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I remember once when my grandmother--a dear old soul, but never the sharpest tool in the shed--was watching a Western with my family, and she asked, "How did they film that? Did they have movie cameras back then?"

None of us made a sound, but the silent laughter was deafening.

She also thought, when somebody got killed in a movie, then they really were dead.

She could never get the concept of that show, "Police Squad" either--you remember, the show that was like "Airplane," but it made fun of cop shows. There would be a cop (Leslie Nielsen) and a bad guy firing at each other, and the camera would pull back to reveal that they were, like, two feet apart. No matter how many times we explained to grandma that the show was a spoof, and was supposed to be stupid, she'd still say, "Well, that's just silly. How can they miss! Even I could hit somebody that close!"

I have a zillion stories about her like that. TV was a lot more fun when she was around.

Dan
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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.

Helen
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When I was four or five years old, I remember watching an afternoon movie on channel 5. There was an interuption in the show and suddenly an announcer's voice boomed: "we are experiencing technical difficulties, please stand by." My brother and I immediately stood to the either side of the tv until the show returned.

Kurt
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When I was little like 4, 5, or 6 I thought that you could stick the tape in the VCR and record something that you missed on TV. So I tried doing that once when I missed my episode of Arthur. So now in the middle of a Charlie Brown Christmas on video tape is Bill Nye the Science Guy talking about desert animals.

I want my Arthur!
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I used to believe 'To Be Announced' was a real TV show. I'd read it in the TV guide, flip to the channel and wonder why they never did show it. I believed it until I was 17 or 18, when I asked my mom about it.

Remy's Girl
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When I was little, my friend and I couldn't imagine what was on TV after midnight. We tried to figure out what the programs would be like, or if there was only static. We had countless sleepovers to try and figure this out, but we would always fall asleep too early and wake up disappointed. I am not sure when we finally figured out that it was just regular programming...

Betsy
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I used to believe that television was a portal to another location/world. I believed that if I broke the glass on the TV, I could actually jump into whatever was on television and that's where I'd be. I think it came from watching the Alice in Wonderland TV Special from the 80's. She could look through the mirror and there would be that whole other world. Good thing I never found a world good enough that justified breaking the TV!

blonnie
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When there was a problem with a TV station, the announcer would as everyone to please stand by... my brother and I would promptly get up and stand by the television set.

Anon
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When I was little my parents used to record shows off the tv onto tapes. Every time they did I would constantly tell everyone to be quiet otherwise our voices would be recorded onto the tape with it and mess up the recording. It took me a while to realize that can't happen because everytime someone tried to tell me i kept telling them to be quiet until it's over.

Ashley
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I thought that monty python was a person. That's all there is to it. The sad part is I thought that until I was twelve.

Lola
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I used to think that in reruns the actors were actual performing again. It never occurred to me to think why they never aged or anything.

Anon
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My sister and I used to believe that Lucille Ball was our grandmother because they looked a lot alike. We thought that somehow being a "redhead" meant having brown hair because our grandma's hair was brown and they were always talking about how Lucy was a redhead on I Love Lucy (which of course was in black and white.) We also thought a local store owner was Hulk Hogan from the WWF and a local beautician was Jenny Craig.

Amity
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I used to think it if I paused the TV on one channel, every other person who was watching that channel would get their TV paused too. I always wondered why no one else paused my TV

Lizzy
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I used to think that when you turned on the TV you were able to pick a family you wanted to watch. I thought that someone somewhere could be watching me through their TV. I was amazed that the TV in other peoples homes showed the same thing our TV did.

Chrissie
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when i was about 14 (yes i know, quite old!) i was watching the news at the dinner table and a news story comes up, as they do on the news.
this man is in hysterics (in another language) so they have another guy translating.
hes saying, "the guerillas took my family and burnt down my home! the guerillas!"
i thort they were talking about GORILLAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and had this mental image of goruillas taking away this man's family and wrecking his house!!!

Sass
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When I was little, my mom had a QVC card. Our tv had slits over the speaker that were credit card sized. So, there I'd be, watchin QVC, slidin the card through the speaker slits, expecting my item and bill to arrive in the mail days later... I cried many days.

j.
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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.

Luce
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I used to harass my parents about never contributing for Public Television fund raisers because I believed that if they would just send the minimum twenty-five dollars, the pledge drive interruptions would no longer appear on our TV.

Maleficent
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I read here how other people thought that when you turned the TV on, it started again at where you switched it off.

I believed almost the same thing. Being a rather canny 5 year old however, I knew that just flicking the on/off switch would not save my program. I used to unplug the tv from the mains electricity, to try and 'keep' the program I'd been watching.

fluss
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I've always loved the rain. Even as a child, I loved the rain scenes on TV. I was sorely disappointed with the arse whoopin' I got when my imagination led me to believe that pouring a glass of water on the TV would induce the greatest rain scene ever.

emotionally bruised
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