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I Used To Believe newsletter: August 2010

Hi,

So that's why Leonardo Da Vinci is so famous - he was such a neat colourer! Now those inflated art prices at auction all make sense.

Have fun,

Mat.

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When I was young, I thought chickens laid nuggets, just like they lay eggs. I was horrified when my cousin told me the truth.
Shelby

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When I was about four or five years old, my older brother told me (in earnestness) that the Mona Lisa was the only painting in the world that was colored inside the lines, and that's why it was so famous. I believed him for quite a long time.
Kelsey

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When I was little I asked my dad what the HOOTERS (the restaurant) was. He told me it's where you go see the owls. I found out when I was 17 that was not the case!
Jessica

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I used to think the alphabet went, "A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, Watermelon, P etc." I always got bored in the middle of the song but I knew it had four syllables so naturally watermelon was the only thing that made sense!
Anon

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I used to believe in 'SPAM' animals until I was 13 years old and read the back of a can. Thanks to my father's wild imagination and description of a beast that had parts from all types of animals, I never ate any SPAM!!
Anon

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I was always told as a child that the cupboard in the kitchen containing bleach, cleaning fluids and other hazardous chemicals contained a monster. However if my parents had told me that there was nothing of interest in there, I wouldn't have constantly tried to find out what the monster looked like.
Anon

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When we are young we don't understand how many things work. I thought cars were operated by magnetic strips under the road like on a toy car track. I was very confused on how the car knew where to go.
Anon

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I used to think the message on some TV shows that said "Viewer discretion advised" meant you were supposed to be discreet about it and not tell anyone you watched it.
Aretia

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Up until I was about 8, I used to think that the bands on the radio were waiting in a line outside the radio station to get their turn to play! Finally it clicked that would be impossible and I asked my Mom - she told me how radio worked. This was the 70's - I was naive!
Laura

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A friend of mine told me that when she was little, she thought that the signs that say "no dumping" meant that people were not allowed to "take a dump" at that particular location. She wondered why people would want to take a dump outside in the first place.
Sara

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I used to believe only black & white spotted cows can make milk; therefore, they are all female cows. The sad part is I didn't realize it's not true til I was in college!!
Mimi

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i used to believe that your Adam's apple would get mad at you and sprout spikes. that's how u get a sore throat.
Colin

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In cartoons, the superhero characters always have a cool pose while flying or whatever. I used to believe when I went to sleep in these poses, I'd wake up wake up a superhero.
Allison

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When I was younger my Grandma convinced me that there was a left and right sock. It took me forever to put on socks til I was about 12.
Mae

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When I was little I heard my mom say she had lost her serial code and therefore could not register some software on her computer. Wanting to help, I ripped all of our boxes of cereals apart, waiting for a cereal code to fall out.
HL

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When we were young, my cousin and I heard her older sisters, most of whom were in their mid 20s, talking about maternity clothes. We were convinced that if you wore maternity clothes, you would get pregnant immediately! We were terrified!
Cassidy

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Once after a long day of fishing I think I was like 4 or 5 my dad said we needed to "clean" the fish so while they were inside at my grandparents house I walked over to our house and grabbed the shampoo and walked back to my grandparents house. On the step in a bucket were the fish we caught. I thought I was doing my dad a huge favor by washing the fish clean with the shampoo.
tiana

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I used to believe, that since I wished upon a wishing well, I really would grow up to be a dinosaur.
Azi

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Everyone in my family wears glasses, and they love to read. So, when I was little, I used to believe glasses allowed you to read. I always wanted to go to the optic in hopes of getting mine.
Anon

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My mother always told me that if I picked my nose my eyeballs would fall out of my head! I knew that when you sneezed your eyes always shut so I always thought there was a definite relationship between one's eye and nose functions.
acon

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