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I Used To Believe newsletter: November 2003

hi,

in the run-up to the annual celebration of over-eating that is christmas, we've had a lot of beliefs about food and eating: lice, poisoned apples and jellyfish sandwiches - yum yum!

see you next month,

mat.

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When i was little (3 or 4) I watched sesame street religously.. One day my parents asked me to count to ten for them so I started "One,ah ah ah ah , two, ah ah ah ah" and so on.. apparently i thought you had to laugh after every number just as the Count on Sesame Street does.

Chewie

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I used to believe that if you got sprayed by a skunk, you would have to burn ALL your clothes. My mother's friend had gotten sprayed on a picnic once and Mother said she'd had to burn ALL her clothes. I was terrified of skunks because I had some dresses I really liked and I worried I'd have to go home and burn them, too if a skunk ever sprayed me.

Kathy Niemer

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when i was a lil kid i used to think salt was dead lice that people but on there food and i never knew why

jessica diamond

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I used to believe that if you didn't wash apples that you would get poisoned and die. I also thought this is why Adam was kicked out of the garden of Eden. "You know, they should have washed those apples before they ate them."

Anon

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I used to believe that a cross dresser was a person who wore differnt types of clothing e.g. Nike and Adidas---my brother told me this in 3rd grade and i believed him untill around 6th.

Brandi

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When I was a kid, I loved music. I used to sing along to the radio in the car with my parents, and somehow I got the idea that other people would think I was a famous singer and move out of the way in their cars. So if my parents were in a hurry, I used to sing until the car ahead of us switched lanes.

Theresa

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This is my friend's not mine. When she was about 5 she thought that all chickens were children who got a very bad case of chicken pox where they didnt get just the spots but they turned into a chicken!! So when they went to a farm guess the look of suprise on her mums face when she asked "Mummy, I feel so sorry for those poor kids who turned into chickens!, Im glad I didnt get them so bad!".

Charlotte

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I used to believe that the digestive sytem was only for people who ate digestives, and being as i hated them, i either didnt have a digestive system, or didn't use it.

Anon

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When I was about 5 or 6, I thought that when the police told you to put your hands up, that they were going to shoot you in the armpits. I often thought about how much that would hurt. I was about 11 or 12 when I realized it was so that they could make sure you weren't going to pull a gun or something on them.

Stephanie

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I moved to the USA when I was a kid and had to learn english on my own. I didn't understand much about what was going on around me. Lunch time was hell because I was on my own. I knew what a jelly fish was, but I didn't know that 'jelly' by itself meant something. I thought for months that peanut butter and jelly sandwiches served at the school cafeteria were actually peanut butter and jelly fish sandwiches. Needless to say I brought my own lunch on these days.

ricolarno

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When I was little, my older sister had braces. I remember thinking that they were jewels that grew on her teeth, and they were sooo pretty. I wanted jewels to grow on my teeth, too.

a naturally straight smile

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At ages 4-6 since all the kings in my pack of playing cards had beards, I logically assumed that all men with beards were kings.

Gal

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When I was young, like 4 or 5, I could see what I thought were a whole bunch of little dots. In elementary school we learned some basic stuff about atoms and cells and since everything was made up of them and my teacher said they were too small to be seen w/o a microscope, I truely believed that I was the only one in the world who could see atoms and cells. Turns out i needed glasses. Go figure.

Anon

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I was five and I thought that by sucking my thumb I was invisible, I never minded going outside naked sucking my thumb because no one could see me. Mum stopped me when I was four because the neighbours were freaking out

Anon

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I used to believe every object had it's own feelings and if i dropped it it would be hurt. So if i accidently knocked something over i would have to apologise profusely to it to try and make it feel better. If i was around other people i would try and whisper "SORRY" to the item behind my hand so nobody saw...

Helen

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When I was about 3 years old I had pneumonia and had to have x-rays taken. The doctor told me he was going to look at my bones but neglected to tell me how he was going to do it-so I was convinced that they were going to take my skin off.

Rain

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When I was in elementary school my mother told me that sex is when you stick your pinkys up each others nostrils and hum the same song.

Ashley

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When I was about 5, I as writing with a pencil and poked myself in the leg on accident. Well, I had heard about lead poisoning and knew lead was what was in pencils, so I thought I had lead poisoning and was about to die. So I started crying and kissed all my stuffed animals goodbye and reflected on my terribly short life.

Nikki

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When I was a kid, I don't understand what they mean by saying "marriage between relatives is dangerous" because all of the marriages are between relatives in my family. Mom is married with dad, grandpa is married with grandma...

Ozlem

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When I was little, my brother convinced me that the third pedal on a car (the clutch) actually made traffic lights turn from red to green. He would wait until the light was about to change then press the clutch. Sure enough, the light would always turn. I didn't figure this one out until college. Sad, I know.

lance

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