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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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top belief!

I was once very puzzled as to why TV weather reports would sometimes repeatedly say that the weather was "overcast". I thought they could reduce the problem by NOT repeating the reports so much. (I thought that "overcast" meant forecasted too much.)

Nicole
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When I was 4, I thought the person who was in the TV was going to go out. LOL

Alexandra
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When I was little, I thought that the "viewer discretion is advised" warnings before television programs meant that you weren't supposed to talk about what you saw.

Rin
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when i was little i thought a T.V was a book you plugged into the wall

RETRO KID
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I very much enjoyed a show called Jonathon Creek (and still do actually) and when it first started I was about nine or so. Well I hadn't missed a single epsiode until that point and so I was baffled when my mum said I couldn't watch it one evening. I demanded to know why and her response was: "The actor who plays Jonathon is sick tonight and can't be in it," and I actuallly *believed* her.

(It later turned out that that epsiode had a fairly tame sex scene in that she hadn't wanted me to see)

Emmylou
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top belief!

When I was little my mother used to watch Star Trek and as this was before I realised that most TV wasn't live. In one scene a character was wearing an outfit and then seconds later the scene changed to one later that day and there he was in another. I remember asking in bafflement how could actors change their clothes so quickly and my mother answered absently that they probably had a machine for it. For *ages* I believed that all actors had to run of stage and stand still while this little robot dressed them and then run off to act again. I asked my mother about this later and she said that because we'd been watching Star Trek she's thought I meant the characters getting changed rather than the actors.

Emmylou
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