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I Used To Believe newsletter: February 2010

Hi,

There are some unusual pets in this month's beliefs, from penguins in the freezer to mice providing a valuable service on the cheese board. Why else would you buy a lobster from a supermarket?

You can buy the book of the site, Butter Comes From Butterflies, from Amazon and all good booksellers!

Have fun,

Mat.

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I used to believe that if I got a pet penguin it could live in the freezer.
Dippingmytoes

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My sister used the think that the number of stars a film got represented how many movie stars were in the movie. She was 23 at the time...
Anon

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I used to believe that the lobsters inside aquariums in supermarkets were bought by people and kept as pets.
Josh

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When I was little, I used to think that the runaway truck ramps on the side of the road were places that trucks who ran away from home could hide so their families couldn't find them.
Monica

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When I was little, I thought some people (I didn't notice it was always women) had naturally bright red fingernails. I felt sorry for them, and was grateful that mine were clear.
Kaye

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When I was 4 my grandparents and I drove from South Carolina to Disney World in Orlando, Fl. Along the way they kept telling me about the vast fields of amazing orange trees in Florida. When we got to Florida we drove through these vast fields, but when I looked the trees were not orange... they were the same color as regular trees... they just had oranges on them. I couldn't believe it. My grandparents were surprised by my disappointment... and quite amused. I still wish there were "orange" trees.
Charley

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I used to believe when I was three that when sausages sizzled it meant they were farting.
Anon

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As a child I thought that when I would grow taller, I'd look down at my feet and be scared because it was much higher up than when I was a child.
Genny

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When I was little, a friend of my mom's had a baby shower and she was invited to come. I thought it meant she was so big that the women had to help bathe her before she had the baby, I decided I'd NEVER want a baby shower.
Donna M

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When I was younger, I had a nightmare about being attacked by monsters who could only be warded off by playing The Beatles. I took this dream to be an omen of sorts, and started playing The Beatles on my boombox every night to ward off the monsters. My parents weren't exactly happy about hearing Revolution #9 in the dead of night.
Beatlemania

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I believed until I was 17 that blankets were inherently warm. They seriously aren't. They don't generate heat at all.
Anon

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When I was little I had a splinter in my foot and I had to go to the hospital to get it removed and the doctor told me he had to rub bug juice on it to make it better. IT WAS IODINE.
Anon

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When I was very young, around four maybe, my mother bought me a book on the importance of brushing your teeth (I was an early reader). She told me that the tooth fairy wrote the book. One day I got curious to see what the tooth fairy's name was. A clever little boy I looked at the title page to see what her name was. The book was written by a guy.
Cye

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When I was 7 my older sister and all of the lifeguards at my neighborhood pool convinced me that there was a thing called a wetifyer. If you turned the wetifyer off then once you got out of the pool you would no longer be wet. I believed them until I finally became a lifeguard myself and asked my boss where the wetifyer was located...
Carly

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When I was little, I used to think that a wedding was where people went with the hope of finding the right partner and getting married there. I was therefore mystified when I first found out that my mum and dad knew each other before they were married!
Anon

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When I was a little kid I used to believe that the handicap parking spots with the Wheelchair on them was actually meant for wheelchair parking. That people would leave their wheelchair there and walk away. Every time I saw a car parked in a handicap space I got really mad at the driver.
Alecks

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When I was little, my mother told me that if I chewed on my hair, it would turn green because of a special shampoo she bought. I believed her for many years.
Anon

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When I was little my parents told me that the holes in Swiss cheese came from mice. After the mice were done eating their share of the cheese, it was our turn to eat it. I didn't eat Swiss cheese for years.
Anon

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When I was little I used to believe that after jail you would be sent to Peru because I thought they were saying fifteen years with "Peru." So when I watched crime shows and they said fifteen years with parole, it meant fifteen years then sent to Peru.
Ky Main

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For whatever reason, when I was young, it was usual for us at my house to get a Christmas tree a little too tall to fit in the living room. So my father would cut off a bit of the top to make it fit. For years, I thought that was what was meant by "trimming" the Christmas tree.
Sophie

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