When my dad told me that The Flintstones was based in prehistoric times and made in the '70s, I thought that meant the 70's era was prehistoric so they would be vintage cave people.
I used to think that the people in the Domino's Pizza sponsorship ads on The Simpsons were meant to be the actual characters themselves and that it was Homer who said 'woohoo!' when the doorbell rang.
I thought that if I tried really hard, I could change what was happening on the TV. I couldn't, so I'd get frustrated.
When I was younger I thought the disc holder for our TV would explode if you put too many discs in.
This is not me, but a friend of my father's. Apparently, Dad and his friend used to watch TV together as young boys, and Dad's friend didn't have a TV when he was little, so he didn't know how TV worked, so every time there was an ad break, he would burst into tears and rant about how the show had ended too early.
This is a belief I shared. There's a TV show called "Tots TV" and in the intro, a boy says, "I'm a tot" and then a girl says this French phrase. Well, not only me, but actually at least two people on the Internet thought she was saying, "And she's a tot" and apparently a lot of people still do think she's saying that because that wrong lyric pops up on Google Autocomplete!
The weird part is, she's the only female tot on the show, so if she was singing that, it would make no sense!
I used to believe that when a show would ask something, they can hear our response. For example: "How many sides are in a rectangle", I wouldn't say anything but, the character would be like,''I can't hear you!" It freaked me out so much and from that day, I would scream at the t.v, telling the characters what to do!!
When I was a little child, I used to think that the way the little people living inside the TV made their living was that my parents had to pay them according to the amount of time we watched TV. My mother was talking about having to go back to work, so I started watching TV less so my parents wouldn't have to pay the little people a lot of money. I'm embarrassed to say that I also used to talk to the little people inside the TV when it was off. I especially liked to talk to Uncle Al and Lucille Ball. They never answered back, thank goodness. I didn't think my parents had to pay them when I talked to them and the TV was off. They were my friends, and salary didn't cover what you did in your leisure time. My grandma caught me talking to the TV and thought I was barmy. She advised my mom to have another child instead of going back to work because I was obviously lonely.
When I imitated something from a TV show, my mother told me, "Don't copy what you see on TV."
I thought this was a strict rule for about two years and I told her off for singing the theme tune to a TV show.
I used to believe that all DVDs contained the characters inside them. When you played the DVD, the characters would come and act like they are on a play. This belief disappeared when I found out how DVDs and videos work, when I was around 8 or 9 years old.
I used to think that all TV was live, and I wondered how in reruns they could exactly duplicate the show down to the wrinkles in people's clothing.
My parents told me that if i spat on the TV screen, it would explode. I was afraid to stand near the TV for a long time!
I used to think that the news reporters on the television were watching me
I used to believe that fictional characters weren't real, or in other words, weren't aware of the audience's existence. So I used to wonder why people write letters to fictional characters if they can only read letters from other characters.
Back then,when I was 7 years I used to believe that if I say a name of sickness I'll have that sickness so, once I saw on the news that a doctor was talking about a dangerous that the children used to suffer at that age, then I said to a cousin that she can't tell it and she believed it too.
When I was very small, my parents always told me not to believe everything you saw on television. That's a good lesson to teach kids, but unfortunately for me, they weren't very specific. As a result, I got it into my head that EVERYTHING on TV was pretend.
I got my facts straight some time after I started kindergarten. My teacher was teaching us about the alphabet. I tried to tell her that the alphabet wasn't real, and that it was just a pretend thing on Sesame Street. When my parents came to pick me up that day, she had a little talk with them...
When I watched the trailer of the Peanuts Movie that showed the characters ice skating outside, I thought one of the girls in the trailer was saying "Watch the girls" until we got the DVD from the library and put the subtitles on and I found out she was saying "Watch the curls!"
I used to think that Batman was Blackman. He wore a black superhero outfit, so it made sense to me.
my parents told me that tv was black and white when they were younger, and I just assumed they used to be black and white too
I used to like "Gilligan's Island" as a kid, and one time they revealed the Skipper's real name ( Jonas Grumby) I think in a radio announcement. I misunderstood and thought they said the Skipper was "KNOWN as Grumby" which I believed for years.Also I thought Gilligan's name was "Gilligan Mulligan" like the stew.I don't know where that came from.