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when i was little i asked my parents how elvis died. they explained to me that he died from taking too many drugs. i asked what kind of drugs, and they said uppers and downers that he got from the doctor. for years after that i actually thought that if you were famous and you went to the doctor and asked, she’d give you two bottles of pills, one labeled “uppers” and the other “downers.”

jane
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I used to believe that each star was like a cafe or small space where everyone who had died could get together and catch up. People would go off on adventures during the day and then meet up with friends in the stars and talk about them. I used to have images of my grandma and grandpa sitting up there drinking coffee, chatting and talking about their latest adventures.

Anon
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When I was very little my grandparents took to me along with them to the hospital to visit one of my greats or great-greats (something like that.) Children weren't allowed in the hospital so I stayed in the car with one grandparent while the other visited. My only recollection of this was that this relative couldn't talk. She later died, and for years I was convinced she died because she couldn't talk. I never told anyone this, I just took it be a "truth". Anyway, when I was around 18, I was visiting with my mom, grandmom and a friend and somehow this subject came up. As soon as I verbalized my belief out loud, I knew it couldn't be true. Needless to say, my friend and family had a big laugh.

Susan
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I thought, somehow, as a child that if you played chess and made a wrong move, you might blow up. I saw some show, I believe perhaps on Playhouse 90, that showed two men playing chess and there was an explosion so I believed that would have to me also.

Nancy O
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When I was about 7 or so, my aunt had passed away. So for about the next 2 years, on her birthday I'd have my mom buy a balloon filled with helium, I'd write Happy Birthday on it, and let it go, thinking she'd eventually get it.

Genny
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When I was about nine or ten, I heard for the first time people talking about someone "putting her head in the oven" to kill herself. Of course it's something to do with breathing in the oven fumes, but I didn't know that. I thought if you wanted to kill yourself you had to cook your head, and when it got cooked through completely, you would die.

Anon
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I used to believe everyone died when they turned 100, and they never died before or after.

Anon
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when i was little i heard on a movie something about a dead weight. then my brother told me that when people die they gain heaps of weight and are realy hard to carry.i believed this until i was 17 nd sum1 told me it wasnt true.

Anon
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my mum told me that you should live everyday like it was your last. when she said this, i thought that i was going to die the next day so i did everything that i wanted to do with my friends-that included sharing a cubicle in the girls loos at school! (i was about 6 at the time). when i got home i rang all of my friends up saying i would die soon and they were distraught. the next day when i went into school, they all thought i was a ghost and it took alot of convincing that i wasn't

crazy death
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when i was five i was climbing on a chain link fence. My uncle told me to knock it off, because the rusty metal could give me tetanus. for almost 6 years i was deathly afraid of metal. i wouldn't handle a knife or eat with a fork. even today, tin foil gives me the creeps.

Kalyn
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I used to believe that the actors in movies that died actually *did* die while being filmed...I'll never forget watching "Jesus Christ Superstar" and being so sad and yet awed by the fact that the actor "gave up his life" for that role...

Abby
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I thought that all people lived until their 100th birthday, then they died. It was like an expiration date of sorts ....

Rebecca
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When my Nanny used to point out an obituary of someone she knew in the paper, I used to believe that the undertaker at the funeral home somehow propped open the dead guys eyes for his picture!

Terri
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I still hold my breath when I pass by cemetaries because it is impolite to breathe when other people can't.

Crystal
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I believed when I was little that if you breathed in as you went by a cemetery you would suck death in and die. I held my breath whenever I was driven past and flatly refused to walk by - not being able to hold my breath long enough!

Fi
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When I was a kid I thought my mother would poison me to death. She never did it, and are and have always been a normal, non childmurdering mother.

Vic
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My grandpa died when I was four so my mom told me that he was sleeping at his wake since it was an open coffin but I had feeling he wasn't sleeping because my grandma was in tears. However my brother believed our mom and whispered in my ear "let's steal his watch" at the time he was six, I told him I wasn't sure and he said "Then he'll wake up and chase us" which was true when he was alive. So we did and my brother ran around the funeral home with my grandpa's watch while my mom chased after him. My grandparents lived next to two cemetries so I wasn't frightened of them (only at night) but I used to believe that if you stepped on where they buried someone then they would get mad and grab your leg and drag you down with them, I'm seventeen now and know it is far from true but if I can I will go around where the coffin is buried.

Haley
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I used to believe that if you died, and you were buried, there was no casket...and the bugs would eat your body. I went around afraid of dieing, worried that my body was going to be dinner for the bugs.

Lauren
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I used to believe when I was a child, that the world finished at 12:00 am on 31th December, cried a lot saying: end the world, end the world!!!.

Rasmeds
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I used to think that when a person said that ghosts were in limbo, it meant that they were doing the limbo. I thought maybe instead of going towards the light they stayed playing the limbo, and if they touched the stick that meant they had no choice but to go towards the light. Lucky, I didnt believe it for too long. My friend told me what it really was.

Lauren
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