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I Used To Believe newsletter: April 2008

Hi,

Do you remember the characters Jabberwocky in Star Wars or Pinny the Po Fu in the A-Team? In this month's beliefs, there's more to popular culture than meets the eye, including the alluring Darth Vader look which is irresistible to women.

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 we were younger, both my sister and I thought that Mr T was saying "I'm pinny the po fu. Don't eat my cereal". Actually he was saying "I pity the poor fool who don't eat my cereal."
KurtIsTheCoolest

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When I was a kid, I thought there was a country where they spoke Pig Latin.
keyboardplayer

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I used to think that 'Nerds' candy (basically sugar coated in flavoring) would make your eyesight so poor that you would have to wear glasses, and that was why they often call people with glasses nerds.
Duran Artora

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As a kid I always thought every coin and dollar was called "money", and the denomination didn't matter. So a five dollar bill and two quarters was "three moneys".
Annalisa

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When I was little my dad told me there were little squirrel-like critters that ran through the woods. Whenever someone wanted some pepperoni they would go into the woods, catch these animals and cut off their tails which were made completely of pepperoni. But not to worry, it didn't hurt them a bit and their tails grew back within a month.
Joy

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I used to think that if you put your nose in the middle of a daffodil, it would close like a Venus fly trap and bite your nose off.
rab1993

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There were ghosts in my basement so if I had to go down there at night for some ghastly reason I would sing the Ghostbusters theme song at the top of my lungs, because I figured it would scare them away long enough to do whatever errand I had to do down there before running back up the stairs.
Steve

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In Edwin McCain's song "I'll Be" there's a part where he goes "I'll be captivated". As a kid, I always thought he was saying "I'll be Captain Vader". I envisioned a guy dressing up like Darth Vader in an effort to impress the girl of his dreams.
Kat

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I used to think that "Jabberwocky" was a character from Star Wars.
Katya

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When me and my sister were kids, we thought all food had to either be a vegetable or an animal. One day at dinner we had pizza and got into an argument over whether it was vegetable or animal. I said it was a vegetable, and pictured things like watermelons growing on trees which you could slice into pizzas. But my sister said pizza was an animal. I don't know how she could've thought that, but it's funny to imagine little pizzas on legs running around...
Anon

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I used to think that whenever someone called another person, only the receiver needed a telephone and the caller just talked into the air.
Anon

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When I was a very young girl I talked a lot and people made me feel bad by saying that I should talk less. My grandmother told me "Don't worry - people who talk a lot never have bad breath because germs can't live in a mouth that is always moving." I always thought that the priest at my church had very bad breath so I proceeded to tell him that he should talk more so his breath wouldn't stink so much :( Needless to say I got in trouble.
Noel

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When I was a kid, I thought Van Morrison's Brown Eyed Girl started with "Hey there amigos!" The line is actually "Hey where did we go". I always wondered who the amigos were!
Patti

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When I was little my mom told me to look "up and down" before crossing the street so I would look up at the sky and down at the ground and THEN look left and right for any cars!
Anne Marie

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My brothers told me that if you pinched your nose and closed your mouth, you could breathe out your ears. It looked so easy when they showed me, but I could never do it!
Anon

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When I was little, I was in the hurdles event in elementary school. One day I was outside with my mom and I jumped over the dog. My mom told me that the dog would shrink if I did, so from that day on I would jump backwards over the dog to keep it from shrinking.
jack jump over the shrinking dog! :)

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I was having a conversation with my grandma one day about historical events she lived through and whatnot, and she told me she was in a class when JFK was shot (she was about 14) and she couldn't understand why everyone was upset. She thought "assassinated" meant to win an award.
Kayla

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After reading "The Frog Prince," I tried to treat all frogs with respect, should one of them become a prince again and punish me for mistreating him as a frog.
Sarah

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When my mom was little, her dad was talking to her about tornadoes. Apparently my mom didn't know what a tornado was and actually believed a tornado was a bird. She asked her dad: if a tornado came through the window, could she shoot it? He laughed and said that she could but it wouldn't help any.
Hazl

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I used to think that if you kept the volume turned off on the television set it would explode.
kath

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