welcomeI 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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When they had us sing "America the Beautiful" in school, I thought the words were,
"In the Donzer Lee-light."
Instead of "In the dawns early light"
I discovered that I was wrong when I read one of the Ramona books by Beverley Cleary, in which Ramona makes the same mistake.
Once, when I took a shower, I saw that the water "Coming out" of my fingertips.
I was just like: "I'm magical."
So I saw an episode of "H2O,Just add water," and saw how they could control water. I was convinced for so long that I was some mermaid magic person.
I used to think eyeshadow protected your eyes from the sun somehow.
At some point when I was little, I had some eye-related illness, and there was one time when my eyelids got sort of glued together. Because of that, I was afraid to keep my eyes closed too long for some time. But I knew people slept with their eyes closed. So at night, I would periodically close my eyes for a short amount of time, thinking that it would be enough. I remember some dreams from that time, though, meaning that proper sleep eventually set in.
I believed that English was the first language. All the other languages were just english words mixed up.
So I spent so much time thinking "So...black is Schwarz In german? Lemme see...there is a C...."
I got so confused.
Until I was 24 years old, I believed the missing "link" in the chain of evolution was the name of an animal they were looking for, as in they were looking for the animal "Lynk".
I used to think the raper eminem was spelled M&M.
I was afraid of the dark, but I believed that if I pulled my blankets up over my head the "monsters" couldn't see me. I spent a many sweltering summer nights sweating under blankets.
You need a category for fears.
I used to believed that "approximately" actually means "important".
when I was 8 I asked my dad if we could go to disneyland, he told me we didn't have enough money for it, so I suggested we go to the bank to get some. Thats when he had to explain he needs to put the money in before he can take it out. This notion seemed like madness to me, I couldn't figure out what the point of it was, though he did try to explain it to me...but at that moment I realized money doesn't magically come out of an ATM machine.