In my childhood I used to think that all the superheroes I saw on television existed in real life
I thought that Love Island was filmed on a tiny island, and the show took up the entire island.
Yeah just build your villa for your bad-quality show on this tiny remote island.
Many moons ago, when I was a kid I used to watch "Underdog". On that show there was a character named Polly Purebred. Being my silly 5-year-old self I didn't understand what "purebred" meant and could never understand why a dog was named after bread.
When I watched Stars in Their Eyes as a 90's kid, I always thought the person dressing up as a singer was instantly transformed the second they went through the doors and came out again, and didn't realize that they were just speeding up the time, while he or she had a makeover!
I used to watch Eastenders in the 90's, and when Grantand Tiffany had their baby girl, named Courtney, my mum said 'it's not really Tiffany's baby, it's someone else's really', I thought she meant that Courtney really had different parents and they must have adopted her, even though she actually meant it was just a baby used for acting!
When I was a child, I didn't understand the concept of re-runs. So when I saw the same episode being played on TV, I thought to myself "they must get really tired of doing the same episode" and "how do they ever get to watch the show themselves?"
I used to believe that when television channels when they would sign off at night play the American anthem and say please stand by , I would get up and stand by the television .
I used to believe in ghosts that appeared on TV.
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!