i used to believe

Established in 2002 and now featuring 74539 beliefs!

sections

animals
at home
bad habits
body functions
body parts
death
food
grown-ups
kids
language
make-believe
media
music
nature
neighbourhood
people
religion
school
science
sex
the law
the past
the world
time
toilets
transport

about the site

When I was a kid I had a morbid fear of the toilet. I was convinced that there was a vampire living just around the s-bend who would attack me if I spent too long on it, so I'd always go as quickly as possible.

Many years later I found out that a good friend used to believe that his body was filled with baked beans. I began wondering if other people had strange childhood beliefs and collected them from my friends and family. The book moved to this website in order to collect beliefs from people all over the world.

It became apparent that there are some commonly held childhood delusions, such as thinking that cats are female dogs, that seeds swallowed will sprout fruit from your ears, and a primal fear of toilets. Some of the beliefs come from overactive imaginations, but a lot are the result of parental misinformation (deliberate or otherwise).

I Used To Believe 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. Just be careful what you tell your own children!

My home page can be found at matnkat.com. The typeface for the titles is called Tom's Handwriting, and comes from the fantastic Divide By Zero site. The characters were drawn by Jesse Speak, a freelance graphic designer - have a look at more of his excellent work at pikzel.co.uk.

We try our best to filter out submissions that may cause offence, but if you think we have let one through please let us know and we will review it.

Have fun,

Mat.

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