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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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I thought that if you held a buttercup to your face and it only reflected on your chin softly, it meant you only liked butter a little bit.

Anon (from nature : plants)
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I thought that anything that wasn't explicitly food was poisonous up until I was about nine, when my dad told me that only a few things are poisonous.

Anon (from food : dangerous food)
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I thought that whenever a cartoon character got amnesia, it was because of Mr. Forgetful from the cartoon "Mr. Men". I thought his amnesia was contagious or something.

Anon (from media : cartoons)
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I used to beileve girls peed out their butt 😂

Anon (from body functions : weeing and pooing)
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I used to think there were 52 states beacause I thought there were 50 continental states plus Hawaii and Alaska I beilived this till I was 9

Anon (from the world : places)
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I remember as a kid being totally confused by those "give a penny, take a penny" trays. I thought you were supposed to put a penny in and take another penny out and didn't see the point of it.

Anon (from the world : money)
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I thought Nazis were actually "not-sees" and called that because they could turn invisible, which I figured was why they were so dangerous

Anon (from the past : wars)
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I thought a Gas Chamber was just a place you went to put gas in your car!

Thais (from transport : cars)
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I thought that "heck" was a less horrible version of hell for people who were only KIND OF evil.

Oizys (from religion : afterlife)
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When I was young ,and I used to take bath .....if there were lizards or any other insects .....I used to think ...they must be noticing that I am removing cloths .....they must tell others

Anon (from animals : general)
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When I started reading comics, I used to think people were yelling "APPLES" when they were happy to see a performance. Later on I learned the word "applause".

CAT (from language : spelling)
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I thought the song Smooth Operator by Sade sounded like Rudolph the Reindeer. Also thought Betty Davis Eyes by Kim Carne sounded like 'Better days to decide'.

Natasha (from music : misheard lyrics)
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I once randomly thought out loud that school days were 14 hours long, only to find out that it's actually 6. No idea why.

Natasha (from school : classes)
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I used to think black forest gateau really would be that colour, like blackberries, blackcurrants or black chocolate.

Natasha (from food : sweeties)
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I used to think underground trains actually descended into the tunnel, like a rollercoaster.

Natasha (from transport : trains)
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When my dad told me that The Flintstones was based in prehistoric times and made in the '70s, I thought that meant the 70's era was prehistoric so they would be vintage cave people.

Natasha (from media : tv)
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I used to falsely believe that planting a fruit pip in the garden would actually grow a tree or bush.

Natasha (from nature : plants)
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I used to think that when you went in a lift, the doors would go up and down with the lift inside, and never understood why they were still there when the person was inside.

Natasha (from at home : around the house)
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I didn't actually believe this myself, but it would be funny if children believed that looking in funfair mirrors meant that you really had lost or put on weight!

Natasha (from make-believe : magic tricks)
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Not sure if I really believed this, but I might have thought that the BT voicemail lady (Eleanor Bron) was really talking to you on the phone, instead of her voice being recorded. Creepy eh?:?

Natasha (from science : telephones)
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