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Whenever I heard people talking about a computer "interface" I thought they were talking about smileys [ ;-) :-P etc.] because I thought "interface" was short for "internet face".
when i was a kid my mom told me the moon was white because is was afraid of the earth and until i was 7 i would look out my window and taunt the moon
i thought that when you die they retire your email adress (apparently it's not true)
I used to believe that if you were holding a phone up to your ear the person on the other line could hear all of your thoughts and it wasn't necessary to talk.
When I was a kid, I used to believe that changing our clocks actually made daylight savings happen, and that the sun would not change if everybody did not change their clocks.
Once, when my dad was showing me some old computer equipment, I picked up an Ethernet adapter and asked him what it was. "That's a network card," he said, so whenever I saw a circuit board, I always referred to it as a network card.
As a child, I thought that the sky sometimes got dirty and needed cleaning (Incidentally, that was before I'd ever heard of air pollution.). I thought it because I'd heard of skyscrapers, and I envisioned that a skyscraper was a very long-handled blade for scraping the sky clean.
In the 90s there was a rumor going around at the school I taught in that pressing F12 would cause the computer to explode. Everyone (even some of the other teachers) believed it, so I would scare the class by pressing F12.
I used to poke my fingers through and try to look inside of the In-Car tape deck at home all the time when I was about four or five years old. Thought there were little people singing inside of the machine and I really really wanted to meet them.
When I was little, I thought there were tiny cameras everywhere and they belonged to the government.
I used to believe fax machines instantly teleported a piece of paper to who ever you wanted.
I used to think that satellites were launched from satellite dishes.
I am pretty autistic, so there wasn't much that I had trouble understanding, but I still used to think that the little black squares on circuit boards had glass in them (which isn't too far from the truth), and that the circuit boards themselves were made from some kind of cardboard.
When I learned about faxes, I thought you could fax whole objects. Like in Willy Wonka. Ex. Scan a chair, and fax the info, and a chair comes out where you sent the fax.
In Denmark (where I grew up) a calculator is called something that would translate back into "Pocket Calculator".
Because of this I often wondered as a child, how such a device could calculate the contents of my pockets.
Many years ago, the website "www.www.com" was an informational site about the history of the Internet (it's since been removed). One day, I accidentally typed in "www.com" and hit ENTER. My mom was looking over my shoulder, and when the info page came up, she told me, "Obviously, if you type www.com, you don't know how to use the Internet. That's not a real website, it's the computer trying to teach you what you're doing wrong."
I was 10, she was 40. She totally believed that, and I was internally laughing at her for years.
I thought the “rec” button on tape recorders said wreck and it would wreck your tape if you pushed it!
I used to believe that if you photocopied a piece of blank paper, the copy would make a new piece of paper. I thought that I was the first one to come up with this and was convinced my family could save millions of dollars in paper :)
I used to believe that the robots living inside the computer that controls displays, keyboards, and printers.
I used to believe that when you fax something, the machine crumbled up the paper and sent it through the telephone wires and when the other machine received it, the machine ironed it out. But that didn't explain why the person still had the original sheet! I couldn't figure that part out.