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I Used To Believe newsletter: October 2010

Hi,

We've got a few car problems this month - how they're powered, where they're fixed, and where it's safe to park them without being smashed by trolls.

Have fun,

Mat.

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When I was little I thought that saying sex would cause something bad to happen so my brother and friends would whisper S.E.X. behind the pond so we wouldn't get caught.
Kyarsten

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When I was little, I believed the gas people put in their cars would be blown out of the exhaust pipe and that was what made the car move.
Anon

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When I was about 5, I thought body shops were where people when when they broke an arm or leg. I imagined racks of arms and legs hanging from the ceiling. If you broke something, you went to the body shop and they replaced it. The cast was because it was healing together. I was terrified because they looked to be such filthy places and I couldn't imagine that car bodies were important enough to have whole shops named for them.
Jenna

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I used to believe that every time I saw a stretched limo it was either 1. Madonna (or) 2. Michael Jackson. Apparently those were the only celebrities in my world.
Anon

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When I was little I used to think that adults had a very hard time not tipping over due to their height... I was scared to grow taller.
Anon

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My brother and I used to believe that trolls lived under the parking spaces that say '15 minute parking only,' and if you parked there for longer than 15 minutes, the troll would come out and smash your car to pieces.
emily

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I use to believe I had magic powers to see the clouds move. When I found out that everyone could, I stopped wanting to be a weather woman.
Kt

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My dad used to tell me he had seen every episode of Road Runner, and would prove it by telling me what would happen. Even when he messed up, he claimed he was just getting the episodes mixed up. I believed him until I was a teenager.
Laestig

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I used to believe if a cow laughed, milk would come out from her nose!
Anon

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I thought you didn't have to go to school when it was your birthday.
M_1

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When I was about 5 years old, I was a big fan of Sesame Street. One day my older brother told me that if I took a crescent wrench and closed the jaws of it on my nose and pulled real hard, I could take my nose off just like Bert and Ernie used to do. I tried for an entire afternoon before my mother came home from work and stopped me. By then, my nose was black and blue.
Cort

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Almost forgot about this one. As a child, I hated the tastes of both coffee and stuffing. Sometimes when my sister and I were misbehaving, my dad said, "You know what? I'm going to take you to the Coffee and Stuffing restaurant!" I thought for years that such a place existed!
Anon

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I used to believe that places are colder when they're clean: When I was 7 I came back from London and I told my friend that it's so cold there. And she said "yeah, that's because the streets there are much cleaner than here. It's like when you come back home to a clean house and it always feels colder. Well, it's the same with streets..." The saddest part is that I thought it was true until I was in the 10th grade.
Inbar

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When I was little, I thought you had to put a finger under the water to make it hot.
M_2

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A friend when I was younger told me that milk came from cows, but apple juice came from horses. She'd seen it with her own eyes!
Anon

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I used to hold my poop as long as I could so my body could use as much of the nutrients as possible, as long as possible, so I could be bigger.
Anon

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We lived across the street from a restaurant and one day their sign said the special was "Half Baked Chicken" Yewww - who wants half baked half raw chicken!!!
Babs

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My parents would say eat your vegetables, they're good for your motor. So... of course I believed I had a motor, so I'd take my Dad's keys and stick them in my bellybutton to start my motor instead of eating vegetables. I did this until one day my Dad said, if you stick keys in your bellybutton your rear-end will fall off. That's when I started to eat my vegetables.
Sherry T

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I used to believe that being a "stripper" meant that you not only took all your clothes off but that you somehow took your skin off, imagine how shocked I was when people said strippers were hot!
Skinshedders

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I used to believe that waffles were made by tiny elves scooping holes out of pancakes. I also thought that's where doughnut holes came from.
Breakfastlover

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