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When I was little and watching TV with my parents I always watched the credits after a show. I used to believe that when an actor or actress played a character with the same first name it was because they weren't very good and couldn't remember their cues.
My mum told me that cartoons were drawn by hand and that it took ages to do etc.. only I thought that all TV was hand drawn after that and amused my mum for ages by watching TV shows and marvelling at how clever the drawings were!
Two things about TV
1. While watching TV I believed that I could go up to the screen unscrew it and climb inside it and meet everyone I saw
2. I believed that the whole world was black and white until color TV was invented.
Ah, to be 5 years old again! :)
When I was about seven, my brother told me that our new color tv could not get black and white programs (like old movies) and I believed him.
When I was 2.5, I thought that the people on the TV could feel pain. So I went to the TV screen and poked them in the eye. They didn't yelp in pain.
When we were little we were only allowed to watch BBC children's programmes. My mum told us that the button to change to ITV didn't work, and we believed her! Wouldn't happen these days!
For a while there, I was convinced that one of the actors in my favourite TV Show was a long lost brother, born in between my older brother's and my births. He had the same kind of looks as us, you see. I dreamed of him turning up out of the blue with his handsome co-star (whom I am a huge fan of still) and 'rejoining' the family. I never quite puzzled out in my mind why my mother would give him up for adoption when she already had a child. The scary thing was that I was 14 at the time.
My uncle had convinced me when I was a child that he had a tv that you put quarters into in order to watch the shows (kind of like old style pay per view!!!)
I used to believe that when I was watching a tv program and I had to turn the tv off when it was time for dinner, when I turned the tv back on, the program would start at the same spot where I had left off!
Whenever my parents would turn on a TV show and groan, "Oh, it's a repeat," I always assumed that the station had rounded up the actors, and had them perform it all over again.
Until the age of about six I assumed that people killed in movies and tv shows were convicted criminals on Death Row who were going to die anyway.
I used to believe when we first had TV that if a woman was playing a harp, she put her hand through the strings to play the other side
When we first had TV in 1953 and there was someone playing the pianon I used to believe for years the reflection was another pair of hands playing along with him.
when i was little my mother would tell me if, at the end of videos, when the television made that horrible prolonged beep, if i didn't turn off the TV RIGHT AWAY the tv would EXPLODE. haha on me.
Whilst watching the weather reports when I was a child, the summery would be read out at the end of the report. I always wondered why they did not call it the wintery, in the winter...........
When the drama and soaps production teams wanted to have either snow, rain or strong winds, I always thought that they had to wait for the weather to arrive. I thought that this was the case until I went on a back stage tour at Disney MGM Studios.
The TV said "we are having technical difficulties, please stand by." This meant the people watching TV should stand next to their TV.
I also used to believe that when shows appeared in black and white that the TV was just broken. At one point in my childhood my cousin had told me that I had turned the color off on the TV by pushing the wrong button and that I'd be in serious trouble when she told my mother. What a mean trick! :P
I am SOO glad that I am not the only kid who believed that the TV would stop when you turned it off and resume the same show when you turned it back on. I thought that until I was at least in 4th grade.
When I was a nipper, I'd occasionally catch the end of Emmerdale Farm of Crossroads, and, once the titles had finished, there would be still shot of a novelisation and the announcer would say that the latest book was "available from all good book-sellers". I thought he was saying 'book-cellars', and that you could only buy these in bookshops that were underground.