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I Used To Believe newsletter: January 2008

Hi,

Happy new year!* This month it's a case of mistaken identity for Lucy, Forsythia and poor old Anon who's stuck in the attic.

For more great beliefs visit www.iusedtobelieve.com or get the book of the site, Butter Comes From Butterflies, available from Amazon and all good booksellers!

Have fun,

Mat.

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When our parents went to Las Vegas for the weekend, they always promised to bring back some souvenirs for us. I was absolutely certain that they were really saying "soup and ears," and of course I thought that was a VERY strange thing to eat. Soup and crackers I could understand, but...
Ken H

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I thought the Beatles song Lucy in the Skies with Diamonds was about the Peanuts (Charlie Brown) cartoons. I heard "Lucy in Disguise with Linus." I thought the kaleidoscope eyes were her disguise.
Anon

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When I was younger I asked my dad: "If I let go of a balloon, would it float up to heaven or space?" He replied "It'd pop eventually." I was hugely disappointed, as I'd already let go of a helium balloon that day with my name and address attached to it, hoping that an angel or astronaut would receive it and I'd get some sort of penpal (I wasn't picky). Incidentally, it ended up a few streets away.
Katya

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As a child I always thought that the King of Israel was named "Born" from the Christmas carol "The First Noel":
"Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
Born is the King of Israel"
Allen Uhler

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I used to think eating Spanish rice would make you speak Spanish, so whenever I took a bite I would say "hola".
Anon

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When I was little I misheard the famous lines from Romeo and Juliet. I thought she was saying "Romeo, Romeo where fart thou Romeo." I was confused and thought he just had really bad gas.
Annikka

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Up until I took my grade 2 on violin I was convinced that the string family were literally a family. I thought the double bass was the dad, the cello was the mum, and the viola and the violin were children. I was slightly embarrassed when I explained my views to my violin teacher and she laughed =S
Happy Family...?

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My elementary school was very big on teaching us that litter was bad. I misheard the word as "glitter". When my brother tried to drop a cup outside the window of our car once in a parking lot, I told him grumpily, "No glittering." I imagined that all the litter, if left on the sidewalk for long enough, would turn into glitter. Of course it made sense that glittering wasn't allowed - glitter was a pain to clean up if there was a lot of it spilled!
Gabrielle

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I used to think that being drunk was permanent.
Boyd

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My parents used to tell my sister and I that they were going to "sell us to the gypsies" if we did not be quiet in the car. I thought gypsies at the time were friends of Ronald McDonald (like hamburgler) and never understood why that was so threatening. Needless to say it didn't make us any more quiet.
octogreen

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I used to believe that the capital letter "E" could have as many lines as you could fit in it, not just the three.
Stephanie

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When I was younger, I believed that "Forsythia" bushes were "For Cynthia" bushes, so I naturally took to them as my favorite flower.
Cynthia

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When I was a little girl I was convinced that "anonymous" was someone's name, and that he sat all day in my attic writing books. When he was done he would sign his name and send the finished book through some secret tube to my room. I always felt bad for anonymous because he was forced to write so many books and poems, and also because what kind of nutjob names their kid Anonymous? His parents must have been monsters for forcing this weird identity upon him and locking him up in my attic as a slave.
sheri

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When I was a considerably younger I would see giant oil drills on road trips. When I inquired what they were my father informed me that they were giant grasshoppers that ate cars. I am 19 now and I still can't look at an oil drill without feeling afraid. Thanks Dad.
Megan

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As the daughters of someone who obsessively taped television specials, my sister and I used to believe that to create a videotape all we need to do was attach a label and write the name of the video on it. We were confused why writing "Cinderella" on a blank tape resulted in mere static.
Courtney Imbert

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When I was in kindergarten, I believed that the nuns were really men. One day I stood at the bottom of the stairs and tried to look up one of their skirts to see. The only problem was I didn't know exactly what I was looking for - pants maybe? The nuns were not real happy with me.
Maxie

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I was convinced as a child that the Naval Station was where you got your belly button checked (not sure what for). When my parents said that was not what happened there, my sister and I assumed it must have something to do with oranges.
orangebutton

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The house where I grew up was in a town near a military base. At times they had drills where the planes dropped shells. Until at least age 12 I was convinced when I heard it that dinosaurs coming. What can I say, I grew up in the 90s and Jurassic Park was big - the sound and vibrations were IDENTICAL to the movie!
Gladys

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When I was a kid I was adamant that I was not going to grow up. My parents thought it had to do with seeing the movie Peter Pan, but little did they know it was because I thought grown-ups had to listen to elevator music and always be serious.
Donna C.

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When we would be stuck in a long traffic jam on a highway I thought there must be someone VERY important at the front of this long line of cars and I just assumed that person was Abraham Lincoln.
Sarah Kie

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