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I'm not sure if they still do, but PBS at least used to conclude a lot of shows with, "... is brought to you by the corporation for public broadcasting, and by viewers like you." I assumed Viewers Like You was just another company of some kind.
When I was a kid, our local news was read by a woman named Christa Ackroyd - but I misheard her name as Christa Asteroid. Using this piece of evidence along with the fact that she knew all about the newsworthy events that were going on around Yorkshire, she must be an alien with special powers. When she was reading the news, she was telling us what she'd been using her superpowers for that day - eg. if there had been a murder she would have caught the murderer, if there had been a flood she would have brought all the people to safety.
But she didn't like to brag about that, she just told us what had been going on.
When I was a kid, my mom was the first to tell me about the "ball drop" in New York on New Year's Eve. I'd never seen the ball drop before, so I assumed it meant that someone standing on the roof of a building in Times Square would throw the ball into the crowd below! I was watching TV before the ball drop started and they mentioned that the ball weighed over 10,000 pounds. I was alarmed, because throwing something that size into a crowd would kill people! Luckily, my preconceptions were wrong. There is no throwing, and the "drop" is actually a controlled descent.
The TV guide showed "To Be Announced" for the hour when my favorite show came on. I used to believe that "To Be Announced" was just another name for that show, and got excited when I saw it in other places.
I used to think that Spongebob took place on LAND.
I used to think live-action films and television programs were acutally computer-made, so there were not real people there.
When I was young (3-5) I thought that if you broke the tv screen that you could go and live in the movie. One time I decided I wanted to live in Charlie and the chocolate factory (old one lt was about 2003) I almost did it to with a rock...I'm glad I didn't do it and I still don't know why I thought that
When I was a small girl the old "batman" series was on TV.there was one episode in which one of the villans abducted Batman ib order to remove his "cowl" (the part of his costume that covered his face) and I thought they said his "cow" and I thought that was another word for face.The next day my dad scratched his cheek so I asked him if he had hurt his cow, thinking how sophisticated I sounded.He gave me a blank look and after many questions he figured out what was going on and "cow" for face becane a running joke in my family all thanks to me.
My mom took a Balkan folkdancing class when I was around 6.we watched Star Trek a lot so I got mixed up and thought she had said Vulcan folkdancing. Mom said the dancing was very energetic so I always imagined those stoic Vulcans really chtting loose for once Mr Spock leaping high in the air and clicking his heels!
I picked up the words from a science show on TV, something like, "atoms are alive and everything is made up of atoms". From there my mind (age 5) decided all things, from rocks to trees, to my stuffed animals and Raggedy Ann, are alive (have spirits and feelings). And honestly, in a way, I really never lost that belief!
I used to think that the best newsman would become president. Why else would adults watch the news so carefully?
On TV game sows when they said the winners were chosen "at random" I thought random was a town.
When I was around 4, I used to believe that when the TV was off, it was the people in it that were watching us in the house. So when I was walking in front of the switched off TV set, I always had my best behavior, going as far as doing some little chores, like straightening out the edges of the rug in the living room.
I used to believe that a VCR tape would be destroyed if it was left to run its full length. Every time the credits begin to roll I freaked out because I didn't want my favorite tapes to be ruined.
I used to believe the laugh track on sitcoms were other people watching the shows in their houses and laughing at the jokes. I would laugh really loudly so they could hear me too.
I use to believe when you would watch a comedy t.v. sitcom and heard the people laughing through the t.v. They could hear me back if i went to the tv and laughed into it.
I use to believe that the local news on the weekends were reruns of the news played during the week. Not sure why...
I used to believe that there were little people inside the TV and everybody was all squished in there and whenever a new show came on or the channel was changed, they quickly went up to the front of the TV.
I used to think that when you turned on the TV you were able to pick a family you wanted to watch. I thought that someone somewhere could be watching me through their TV. I was amazed that the TV in other peoples homes showed the same thing our TV did.
Whan I was child, i used to believe that cartoons were actually inside the TV. and I remember that once, a cousin hit the TV with a hammer to take the cartoons out.