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What stupid things have you believed/said/assumed before finding out to your embarrassment you were wrong?

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CookieRookie Sat 27-Aug-11 13:38:38

Could do with a laugh today

Here's mine...

1 - I thought a filet mignon was something presented on fire, you know with brandy or something...a flamin yon blush

2 - I thought rollmops where called roll 'em ups because they're rolled up but I was kind of right with that one.

Not hilarious, though dh did laugh at me til he was nearly sick, but I'm hoping some of you have much better, more embarrassing ones.

EverythingInMiniature Sat 27-Aug-11 15:41:19

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messymammy Sat 27-Aug-11 15:41:19

My sister thought that the events that happened at Pearl Harbour had actually happened in Waterford (we're in Dublin). When asked why she replied "well didn't the Germans bombs us in the war?" (yes, by mistake, and I don't think it was Germans in Pearl Harbour was it love?!)

Then I asked her why in the film (the only record of the events she had encountered) were all the accents American, not Irish? She thought it was because all actors and actresses are American, sure look at Tom and Nicole in Far and Away, they are American and they have shit Irish accents. confused

She was at least 15.
BTW, this has totally outed me to anyone who knows me irl, as I tell everyone the story grin

Playingwithbuses Sat 27-Aug-11 15:53:03

Arkansas pron Arkensaw Just found that out right now, I thought it was two different places.

MotherPanda Sat 27-Aug-11 15:56:56

Untill I was about 16, I thought lingerie as pronounced as its spelt.


Got educated when shopping with a girlfriend... i blush even thinking about it now!

pinkgirlythoughts Sat 27-Aug-11 15:59:18

oops, turns out it's me that's been reading those biology diagrams wrong all these years then! The fact I managed to get an A-level in it is a little blush, though! (Although I did get a D, which might explain it! grin)

CookieRookie Sat 27-Aug-11 16:02:15

Me too MP grin

TaudrieTattoo Sat 27-Aug-11 16:06:04

The thought of a kestrel manoeuvring (Sp) in the dark has made me properly laugh out loud.

And now I realise I can't spell manoeivjeoing.

5inthebed Sat 27-Aug-11 16:08:37

Playingwith buses, you've just leant me something new!

5inthebed Sat 27-Aug-11 16:08:48


5inthebed Sat 27-Aug-11 16:09:03

Or is it taught? blush

CookieRookie Sat 27-Aug-11 16:10:52

It's teached, you bag! grin

mumatron Sat 27-Aug-11 16:20:44

Flamin yon grin that made me laugh so much.

My dp has loads of these. He thought it was labtop rather than laptop.

He didn't know that obviously had a 'b' in it. He only believed me when he checked a dictionary.

StealthPolarBear Sat 27-Aug-11 16:21:55

I bring this one out on every thread like this
But I used to think tigers were female lions - not in a "properly thought about it" way, just in a "never corrected a misconception I had when I was tiny" way. DH still calls them "lady lions" and laughs at me

cantpooinpeace Sat 27-Aug-11 16:26:38

I thought (until recently) that the shoes you get at bowling were steel toe capped!

mumatron Sat 27-Aug-11 16:29:10

lady lions classic!

mumatron Sat 27-Aug-11 16:29:10

lady lions classic!

noonar Sat 27-Aug-11 16:40:05

ok, here are a few more:

me as an adult: that chickens have 4 legs (til quite recently).
as a child:
i thought that a tv show called 'reilly ace of spies' was called 'relay of spices'

my 35yo ( v clever) brother: thinks its 'championCHIP'not 'ship'.

my friend grew up thinking the 'happy eater' restaurant chain was called 'happy easter'

dd singing xmas carols... "we wish you a merry xmas and a happy new EAR"

and like most of the population, i used to think the expression 'got another THINK coming' was 'another THING coming'

also, had idea that 'calling a spade a spade' had racial overtones

alemci Sat 27-Aug-11 16:41:44

When I was learning to drive, my driving instructor told me not to let the car free wheel i.e. I think not to disengage clutch.

I thought he meant '3' wheel' so in my head I had visions of the car being on 3 wheels with one in the air if that makes sense like herbie films.

I told my DH this is what I thought instructor meant and he was in hysterics and explained that it was the clutch thing.

also in a girls school and didn't really understand sexual intercourse at 11 and have visions of the sperm swimming across the bed sheets to go into the vagina. Also I said to my mother who was with a good gf at the time. 'Why don't people wear pants in bed then they wouldn't get pregnant'. They both went into hysterics.

StealthPolarBear Sat 27-Aug-11 16:46:20

and that is the sort of 11yo I want my DS and DD to be - the sort I was infact. Not being given alcopops, as on that other thread

ToriaPumpkinPasty Sat 27-Aug-11 16:48:35

Noonar when I was doing my PGDE I had a little boy in my class (must have been five or six) who was overheard singing "Gloria, hosannah headache Chelsea"

Cathycomehome Sat 27-Aug-11 16:55:12

I thought AWOL stood for "absent, wandering or lost". Until quite recently. I am 34.

My very clever DD2 (she's just got a lot of A*s and As in her GCSEs) thought until a few months ago that there were traffic lights in the middle of the channel tunnel, thus allowing the cars driving (yes driving) through, to swap sides in preparation for the other side. This is even more ridiculous given that we have been through the tunnel over 100 times.

She also asked whether our cat, who had only hours before had her kittens, was a girl or a boy.

How the fuck she managed to get so many top grades will defeat us all for ever and a day.

Another one here who thought for years that Yosemite was pronounced Yoh-se-mite. blush. I didn't even equate Yosemite Sam with it, finally got it when I was about 25. Oh dear.

noonar I thought (think) it's 'another thing coming' too! blush

nokissymum Sat 27-Aug-11 17:23:12

Thank goodness cornishmade ! ive been also calling it "yose might" two syllables all my life blush

I had a dear friend who discovered when we were 18yrs that ivanhoe is just that ans not "e van hoe hey" grin

Marymaryalittlecontrary Sat 27-Aug-11 17:27:21

When I went to uni and lived in a hall of residence the cleaners kept our communal toilets stocked with those paper bags you get in hotel bathrooms etc to put used sanitary towels in. My then boyfriend came to visit and after using the bathroom asked, "what are those paper bags for? I think I know but I'm not sure." I asked him what he thought they were for and he replied "for putting poo in." Ewwwwww! I'm not quite sure how he thought that would work. And why would that be a better system than a flushable toilet?!!

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