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I Used To Believe newsletter: May 2005

Hi,

It's all a case of mistaken identity at www.iusedtobelieve.com this month: the princess of whales, Alice Cooper in wonderland and Sir Gornay Weaver, loyal subject to the Queen of spoons...

Have fun,

Mat.

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I used to believe that there was a magical ingredient in birthday cakes that allowed you to age another year, and that's why you had to eat it.
Sean

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I used to believe that kings or queens used a brand new spoon for every bite of food. I would count how many bites I took at dinner and try to calculate how many spoons the Queen would need to eat dinner. And then how many spoons she would use in a day! I still am not totally positive this isn't true.
Anon

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When I was young my father told me that it was his job to pull the MGM Lion's tail and make him roar. I believed that for years and even bragged to my friends about it.
Raised in the 60's

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I used to believe that Mt. Rushmore was a natural phenomenon.
LauraBee

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I used to have this fear that my parents would only take care of me for a short while longer, like until 12 years of age, and then give me away as slave labor, though they were always very caring parents.
MS

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As a child (and, if I'm brutally honest, as a young adult) I used to believe that Sigourney Weaver was an aristocratic British actor: Sir Gornay Weaver.
Ria C

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I used to think that my grandparents were a lonely old couple that used to come and visit my family because they had no children of their own.
Anon

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When I was 6, my older sister told my younger brother that the rabbit droppings that we found in our back yard were Cocoa-Puffs. He learned the truth the hard way.
Jeff

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My father had an invisible jelly-bean tree in our backyard. Only he could find it, at night, and pick the beans. My brother and I were so upset when we found the bag of jelly beans one year when we were looking for Christmas presents.
Hannah

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When I was younger I used to believe that when I was asleep my clothing danced and played all night until morning. I would look through the cracks in my closet to try and see them dance!
veneta

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When I was very young, I thought when someone mentioned piggy banks that they meant keeping money in real pigs. I thought, "No way I'm keeping my money in some pig!" I decided the safest place was myself. My mother soon enlightened me after finding me with a mouthful of pennies.
hydramine

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When I was a kid I loved to eat onion rings, until I realized that they were made with onions.
Beth Pärssinen

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When I was young I could never figure out why I couldn't see the bunnies in the river. My parents would always look at the river and comment about how fast the rabbits were (rapids).
Pat

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I used to believe that Alice Cooper and Alice from "Alice in Wonderland" were the same person.
Jessica Tinch

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I used to think that an air guitar was a real instrument. I though it was a guitar powered by air.
Amanda

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When I was little, I heard some kind of commercial that mentioned a "menstrual cycle". I got very excited because I thought it was some kind of bicycle. First you ride a tricycle, then training wheels, then a two wheeler, then a menstrual cycle. I soon learned the truth when I asked my dad for a "menstrual cycle" for my birthday at age 9.
Lara

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I used to believe that mirrors reflected everything, so if you threw a rock at a mirror it would bounce off leaving the mirror unscathed.
emdeeme

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Diana, Princess of Wales, was a confusing title to a seven year old girl. Unaware that Wales was part of the UK, I thought she was princess of the big, underwater mammals. I wanted to be Princess of Dolphins.
Xornia

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I used to believe that the date stamped on soda cans saying "For best taste, drink by..." meant that the beverage would taste best on that exact date. I tried saving a can of Coke for about 2 years so that I could savor the "best taste." I thought this applied to milk as well, and learned the hard way that it didn't.
Jong

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Due to a father's brief history lesson one cold night, I firmly believed that the next Ice Age was going to happen overnight, with continent-sized glaciers at my door when I left for school one morning.
Amanda

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