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I Used To Believe newsletter: May 2009

Hi,

This month, telling the time turns out to be a lot less exciting and important than it first appears to be. On the plus side, stereos aren't as bad as one of our contributors thought...

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 used to believe and argue with my neighbor friend that our house was positioned exactly in the centre of the world and that hers was just off. When I checked my "fact" with my dad he confirmed that I was right, which I was pleased about, but added that any spot you pick is in the centre, it's just how you look at it. I didn't mention that last bit to my friend.
Rina

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I used to go to the airport and watch the planes take off and land with my father. I asked why the planes always had red flashing lights on top of them when they were taking off. He told me those were the airplanes that checked your speed from the air, and the flashing red light meant they going after someone they caught speeding.
Dope

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I thought the bass and treble knob on the car radio said bass and terrible. I always wondered why would anyone set it so that if it sounded terrible.
Eindrek

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I was 14 years old and my mother was talking about Veterans Day coming up. I looked at her and said "ya know mom, I've never understood why they have a day to celebrate Veterinarians... I mean it's great that they take care of animals but why is it so special to everyone?" My mom started laughing so hard I thought she was going to pee her pants - literally rolling on the ground. Took her about 30 minutes before she would explain that I was wrong... I felt like an idiot!
Anon

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I had a long pink dress I used to wear all the time, and I convinced my sister that this dress had stairs in it to help you find your way when you pulled it over your head because it was so long. When the dress was passed down to her I managed to make her believe that she just wasn't looking in the right place.
Ixolite

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When my sister was in grade 8 she had to do an essay on the effects of smoking. She did lots of research, and read somewhere that minors weren't allowed to buy cigarettes. When she read me her essay, she said: "Miners aren't allowed to buy cigarettes because if they smoked in the mines, they would suffocate and could cause an explosion."
miner

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I used to believe that when you were hungry, if you took too long to get something to eat, your stomach would start to digest itself. Because of this belief, it used to scare me when my stomach would start to growl, since I thought it was only a matter of time before my stomach started to "eat" itself.
Anon

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I had a lot of pet reptiles when I was a kid. When I got my first really awful sunburn and started peeling, I thought I was just shedding my skin.
JR

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I used to believe hot dogs are made out of the rubber from old tennis shoes and band aids (it gives hot dogs that pinky, flesh color).
Anon

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When I was a kid, I used to think that cashcards had money in them... literally. At an ATM machine they would split open and seal back again.
Anon

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I used to think that a dual carriageway was a "jewel carriageway" studded with diamonds, rubies and sapphires! Then one day on a journey my mum said something to my dad about stopping for our picnic lunch, and he said "Wait till we get off this dual carriageway." I realised we were actually on one, and not a diamond in sight. It was a terrible disappointment. I've never got over it.
Shoshi

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When I was a child, I used to believe that a "million" was a big bag full of coins.
Kafka

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When I was little my dad was stationed in Okinawa, and whenever he came back, he'd tell me about how he'd had lunch with Godzilla. I firmly and solidly believed this, and would tell my friends at school. I even threw a rock at a 6th grader for saying my dad made it up!
Robb

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When I was 6 years old, I thought that if I tied about 100 balloons from a rope and got on the other end of it, I'd fly. The single thing that didn't made me jump from a building with 8 levels was the thought: what if there are too many balloons and they took me up into the sky and I never came down again?
Alexandru Fronie

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My sister told me that spiders lived in light switches. I was afraid of the dark and spiders so you can see my dilemma. I believed it for years.
Tracey

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I thought if you had a clock you could control time. I learned the truth when one day I got a clock as a present and asked how to do it :)
Nate

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I thought that when somebody asked the time, they meant the precise second. So, when somebody asked the time, I would reply "It's 2:43 and 10 seconds . . . now!"
Anon

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When I was young, I thought menopause was a button on the VCR.
JWags

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I used to believe that the big white ovals on killer whale faces were their eyes, until a year ago. I'm 20 now, and I've been to Sea World twice.
BEM

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When I was five, I asked my Nan why birds jumped and people walked and she told me that if birds walked (or their legs moved independently of one another) their brains would explode. I believed that until a year ago. I'm 25.
Abi

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