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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...

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 a child, I used to believe that the force of gravity was an old woman named "Marialonga" sucking down children with her hands.

Chiara (from science : physics)
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When I was a child I used to believe that a camper was some kind of resort.

Patty (from transport : cars)
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I used to think that if I ate spinach I would have a lot of strength (Popeye)

Fernando (from body functions : eating)
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I used to believe Santa existed

Joaquin E. Hurtado (from make-believe : father christmas)
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I thought that exorcise and exercise both meant the same thing

Dobby Bob (from language : speaking)
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When I was a child I used to believe that I could make things fly using the power of my mind, so everyday for few weeks I used to train myself looking at an object in my room with very concentrated state, hoping I would lift it

Anon (from body functions : special powers)
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As a child I believed that toilets were alive. When you used them, you were feeding them, and if they didn't like what you fed them, they'd vomit it back up (overflow). If you made them angry, they would eat you, so you had to be nice to them and not make them sick. Stranger-toilets (e.g. public restrooms) were especially untrustworthy - best to keep an eye on them at all times.

I also believed that they would detach from the wall and dance around the bathroom at night when no one was around. You couldn't normally catch them at this, because they'd go back to being inert as soon as they heard you coming, but if you closed the bathroom door and then quietly crawled up to it and looked under the bottom, you could see this happening.

Anon (from toilets : fear of)
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I used to believe that lizards were little dinosaurs ready to enlarge of they touched the water

Mark (from animals : creepy crawlies)
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I used to believe the Tropic of Cancer was a part of the world where lots of people got cancer. I assumed skin cancer must be especially common there, since I could see on the globe that it ran through the Carribean where it's so sunny.
I always felt really lucky that I didn't live in that part of the world.

George Lane (from the world : places)
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I thought being mentally challenged meant you couldn't do any challenges with people

Anon (from kids : i'm different)
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