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I Used To Believe newsletter: January 2010

Hi,

Happy New Year from all at IUTB. It's back down to earth for this month's beliefs. Several contributors expected life to be intergalactic - isn't that what the Space Age is all about?

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 I was very young, about 4 years old, I believed that I lived in the "United Skates of America". I really loved roller skating at the time.
Anon

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I used to believed that Barbara Bush was the first woman ever created because everyone called her the First Lady during the 1992 election.
Kayla

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When I was little I used to believe that the blank pages at the end of the book were for writing a different ending if you didn't like the original ending to a book.
Becca

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I used to play the Rayman game for gameboy, and there was a password system where the player had to enter a code to get to the next level. I once entered a made-up code, trying to get to the highest level, and the screen said "Invalid!" afterwards. I thought the game was insulting me for thinking I could trick it, when it was actually implying the other definition of the word.
c

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When I was little my dad told me I was born with unusually large feet and that since his feet were really small the doctors surgically switched them so that our feet would match the rest of our bodies.
Bigfoot

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I used to think that every country had their own cheese and it was named after the country like the way we have American cheese (there would also be English cheese, Canadian cheese, German cheese, Chinese cheese and so forth) and that we could only eat the kind from the country that we are from. I thought it was illegal for us to have Swiss cheese in our market because we didn't have any of the other kinds of cheeses.
Cassaundra

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When I was about 7 or 8 we had neighbors and all the kids had red hair. They also ate Ketchup on EVERYthing, and I thought that was why they had red hair.
Judy

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I used to think that honey was spelled Hunny like the way Winnie the Pooh spelled it. Unfortunately I lost the spelling bee because of it.
Really Pooh?

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This wasn't me but a work colleague, and it made me LOL. She believed that Star Wars really was filmed in space and all the flight sequences were filmed just above the Earth's atmosphere. She hadn't grasped the concept of special effects in her earlier years.
Debs

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My sisters told me that peanut butter was made of cricket legs and I refused to eat it until I became an adult. Made me nauseated just smelling the stuff.
S.Withers

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When I was around 8, my sisters told me whenever they went to sleep, they turned into animals and went about their daily business. One of my sisters told me she was a tiger, and the other two who were twins told me they were monkeys. She told me to wait for a minute, then came back with reddish stripes on her arm as proof. I believed this until I was 10.
Anon

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I used to believe my middle name was and. At age 12, I discovered that it was actually "ann".
Anon

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In kindergarten I thought when my school library was closed, the library teacher would shut all the blinds, wear a bikini, turn on the radio and start dancing.
bananahead

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I was 3 when Star Trek: The Next Generation first aired in 1986. It came on at 7, after the 6 o'clock news. My nerdy parents stayed put after the news, so I believed that Star Trek was real, space news. I loved the space news after the boring Earth news. I was so devastated when I learned it wasn't real that the Santa Claus truth was an anticlimactic afterthought. I'm now an engineer at NASA so I think it had an effect on me...
Clark

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When I was about 5, I thought that apples were made in factories. Every time I would eat one, I would first examine it and try to find a seam in the skin. It was the most baffling thing to me. My father later told me that we went to an apple festival where I watched the apples go by on a conveyor belt. Apparently that's where I got the idea. :)
Miranda

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I believed I was an alien from Saturn. I told my friends and family that I used to ride my bicycle on the rings of my home planet.
Ves

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I used to think that if you took an egg from the refrigerator and kept it warm for awhile, it would hatch into a baby chicken. I did try this a few times, but each time I would get impatient and return the egg to the carton.
Anon

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I used to think that if the colour of a car was gold, it meant the owners must be really rich. After all, they had managed to make a car out of gold. Now, I know it's just tacky.
Lizzie

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I used to think that body tissue was Kleenex sheets that grew in certain parts of your body.
Anon

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I used to be terrified of colonial men in powdered wigs. I was afraid they'd make my mom and I wash dishes at their dinner parties. This was the most sinister thing I could conceive of, at the time.
Kathryn

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