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I Used To Believe is a funny and bizarre collection of ideas that adults thought were true when they were children. It will remind you what it was like to be a child, fascinated and horrified by the world in equal parts. The following pages will reassure you that the things you used to believe weren't so strange after all...

You can add your own to the site. If you think your beliefs were strange, check out our most common beliefs and discover that you're not alone!

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I thought marshmallows were a "fruit" which they picked off from bushes, then bought at the store. I think this came from seeing cotton growing in the fields on a Georgia vacation when I was 3 or 4.

I explained this to my uncle (a farmer) when I was in kindergarten and he laughed so hard I thought he was going to have a coronary.

Myron (from food : general)
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The band Garbage' Song: Only happy when it rains when Shirley Manson sings the part ' I didn't accidentally tell you that '

I always seem to hear ' To get the message to you behind your back'

I was 17 when I first heard this song now I'm 26
Still hear that part of the song as my version :-)

Anon (from music : misheard lyrics)
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Reading the newspaper one day I came across the word rape. I asked my father what it meant. He replied to me that it was a sort of a salt. His manner didn't invite further questions. It was not until many years later that I understood that he had said assault.

alikat (from language : reading)
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This goes back to the early 50's. I remember asking my mother how the radio worked (before we had a TV). She said it worked with tubes. I puzzled with that and I imagined a room with walls of tiny hoses or tubes that the announcers spoke into. The tubes must have carried their voices to each person's radio. I had to believe it - my mother told me it was so!

Tim C. in London Canada (from at home : around the house)
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When I was younger, my father travelled a lot. He once told me that he was going to Blackpool. I thought that it was a pool that had got so dirty that the water had turned black and because nobody wanted to clean it, they made it a tourist attraction.

Anon (from the world : places)
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When I was younger, I was rather inventive and imaginative. I wanted to solve poverty by inventing ' a game device that cloned money from DNA'. I was blissfully unaware of the giant hole in my invention for many years and sad when the teuth came about. All I wanted was to solve poverty...

Anon (from the world : money)
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For years, I was convinced that the Taj Mahal was the Tajma Hall - which, from my point of view, made perfect sense. City hall. Radio City Music Hall. Baseball Hall of Fame. I've known better for decades, but it will still always be the Tajma Hall in my head.

Em (from the world : places)
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when I was young I heard about people getting very bad concussions and how they needed to be woken up every so often or they could slip into a coma. So, I believed that no matter how minor a concussion, if you fell asleep, you'd go in a coma and die. I finally got a minor concussion at 16 and learned that I didn't have to keep myself awake.

Anon (from body parts : general)
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as a child, I believed that if I put my legs behind my head, they would pop off at the joints in a great big bloody mess. I'm 17 now, and while I know much more about human anatomy, putting my legs up high still makes me irrationally nervous.

Anon (from body functions : general)
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When I was a kid, I used to think something like "what if I'm actually not where I think I am?" Like if I was in my room changing clothes, I thought what if I'm actually in my classroom and all my classmates can see me changing? Then I would get a little paranoid.

But then I figured it probably wasn't true since I didn't see anyone else changing clothes in random places.

earth to mama (from kids : i'm different)
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