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I Used To Believe newsletter: February 2003

welcome to the third newsletter featuring twenty of the best beliefs from the last month. this month we've had our 10,000th submission to the site at http://iusedtobelieve.com, and we've introduced a search tool so you can check if anyone else thought the same bizarre things you did!

see you next month,

mat.

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As a four-year-old with a very large vocabulary, I decided the "Civil War" was the one war where everybody pretended they were nice to everyone else. For example, a soldier would offer the enemy a cigarette, shoot him when he least expected it, and then pretend to be sad about it.
Hannah

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This isn't one of my child hood beliefs, but my Mum's, but when she told me, I couldn't resist but to tell the world. When she was young, she thought that the weekly British Top 40 singles chart, was selected by HRH The Queen, depending on what records she'd been listening to that week.
D A Valentine, Britain

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I used to think our cardboard stand-up of Steve Martin talked to me through our vacuum cleaner. It sure didn't help that my dad hid behind him and spoke into the cleaner hose...
Rat

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When I was little, I was absolutely convinced that if I could just get my parents to attach the furniture to the ceilings I'd be able to walk on the ceilings normally. I still want an upside-down room, and I'm 32.
Marla

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when i was young i used to believe that a walk-in wardrobe was actually a wardrobe that could walk and bring your clothes to you.
Anon

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i used to believe that my stomach was a huge theme park and therefore everything should be eaten in order to get into that theme park! i never put any food in the bin, and if i did i muttered some funny made up language which was the directions of how to get from the bin into my theme park stomach.
abi

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i always thought that a DEAD END sign was where they put all the road kill.
pav

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When i was younger my dad used to take me and my brother mushroom catching. We had to leave at about 6 in the morning so that the mushrooms would still be asleep. We had to creep up the field slowly and throw our coats over them before they ran away.
gullible git

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I used to believe that when animals died they became camels in heaven. I think it came from all the sunday school lessons with the stick-on felt picture boards where they always had camels in the background.
Wiebke

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I used to believe that the inside part of the banana was poisonous, but fortunately the outside part was the antidote, so as long as you ate the whole thing, you'd be fine. I was told this by a microbiologist when I was 9 and believed him utterly.
Janet

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My Mum told me that the Queen used to have an injection every day so that she didn't have to go to the toilet like the rest of us. I always used to wonder why she was the only person allowed to have it.
Derek

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I used to believe that the actors/actresses in black & white films would spend hours sitting in a make up chair having white powder spread all over them and black and gray accents would be added here and there to make them look black and white. i would think 'gee those prop guys must spend a lot of time painting the props/floors/walls black and white!' I never quite understood why they would spend their time doing that...but i soon came to figure that the film was black and white...go figure.
Brittney

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To make a baby a man and woman touched parts of the body and that would make that part of the baby. So if they held hands that would make the baby's hands. If they kissed that would make the baby's lips. They had to rub butts in order to make the baby's butt. There was no doubling up. It wasn't like if they touched hands multiple times the baby would be some octopus monstroid. The parts would float around in the mommy's tummy until it was completed. The parts were good for up to 9 months. So you had to complete the baby in 9 months or you had some parts over.
Green Fool

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My granny always told me that I would grow horns on my head if I lay down and eat..when she wasn't looking, I would lie down and chew my food, feeling and searching for the horns on my head.
Megan

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My imaginary friends were three little dragons - one red, one green and one purple. The purple one was the pest and I was always having to "clean up after it". My mum only persuaded me not to bring them shopping with us by saying that the No Dogs sign meant No Dragons as well.
Rachel

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I used to believe that mirrors were found inside rocks.
Optional

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My younger sister used to be obsessed with the 'land before time' videos and truely believed that the dinosaurs used to live in this 'valley' that we had to drive passed to get to my grandma's house.
Sophie

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When I was a kid there was a Unisex hairdressers down the road and I used to wonder what a "Unisex" was. In the end I decided it was some sort of being, not male, not female, that had to go to a special place to get their haircut. One day I rode my bike past the window and peered in hoping to see one of these freaks. Instead I crashed my bike into the back of the hairdressers car and smashed her brake light: and while I lay sprawled on the ground all of the people from the hairdressers came out to pick me up and explain what Unisex actually meant.
Miranda, New Zealand

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I used to beleive that when you turned 18, you were sent a letter inviting you to a big hall and were given a number to bring along. When you got there, the boys had to line up on one side and the girls on the other. You then had to find the matching number from the other side and that is who you married. I remember being worried incase i wouldn't like the person i got matched up with when it was my turn.
Andy

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My friend used to believe that if you put any amount of money in to a vending machine and then pressed any of the buttons, the machine would just choose something to fall. Then it would decide how much change you would get.
Lights on, nobody home.

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