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when i was little i thought, if you bought something from a commercial, the commercial would not come on anymore.
I used to believe that we were actually all smurfs and would get nervous in new places because Gargamel might show up and I wouldn't know what to do.
I used to believe that when the movies or TV shows were playing, they were actually acting them out live. I was amazed at the memory power they had to do marathons, and to do their shows over again many times during the year.
I used to believe that all commercials on every channel were in English, even on the Spanish channels...until I watched it one day.
I used to believe that if you sat too close to the TV then your brain would melt and you would die.
I remember watching old films on TV when I was young and seeing them in black and white. I didn't know that TV used to only broadcast in black and white, and I came to the conclusion that back in the 40s and 50s, the whole world was in black and white. I had images in my head of world war 2 and everything was in black and white. I remember asking my dad one day what it was like to see colour for the first time, or when colour was invented or something like that, and he had no idea what I meant.
What's even more peculiar is that as a child I went to Sunday school and remember being read bible stories, all of which I imagined in colour. So in my child's brain, I thought that colour was around, and was then forgotten about and invented again sometime in the 60s!
When Clinton was getting impeached, I thought they meant literally sticking him in a peach, and I imagined something along the lines of James and the Giant Peach.
i believed when i cut off my tv that the show i was watching would start back in the same place when i cut the tv back on
I used to believe that every day tiny little people, with tiny suits and breifcases and costumes, came to my house to work in the TV.
I thought the laughter on TV was coming from people watching the show in their homes. To test it, I arranged to have my cousin watch the same program I was watching. During each pause for laughter (when the microphones would be on), I bellowed her name into the speaker to see if she'd hear me. She claimed she did.
When I was a little kid I believed that the weatherman controlled the weather. That's not too unreasonable- you're a little kid watching clouds and fronts move around on the map as the weatherman moves his hands! I was so mad when he made it rain on the weekend that my dad and I were supposed to go camping.
When I was little i used to believe that the T.V. was like a window, and if you looked farther over towards the edge of the screen you would see more.
When I was little I thought that actors and actresses never actually kissed they just got really close and pretended.
My Dad had me convinced that the "First-Down Line" on the screen during football games on TV was painted on by a guy who ran across with a yellow paintbrush real fast, and when it was time for the line to disappear, he had to run back down real fast again and paint it green to match the grass again. He was the fastest runner because he couldn't get in the football players' way and interfere with the game. I never paid close enough attention and didn't catch the line actually appearing/disappearing until I was 14 years old, what a shock that was! I was amazed that my dad kept it going for so long.
When I was young, my mom used to tell me that if I watched too much T.V., my eyes would become square-shaped. As a result, whenever we watched T.V. I would be constantly running into the bathroom to check the shape of my eyes in the mirror!
I used to believe that there was no colour in the world before colour tv was invented as all old movies are in black and white...
My brother used to believe that the rewind button on the remote was really called review.
I used to believe that people who got shot and died on all those 1970's police dramas on TV, actually died for real; that it was all part of the privilege of being on TV.
A girl in my sorority came to college planning on double majoring in theatre and pre-med, because she thought you needed an actual medical degree to play a doctor on TV, and her dream was to star in a show like Grey's Anatomy someday!
When I was a kid I thought all the wrestlers on tv had oranges under their skin to make them look muscular :)