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I Used To Believe newsletter: August 2006

Hi,

A massive thanks to everyone who added their own childhood beliefs over the last four years, we’ve just had our 50,000th! Read our celebratory page and see our top fifty favourite beliefs of all time: http://www.iusedtobelieve.com/50000/ . Here are this month's twenty top beliefs.

Have fun,

Mat.

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My daughter thought bumblebees were baby hummingbirds.
Carolyn

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I thought if someone hadn't passed the Law of Gravity, we would all be floating around in space.
Trudee

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When I was a kid, there was a TV ad for pizza sauce and the jingle said, "Open yourself....some Pizza Quick Sauce. And open your own....pizzeria!". That was the first time that I'd heard the word "pizzeria", and thought that it must be some special type of diarrhea that you got from eating pizza.
Joe Martinez

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Having never seen a naked man except for statues, I believed their private parts were shaped like a leaf. Needless to say, I was quite surprised to find out I was mistaken.
Jen

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Until I was about nine or ten, I believed that the famous Beethoven piece "Fur Elise" was called "Furry Lice". I always wondered why Beethoven wrote a song for lice. Then I figured it was because he lived in the old days in Europe, and that lice were so common that it was the equivalent of writing a song about love.
Nina

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My girlfriend (who's 20 yrs old) didn't realise until the other year that trains have wheels. She'd assumed they were somehow hovering.
SuzieQ

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When my daughter was 3, she saw a cat using a litter box. She thought it was building a sand castle.
Debbie the Bad Swimmer

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I used to think that the right sides of roads are empty in England, since everyone drives on the left.
Anon

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As a small child, I was told of the guards with the furry hats standing in front of Buckingham Palace, and that people from around the world would wait around to see the 'changing of the guards'. I pictured this as footmen bringing the guards fresh uniforms so they could strip down to their boxers and put on clean clothes.
Haley

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I used to believe that whenever I got an F on a test it stood for fantastic.
megan

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When I was younger I was convinced I could control the wind. I clearly remember trying to fly a kite on a perfectly non-windy day by talking to the air.
Lintu Lollypop

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When I was growing up, I always believed that we were fighting apes in Vietnam. I was always amazed that an enemy had figured out how to train "guerillas" to fight humans. According to Walter Cronkite, they were doing a pretty good job, too. My folks always wondered why I was never in any hurry to go to the zoo. If they could train apes, could the lions be far behind?
Doug M

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I used to think that doing a haircut is easy, and letting a trained hairdresser do it was simply a social ritual. The truth was revealed when I tried to cut my little sister's hair.
Anon

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Once when I was playing with a toy telephone, my grandma said, "Is the line busy?". But I thought she said "Is the lion busy?" For the longest time, I thought that lions were telephone operators.
Maria

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I used to believe that Jehovah's Witnesses were 'Hovis Witnesses' who would force me to eat the hated Hovis brown bread.
Jan

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One time my brother asked my mom why mosquitoes bite. She said it was because children are bad.
sue

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I thought that when water was heated it turned into tea. People boiled the kettle, poured it into a teapot and the magic was done.
Giles

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I used to believe airplanes were things that made air plain - like taking out scents, impurities, etc.
Emile

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Until I was in high school I always thought that sign-language was the national language of a country somewhere. I always wondered how they got the attention of people that weren't looking.
Bill Torkewitz

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When my friend and I were little we thought we could make the fire detector go off by wiggling and jumping up and down and trying to act like fire.
wacko zacho

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