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I guess this would fit into this topic:
When I was a kid, I thought that the voice on the phone when you called the time was just one women who had to sit in a little room and answer that phone all day and night.

sweetmel
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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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I used to believe that "caller i.d." was actually "caller idea" becuase you would have an IDEA about who was calling you.

Lauryn
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I used to believe that when you moveed you had to dig up your telephone pole and take it to your new house if you wanted to keep your same number.

Anon
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I always thought that my relatives were really tiny, and inside my phone when I talked to them on the phone.

Anon
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When I was young and called a friend on the phone, I thought the busy signal would eventually turn into ringing. I waited and waited but always lost my patience before the busy signal turned to ringing.

Patty
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i used to think that any time i pressed the 0 on the phone it would dial the operator. so even in the middle of the phone number i would press the 0 as fast as i could so that it wouldnt dial the operator instead.

becca
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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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The very first time I had to do a report for school...I thought I could just dial "information" on the phone and someone would look things up for me.

Anon
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When I watched my parents using the telephone, I thought they had to wait for it to ring, then pick it up and dial a number. It took me some time to realise that you did one or the other, but not both.

Alan
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I used to believe that the phone company was listening to me whenever I talked on the phone because my mother told me it was illegal to use swear words on the phone. So I figured someone must have the job of listening on all the phones for swears all day and then sending the police to arrest people who had bad language.

Carrie
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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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Ever since I was little I've been afraid to talk on the phone because I thought that there are little ghosts in your phone that pretend to be your friend and then jump out of the phone and eat you. Sometimes I still think that.

Hope
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When I was little, before call waiting, I didn't understand how the busy signal on the phone worked. When I heard the busy signal, instead of hanging up, I would wait for several minutes, thinking that when the line was free again, my call would go through. This went on for a long time until my mom noticed and explained it to me.

me again
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When i was little i was always dead silent when the telephone answering machine came on because i thought that the person calling could hear me, so if it was a bill collector I would always hush up

Anon
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I thought the Operator lived inside the telephone.

marianne
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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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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 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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When I was around 5 years old, I frequently heard my great-aunt say to my older sister, "Stop tying up the phone!" (as in talking on the phone too much)

That led me to believe that she was actually tying knots in the phone connection line.

Anon
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