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As a child I believed that the ratings on TV like Y7 and PG13 meant that it was illegal to watch those shows before you were that old. I spent most of my 7th birthday watching show rated Y7.
I used to think TV actors would just wait around in the studio and jump into action when I switched on their channel. They did everything in one take and started acting in the middle of the episode if that's when I flipped the show on. I also thought that people on black and white shows actually looked black and white and performed on a black and white set.
I used to believe that if I were to break the TV screen I could go to whatever was on the TV at the time. It took a lot of restraint not to take a brick to the TV when the Gummi Bears were on.
i used to think that if you watched a movie or a show on tv and then you went and watched it on a bigger tv you would see the backstage crew and the cameras and stuff in the extra space that wasnt there before..whoops!
I used to believe that people on TV used to have some surgery done to them so they didn't need to pee. Because you know no one EVER goes to the bathroom.
Then I asked my mother and she said they went during the breaks (during taping.) I assumed that meant during the commericals, so I used to watch the sides of the tv very carefully when the TV show came on just in case someone took a little longer...
Ah, how television destroys your mind.
As the daughter of someone who obsessively taped television specials, I and my sister used to believe that all that needed to be done to create a videotape would be to attach a label and write the name of the video on it.
We were confused why writing "Cinderella" on a blank tape resulted in mere static.
When we were younger, both my sister and I thought that Mr. T. was saying "I'm pinny the po fu. Don't eat my cereal". He was not saying that, rather he was saying "I pity the poor fool who don't eat my cereal."
I used to think that Oprah was an opera singer.
I used to believe that if the T.V. was on and somehow broke the characters of the show would come out and kill you.
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...
When I asked my dad how the tv guide stays up-to-date on current tv shows, he told me that they change it every week. For the longest time after that, I believed a man sneaked into our house every week at night to re-write the tv guide. He had super sensitive hearing, so you couldn't sneak up on him while he was writing it, because he'd hear you and run away. Instead, I hid the tv guide in my room and pretended to be asleep, hoping to catch him coming in to re-write the guide.
When I was little I loved watching TV and trying to stay up late (still do), but Mother told me the TV went to sleep at night, so I left it alone at bedtime, making sure not to wake it up and make it mad.
my mom said that if i watched tv for too long my head would turn square shaped. I definately thoght that this was true when i was little and there was even a time when i was sure my head was going square.
Remember the emergency alert system? How it would always say, "This is a test. Had this been a real emergency, this alarm would be followed by safety instructions" or something to that effect? As a kid I never EVER heard them say, "It's for real this time, no fooling around!" So naturally I assumed it was the government's practical joke on us and that the president and all his men were sitting in their offices giggling at how stupid we were.
My fathers birthday is on St. Patrick's day, and i used to believe it when he told me the parade on T.V. was for him
I thought if you turned the T.V. off while a person was on screen, they would die!
I used to wait for ages for a scene without people in to turn it off...
I used to think that the laugh track on sitcoms were the camera men, directors, other actors, ect. laughing.
When I was six my mom and I were watching a movie where the lead character might die. My mom said, "Don't worry, he won't die because he's the star of the movie and they never kill the star." I really thought that actors get killed in real life when their character is killed off. I tried to reason with myself about why they would want to be in a movie if they were going to die. I figured it was just for the money for their family.
I thought the police could arrest you if your parents caught you watching a PG-13 TV show and you weren't at least 13 years old.
When I was very small, my parents always told me not to believe everything you saw on television. That's a good lesson to teach kids, but unfortunately for me, they weren't very specific. As a result, I got it into my head that EVERYTHING on TV was pretend.
I got my facts straight some time after I started kindergarten. My teacher was teaching us about the alphabet. I tried to tell her that the alphabet wasn't real, and that it was just a pretend thing on Sesame Street. When my parents came to pick me up that day, she had a little talk with them...