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I also used to believe that if I pushed letters through the vent at the back of the television, they would get to the presenters.
When I was a wee lad, 4 or 5, I realized that TV wasn't real, but I hadn't quite grasped make up and special effects. I wondered where they got a guy with pointed ears to play Spock, or a giant hairy thing to play Chewbacca, etc.
When I was little, I always thought actors in TV and movies always dressed and acted the same way they did in their shows. For example, I only knew Cesar Romero as the Joker from "Batman", so I thought he went about in real life in his Joker outfit and make-up.
When I was a kid, I used to think that the actors that died on T.V. shows voluteered because they were suicidal.
when i was little my mother would tell me if, at the end of videos, when the television made that horrible prolonged beep, if i didn't turn off the TV RIGHT AWAY the tv would EXPLODE. haha on me.
when i was 8ish i thot that the people on tv were real people and i was reeeealllly confused when the cast list came up, because i couldnt work out why they had two names....?
When I was little, I would hear TV shows talking about how it was filmed before a live audience. So, I concluded that a studio audience was made of dead people.
When watching tv in the seventies, people/animals etc that were superimposed using "special effects"(eg giant kitten on goodies) generally had a blue or orange outline. I assumed this was because they had eaten their ready brek that morning
When I was about 8 years old I used to whatch Blue Peter and the children's TV shows a lot.
It wasn't a very long time ago so all of the presenters used to wear earpieces. I then assumed that all of these ear pieces were hearing aids, leading me to the final conclusion that all TV presenters were deaf.
I always wanted to be one at that age so when I had an operation on my ear about a year later I thought that my dream would come true!...
I used to believe that Reuters (News Agency) was the surname of one single journalist, as I would always here “Reuters reports that or Reuters this” and I use to wonder how can he manage to visit all those places and events and write all that news and I thought he was like superhero.
I used to belive that every TV show and movie was proformed right there and then everytime live, well then I heard they could take out scens and I thought when they did, they had to whipe your mind of that part to make you forget.
When I was little, I had a neighbour who owned two VCRs so she could make... erm... "archival back-ups" of her video collection (and the video store's as well). I thought that if you played a different movie in each one, the characters from both would interract on screen like some sort of weird hybrid film.
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.
When I was little I thought that actors and actresses never actually kissed they just got really close and pretended.
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.
My sister told me that pressing on the red button on the remote control would blow up the television. I believed it quite some time, I didn't lay a finger on that button for many years!
I used to believe that if I turned off the TV it would pause the show I was watching so I could watch it later. I always got mad when I came back to find someone else had turned it on and made me miss the end of my show.
I had a friend who believed that television companies could see into the future because they would show previews of upcoming shows.
My mother told me that when you turned the TV off the people inside it could then have a turn at watching you. When I was alone I would cover up the TV with a blanket so they couldn't see me. I think my mother might really have believed this.
I also used to believe that when shows appeared in black and white that the TV was just broken. At one point in my childhood my cousin had told me that I had turned the color off on the TV by pushing the wrong button and that I'd be in serious trouble when she told my mother. What a mean trick! :P