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When I was 5 years old, my friend's mom told us that if we watched to much tv, our eyes would turn square, and they would never go back to normal shape! I was so scared, and we didn't watch much tv after that...
When I was little and watched shows like Sesame Street and Barney, I understood that the characters were really people in costumes. But I also thought that it was VERY hard to memorize lines, and so they would have the script taped up inside their costume, so they could just read it during the show instead of actually learning their lines. I also thought this about regular television shows... whenever a person on a show acts like they are reading something, they are actually reading their next line.
When I looked at the TV Guide I thought To Be Announced was actually a show that was on for three or four hours at a time. I also thought it was a religioius show for some reason.
I used to believe that Reuters (News Agency) was the surname of one single journalist, as I would always here “Reuters reports that or Reuters this” and I use to wonder how can he manage to visit all those places and events and write all that news and I thought he was like superhero.
I used to believe that if you unplugged the telly, your show would be paused for you and be waiting for you at just that spot when you returned home...
When I was little I thought the people on TV could hear me just like I could hear them. During game shows I would crouch next to the speaker and whisper things like "It's Number Three...Number Three!" Then I would get mad when they didn't pick the answer I told them to choose.
When I was little, I wanted a two-story house and EVERY television show I watched had one in it. I tried to cut the TV open with a pair of scissors.I got in BIG trouble and we had to get it repaired.
When I was a kid, the logo for channel 12 was an oval with the letters "WHYY" in it, and occasionally the station would show the logo and play music. I used to believe that the logo was actually a small dark-colored man with the logo as his head, and I was in mortal danger whenever the music would start to play. I was so afraid that he would come out and drag me into the TV! Needless to say, I never watched channel 12.
i used to believe tv was real so i believed monstors on Doctor who were really going to invade earth and we were all going to die because in my eyes all programs were the news, i was relieved when my mother told me it was fiction
I used to believe that if you broke a T.V. screen you could walk into the television show.
when i was 5 or 6 my cousin told me that if you got to close to the TV when you where watching it vampires would come out of it and they would try to get you but noone could help you. I didn't watch TV for about 4 weeks after that.
My grandmother told me when I was a child that, if I watch too much television my eyes would become permanently locked on the screen and I would “be stuck like that forever”. SO, whenever I watched TV or movies, I would divert my eyes every 3 or 4 minutes or so – either by closing them, hiding beneath a pillow or standing up in the middle of the room and facing the other way. There are whole swaths of children’s movies that I still have no idea how they ended or who most of the characters were.
When I was a preschooler, I had to go with my mother to the grocery store on day. I didn't want to leave because I was watching cartoons on t.v. I figured out that if I turned the t.v. off, I would be able to watch the rest of the cartoon when I came home and turned the t.v. back on. When I got back home, I told my mother that I couldn't find the channel that my cartoon was supposed to be on. When she broke the news about the situation, I was devastated.
Remember the emergency alert system? How it would always say, "This is a test. Had this been a real emergency, this alarm would be followed by safety instructions" or something to that effect? As a kid I never EVER heard them say, "It's for real this time, no fooling around!" So naturally I assumed it was the government's practical joke on us and that the president and all his men were sitting in their offices giggling at how stupid we were.
I saw on a cartoon, that if you sit too close to the TV it would suck your brain out, I sat too close to the TV to watch a video and later that night, I wonder if I still had a brain!
When a TV station was having difficulty broadcasting and a voice came on and said to "Please stand by," I thought it was my fault the TV wasn't working and got up and stood by the TV until the TV was working again.
When I was about 3 or so, I couldn't understand that TV shows and the news and stuff are still on even if you're not there to watch them. I thought that if I turned off thee TV and went to play outside, whatever I was watching would just start again when I came back.
When I was in kindergarden I saw a commerical advertising a karate class and when I wasked how they got the footage my mom said there was a hidden camera in a karate class. The next day at school I told a boy there was probably a hidden camera in here watching us so we should dance. We did a little jig and talked to the ceiling for a while hoping to be on TV.
One time I was watching TV and I got mad at something, so I threw a hair clip at the TV. I heard it land but couldn't find it, so I was convinced that it had fallen into the TV, where it would ignite and set the house on fire. I was sure that my mom and I would come home from our bike ride that day to find our house in ruins.
Later it was unearthed behind the entertainment center- who knew?
I used to believe that when I turned off the tv (for dinner, to go to bed, etc), the program would pause and would be available when I turned it back on.