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I used to believe that in order to top up a mobile phone you had to open the back and put actual bank notes or coins in it, and I thought that as you were calling or texting someone there was a little mouth in the phone that sucked up all the money.
I used to think that all chemicals were orange liquids, and that a chemistry lab would have a load of test tubes in it all filled with the same coloured substances. I don't know what I thought solids, gases and non-orange liquids were supposed to be!
When I was little I used to play one of those art games on the computer where you can print out your picture. I didn't know how a printer worked, but I knew there was a wire connecting the printer to the computer. I thought that when you printed something out, the paper with picture you were painting would roll up and travel through the wire to the printer, then when it got to the printer, it would slowly unroll it (when it would actually be depositing ink on the paper) so that it wouldn't tear. I finally realized my mistake when I was about 4 and we ran out of paper, so I asked my mom how to put more in the computer.
When I was small I had a toy measuring tape that marked every centimeter (about 0.4 inches). I came to the conclusion that a centimeter is the smallest unit of length. So when something was, let's say, 0.5 centimeters long, I though it's either a measurement error or a pure illusion.
I used to think that when you were on the phone, the person you were speaking to would shrink themselves and crawl up the wire and sit in the handset.
My mum believed that cold water would come to a boil sooner than warm water so I believed it too until school set me straight.
For a few months, I used to believe that everytime you hit the space bar, more space is generated in the sky and outer space. Maybe it is true, because nobody knows how big outer space and the sky is.
I used to believe that if you yelled "911" in a tin can phone, it would really work and the police will come and arrest you if there's no emergency. When my best friend and I were in 3rd grade, we tried using a tin can phone and I yelled "911" to her. My best friend told me it's illegal to call 911 when there's no emergency, so both of us got scared and we ran into the house and hid under the table so the police couldn't find us. We were stupid at that time.
When I was 10 I was jealous of the fact that my friend had a cell phone and I didn't, and when I asked my mother why this was she told me that it was because prolonged cell phone use could cause brain cancer. From then onwards and up until the age of 12, I straight-up refused to use cell phones (even in emergencies) and I even used to go around "warning" people about the dangers of using them. Then, up until the age of 13, I would only use cell phones when absolutely necessary. It wasn't until the age of 14 when I learned in physics class that the waves emitted from cell phones pose no health risk.
When my mother was little, she believed that every time you put a record on the musicians would have to play the music. As a result, she never played records in the evenings or at weekends so the musicians could have some time off.