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When I was younger, I was obsessed with Darkwing Duck. I'd dress up in my best clothes I had, and make my mom drive me around my neighborhood looking for the wedding that Darkwing had arranged (for us).

Whenever we came near a realtor sign, I was convinced that it was actually a wedding sign for us. Sadly, this resulted in many upsetting drives around my neighborhood.

kelsey
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I used to think that cartoons were people who painted themselves up and went on set. I remeber asking my mom how they get all the paint on them and such. Oh...good times.

Nic
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I used to believe that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles really DID exist, and I'd spend hours squatting next to manhole covers and storm drains calling them "Michelangelo! Donatello!" and waiting for them to come out and play with me.

Maria G.
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When I was little, I absolutely loved Alladin the Disney movie (although the Saturday series were kinda cheesy)I had a crush on the character, and had the Aladin bed set, the mercandise, the partgy gear, and the beach mat. If If got picked on in school, I told everyone that Aladin was gonna kick their ass! Anyways, I wanted to meet Alladin in person, and when I found out I was going to Disney World, I knew what character I was going to see first. I did feel guilty because my motives were part selfish. I was gonna bribe Aladin into giving me Jafar's lamp so he can grant my every wish.

So when I was in Disney Land, my dad told me that Aladin was coming my way. As I ran up to him and Jasmin, I was very dissappointed. The Aladin I loved was short, his costume looked like it was from the dollar store compared to it's movie counterpart, and he was UGLY!! He even looked scary. This was not my dream man, and I cried at the top of my lungs right in front of everybody and called the confused Aladin a wanna-be phoney, and that he could keep his stupid lamp. I refused to leave Disney World until I saw the real Aladin. In fact, all of the characters in the park looked fake. My dad still laughs about it to this day.

Loren
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We had a REALLY old TV when I was little and the color was always distorted. While watching the Smurf's at a friend's house one morning I asked her why they were blue? On my TV they had always been GREEN and I just assumed green was their true color!

Janelle
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I used to believe that Hanna Barbara was a lady (instead the last names of the creators). I was like, she is really smart and rich!!

Angiepi
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I used to believe that people had outlines like cartoons. I got this idea from looking at Snoopy. Sometimes I would hold my hands up in front of a wall, concentrate hard, and try to see my "black lines." (And I was so pleased when I was finally successful.)

Y
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i used to think that tv was real life, and u could go into the tv, and warn the characters about something thats gonna happen l8r on. i always wanted to go tell the rugrats stuff,i would pretend angelica was my best friend! i was weird, i no!

weirdo!
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When I was little, I remember watching My Little Pony, and seeing "to be continued" on the bottom of the screen at the end of the episode. For the longest time, I really thought that "continued" was some sort of adjective for "evil" or something. Like "to be bad". I thought they were saying something about the bad guys!

Be
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I used to believe that I can change what happens in a cartoon. When I saw the same episode and something bad was going to happen, I would yell it at the character so they would avoid it. I was always dissapointed when they "didn't listen".

Adam
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I used to believe that if you blink at the same time as a cartoon character you'd turn into them. When I was three my favorite movie was "The Little Mermaid" and I wanted to turn into Ariel more than anything, so I'd watch it over and over so I'd blink at the same time as she would. No one caught on to this.

athena n.
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At the age of 9 I used to think that Superman was real, there was a cartoon version of Superman on the telly and I watched it all the time, I used to argue with people at school who watched Blue Peter, I said that Blue Peter wans't real but Superman was! Sad but true (the belief I mean...)

MS
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The Star Trek cartoon series was a cheap show. They recycled images all the time. In one episode, somebody points out the Romulan ship on the viewscreen, but they show a scene of the Klingon ship. I didn't think that this was odd though...the Klingons obviously sold weapons to the Romulans.

Anon
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This is not exactly what I believe, but an example of the cruelty that older siblings inadvertantly inflict on their younger brethren.

My mum was studying psychology A'level when I was about 15. I had a younger brother - aged 3. He was really naughty and I was sick and tired of him getting to watch all the cartoons when I wanted to watch other stuff.

I read my mum's psychology textbook and came accross the idea of conditioning. I reasoned that my brother didnt know any different and so I could just tell him that news programmes were, in fact, cartoons. If I did it often enough then he would get the message and I could watch all the TV I wanted. For two weeks I stalked the little imp and kept telling him that news was cartoons and vice versa. Naturally, he wasnt having any of it and would scream blue murder whenever I turned over from a cartoon to the news and told him that I was giving him what he wanted.

Eventually my mum found out and grounded me for a week.

I'm now a clinical psychologist and my brother is an IT consultant. Need I say more...

mike
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Up until I was 7 or so, I didn't know how cartoons worked, so I figured cartoon characters were really actors in suits.

Sonya
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I remember a kind of discussion in third class about "Did dinosaurs and cavemen live at the same time?"
One of the pupils said they did, and "The Flitstones" were the proof.

Anke
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I was believe that cartoons were real.

Sophie
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I thought cartoon characters were actors in costumes. I was jealous of the actor playing Speedy Gonzales, because I figured it was a child like mne in the costume.

Anon
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I very early found out that cartoons are in fact series of fast changing pictures, each next only a bit different from previous. It was well explained in some magazine for kids. So I knew how does every cartoon work, but I though it is executed just like the cartoon-book you can make yourself - they are holding out there in the studio thick stack of colored papers right in front of camera, and when the sheets are moving very fast, it is just being filmed and showed on TV. So many times I just wondered why all those cartoons on TV are so perfect quality since there should be visible trails of sheets moves etc. Then some day I found out they just record each one picture in the other film-tape tile, and this is it.

Wojtek, southern Poland
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One of my favourite cartoons when I was little was called Willy Fogg. It was about a lion who had to travel around the wrold in 80 days. Story sound familiar?

This cartoon really confused me though because whenever I heard a reference to Phileas Fogg, I thought they were talking about the lion! For years I didn't realise that Phileas Fogg was a person.

Penny, England
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