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Old 07-16-2011, 10:56 AM
 
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As a young kid of maybe 5 or 6, I had it in my head that if someone was "fired" from their job, that it meant they would be dismissed by being set on fire. I remember my dad coming home a couple of times, saying to my mom "so and so got fired today". That made me nervous. I was all upset like "uh oh, I sure hope they don't fire Dad!!"
I'd bet that's not so uncommon. One morning in Kindergarten, I and several others were enjoying "block time", i.e., playing with a set of large (at least to a 5-year old) wooden blocks and planks when the suggestion was made and carried out to construct a fireplace so that we could indeed "fire" people. To my understanding, that wasn't really the way you did it, but the others seemed all on board, and soon enough poor Patty Hanson was standing in the middle of our little edifice, and to everyone's satisfaction, she was fired. Okay, on to "crayon time"...
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Old 07-16-2011, 11:09 AM
 
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When I was a child during the very early days of Vietnam (late 1950's), the newscasters would talk about Vietcong "guerillas" attacking whomever. I really thought we were fighting gorillas.
Might have been avoided had you, no doubt against parental wishes, been a regular reader of MAD Magazine. They had a cartoon at about that time including a newspaper headlined "Guerillas Attack on Plain of Jars". Beneath it was a full-page photo of gorillas with sticks racing angrily toward the viewer across a tightly-packed matrix of empty mayonaise jars.
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Old 07-16-2011, 11:14 AM
 
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When I was a kid, I thought a bank would keep the actual money you deposited in a special box and that everyone who used the bank had their own "box."
That's how some people still see Social Security...
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Old 07-16-2011, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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It's the length of a standard marathon. The "13.1" stickers you often see around here are for half-marathons.

Often found on the same cars as those with OBX stickers.
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Thanks for the explanation. Even when I was younger and into athletics long distance running was not my forte.

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Old 07-17-2011, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Berryville,VA
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I was in my early 20's before I figured out that New England isn't a state! I guess that's why I could never find it on a map.
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Old 07-26-2011, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Nebraska
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I was in my early 20's before I figured out that New England isn't a state! I guess that's why I could never find it on a map.
I live in NE (Nebraska). It amazes me how many people don't realize NE is not New England when used in an address.
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Old 07-26-2011, 09:03 AM
 
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When I was a kid, I thought a bank would keep the actual money you deposited in a special box and that everyone who used the bank had their own "box." Once I got a few $2 bills for my birthday and deposited them into my savings account. I was devastated to learn later that I would not be getting them back!
For a while as a child I thought music groups drove around to radio stations and performed live. I thought that if you could find out in advance when a song would be on, you could drive to the station and meet the group. (Turned out that only happens on The Brady Bunch .)
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Old 08-01-2011, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Fairfax County, VA
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I suppose I'll be speaking for some people once they figure this out.

There are some people in the DC area that call the place the DMV (DC, Maryland Virginia). Little do they realize that there is an already well-known acroynm for DMV which stands for the Department of Motor Vehicles.
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