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I Used To Believe newsletter: January 2011

Hi,

Happy new (Gregorian calendar) year! This month we're considering sharks, with their seaweed stuffing and lethally sharp fins. That's why they frighten people isn't it?

Have fun,

Mat.

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When I was younger, I thought that the pieces of seaweed that washed up on the beach were shark guts. For years, I ran away whenever I saw them, and I wouldn't got in the water.
Lolo

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I used to believe that only people who's first name was "doctor" could be a doctor. I was heavily disappointed with my mother for not naming me doctor.
Bradi

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I thought that when there was a flashback scene in a movie they would shoot those scenes first when the actor was young and then wait twenty years for them to grow up to finish the rest of the movie.
Amanda

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I used to believe that french fries were stuffed with mashed potatoes... but I could never figure out how they got in there.
Nancy

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When I was a kid, I used to believe that ducks walked across your face at night and pooped, and that's where eye crusties came from. I used to try and stay up as late as I could to try and see the duck.
Anon

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When I was little my first grade teacher told me to add a check next to certain things we agreed with on a hand out. She neglected to add the word "mark" next to check, and the only check I knew of was the one my mom used to buy things with. So I proceeded to draw out what a check looked like until I looked around to see why I was taking so long.
Farah

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My mother had dentures from just shortly after she got out of high school. Therefore I grew up watching her take her teeth out every night and of course she explained that she got them when her teeth fell out. Until I was 10 years old I thought everyone's teeth just fell out at a certain age and then you got dentures. I was really bummed when I found out the truth. I'd had big plans to get an extra set for myself with fangs...
Dennis

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I used to believe that when your foot was falling asleep, your brains were actually falling down into your foot.
Anon

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When I was a kid during world War II, my grandmother was a keen knitter and it seemed she could create almost any shape from those flashing needles, of which she had many different types. On finding a huge pair about 15inches long, I asked my Dad what they were for, and he told me, "For knitting battleships for the Navy". Now, as every four year old knows, Dads know everything, so I accepted this as just another incomprehensible adult explanation that I still couldn't really understand. Then I saw my Mum scouring a frying pan with some metallic stuff, and she told me it was called steel wool. So that explained everything - of course you could knit with wool made of steel, so my Dad was right again and my grandma was as brilliant as I always knew she was.
Swanny

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I believed until I was about 14 that when you got electrocuted your skeleton really showed...too much TV I guess.
Anon

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My Mother told my sister and I that the seeds from bell peppers were a deadly poison. We dutifully helped her clean every seed from the peppers that she was adding to the salad. I remember thinking about how so many people must die needlessly from green pepper seed poisoning...
Anon

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I used to believe a honeymoon was when newly weds flew up to the moon and scooped honey off the moon to keep it in a jar forever.
Halli

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When I was little my sister told me you could only eat dessert with a dessert spoon (which was what we called regular spoons) so I spent 14 years eating everything else with a tea spoon except for my dessert then my boyfriend told me that was nuts.
Amy

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I believed that Santa Clause lived on the moon. I mean how else could he see you when you was sleeping?
danger101

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When I first came to the U.S. I was 5 years old and it was winter. A few days into the move to our apartment in NYC it had snowed overnight. When I first saw the snow I thought it was piles of sugar all over the streets. I asked my dad why there was sugar all over the streets, he laughed.
Ahmed

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My little brother used to think that ketchup was made of, as he called it, crushed lice... yes, lice. He had heard it somewhere and was convinced of some sort of ketchup conspiracy poisoning us. He refused to eat it therefore. Any time I, his sister, put ketchup on anything he was horrified and called me crazy :-) Ha ha
Mara

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I used to believe the tails of airplanes cut open the clouds and made it rain. One would always fly over just as it started to rain. Later I found out we were on a landing flight path, and they always flew over...
Anon

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When I was a kid I used to believe that sharks kill by slicing you with their dorsal fin. That was because of its shape and the the way it looked as it slices through surface of the water. It didn't even occur to me then that they actually ate you.
R.Angeles

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i used to believe that z's came out of your mouth when you slept. so for many years i pretended to be asleep and open one of my eyes the tiniest bit to catch those cheeky z's escaping.
Lauren

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I thought the “rec” button on tape recorders said wreck and it would wreck your tape if you pushed it!
Alberto Richardson

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