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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...

You can add your own to the site. If you think your beliefs were strange, check out our most common beliefs and discover that you're not alone!

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When I was a kid, I used to believe a nuclear plant was a clouds plant and could make magic clouds.

Tommy (from science : technology)
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When I was a kid. I used to believe that when I went to the toilet, a snake would eat my bottom.
Since then, I look into the toilets before using them.

william (from toilets : fear of)
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When I was a child, I used to believe that the idiom "raining cats and dogs" meant that there were really animals falling from the sky, so I didn't understand when my parents told me that having a dog was too expensive !

Camille (from animals : cats & dogs)
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When I was a kid, I used to bellieve that when I eat an apple pip an apple tree would grow up in my stomach!

anon (from food : seeds)
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I used to believe that women pulled out all their leg hairs with their fingernails. I thought I was supposed to practice pulling out my hairs before I was an adult, and would spend hours yanking hairs out of my arms and legs. It got to the point when it actually showed all the signs of an addiction and my mom had to take me to therapy after she found out what I was doing.

Callie P. (from body functions : general)
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I used to believe that at midnight, werewolves and giants would appear in our house and walk around. If we weren't asleep, or if we had any body parts hanging out of the covers, they would eat us. Whenever you had to use the bathroom at night, I thought they would give you 90 seconds to go and run back to bed.

Callie P. (from at home : around the house)
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When I was little, I thought boysenberries were called poisonberries, and you would die if you ate them. When I got old enough to read, I still thought the same thing, except that the people who farmed boysenberries were evil and were trying to kill off the human race. I didn't figure out that they weren't until I was 9 and my grandma gave me a boysenberry yogurt cup for breakfast.

Callie P. (from food : dangerous food)
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I believed younger people preferred rock and roll, while preferring country music was just a natural part of growing old.

Brandon (from grown-ups : getting older)
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I thought swallowing gum was bad because if you swallowed too much it would go to your mouth gums and eventually you would have too much gum in your mouth and you wouldn't be able to talk or eat. Part of me still thinks it's true..

Danielle (from food : chewing gum)
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For longer than I'd like to admit, I believed vampires were real and lived in a secret society. I believed they chose who was allowed to be a vampire, and I so badly wanted to be "chosen". Whenever I was in a car, I would sit with my neck exposed near the window with my head tilted away, just in case a vampire was watching. I would sleep like this too, because I believed that the vampire would have followed me home and waited until I was asleep to sneak in my room and turn me into a vampire. I really, really wanted this to happen.

Charlotte (from make-believe : vampires)
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