We all had something we thought was true as kids, only to find out how hilariously wrong we were
I can vividly remember a moment when I was little, maybe five or six, newly able to read, sitting in the backseat of my family’s station wagon and looking out the window as we passed some auto body shops. I saw the signs that read “Body shop,” and there was no question in my mind that those were the places where people went to buy prosthetic limbs. It just made sense in my kid brain. I distinctly remember wondering why on Earth there were so many body shops, when there weren’t that many people with prosthetic arms and legs.
We all have something like that, right? Kids are accustomed to just not quite understanding everything that’s going on around them, and so they’re really good at making up their own realities that help their world make sense. And Twitter is proving right now that, as adults, looking back on those things we casually thought were true as kids is super hilarious.
A Twitter user who goes by the handle OhNoSheTwitnt started the thread by tweeting, “What’s a dumb thing you thought when you were a kid? I thought Masterpiece Theater got its name from Sesame Street’s Monsterpiece Theater and not the other way around.”
What’s a dumb thing you thought when you were a kid? I thought Masterpiece Theater got its name from Sesame Street’s Monsterpiece Theater and not the other way around.
— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) December 22, 2017
The tweet took off, the replies started pouring in, and oh boy, they are hilarious.
I thought every song on the radio was played live at that moment.— Brian Vander Ark (@brianvanderark1) December 22, 2017
I thought “no thanks” meant you were saying you refused to thank someone because you clearly didn’t need their help and I was like HOW RUDE— Rachel "The Yellow Dart" Feltman (@RachelFeltman) December 22, 2017
LMNOP? One letter.— Jill Twiss (@jilltwiss) December 22, 2017
That No Vacancy meant you could not stay at that hotel if you were on vacation. I was like, just don't tell them you're on vacation! How would they know?!— Anne Hoppus (@annemcmurray) December 22, 2017
What makes them so funny is that they’re all so relatable. You can totally read any of these replies, access your kid brain, and see why that made sense to someone’s much younger self.
I thought turning off the tv would pause it and was always pissed when I cam back later and had no idea where Fact of Life went.— Allie Mac Kay (@alliemackay) December 22, 2017
I didn't understand that "meets the eye" was a phrase. I thought it was a single word or some kind of acronym, like RBI, for a government organization. I thought when you said something was "more than meets the eye" you were saying it was more powerful than the government.— Red Durkin (@RedIsDead) December 22, 2017
I thought ‘prosecuted’ meant 'executed' so signs saying “Trespassers Will Be Prosecuted” meant they would be shot by a firing squad— Quinn Sutherland (@ReelQuinn) December 22, 2017
If there’s one thing this Twitter thread proves, it’s that we’ve all got one of these. It’s one of those things that unexpectedly unites the entire internet.
I was absolutely certain that clowns were born looking like clowns and it was important not to point that out to them lest I embarrass them.— Jennifer Wright (@JenAshleyWright) December 23, 2017
I thought a 401K meant that everyone gets 401 bars of gold when they retire https://t.co/2asULnKO5c
— Sammy Nickalls (@sammynickalls) December 23, 2017
I thought it really used to be a black and white world in the old days.— LaurenBedfordRussell (@1LaurenRussell) December 23, 2017
I thought "soap operas" were "soap boppers"— Hi, it's Abby. Yep. (@abbycohenwl) December 23, 2017
During a time that we’re so damn divided, bless the internet for reminding us of something every single one of us shares; we were all little kids with kind of dumb, weird thoughts once.