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When AOL first came out and had it's signature, "You've Got Mail" thing, I thought to myself, "How in the world do they know that the mail man already came by!"
When I was little, behind my school there was a very large metal box/room thing with a little door that contained a power transformer or something. It had a small oval-shaped transparent panel through which I could see something that looked vaguely like a robot face. Because of that, I used to believe that robots lived inside power transformers.
I used to believe that nuclear power stations consisted of a giant room where they set off nuclear bombs, then siphoned off the energy from the explosions. Therefore the main danger of these power stations was that the giant room might be unable to hold in the explosion.
When I was 23 my sister and I were driving in California on a road trip when I looked up at the power lines and said "Isn't it amazing how the power is in those lines and then it just shoots into your house through the air?" She turned her head around in shock and questioned my statement. I further went on to detail how I thought power just shot around the air like cell phones or tvs. She set me straight on how power arrives at my house and the dangers of electricity loose in the air.
That i could change the radio with my mind (my parents were pressing the scan button)
I used to believe, as ridiculous as this sounds, that the world literally used to be in black and white (from old photos and old TV shows) and it magically turned into color (much like the wizard of oz).
It took me until I was about six or seven to realize that the film/photography technology was just not as advanced back in the day...
I used to believe that elevators were magical boxes that, when you pushed a button for a floor, all the intervening floors of the building collapsed upon themselves while the elevator stayed put. The floors were then magically rebuilt when you pressed the button for your original floor. Strangely, I didn't worry about what happened to all the people on those floors that collapsed.
I believed that there was a giant gathering where a man in red and white pin stripes stood at a podium and would hold up an item and declare the name it would be known by. Ex: I declare this a toaster; no long will bread be uncooked.
(Some back-info for young people: When I was young, there were no such things as digital cameras. So if you wanted to see a picture immediately after taking it, you'd have to use a Polaroid camera. After you snapped a picture, a square sheet would slide out of the camera, and then the picture would develop on the square sheet during the next few minutes.)
As a child, my family would never let me see a Polaroid picture in the process of developing (they probably didn't
want me to get fingerprints on the pictures).
Consequently, I got the misconception that the pictures would be ruined if you looked at them before they were completely developed.
I used to think that little people (or maybe mice) lived inside traffic lights, because there had to be something inside operating it.
I used to believe that when you shut the TV off,
when you turned it back on, the show you were
watching would be right where you left off. So whenever my parents said "Lets go" right in the
middle of my favorite saturday morning cartoon, I had no problem jumping up and shutting off the TV,
believing I would watch the rest when we returned. Thank God for my young brain's short attention span!
When I was younger, my mom used to put me to bed listening to classical music tapes. Sometimes, the tape player would make a crackling sound, and I thought it was the mice re-wiring the tape player to make a bomb. Every morning I woke up relieved that the mice hadn't been able to finish the re-wiring before the sun came up...
My cousin told me that if the self-opening doors didn't open when you approached them, it was because you had no SOUL!
I used to believe that batteries were filled with gasoline, since the labels always said they were flammable and that gasoline was as well. Now I know they use electricity.
I used to believe that when you saw electric wires along a road in a group, held together in places by a holder of some kind, that the holder was mud that someone had thrown up on the wires. I wondered why the mud was always so uniform and why someone would do that.
When I was 5-6 years old, upon reading about the invention of the steam engine and (in history textbooks) the invention of fire by cavemen, I thought the steam engine was invented in the same age as fire.
You know how when your on the internet and you type the website in wrong, it usually takes you to a search website? well I used to think everytime the serch site came up, it was an actual search engine liek google so I always thought "Daing! There are WAY too many search engines!"
I used to believe that the toy chicks with the touch sensors were actual chicks trapped inside the plush and plastic shell.
When I was young, my mother jokingly told me that cameras shoot out laser beams.
I believed that they would instantly desinigrate anything they hit so I was afraid of cameras until I was about 10.
When I was little, my aunt gave me a "chirp ball."
This is a device that when you plug it in, it makes a sound like a bird chirping.
I used to be afraid of it because I thought the bird was angry at me and would peck me if I got too close.