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I thought that if you wanted to print something out in landscape, you had to buy a special sideways-printing printer.
When I was little, and the USA was still sending astronauts to the moon, I thought they all had to stay on the moon until they could build a rocket and come back. I wondered how many men they would have to send there before any them could come back.
I used to believe that when you fax something, the machine crumbled up the paper and sent it through the telephone wires and when the other machine received it, the machine ironed it out. But that didn't explain why the person still had the original sheet! I couldn't figure that part out.
I used to believe that Internet banking printed money out of the printer in our home like an ATM.
My dad told me that there was a little guy in the vacuum machine that ate the dirt. I felt so bad for him, trapped in there all alone, that I cut the vacuum bag with scissors. Daddy walked in to find me covered in dirt, searching frantically for the little guy.
I believed that when my big brother recored my music tapes I got for christmas, that it would take all the music off my tape, and put it on his, leaving me with a blank tape. Of course I used to get in a strop, and just throw the tapes away when he had finished with them.
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.
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.
When internet first came out & my aunt got a connection, I used to believe that they were able to buy anything they wanted for free by shopping online.
I used to think that theose scooters for disabled people were little kids rides where you put money in, and you get a ride.
I used to believe if you talked or sung when a photograph was taken, the words and musical notes would be seen in the image.
I used to believe that there were lots of hamsters in the wheels of the car, and that's what made it go.
I used to believe that an elevator was a magical room that teleported you somewhere else in the building. Then i learned that this "magical room" was just a box hoisted up by a machine.
When I was a child, electricity was delivered in these parts by the South of Scotland Electricity Board (it now calls itself "Scottish Power"). I believed that set up on end in the countryside near Stirling there was a huge piece of hardboard which was the South of Scotland Electricity Board. On one side cables went in from the power stations, and on the other side there were rows and rows of plug sockets with wires trailing out, each to one house.
I used to believe that computers were powered by hamsters in wheels inside the case, because of the constant whirring sound. Then i found out it's not hamsters, it's guniea pigs.
when i was on the computer one day, the screen suddenly turned blank and said that there was a FATAL ERROR. i was so scared by the word FATAL that i thought i was gonna die. my mom WAS right. i was stupid.
when i was little we had one of those incredibly ancient computers. being three, i thought that the computer mouse was a real mouse. i used to make the mouse "squeak" by pounding the keyboard, making the computer emit a loud beep.
i used to belive if we cut the wire an old remote control car connecting the remote and wire i would get a wireless remote control car
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 that if I could get a huge diamond which I could place on top of a thick flashlight, I could create one of those cool, powerful lasers they showed all the time in cartoons.