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when i was young i thought there was a long long tube at the back of the tv, through which 'tv families' and all the folks on tv would walk each morning to get to work and when they were through it - they'd fit in the box... like shrinking as they walked...

m
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I babysat a child who told me the tv watched him and would tell on him when he did something bad. Perhaps his parents told him that, or he got that from a kid's show where the host said "hello" or "happy birthday" to a child with the same name. It made him a very well behaved child.

Linda, Los Angeles
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When I was about 4 I believed that when you watched a show or movie that had a laugh track. It was people at home laughing and was being broadcast all over the world. So I started talking very loudly into my VCR saying hi to my friends. Sadly when I played the tape over again wondering why my friends didnt say anything, I noticed that it was the exact same people laughing.

Laugh Track
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Once when i was little, i'm only 16 now, my dad used to watch the football a lot, but becAUSE of the size of our TV screen we couldn't see the little score box in the corner. When my dad complained about this i lied on the floor and tried to see around the edges of the screen thinking u could see more under there.

Still searching
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i used to beleive that the people in those commercials were actually in the tv. one time my brother was in one of the commercials and i FREAKED OUT.

Anon
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The first time I saw a news broadcast on TV, I thought they could see and hear you through the screen. I waved 'hi' to the reporter and then I tried to talk to him and ask him questions.
There was another such incident while I was watching an old Disney cartoon. I belive it was a Western. I thought that I could help Mickey beat up Pistol Pete by hitting his image on the TV screen. I waited for next scene that would show Pete, and when I saw him again, I bopped him with a Tinkertoy piece.

Will
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My brother always used to believe TV was live. One time he was watching a show with some actor. He decided he was bored of it so he changed to a different channel, and saw the same actor.

He got really freaked. As I passed his room in the next few days, I heard him murmuring things about running really quickly and changing clothes at the speed of light.

Anon
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I used to think when people died or got shot on t.v., that they really got hurt or died in real life. I used to think, "i wonder how he felt about having to get shot. Did he really want to die?"

Keis
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as a child, i assumed that everyone was on tv at all times and changing the channel just allowed you access to different families. well, one night i was watching a lifetime movie with my mom and in the end the main character died. but after the movie was over, the actress came on to do a little public service announcement about battered wives and i started screaming and crying terrified of the "ghost" on the screen!!

Anon
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i used to believe that if you smashed the tv you would be able to reach into whoever was on the screen

Louise
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Back in the day of only 3 channels and black & white TVs, I would watch Gomer Pyle. Everyday the announcer would come on and say, “Gomer Pyle in living color is next on most of these CBS stations.” They lied to me, my B&W TV never showed Gomer in living color”

Rick
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Until I was about 5 years old I couldn't figure out how it could be nighttime on TV when it was actually daytime outside, and the other way around.

Andrea
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When there was a problem with a TV station, the announcer would as everyone to please stand by... my brother and I would promptly get up and stand by the television set.

Anon
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I used to believe that the shopping network couldn't possibly be the same thing 24/7. So I would stay up till "late" at night to see if it would ever change into something else.

marisa
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When I was little, my older brother had the wise idea of scaring me by threatening to turn me off with the remote control and I was so dumb to believe him. So everytime he wanted to have some fun, he'd just point the remote at me and say "I'm going to turn you off", and I'll go off running and creaming because I didn't wanted him to turn me off.

Romy
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When i was younger my mum said that watching too much TV would make your eyes go square, i believed it fully. Quite a few years later i asked her that if TV's make your eyes go square why don't they make round TV's

Nick Macmillan
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Whenever I would watch TV and see a commercial for something I wanted, I'd try to call and order it. However, they always said, "Dial the number on your screen," and every time I'd climb up to the window, look all around the screen on the window, and get really mad, thinking i'd missed it.
I guess at some point I figured out they mean TELEVISION screen.

Anon
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I used to think that the people in the TV were talking to me, and I was an integral confidante in their messy lives (TV soaps were a big thing in my house).

I also used to stand right up at the TV and try to see the stuff that was outside the picture - thinking it was a window. I used to get SO frustrated 'cause no matter how close I went, or how much I craned my head, I could never get a glimpse of the rest of Telly World...

AJ
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i used to believe that I'm watching the movie while it's filmed and that during comercial break actors repeat their lines

Mary
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I used to believe the when you heard people clapping on television shows that they were other people at home watching tv just like me. So I used to laugh outloud in hopes that others were hearing me.

Nicole
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