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.
I used to believe that records were the power source for record players.
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.
When I was small, I believed that if you ran the hoover over the power cord, or if you didn't keep the machine moving at all times, it would explode.
I insist that my mother told me these things; she denies it.
When I was 7 or 8, when the internet was still in its infancy, I went over to my cousins house to see his neat new computer, and check out the internet, something I had never seen before. He explained to me something called 'downloading', but didn't do a great job of it.
I was into stamps at the time (quit laughing at me), and I asked him if he could download any stamps for me. He said sure, and I spent the rest of the evening asking where they came out of the computer, while he tried to explain to me how they could possibly be 'in' the computer...I wanted them to come 'out'. I presumed the objects would simply come out of the floppy drive, but then I wondered what would happen if I wanted to download candy...some bars simply wouldn't fit in that small of a drive.
It was not until a few years later, when I started using the internet at my dad's work, that I figured out that when you downloaded things, they didn't come out of the computer.
Way back before I could read, I used to believe that typewriters were telepathic, and people just hit the keys as fast as they could and the typewriter would write out what you were thinking. So one day, my parents were letting me play with the typewriter, and I thought out a bunch of notes to people and pounded out gibberish with the keys. I then gave the notes to my parents and older children I knew, and thought they were just being mean and pretending that they couldn't read them.
i believed that you can send anything thru a fax and used to get puzzled why people only send paper and not other cool stuff.
I once believed that I could look into photographs, like you would a window, and look "around the edges" by holding them at an angle (also see further into the distance in the photo using binoculars).
When I was 3 or 4, I always saw my parent put video tape in the vcr. So I thought that my parent was feeding a monster. One day, my mother gave me a carrot stick. I decided I want to feed the monster. So I walked into my parent's room, jammed the carrot stick in (where you slide in the tape), and slided the carrot stick side to side. So yeah, I killed the vcr monster after that incident.
I used to believe that tape recorders had to be rewound on both sides. I would sit for hours and rewind my Micky Mouse tape on one side, flip it to the other and rewind that side, flip it back over and think "guess I didn't rewind it all the way!"
When I was a kid, I used to think that NASA couldnt send up a rocket into outer space unless it was night-time! I seem to remember believing that it had to be night so it looked like outer space.
When I was young I thought that I you put something in a copying machine it would puplicate any object. For example my toys or my money. I thought I was really smart, because noone else seemed to have realised this! I would be the ruler of the world or somethinf if I could only get to one of these machines. Finnally, I got really dissapointed when I tried it at my mothers work...
We had a fridge with an unmarked switch inside. After I had flipped the switch a few times (turned off the defrost settings? Turned off the fridge? I dont know...) my sister told me that flipping the switch turns the neighbors house upside down. (!) I believed her until I was about 5, at which point I performed an experiment (flipped the switch and ran outside), and was very, very relieved to find the neighbor's house right-side-up.
When I was about 4, I believed that if you scrub a vinyl record hard enough, long enough, with enough soap, you could erase what was on it and record your own songs there instead. I was never quite able to do this successfully, (this was before recordable CD's, or any CD's actually), but I did render several vinyl records completely unplayable.
My father-in-law, who is his 50's, has recently got himself hooked up to the internet. Every night, before he goes to bed, he unplugs the main power supply and disconnects the modem. The reason? To stop the computer merrily browsing on the web all by itself and running up a huge phone bill. I swear this is true.
When I was little I used to believe that when you put the VCR on record, it would record all the noise in the background. So whenever it was on record I wouldn't say a thing, and wondered why everyone else in my family was talking.
In computer technology, it's often the adults who have the wrong ideas rather than the kids.
Once my brother went to my parents to tell them that our computer had crashed. They came rushing into the room, expecting to see it fallen off the table onto the floor. But when it was still on the table they couldn't see the problem.
I used to believe anthing that ran on electric or batteries had a self destruct button. Even a simple bread toaster!! I was deathly afraid of pressing the button on accident. To this day every body tells me "Don't press the button to blow it up."
when i was 8 my sister and i got our first computer while i was out she popped out some of the buttons on the keyboard and swicthed them around so when i typed out my name it said ''hate'' ...she said god was talking to me
When I was much younger, I was convinced that if you highlighted text on someone's webpage and hit 'Backspace,' it would delete the entire thing.
I was terrified at the power I had in my hands that no one else seemed to realize...