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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...

You can add your own to the site. If you think your beliefs were strange, check out our most common beliefs and discover that you're not alone!

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When I was four through six, I attended this school which had "the golden rules", only the paper these rules were written on was actually yellow, not gold, so I thought that they ought to be called the "yellow rules".

Anon (from school : classes)
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that bi-polar had to do with polar bears.

barry goldberg (from animals : general)
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I thought exterminators were Daleks.

Anon (from media : tv shows)
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I went to a private school as a child, and I thought they were called "private schools" because you weren't supposed to tell anyone about them. It was weird every time my relatives asked how I was doing in school, only to get the response of "That's a secret."

Anon (from school : classes)
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When I was eight or so, I was at the mall with my mother and got bored, so I looked through the greeting cards for something to do.

One of them had a message "you're not old until the fat lady sings" and when I opened it, it had an illustration of a large woman singing. I was worried that I'd then turn into an old woman.

Anon (from grown-ups : getting older)
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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.

Anon (from media : films)
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I used to believe that "foofa" was the F-word in Spanish.

Anon (from language : foreign languages)
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I thought the lyrics to "Single Ladies" were "If you liked it, then you should've put your name on it."

Anon (from music : misheard lyrics)
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I used to believe Sting was my dad in a parallel universe

Jenn Green (from grown-ups : family)
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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.

Anon (from neighbourhood : in the street)
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Not me but my classmate. He thought that stereotyping was listening to the stereo.

Anon (from language : speaking)
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I used to believe that the grated cheese served to cool the dough.

Silvia Spinetti (from food : general)
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When I was a child I used to believe that people died in order of age.

Silvia Spinetti (from death : people)
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I had a different version of the "Everyone but me's an alien" belief. I did think there were other humans and I had to find them, but adults were "good aliens" who'd give me clues as to the humans' location, and the kids were "bad aliens," sent to misguide me and make things tougher.

A very weird kid (from kids : i'm different)
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When people used the word "stationary" to mean staying still, I thought they were talking about the stuff you write with.

Anon (from language : speaking)
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I used to believe that sea lions were actual lions that lived in the sea.

Anon (from animals : general)
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When I was a kid, there was a playground near my place with a spaceship-shaped climbing frame. I was too young to play on it, but I thought that the reason why people weren't letting me play on it was because it was really an actual spaceship.

Anon (from kids : toys)
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In Peter Pan, a pirate says, "Here we are collecting barnacles on this miserable island!", the joke being that they were so inactive that barnacles were growing on them.

Well, when I first saw the movie, I didn't get the joke and I thought he meant collecting like you collect stamps or whatever. I thought he was implying that they were so bored that they could only do silly things like start a barnacle collection.

Anon (from media : films)
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i distincly remember, when I was little, I thought my freckles were a disease. I thought that my fleckles, would fade; it’s a bittersweet memory.

petit gros minet (from people : appearance)
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I distincly remember in the past if I didn’t go to my bed at 8 o’clock, a person would came to my home to take my toys to give them to children in the world and my parents wouldn’t buy new toys for me

Celia (from kids : toys)
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