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I Used To Believe is a funny and bizarre collection of ideas that adults thought were true when they were children. It will remind you what it was like to be a child, fascinated and horrified by the world in equal parts. The following pages will reassure you that the things you used to believe weren't so strange after all...

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Being told as a child that heaven was in the sky, I was extremely confused why people started laughing at me when I asked if you had to wear spacesuits when you died.

Captain Awesome McPants (from death : people)
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One of my first days in preschool I stepped on a crack and one of my classmates freaked out saying that I just broke my mom's back. When my mom picked me up I apologized profusely but instead of setting me straight she replied, "I was wondering why my back hurt all day." I avoided cracks for years until one day I got mad at my mom and stomped on a crack repeatedly. When it didn't work I assumed that it only worked with some cracks and continued avoiding cracks for an embarrassingly long time.

Anon (from science : physics)
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When I was little I'd watch the news with my dad and one time he told me that Nasdaq, Dow Jones, and S&P were competing like sports teams and that our favorite team was Nasdaq. I didn't realize this wasn't true until high school. For years afterward, even though I knew this was a complete lie, I'd silently cheer in my head when I saw the Dow Jones lost points out of habit.

Anon (from the world : money)
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I used to believe that teachers lived at school

Nicola (from school : teachers)
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I used to be in a class with a girl whose last name was Lurdet. I kept mishearing it as Lordette and thought that a lordette was the female version of a lord.

Lordette (from language : speaking)
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When I was younger, I had a lot of beliefs about psychic powers. For example, I thought I was able to read people's minds. When I went around the playground trying to read people's minds, people were saying I was crazy. Despite that, I continued until I figured out I wasn't able to.

Anon (from body functions : special powers)
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I used to think that gunpoint was a place as well. I also used to think that the Everglades was a place that smelled really good because it had the word "Glade" in it

Anon (from the world : places)
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When I was about four my Dad took my brother and I to srr ,lOne " "One million Years BC" which was double featured with aMexican vampire movie in Spanish with English subtitles.I could't read yet do I kind of lost interest and nodded off.When I woke up I thought for some reason that the Spanish Vampire was named "Vampedro" and he rose out of a clothes hamper at dusk.Talk about the mind "filling in the blank"! Though I had slept ough most of the vampire movie it became very real to me and I developed a fear of clothes hampers and the name "Pedro" though the movie vampire was not named Pedro.It took me several years to get over being traumatized by a movie I had slept through!

Bride of Vampedro (from make-believe : vampires)
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I read a book about different religions. When it talked about Christianity, it said "Baptists are Christians." I had heard that my family was Christian when I mentioned Christmas. I used to believe that the book meant all Christians were Baptists, and that my family and I were also Baptist. We were actually Methodist.

baptist? (from religion : church)
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One of my big sister's friends was reading a "Choose Your Own Adventure" book. I was afraid of it because I believed if you read it, you would actually be transformed into an animal.

James G. (from language : reading)
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