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I used to believe that when my parents told me there was nothing on tv, there was 'nothing' on tv. If i did turn it on, it would just show a blank screen, not even a test card or white noise... just nothing.

Pat Turner
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When i was little I used to think that the people came out of the T.V. I never ever wanted to watch it. What a waste.

Thea
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My mother told me that when you turned the TV off the people inside it could then have a turn at watching you. When I was alone I would cover up the TV with a blanket so they couldn't see me. I think my mother might really have believed this.

Debbie
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I beleived that television shows would pause when I stopped watching and resume at the same point when I came back to watch the tube. Because of short attention spans, I didn't realize the truth. One day I was very irritated to discover that a different show was on after a trip to town, and none of my friends at school saw the end of the episode that I had missed!

confused wokauba
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i found out that the people on tv were alive when i was eight.

mursem
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This isn't me, it's something my younger brother thought:
A couple years ago, my brother said that he liked our grandma's TV, because it had a bigger screen than our one. Why was that so good? He thought that smaller-screened TVs didn't show all the picture, some of it got chopped off. He had lived about 7 years in a house that has a few various-sized TVs and never noticed that the picture got smaller on smaller TVs.

Anon
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I remeber I used to believe that if i turned the TV set off the programme I was watching would still be there waiting for me at the exact same spot when i was allowed to watch the TV again later, rather like a video/dvd today

Michelle
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In the first days of color TV, some shows were broadcast in color, while others were not. My grandparents were the only people I knew that had a color TV at the time, so it was quite a novelty for me and rather alien. When a show would be broadcast on their TV in b/w, I would tell my grandfather something was wrong. (After all, a color TV should display color at all times.) My grandfather told me each time that the set had run out of color and he would have to refill the bottles. I guess I believed that until I was nine or ten years old!

Buck Tilford
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when i was about 7 i thought that whenever i flicked to a different tv channel, everyone elses tv would change too. i used to flick back and forth between channels every few seconds so as to baffle the other viewers. i was an annoying child.

Sara
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When I was little I used to think that if you spoke into the speaker on your TV set, the people on the telly could hear you.

Anne
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Although I never believed that there were actually people inside your tv, I thought that you could see the other channels by looking up the side of the tv screen, as if they were all in a big line, and when you changed channels they simply moved across.

Rachel
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I used to think that when you turned off the TV, the program would stop, and then resume the next time you turned the TV on. I never noticed that this never seemed to be the case.

Buckler
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I could never understand why I couldn't see the blinking eyes of the camera man when I was watching T.V. I thought that what I saw on the screen was what HE saw, so surely I should see his eyelids every now and again...

Anon
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I used to believe that if you were watching a program, and you broke the TV picture tube, that the actors and actresses would come right into your living room, thus you could actually have a nice visit with your favorite actor/actress. Good job I never actually tried this... I had too many "favorite" programs, I couldn't decide which ones should come into my living room!

Cin
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When I was young (1980s), and violent or sexual programming was advertised on television with the disclaimer, "Parental Discretion Advised," I thought the TV announcer was actually saying "Friendly Discussion Advised."

It made sense to me because I thought the extreme nature of these programs would make people feel scared and leave them with a need to reassure each other.

Joey Z
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I used to believe that every television program was live - that they were being taped at the same time that people watched them. Videotapes worked the same way; putting the tape into the VCR would send some sort of signal to the actors and cameramen in the studio. The FBI warnings at the beginning of the movie were really there to give them time to get ready before performing~

Katie Foster
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I used to be told that if you watched too much TV your eyes would turn square.

Amy
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When I was about 2 my dad appeared in a live TV show. My mum and I watched it together, and I distinctly remember it. When I saw my dad I shouted "Come out of the telly daddy" and ran to look behind the TV to see how he had got in.

Myfanwy
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I used to believe that sattelite TV really was from a sattelite, I could never work out how they got all the people into space to make the shows.

Scott V
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I used to be scared of the BBC 2 logo, which was two brown parallel lines in a 2 shape, because I thought they were question marks. I didnt know the question and I didnt know the answer.

Flash Wilson
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