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i used to believe - the childhood beliefs site

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 first heard American Pie, I misheard the chorus as "buy, buy me some 'Merican pie". I didn't know why Don McLean couldn't just buy the pie himself.

american pie lover (from music : misheard lyrics)
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I thought Moulin Rouge was a person.

Anon (from the world : places)
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I used to believed that smoking would make me a cowboy.

Alberto Batista (from bad habits : smoking)
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I used to believe that "unsavory" meant "sweet".

unsavory (from food : sweeties)
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I used to think you could go to jail just by saying a word wrong during a speech.

Anon (from language : speaking)
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I used to believe that yodeling was illegal in certain countries.

Anon (from music : songs)
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I used to believe that a ferret was the hybrid of a cat and a hamster. I thought the reason they were so rare is because it's hard to breed a cat and hamster without them attacking each other.

Anon (from animals : general)
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When I heard that the flowers in my parents' vase were "asleep" (i.e. closed up for the night), I took it literally and thought I could "wake them up" by yelling.

Anon (from nature : plants)
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I used to think waiters and waitresses were naturally allowed to lick the ice cream scoop or pizza cutter when serving you in restaurants and cafes. Gross but still funny.

Anon (from food : general)
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I used to think that MTV unplugged was when you had to take the tv plug out, and wondered how people could still watch tv if it was disconnected.

Anon (from media : tv)
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The restaurant Arby's has a big cowboy hat as their logo. I thought this meant it was a restaurant only for cowboys, and that you wouldn't be allowed in if you weren't a cowboy.

Anon (from neighbourhood : in the street)
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I used to believe nugget-laying chickens existed. Unlike chicken breast and chicken leg a nugget doesn’t actually look like a body part so I never realized what it really was

Chicken nuggets (from animals : birds)
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I used to believe that ATM'S had little people inside them counting money

Anon (from the world : money)
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I used to believe that George W. Bush's middle name was Washington, and that he and the first president were somehow one and the same.

not a Bush fan (from the world : politics)
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I thought the presidential race was an actual running race to the White House, and whichever candidate got there first was elected president.

Anon (from the world : politics)
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When i first heard someone talk about "ripping somebody off", i thought it meant they literally ripped the person's skin off their body.

Anon (from the law : criminals)
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Child me thought that Los Angeles was a mythical city like Atlantis or El Dorado. Because I misheard how it was named and thought it was called "Lost Angeles"...as in "the lost city of Angeles."

Anon (from the world : places)
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Because people say that candy is bad for you, I thought that meant you shouldn't eat it while sick, even if it was just a cold.

Anon (from body functions : being ill)
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I used to believe "I Want Candy" was actually "I'm A Kidney", especially since they played it in PE/health class at my school.

Kidney (from music : misheard lyrics)
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I thought that "jet black" referred to the kind of jet you fly in, which I found odd as I had never seen a black jet plane.

Anon (from transport : aeroplanes)
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