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I Used To Believe newsletter: September 2009

Hi,

Air travel is causing concern this month. The clouds might not be fluffy enough to cushion a mid-air crash, or they might be *ahem* otherwise engaged. Added to that, your luggage could end up somewhere in the mid-Pacific.

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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I used to believe that there was a left sock and a right sock. Every morning my sister would tell me my socks were on the wrong feet and I would switch them.
Anon

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When I was younger I thought germs and bacteria were the same size as me.
Tasha

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My cousin used to tell me he was going to sue me if I played with his toys or did anything else that he didn't like. I believed him, thinking he was going to take all my money. Where the money was that he could take, being 6-7 years old, is still in question.
Anon

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I visited a family friend's farm every primary school holidays and one of their older son's told me that if I jumped in cow paddies I would grow to be really tall. Sorry to say it didn't work. I'm now 40 and just the average 5"2.
Anon

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I used to believe that the people who "colored" The Simpsons ran out of skin-toned crayons.
Anon

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I used to believe that thunder was clouds having sex.
Sally

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I used to think that at some point during every plane flight the plane would crash, but people only died if they didn't successfully land in clouds. Cirrus clouds were adequate, but the best cloud to land in would be a cumulus. Halfway through my first plane flight I got really nervous because there were no clouds, and my mom asked me what was wrong. She laughed and explained. I was six.
David

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Sometimes, when my father was annoyed with me, he told me to "get off his case" about it. For a few years, I always responded "but dad, I'm not sitting on your briefcase!"
kero9x

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When I was five or six I tried on my dad's glasses. Since I had perfect vision I believed that what I saw with my dad's glasses on was what he saw without his glasses. I was so dizzy and ill that I felt sorry for my dad for years.
Hello

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My cousin told me that if you look into my grandma's cat's eyes, you can see the future. I believed it but was afraid of getting scratched in the face by doing so, so I never tried it.
Anon

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I used to think that 'lost luggage' meant it had fallen out of the luggage compartment while flying and landed in the ocean.
Aretia

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I used to believe that everyone had their own special day of the year called a 'birthday'. During my 1st grade Show and Tell, I told my class that I was special because I was born on my birthday!
elizabeth

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You had to wait an hour after eating ANYTHING, even one M&M, before swimming.
Anon

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A motorcycle was started by jumping up and down and bouncing on the seat.
Anon

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I used to think that the second exhaust pipe on certain cars was for the sick to flow out of when somebody had vomited in the car. Don't ask me how the sick reached the pipe!
Tomethy

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I watched a lot of SciFi and adventure TV when I was a kid (a brother who was 8 yrs older and into that stuff helped). One day I asked my mom where the oxygen tanks were. When she asked me what I was talking about, I explained that the house HAD to be equipped with oxygen tanks because otherwise, when we closed the windows in the cold weather, we'd eventually use up all the air and we'd suffocate. But we'd survived many winters quite nicely, so there MUST be oxygen tanks in the house somewhere. Mom laughed and explained that the house wasn't airtight, that plenty of air got in. I was a little relieved and a little disappointed, I'll admit. The house seemed so... ordinary after that.
A Non-Ymus

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When I was very small my parents told my twin brother and I that if we told a seagull our names they would let us catch them. That would lead to two small children chasing seagulls around the beach shouting their names as loud as we could. It never would but we kept believing it would (maybe we were supposed to speak in Seagull).
Anon

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I used to believe that when I drew on the placemats at restaurants they would keep them and hang them up in their kitchens. I was crushed when I saw a waitress crumple my beautiful drawing up and throw it away as I was leaving....
K

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I thought a mathematician was something like a magician, complete with a wizard getup of a robe, white beard, and pointy hat. (The "How Much is a Million" and such books didn't help.) I thought all they did was sit around calculating pi to places so far out that the calculators and computers didn't know them yet. Needless to say, it sounded like the most boring job on earth.
Aretia

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When I first started school I didn't understand that you learned to read and write. I thought you drank a potion then you could magically read and write perfectly.
PotionDrinker

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