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I Used To Believe newsletter: November 2010

Hi,

Appropriately for Halloween we've got a couple of ghost beliefs this month - it seems all they want is to practise alternative therapy and get a good night's sleep.

Have fun,

Mat.

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When I was little, I used to believe that a tree of whatever I planted would sprout. I planted Barbies, crayons, and buttons. And I'd check up on them every so often, always ending up disappointed in myself for the lack of growth and blaming my watering routine.
Megan

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When I was little I had a fish named beebay. When he died, I told my mom to put him in the freezer because I didn't want him to die and that some how the freezer would help. I found him years later still frozen solid in the back corner.
Anon

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I used to think babies where born naked because their mothers were too lazy to eat clothes for them to wear.
Anon

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When I was 11 years old, I believed that when a star breaks, it falls in the sea and is born again as a starfish...
Prem

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My dad used to call the toothfairy and haggle with her a fair price for my tooth. I would always get scared when he would say "$10 dollars or nothing" and beg him to go lower. I once even got a vcr.
P.

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When I was little I was afraid of ghosts and would sleep every night with my arms and legs out so the ghosts wouldn't have any room to sleep on my bed.
Anon

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When I was about 5 I used to flush ants down the toilet thinking it was a lovely waterslide for them! Poor ants.
liverpoolfcx-Jade

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Whenever one of my fish floated belly up to the top of the tank my dad would take it out. He told me that the fish were going to Dr. Fish-a-ma-jig. Not sure why I never realized that the doctor's office was actually located in the toilet.
Stephanie

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When I was a kid I took two showers a day because I thought my hair was a plant and needed the water to grow.
Tim

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My sister told me the ductwork in a restaurant was a big vacuum tube that would clean the uneaten food off my plate. My mom was pretty irritated when she found out why I wasn't cleaning my plate. I really wanted to see that vacuum tube come down!
Barb

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When I was a child I believed that the wind was caused by the world moving really fast through space. The more windy it was, the faster the world must have been spinning.
jules

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We used to live in a farming town, and when we drove by the fields I would see barrels of hay wrapped in white plastic. My parents told me that they were giant marshmallow farms.
Anon

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When I was about 4, my mom had me convinced you had to have graduated from college to date or get married. You also couldn't kiss until after you were married or else you would get really sick. I sincerely believed it until I was about 12!
Cassidy

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When I was young my mother used to tell me that guacamole was actually crushed grasshoppers.
Anon

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When I was young, I used to think that Presbyterians and Pedestrians were the same thing. When my mom would drive by the hospital in our town, there was a sign that said "Pedestrian crossing" and I always wondered why they got a special crossing.
Amy

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I believed that the word "contents" was a verb and meant "explodes". Why? Cans around my parents' home all had printed upon them the same thing: "Warning: contents under pressure". I figured that if you squeezed the can, it would explode. I handled all cans very carefully for a very, very long time!
Rhonda

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When I was a child, the only exposure I ever had to people shooting guns was the classic Star Wars movies. For years, I assumed that all guns shot colored bolts of laser light. It wasn't until I was much older that I learned that real-world guns shot bullets, and only sci-fi guns shot laser beams.
Emily

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I used to think Braille was the language they used in Brazil. I don't think I knew that Braille was the raised dots on everything.
Anon

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At my primary school there were signs that said "live cables buried here" when I was little I thought these signs said "live couple buried here" I thought there was people buried all over my school.
Anon

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Until I was 10 I used to believe that when my foot would fall asleep, it was actually a ghost giving me acupuncture.
Mariah

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