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I used to think that satellites were launched from satellite dishes.
I used to poke my fingers through and try to look inside of the In-Car tape deck at home all the time when I was about four or five years old. Thought there were little people singing inside of the machine and I really really wanted to meet them.
I used to think that calculators worked because someone had preprogrammed all the answers into them ahead of time, and I pictured people in factories programming all the answers in, one calculator at a time. When they came out with calculators that could display more digits, that only made things more amazing because of how many more answers they had to program!
When my mother was little, she believed that every time you put a record on the musicians would have to play the music. As a result, she never played records in the evenings or at weekends so the musicians could have some time off.
Yay, I am so delighted to find out that I am not the only idiot that thought a piece of paper went in to the fax, de-materialised (like on Star Trek) and re formed again at the other end. Mind you, this was back in the 60's when I first saw a fax on a TV show. The cops were sending an identikit picture of a criminal to another state - I was convinced that it was only a matter of time before people would travel this way!!
When I was 7 my brother told me that when the space of the computer runs out it will explode.
At the time i was in like, kindergarten. one day one of my feriends told me that somehow, watches got powered by sucking the power out of diamonds. i was amazed at this fact until about 8 years old saw my dad replacing a battery from his watch.
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 thought if you point the video camera at the TV then both the video camera and the TV will explode.
When I was about three we got our first VCR, and the way my parents unveiled it I believed my dad had built it himself.
When I was a kid, I thought that when I turned off the computer, the characters from the computer games gathered around a bonfire and talked to each other about what I did to them the whole day.
I used to believe that I could have been born as anything. I was glad I wasn't born as a table for example, because that would be boring. Sometimes I wished I had been born a computer, because it would be fun to play video games all day. but then I realised, a computer can't move from its spot either, and can only do whatever the person using it says. then I felt sorry for my computer, so I would go play more games on it so it wouldn't get lonely.
I believed that I had invented reef knots.
My music teacher once said that music in an electrical piano was made by little tiny men that lived inside it.
If you left a plug socket on with no plug in all the power would run out
I joined the navy at 18 to be on a submarine. The recruiter talked me into choosing nuclear power plant operator for my job-path and I thought it sounded pretty cool even though I knew zero about nuclear power. The next day in high-school I'm telling a friend about joining and running the sub with nuclear power and stuff and he says to me "oh, so they don't use propellers anymore?", and I'm like "no, they use nuclear power now." I guess I was picturing it to be some sort of jet propulsion type thing with 'nuclear power' shooting out the back of the boat to push it through the water. After boot-camp I started the classroom training and I was a little dissapointed by the low-tech reality of nuclear power. For those who don't know all it does is boil water to create steam for turbines.
On another note about the navy, I didn't realize until boot-camp that wood isn't used to build ships. I knew the outside was steel but I figured the inside must be at least partially wood to reduce the weight. What did I know, I was from Nebraska and had never even seen the ocean!
When I was a kid I was scared of installing things because I thought you had to do it fast because it always shows like a wire with flamey sparks going around the Earth, so I thought if I didnt do it fast enoughm, the earth would burn up
(I stopped believing this when I was 8)
When I was like 4 or 5 (don't remember exactly), I asked my dad why we had to turn off the computer after that "It is now safe to turn off your computer." thing appeared. He said it would blow up if we didn't do that. I was always careful to shut down the computer at the right time until I saw my dad just push the off button on the computer and nothing happened.
I thought horsepower meant how fast horses can run. But 200 horses can't run any faster than 2, so why was 200 horsepower better than 2?.....
I grew up in a household that was rather behind-the-times, technologically. When I was in 7th grade (1995-96), the only computer we owned was a hopelessly obsolete old MacIntosh.
So one day in Social Studies class, the teacher asked, "Do any of you know who the richest person in the world is?"
A boy answered, "Bill Gates. He's got, like, fifty billion dollars."
"And who is Bill Gates?"
"The guy who invented Windows."
The guy who invented windows. My first thought was, "Wow! No wonder he's so rich-- I've never seen a house without windows."
My second (slightly more intelligent) thought was, "Wait... The guy who invented windows is still alive? How OLD must he be?!"
I forget how long it took me to realize they were talking about the operating system. I'm glad I didn't say anything out loud-- otherwise they never would've let me move up to 8th grade.