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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 was six or so, I had a nightmare where if you cried a lot, you'd get scars on your eyes. That made me nervous for about three days.

Anon (from body parts : eyes)
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When I was younger I thought the disc holder for our TV would explode if you put too many discs in.

Anon (from media : tv)
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I thought it was illegal to own a minivan if you lived in Arizona. I have no idea how I thought that.

Julia (from transport : cars)
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I thought Kaa's name from The Jungle Book was spelled "Car" and that he had a brother named Truck.

Anon (from media : cartoons)
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There was a brand of shampoo called Kids Only, so I thought that if my mum tried to use it, she physically wouldn't be able to.

Anon (from at home : bathrooms)
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When I was nine, I thought two eleven-year-olds could get married.

Anon (from grown-ups : marriage)
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I hold my breath every time I pass a graveyard because it’s rude to breath in the presence of the dead when they can’t breath.

-ASK (from death : people)
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I thought the word "divvy" was slang for "divide." So, I would say "8 divvy 2" instead of "8 divided by 2." I'm sure my parents and teachers were confused!

Anon (from language : counting)
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This is actually an early adolescence belief: when I was about twelve through fourteen, I thought viral videos were ones that gave your computer viruses.

Anon (from science : technology)
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that bi-polar had to do with polar bears.

barry goldberg (from animals : general)
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I thought exterminators were Daleks.

Anon (from media : tv shows)
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I used to believe that Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was based on a true story, because there’s a real life candy company that was called “Willy Wonka” at the time.

Anon (from media : films)
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I used to believe that "foofa" was the F-word in Spanish.

Anon (from language : foreign languages)
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I thought the lyrics to "Single Ladies" were "If you liked it, then you should've put your name on it."

Anon (from music : misheard lyrics)
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I used to believe Sting was my dad in a parallel universe

Jenn Green (from grown-ups : family)
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This isn't me, but my mother. As a kid, she apparently thought that if you saw the street lamps turning off, it was lucky.

Anon (from neighbourhood : in the street)
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Not me but my classmate. He thought that stereotyping was listening to the stereo.

Anon (from language : speaking)
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I used to believe that the grated cheese served to cool the dough.

Silvia Spinetti (from food : general)
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When I was a child I used to believe that people died in order of age.

Silvia Spinetti (from death : people)
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When people used the word "stationary" to mean staying still, I thought they were talking about the stuff you write with.

Anon (from language : speaking)
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