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I Used To Believe newsletter: June 2004

hi,

this month, the dual nature of cats - miraculous cure-all or furry spies? and bathroom etiquette - what are this seasons's best dressed showerers wearing? find out the answer to these pressing questions and much more at http://iusedtobelieve.com.

see you next month,

mat.

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I used to believe that one of my teachers morphed into my cat and spied on me at home. I was always scared to do anything while the cat was watching!
Emz

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When I was about 5 or 6, I was listening to a preacher on the radio who was talking about how Jesus had died for our sins. I asked my brother how Jesus died and he told me that Jesus had died in a car wreck. I believed that for a couple of years.
monkiesroc

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I didn't know there were poor kids in America. When my old bike was given to charity I thought it would be shipped to Africa and eaten.
Ben L.

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I used to think that the faces on Mt. Rushmore was a natural phenomenon. Of course, I grew up in Canada so it wasn't like they bore resemblance to the guys on my money.
gihrose

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when i was little i went to the beach and there were loads of barnacles stuck to the rocks and i asked my dad what they were there for and he told me that creatures lived inside them so for some reason i thought he meant little miniature elephants and polar bears. I believed that until i was about 9 years old.
Amelia Wilson

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When i was 6, I thought everyone took a bath with a bathing suit on, and I was the only weird one who bathed naked. I remember fighting with my mom before a bath, trying to convince her that I should be wearing my bathing suit. Needless to say, she let me wear my favorite lime green bikini that one time.
duffshay

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I used to believe that until gravity was invented, people used to just float around!
Meg

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When my father talked about Cold War, I used to believe that the Cold War was about the soldiers who were fighting in the wintertime and they were frozen to death. Also I thought that the Cold War was just fighting with snowballs.
Anon

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When I was younger, I thought that the evening wear category of a beauty pageant meant pajamas because that's what i wore in the evening!! I was shocked when I actually watched a pageant one night. To my dismay, the contestant were not wearing nightgowns!
Kaitee

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i used to believe that ''i'm so excited' by the pointer sisters was the most famous song in the world and everybody knew the words except me.
jackie

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When I was little I used to believe that our region had won some kind of lottery and the local news was broadcast nationally; and everyone else across the country had to patiently watch our news, hoping that their region would be selected next. It never occurred to me that you could split the signal into different regions. My brother only pointed this out when I was explaining it to a Swedish visitor who was staying at our house, aged about 7. Quite worryingly, I now work for the same broadcaster in the department responsible for regional broadcasting!
Olly

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When I was a child, my mom would bring our cats into my bedroom to keep me company if I was sick. I believed that our cats must have some sort of magical medicine in their fur that would help me to get better. Why else would she bring them in every time I was ill?
sarah

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When my mum used to make jelly from cubes (you know where u broke the cubes and added hot water so it went all liquidy before putting it into a bowl to set) i used to like drinking the liquid jelly. She told me that the jelly would set in my stomach and that it would stay that way and i would wobble when i walked. For ages afterwards i walked very slowly and deliberately so no one would notice my 'wobble'
lex from england

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I used to think when I feel asleep anywhere besides my bed (like the couch) hundreds little mice would come and lift me up and take me back to my room because in the morning I would always end up back in bed.
LP

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i used to wonder what a beach full of poppadoms would look like after hearing madonna's song poppadom beach... or was it actually papa don't preach???
Anon

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When I was younger, I used to have a lot of freckles on my face. One time, my dad told me that freckles were what happened when cows came into your room at night while you were sleeping and farted on your face. I couldn't sleep for a week.
mafiaprincess

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I used to believe that one day when I would be taking a shower that my bathroom would, when I wasn't looking, detach itself from my house and fly away with me in it still. I had to leave the door open while I showered and check every 5 minutes or so to make sure it was still attached to the house.
VIKKI

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"my sister told me that in order to 'mature' as a girl, there was a store called the 'boobie swop shop' across the bridge that you would visit when it was 'time'.

I had this image of all of these boobs hanging on hangers, and of course you had your choice."
Deanna

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When I was about 10, I told my very gullible friend that I knew where Mars Bars REALLY came from. I told her that my other friend's mum visited Mars frequently and brought down parts of it and sold them off as chocolate. I THINK she believed me ....
starfish

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A friend of my niece used to think that if a straw in a drink had half a wrapper on it, then you were in a fancy Restaurant.
ELB366

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