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I Used To Believe newsletter: November 2009

Hi,

It seems people are already starting to think about Christmas because there were several Santa Claus beliefs this month. You'd better be well behaved as anyone could be on Santa's payroll - at work, school or home!

Looking for Christmas gifts or stocking fillers? You can buy the book of the site, Butter Comes From Butterflies, from Amazon and all good booksellers!

Have fun,

Mat.

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When I was young somebody told me moths eat your clothes. From that day on I was terrified of moths because I thought they'd pounce on me, gnaw my clothes off, and leave me standing there naked. I'm 67 years old and I'm still scared of moths.
lepidopteraphobe

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When I was little, I didn't believe that Santa and his elves made all the toys he gave. I thought that he sent out elves in disguise as humans to buy the toys at stores. My classmate Ryan had large ears, and I thought that he might be an elf because of this.
Anon

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When my son asked for a sip of wine one night, I told him "no, you have to be 21 to drink alcohol." So after that he assumed I was 21, which was great, until my next birthday, when he went around to his school and announced that I wasn't allowed to drink alcohol anymore! I didn't realize he thought you had to be EXACTLY 21, and all of his teachers thought I was an alcoholic!
BOOZER?

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When I was little I thought if you opened up the doors in a car while on the highway they would act like wings and the car would start flying.
Glen

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I have no idea where this believe came from but as long as I can remember I believed that baboons ate through their bums! I didn't find out the truth until I was 20 and was at my parents' house and there was something about baboons on tv, and I said "they eat through their bums don't they?" Everyone just looked at me really strangely and laughed, they have never let me live it down!
scarlett

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I used to believe we couldn't have satellite television because the trees were too tall around our house. Yes, my Dad really told me that was why.
Anon

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When I was four, by best friend from preschool called me selfish. I was convinced that I was some weird species of fish.
Kate

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My little brother was born around Easter, so my parents made us believe that he had come from one of those small chocolate eggs with a toy inside and I had built him from the toy pieces. When my brother was being stupid or made mistakes, my parents accused me of building him the wrong way, leaving important pieces out. Most of the time I was just really proud of my creation, my brother was really cool!
Anon

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When I was little I never believed in the tooth fairy even though it was explained to me. I believed that when I left a tooth under the pillow over night the tooth would crumble revealing the dollar that was always inside it. One time in school a tooth fell out and I put it in my pocket. Sometime in the day it must have fallen out, I lost it. I imagined some kid walking through the hallway the next day finding my dollar on the ground.
Bart M

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When I was around the age of 6, I saw cows walking along hill slopes on the drive from Sacramento to San Francisco. I couldn't understand how they could walk on something so steep without falling down the hill, so I asked my father. He told me it was because on the "hill" side of their body, their legs were shorter so they could balance AND that they could only go around the hill in a certain direction. I believed him till I was 10.
Alysha

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My brother told me that each drop of water that came out of the tap cost 1p... scaring me into massively reducing my water use... good I suppose.
JB

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When I was about 6 we use to go to Los Angeles in summer to visit my grand-parents. They had a swimming pool in the back garden. When I was swimming, I asked my brother why I couldn't swim in the deep end and he told me "Well our family is part mermaid and you aren't enough of a mermaid." So of course I asked what I needed to do to become a Mermaid and he said eat lots of carrots which I hated and still do. I started to cry and when my dad asked why I just said "Daddy I need carrots." I think he thought I was just a very heath conscious child.
Sasha

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When I was 5 my sister and I were sent to the neighbor's house for lunch. A while later, I saw the family doctor walking down our front walk, carrying his black bag, of course. (This was in the mid 1940s.) A short time after that, we were called back to our house, and presented with our brand new baby brother. So I knew FOR SURE that babies were brought in the doctor's black bag. I'd seen it with my own eyes.
Anon

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I used to believe that the Beatles were a band of beetles. I never listened to them because I thought I wouldn't understand what they were saying and it would just be rubbish. My mom kept trying to make me listen to them but I wouldn't budge. Finally she decided to play a CD without telling me. When it came on I said " Who is this?" and she said the Beatles and I covered my ears and screamed!!
Beetles weirdo

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When I was about 7 I stayed with my grandparents for the summer. They kept talking about how they were going to "win a bagel". I just didn't understand why they were going to win a bagel. I later learned they were going to buy a camper, a Winnebago!
Dawn

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When I was little and I saw a sign that said NO STOPPING OR STANDING. I thought it meant about people not cars (LOL). Every time I saw those signs I thought "What do I do now?! Do I crawl,hop,jump etc. to not get in trouble? What if I'm not close to the sign? Will I still get in trouble???!!!" Till this day whenever I see one of those signs I just roll my eyes and laugh!!!!
STACIEBABY

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I used to think that if you could somehow get your hand to take a picture with a camera while you were dreaming, the picture would be from your dream world when you developed it.
Anon

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I used to believe those streaks in the sky (the ones airplanes or jets leave) were made by Mighty Mouse. I always tried looking for him, but I always missed him, since he was so fast.
Nevathena

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When I was 7-8 years old, I believed that the number an athlete wore was a rating on a 1-100 scale on how good that athlete was at that sport. For instance, a player that wore the number 96 would be really good, but a player that wore the number 8 would be pretty bad.
Anon

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When I was little I thought that the people on tv were actually living in the tv and I wanted to figure out how to get in to play with them. My grandmother always asked for her robe when a show was on because she didn't want the stars to see her in her nightgown.
Joannie

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