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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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Just a few weeks ago (I reasoned this out with said friend), my friend and I thought we were the Black Spy and the White Spy from MAD MAGAZINE. We would run around my basement making "helicopter" sounds and try to beat the shizzit out of each other using pillows.
We live in a retirement community, so imagine our neighbors thinking they were going senile seeing a couple of teenagers in fedoras and sunglasses running around the backyard.
Luckily, this is not believed anymore.

The Black Spy
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when i was a kid i always wanted to see what nanny looked like on "muppet babies", so i would always stick my cheek to the screen and try to see her face.

j.pierce huntingotn beach
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I was a huge fan of The Carebears and believed they were real. So much so that when I would cry, I honestly believed the Carebears would see on their care-o-meter that I was sad and would come cheer me up. Of course, this never happened and I was always so sad that they ignored me.

Anon
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i used to think that cartoons like "Tom and Jerry" were performed by real actors in cat and mouse suits, using speicial effects and a special camera that made it look like a drawing. i was probably like 5 or 6 when my mom explained to me how it worked for real.

helen
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As a kid, I watched a lot of Tex Avery and Warner Brothers cartoons. And sometimes, in those cartoons, when one of the characters was in a sticky situation, they would pull out a pencil and draw things. Like, if they wanted to escape somewhere, they'd draw a door. I used to believe that you could do this in real life, so in the front hallway of my old house, I drew a picture of a window, thinking that if I ever wanted to run away from home, I could climb through it.

Also in the same cartoons, characters would draw a picture of themselves on a rock or something, and the villian would, thinking it was their victim, go run into the rock. My brother (who's two years younger) used to chase me around the house and try to bit me, so one day I drew a stick figure of myself on the side of a cabinet and tried to lead him to it, thinking he'd see it and believe it was me, and he'd run into the cabinet and leave me alone.

Funky Cold Candita
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When I was little I thought the teenage mutant ninja turles were real. (this was back when they came out with the 1st cartoon show and the first movie and all) I thought this becuase I saw people in ninja turtle costumes on tv at certain events and because they starred in their own movie. I thought they were real superheros and celebrities. I got a 'autographed poster' by them and believed they really autographed it. I felt so special.

Amy
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I used to believe that cartoons were colored in with markers and paint, and that movies were done with color-pencils ;D

S, Vugts
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When I was four or five I owned a Disney Land sing-a-long video which I would watch every single day and even though Disney is supposed to be the happiest place on earth I would cry my eyes out everytime I watched it. This was because I believed I was in love with Chip (from Chip and Dale) and was completely heartbroken because I couldn't go to Disney Land. So I had to settle with kissing my tv and pretending he was with me...(I later made it to Disney World and wasn't all that impressed with Chip)

lil H.C.
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When I Was Younger, My Friend Told Me That When It Was Neared Nighttime And The Sky Turned Pink, That Meant The Ninja Turtles Would Climb Out Of The Sewer.

So I Waited One Night. The Sky Turned Pink And Nothing Happened. I Thought Maybe They Only Came Out On The Weekdays And I Missed Them, Because I Went To Bed Too Early.

Cocoa
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