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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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When I was 4, AIDS was the cultural zeitgeist, propagated by fear especially from the Reagan administration. Fueled by this, alongside the "stranger danger" cultural provocation of the time, my mother had been fairly stern in her warnings of an imperceptible risk of a stranger kidnapping me, molesting me and giving me AIDS. When asked, her response was that AIDS could come from anywhere. At some point in pre-school I had something on the tip of my tongue which I attempted to wipe off using the hand-roll dryer and for several weeks I lived in near constant fear that I had perhaps contracted AIDS from the towel dispenser - for surely, a molester would also lurk in the restroom.

Andy (from toilets : fear of)
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I used to believe that thunder happened when God was bowling. Lightning meant he made a strike!

Anon (from nature : thunder & lightning)
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I used to believe that the full moon was God's flashlight.

Anon (from nature : outer space)
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I used to believe that "perhaps" was only used when you were tired of saying "maybe", instead of just being an alternative word, and I asked people who said it if they were tired of saying "maybe". I had a children's dictionary that explained that they meant the same thing by saying "'Perhaps' is a word you use when you are tired of saying 'maybe'".

perhaps (from language : speaking)
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When I was in elementary school, I used to believe, because of my mother's husband, that if you unscrewed your belly button, your butt would fall off.

Anon (from body parts : belly buttons)
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American girl. Dolls are real im for real you should watch the american girl doll video american girl dolls can walk,talk at night a a
And sing of course.

Andrianna,samantha.b (from bad habits : picking my nose)
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I used to think the lady behind the cash register at the A & P got to keep all the money in the drawer.

Anon (from grown-ups : work)
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When I was about 6 I was told you can't go swimming after eating a meal because you'll get a cramp and drown. This didn't scare me. Instead I wondered how anyone could drown when all they had to do was just keep swallowing the water until they could stand again.

Christy (from body functions : eating)
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Random little tidbit as i'm eating my fav type of pudding over here...it's tapioca--i'm really a sucker for anything vanilla flavored, but anyway--different tangent, haha...my Grandpa Jones, back when i was a kid, told me once that the tapioca pearls were frog eggs...i remember how blown my mind was that i was eating them...To this day, anytime i eat tapioca pudding I think of the nostalgia tied to it...Oh memories [3!

Angela King (from food : general)
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As a kid, I'd only ever heard the word "Gesundheit" used in cartoons, so I thought it was a meaningless funny-sounding word that was only ever used in cartoons. Well, one time when I was visiting my neighbor (who was German), I heard her say "Gesundheit" after I sneezed. From then on, I thought she must have liked watching cartoons a lot.

Ann (from language : foreign languages)
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