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Whenever there were technical difficulties and the "Please Stand By" message came on the television, I believed that I fixed the TV by standing next to it until the picture came back.
I used to believe that Superman (played by George Reeves) was real and that the reason I'd never seen him flying around was because he lived in America (I'm Australian).
When I was little, I thought that if you stood behind the TV, you could see your insides on the screen.
when i was a kid and used to watch quiz shows that offered the 'holiday of a lifetime', I actually thought that you went on holiday for the rest of your life!
Remember the "Wonderful World of Disney" that used to come on ABC? Well, now I know it aired on Sunday no duh, but I really thought the announcer was saying something like "The Wonderful World of Disney proudly presents... Beauty and the Beast...Someday at 7:00, only on ABC!!!"
When he was really saying "Sunday" at 7:00.
On account of this, I thought I had to keep waiting and waiting until "someday" ABC decided to finally air Beauty and the Beast. So instead of watching it on Sunday, I'd be in front of the TV on weekdays to be terribly dissapointed and finally came to the conclusion that ABC was fibbing. I thought it was some kind of joke and I always wondered who the wise guy was. It took a whole lot of coaxing from my babysitter one "Someday" to find that i didn't have to wait and that ABC was not a big, fat liar, decieving poor little kids like me.
when i was little i thought, if you bought something from a commercial, the commercial would not come on anymore.
In 1969 when I was six, my class were taken into the the class next door to watch the first moon walk LIVE on our new school tv. I did understand the concept of "live", as in happening right now, but I live in England, as then, and really believed, with childlike disgust, that our teachers were lying to us about this broadcast being "live" because how can you have live coverage of the moon, (only available at night) when it was a bright sunny day just before lunchtime? For years I believed this was really a recording that I saw, until in 1999 I watched a 30th anniversary programme about it when they gave out the time this happened in the UK. Then it all came flooding back to me and I realised that I had actually witnessed a live event. I felt humbled, you know and then I laughed and laughed. My own children thought I was truly stupid.
When i was about 5 yrs old..Tv Dinners had become the "new thing". I was fascinated by this because I thought the Tv was where You cooked them.
Whilst watching the weather reports when I was a child, the summery would be read out at the end of the report. I always wondered why they did not call it the wintery, in the winter...........
When we were little we were only allowed to watch BBC children's programmes. My mum told us that the button to change to ITV didn't work, and we believed her! Wouldn't happen these days!
When I was 2.5, I thought that the people on the TV could feel pain. So I went to the TV screen and poked them in the eye. They didn't yelp in pain.
When I was very young (under 5), I thought the maps on the news weather reports were supposed to look like different animals. Always perturbed me when I couldn't figure out which animal.
I used to think shining a flash light into the TV would make a light appear on every single persons television that was watching the same exact show. I would think it was funny because I used to annoy my family by doing that, and the thought of annoying millions of other people in the world that were watching that same TV show gave me the giggles... I was a weird child.
I used to believe that the shopping network couldn't possibly be the same thing 24/7. So I would stay up till "late" at night to see if it would ever change into something else.
I used to beleive that tiny people climbed in my tv and couldn't get out one day i had my fathers screwdriver and was trying to 'free the people' and my mum came in and told me off i thought i was like moses and shouted 'LET MY PEOPLE GO' she burst out laughingand told me the truth then i went bright red and sat in the corner and sulked and my mum teased me all day saying 'look katie someones coming out of the tv!!!'
My dad bought a new tv when i was like 5-6.. and i was amazed to see both tvs played the same thing.. I used to run up and down to check if it was any different.. and as it played the same thing.. i was convinced that they were running around like me to participate in two different televisions.. :P
I thought that "To be announced" was the actual name of a show. When scrolling through the channel listings, it would always say "To be announced" by a lot of the news channels so I just assumed it was news show.
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 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!
I used to believe tiny people lived in the television and could not understand how they could move so quickly when I changed the channel.