When I was little, I noticed that when the other person hung up, there would be a series of beeping sounds followed by a whine. I'd freak out because I thought that meant the phone would explode if I didn't put it back onto the receiver pronto.
I used to think that when you were on the phone, the person you were speaking to would shrink themselves and crawl up the wire and sit in the handset.
I used to believe that if you yelled "911" in a tin can phone, it would really work and the police will come and arrest you if there's no emergency. When my best friend and I were in 3rd grade, we tried using a tin can phone and I yelled "911" to her. My best friend told me it's illegal to call 911 when there's no emergency, so both of us got scared and we ran into the house and hid under the table so the police couldn't find us. We were stupid at that time.
When I was 10 I was jealous of the fact that my friend had a cell phone and I didn't, and when I asked my mother why this was she told me that it was because prolonged cell phone use could cause brain cancer. From then onwards and up until the age of 12, I straight-up refused to use cell phones (even in emergencies) and I even used to go around "warning" people about the dangers of using them. Then, up until the age of 13, I would only use cell phones when absolutely necessary. It wasn't until the age of 14 when I learned in physics class that the waves emitted from cell phones pose no health risk.
I used to believe that if you thought really hard about who you wanted to phone and pressed the pound button, it would automatically call the number you were concentrating on. I couldn't understand why anyone would ever use any other method. I swear it worked for me until someone told me that it wasn't possible.
I thought that the "smart phone" was the name of a certain phone made by a certain company. One of my classmates told me that he thought the same thing.
When I was little there would be a recording on the telephone if you held it to your ear without dialing, saying "please hang up and try your call again..." etc. I used to think that was a real woman but she wasn't allowed to say anything else. So I would often hold our house phone to my ear until she would "answer", then I would joke around, yell things at her and make weird noises, trying to make her mess up her lines or get angry at me.
I thought that 911 was the number you called for fire/emergency because that was the temperature fire burned at (i.e 911 degrees farenheit)
I used to believe that if you dialed "0" and didn't press another button on the phone REALLY fast then the you would call the police. I would get very nervous anytime I had to call my friend at 868-0791. Sometimes I just couldn't handle the pressure and I'd walk to his house instead.
When I was little we had dial up internet. My dad told me that when we were waiting for the internet to come on the computer and the phone were talking. I used to pick up the phone to hear all the strange chirps and beeps. I then concluded that the phone and the computer must have their own secret language and I was dissapointed that I couldn't understand it.
I used to believe that if you played with the phone without permission, the operator would come through the phone holes and stab you in the ear. After learning this, I never played with the phone again.
One Christmas day when I was very young, I decided to play with the telephone and got through to a woman. My mum heard me talking and came to see what was going on, took the phone away from me and apologised to the woman. For some reason I was convinced that I was in trouble because the woman was the Queen and I was disturbing her Christmas Day lunch.
I believed that when the phone was ringing, the person on the other end could hear everything going on at the other end.
When I was young, I used to think that if I picked up the phone while it was ringing then I would get electrocuted. I thought this because everyone that would answer the phone would wait until after the ring.
when i was little (elementary school) my friend would always call the operator for fun. she would say random things or hang up or try to start a conversation with them. i asked how she knew how to call the operator and she told me it was a long series of secret numbers only she knew. i was really upset and got mad at her for not telling me. i just found out this isnt true and im 15
When i first heard of fax machines i used to believe that there was an invisible line in the sky that it would transfer the page and papers would "move" around the sky...
When my mom tried to telephone someone and she'd hang up because the line was busy, I thought she said "The lion was busy." And I thought there was a lion in a big cage somewhere and if he was eating a big steak for lunch or was otherwise busy, calls couldn't get put through till he was done.
i used to think that whenever someone called someone else on a telephone that only the reciever needed a telephone and the caller just talked into the air.
I used to believe that everyone's phone number was 1-800-[their name.] So my friend Lindsay's number would have been 1-800-Lindsay, Big Bird's was 1-800-Big-Bird, etc.
I used to believe that when you heard noise on the telephone that sounded like wind blowing, it really was the wind blowing through telephone wires.