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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.
I remember hearing paedophile on the news a lot and I became familiar with computers while i was young. I honestly believed the PDF was short for pedophile since file is pbviously connected to documents.
e.g. I'll attach a pedophile to the email.
I used to believe that Windows was written in QBASIC. (This was at the time of Windows 3.1.)
I used to believe that an elevator was a magical room that teleported you somewhere else in the building. Then i learned that this "magical room" was just a box hoisted up by a machine.
I used to believe that FAX send real papers.
I thought that FAX documents went through the electric line. No one told me the structure of FAX.
My parents got our first computer when I was about 9 and windows 95 was just released. I had no idea what I was doing and was just going through all the random "folders" looking for games. My cousin's computer had Oregon Trail, and this computer was way better so my "Oregon Trail" game must be amazing!
I must have done something wrong and the computer froze up saying "This program has been shut down due to an illegal operation." I FREAKED OUT and unplugged EVERYTHING from the computer... The power, the screen, the keyboard, mouse, and the printer before hiding under my bed for hours. I was convinced 'they' were coming to arrest me for breaking some law. I remember literally crying that I was going to be taken away in handcuffs.
I used to think that calculators worked because someone had preprogrammed all the answers into them ahead of time, and I pictured people in factories programming all the answers in, one calculator at a time. When they came out with calculators that could display more digits, that only made things more amazing because of how many more answers they had to program!
When I was a kid, I used to believe a nuclear plant was a clouds plant and could make magic clouds.
I believed that an Xray was this piece of fabric that you would go behind and would rip out your bones. After displaying them on a screen, they would sew the bones back into your body. When I had to go to the doctor so I could get an xray... you could tell that I freaked out.
When I was a child, I used to think that the liquid inside a can of spray, hairspray, insect spray, lubricant spray, looked like the spray that came out of the can, and that it sloshed around inside, all squishy, but still in the small particles of the stuff, or in other words, dense mist.
I used to believe that I could have been born as anything. I was glad I wasn't born as a table for example, because that would be boring. Sometimes I wished I had been born a computer, because it would be fun to play video games all day. but then I realised, a computer can't move from its spot either, and can only do whatever the person using it says. then I felt sorry for my computer, so I would go play more games on it so it wouldn't get lonely.
I used to believe that Internet banking printed money out of the printer in our home like an ATM.
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.