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I Used To Believe newsletter: February 2011

Hi,

This month we have people considering the sun - all 5 of them - and their dependence on us getting a good night's sleep.

Have fun,

Mat.

On day when I was little, I asked my mom why we always stop at the gas stations and she said it's because the car needs food so it could run. One day I felt bad that the car never got any dessert, so I put some left over cake in the engine.
Anon

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I used to think that after it rained if I stepped on a puddle and made footprints Scooby-Doo would come and follow them as a "clue".
soni

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When I was first sent to school, I was convinced it was because my parents wanted to stay home and play with my Barbies without me.
faerle

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I used to believe that pepper created actual heat, so one day when I didn't want to go to school, I ate about 2 tablespoons of pure ground black pepper, and told my mom I was sick and to take my temperature. She told me as red as my face was, my temperature was fine.
Chad Ringstrom

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In Denmark (where I grew up) a calculator is called something that would translate back into "Pocket Calculator". Because of this I often wondered as a child, how such a device could calculate the contents of my pockets.
Anon

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When I was 6 I asked my Nan how you made babies and so she bought me a book to save explaining. It said that when a man gets excited 'he turns hard like stone'. It took me a good few years to realise it was just one part of the man and not the whole of him. I pictured all these sexually excited men stuck like statues!
Caz

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When I was little, my grandpa had me convinced that telephone poles grew like that in special telephone pole forests. It took me years to realize that he was "pulling my leg" as Granma put it.
Ashley

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I used to believe that, at night, snow and/or rain came from streetlights. I never took into account where I thought it came from during the day... but at night I was certain it came from streetlights.
Anon

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You know how every state has an official state seal? Until I was in SIXTH grade I thought that every state had a real seal (the animal) at their state capital.
Anon

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When I was little, my mom told me that if I slept with socks on they would eat me alive.
Cindy

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I used to believe my dad was the best male figure in the world and wondered why he wasn't president already.
Ivy :)

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When I was a kid, I thought the speed of light was the time it took from when you flipped the light switch until the light came on.
Wil

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When I was younger, I'd be in the car with my parents and they'd stop at a gas station and both go inside, while I waited in the car. I thought beyond a reasonable doubt that they switched keys with someone and the people who returned though looked like my parents weren't them, and I'd ask them where we were going, to make sure they weren't taking me somewhere strange.
Anon

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I used to believe that if you didn't go to sleep, the sun would never come up.
terri

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I used to believe that I could absorb people's secret powers through my lunchbox. So I would point my lunchbox at people and quietly laugh inside.
Mig

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When I was younger I used to believe that each part of the world had a different sun. So the sun in Africa was different from the sun in Europe and when I drew pictures I would draw 5 or more suns in the sky.
Anon

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I used to believe that my dad made the windshield wipers work by winking. Later I learned what interval wipers are.
Ris

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When I was little, my older brother used to tell me that only monsters don't blink, and would then stare at me, unblinking. I thought my brother was a monster for a long time, and still to this day get a little freaked out when people don't blink for a long time.
Heather

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When I was little my sister got a hernia. Earlier that day we had been chasing butterflies around the garden so I explained to her that one of the butterflies she caught had ate his way into her stomach and gave her the hernia... she's 19 now and still to this day has the most irrational fear of butterflies.
Anon

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I used to believe that leaf blowers had an unlimited supply of air in a tank.
Bubbles

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