Childhood is an age of innocence where understanding the complexities of life is sometimes hard. Technology, science and what we saw on television was hard to understand and we applied our infantile logic that often defied all bounds of reality.
1. How movies worked
As child who went to the cinemas for the first time at the age of five, I never knew that a film was screened through a projector. I thought that the ‘performance’ took placed behind the canvas screen which served as a way to make the actor look bigger in a magical sort of way.
2. Enid Blyton was a man and Dr. Suess was a woman
More than the sexes of these favourite children’s books authors, their work captivated the minds of our youth. Since Noddy books and Cat in the Hat never had photographs of the people who created them, it was always left up to us to determine who they were and what they looked like.
Everyone was shocked when the BBC used Helena Bonham Carter (the actress who plays Bellatrix Lestrange in Harry Potter) to portray Blyton.
3. The gender determination test
I asked my mother how the sex of a newborn baby was determined after birth. She had told me it was done by a baby being scanned through a machine which did several tests and declared the result at the end. Perhaps she was talking about a sonography, but I imagined it to be somewhat like a baggage X-Ray machine for newborn infants.
4. Chocolate milk comes from brown cows
And strawberry milk came from pink ones. This was due to the fact that most of the cows I had seen were white and that was also the colour of plain milk. Thus by logic, chocolate milk must be from brown cows. After all, many brands market chocolate milk with pictures of brown cows!
6. How cassettes worked
Just like the movies, I thought cassettes had a little singing fairy inside of them that would begin to sing every time the cassette was inserted into a player or walkman, and of course would stop whenever we felt like pressing the ‘Stop’ or ‘Pause’ button.
7. All banks are like Gringotts
If you remember the scene where Harry and Hagrid visit his vault at Gringotts for the first time, the goblin takes them into an underground mine lined with several vaults. This sparked off the imagination of several kids on real life banks. After all so many people deposited and withdrew money from there on a daily basis.
8. The moon follows you wherever you go
Looking out of the car window on nights of a full moon, I noticed there was no getting away from it. You could see it through the canopy of trees on your street and even further away as you went out of town.
9. It rains everywhere at the same time
Way before geography became a subject at school and before we learnt rain was caused by overhead clouds, many of us thought it rained everywhere all at the same time all over the world. It was only until I transferred to a school far from my house that I realised the rain had stopped suddenly after the bus left my neighborhood.
10. Life in black and white
Looking at old pictures of my grandparents and my parents, as well as old movies, I was convinced life before the 1980s was in black and white in reality. They wore colourless clothes, ate unappetising food and overall, lived pathetic lives. Although it wasn’t in B/W, their lives still sucked. #NoTimeLikeThe90s