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When I was twelve I thought that if I took a diamond (it was a very SMALL diamond by the way) and somehow be able to fix it on top of the hole on my rocket launcher toy, I would be able to construct a powerful signal beam.
When I was growing up in the early 80's, I thought that when my parents called the "operator", they were calling this one lady that they knew, and she knew everyone's phone number, her name was "operator"
I used to believe a nuclear bomb was powerful enough that it would actually split the world into tiny pieces that would float around the solar system. Needless to say, once I found out about its capabilities (less powerful than what I originally believed), nuclear attack has never really worried me as much as other people.
One day my dad was making me and my younger sister breakfast, when we were very young. We asked him how the toaster worked, and our dad (i suspect now rather than admitting he didnt KNOW how the toaster worked, being a drama teacher and not a scientist) told us that a little man lived inside the toaster. His name was Mr. Frosty, and he had a special trident with a red-hot tip to cook the bread. We got obsessed with Mr Frosty and every morning (mystifying our mum) the three of us (Dad, Me and sister) would look intently into the toaster and say a polite 'good morning' to mr Frosty. My sister and I also used to receive little letters on tiny scraps of pink paper from mr Frosty, thanking us for keeping him in business with all the toast we ate.
When I was young I saw my Dad's Popular Science magazines and they would talk about the "Internet Super Highway" that was coming. I thought it sounded way cool. I assumed we'd all be literally surfing on a crazy highway in the sky.
Just now I was watching "How it's Made" on the Discovery Channel while browsing the internet at the same time, and I wasn't really paying attention when they said the item they were making, then I took a break and started watching again, and they had these little pins, and they were talking about elephants. I thought they were making little carvings of elephants on the top of pins (I read about it in a book once), but then they started putting the pins in a circuit board. I got confused, but then I listened more closely and I heard they said ELEMENTS.
when i was about ten or eleven i would go on chats a lot to talk with friends. i knew people can see you sometimes cause i had watched my mom chatting before, but i didnt understand that you had to have a webcam in order to do that. so everytime i would chat, i would dress up my best and make sure i didnt do anything to embarrass myself and i would sit next to my barbies so all the girls would think i was "cool" for having so many.
i used to think that it you kept the volume off on the teleivision set. it would explode.
Once when I was six my computer wasn't working propalely and my dad said it had computer virus. Then I got really worried because I thought I might catch the virus off it and freeze up. It wasn't 'til a couple of years later that I found out you can't catch a virus from computer.
I used to believe that whenever was a powercut, I could still watch the telly, by opening the back side of it and gently put a lt candle.
I used to believe that if you timed the microwave for more than three minutes for ANYTHING, the microwave would explode.
when I was younger, I used to think that CD's had the artists inside of it and whatever song you picked they would have to perform it. I was obsessed with the spice girls, but felt mean if I made them play a song too many times, I barelly listened to their CD's. But I hated the backstreet boys so I played 1 song over and over just to make them get worn out. I was a little cookoo.
When I was about 9 or 10, I heard about the Internet. I thought that when you bought things off the internet, you had a little box attached to your computer with a hole and you'd drop coins in the hole, and when you'd put in enough money, they'd send whatever you bought to you.
I used to think that when music was playing in our c.d. player the actual band was squashed unto the c.d. and would play when the c.d. got hot. I never wanted to be a musician.
I used to think "lobotomy" meant a brain transplant, and that brain transplants existed. In other words I thought that people getting lobotomies were getting the brains of other people put into them .. organ donors presumably. I learned the truth when one day during a conversation about consciousness I started to say "if you get a lobotomy ..." and then I stopped myself realizing I was about to say something really stupid. I said "wait never mind" and let someone else talk for a minute.
I never understood how fax machines worked until about 2 years ago. I thought that that actual paper you put into the machine was somehow sent to the other person's fax machine, and it was the actual paper that you had put into yours. I was totally perplexed until my mom explained it to me.
I used to believe that when drawing with something like ms paint on your computer and using lots of colors, the computer would eventually run out of colors and you'd have to buy new colors from the store. Much like you have to do with printers.
I used to think that data was stored on C.Ds by making a unique combination of scratches on the disc while it was in the drive, kind of like braille.
I used to think that anything you did in front of the computer was able to be seen by others. I always refrained from saying stuff that I wouldn't say in public in front of the computer for fear than others could hear me!
I used to beleve that if you turmrd off the NUM LOCK (i used the row of numbers above the letters)
on a computer, uyou would turn off the computer.