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I Used To Believe newsletter: July 2010

Hi,

Romance isn't dead in this month's beliefs, from the traditional "maybe" that follows a marriage proposal to profiteering on someone's crush on a pop star.

Have fun,

Mat.

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I used to believe that if you cut an earthworm in half that it created two new worms. I was told this by my neighbor after I accidentally cut a worm in half while digging in the ground and started crying. I believed this into my 20s.
Anon

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When I was a kid the D.A.R.E. officers came to my school and were telling us all about drugs, and when the cop got to the part about how dealers often give you free samples to get you hooked, I raised my hand and told him I knew that was wrong, because my parents were always complaining about how much pot costs these days... so yeah, the cops came by the house that night, luckily my folks were fresh out, apparently they had just put out their last joint. I had no idea pot was illegal until that night.
2nd generation pothead

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When I was little I used to be TERRIFIED of thunder and lightening. but my grandpa told me it was just penguins bowling in the north pole and every time they got a strike there would be thunder. I believed him for the longest time.
Anon

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My mom used to wrap our presents and put them under the tree as she bought them. This, of course, made my brother, my sister, and myself question the existence of Santa. When asked about it, my mom said that there were just rocks in the boxes and that Santa came around to put the real presents in on Christmas Eve. This was, apparently, a completely reasonable explanation for us that we accepted for years to come.
Jess

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When I was a kid I always believed if you put nail varnish on you would become a women, I am 23 and I still fear nail varnish.
Anon

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I'm not sure what age I was, somewhere between 6 to 8, & was watching telly and got an incredible shock to see bananas been picked of trees. I had somehow got it into my head that bananas were made of milk and the banana skin was the packaging!
Mark

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I use to believe there were people inside the traffic lights changing them. Every time someone would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up I'd tell them that I wanted to live in the Lights and make people crash... I received verrrry weird looks =)
hayley

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When I was a boy my grandfather told me that I could catch wild rabbits with salt. Needless to say his entire backyard was spotted with paper towels laid out filled with piles of salt. Did come close to catching one one time... LOL
Jay

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I thought pretending I was sick to stay home from school was called cookie not hookie.
Jen

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I never knew why my grandma would stir her tea, so I came to believe that stirring a drink in a circular motion would cool it down, while stirring it in a side-to-side motion would heat it up.
Anon

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When I was about 5 (in the mid 70s) there was a Juicyfruit gum commercial in which people danced around and picked packs of gum off of a giant Juicyfruit tree. I dug a hole in our backyard, buried a pack of Juicyfruit in it, and faithfully watered it for weeks before my mom finally set me straight.
Lisa

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When I was about 10 or 11, I had a HUGE crush on Jon Bon Jovi. A girl in my 5th grade class had told me that he lived in the next town over. I wanted to believe her but wasn't quite sure so I sent an extremely mushy fan letter proclaiming my love to him to the address she provided me. When it got sent back to me marked "no such address" I was mad... I actually paid the girl for that address.
Jasonchic

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I was invited to a birthday party once, and I thought that I had to pay for it. I asked, and after a 'no' from my mother, I was still anxious to keep the invite as proof that I had been invited so that I could give it in on entry.
Anon

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When I was very young I was with my parents on an evening visit to their friends house. I was playing with their daughter when I heard the blender. I saw what looked like an Icee and I very loudly insisted on having some. I quickly found out that looks can be deceiving. It may look the same but a daiquiri is NOT an Icee.
Anon

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I thought that when a boy proposed to a girl, that it was the proper thing to do for the girl to say, "Oh, well, I'll have to think it over", even if she really wanted to say "yes" right away... As a little girl I used to day dream about the time when my future fiancé would pop the question and how I would have to go home and be so excited overnight, just waiting until the next day when I could excitedly tell him "Yes!!"
Abby

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When I was a kid my mom used to tell us "You need to buckle up in case we have an accident" I used to think that if we didn't buckle up it would -cause- the car to have an accident and I would start screaming whenever the car started moving before I got my belt on.
Anon

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When I was younger my brother tried to explain the concept of littering to me. I was convinced that if I dropped one candy wrapper on the ground that I would wake up the next morning and the whole world would be covered in trash and boxes.
Sarawr

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I used to believe that time flies when you're having fun. That meant that if you had a group of kids playing, time would move faster. So when I was in elementary school my friends and I would set a person to just sit there during recess and not have fun because we thought it would make recess last longer.
Time lord

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When I was a kid, I would watch the speedometer as my dad would drive on family trips. When I asked him why he was driving faster than the speed limit, he told me that the speedometer was broken and that he was driving under the limit. I was really concerned that we would be pulled over and have to figure out a way to prove that the speedometer was broken to the police. I didn't realize that he was just speeding until I was in my 20s.
Zakmancrothers

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I used to believe that if you killed a spider, for example stepping on it and crushing it, that in the final second before it died it sent out signals calling all other spiders within a certain range to the spot. So I was always careful, after killing a spider, to leave the immediate vicinity to avoid being swarmed by thousands of spiders!
mc quake

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