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I used to believe that fictional characters weren't real, or in other words, weren't aware of the audience's existence. So I used to wonder why people write letters to fictional characters if they can only read letters from other characters.
Back then,when I was 7 years I used to believe that if I say a name of sickness I'll have that sickness so, once I saw on the news that a doctor was talking about a dangerous that the children used to suffer at that age, then I said to a cousin that she can't tell it and she believed it too.
When I was very small, my parents always told me not to believe everything you saw on television. That's a good lesson to teach kids, but unfortunately for me, they weren't very specific. As a result, I got it into my head that EVERYTHING on TV was pretend.
I got my facts straight some time after I started kindergarten. My teacher was teaching us about the alphabet. I tried to tell her that the alphabet wasn't real, and that it was just a pretend thing on Sesame Street. When my parents came to pick me up that day, she had a little talk with them...
When I watched the trailer of the Peanuts Movie that showed the characters ice skating outside, I thought one of the girls in the trailer was saying "Watch the girls" until we got the DVD from the library and put the subtitles on and I found out she was saying "Watch the curls!"
I used to think that Batman was Blackman. He wore a black superhero outfit, so it made sense to me.
my parents told me that tv was black and white when they were younger, and I just assumed they used to be black and white too
I used to like "Gilligan's Island" as a kid, and one time they revealed the Skipper's real name ( Jonas Grumby) I think in a radio announcement. I misunderstood and thought they said the Skipper was "KNOWN as Grumby" which I believed for years.Also I thought Gilligan's name was "Gilligan Mulligan" like the stew.I don't know where that came from.
A friend told me and my sister that Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone had permission to kill anyone they wanted. We asked our big brother and he told this was not true.
When I was quite young, I use to think TB shots (for tuberculosis) were TV shots, and you got them so if you watched too much television you wouldn't get TV eyes, like in the kids' book The Boy with Square Eyes.
When I was little I thought earthquakes were caused by space shuttles taking off nearby, because of the way the camera would shake on TV when one did.
When I was a child I used to belive that when i shivered me a spirit was hugging me.
When I was a child I used to belive that one monster exist in my wardrobe
When I was a child I used to belive that the cartoons exist in one planet different.
Let me say, I was a weird kid. Besides thinking that tornadoes shot bombs, My brother wants told me that animators have to draw everything, so I thought that they had to draw every picture the second before it came up on my screen, like it was live. I tried to figure this out, and ended up with the conclusion that they had a long line of people already drawing the picture before it came up on the tv.
When I was around four, I thought every black man on television was Bill Cosby.
When I was about four or five years old, I believed that if you looked behind the TV while you were watching a movie, you'd see a portal to the universe/world the movie takes place in. I'd always look behind the TV, hoping that I'd eventually see the portal.
I used to think that I could break the TV and walk inside of it to be in sesame street.
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.