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I Used To Believe newsletter: April 2007

Hi,

This month, newlyweds and hotel guests might find that their holidays don't match the description in the brochure. Let's hope they remembered to cancel the milk because it could be quite a while before they get back... To read more great beliefs, visit the site at www.iusedtobelieve.com .

Have fun,

Mat.

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My sister thought the Virgin Mary was actually the vegetarian Mary. She couldn't understand what was so special about this. She even sang all the carols like this i.e The vegetarian mother and child.
Hannah

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I think this is because of those chocolate cigarettes you can get, but I used to think that all cigarettes were chocolate. When trying to eat one of my nana's as a child, I still didn't catch on, and figured you had to set it on fire to make it taste like chocolate.
Bruno

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As a young child I used to believe "Pedestrians" were members of a religious sect that refused to stop for automobiles, so special "pedestrian crossings" were put up to keep them from being run over. Apparently, this was wrong.
Mike

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When I was younger I thought that if someone "hurt your feelings", that it hurt in the back of the teeth - obviously mistaking "feelings" for "fillings".
jennie

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When I was really little I thought the singer Meatloaf invented the food meatloaf. I hated him because of that, since meatloaf was my least favorite food.
Holly

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I used to believe that "paraphernalia" was "pair of vanilla." I couldn't understand why people would be arrested for having two of a flavor.
Anon

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I used to believe that the reason Ray Charles' back-up group, the Raylettes, seemed to sing the same words as Ray did was because he was blind and couldn't read them himself.
Bill S.

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When I was younger, I must have heard the expression "the British have stiff upper lips" somewhere. However, not knowing that it was just a saying, I thought that British people, for some odd reason, actually HAD stiffer upper lips than most people. I thought they must have very strong facial muscles to smile and frown with such hard lips!
Freezair

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You know how there is MD after the name of a doctor? Well I thought that it meant that all doctors were from the state of Maryland. I didn't realize it was an abbreviation for medical doctor.
keko

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I used to believe that you had to write on huge checks (like the kind they show on TV for lottery winners) if it was a big amount like 1,000,000.
shelly

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I thought that you actually went to the moon on your honeymoon.
Moonwalker

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I used to believe that the song Hotel California by The Eagles was literally a story about a resort. I was particularly fixated on the lyric "You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave." I took this to mean that you could check out, but then you had to sit around the lobby (with your luggage) for the rest of your life.
Poshua

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I used to believe that when an author's name on a book cover was in bigger letters than the title of the book itself, it was meant for adults. If the title was bigger than the author, it was a children's book. I got this belief by comparing my parents' books to my own.
Andrew

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I always thought (up until I turned twelve) Alzheimer's disease was Old Timer's disease, because only old people, or old timers, got it.
Puck

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My father told me that the reason that we had belly buttons was so that we could put salt in them for eating celery in bed. I believed him until I was about nine years old.
Anon

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My grandmother told me when I was a child that if I watch too much television, my eyes would become permanently locked on the screen and I would “be stuck like that forever”. So whenever I watched TV or movies, I would divert my eyes every 3 or 4 minutes or so, either by closing them, hiding beneath a pillow or standing up and facing the other way. There are whole swaths of children’s movies that I still have no idea how they ended or who most of the characters were.
ACD

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I used to believe opera singing was a language all its own.
Rachel

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When I was preschool age, I thought that the firing squads and death squads mentioned on TV involved running over people with emergency vehicles.
Mari

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When in my first year of school, I was convinced my female teacher was really my dad in disguise, sent to watch over me. I thankfully never told my teacher or my father this, because I felt I'd be in serious trouble if I rumbled his secret identity.
Bruno

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As a child, I didn't watch TV: I only heard people talking about it. As a result, I used to believe that there was a children's TV series set in Australia called 'Skippy the butch kangaroo.'
Lesley who didn't watch tv as a child...

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