Rumor Flies

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Rumor Flies comically addresses the origins, evolution, and veracity of your favorite rumors, myths, and misconceptions. Tune in every week for more research, stories, and unsolicited commentary! Participation encouraged. 

Rumor Flies is a member of the Dark Myths collective. Check out these amazingly talented people and their awesome shows!

 

608 - Food: Deadly Delicatessen

607 - History: I am a Generous Oscar

606 - Body: Concussed

605 - Death: Half Ham Sandwich

604 - Weather: NOAA's Ark

Episode link

"Lightning never strikes twice"
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/empire-state-building-lightning_us_5796c452e4b02d5d5ed2ab59
https://www.nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/lightning/faq/
https://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/news/topstory/2003/0107lightning.html
https://science.howstuffworks.com/nature/climate-weather/storms/does-lightning-never-strike-same-spot-twice.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lightning_strike

"No two snowflakes are alike"
https://sciencenotes.org/no-two-snowflakes-alike/
https://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/23/science/who-ever-said-no-two-snowflakes-were-alike.html
https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/no-two-snowflakes-alike/
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/10/no-two-snowflakes-alike-video_n_4569491.html
https://prezi.com/krnmfvyxdx1i/snowflake-project/

Heat lightning is a phenomenon
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heat_lightning
https://www.nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/lightning/faq/

“Swamp gas” existence
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2005/08/swamp-gas-mystery-solved
http://www.actforlibraries.org/how-and-why-swamp-gas-is-formed/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkEV1i_stD4
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marsh_gas

Opening your windows during a tornado/green clouds mean a tornado incoming
https://www.wunderground.com/resources/severe/tornado_myths.asp
https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/top-five-tornado-myths-debunke/61918
http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/weather/resources/askjack/watorsaf.htm 
https://news.wisc.edu/curiosities-why-does-the-sky-turn-green-before-a-tornado-2/

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603 - Sports: The Five Guys Conspiracy

Episode Link

Bobby Riggs threw “The Battle of the Sexes”  
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Sexes_(tennis)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYB4jsbgDVI
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlos_Marcello

2002 WCF
https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-nbas-greatest-ugliest-series
http://www.espn.com/nba/news/story?id=3436401
https://www.basketball-reference.com/teams/SAC/2002.html
https://www.basketball-reference.com/teams/LAL/2002.html
http://www.realclearsports.com/articles/2014/04/28/did_nba_really_fix_its_playoff_games_97937-2.html

Michael Jordan gambling/Flu Game
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1997_NBA_Finals#Game_5:_The_Flu_Game
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Jordan
https://bleacherreport.com/articles/1516339-jalen-rose-claims-that-michael-jordans-flu-game-was-actually-a-hangover-game
http://ballislife.com/michael-jordans-the-flu-game-aka-the-hangover-game-aka-the-poisoned-by-pizza-game/
https://bleacherreport.com/articles/1608036-michael-jordans-trainer-says-mjs-famous-flu-game-was-result-of-poisoning
https://www.bardown.com/flu-hangover-food-poising-the-real-story-behind-the-jordan-flu-game-1.780692

Cal Ripken Jr streak
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal_Ripken_Jr.
https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/ripkeca01.shtml
https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/the-costner-of-love/

E-Sports Deaths
https://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2013/05/12-bizarre-deaths-that-video-games-caused/
http://home.hiwaay.net/~lkseitz/cvg/death.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Video_game_addiction#Deaths
https://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2013/05/12-bizarre-deaths-that-video-games-caused/berzerk

Starcraft is the official sport of South Korea
https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/boards/939643-starcraft-ii-wings-of-liberty/56438533
https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-asia-35047733/video-gaming-south-korea-s-new-national-sport

602 - Survival: Nuclear Myths

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Air and water polluted/toxic
http://www.atomicarchive.com/Effects/effects14.shtml
http://www.oism.org/nwss/s73p912.htm
https://www.atomicheritage.org/history/science-behind-atom-bomb
https://www.mirion.com/introduction-to-radiation-safety/types-of-ionizing-radiation/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nuclear-bombs-made-it-possible-to-carbon-date-human-tissue-20074710/

Nuclear Winter
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_winter
https://science.howstuffworks.com/nuclear-winter2.htm

Alcohol protects from radiation poisoning
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0278691512007508
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0027510705002848
http://www.ntanet.net/myth-or-fact-will-alcohol-help-protect-against-radiation

Twinkies never spoil
https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/forever-twinkies/
https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2013/07/09/200465360/the-science-of-twinkies-how-do-they-last-so-long

Cockroaches & Cher
http://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/mythbusters/mythbusters-database/cockroaches-survive-nuclear-explosion/
http://mentalfloss.com/article/49752/could-cockroaches-really-survive-nuclear-war

Mutated animals
https://chernobylguide.com/chernobyl_mutations/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INAlUGn0RYg

Ted Taylor lit a cigarette with a nuclear explosion
http://awesci.com/nuclear-bomb-cigarette-lighter/
https://books.google.com/books?id=xitabHpRPQEC&pg=PA114&lpg=PA114&dq=ted+taylor+lit+cigarette+atomic+bomb&source=bl&ots=p0LU5_SGWD&sig=yKeUsAudRl_7vWN89N0cRSBhQZk&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiu2pjp4MLbAhUGHqwKHXzuAU4Q6AEIZDAM#v=onepage&q=ted%20taylor%20lit%20cigarette%20atomic%20bomb&f=false
https://books.google.com/books?id=-1KEClJx4EsC&pg=PA141&lpg=PA141&dq=ted+taylor+lit+cigarette+atomic+bomb&source=bl&ots=7gjHKUNZDK&sig=Ti84Qj9o16DwfR5WXOn1_VDl1Ss&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiu2pjp4MLbAhUGHqwKHXzuAU4Q6AEIZzAN#v=onepage&q&f=false
https://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/05/us/theodore-taylor-a-designer-of-abombs-who-turned-against-them-dies-at-79.html

601 - Facebook Roundup!

510 - Remedies: The Old Fashioned Way

509 - Survival:

508 - Animals: Bad to the Bone

507 - Pirate Myths

506 - Video Game Myths w/ Holden McNeely

505 - Gross Myths: Maggot Brain

Episode

Candiru
http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160104-does-the-candiru-fish-really-eat-human-penises
http://www.americanjournalofsurgery.com/article/S0002-9610(30)90912-9/pdf
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candiru#cite_note-8

Flesh-Eating Bananas
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Necrotizing_fasciitis#Risk_factors
https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/banana-fits/
https://www.pri.org/stories/2011-12-02/mozambique-flesh-eating-bananas-hoax-goes-viral
http://weeklyworldnews.com/headlines/41025/flesh-eating-bananas/

Marilyn Manson had 2 Ribs Removed/Was in Wonder Years
https://www.alternativenation.net/marilyn-manson-finally-reacts-rumors-sucked-dick/
http://www.ladbible.com/more/celebrity-marilyn-manson-did-he-get-some-ribs-removed-to-suck-himself-off-20160617
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0767606/

Pool water "Urine detector" and "cleanliness"
http://www.cbc.ca/news/trending/pee-chlorine-red-eyes-swimming-pools-cdc-1.3127865
https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/piscine-of-the-crime/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urine-indicator_dye#cite_note-snopes-1
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/mar/01/how-much-pee-is-in-our-swimming-pools-new-urine-test-reveals-the-truth

Maggots in the Brain
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2365158/Horrified-woman-27-discovers-headaches-scratching-sounds-inside-head-FLESH-EATING-MAGGOTS.htm
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5127965/Homeless-woman-maggot-invested-head-gets-help.html
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/01/maggots-worms-hair-weave-hoax_n_4191200.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2365158/Horrified-woman-27-discovers-headaches-scratching-sounds-inside-head-FLESH-EATING-MAGGOTS.html
https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/maggot-brain/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cochliomyia_hominivorax
https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/insects-on-the-brain/
https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/ferrero-rocher-chocolates-maggots-video/

Pigs Eating Humans
https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/433815/Farmer-eaten-alive-pigs-shocking-attack-Romania
https://nypost.com/2013/11/29/mobster-left-to-be-eaten-alive-by-pigs/
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-italy-mafia-pigs/italian-mafia-fed-man-alive-to-pigs-police-say-idUSBRE9AR0M820131129
http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20150421/NEWS/150429879

504 - Sports: Get Hoffa my Case!

Babe ruth was fat and ate hotdogs during games
https://vinepair.com/articles/were-not-the-only-ones-drinking-during-a-baseball-game/
http://www.baseballreliquary.org/about/collections/babe-ruth-hot-dog/

http://www.neatorama.com/2015/02/26/12-Facts-You-Might-Not-Know-About-Babe-Ruth/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babe_Ruth#Minor_league,_Baltimore_Orioles

Football pads and helmets do more harm than good
https://chhs.unh.edu/khl/2015-02/keeping-their-heads-out-game
http://www.sportingnews.com/nfl/news/nfl-concussions-football-helmets-risk-taking-behavior-brain-injury-helmetless-tackling-technique-lawsuit/15srtbuzodfbk10tkmhxm8ayr7
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/even-more-evidence-that-football-causes-brain-injury-27116959/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/are-modern-football-helmets-any-safer-than-old-school-leather-ones-52942951/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-no-such-thing-as-a-concussion-proof-helmet-11290796/
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/06/opinion/the-dangers-of-safety-equipment.html

Jimmy Hoffa buried under giants stadium
https://www.npr.org/2015/07/06/420595057/vendetta-recalls-the-ruthless-rivalry-between-bobby-kennedy-jimmy-hoffa
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paper_local
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Brotherhood_of_Teamsters
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Hoffa
http://www.history.com/news/history-lists/9-places-jimmy-hoffa-probably-isnt-buried
http://www.theoaklandpress.com/general-news/20130617/mob-underboss-says-jimmy-hoffa-was-buried-alive-at-dig-site-in-oakland-township

The Football War
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Football_War
https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/football/2007/feb/21/theknowledge.sport

 

503 - Hyper Soy Bois

Here's a link to the episode!

Soy Bois

https://www.menshealth.com/nutrition/soys-negative-effects
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18650557
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18558591
http://www.testofuel.com/tf/does-soy-lower-testosterone/
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/soy-boy-insult-what-is-definition-far-right-men-masculinity-women-a8027816.html
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21353476
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20378106
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19524224
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11352776
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-sperm/sperm-count-falling-sharply-in-developed-world-researchers-say-idUSKBN1AA28K
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auto-brewery_syndrome
https://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/auto-brewery-syndrome-teetotal-teesville-man-6148233

Cooking with Aluminum Causes Alzheimers

https://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_myths_about_alzheimers.asp
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2809081/
https://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_causes_risk_factors.asp
http://awm.com/doctors-now-have-warning-if-you-use-aluminum-foil-stop-it-or-face-deadly-consequences/
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/221971690_Risk_Assessment_of_Using_Aluminum_Foil_in_Food_Preparation
ttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21699960

Sugar makes children "hyper" // Sugar coma

https://www.livescience.com/55754-does-sugar-make-kids-hyper.html
http://www.psypost.org/2018/01/study-suggests-sugar-coma-real-glucose-ingestion-leads-worse-cognitive-performance-50514
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0031938417304328
https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/08/08/540923229/gnawing-questions-is-sugar-from-fruit-the-same-as-sugar-from-candy

Hotdog "spare parts"

http://www.hot-dog.org/culture/how-hot-dogs-are-made
ttp://www.hot-dog.org/resources/Hot-Dog-Ingredients-Guide
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot_dog

 

502 - Snapple Fact Check 2: Camelflage

501 - Facebook Roundup: Bogus Bitcoin

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"Fake News" vs. "Clickbait" vs. "Satire

Finger Circle Arrest
https://www.huzlers.com/man-arrested-after-showing-officer-finger-circle-when-asked-for-his-license-registration/
https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/wj8e74/searching-for-the-man-behind-the-circle-game
https://www.oddee.com/item_96578.aspx

Chocolate will go Extinct in 40 Years
https://www.snopes.com/chocolate-extinct-40-years/
https://www.climate.gov/news-features/climate-and/climate-chocolate
https://www.ipcc.ch/pdf/assessment-report/ar5/wg2/WGIIAR5-PartA_FINAL.pdf 

Facebook Privacy Content
https://www.snopes.com/computer/facebook/privacy.asp#examples
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/facebook-copyright-hoax-copy-paste-copyright-facebook-message/story?id=17811357
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/viral-facebook-privacy-notice-is-a-hoax/ 
https://www.snopes.com/legal/privacy.asp

Somewhere Over the Rainbow is about the Holocaust
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Over_the_Rainbow
https://www.snopes.com/somewhere-over-rainbow-holocaust/ 
http://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/life/faith/2014/12/10/somewhere-rainbow-jewish-perspective/20104523/ 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yip_Harburg
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Arlen

Meth Lab
http://www.decaturalabamausa.com/departments/police-department/
https://www.snopes.com/meth-lab-alabama-walmart/
https://policelocator.com/la/east-jefferson-levee-district-police-department/

Chuck-E-Cheese's Tokens sold as Bitcoin
https://consumerist.com/2016/10/05/chuck-e-cheeses-switches-from-tokens-to-stored-value-cards-annoys-token-lovers/
https://bitcoin.org/en/
https://archive.is/ekQXW
https://www.snopes.com/chuck-e-cheese-bitcoin/

FBI Murder/Suicide
http://thedailyhaze.com/fbi-agent-michael-brown-murder-suicide/
https://www.snopes.com/fbi-agent-murder-suicide/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baltimore_Gazette
https://www.snopes.com/2016/01/14/fake-news-sites/


 

410 - Body: Baldy Finale

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Color of Mucous Indicates what's up
https://www.webmd.com/allergies/features/the-truth-about-mucus#1
https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/dont-judge-your-mucus-by-its-color-201602089129

"The Triangle of Death" Pimple Popping
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cavernous_sinus_thrombosis
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meninges
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danger_triangle_of_the_face#cite_note-9
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cavernous_sinus

90% of Body Heat Leaves Through your Head
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2008/dec/17/medicalresearch-humanbehaviour
http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20130708-is-most-heat-lost-from-your-head

"No Fap Challenge" Results in more Testosterone.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4375873/
https://www.livestrong.com/article/270042-how-is-the-level-of-testosterone-in-the-blood-controlled/
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/women-who-stray/201307/your-brain-porn-its-not-addictive
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12659241?dopt=Abstract
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ya67aLaaCc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSF82AwSDiU
http://www.livescience.com/32445-why-do-guys-get-sleepy-after-sex.html
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.psychologytoday.com/blog/women-who-stray/201503/the-nofap-phenomenon%3famp
https://psychcentral.com/lib/does-masturbation-cause-blindness/

Mother's Father Determines Baldness
https://www.hairsciencescenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/norwood011.gif
https://www.hairsciencescenter.com/baldness-gene-come-mother-father/
 

409 - Animals: Turkettes