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when i was little my mum told me that our neighbours had an answering machine, and I thought this was a human like robot that came out of the closet next to the phone and tell the people who called that there was no one homo

Anon
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i used to think that people's phone numbers were 1-800 and then their name. i'd always be trying to call 1-800-bigbird or something like that. because, yeah, i thought big bird was real too.

Anon
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When you call someone on the phone, the ring you hear on the receiver is exactly how that someone's phone sounds like as they hear it ring before they pick it up.

MD Caruso
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When I was little, I had went to call my grandma on the phone in my mom's bedroom, but had forgot the number. I left the phone off the hook to go ask my mom for the number. When I came back, the recording was on the phone that says "If you would like to make a call, please hang up and dial again". I picked up the phone, hearing the voice, and thought someone was actually on the other end of the phone talking to me. I sat there for hours talking to the recording, finally my mom came into the room and asked if I was talking to grandma. Excitedly I looked at my mom and said "Nope! I've been talking to the dial lady, she's been saying the same thing for a long time... I think her memory isn't very good, but she is a good listener! She even plays music that sounds like beeping noises when she doesn't talk!"

Ooper
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When I was a kid, I thought my mother and a neighbor frequently gave each other rings (rings like one wears on one's finger). I watched to see them wearing all those new rings, but I never did. I didn't realize yet that when they said, "I'll give you a ring", they were talking about making phone calls to each other.

Greg
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When I was a kid, I thought my mother and a neighbor frequently gave each other rings (rings like one wears on one's finger). I watched to see them wearing all those new rings, but I never did. I didn't realize yet that when they said, "I'll give you a ring", they were talking about making phone calls to each other.

Greg
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When my mother used to try to make phone calls and 'it was busy.' I always wondered how the phone knew the people were busy.

Heather C.
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When I was little, my mom called my grandmother on the phone. She let me listen for her to pick up and answer. I heard the busy signal and handed the phone back to my mom rather confused. She listened and then told me that "the lion was busy." In shock and horror I imagined that this was the sound you heard when someone (like my grandmother)was being killed and eaten by a lion.

Ary
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When I was little, (around three or four); I used to believe that anytime someone used the phone, the person on the other line was inside of it. I nearly gave my mother a nervous breakdown when I exclaimed "AHH!!! DADDY'S IN THE PHONE!!! GET HIM OUT!!!!"

Reject
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i used to thing that people could see you over the phone. Once my grandpa called and i was convinced he could see the picture i was showing the reciever

marty
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once, when i was little, i always believed that an answering machine automatically knew what you wanted to say...

Anon
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After viewing a particularly violent TV ad for the Confidential Telephone (this is 80's Northern Ireland), I became convinced that confidential meant something awfully, horribly sinister. I asked my ma but wouldn't believe her when she told me. I was old enough to look it up in a dictionary, but I was too scared.

jacinta
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I used to believe that if you cut open a telephone wire and put your ear to it, you could her people's conversations...glad I never tried it!

Renae
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When I was small, just learning to use the phone, I used to believe that the person on the other side had to hold the phone upside down so they could hear me because I was talking on the bottom and it would automatically come out the bottom on their phone too...

Holly
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When I was in 2nd grade, there was this boy I was going out with. He always called me and he was really gullible. So one day, I told him that I was going to send a $1 bill through the little hole in the reciever. I told him it was coming across the telephone lines and would be at his house in a minute. He totally believed me! It was so funny.

Phone Prankster
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I always wanted to use the telephone to call Jesus, Santa and Superman

Alex Burghart
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When I was 4 I used to believe that we can do everying over the phone.Oneday my father called us and told me that he bought me a beautiful teddy bear so I insisted to give it to me over the phone and cried till I fell asleep

Kathy
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i thougt robers could shoot into the phone and the bullet would come through and hit me

knowledge
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I used to believe that Alexander Graham Bell was not just one person. I thought that they were three people!

J.D.
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When I was young I learned all about Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell and how they invented the telephone and talking machines. I knew they had lived close to my house and obviously spoke English. It was my impression then that these devices only could be used while speaking English. How lucky was I to be able to use these wonderful devices. It perplexed me to no end then, how a French speaking person was able to talk on the telephone and get it to work!

Anon
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