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A few years ago, when I was 8, I believed I could go to Hogwarts. I wrote letters to myself informing me I was a witch and I would be attending Hogwarts. I brought them into school to try and fool my Harry Potter mad friend. She didn't believe me though.
Then, I would go home and pack my suitcase with a witches costume from Halloween, books and a chopstick wand. I would even pretend that my beanie baby frog was my pet toad. I would walk downstairs dragging my case behind me and tell my parents I was going to the station to catch the Hogwarts Express.

Weird, I know.

Hermione Granger Wannabe
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At a family reunion, we had a nice little place to stay with a hottub. So my cousins and I are in the hottub and we have the heat pretty low since it's hot outside. And our youngest cousin decides he would like to hold his breath underwater, but since none of us are wearing watches (naturally, we ARE in a hottub), we'll have to count for him. So we say sure, okay. Our cousin goes under the water. Stays down there for a good 30 seconds or more. When he comes back up and asks, 'How long was I under for?', my second oldest cousin says, "1 Second."

He was stunned and argued that no it was NOT just one second! So we convinced him that time passes differently underwater. What seems like a long time to him while he's underwater is only a few seconds to us above the water.

To this he sat still for a while, then said, "Okay." And tried again.

Rose
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I have ADHD, and when I was in school it wasn't understood very well, thus I had trouble fitting in. I concluded that since I was obviously different, I was therefore an alien. I even told some of my (1st grade) classmates about "my planet" and they believed it!

Glad to be different but not an alien (so far as I know)
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I used to dream that if I held my breath, I could swim through the air for brief amounts of time

Adam
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When we had a nationality-day coming up at school, I asked dad where we were from. He said I was half scottish and half finnish.
We had visited our grandparents (from my mother's side) in Scotland before, but I didn't remember hearing about Finland before.
Our last name is Finn (dad had taken mom's name when they married, he has later on said people couldn't pronounce his old one), so I figured it was somehow connected to Finland, and soon decided, my family has their very own country! I don't remember how long I believed this, but I just remembered it, when we were watching a movie where a woman announced she was the princess of Finland. I was a weird kid.

The Princess of Finland
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Growing up my mom used to pack me a bagged lunch and she would always make sure to give me a napkin. I used to believe that every time I threw out one of the napkins, my mom would love me a little less. So at the end of the school years I always had pockets full of unused napkins.

Devyn
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I'm autistic, and I used to believe taking some of my sister's food while she was eating it was sharing.

Anon
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i used to believe that other human beings didn't actually have lives, and that everyone I saw out of the car window was an actor paid to star in the story of my life

Katie
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I used to believe that I was the only real person in the world and that everyone else was just evaluating me to see if i was qualified to fit in their world

Ji from da 305
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When i was little I use to think that we were dolls and that they i figured it out so they would make me get in trouble. i also belived that flys would talk about me and make fun of me. so every time one landed on me i would try to be nice to it n feed it. didnt seem to work though.

coo coo
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I use to think that I was the only persen that can see, and uther peple just faked it

I also use to think that I had invented X/Y cordinite system

zzo38
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i used to belive that all children were adopted since i was told i was adopted by my parents but no one explained what that meant. too nervous to ask my parents, i questioned the adoption thing with a friend at around 6 years old, she non-challantly said, well everyone is adopted not just you. your parents have to go to the hospital to get you and then they have to adopt you. wasn't til i was 17 that i learned i was in fact adopted although i'd realized long before, that other people just weren't.

arlene scanlan
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When I was little, I thought that everybody's house was exactly the same as mine. Imagine my surprise the first time I went over to a friend's house AND IT WAS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT.
lol I went home and told my mom about it and she was like, "everyone's house is different, sweetie."

Anon
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You know the department store Meijer? Well if you are familiar with it, you know they have a gray and white tile floor that alternates like a checker board. Well, I used to believe that I could only walk in the white tiles. I was convinced that the gray tiles were vats of gray paint and I would fall in.

got that sinking feeling.
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I used to believe that anything could happen or be brought into existence if you just wished hard enough and long enough. When I tried and it didn't work, I just thought that I didn't want it enough or didn't try long enough. Sometimes I'd try so hard and my body would be tense for so long that I'd actually be in pain. Actually, sometimes I still believe it, I just don't try any more because, well, ouch.

Vincy
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I used to believe that if you got inside a vehicle, the world moved, not the vehicle that you were in. But I still wonder what went through my mind when there were OTHER vehicles nearby...

Anon
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When I used to lie in bed at night and hear the sound of my blood pulsing in my ears I was convinced that it was little elves in there, mining the ear wax with their minuture pick-axes.

Indy
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Since I was 3 years old I used to believe I was from another country, it had it name, cities, people, language, and national songs. I used to spend days singing that songs in my invented country language, feeling nostalgical and saying to other people I can't wait to go back...

Aleksina
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One time, when I was 6 or 7, I was standing in my hallway, looking into a room at a weird angle. I didn't realize that your eyes were in two different places, so you'd get two different perspectives, so when I closed one eye and I only saw a wall, and then closed the other eye and saw into the room, I was convinced I could see through walls. I began bragging to my brother, and got really frustrated when I couldn't recreate the results...

x-ray vision
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Once, when I took a shower, I saw that the water "Coming out" of my fingertips.

I was just like: "I'm magical."

So I saw an episode of "H2O,Just add water," and saw how they could control water. I was convinced for so long that I was some mermaid magic person.

Anon
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