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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You know those shirts you wear in school for P.E which say "physed"? For the longest time I misread it as saying "psyched" and wondered why they had the kids shirts that said that.
I thought "Konnichiwa" was a Japanese dish involving a piece of corn on a stick. I think it's because "Konn" and "corn" sound similar.
When i first heard of a silverfish, I thought it was an actual type of fish like a goldfish, except only silver colored. I thought there was a bronze fish too.
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.
When I was younger I thought the disc holder for our TV would explode if you put too many discs in.
I thought it was illegal to own a minivan if you lived in Arizona. I have no idea how I thought that.
I thought Kaa's name from The Jungle Book was spelled "Car" and that he had a brother named Truck.
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.
When I was nine, I thought two eleven-year-olds could get married.
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.
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!
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.
that bi-polar had to do with polar bears.
I thought exterminators were Daleks.
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.
I used to believe that "foofa" was the F-word in Spanish.
I thought the lyrics to "Single Ladies" were "If you liked it, then you should've put your name on it."
I used to believe Sting was my dad in a parallel universe
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.
Not me but my classmate. He thought that stereotyping was listening to the stereo.