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My dad watched a lot of Star Trek when my little sister was young. She used to do the Vulcan hand salute and say "Live long in Frostburg!" - Frostburg being the small town where our grandparents lived. It was so cute that no one had the heart to correct her, so it wasn't until she was in her teens that she figured out it was supposed to be "Live long and prosper". She's still a little annoyed at that one!

Mazlynn
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In the UK there are two comedians called Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett (who both wear specs). They did a series called "The Two Ronnies".
The opening sequence to the show featured an animation of two pairs of specs and this led me to think that pairs of specs were actually called Ronnies!

Anon
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When I learned to read the TV guide, I thought "To Be Announced" was the name of a TV Show.

I thought it was like "To Tell The Truth," and eventually I convinced myself I had heard it introduced with that same kind of deep male narrator voice:

"TO BE....[pause]....ANNOUNCED!"

JoAnne
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When watching shows such as Americas Most Wanted or Unsolved Mysteries, I would get angry during reenactments. I thought what I was seeing was the crime videotaped and I could not understand why someone didn't stop it.

Amelia
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When I was little, I had heard about live shows, where people dress up in big costumes and go perform.
When I heard about this, I begun to believe that all cartoons were acted out live by actors in painted costumes.

BM
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I used to think that the actors on tv shows sang the show's theme song.

Anon
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When I was five, my parents had a huge New Year's Eve party. The next day a couple of the guests were still there, sitting with my brother and I as we ate breakfast. One of the guests had a bandage across her forehead. I guess she had had a little too much to drink and had fallen over and hurt herself. I asked if she went to the doctor and my Dad told me that the men from the TV show Emergency had come by to take care of her. For years, I was so mad at him for not waking me up to meet them!

Samantha
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I used to believe that there was an actual show, listed in the various guides, called "To Be Announced."

Donna
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I used to believe the T.V show "War of the Worlds" was for real, that those aliens were REALLY coming for us.

Adelaida
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When I was little I thought Oprah Winfreys name was really "Okra" Winfrey, so one night for dinner I told my mom I wanted fried Okra for dinner, not the lady on T.V. but the kind you eat.

Cynthia
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jim'll fix it was my favourite programme when i was little. (english show about mad eccentric cigar smoking millionaire making kid wildest dreams come true. saturday night prime time mid 80s) thought his first name was jimull and his last was fixit. i wrote to jimull fixit asking if my dad could be a dr who dalek for a day. he didn't make my dream come true but i must've made the day of some researchers in the jimull office that day!

kerry
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when i was smaller my sister told me barney would come eat me and at night she would wisper "barney...barney" i would watch his show a lot so he wouldnt get mad and want to kill me even more

julia
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when i was little, there was a tv programme on called Sesame Street. There was this wierd puppet dracula called 'Count Dracula' because he used to count everything that was anywhere near him! He lived in a haunted castle and had lots of bat friends. I had an obsession with him and i was convinced that i loved him! I thought one day we were going to meet in his castle, have dinner and count all night long! Also on Sesame Street, there were little clips of dogs doing stuff humans would do e.g. bake cakes and doing gymnastics. She used to think that they would jump out of the screen and haunt her. Sesame Street was a scary but educational programme when i was little!

big bird
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When watching sit-coms as a kid, I thought that the lives of the people continued after the show was over. I believed there was a camera in thier hom that would let us watch the family at a cfertian time every week. These were recorded, and then shown again later as re-runs when the family was on vacation or something.

anacita
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When watching the show The Incredible Hulk, I used to think that if I watched him change from Bruce Banner he would come through the TV and get me. Trust me, I got to be very good at hiding in the cushions of the couch when I heard that telltale music.

Brian
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I used to beleive that in the movies or on TV when they kissed on tv that they put parchment paper..or foil or somthing like that on each of the people lips so they didn't have to touch each others lips.

Anon
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I used to believe that deadly snakes lived in the wall of my bathroom. I saw the animated show Rikki Tikki Tavi when I was a child which was about a family who had cobras living in the wall in their bathroom. They needed a mongoose to protect them from the cobras and I just thought that every house had deadly snakes living inside the walls. I would never get out of bed to use the bathroom during the night. Great show for kids to watch, huh?

Joe (from Appleton, WI)
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I used to think that all shows were live, and when a re-run was on the actors had to do the whole entire show over again. I remember watching Three's Company and thinking Jack did this before.

Anon
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I used to think that if the TV was not on channel 13, Sesame Street would go away forever. I would throw a hissy fit anytime the TV was not on channel 13.

Zeke
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I used to think that all of the people on TV were just standing around waiting for you to turn it on. Once you turned it on they all started their TV shows. The moment you turned it off they all stopped, stood against the inside of the back of the TV like they were lined up against a wall and waited for you to turn on the TV again.

Lee
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