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I Used To Believe newsletter: June 2008

Hi,

In this month's beliefs we have a history lesson about the great cutlery issue which divided America and the president who led his country through it. How different the world might have been if he'd survived!

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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When I was little I used to throw the lint behind the dryer because I was to lazy to throw it away. My dad told me you could recycle dryer lint for money so I started saving it up for cash. I was about 12 before I realised he was messing with me.
Duped by dad

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My dad told me SPAM was made of Squirrel, Possum, and Mice. Yum yum.
Suzanne

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I used to believe that you could quit smoking by eating cold turkey :)
Loren

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When I was a kid I had a storybook with dragons and unicorns but also kangaroos, so I thought kangaroos weren't real. When I went to the zoo for the first time, I was in pure awe.
Noel

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Until LAST YEAR, I used to think that cellulite was caused by sound waves from cellphones. I was worried about using my cellphone too much because of it.
abby

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When I was five, I thought the band Red Hot Chili Peppers were actual peppers that sang. Every time I saw a pepper, I sang one of their songs and pretended that they were too shy to sing along.
Karma

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One day I was babysitting this kid and he said "We learned about Abraham Lincoln today and he's a bad man." So I said "Why is he so bad?" and the kid replied "He wants everyone to be seagulls." I think he meant equal.
Turn the Page

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Whenever I colored a picture of a person I thought that part of them came to life. I always made sure to color their mouth and eyes first so they could see and breath.
michelle

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I used to believe that if you didn't have a birthmark, you were never really born. I told my younger brother he was a ghost.
Anon

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My mom used to watch Jeopardy all the time. She was really smart, and usually got the questions right. One day I asked her if the people could hear her through the screen, because they almost always said what she said. I told her that she was cheating and giving them the answers.
Cheesynator

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When I was a kid I used to think people that "sold themselves on corners" actually sold parts of their bodies to people who didn't have any. Imagine my surprise when I found out the truth!
Anon

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When I was little, I never wanted to go near Lego sets with flashing lights in case they opened up a dimensional vortex and sucked me in.
Ben

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I used to believe that when people said the "L, M, N, O, P" part of the alphabet they were actually saying "a lemon o' pee", as in a lemon full of pee. I thought lemons were yellow because they were full of pee, and could never figure out why you were given a slice of lemon with water or tea at restaurants. I had no problem with lemonade though - not really sure why.
Abbie

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I used to believe that spaghetti was called "left-overs" because every time my family had left-overs for dinner it was spaghetti.
Anon

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I used to think the Civil War was actually the Silver War. One time in school they were talking about the civil war and I said "You're saying the name wrong, it's silver not civil - they ran out of silver spoons and were fighting for some more." Everyone thought I was brain dead...
Lauren the Silver Doof

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My friend's sister used to think the auto pilot on a plane was an inflatable man like the one in Airplane!
Richard Davies

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I used to believe that if I threw hard enough I could get a penny to land on the moon, after watching a fake story about a wedding ring being found on the moon. So I'd throw money up to the sky. The coins I couldn't find any more I assumed made it.
Daniel Jessome

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My brother thought the white powder used by weightlifters to help them grip the weights was the ashes of the Olympic flame, because at the 1984 games the chalk dust containers looked just like the flame bowl at the stadium.
Richard Davies

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I used to think terrorist and tourist were the same thing. I live in Florida, and everybody always complains about them....
Boo

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I thought a Debit card was actually called a Debt card.
Kilgore

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