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I Used To Believe newsletter: January 2009

Hi,

It seems like there are a lot more animals in kid world than in adult world: caper fish, house giraffes and raisin flies. None of those fictitious reindeer though!

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Have fun,

Mat.

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My mum used to say to me shut the door or you will let a draught in, but I thought she was saying giraffe and was terrified that giraffes must be on the loose!
Anon

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I used to believe - until maybe the age of 12 - that the Pulitzer Prize was in fact the "Pullet Surprise," as in, "Surprise! You won!"
joshi

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My roommate who recently turned 23 admitted to me that she used to think capers were animals... you know, like anchovies...
annie

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I was once told by my older brother that flies were raisins with wings. Believing him, I would chase flies whenever I saw them, try to catch them, and eat them! Fortunately, I was too young to be coordinated enough to actually catch flies.
literal

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My brother was born premature and was in an incubator for a little while. When I asked my dad why he was in a fish tank he told me it was because my brother was half fish and the doctors had to make sure his lungs worked well enough for him to live on land. I only found out the truth when I told my mom how jealous I was that my brother could go swim with Ariel and the other mermaids and I couldn't.
Alex

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Aged 5, my little sister asked if you go to French heaven if you die in France. I told her I wasn't sure. She replied "Well I don't think we should die on holiday just in case. I can't speak very good French".
Deb

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When I was about 4, my mother and I were shopping at Walmart when my eye caught a bag of cotton in the Arts and Crafts section. When we were loading the bags into van, I grabbed the bag of cotton, ripped it open and quickly started putting it in my mouth. I was shocked and extremely disappointed to find out that it wasn't cotton candy. My mother gave me a strange look and I lost my appetite for cotton candy.
Mk238891

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I didn't know reindeer existed, I thought they were just Christmas animals for stories.
Anon

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My brother used to say, "Hail Mary, Full of Grapes..."
Anon

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My parents used to say that the police were "giving someone directions" when they had a car pulled over on the side of the road. I wondered how the police knew that person needed directions until I was around 15 when I finally figured out that they were just kidding.
Anon

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I used to think Rice Crispies cereal was made by taking all the marshmallows out of a Rice Crispie treat instead of the other way around.
Anon

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Until I was about 7 I thought movies had life cycles. All brand-new movies were cartoons. Then when they were older they turned into live-action movies. Then they turned into old grainy live-action movies. After that they turned into black-and-white cartoons, and then into black-and-white movies, and then into silent films. All because someone once told me that black-and-white films were "old movies".
aeryn

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I used to have imaginary dinosaur friends. There were tons of them. Whenever my family would go anywhere, we'd have to wait for all of them to shrink so they could fit into the car.
Anon

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I used to think oil patches on the roads was dead rainbows.
Si

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My younger brother used to believe that the only reason I had braces was to keep my teeth from falling out of my mouth.
no-braces-but-still-with-teeth

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When I was a child I thought my father was so smart, I couldn't believe he wasn't the nation's president. I thought if he were, all the nation's problems would be solved in days.
Gui

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I thought that fireworks were a natural phenomenon, like lightening or shooting stars. I didn't find out the truth until one fourth of July when I asked my mom how they 'knew' when it was time to go off.
Alex

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I used to believe that if you flushed the toilet while sitting on it, the force of the suction would pull you in.
Anon

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I believed for years that the sun and moon were the same thing - it just glowed more in the day :)
Deb

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When I was little a close friend of the family told me never to swallow chewing gum because it would make my stomach stick together. I imagined that it would make me look really skinny with a waist only a few inches wide from the side view. That really scared me. I was embarrassingly old before I realized it wasn't true.
Kristin

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