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My dear old Grandmother has a little computer with which she only sends and receives emails. Every night, she places a blanket over the monitor to make sure the government can't see into her house.
I used to believe that you could tell how much room there was on a blank video cassette tape by how much writing was on the label. If the label was completely covered with writing the tape was all full, and if it was only half covered the tape was only half full, and so on. It didn't matter if the person who wrote it just had really big or really small writing, or whether what was on the tape was a movie or just a TV show - as long as the label still had room on it, you could still tape more stuff.
So when I decided to tape my favorite show one day, I chose a tape that only had a tiny bit of writing at the very top of the label, thinking I'd have lots of room to tape as many episodes of my show as I wanted. I couldn't believe it when the tape ran out after only 1 1/2 episodes. Turns out almost the whole tape was taken up by three of my parents' movies that had short titles, but were about 2 or 3 hours apiece. That blew my theory out of the water.
When I was younger I used to believe that the entire computer was present inside the keyboard. I did not realise the truth until much later I was attending a computer hardware course class and I asked the teacher how do all those computer components that she has explained fit inside the keyboard. It is then she told me that computer actually is a seperate box and I felt embarassed in front of the whole class. They were all laughing at me at that time and when I think of it sometimes I also laugh on it.
When my sister and I found out that we could write emails to Mary-Kate and Ashley, I was so excited and I thought that they would be our best friends! I really thought they would come have playdates with me... nevermind the fact that I was 7 and they were 12 or 13.
when i was little i used to believe that when a person was going to burn a cd they actually set it on fire. so when my friend asked me if i wanted her dad to burn my favorite cd for her i said no.
When I was about 3, I would refuse to have my picture taken because I thought cameras and taking photos hurt!!!
When I was growing up in the 50s I thought we had reached the Moon - well, it seemed so close! I was delighted to find it might actually happen in my lifetime - and, of course, it did. I am now a space buff, and sometimes think the history of spaceflight has simply been a matter of reality catching up with my childish misconceptions!
Where I live in Sweden, there is an ice hockey team is named "HV71". When I was around 11-12 years old, my grandmother on my mother's side told me that it was two teams, "'Huskqvarna" and "Vätterstad", who merged in the year 1971 to become HV71. I was born in 1982. One day in the spring of 1994, my dad bought me an old computer from another. The computer was named "Commodore 64", and I thought it was introduced in 1964.
When I first saw a lift, I thought it was amazing because I believed that there was a magic whole in the building where when people get into the lift, the door would shut and it would take you anywhere. And you would come out through the same door on a different floor. I never figured out how it worked until much later.
I thought google was a place where they sold goggles online
I use to believe that when you faxed someone something the paper would somehow travel through the machine through some wires and tunnels in the ground where workers would read it and laugh at the sender and into the next machine. The first few times I used a fax machine i would fold the paper I wanted faxed in half so that no one else coud read my message then fax it. It was a few months later, and many blank faxes before someone told me (amid laughter) how a fax machine worked.
when i was 8 or 9 years old i used to think that the tape rolls in cassettes were curtains in front of a mini stage and that when you plugged the power chord into the wall and played the tape the singer or group would travel throught the wire, hide behind the tape rolls( curtains) and play their music. To satisfy my curiosity i once smashed open a cassette to find these mini performers but ended up with boring pile of magnetic tape.
I USED TO THINK THAT FAX'S WENT UNDER THE GROUND IN TUNNELS AND OUT THE OTHER SIDE - untill i was about 16 and a mate told me the truth - THE SHAME!
When I was 7/8 (can't remember!) I went to my dad's office and saw his employee's paper shredder that had a reverse button on it (in case of a paper jam) and I said, out loud, "Oh, that's a good idea, so if you shred the wrong thing, you can have it restored!" OOPS! I was so embarrassed!
When I was a child i used to believe you had to say 'cheese' to any camera type thing including the video camera. So the camera would face to me and I would say cheese for 5 minutes until I ran out of breath.
I used to believe that when my parents were recording anything on TV, I had to be quiet around the VCR because any sound I make would also be recorded onto it.
I used to believe you could edit a webpage in IE by highlighting and typing in the new text.
When I was about four, I'd call my Grandmama up every day to tell her how things were invented. Our conversations went like this:
"Grandmama! Guess how the toaster was invented?"
"Well, the cavemen went to the city and picked up some rubbish from the streets, like soda cans, juice boxes, and old socks. Then Fred Flintstone melted them all together and made a toaster!!"
My dad used to tell me there was a midget in the photo booth at the mall and he would work inside the booth to develop the pictures.
We were studying birds (or something) at primary school when one rich kid had a computer (very new thing) and printed out some fact on a particular native species. For quite a few years I thought that he had asked the computer about it and the computer had just given him what it knew, because computers knew everything...
We've sort of come full circle with google...