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I had just learned how to read, and whenever the family would be watching t.v and the screen would say please stand by I would get up and stand next to the t.v thinking I was helping with the technical difficulties. My parents never told me any different.
We had a really old, small tv when I was a kid. I used to believe that the little black and white world that we watched was really a little black and white world, there for our entertainment, separate from our own. I'd wonder about all that stuff packed into the little tv, in amazement.
My sister was told by my father that if she pressed the off button on the TV when he was watching it, the TV would catch fire!!!
I used to believe that people on TV used to have some surgery done to them so they didn't need to pee. Because you know no one EVER goes to the bathroom.
Then I asked my mother and she said they went during the breaks (during taping.) I assumed that meant during the commericals, so I used to watch the sides of the tv very carefully when the TV show came on just in case someone took a little longer...
Ah, how television destroys your mind.
When my cousins were younger (they are now in their 30s), they believed that their parents removed all the dead cowboys and indians from the back of the television when they went to bed.
I thought that when the lights went out, putting a candle behind the tv would make it work :)
When I was a little kid (around 5 or 6). I was always afraid that it was illegal for me to watch any TV show with a rating above anything my parents said I could watch, at that age, that rating limit happened to be TV-Y7, so if a show started and I saw that the rating wasn't TV-Y, TV-G, or TV-Y7, I would panic, grab the remote and instantly change to something that was, because I thought the police knew that I wasn't supposed to be watching what I was, and they'd come to my house and arrest me...
I'm now 13 years old, and my parents let me watch anything up to TV-14, and I always watch things rated TV-MA anyway...but I'm still afraid someone will see me watching it and I'll get in trouble (though I know I won't get arrested...) so I always close my bedroom door, close the blinds, and turn down my TV's volume....just to be safe!
When I was 5, my father put a TV antennae on the roof of our house (this was the early 70's and we only had the rabbit ears until then). A few weeks later, my favorite TV show at the time had its series finale. For the longest time, I would beg my father to take the antennae off the roof, knowing for sure that if it was gone, my show would come back on.
I believed that if I watched a television program I was helping it stay on the air. Conversely if I didn't watch a show that I wanted to stay on the air, I was contributing to it possibly being cancelled.
I believed that a television show would wait for me if I was delayed in getting to the room to watch it.
Whenever I used to see, "To Be Announced" in the TV Guide I thought it was some type of religious show. I pictured singing ladies in dresses walking down stairs and talking about God. I didn't realize it meant the channel didn't know what program was going to be on. Unfortunately, I was in my 20's when I finally figured it all out. My family still hassles me about this. (It really did sound like the name of a chuch show).
when i was a kid i used to think that if you were in the middle of watching a tv show and you turned off the tv, that when you turned it back on later, it would still be at the same spot in the same show like it was a movie put on pause... i think i believed this because my brother and i were watching some cartoon one day and turned off the tv to go outside and play, and when we came back in hourslater, we turned on the tv again and it was the exact part of the exact same episode of the exact same show we had been watching earlier. it was obviously just a wayyyy coincidental fluke, but from there on out i thought that's how tv worked.
When we got a cable TV one of the channels you had to pay extra for was scrambled so that the image was black-and-white and upside-down. I convinced my little sister that it was the Australian TV.
when i was little, i used to believe that the presenters on tv could actually hear you. whenever they would ask a question to the audience, i used to reply by talking into the grills at the back of the tv (where the heat is relesed.) i also thought that the canned laughter was your que to laugh and would force myself to laugh whenever it came on!
I used to believe that all the actors I saw on t.v got phone calls one day telling them they have to act. I was a shy kid and did not want to be an actress so I dreaded the day someone would call my house to tell me I need to act on a t.v show.
I used to believe that black-and-white TV was there for you to colour in, I got in so much trouble when I put crayon on my Nanna's telly, then realise that the pictures moved too fast for me to colour them all in!
I used to believe that people (cartoon characters aswell) on the TV could hear you if you shouted loud enough, so everytime i saw a charcter i liked, i yelled at the screen and wondered if they heard...
I used to believe that things would come out of the tv if i went of the screen i would wait for hours to see it come out.
if you broke the glass on the tv, the cartoons could come out, or you could go in there with them
I used to think that when you turned off the TV, it paused like a video. I remember having a temper tantrum when I was younger. I was watchin a cartoon and my mum said we had to go shopping and that the show would still be on later. A few hours later and I discovered the news was on, I was so angry cuz someone had unpaused the TV.