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I Used To Believe newsletter: June 2005

Hi,

The animals in this month's collection of beliefs are enough to put you off pets for life - they're either riddled with albino fleas, foaming at the mouth or dangerous to be near in a storm. Check out the latest at www.iusedtobelieve.com !

Have fun,

Mat.

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Until about 3 years ago I believed that in the song, Mary had a little lamb with "fleas as white as snow".
Amanda

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I used to believe that a granary was a place you put Grans when they got old.
Anon

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I used to think my elementary school gym teacher's name was Jim Class.
Brandon Campbell

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I used to tell everyone that I was allergic to concrete because when I fell on it, it hurt. I have since learned that it's an allergy that has afflicted 100% of the population.
Janette

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When I was little, I thought that each foreign language was just a code. The only foreign word I knew was "oui" so I had a starting point for learning French: Y=O, E=U, S=I. I was dying to find something written in French so I could crack more of the code.
Nin

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I remember watching a television show about how someday the sun would turn into a red giant and burn the Earth up. I thought that meant next week, so for days I kept glancing at the sun through squinted eyes to see if it was getting bigger.
Anon

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I used to be glad that Japan was so far away from America because Godzilla, Mothra and all the giant movie monsters trampled and scared everyone over there all the time.
alpope23

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When I was a kid in New Hampshire, I used to believe that the state motto "Live Free or Die" was not a statement of resolve, but an enforced requirement. I spent some time concerned that I might not be living free enough.
dzur

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I used to believe that if I ate liver pate I would grow a new liver. I ate it like crazy so I could give my extra liver to someone who needed one.
Mojo!

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I used to believe that the numbers that athletes wore on their uniforms were their ages.
Sara

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When I was about 4 or 5, I had a book about Louis Pasteur with illustrations of rabid dogs with white foam around their mouths. One day, a family friend served me blueberry pancakes with blueberries for eyes and a whipped cream smile. I cried softly at the table and told them that I couldn't eat my pancakes because they had rabies.
hypochondriac child

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I used to think a sex change required two people, a guy and a girl, who liked each other enough to trade parts.
Alyce

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My parents always asked their dinner guests if they wanted an aperitif. Up until a year ago I thought they were asking them if they wanted "a pair of teeth".
Anon

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When I was young, my grandmother told me that dogs attracted lightning (it was her way of keeping wet dogs off the front porch). I believed this for so long it almost seems plausible now.
Vicky

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Whenever I asked my mother what she was doing, she'd answer: "milking a coconut". I thought for years that you got coconut milk by milking them like cows. I always wondered where the udders were.
Meghan

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I used to believe that Dr. Pepper tastes like black pepper. I'm still afraid to try it.
Anon

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I used to think you could only eat sundaes on Sunday.
Anon

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As a child, I noticed that puddles contained colorful oil slicks after a storm. I thought that were dead rainbows. I tried to rescue them with a twig but it was too late.
Jennybird

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I always thought 24/7 meant the time period for one day: 24 hours and 7 minutes. I figured there were seven extra minutes before midnight: 11:60 to 11:66. On New Year's Eve when everyone said, "One minute till midnight!" I said "No, it's in eight minutes. You forgot the extra seven."
Mike
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