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When I was about 10 I went to my dad's office. They had just invested in a new piece of kit called a fax machine. My dad told me that it worked by tearing up the paper into little tiny bits and sending them down the wires, and at the other end they all got put back together again in the right order. I genuinely believed this, and in some respects I still do even though I'm 27.
when i was 8 my sister and i got our first computer while i was out she popped out some of the buttons on the keyboard and swicthed them around so when i typed out my name it said ''hate'' ...she said god was talking to me
I used to believe that a calculator has a mind of it's own and knows what you're going to do next and sits there waiting, bored, for you to input the figures. Then when you do the same kind of calculation again it cynically thinks "oh here we go again, la-di-da, b-o-r-i-n-g".
I knew perfectly well how the needle on a record player worked. When the needle touched the record, the singer would feel the needle. There must have been some kind of chart drawn on the singer's body, because depending on the exact point where he/she felt the needle, they would know what song to sing and start singing. Remote control human jukebox! I never did ask myself how a record continued to play after the singer had died....
I can't believe I still remember this.. but... My parents had this stereo with an 8-track. I would open the door to the 8-track and look for the little men playing the music.. strange, I could never find them.
I used to belief that when a picture was taken the film would somehow be on the floor and then later in the day the photographer would dig it up and develop the picture. (the camera was just the mechanism to capture and somehow send the picture to the floor)
When I was little I beleived there was a factory in Germany to which you could send money and a blueprint of anything at all, and they would build it for you.
when i was little i used to believe that electronics like comp. printers and radios had little people in side them working.I found out it wasnt true when i broke open the radio oops!:0
While doing the dishes one night my older brother told my younger one, who was about 7 or 8, how ships stayed afloat. In the bottom of all boats they had two big balloons. When they were full, they would float, when they were empty, they sank. My younger brother believed it until he was about 13, he read a picture book which was all about submarines and boats.
I used to think if you clicked on things on the computer (pictures, ect) that it would hurt them, so when I had a cat screensaver, I accidentially clicked it's eye- and promptly started crying, " Oh no- I hurt the kitties eye!"
I used to believe that in fax machines, the person sent the actual piece of paper through a cord! I was always fascinated to think about how that big piece of paper got through that little cord, and how it travelled so far away!
When i was the tender age of six, i asked my old man how ATMs and the garage door worked. He told me there was a little guy who lives there and operates the ATM and the door.
When I was twenty-two years old, I heard that A. R. Ammons worked in the biological glass industry. I was fascinated because I thought it meant you could make windows out of bacteria or jellyfish.
I used to belive that making a tv was as easy as cennecting a TV antenna to a wire, connecting a little light bolb at the other end of the wire then putting a peice of glass in front of the light bolb when turned on and, WALLA you would see your favorite TV channel projected behind the glass.
When I was a kid I believed there was a little man in the phonograph that made the music.
I used to think that there was day only so we could have light at night. See, there must have been this big box inside my wall that would suck up the light during the day. At night, when the light outside went away, the light would stay inside the little box in my wall. When you flipped on the light switch a shutter would open in the box and the light would filter through tubes that went through the wall to the ceiling to the light bulb. When you turned off the switch the shutters would close. That was my theory on electricity and day and night.
I used to think that conputer viruses were little worms or caterpillars.One day mom was trying to get rid of a virus,then I said "why don't you jump inside and catch it with a net?"
I used to believe that telegraphs worked by pulling on a cable and the person on the other end would be able to feel when it was pulled. I figured that to send a message a really long distance you had to pull really hard, but could never work out how someone would have enough strength to pull the cable hard enough to send a message overseas.
I used to baby sit these three girls, and one day i told them I would copy a CD for them, as in burn. The youngest one, at seven, asked me how you burned a CD... I told her that you just throw the CD you want a copy of, and an empty CD into the fireplace, light up, and when the flames are burned out, the CD would be finished, and you could put it in the CD-player. The next time I came to visit her, I found her throwing a cd into the fireplace... You should really learn to watch what you say around kids...
When I was probably about four or five I used to hear about "skyscrapers" and I assumed that these were machines that scraped the sky clean. I have vivid pictures in my head of little upside down yellow bulldozers that would drive back and forth cleaning the clouds away.