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As a child I was afraid of elevators. I was afraid that if you were inside and the door closed with no buttons pushed, the elevator would either go somewhere out of the building, pulling near-fatal Gs, or just vanish taking you along with it.
When I was about four, a friend and I thought we were quite the scientists. We planned to build space ships to fly into space, and always wanted to build robots. I used to spend all my library time at school reading up on how to build spaceships, and decided that we would have to be able to go faster than the speed of light to get where we wanted to in time.
One day I was visiting my friends house, and we were supposed to be building as robot, but my friend had lost the "chip" before i came over (the "chip" is the part that makes the robot work). I was really upset, until we decided we could just get a new chip from inside a battery. We started attacking a AA battery, but only black goo was coming out (battery acid). I told my friend, and he said, it's ok, the black goo is just in there to protect the "chip". I never found it, but for years I believed all i needed to make a robot work was the illusive "chip".
I grew up believing that the microwave would blow up if someone put metal in it. Thanks to the Myth Busters, I now know this isn't true... But when I was a kid, I'd either run out of the house screaming or run to my parents' bedroom (the furtherst room away from the kitchen [my bedroom was on the other side of the wall from the microwave, so I couldn't hide there!]) and hide, waiting for either the microwave or the whole house to blow up whenever my mom microwaved a bowl of soup with a spoon in it.
i used to think that you could just BUY a spaceship, like at the grocery store or something and we could go into space whenever we felt like it, so i asked my dad if he could take my cousin and me up into space sometime... i pictured us just floating there in our everyday clothes and then going back home and parking the spaceship in the garage...
I used to believe computer viruses were same as biological viruses.I thought that is why computers were kept in air conditioned rooms to prevent them from being attacked by these ' viruses'.
I used to believe that photocopy machines contained special rubber stamps with every possible text or image they might ever need to reproduce, so it was just a simple matter of the machine picking the right stamp.
While our wireless set was just big enough for a very little man inside to do all that talking and make music too, it was just not understandable how he could get inside a thin gramophone record. I asked and all I got from my Dad was some very abstract stuff about sound waves and electricity. (ElectriCITY, as the word suggested, came from the nearest CITY and had something to do with all those smoking chimneys.) It was still not understandable to me, but it was reassuring that it was apparently understandable to my Dad.
When I was about 6 years old and my fammily had just gotten a microwave oven my friend and I were firmly convinced that it gave off dangerous radiation when turned on. If ever we had to pass the microwave when turned on we would run bent over quickly in order to avoid the radiation. Standing in front of it when it was turned on was of course unthinkable and I must admit -still is today! I am still slightly scared of turned on microwave ovens.....
I used to believe that CD's were made of glass, until I learnt otherwise.
i used to believe that you could collect email without connecting to the internet
When I was eight, I first heard about computer viruses and I thought that a virus on a computer was a disease like a common cold in humans. It was the early nineties and we owned an Amiga Commodore; probably the best computer available in those days where the computer programs came on 3 1/2 inch floppy disks. My dad then told me that if you put a floppy disk on write-protected, you will prevent any viruses from getting on the disk, but I did not realize that write-protecting a disk prevents you from saving any files on it. I then thought that if you had a cold and you coughed or sneezed onto a floppy disk that is on write-enabled, you might give the disk a virus. The fact that I saw two Captain Planet episodes where Dr Blight's computer Mal caught a computer virus on the end of two episodes and was sneezing and coughing made me more firmly believe that computer viruses were like diseases in humans. It wasn't until I was sixteen that I realized that computer viruses are programs that are capable of reproducing themselves, deleting files and making unwanted copies of files on a computer to really slow it down.
when i was little, i liked to watch my dad get ready in the mornings because he always prickled me with his day's growth of stubble. one morning while he was shaving, he "plugged" the electric plug into my upper arm, and pressed the battery button. the shaver worked, and i thought i was getting electrified. later that day at the grocery store, my mom noticed my anxious face and asked me what was wrong. i cried, and told her that my arm had been feeling numb all day.
my dad got yelled at after they laughed at me, but i needed a few more demonstrations before i tearfully agreed that my arm was in no serious danger of falling off.
I used to think that a "photocopier", was a machine that made duplicates of photographs as good as the originals, glossy paper and all. Ordinary Xerox machines were just plain "copiers".
not my belief but other kids wrong ideas. When I was in first year of high school I noticed the school library computer had crashed so I shouted to the librarian "the computer's crashed !" A few of my classmates laughed and scoffed at me; "did it crash into a wall?" I guess they were just not into computers exept for playing games.
The Fast Forward button on a cassette recorder is often marked simply “F.F.” for Fast Forward. I used to think that was the button you pressed to make it go “F-F-F-F-F-F” (which it is, of course, but that’s not what it means!).
I'm old enough that when I was a kid I listened to music mostly on vinyl.
When I heard on a sports report that Wayne Gretzky had had a good year in hockey and had "broken several of his own records", I pictured him snapping LPs in half. It seemed like a very strange and destructive way to celebrate a successful athletic career, but I probably figured he was rich enough to buy himself some more records.
I used to believe when I was a child that when you sent a fax, the sheet of paper really wentwhere you sent it and came back after the recipient received it.
I used to believe that if you played a record too many times it would wear it out.
Record spins. the outside edge went round at the same speed as the inside edge but the outside edge had further to go so the record had to go round at different speeds to keep up with one another, i just couldn't stop thinking about this.
Remember vinyl records and turntables? I used to believe that a tiny band with tiny instruments lived inside the middle of the record and would run up through the grooves and into the arm of the turntable then into the speakers to play their music.