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I Used To Believe newsletter: June 2007

Hi,

Career aspirations play an important role in our beliefs this month: archaeologists need a strong stomach, super-heroes need a large towel collection and the fire service insists that you provide your own vehicle.

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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I thought that 'eating out' was when you were too big to eat inside the restaurant so they served your food outside.
Sarah

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When I was young I had a plan to shoot big piles of paper up to the sun so it would never burn out.
Waterbottle

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When I was in year 1 there was this girl who had a lazy eye and every day she had to wear a patch for a few hours to correct it. I was convinced her parents were pirates and refused to go to her birthday parties until year 3.
da da dum

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When I was younger I heard you might get salmonella if you ate raw eggs. I spent a lot of time wondering why since there isn't any salmon in it.
navci

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I used to believe that when I cut my sandwich I had a slight chance of splitting an atom in the bread, so every time I made a PB&J sandwich I expected to die within a millisecond and everyone within a half of a mile to get their face melted off.
Samuel

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I used to believe that the electrical socket in the basement could be used like a lock, and using a key you could open a secret passage. Needless to say that was one of my near death experiences.
Zulban

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I was a child in the early 60s when the Cold War was at its worst. We were warned about going outdoors because of high rates of radioactivity in the air. To me it made sense - of course it was dangerous to be outside if radios were falling from the sky! I understood why we had to hide in the basement.
Elin Kristianne Sandaker, Northern Norway

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Whenever I walked through the cosmetic section at a store my dad used to tell me that the women wearing white coats dealt with toxic chemicals. His tactic worked, I stayed away for years.
Mick

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I used to think that Gatorade had little tiny alligators swimming around in it.
SAVE THE GATORS!

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I thought the song was: "The ants are my friends, they're blowing in the wind... the ants are blowing in the wind" so I went around singing that and everybody made fun of me!
Victoria

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When I was 4 years old, I believed, quite logically, that the more medicine you consumed, the quicker you got better. Apparently that is not the case as I had to get my stomach pumped.
katie rose

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Up until recently I thought that arson was a flammable chemical, like gasoline, that criminals used to start fires.
Erika

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When I was 5 my grandparents took me to my first yard sale and I asked "Why do some people sell their yards but keep their house?"
tara

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When I was younger I wanted to be an archaeologist. What finally made me decide against it is that I was worried that if I was alone and found a skeleton, I would scream and cry (and ruin my career).
Anon

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I thought if I ran hard enough with a towel for a cape I would actually be able to fly. Apparently the towels in our house weren't big enough.
kittykat

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I used to mess up almost all nursery rhymes, like Mary Had A Little Lamb - I used to think her fleas were white as snow.
Anon

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When I asked my mother if I would have more siblings, she explained that my father had an operation so she wouldn't get pregnant any more. I assumed she had his penis cut off.
Jeff

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When I was little all I wanted to do was grow up already. Not so I could be older or get more privileges but so I could be a fire engine. No, not a fire fighter, a fire engine: red, shiny, with a ladder, and most importantly a really loud siren.
B

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I used to believe that American football was just men racing each other back and forth on a field and the numbered lines told them where to stop. I figured they threw the ball around to each other so they wouldn't get bored just running back and forth all day.
Carrie

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My name starts with a K, and when I was in preschool we had our homework graded. Every time I received an O.K. I thought I was getting a 0%.
Katrina

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