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When I was 7 or 8, when the internet was still in its infancy, I went over to my cousins house to see his neat new computer, and check out the internet, something I had never seen before. He explained to me something called 'downloading', but didn't do a great job of it.
I was into stamps at the time (quit laughing at me), and I asked him if he could download any stamps for me. He said sure, and I spent the rest of the evening asking where they came out of the computer, while he tried to explain to me how they could possibly be 'in' the computer...I wanted them to come 'out'. I presumed the objects would simply come out of the floppy drive, but then I wondered what would happen if I wanted to download candy...some bars simply wouldn't fit in that small of a drive.
It was not until a few years later, when I started using the internet at my dad's work, that I figured out that when you downloaded things, they didn't come out of the computer.
I once believed that you could draw circles on a piece of paper and if it looked like a record, and you could drop a needle on it and it would play music. I wondered what it would sound like, until my sister finally let me try it. Very disappointing!
yo pensaba k dentro de los radiocasstes habia unos gnomos paequeños k cantaban la canción.
i used to think that telephone poles stored energy in them and whenever someone was working on them it meant the pole had run empty and they were filling it back up.
this is actually my wifes belief; she usedto believe the theodolite levels that surveyors use to read levels etc on road works and building sites. (The orange camera like objects on a tripod) had a picture inside of what the site or job would look like when it was finished. I put her straight as I am a builder.
I used to believe that if you plugged an electrical extension cord into itself (instead of the wall outlet), that the electricity would go round and round inside the cord.
I used to believe that if you touched that pink insulation stuff with even one finger all your skin would peel off your entire body. I think some older kids told me.
I used to believe that 'radio' consisted of a big room somewhere that all the entertainers would come into, sing their song, then leave, and the next set would walk in and perform.
We were told - in the mid 60s when the new 10 speed "English Racer" bikes came to America - that you had to perform some complicated 'back pedal' manuever to get it to shift. and that it was impossible to master unless you were British and an expert biker.
When I was small, I believed that if you ran the hoover over the power cord, or if you didn't keep the machine moving at all times, it would explode.
I insist that my mother told me these things; she denies it.
When I was little my dad told me that tiny musicians lived in the speakers and were the ones making all the music. I would sit and stare at the speakers hoping to catch a glimpse of them. I tell this to my son today.
When I was a child, electricity was delivered in these parts by the South of Scotland Electricity Board (it now calls itself "Scottish Power"). I believed that set up on end in the countryside near Stirling there was a huge piece of hardboard which was the South of Scotland Electricity Board. On one side cables went in from the power stations, and on the other side there were rows and rows of plug sockets with wires trailing out, each to one house.
When we were younger, my sister and I used to tell our other siblings that there were people inside our record player. These people would sing and play instruments. They believed us!
When I was young I believed that the windmills found in farmers fields were used to keep the cows cool.
I read a lot of kiddie science fiction books when I was younger(okay so I still read sci-fi) anyway for at least a few years I thought we lived in the 21st century (this was in the late 1980's/early 1990's) and couldn't quite understand why we didn't have cool spaceships and stuff like in the books I read.
You know that sort of windy noise in the telephone, like if you had a bad connection, or you'd hear it after you hung up? I used to think it was caused by the wind blowing through the telephone wires.
Based on the "experiments" I used to rig up with things like old discarded blenders and other small appliances, I clearly believed as a child that electricity could not hurt me.
I certainly learned that it could blow fuses, though.
One of my very first memories is of the time my mother took me to have my picture taken at JC Pennys. I was two years old. There were all these pictures of children all over the walls and I thought that when my picture was taken I would be forever stuck in that picture. I couldn't understand why my mother would leave me there in that picture. She didn't end up leaving me so I thought she changed her mind. It seemed like it was a long time before I understood what having my picture taken really meant.
I started using computers at a relatively young age(mind you I'm only 13 or 14 at the moment), probably since I was 4 or 5. My brother had put a bunch of odd fonts on the PC, and there were ones named after people in the form of handwriting, so I was convinced that these people had done something wrong and were put into my PC to write for me for all eternity.
when i was young i believed that that my uncles ride on lawn mower would not start untill I said "goodmorning or hello hotrod Harry" to it,
my dad or uncle would do something so that itwouldnot start and when I said "goodmorning" they would start it properly