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Choose one of the following categories: chemistry, physics, technology, telephones,or view the best beliefs in this section as voted by visitors. Here are the ten most recently added beliefs:

I used to believe that magnetism could "rub off" on you, like dirt or a smell. Like, if you touched a magnet with your bare hands, you'd get magnetism on you. And then, if you put your fingers in your mouth without washing them, you could swallow the magnetism and it would close up your intestines.

To this day, I still feel uncomfortable touching magnets!

Em
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As a kid, I once tried to named as many colors as I could, and I got 21. For some reason, I was convinced there are exactly 4 more colors. I even "discovered" them later, except I still didn't know what they looked like.

AnonymynonA
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Up until was 11 I used to think that in order to get an email address you had to phone up an email address office and they would give you a random address and password

Elsie
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I used to believe that in order to top up a mobile phone you had to open the back and put actual bank notes or coins in it, and I thought that as you were calling or texting someone there was a little mouth in the phone that sucked up all the money.

Madeleine
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I used to think that all chemicals were orange liquids, and that a chemistry lab would have a load of test tubes in it all filled with the same coloured substances. I don't know what I thought solids, gases and non-orange liquids were supposed to be!

Amanda
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When I was little I used to play one of those art games on the computer where you can print out your picture. I didn't know how a printer worked, but I knew there was a wire connecting the printer to the computer. I thought that when you printed something out, the paper with picture you were painting would roll up and travel through the wire to the printer, then when it got to the printer, it would slowly unroll it (when it would actually be depositing ink on the paper) so that it wouldn't tear. I finally realized my mistake when I was about 4 and we ran out of paper, so I asked my mom how to put more in the computer.

Anon
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When I was small I had a toy measuring tape that marked every centimeter (about 0.4 inches). I came to the conclusion that a centimeter is the smallest unit of length. So when something was, let's say, 0.5 centimeters long, I though it's either a measurement error or a pure illusion.

AnonymynonA
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I used to think that when you were on the phone, the person you were speaking to would shrink themselves and crawl up the wire and sit in the handset.

Théo
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My mum believed that cold water would come to a boil sooner than warm water so I believed it too until school set me straight.

Dave
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For a few months, I used to believe that everytime you hit the space bar, more space is generated in the sky and outer space. Maybe it is true, because nobody knows how big outer space and the sky is.

Pachisu
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