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I Used To Believe newsletter: August 2009

Hi,

In this month's beliefs we explore the perils of growing up - it can be enough to send you through the roof but at least your clothes will fit.

For more great beliefs visit www.iusedtobelieve.com or get the book of the site, Butter Comes From Butterflies, available from Amazon and all good booksellers!

Have fun,

Mat.

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I use to believe that the things rattling around in spray paint cans were baby teeth that the tooth fairy sold to the paint company, and that's how she got her money.
Anon

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I remember I used to think that nobody else in the world had the same birthday as me. Then a girl from school told me hers was the same day as mine. I showed lots of excitement when she told me, but later went home thinking that she obviously was lying. (I was about 4 or 5 at the time.)
Lauren

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Some of my 'little people' toys would float in the bathtub and some of them would sink. As a child, I was convinced that the ones that could float must have taken swimming lessons.
Anon

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When I was little, my best friend went on a family vacation over the summer to Vegas. When she came back, she told me penguins walked down the streets and that they had little pools for them on the corner to eat and hang out at. I firmly believed this and whenever someone mentioned they went to Vegas, I'd excitedly ask them if they saw the penguins too.
H

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I once caught my Christmas list in my dad's office, when it was supposed to be at the north pole. I became upset until my father explained he had Santa's fax number. I was duly impressed.
Anon

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I used to believe that I could lay eggs if I squatted down, shut my eyes and clucked like a chicken. I was so proud of myself thinking that I would be able to feed my family and friends. It was only later that I realised that the eggs I had been laying were plastic toy eggs that my mum and dad sneakily put underneath me.
Anon

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Until I was about 6, I used to believe that when the police gave you a ticket, it was a ticket to the movies!
mari

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When I was little, there were huge woods behind my house that I used to explore. One day I saw someone's old bicycle that was fused with a tree that had grown around it, and I was convinced for years that when people didn't want their bikes, they left them for the trees to eat.
H.

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I used to think when my parents talked that "so and so" was actually a person.
karmely cullen

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I used to believe sex was going to be made illegal by the time I could have it.
Anon

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I thought the bridal veil was so that the groom wouldn't see who he was marrying.
Aretia

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When I heard cricket scores from an overnight session and they would announce 'Australia lost two wickets overnight', I thought the actual wickets (stumps) were getting stolen and always wondered how they played the game when they only had three wickets left.
Sharyn

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My older sisters told me that statues in cities were people who froze to death. I could never figure out why they turned stone-colored.
Anon

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I was convinced that your clothes would grow right along with you. I was happy to know I could wear my favorite shirt forever.
Cho

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I used to believe that motion-sensor toilets were in fact live-feed camera that were remotely-controlled by someone. The controller would remotely flush the toilet when he/she saw that person was done using the toilet. Obviously, I would feel embarrased using a public restroom knowing that someone was watching me as I went to the bathroom.
Tommy

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I used to believe that people never stopped growing. I was very concerned about this for logistical reasons, and it took my parents months to grasp that when I repeatedly asked "what happens when you get too big for your house," I was not speaking metaphorically. For some reason I never noticed there weren't gigantic 20ft+ people around everywhere.
Anon

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I used to think that, when a show had a commercial break, it was in fact over. I would always get disappointed and change the channel, wondering why episodes of Power Rangers never made much sense. My mother assured me that the shows continue after a few minutes, when I was about 5.
Anon

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When I was little I always sat in the backseat of my dad's truck with my head near a speaker. I used to think that there were live beetles inside each speaker playing every song because the only band I had ever heard of was the Beatles.
Anon

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When very young I remember my father driving down the highway. There was a sign saying "Pass With Care" - but see, we were in a pick-up truck. Not being able to tell the difference between "car" and "care" at the time, I thought for sure we'd be arrested.
Jack

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I thought if something was radioactive it meant if you turn on a radio near it it would blow up.
Nate

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