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I Used To Believe newsletter: October 2009

Hi,

This month we learn the correct etiquette for hanging out with dead people, plus how to take a good portrait of them. Keeping in the spooky theme, there's a great tip for anyone planning a Halloween party.

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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When I was about 9 my mother was shaking down the thermometer, when she accidentally smashed it on my dresser, sending glass and mercury flying onto the bed. She got me very nervous because it came into contact with my exposed skin and said it can "seep through and cause mercury poisoning". For the next few years, I tried to justify my grades in school by saying that I had "mercury poisoning" and it slowed me down.
Polly

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On Halloween, we used to have family parties at my Grandparents' house. My Grandad always used to have a murky fish tank out and would dip his hand in every now and then take out a 'goldfish' and eat it, while it was still alive and wriggling. It was only years later I found out my Nana used to cut up thin pieces of fish-shaped carrot for him and put them in the bowl! It grossed me out for years!!!
Anon

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When I was a kid, I used to believe that the President chose the weather forecast and called the people on TV to tell them his choice, if it was going to rain or not. That's how the weather girls knew what it was going to be like tomorrow. That's what the President was for. I couldn't find any other reason for his existence. I guess I've very been very good at science... or politics ;)
Miss Sunshine

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My older sister told me an earthquake was an animal that hid under your bed and shook because it was scared. She even helped me put food out so it could be my pet.
Cassierooh

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When my Nanny used to point out an obituary of someone she knew in the paper, I used to believe that the undertaker at the funeral home somehow propped open the dead guys eyes for his picture!
Terri

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I still hold my breath when I pass by cemeteries because it is impolite to breathe when other people can't.
Crystal

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After watching E.T., I asked my mother what "extra terrestrial" meant. She told me it was used to describe aliens who had an extra set of testicles. I'm pretty sure she actually believed this herself, since no parent would give such strange false information to their 7 year old child.
acon

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When I was little, my cousin told me that if I licked my feet, I would get babies.
Anon

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Once when I was little I went to a farm on a school field trip. A lady showed us the machine used to milk cows. She put it on my thumb so I could feel the suction. After that I believed my thumb had milk in it.
Anon

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When I was little I wouldn't swim in the deep end of a swimming pool because I thought there were lobsters in there and they would bite my feet.
Anon

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My nephew (age 7) thought tampons were plugs for diarrhoea.
Anon

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I thought that my parents didn't have names at all. I believed that we called them mom and dad because they didn't have real names. I was so shocked when my mom was on the phone and said "Hi, my name is Theresa". I went up to her, tapped her on the shoulder and said "YOU have a name?!"
Anon

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When I was 5 I used to think a goal in football meant that the ball touched the goalpost. I would play this method for a long time.
Anon

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I used to believe Guns 'n' Roses' vocals were from an old lady!!!!
Vivika

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That the phrase "two peas in a pod" meant that when you became "best friends" with someone you were encased in a giant pea.
Siobhaun

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When I was young I used to believe the words 'MADE IN CHINA' on the back of old toys were referring to a company by the name of 'MADEINCHINA'. I used to wonder how much money the owner would be getting every day, to have a company so massive...
Adam

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When I was young, I though burglars wouldn't rob your house if it was raining. They wouldn't want to get wet, would they?
Anon

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I used to believe tornadoes had "eyes" in a sense, because my parents always told me to close the windows and blinds. So I thought if they saw an open window or saw inside your home, they gravitated towards it and would destroy your home. haha
abby

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I used to believe that when you have turned 18 fireworks came out of your head to show that you where an adult. Then you would suddenly shoot up (at 50 mph) and that was your growth spurt.
Anon

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I used to love catching fireflies in jars as a youngster. I thought we could solve the planet's electricity problems by just filling rooms full of jars full of lightning bugs so that we would have constant light without electricity forever.
Jason D

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