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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
I used to believe that records were the power source for record players.
I used to believe that fax machines and computers sent real sheets of paper through the lines.
I used to believe that there were bees inside of vaccuum cleaners, and that's why they buzzd so much. I was terrified of them, believing that I could be sucked into the vaccuum cleaner with all of the bees.
okay I am older than most of you but I believed the stereo only came on when my mother sang. It always made me want to put on socks and skate around on the hardwood floors she had just waxed. This only happened in the house. In the garden when she sang I would accompany her music on the bucket I was picking in and sing along. I would still pick her out of a line of all the mothers available. She taught me work should be fun.
I used to belive that if one could manage to put a camera in front of the eye of an animal one would discover what things looked like for the animal when developping the film.
When we had Computer class at primary school - someone told me that if you touched the red F1-12 keys, the computer would blow up! somehow it went round the whole school, and no-one would touch those keys! I still have a hard time today touching them!!
My music teacher once said that music in an electrical piano was made by little tiny men that lived inside it.
Knowing that the same computer chip could perform different functions, and that computer chips were electrical circuits, I had this image of tiny assembly cranes inside the chip constantly rebuilding the internal circuitry to match demand. I won't tell you how old I was when I realized this to be untrue. ^_^
I was told by my grandma that there were things called wim-wams which were used for winding the sun up and down and which were kept on the side of the road just for that purpose. I've realised (only recently) that a wim-wam turned up every time Grandma saw a piece of farm machinery she didn't recognise. I expect there's a lot more of them now.
My older brother made me believe that wristwatches were powered by tiny Japanese men inside them.
On one home video of christmas morning, it starts out with my dad walking past the camera that he just set up on the tripod, and as he goes by he bumps it and the camera moves.
I asked my mom how that happened and she said "Well he's a big guy."
I thought there was a version of my dad inside the tape and since he was a big guy, in that part of the video he accidentally shook the video tape inside the VCR, therefore shaking the picture on the screen.
I honestly thought that every time I used the vacuum cleaner, it was going to blow up and kill me. I loathed having to do that particular chore, and I'd always try to do it as quickly as possible so as to not get blown up by the exploding vacuum cleaner. I think I just hated the noise it made.
When I was three years old, my parents got me a Casio keyboard that had a variety of different instruments to choose from... leading me to believe that all music came from keyboards, and that violins, flutes, and the like didn't REALLY work (they didn't have any keys!)
When I was 3 or so, someone gave me a lava rock from the eruption of Mt. St. Helens (which 19 years later, I still have). I thought that if I put it in the microwave, it would become molten again.