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Ever thought that you could get flushed down the loo? That girls wee out their bottoms? Or that bumming means two men rubbing their bums together? Tell us about your childhood misconceptions. Thanks to Joefish for the suggestion.

(, Wed 18 Jan 2012, 15:21)
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For context: I grew up in South Africa so I believed the following when I was young.
- all French people carried a baguette on their person at all times.
- All English people drank tea, were well behaved and spoke with impeccably clear accents.
- Germans had no sense of humour and all their women had hairy armpits
- The entire population of Western Europe, with the exception of the British, had an aversion to showering and were consequently permanently smelly. Especially so in the summer. My British Grandma told me that and I believed her for many years.
- Chinese people were actually yellow
- Americans all lived in massive houses and drove huge cars.
- Mexicans just sit next Cacti all day and drink tequila
- Australia had a fly infestation problem hence the reason they all wear hats with corks dangling from string.
- If a black person and white person had a baby it would be an Albino. Every single time.
- All they eat in Italy is pizza and pasta.
- Sweden consist purely of blond people.
- Black people only spoke African languages. I almost died of shock when I met a French speaking black man for the first time.
- All the worst baddies in the world came from Russia.
- World War 2 was fought with only Americans, British, Italian and German troops.
- Gangsters only came Italy.
- Sportsman were to be looked up to and would always set an example for us youngsters.
- God should be feared. Later I realised it makes more sense to fear people who believed in God.
- White people were inherently more intelligent than black people.
- If you went to jail you'd come out with a bumhole the size of a watermelon.
- Taking out the rubbish for mummy once a week constituted slavery.
- Going to school was a waste of time.
- Eastern Europe was a colossal wasteland with no culture. I was surprised to discover many years later that it was in fact older than South Africa with a much richer heritage.
- Babies were delivered by storks in a towel hanging from their beak.
- The Vietnam war was won by the Americans.

There is probably a million more of these, but I have to work now....
(, Wed 25 Jan 2012, 13:48, 11 replies)
I like this...

I was absolutely with you for so many of the things on your list - (when I was younger)

It's almost a 'mind-sharing' thing going on. Please accept this clickage
(, Wed 25 Jan 2012, 14:49, closed)
Which of these aren't true, then?
*genuinely confused*
(, Wed 25 Jan 2012, 15:03, closed)
I'm not sure that white people are inherently more intelligent than black people, for a start
And that there the Vietnam war wasn't so much "won" by the Americans as "run away from".
(, Wed 25 Jan 2012, 15:09, closed)
I would continue this
but I'd be getting into geniune-racism rather than mock-ironic-racism territory and I don't think I want to have to explain myself
(, Wed 25 Jan 2012, 15:48, closed)
You threw me with the word "genuinely".
(, Wed 25 Jan 2012, 16:44, closed)
Yeah I think I overstated my case to begin with
and painted myself into a corner
(, Thu 26 Jan 2012, 10:05, closed)
The innocent generalisations of a
six year old makes when processing information by thundering bigots is different to the ignorance of an adult who believes any of that crap.
(, Wed 25 Jan 2012, 22:38, closed)
You plebs are all the same, always aiding and abetting the racists.

(, Thu 26 Jan 2012, 2:10, closed)
do you by any chance edit the Daily Mail?

(, Wed 25 Jan 2012, 17:26, closed)
Who'd have thought South Africans would have held racist stereotypes to be true?
(, Thu 26 Jan 2012, 8:41, closed)

I've never met a nice South African.
(, Thu 26 Jan 2012, 10:56, closed)

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