When I was 7 or 8 I thought that episodes of cartoons were made between the time each episode aired and having done some animation(stick figures on a block of of post-it notes) the work schedule must be hell.I thought cartoon characters were real people wearing costumes. I remember hoping the actor playing Sylvester was okay after Tweety Bird smashed his head in with a hammer.
I've met a lot of immigrant kids(muslim families) that believes that in the last couple of years. They ask if they can pet the dog, of course they can and the dog wags its entire body from all that cooing attention. Then they ask his name, I tell them it's a she and you can tell that they're trying to process that information.Growing up, we had a female cat and a male dog. A lot of cartoons made the cat female and the dog male as well. Therefore, four year old me assumed that they were the same species, and that all cats were girls and all dogs were boys.
Not my dumbness, it was a friend who was dumb. As a kid, 6 or 7, he decided that it was the cape that made Superman able to fly so he tied a bath towel around his neck and jumped from a roof in his pajamas and... broke his leg. As a teen he hated his parents bringing up that story.