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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...

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When I was four and getting my vaccinations, my sister terrified me by telling me what she thought shots were. She said they were a mixture of pus from old people's sores and cow skin that 'They' mixed in a blender and then stabbed into your skin to make you sick.

Lijah (from people : lies)
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For a long time after I had the Sunday school lesson on "God formed Adam from the dust of the earth" I thought parents made their babies out of dirt and the color of the dirt used was how skin color was determined

Elijah (from religion : characters)
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I thought Hall and Oates was Holland Oats.

Anon (from people : names)
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I used to believe that when you throw up, you would throw up your internal organs as well as your food. I would always be scared when I had to throw up and I swallowed my vomit a lot of times because of this.

Ryan (from body functions : being ill)
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For some reason I used to think that Spam (canned meat) was manure in a tin. I became very confused when someone told me that they had eaten Spam and hated the taste of it, because I couldn't think of any reason why they would be eating manure.

Anonymous (from food : general)
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I used to believe that a germaphobe was a "germanphobe", someone who is scared of Germans. I overheard a conversation between my mom and someone on the phone and she said "germaphobe". I would wonder why someone would be scared of Germans, maybe because of their accent or something. I dunno

Anon (from language : speaking)
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I used to believe that Nazis were "not-Z's" and I would picture people in army clothes that have pictures of Z's in a red circle with slash. I would wonder why they are called that.

Julie (from the past : wars)
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When I was a kid we used to watch the TV series "Alias Smith and Jones". I was puzzled for years about why they only told you Smith's first name in the title.

Slaybelle (from media : tv shows)
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I used to believe that beethoven's first name was beethoven. I was proven wrong in 4th grade.

Maria (from people : names)
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I used to believe that earwigs could crawl in your ears and make you deaf. So when one flew into the car on a road trip, I would scream and cover my ears. One time I was eating in the car and an earwig flew in there, I got so scared I threw up!

Laura (from animals : creepy crawlies)
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