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I believed the sticks you'd occasionally see hanging from the arms of The Muppets were crutches from a recent accident that the character had had. Makes sense, I guess.
I was very adamant about the fact that Kermit the Frog's name was actually "Kermithy." He was never much for enunciation.
When I was litte l believed that the ''backgroundlaughter'' on certain comedy shows was actually because the tv recorded the laughing from people sitting and watching the show.
So I also tried it; I put my mouth close to the speakers from the telly and laugh very hard, hoping that it would be heard on the show. Crazy.
i had this weird belief that if i watched a reflection of the daleks in a wall unit they could not get me ... but if i dared to look at the tv screen where they were "real" that would be the end of me
For many many years, my father had my brother and myself convinced that "Kemo-sabe" really meant "bat-shit". The story was they had used the term on the old Lone Ranger radio shows, without knowing what it really meant. By the time the series was on TV, it was too late to change it. So, for years, we believed this.
Flash forward 20+ years later. A friend from the office and I were heading downtown, and he started relating the same story from HIS father. I'm from Chiacgo, he was from Pittsburgh, and there was no way our fathers could have ever met. I was laughing so hard I almost lost control of the car....
When I was little I saw a magic show where near the end the assistant was "turned into a poster" in a giant roller and then "folded" into the magicians trunk with the rest of his props.
I assumed that she must resultantly be dead. I couldn't for the life of me comprehend why a young woman would sacrifice herself for a magic show. Then I realized he must of done this trick more than once. How could girls just keep sacrificing themselves like that? I was quite upset as I lingered on this for the rest of the day...
When i was a child i firmly believed that when i was on Ready Steady Cook (it was compulsory, everyone had to do it) if i didnt think of a good enough name for my meal or quickly enough Ainsley Harriot would pull out a bazooka and blow me up. I don't know why, he just looked like a mean guy. It used to scare the hell out of me, and i'd practice at night, thinking up weird and wonderful names.
My dad was a big fan of the original "Star Trek" when I was a kid. The opening, as you probably know, states the five-year mission of the Enterprise: "to explore strange new worlds. To seek out new life and new civilizations. To *boldly go* where no man has gone before." Well, I thought their five-year mission was to reach this planet called Boldlygo, and that the show was simply chronicling their adventures along the way.
When I was younger, I used to think that the reenactments of the criminals on America's Most Wanted were the actual videos of the person committing the crime. I used to be confused as to how they could tape them committing the crime without catching them.
I used to think Diff'rent Strokes was about smimming and when I was asked if I'd seen it I told people " No, I don't like swimming "
I thought for a long time that Star Trek was "Star Track" because I had never heard the word trek before but I thought star track refered to how the show tracks their adventures
Once when I was little I was watching Blue's Clues, and there was a green dog on that show named Green Puppy. I didn't know what his name was, so I asked my grandpa, and he told me his name was Spike. I believed him until I was about 15 when I finally looked it up for sure. I always thought it'd be weird that the green dog would be named Spike when the blue dog was named Blue and the magenta dog was named Magenta. Oh well, lesson learned: don't listen to grandpa!
I used to believe that TV finished after Blue Peter.
When I was little, there was a children's series called 'The Demon Headmaster', that was about a teacher that hypnotised the children with his eyes. When he took of his glasses, you could see his eyes going all green and swirly. I was terrified of getting hypnotised myself, through the TV screen, so I'd hide behind a cushion to protect myself from his mind controlling rays.
When I was little and was into the show 'Late Night with Conan O'Brien', and looked it up on Wikipedia. I was horrified when it said that he 'often manipulates his pompadour for comic effect'. I didn't know what a pompadour was, and assumed it was vulgar. It makes me laugh to this day.
I was 3 when Star Trek: The Next Generation first aired in 1986. It came on at 7, after the 6 o'clock news. My nerdy parents stayed put after the news, so I believed that Star Trek was real, space news. I loved the space news after the boring Earth news. I was so devastated when I learned it wasn't real that the Santa Claus truth was an anticlimactic afterthought. I'm now an engineer at NASA so I think it had an effect on me...
When I was little, I thought all shows were live and when they played commercials, they were deciding what to do next in the show.
Whenever I was coloring with markers and didn't have a skin-colored marker, I would color the people yellow. So when I saw The Simpsons, I naturally assumed that they were yellow because the person drawing them didn't have a skin-colored marker.
"The wombles of Wimbledon Common are we" meant that there were loads of them...
I thought that the "Champion the Wonder Horse" song went in part:
Like a shooting star flashed across the sky,
Like the swiftest arrow risen from a bow,
Like a mighty marrow forth he seems to fly...
I didn't know what large, green vegetable marrows had to do with horses but I was used to grown-ups saying incomprehensible things: I just assumed it meant something to them. (I still don't know what that line really was!)