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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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I thought that you could only catch a cold in the winter. I knew that germs made you catch colds and that being cold alone doesn't make you catch a cold, but because it was called a "cold", I thought you could only catch one in winter. Then, Dad caught a cold in summer and explained that you could actually catch colds in the summer. P.S. he's fine now.

Anon (from body functions : being ill)
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When we first got our cat, I thought of all kinds of things. I tried to put clothes on him and couldn't understand why he didn't like it, I sometimes worried that he'd get replaced with an impostor, and because his name's ElDorado, when my dad's friend Marcus said that he thought "his ElDorado" (his wish) was a fine meal with friends, I freaked out because I thought he wanted to eat the cat!

Anon (from animals : cats & dogs)
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When I was a kid I thought that when it rained, it rained all over the world.

Anon (from nature : weather)
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I have Aspergers syndrome so I'm afraid of loud noises. I used to get scared when the ice cream truck came down our street because I thought the music was coming from someone's noisy toy.

Karen (from neighbourhood : ice cream vans)
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I once believed I was allergic to bath water, and that i would dissolve into a puddle when touching it - My brother actually told me it so i would be afraid of taking a bath

Skeet skeet (from at home : bathrooms)
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I thought if you took some candy and buried in the yard, you would grow a candy tree.

Anon (from food : general)
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if you drank coffee before your 16th birthday, your skin will turn purple.

Anon (from food : drinks)
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I used to believe that all singers had to write their own lyrics and that if their language skills were not perfect, the mistakes would remain in the song.

English is not my mother tongue, and growing up I learned a lot of English from songs. But I was always a bit wary of songs by non-native English groups and singers. I was afraid that they had made mistakes (not knowing English perfectly) and that I'd acquire their mistakes.

_rahosa_ (from language : foreign languages)
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Background info: My grandmother lives near the dead end of a road. Her house and a few of her neighbors are surrounded by a large forest.
When I was around 5 or 6, my cousin told me that there were cannibals in the forest surrounding my grandmother's house. I believed that for about 5 years.
She said that they were fat, ugly and carried around a chicken drumstick style thing made of human meat.
I was terrified. I still don't go near that forest.

Liv (from make-believe : monsters)
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I used to believe that if you went over a dead end, you would die.

CoyoteBitch (from death : people)
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