We all have one of these stories; a memory from childhood when we completely misunderstood something that our cute little brains just couldn't process yet. At the time, we were so sure that we knew what we were talking about. But, of course, we totally didn't.
Like these 29 people, who are still cringing with embarrassment over their childhood misunderstandings... And if they're not, well, they should be.
Kids... they say the darndest things... And think the weirdest things.
And it’s sort of strangely satisfying to look back and realize just how young and naive we once were.
It’s also sort of embarrassing and even more hilarious.
"This is chaos."
These are the words that my dad once shouted at a busted traffic signal as my younger brother and I sat in the backseat, amidst the honking horns and flashing red lights of Los Angeles gridlocked traffic.
For years, and I mean YEARS, my younger brother and I both thought that the technical term for a broken traffic signal was “chaos.”
The funny thing is, we would both say the phrase aloud every time we saw a malfunctioning traffic signal and it always made sense so no one ever questioned it or corrected us.
Every time I sit alone in my car at a broken traffic signal, I smile for 1.5 seconds while reflecting on this childhood memory… before I return to adulthood to fully lash out at the idiots cutting me off.
This guy is still paying penance as an adult for his childhood misunderstanding.
Catholic School 2nd grade (1958) after [first communion] – We were marched over to confession every Friday.
Our teacher, a nun, would go over the 10 commandments to point out various sins we might be guilty of she would always gloss over one commandment.
One time curiosity got the better of me and in the confessional booth I add to my list: … “and I committed adultery seven times.” The Priest let out “YOU WHAT!?” which could be heard throughout the church, making me a hero to my classmates and someone to keep a very watchful eye on by the nuns.
And that’ll be 1,700 Hail Marys for you, Mit.
Making friends when you're young can be difficult, but it was really difficult for this kid.
I thought ‘goodbye and good riddance’ meant ‘goodbye and it was good to meet you,’ so I said it to new people I met.
(insert laughing-so-hard-I’m-crying emoji here X3)
Now, this kid had a vivid imagination.
We drove by a casino and I asked what it was and my stepmom told me that’s where people go to flush money down the toilet. For the longest time, I thought people were there dropping money in a toilet and flushing it.
Why does it feel like this sort of scenario could actually exist in some niche underground millionaire club that I will never be invited to?
This next kid may have been the first person ever arrested for ‘jaywalking.’