonly used had to be different words. So for the former I'd pronounce it an-al in a french kind of way. In fact I think that there were a hell of a lot of words I was unsure of the pronounciation of. I used to read a lot as a kid, and got tripped up trying to use fancy words all the time.

    Also the gunpoint thing, uh snopes.

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    matt has a problemmatt has a problem Points to 'off' Points to 'on'Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    When I was 3 my younger brother was born, so to prepare me for it my parents bought one of those "where do babies come from?" books. It was illustrated, and revolved around a family with two kids that were expecting a third. When it got to the "how do mommy and daddy make a baby" part, it explained it with the common "mommy and daddy get in bed without clothes on, then have a special hug" etc etc. Basically I thought this meant they lay on top of each other, not moving.

    I thought this until I was about 12, and first saw porn. I didn't realize sex involved any movement.

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    MrMonroeMrMonroe passed out on the floor nowRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I used to think life was fair.


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    CptHamiltonCptHamilton Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    The closest that leaps to mind is a female friend whose boyfriend convinced her (and I mean beyond a shadow of a doubt) that beavers laid eggs.

    Apparently the story goes that they were walking near the river and happened upon some exceptionally smooth, round, off-white stones. She remarked on them and how they resembled eggs. Without missing a beat, the boyfriend said casually, "Oh yeah, those are beaver eggs." The ensuing discussion apparently took some time but ended with her being absolutely convinced that not only did beavers lay eggs but that she already knew this and had simply forgotten about it. I wasn't there for the de-programming but on at least two occasions some time later I was able to mention the egg-laying nature of beavers in her presence to her agreement. It should be noted that she was in her mid-to-late 20's when this happened and is a teacher of young children by profession.

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    BamaBama Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    MrMonroe wrote: »
    I used to think life was fair.


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    KalTorakKalTorak One way or another, they all end up in the Undercity.Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I used to think that the rays from the sun that gave you sunburn were ultraviolent rays. It made sense to me - the rays were burning you, that was more violent than normal rays that just made you warm and lit stuff up (my own personal electromagnetic spectrum left a lot to be desired; i guess I hadn't seen that episode of Bill Nye yet). I continued to assume this was the truth up until I got the word "ultraviolet" in a spelling bee, and got it wrong because I put the "n" in. Even I'd been disqualified I swore I was right until I looked it up in the dictionary.

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    DoctorArchDoctorArch Curmudgeon Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    When I was 3 my younger brother was born, so to prepare me for it my parents bought one of those "where do babies come from?" books. It was illustrated, and revolved around a family with two kids that were expecting a third. When it got to the "how do mommy and daddy make a baby" part, it explained it with the common "mommy and daddy get in bed without clothes on, then have a special hug" etc etc. Basically I thought this meant they lay on top of each other, not moving.

    I thought this until I was about 12, and first saw porn. I didn't realize sex involved any movement.

    When I was six I thought that you did something while you kissed to make a baby. I asked this question after looking at a book on fetal development.

    Now that I think about it, I guess you do do something while kissing to make a baby :)

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    OrganichuOrganichu poops peesRegistered User, Moderator mod
    edited April 2009
    Oh, I almost forgot this one. I'm an immigrant from a country where I didn't hear English as a toddler. I started learning when I came over here. I tried to compensate by reading books that were way too advanced for me at ten years old. Anyway, on top of failing to fully comprehend the works, I chewed and choked on some of the words. I'd be proud of myself for knowing their meaning but since I'd only seen them in print I had no idea how to pronounce them.

    Ok, so, story: we're writing and presenting poetry in class. My dad abandoned me when I was a kid, and I put 'my all' into this poem, I was misty eyed trying to read it to the class. So everyone's being (surprisingly) respectful and quiet, and I come to the last line:

    "why did you leave, you should have stayed
    you never loved me so drop the facade"

    And I guess none of my classmates knew what the word meant so they didn't react but my teacher started busting out laughing before immediately stifling it. I assumed for a while that she was making fun of my poem and I was really angry, until I later realized I was pronouncing it in error.

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    OrganichuOrganichu poops peesRegistered User, Moderator mod
    edited April 2009
    Archgarth wrote: »
    When I was 3 my younger brother was born, so to prepare me for it my parents bought one of those "where do babies come from?" books. It was illustrated, and revolved around a family with two kids that were expecting a third. When it got to the "how do mommy and daddy make a baby" part, it explained it with the common "mommy and daddy get in bed without clothes on, then have a special hug" etc etc. Basically I thought this meant they lay on top of each other, not moving.

    I thought this until I was about 12, and first saw porn. I didn't realize sex involved any movement.

    When I was six I thought that you did something while you kissed to make a baby. I asked this question after looking at a book on fetal development.

    Now that I think about it, I guess you do do something while kissing to make a baby :)

    Yeah but if you wanna kiss you gotta pay extra.

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    sainsain Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I got the basic penis + vagina concept of sex from a friend at a young age, but thought you had to pee inside the other person.

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    MaceraMacera UGH GODDAMMIT STOP ENJOYING THINGSRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Bama wrote: »
    MrMonroe wrote: »
    I used to think life was fair.


    hahahahahahahah

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    DoctorArchDoctorArch Curmudgeon Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Macera wrote: »
    Bama wrote: »
    MrMonroe wrote: »
    I used to think life was fair.


    hahahahahahahah

    AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH
    hahahahahahahahahaha
    :cry:

    AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
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    I am pretty stoked for that game.

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    DasUberEdwardDasUberEdward Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I thought girls peed out of their butts. And a vagina was just no penis. And the top of a penis had to rub the no penis spot to make a baby.

    I was convinced that with enough digging in my backyard I would definitely fine dinosaur bones.

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    OrganichuOrganichu poops peesRegistered User, Moderator mod
    edited April 2009
    It took me like a whole day to find the clitoris.

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    DasUberEdwardDasUberEdward Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Organichu wrote: »
    It took me like a whole day to find the clitoris.

    Those are real? :|

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    BamaBama Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Organichu wrote: »
    It took me like a whole day to find the clitoris.
    That must have been one hell of a woman.

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    ImprovoloneImprovolone Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    One of our first home computers was a Mac, and the splash screen (was it even called that back then) would say, Welcome to Macintosh, home of the (_last name here_). I thought it was sooooooo cool that it knew I lived on McIntosh Rd.

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    SalSal Damnedest Little Fellow Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I used to think that everyone in Africa spoke Swahili.

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    Evil MultifariousEvil Multifarious Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Res, I doubt you actually thought the gunpoint thing, because you basically just quoted a comedian's line verbatim.

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