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I used to believe that when you went into an elevator, it was the floors that moved, not the elevator. As a five year old, I couldn't understand what the point of going into the 'box' was and concluded that the floors must have moved, or that there was some sort of magic involved.
My grandfather told all kids that when the lights blinked, it was because "a fish went through the dam". We believed if, not sure for how long. I do know my Mom was in college before she found out otherwise!
When I was young I used to fear that when somebody takes a photo of me I would go inside the camera and cannot see my parents forever. For this reason I used to cry when anybody tries to take a snap of me
when i was little, i used to believe that there was a band inside every speaker and the more expensive the speakers, the better the band was.
I couldn't figure out how bombs worked. First I believed that planes could drop giant stones crushing whole cities. But I soon realised planes couldn't carry stones that size, and then thought they could drop a big fireball in the middle of a city, and then divide in to smaller fireballs rolling through all streets and burning everything up on its way. I must have been around 4
When I was about 4, I believed that if you scrub a vinyl record hard enough, long enough, with enough soap, you could erase what was on it and record your own songs there instead. I was never quite able to do this successfully, (this was before recordable CD's, or any CD's actually), but I did render several vinyl records completely unplayable.
We had a fridge with an unmarked switch inside. After I had flipped the switch a few times (turned off the defrost settings? Turned off the fridge? I dont know...) my sister told me that flipping the switch turns the neighbors house upside down. (!) I believed her until I was about 5, at which point I performed an experiment (flipped the switch and ran outside), and was very, very relieved to find the neighbor's house right-side-up.
My father had me beleving that in every electronic device, such as televisions and keypads. Lived a little Japanese man who controlled everything in that particular device. And made things happen depending on what button you pressed.
When I was young I thought that I you put something in a copying machine it would puplicate any object. For example my toys or my money. I thought I was really smart, because noone else seemed to have realised this! I would be the ruler of the world or somethinf if I could only get to one of these machines. Finnally, I got really dissapointed when I tried it at my mothers work...
i used to think technology was "flying cars" and that we would have them by the year 2000.
I used to believe (because a relative told me) that if you didn't jump off an escalator or moving walkway when you got to the end, you would get sucked underneath and chewed up by the mechanism.
for quite sometime as a kid (when I had numerous battery operated toys) I used to believe that empty batteries were lighter than full ones: it took me quite sometime to get my head around the concept that electricity could not be weighed!
When I was a kid, I used to think that NASA couldnt send up a rocket into outer space unless it was night-time! I seem to remember believing that it had to be night so it looked like outer space.
I used to believe that tape recorders had to be rewound on both sides. I would sit for hours and rewind my Micky Mouse tape on one side, flip it to the other and rewind that side, flip it back over and think "guess I didn't rewind it all the way!"
If you left a plug socket on with no plug in all the power would run out
I had a terrible time remembering the name for mechanical pencils. I always called them electrical pencils.
When I was about 12 I had an inept orthodontist who kept losing my x-rays, and after the third set or so my mom fired him, saying something about the cumulative cancerous effect of all that radiation. When I was 17 I hurt my neck skiing and she didn't want me to have a head x-ray because I'd already had my lifetime allowance. Fifteen years later, I still decline dental x-rays because my mom had me convinced I'd get brain cancer if I got any more head x-rays.
I used to believe that if you splashed water on an electrical outlet or on a light switch sparks would fly out. I got this idea from being told never to turn on or off a light switch with wet hands. I used to shake my hands off in the direction of the light switch anyway before drying them with a towel, because I thought it would be cool if sparks did come out.
I used to think that when you send a fax, the actual paper that you put in the fax machine goes through the plug to the other place you're sending it to and comes out there
When I was not very tall, I was told that when you flick up the lid of a lighter, the flint gets struck and the flame ignites. So I thought it only sensible that when you push the lid back down, the flint would be struck from the other direction, thus the flame would go out.
Actually, I wouldn't be surprised if that's what really happens.