Despite living quite close to Detroit, I had never seen a Black person until I was about 3.
About the same for me (I live in Germany). The first time I saw a black person I was on the tram, being hold by my mother, and the person in question was sitting opposite to us. I did just stare at him for like 2 minutes and my mother started to grow quite uncomfortable, sending apologizing glances toward him.
I, however, was very surprised when she asked me to stop staring. I totally couldn't comprehend why she would not want me to look at this fantastic creature. After having thought about it for a moment, I figured my mother simply didn't know what was sitting there. To educate her, I pointed at the great attraction and exclaimed: "Mama. Ape!"
When I played Pokémon as a kid, I thought that the random encounters and AI were directly controlled by Nintendo. As in, they had a link to my GameBoy at all times and were pushing a button to make a wild Ledian appear. I even had the master console they used for this mapped out in my head
Actually, my friends and me had figured out that it was just a game. However, we had quite some interesting theories regarding Missing No (yay for Edition Red/Blue). First, we (not actually speaking English) would always pronounce his
(because obviously he
was the Pokemon god!) name "Misses Singo". Second, we had all kinds of crude fears of him
messing up our game states. We had figured that meeting him
could destroy your save state (it had happened to one of us), which was the starting point for our wild theorizing. One theory was that if you used him
in a fight over a Link Cable, he
would make all your Pokemon disobey you, forever. But what we feared even more was the effect of actually sending him
over a Link Cable: Not only would it mess up the game of the recipient so that it could never be played again, but it would also destroy his Game Boy and therefore (because he
has no Game Boy to reside in) he
would crawl back into the Link Cable and reside in it, eternally damnated and eternally damnating the Link Cable as well, so that if you should ever again use this Link Cable for sharing Pokemon, the modules of the sender and of the recipient would get destroyed by his
Coming to think of it, we were pretty creative children.