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...
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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'.
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.
I used to think black forest gateau really would be that colour, like blackberries, blackcurrants or black chocolate.
I used to think underground trains actually descended into the tunnel, like a rollercoaster.
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.
I used to falsely believe that planting a fruit pip in the garden would actually grow a tree or bush.
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.
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!
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?:?
Here's a really funny one: I used to think that when you got up on a plane to go to the loo, the pilot would stop the plane in mid-air until you're out again.
I used to think, before going abroad for the first time, when I was 9 and went to Portugal, that staying in holiday apartments would be like staying in my great gran's flat. (:
I read a story about a girl who loved butterflies, then she disappeared and it was implied that she turned into one.
My favourite animal was cats, and I was worried I was gonna turn into a cat.
If you lost a Presidential election, you had to leave the country. This came from me mishearing the words "lead the country" from a TV ad talking about the election that was going on back then.
I used to think when you farted, bubbles came out.
I remember being 3 years old hearing police sirens in the distance and incidentally looking at the moon. And so I thought it was the moon causing those mysterious noises.
This one's a bit embarrassing. I heard someone referring to an old, bald guy as an "old coot", so I thought that a coot meant a bald man.
I would always put books, magazines, VHSes and DVDs front cover-down because I believed the characters on the front cover would watch what I was doing and judge me.
I thought that if I tried really hard, I could change what was happening on the TV. I couldn't, so I'd get frustrated.
I also believed that guerrilla warfare was against real gorillas during the Vietnam war! This was also the time that the Planet of the Apes movies came out which just reinforced that belief!
At one point I thought that if you really kissed a toad it would not only become a prince 👑 but also bring you great/good luck