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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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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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When I was little I loved the muppet show. The time that the show came on where I lived was 6:30. Where both hands met at 6:30 on the living room clock was a word that began with the letter "M". Knowing very few letters at the time I thought that the word was "muppet" and that that would be the time that my tv show would always came on.
One day I was really upset when it did not come on when both hands on the clock were pointed on "muppet". Looking back on it know it was probably a weekend when the regular programs during the week are not played.

Nicole
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I watched TV shows that sometimes had "applause" signs. I believed that the signs said "applesauce" and wondered why it would say that.

Alia
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When I watched some TV shows, sometimes there was a big sign that said "applause". For a while, I thoght it said "applesauce".

Alia
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When I was little, my mother told me that in the video where Courtney Cox is dancing with Bruce Springsteen, that it was her, and i believed her for many years, and even told my friends.

Kris
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i used to believe that cousin skeeter - the puppet from that show - was a real person he had just been burnt really badly. haha.

riley
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I used to think that only kids could see Barney. If adults watched the show, they could only see the children talking to each other but never Barney.

Barney
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At one stage, between knowing that the people on tv were actors and truely understanding what acting meant, I believed that actors that got married on screen were really married and had to get a divorce after filming was over. I also believed that when an actor was killed on screen, he was really killed and that his family would get paid lots of money for this. I assumed that the actor would be terminally ill and going to die anyway, so at least his family would benefit.

Al's view of the world
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When i was younger i thought that if i got really close to the t.v and look to one side id be able to see round the corner of what was goin on!if you get me!!

Anon
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I used to believe that in a drama serial shown on TV, the actors and actresses are acting in real time and that having advertisments in between the show give them time for a break before they continue acting in front of us.

Jwen
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I always thought that all T.V. was live. If someone was on two different channels at the same time they would have to run to the studio and get changed in time for me to change the T.V. over. I also believed that you could record a show at any time even days before and after it had been on.

Lee
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I convinced my sister that you could give someone cancer by pointing a TV remote control at them and holding a button down for about a day and a half. This in itself is comical enough, but she took it to the extreme conclusion that it gives you cancer if it's pointing in your general direction for any length of time, whether or not a button is being held down. To this day she still insists on having remote controls point away from her.

Jim, UK
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I used to believe that at the end of a movie the credits would roll up and exit the television through the antennas...they would become really small and invisible and float in the air...

Rossy G.
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Although I realised TV was all pretend, I didn't have any idea of what stunt men were. Watching Starsky & Hutch one day, some guy got pushed off a tall building and was killed, so I concluded that the producers must have a) paid him incredibly well and b) fixed him up with lots of hot girls for a couple of months before shooting to persuade him to give up his life for his art...

RC
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When I was little and would watch sitcoms with my family on t.v. I always wondered where the laughter on the show was coming from. I realized that it was obviously the laughter from everyone at home watching the same show from their couches. So, I would crawl up to t.v. speakers and wait anxiously for the laughter after a joke at which point I would laugh really really hard and obnoxiously so that my laughs would be heard over everyone else. I would even have my friends watch the same show some night and wait to see if they can hear my laughs.

Andrew
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When I was a really little kid, and whenever I got my older sister mad, she would always point the remote control at me and say "I'm turning you off!" I would run around the room crying for hours because i thought i was turned off and no one could see me like when you turned the t.v. off. A couple days after screaming, someone else would use the remote to turn on the t.v. I wondered if when they turned the t.v. on, if they could see me again. It has been ten years, and I still fear turning off the t.v with the remote.

unknown, and afraid of REMOTES
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I used to believe that real people on TV shows were just cartoons that were colored in really good.

Heather
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i used to believe that in sops/dramas that their name on set was their real name and when my mum told me that it wasnt their real names i was so shocked. i thought she was lying.

Tanya Brown
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