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I Used To Believe newsletter: April 2010

Hi,

This month we've had a number of beliefs about space, from night-emitting satellite dishes to stars as holes in the sky (like the ones where rain gets in?) I wonder how many batteries the sun uses up each day.

You can buy the book of the site, Butter Comes From Butterflies, from Amazon and all good booksellers!

Have fun,

Mat.

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When I was a kid I called the articulated buses (the ones that are long and bend in the middle) "accordion buses" and sincerely believed that giants would come to our city and actually play the buses as accordions.
I'd hate to be the people on those buses!

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I used to think Henry the 8th was Henry the ape because he was big and hairy.
Brooke

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I used to believe that satellite dishes made day and night. I don't know why, but I thought when it was night, the satellite dish would release a black sky.
anony

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I used to believe that when football players were in a huddle, they were praying. Dear god, help us win this game. Amen.
Jualie

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When I was a kid I always used to wonder how a train turned to go in the opposite direction. I always believed that there was some huge space where the train could turn around.
Kammy

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I used to think that the Stone of Scone in Scotland was actually a giant scone that had been baked wrong and come out like hard rock. I thought that the Scottish clans used to deliberately bake their scones like this to throw at their enemies - and this was where the term "sconning someone" came from. I believed this up until a year ago. I'm 24 now.
Holly R

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I used to believe that the sun ran on batteries and when it sets, it has run out of batteries and needs to recharge during the night.
Nerd

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My father often went to Texas for work. One day my younger sister asked my mother why he spent so much time in taxis.
Anon

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I used to believe that if I put my head under the pillow the tooth fairy would come, chop my head off, and leave money behind.
Anon

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Because of a poem, I believed that if I always put pepper in my hair, witches would leave me alone, because, you know, they sniff you before they eat you, and the pepper would make them sneeze and you'd be able to get away!
Artha

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I used to believe that each star was like a cafe 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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I used to believe that money literally grew in the bank. Our parents tried to teach us to save money, and they told us that if we put all the change from our change jar in our own little bank account, it would grow. I always pictured the quarters and nickels just growing to larger sizes.
etab

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I used to think that my bones would wear out if I bent them too much. I guess I did not understand about joints. So at night, I would sleep with my arms and legs and back perfectly straight so that I would not wear out my bones. Now that I'm 65 with arthritis, I think maybe I was on to something.
Nancy

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I once got worried at Christmas that Santa would bring his reindeer down the chimney and into the house with him, and that the reindeer would poo on the carpet.
Anon

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In those days before everyone had air conditioning, I had a fan in my bedroom window. And when I talked into it and it made the robot voice, I thought that anyone else who had a fan in their window would be able to hear it... like a walkie talkie? lol
Erin

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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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My dad tricked me into eating cabbage, by telling me, if I ate it I would become big and strong! So strong in fact, that I could sit on any chair, grab the bottom of the chair, and pick it up, thus floating in the air! Still doesn't work.
Sam

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When I was 3 years my grandfather died and a few years later I discovered a hole covered with a metal plate underneath the stairs in our basement. Until I was 10 or so I kept thinking that my dead grandfather was buried in there. Until my parents built a wall there I was scared to hell whenever I passed that hole!
Tobi

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I used to believe that when my parents said it rains in Washington all the time, it rains ALL THE TIME. I was shocked when we were moving here and crossed the border and it was clear. I'm almost 30 and just told my parents this one :)
Jualie

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I used to believe that stars were actually little holes in the ceiling of the sky where you could see the light from heaven shine through.
Sonja

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