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You know how on PBS they usually say something like "this program was sponsored in part by viewers like you?" I thought "Viewers like you" was an actual company.
I also thought that TV was kind of like video, so that when i turned it off, i could turn it back on later and whatever show i'd been watching would start right where i'd left it.
I used to believe that commercials were live, and every time that a particular commercial was shown on television that the actors had to rush downtown and perform the commercial live. I always thought that the actors must have been REALLY skilled in order to do the exact same thing every time!
when i was 6 I used to believe that when i saw movies in my tv, the commercials were to allow actors rest a little before going out to act again. And i was amazed how i could see the same movie many times without the actors making a mistake or getting tired from doing it over an over again
I used to think that the people in the commercials were doing the commercial 'live' each time. I would follow along each time to see if they did anything different.
that actors went to the toilet during the ad breaks.
One night, when I was six, I saw a car salesman doing a tv commercial in broad daylight. I mentioned to my aunt (she was 11) that the salesman must have been on the other side of the world because the sun was shining. She rudely tried to explain to me about pre-recorded film. I think I got that part. But I still don't understand how the images get to the tv in my house.
I used to believe that 'broctoyouby' was a word. On commercial television after every show they would say the show was 'brought to you by' and then the name of the sponsor.
When I was a boy, I believed that the television stations kept track of everything you bought, and would stop sending commercials to your house advertising those products you already had.