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When I was young, I used to believe TV works like a tape recorder. When I'm in a hurry and any of my favorite programs are being aired, I used to switch off TV and tell everybody in home not to switch it on until I come back. When I return and saw different program, I used to get angry with my family members saying that they switched it on in between.
As ludicrous as this may sound this is, I swear, the truth! My gran used to put a cover over the TV at night, when I asked her why she replied “because I don't want them (the people in the TV) watching in at night”! I nearly believed it as well, old people aren't they great she’s as mad as a fish and as thick as a bat.
I watched TV shows that sometimes had "applause" signs. I believed that the signs said "applesauce" and wondered why it would say that.
When I was little, I thought that the "viewer discretion is advised" warnings before television programs meant that you weren't supposed to talk about what you saw.
i used to think that the people on TV can hear you talking at home, so whenever my parents started talking about something else when the news was on i felt bad for the newsreaders, coz i thought that they knew they were being ignored.
So i would always pay really close attention to every news story and say 'mmm' knowledgeably at various intervals, right up until someone realised why i was doing it and put me straight, otherwise i would probably still be doing it now. :D
I was SO proud of myself when I was actually able to use the TV remote! All I did for hours at a time was change the channels (it was actually really fun then) and watch the commercials.
One day, I saw the end of the Rescue Heroes comercial. I thought that instead of,
'Rescue Heroes! They always save the day!' that it said,.
'Superman can always save the day!'
My first thoughts were Well DUH! but then I actually started believing in Superman. I would jump of the three foot ledge at the edge of our property repetitively, thinking that Superman would save me.
He always did, of course. I just couldn't see him.
I use to believe that in movies or TV shows when a character died as a result of a car accident, shooting, falling... whatever that the stunt people working on the show ACTUALLY died. I kept trying to figure out how much money their families must be getting paid so that the stunt person can DIE on this TV show/movie...
I used to think the message on some TV shows that said "Viewer discretion advised" meant you were supposed to be discreet about it and not tell anyone you watched it.
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.
I used to believe that the people broadcasting TV programs were really lazy, and turned it off when you blinked. I used to sit there for ages, eyes wide open and streaming, trying to catch 'em out in the act. I never managed it.
I guess this means that at the age of six I was roughly on a par with Schroedinger.
Foreign movies and sitcoms on TV are always dubbed in Turkish before they are shown on Turkish channels. I thought that all the actors on tv and in the movies could perfectly speak Turkish and all other languages.
When I was little, I used to think there were people that lurked in the bushes to see what others were watching on TV and that that's where ratings came from.
I used to believe that when you turned up the volume on the T.V the people had to shout louder.
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.
When I was little I used to believe that our region had won some kind of lottery and the local news was broadcast nationally; and everyone else across the country had to patiently watch our news, hoping that their region would be selected next. It never occured to me that you could split the signal into different regions. My brother only pointed this out when I was explaining it to a Swedish visitor who was staying at our house, aged about 7. Quite worringly, I now work for the same broadcaster in the department responsible for regional broadcasting!
when i was 4 i thought that when you shut the tv off, your program would stop right there where you left it, so you could come back later and continue...
but then my whole world was shattered the day my mom and i went to the store in the middle of Batman and then i came home to find the evening news running instead.
i still hate the evening news.
When I was young, my parents believed that if you turned the vacuum cleaner on when it was next to the TV, it "would suck the color out of the TV". I really think they believed this. Of course, being a kid, I never turned the vacuum on near the TV.
I used to believe that people really got killed in movies and on television. I didn't understand why they would give up their lives for the sake of entertainment.
I used to think that all tv shows and movies were live. I thought there were secret video cameras set up and i thought the actors and actresses were normal people who didn't know they were being taped. It never occurred to me they were actors being filmed and edited and then put on tv. one time I saw a rerun of some show and asked my sister why the people were doing the same exact thing they've done before. she was so confused.
When I was a little child, I used to think that the way the little people living inside the TV made their living was that my parents had to pay them according to the amount of time we watched TV. My mother was talking about having to go back to work, so I started watching TV less so my parents wouldn't have to pay the little people a lot of money. I'm embarrassed to say that I also used to talk to the little people inside the TV when it was off. I especially liked to talk to Uncle Al and Lucille Ball. They never answered back, thank goodness. I didn't think my parents had to pay them when I talked to them and the TV was off. They were my friends, and salary didn't cover what you did in your leisure time. My grandma caught me talking to the TV and thought I was barmy. She advised my mom to have another child instead of going back to work because I was obviously lonely.