about the siteWhen 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!
The typeface for the titles is called Tom's Handwriting, and comes from the fantastic Divide By Zero site.
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