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I Used To Believe newsletter: December 2010

Hi,

If it's snowing where you are right now, remember to keep your hat to stop the heat escaping - one of our beliefs this month gives a new meaning to the phrase "brain like a sieve". And if it's raining, don't look up.

Have fun,

Mat.

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When I was little my mom told my brother and I that when you lie your tongue turns black. Whenever she thought we weren't telling the truth she would make us open our mouths so she could "inspect" our tongues. It was so smart because we would always confess before she even got the chance to look in our mouths. I think I was 10 before I finally realized my mom made it up. The woman is a genius because I never lied, and still don't to this day.
Nicole

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I used to believe that a career as a superhero was possible.
Anon

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Airplanes got places faster because it was actually a shorter distance up there.
Anon

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I thought that people wore hats in the winter because you lose the most heat through your head. (That's what they used to tell us.) Which makes perfect sense, because there are all those holes in your head where the hair comes out.
Tess

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I used to think the person who delivered Chinese food came all the way from China to do it.
Savana

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My dad was dating an American woman who would come and visit us every now and then (we live in Chile). I once asked him "Where is she going to sleep?" "In my bed" he replied. "Where are you going to sleep?" "On the couch" he obviously lied... "And what are you going to do after we (my sisters and me) are gone?" "Chat and probably go out to dinner". Concerned about this I went back into my room and searched for my Jumanji board game. I handed it over to my dad and said "Here, you can have it so you wont get bored"
Manuel Parada

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In preschool, I thought that the letter N came twice in the alphabet - W X Y N Z
Anon

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I used to believe that my dad was a lion tamer and that his best friend owned a circus, and that I was going to become the best clown ever. I believed it till I was 12.
Josefina

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I was sure that when it was raining, it wasn't just water falling, there were also worms falling because when the rain stopped it was very normal to see wet soil and many worms on the ground. That's why I always believed if you open your mouth to taste the rain... you wouldn't just get water in your mouth. Of course I never did it.
Marcela Hernández

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I used to believe they used special effects to make movie kisses look real, since obviously they couldn't be forcing actors to really kiss people they weren't in love with.
Elisabeth

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When I was little I used to wonder how people got of streets that had 'No exit.' Then I reasoned that it meant that there was no exit for cars. I believed that you could drive your car in but you couldn't drive your car out, so you had to walk out... I had images of a street lined with cars that never moved.
Josephine

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I used to believe that actors whose characters died in live-action movies were actually killed in real life. For example, in a James Bond movie each anonymous henchman who was shot was a real person who was completely fine with being killed for the sake of the film. I always grappled with the question of how these people would be paid, and I concluded that if the actor agreed to die for the movie the producers would pay off any debts of the family members.
David

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I used to believe that if I changed my clock it changed time for everyone. So I figured that if I didn't want to get up at 7 AM, I could just set the clock back to 6 AM and sleep another hour!
Laurie

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When I was little I believed that Donald Duck lived with my aunt and uncle. They would call on Holidays and let me talk to him. (My uncle can do the voice perfectly). Whenever I came to visit he was mysteriously off at Euro Disney, I believed it until I was 10 years old.
Alex

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When I was 4 I believed that my tears came from my cheeks and when I drank water it filled my cheeks back up with tears.
Tasha

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When I was little I used to race my dad all the time. He was so much faster than me it blew my mind. I was convinced he was the fastest man in the world.
Anon

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When I was young, neither I nor any of my siblings liked the end pieces of a loaf of bread. To get me to eat them, my mom told me they were healthier than the rest of the bread. I was in my twenties before I really thought about it and realized I'd been duped.
Kate

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Whenever I lost a tooth my dad always told me to keep my tongue out of the empty space and a gold tooth would grow. I am yet to have any gold teeth, even though I kept my tongue out of the spaces until I was 12...
Louly

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Fireworks: the sky was on fire. I was in Disneyland for the first time I saw fireworks and kept hiding, I was like "how can people be so stupid not to call the firefighters if the sky is on fire" and was really really terrified.
gengen

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My dad told me a haggis was an animal which lived in the Scottish mountains and 1 of its legs are shorter than the others so it could only run round in circles around the mountain which made them easy to catch. I believed this until I was about 14-15.
Anon

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