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I Used To Believe newsletter: May 2003

hi,

happy birthday to iusedtobelieve.com! the project started a year ago and in that time we've collected almost 14,000 beliefs - more than we could have possibly hoped for. massive thanks to everyone who has submitted their beliefs, the site would be nothing without you!

see you next month,

mat.

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I didn't understand why the British national anthem was called "God Save The Queen" - so I asked my brother what the Queen needed to be saved from and he said that she was being chased by swarms of bees that lived in Buckingham Palace. That sounded plausible to me at the time...
Anon

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When I was a little one, I believed that when people where on TV having sex, the real actors were replaced with life-like Robots. I thought it was impossible that a real person would ever take off their clothes off while being filmed, so they had to build robots to do the sex scenes.
Big Boi

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When I was young, I thought that my eyes were the eyes of everyone else. Whatever I saw, everyone else saw at the same time, so everyone relied on me to look everywhere. When I was tired in the car, I was afraid to close my eyes for fear that my Mom, driving the car, would crash!
Dave

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As a child I was dragged to the local Church of England church, down the road. Not being particularly religious or anything like that when my parents bowed their heads to pray before the vicar went the speak, I thought the back of the pew they were leaning their heads on was a communication device like a phone and they were chatting the dead relatives. As I didn't know anyone dead I used to try and talk to the ladybirds I'd crushed on the way down. Now I don't go to church any more, those ladybirds probably miss me.
Jimbo, England

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I used to believe that dogs heads were used to make drums. This stemmed from the fact that I once found a plastic drum beater. And my dog. And found that the dogs head made a pleasing sound. I asked my mum, "Are drums made from dogs heads", and she said yes. She says she thought I was kidding, but I believed it for years.
Duffman

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My dad told me that if you added ice to milk you would be poisoned. One time at a friends house his mom added ice and I got up from the table and screamed, "Ice in my milk - what are you trying to do to me?" She stated, "Just trying to make your milk cold." I was so embarrassed.
Ben

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I used to think that the Elgin Marbles were actually the kind of marbles we used to play in the street with, and not great big statues. I couldn't understand what all the fuss was about and why they wanted them back.
linda hurst

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I used to think that when you signed an organ donor card, they would come and take you away and take your organs out straight away. I remember watching my mum fill one in, getting really upset and running off with it and tearing it up! I didn't want them to come and kill her!
Addaperle

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My dad told me the hazard light button was actually for the ejection seat. And we didn't know which one it ejected. Thanks Dad.
Anon

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Because of the family film, I thought that Beethoven was a dog. I once found a book in my kindergarten classroom featuring pictures of "Beethoven's violin" and "Beethoven's piano" and I wondered how a dog could possibly have a violin.
Kitty Kat

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I thought the dog poo in the street was human poo dropped from aeroplanes
Anon

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I thought a "cat burglar" was either a burglar who stole cats, or some kind of evil cat that burgled....wasn't quite sure if I could believe my mom when she told me what it actually meant.
Anon

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When I was young, I heard the word 'minion' for the first time and thought it was a miniature onion.
Karin

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When "Like A Virgin" came out, I asked my Dad what a virgin was. To avoid having my curiosity go any further, he simply said, "It's a kind of Viking". I'm just grateful that that didn't completely screw up my development.
Zeitgeist

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I used to think that eyelash curlers were eyeball removers. I thought it was gross but cool that people could change the color of their eyes when they wanted.
Many Decades Older Now

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I used to believe that the street lights around the country were all operated on one switch, and that when dusk came, Princess Diana would flick the switch and make all the street lights come on.
creepylesbo

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When I was little, before I developed my perception of size, I use to be convinced I would fall down the holes in crumpets so would never go near the things!
Rachel Jones

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I used to believe eggs were a substitute for a lost bouncy-ball. I would try to bounce the eggs on the living room floor, and when they would crack, I'd assume that egg was "defective" and grab another. Eventually, I figured out that eggs don't bounce but I'd still try it, y'know, 'just in case'.
Jen

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