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I Used To Believe newsletter: February 2005

hi,

it's been a while since the last newsletter because i'm travelling around the world, but i've settled in new zealand for a while so you can look forward to receiving more of the latest and weirdest beliefs from iusedtobelieve.com . an added bonus to visiting australia and new zealand has been seeing 'butter comes from butterflies', the book of the website, on the shelves in bookshops!

this month many of our entries are from the technically challenged, suffering from telephone confusion and living in mortal fear of the toaster.

have fun,

mat.

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Once, when I was 8, I told my Mom about this weird experience I had where the exact same thing happened to me twice. She explained that it hadn't happened twice, but that I had deja vu. The next day at school, I told all of my friends that I had this weird French disease that made me get stuck in time and repeat things I'd already done.
Annie

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As a kid I believed that the dial tone on your phone was the operator going *oooooooo* all day long. I used to pick up the phone to see if I could catch her not doing it on a break or lunch.
Heidi

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I used to believe that if someone offered to give you their phone number, you would have to actually permanently swap your home phone numbers. I liked my phone number, so I would always turn people down when they offered me theirs.
anonymous

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I used to believe that Venetian blinds came from Venus.
Valerie

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My dad once explained to me that you could actually read the lyrics and melody direct from the grooves of an LP or single. And he proved that to me by singing a few words while holding a record in front of his eyes.
Denis

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When I learned that poet Sylvia Plath had killed herself by sticking her head into her oven I used to wonder how she could have done it. It seemed such a painful, drawn-out way to die. Of course, that's because I thought it was an electric oven (the only kind I'd ever used) as opposed to a gas oven.
k.e

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I used to believe anything that ran on electricity or batteries had a self destruct button - even a simple bread toaster! I was deathly afraid of pressing the button on accident.
zzz man

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When people talked about Stevie Wonder being blind I thought it was a reference to his choice of clothes. It was only when I was about 13 the penny dropped.
Neil

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i used to imagine a heart attack occurring when somebody's heart somehow pops out of their chest and starts attacking the victim. i honestly believed this until 8th grade, when we learned about functions of the heart.
Lub-dub

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I used to believe that special effects in films were done by people wearing camera-proof clothing who moved stuff around on the screen.
M!ke

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A girl in my neighborhood used to believe (we were 8 or so) that if you called the police their job was to come over and kill whoever you asked them to.
Matthew

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When I was young, playing in the garden in the summer, I heard my mum say that the lettuces had gone to seed. For quite a few years I thought that lettuces ran away to sea when they got big.
Annie

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When I was about six I had a pen pal in Colorado. I thought that because they didn't live in a shoreline state they had never seen water before so I would go down the street to the beach and put some water in bags and mail the water to them, attempting to explain what it was.
Danielle

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When I was little my mom told me that Thousand Island salad dressing was made by taking the belly button lint out of people's belly buttons on an island far away.
Sammy D

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My uncle convinced me that the morning fog looming over the Smoky Mountains was caused by thousands of beavers making steaming cups of coffee.
Donnie

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For some reason, I got the belief in my head that armoured trucks (the ones that carry money) actually held biscuits. It never struck me that the security guards and snipers were there to protect anything. I thought they just really liked biscuits. I still associate armoured trucks with Ginger-Mango biscuits...
Felix

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I used to believe that teachers built missiles when they went to the teachers' lounge.
HOLLIS

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I used to believe that rocks could grow. We used to go to the lake when we were kids and on the way there was a big boulder in the middle of a field. My father told me that when he was a little boy, the boulder was just a pebble. I was convinced that every year the rock was getting just a little bigger.
Angie

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when i was little i thought that Navy Seals were actual seals that were navy blue.
Anon

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When I was little I always used to pass by this store that said Welding Supplies. I misread it as Wedding Supplies. For many years I was horrified at the thought of having a wedding, fearing that I would have to buy saws, blowtorches and other heavy machinery just to get married.
J

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