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I used to think "an armed person" meant a person without any arms. I grew up during the Vietnam War and so there was a lot of news about "armed camps." I imagined children with hooks standing around the campfire and playing games. (Naturally, crime reports on the news about "armed robbers" and gave me equally vivid mental pictures.

Anon
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i used to believe i looked exactly like michael jackson when he dance - when i was jumping.

sandy.
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When I was a boy my dad told me that they were spaying (by plane) for Gipsy Moths and that I had to wear a paper bag over my head to walk to school. So my brother and I got two paper bags, cut two holes for the eyes and walked to school. HAHA, my dad rocks

Jeremy Clark
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When I was younger, I was watching "Pop-Up Video" on VH1, and Cher's "Turn Back Time" music video came on. One of the informative pop-up bubbles appeared saying something about cross-dressing. I naturally assumed that Cher was cross-dressing in the video, as her outfit was made entirely of strips of fabric going 'across' her body, and believed for the longest time that this was how one could cross-dress.

Annie
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I used to beleive that it was compulsory for all adult women to wear nylon tights all the time. I spent many years dreading becoming an adult because I really hated those tights.

Rachel
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I would run up to my parents with my shoes and ask "Which one goes on which foot?" They'd point to this one goes on this foot, that one goes on that foot. Then I'd hold up my socks and ask the same thing. Instead of saying that it didn't matter, they'd point to each sock and say this one goes on this foot... eventually I figured out how the shoes worked, but the logic behind the left vs. right sock eluded me for a very long time.

Gnat!
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I used to think if I closed my eyes and crunched up into a little ball on the floor, I would somehow camaflouge into my surrounding and no one would be able to see me.

Let's just say I wasn't too good at hide and seek...

I also assumed this position whenever I wanted to pick my nose.

Emily C.
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I used to believe that if I dressed up like one of the characters in a movie or television show, that I could be that person. This didn't work with animals... for example, if I dressed up like Cinderella I'd be Cinderella, but if I dressed like a cat I'd just be me in a cat suit.

Athazagoraphobia
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When we were little my mum used to dress me and my sister in skirts and dresses all of the time. Somehow I got it into my head that this was because if I wore trousers I would become a boy!

jensey
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I used to think the height of your shadow is the height you would be when your older. LOL :)

Kaitlyn
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I used to believe that clothes got smaller if you didn't wear them very often.

Anon
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My little sister used to pout a lot when she was young. I told her that if she kept pouting, her lower lip would get bigger and bigger until it reached to her waist. A few minutes later, I caught her trying to suck her lip back in to make it smaller!

Olufunke
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My mom used to tell me that if I slept on more than one pillow, my neck would permanently bend forward.....until I looked like a hunchback.

Bob
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one of my best friends used to belive when she was a little kid that people were born with the faces they currently had. When she was in public with her mom she pointed to an elderly lady and said allowed "I'm sure glad I didn't turn out with an ugly face like that old lady Mommy,".

R.L.T.
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I used to believe "mixed" people meant they would be white with black spots, like a dog. I was very disappointed when I made friends with a new girl at school who told me she was mixed, and she looked just as normal as me.

Anon
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when I was little, I used to hear my mum trying on clothes in her bedroom 'och, this ones getting tight again, too many calories' she used to say. I thought calories were little creatures that lived in your wardrobe and sewed your clothes a little bit tighter every now and again.

Roxanne
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when I was little all I did was gaze at my reflection. It was sad and it became my best friend. I thought it was real and it copied my every move. when I was little I didn't believe that it was another world but still in our world but the other side of the wall and the person in the mirror was my unbiological twin

Anonymous
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Adults used to tell me when I made an ugly face at the same time the little bell in Rome ran, my face would stay that way forever. One of the teachers at ellementary school had weird lips and I wondered that might be because she was showing an ugly face when the bell in Rome rang.

Anon
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When I was young(I don't remember exactly how young) I asked my sister, who was two years older than me, why some people were so fat. After pondering my question she gave me several scenarios.
The one that made the most sense was that apparently, obese people were used for storage. They would carry around food and various office supplies in their guts and walk around office buildings giving them out.
What really stuck with me though, was the explaination that they had a disease she referred to as 'spam.' She told me that these people were addicted to spam and I had to be very careful around them. Knowing that I had(and still have) a horrible fear of vomit, she described how these people would get sick at any moment, anywhere. To this day, I avoid standing infront of fat people.

theoddone
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I used to believe that shoes grew along with you, so as you got bigger your shoes would too. I also thought the same thing about clothes. I remember crying for hours and hours one time because my shoes didn't fit and I though I had broken them or stopped them from growing somehow.

Sara
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