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Not actually my own belief, but when my young son came across an old typewriter at a car boot sale, he thought it was an antique computer.
When I first heard the term "burning a CD", I had the immediate vision of someone setting a CD on fire and giving it to someone.
'Mole machines' is what me and my brother used to call them. You see them in Thunderbirds, any film about Victorians tunnelling trying to find the core of the Earth, and lots of cartoons. They're basically cylinders with giant screws on the front and they burrow through soil, rock, or the white-hot core of the planet at about fifteen miles an hour.
I knew not everything you saw on TV existed in real life, but I saw these things on too many different shows and films for it to be a coincidence. So Mole Machines must be real, I deduced, and I hoped fervently to ride in one when I was a grown up. Big disappointment.
I was delighted to see a Mole Machine pop up in The Incredibles. Maybe a whole new generation of kids will see them as a viable transport option.
I used to believe my computer monitor had a van inside. This started because I asked my dad what made the whirring noise. He said it had a fan... I said "Really? A real van?", "Yes." I was convinced for nearly ten years that computers had nothing except a little blue van in them. It never occured to me to ask what it was for.
in the early 1970's my parents had a digital clock radio. the numbers flipped over to change. i thought there was a very tiny monkey inside who painted each number. it took him exactly 60 seconds to paint each number, except when the hour changed and he had to rush to paint all the new numbers in time.
When I was little my mom was cooking with the microwave. when it dinged it was done. so I thought that if you made it ding sooner that the food would be done sooner. I used to say "ding it ding it ding it!" when I was really hungry.
I remember as a kid, when I first started using the internet (back in 96') I would type things how I thought they should be typed.
If I was searching for something with spaces in it, I didn't think the spaces were wide enough in-between the words (I don't remember how I logical decided this, but somehow I did) so for instance if I wanted to search "Frank Black" I would type in "Frank Black" or "F r a n k B l a c k".
This was probably because I thought that whenever I typed in something to a search engine, that it would actually be reviewed by someone and then they would give me back search results.
I thought it would make it easier for the search people in internet if I made it easier for them to read things.
Yup... those were the days.
When I was really little my mother told me the vacuum cleaner would suck my lungs out if I touched it, and I believed her. Vacuums STILL scare me, a source of great amusment as I'm now 19 and in college.
I was told a scary story by my babysitter once, about a girl who passed out in front of her microwave while it was heating something... and the girl's internal organs got all fried. To this day, I can't stand in front of the microwave while it's heating anything, I always stand to the side if I'm waiting. Funny thing, my little brother has the same inherent belief that microwaves are dangerous to stand in front of. We both just can't get the image of dangerous rays coming out to fry us, even though we're now both in our 20's.
I used to believe that if you talked into the c.d. player while the radio was on, other people would hear it. So I would always run to the radio and shout things I wanted people to know. Like my birthday so people would bring me presents...
I used to think when a person had surgery, they put you in this big round machine..and fed you through it, and the machine had all these little apparatuses in it, that 'operated' on you.
I use to think that I would be able to emit light from a regular piece of paper by coloring it with the three special colors(green, blue, and red)TV pixels showed when zoomed in. I believed these three colors were what gave luminition to any surface!
When i was little, about 3 or 4, I believed that if you started taping a TV show on the VCR, it didn't matter where you started recording it, you could always rewind it back to the beginning.
Whenever I missed the start of a program I wanted to watch I would ask my Dad to tape it and he would say 'there's no point, you've already missed some of it' and I would reply 'no Daddy, tape it and then wind it back to the start!'. Then he would say I couldn't, and I would shout 'YES DADDY, WIND IT!'
I was an odd child. Mind you, I haven't really changed, but now I am quite good with computer, DVD players etc.!
I believed that Polariod cameras had an unlimited amount of film in them.
I thought music was made by computers until I was about 14. Somebody writes the lyrics then they put it in a computer and it makes the music. It made perfect sense to me.
I used to believe that video tapes would have in them, whatever you write on the label so I wrote down all my favourite shows on videos at the time.
However, when I played them, they didn't work.
When I was little I thought that Peoples voises got on tapes or CDs by the writing, like if a Tape said Raffi, raffi would automaticly be on there. So I wrote my name on all my tapes. I was very sad when I wasn't on any of them.
When I was 3 or 4 my parents gave me a toy microscope which projected the magnified images on the wall. The microscope had "20000x magnification" written on it. I actually believed it was true...a few years later (around 4th grade) my mum took me to buy a real scope...
I thought they were trying to cheat me, when they showed me a 100x scope, and actually said that the other one I had at home was 20000x!
I used to believe that calculators stopped time and we didn't notice in order to process math problems so fast.
When I was little, I had one of my babysitters tell me that there was a little guy in the headphones, singing to me. When I heard things with my headphones, it was really the little guy singing to me.