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This one is about my sister. She is 22 and I am 20. Last year I started working at an office so I had access to all the cool office things like copiers and fax machines. My sister had never used a fax machine before since we never had access to one. One day she needed to fill out paper work for her job and send it to them. My mom suggested she fax it instead of sending it so she came to my work so I could fax it for her. Before I faxed it I mentioned that since it was an important document they might need the real copy. My sister looked at me blankly and said,
"Why won't they get the real copy."
That's when I realised that my sister was under the impression that a fax machine was like a transporter. I couldn't stop laughing as I explained to her how they really worked. I think she was dissapointed.
When I was younger, I thought I was the only person in the world who knew that pressing record while the radio was on actually taped the songs.
When I was young I used to think the screens at movie theaters were just like giant TVs. There was a VRC built into the wall below the screen and they just put a tape in and it played on the screen like a giant TV...
I used to think that a CD burner would literally burn the CD and when my dad bought one I asked "why don't you just use the fireplace?"
i used to belive that computers were really smart people that we buy
When I was little, I used to think that there used to be little people inside things to keep them going, and that when things used to break down, the people had gone to sleep and needed to be woken up again. When something broke down and couldn't be repaired, I used to think that they had died and I used to get really sad.
I used to think that Microsoft is a repairman because my dad always called up Microsoft to fix his Windows.
My mom worked, and still does work, for an accounting firm, so she faxes a lot of things. One time, when I was little, I was with her at work and she left me to go 'fax a letter' to someone. Till I was about thirteen I believed that you put a sealed and postaged stamped letter into a fax machine and it teleported it, letter and all, to the other fax machine and I was so excited we would have human sized teleporters within my lifetime. I think my delusion was shattered when I asked her if I could fax my Christmas thank you cards to my grandmother.
For the longest time when I was little, I was scared to ride in any elevators. I would either hold on to the railing or onto my mother very tightly and close my eyes. I used to believe that when it started going up or down, any small child would be hurled in the opposite direction and stuck there until it stopped, thus causing them to be hurt badly. This more so in hospital elevators so they could have patients to work on.
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.