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When i was about 5 my grandparents were big fans of the show "The Young and The Restless" which is a soap opera.
Well, i used to get annoyed because i wanted to watch cartoons and they just had to watch "The Young and The Rest Of Us"
When I was little, I watched Pokemon obsessively. (I still love Pokemon to this day, though I'm not a fan of the 4kids dub...) Well, at the end of season one, they had a Pokerap, where they would rap the names of the Pokemon... I was so little, I didn't even know what rap meant, and I thought they said "Wrap". I pictured guys going around in a jeep wrapping any pokemon they see in tinfoil!
There was a cartoon on "Sesame Street" about a bellhop who had to carry 8 steamer trunks down 8 flights of stairs. I've seen this 'toon enough times on YouTube to know that I misinterpreted it badly as a kid, and as a result I used to be scared of it. I used to believe that as he was carrying the trunks (which I mistook for just being mere suitcases), he was falling down the stairs only to a certain floor (the 6th, maybe), and that there was an elevator next to the stairs on that floor that he tried using, only to find out that the elevator didn't work and he fell down the shaft, floor by floor (with each floor labeled a different number.) There was really no elevator and no elevator shaft he fell down, but somehow I didn't think this as a kid.
On "Sesame Street", there was a song called "Big Kids Cry". It was about three "tough kids" (they looked like Muppet versions of a typical biker gang, heavy metal band, punk band, etc.) who sang about how it's okay for anyone to cry no matter who they are and how old they are. When I was a kid, I thought they were crying because they misbehaved (and that crying itself was a misbehavior), so I was scared of that song as a result.
Wow, this is probably a weird, obscure belief. When I was about 4 or 5 years old I saw an episode of "Mr. Roger's Neighborhood" where a little girl was getting a check-up at a doctor's office, and the little girl was in her underwear when the check-up took place. I believed it was "wrong" that someone would allow a child (or anyone for that matter) to be shown in his or her underwear on TV. I didn't realize back then that that's how people were supposed to be seen during a check-up at a doctor's office. Even when I found out that that's the way people were supposed to be seen during a check-up, I didn't know why this was because as a kid, the only things I remembered my doctor checking that was below my waist was my heart (and the occasional shot in the arm) and usually he'd just slip his stethoscope under my shirt instead of having me take it off (at least that's what I thought...)
my sister thought that soap operas were called soap boperas! HAHAHA!
My mum told me when she was little, her and sisters used to believe The Borrowers were real! Much to their parents delight they would literally lift the floorboards to prove it!
That "Twim Peaks" and Northern Exposure were the same show.
I thought that the anime Yu Yu Hakasho was called "Yu Yu Hockey Show"
I used to watch "Quantum Leap" with my Dad every time it was on. Of course, you think TV shows are real when you're a kid, so I started developing a fear that Sam would leap into ME. After a little while, my fear turned into happiness, because it meant he was there to fix a mistake in my life. One day on a car ride, I turned to my dad and said "Dad, if I start acting different some day, make sure you do whatever I say, because it will make our lives better." He looked completely confused. I told him it would just be Sam inside of me, and not to worry if it looked like I was talking to nobody (meaning Sam's hologram friend Al). My dad had no idea what I was talking about for a good ten minutes, and then burst out with "Oh! Quantum Leap!"
I used to believe that when the hosts of Sale of the Century waved at the cameras when the show was ending, that they were actually waving goodbye to me. I used to wave back at them.
When I was very young (4 years i think maybe 5) I used to watch Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. I never really liked the show. So one day I was fed up with listening to him. So I went up to the TV and looked at Mr. Rogers and said, "You are stupid". The TV camera zoomed into his face and I thought he was mad at me. I got terrified and ran away and told my mom if the TV man could hear me. She told me no but I didn't believe her. I ran up to the TV and changed the channel quickly so he wouldn't yell at me.
I used to believe the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were real. How wrong I was!
I used to believe that the same episode of a TV show woould change everytime you watched it.
I used to believe that the UK government gave everyone a video camera for the sole purpose of putting people on You've been Framed!
I was proved wrong when I asked where ours was .
Captain Kirk: To Bold Lego, where no man has gone before.
They were taveling in one direction and apparenty never to there. Voyager had the same problem finding Earth years later.
I used to think that the main character on "Clueless" (Cher) was actually named Clueless.
Whenever we pretended to be the characters, I always insisted on being "Clueless".
I used to believe that everytime i saw a helicopter the A-team were in it on their way to fight the baddies!
Because my mum went on about violent TV influencing kids, and since I didn't have TV 'till I was 10, when I was about 5 I really believed that anyone who watched Power Rangers would grow up to be a murderer or sociopath or something.
I never talked to people if they told me they liked the show.
My mom used to tell me that when the people on the news said 'goodnight' they were talking to children and it meant that I *had* to go to bed.