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!

 

407 - Gross Myths: "Dreaded" Spiders

406 - Sayings: xX420YoLoXx Edition

Check out the episode here!

"Rule of Thumb"
http://www.stuffmomnevertoldyou.com/blogs/where-does-rule-of-thumb-come-from-not-legalized-wife-beating.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rule_of_thumb
https://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/rule-of-thumb.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0BjpUhPg9g

"Handicapped"
http://www.snopes.com/language/offense/handicap.asp
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=handicap

"Cracker"
http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2013/07/01/197644761/word-watch-on-crackers
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cracker_(pejorative)
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Cracker

"Whole Nine Yards"
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_whole_nine_yards

"Buck"
http://www.snopes.com/language/offense/buck.asp
http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2014/03/dollar-called-buck/
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-b-bradshaw/all-that-moola_b_6007430.html

"Tips"
http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2012/09/what-is-the-origin-of-the-word-tip-as-in-leaving-a-tip/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Backronym
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gratuity

"Saved by the Bell"
http://mentalfloss.com/article/55688/6-widely-repeated-phrase-origins-debunked
https://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/saved-by-the-bell.html
http://www.businessinsider.com/phrase-origins-that-are-wrong-2015-1

"420" (Blaze it!)
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Stoner-Chic-Traces-Origin-To-San-Rafael-2763464.php
http://articles.latimes.com/2002/apr/20/news/mn-39055

"Marmalade"
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marmalade
https://www.dailywritingtips.com/a-sweet-story-about-marmalade/
 

405 - Nautical Survival: He Cheated

404 - History: Taft Tub and Jumbo

Check out the episode here!

Napoleon was short.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexuality_of_Adolf_Hitler
https://www.thesun.co.uk/archives/news/1075950/adolf-hitler-had-a-bizarre-sexual-fetish-and-it-is-truly-disgusting/

Hitler's "Sexual Preferences"
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexuality_of_Adolf_Hitler
https://www.thesun.co.uk/archives/news/1075950/adolf-hitler-had-a-bizarre-sexual-fetish-and-it-is-truly-disgusting/

The Pope's Fish Farm
http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2012/04/05/150061991/lust-lies-and-empire-the-fishy-tale-behind-eating-fish-on-friday
http://www.thecowshow.com/2010/02/real-reason-catholics-dont-eat-meat-on.html?m=1

"Taft Tub"
https://constitutioncenter.org/blog/why-william-howard-taft-was-probably-never-stuck-in-his-bathtub/
http://www.history.com/news/ask-history/did-william-howard-taft-really-get-stuck-in-a-bathtub
https://triviahappy.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/taftsbathtub.jpg

LBJ's MANY Character Eccentricities
http://www.cracked.com/article_18945_6-presidential-secrets-your-history-teacher-didnt-mention.html
http://gawker.com/lbj-was-obsessed-with-his-dick-1694599317
http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2015/03/ldb-white-house-shower
https://newrepublic.com/article/131117/presidential-penis-short-history
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/07/lyndon-johnson-penis-caro-colbert_n_3231131.html
http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/03/presidential-campaigns-sexual-innuendo-history-213716
http://time.com/4342019/drunk-president-history/
http://mentalfloss.com/article/18463/lbj-president-who-marked-his-territory

 

403 - Snapple Fact Check!

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Link to Episode

Fact #14: "Camel’s milk does not curdle"
https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/exploring-the-dromedairy-camels-and-their-milk/
http://www.fao.org/docrep/003/t0755e/t0755e00.htm#TopOfPage

Fact #27: "A ball of glass will bounce higher than a ball of rubber"
https://sciencenotes.org/why-a-glass-ball-bounces-higher-than-a-rubber-ball/

Fact #46: "Elephants are the only mammals that can’t jump"
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/sifter/elephants-can-t-jump-and-here-s-why
https://www.livescience.com/54606-why-elephants-cannot-jump.html

Fact #57: "You blink over 10 million times in a year"
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/30/why-do-we-blink-so-much-mental-rest_n_2377720.html

Fact #77: "No piece of paper can be folded more than 7 times"

Fact #86: "Until the 19th century, solid blocks of tea were used as money in Siberia"
http://www.charm.ru/coins/misc/teamoney.shtml
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea_brick#Use_as_currency

Fact #98: "When the moon is directly overhead, you weigh less"
https://www.quora.com/Why-do-we-weigh-less-when-the-moon-is-directly-overhead

Fact #237: "The number of times a cricket chirps in 15 seconds, plus 37, will give you the current air temperature"
https://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/mysteries/cricket.html
http://www.snopes.com/science/cricket.asp

Fact #123: "Beavers were once the size of bears"

Fact #250: Mongolians invented Lemonade around 1299 A.D. 
http://www.cliffordawright.com/caw/food/entries/display.php/id/95/
Pink lemonade: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/unusual-origins-pink-lemonade-180960145/

Fact #270: "Colors like red, yellow, and orange make you hungry"
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0195666311006957
http://www.businessinsider.com/why-are-fast-food-signs-red-2015-9

List of Snapple facts: https://www.snapple.com/real-facts
 

402 - Forensics ft. The Mad Scientist Podcast!

401 - Facebook Round-Up

"Guy in forest" video

Defining "fake news": 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fake_news

Fantastic NPR piece about the creation/dissemination of "fake news": 
http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2016/11/23/503146770/npr-finds-the-head-of-a-covert-fake-news-operation-in-the-suburbs

Morgue employees cremated while taking a nap
http://www.snopes.com/morgue-employee-cremated-nap/
"Fake news" coverage:
http://worldnewsdailyreport.com/morgue-employee-cremated-by-mistake-while-taking-a-nap/
http://tribuneonlineng.com/morgue-employee-cremated-mistake-taking-nap/
http://empirenews.net/morgue-employee-cremated-by-mistake-while-taking-a-nap-during-his-break/  

Fidget spinners can kill your children (Combination of "questionable" and "fake news" sites)
http://tamararubin.com/?s=fidget&submit&paged=5
http://www.americasfreedomfighters.com/2017/06/01/alert-throw-away-fidget/
http://freedomlibertynews.com/warning-throw-away-fidget-spinners-authorities-confirm-new-report-show-can-kill-child/
https://www.worldnewspolitics.com/2017/06/03/new-report-says-fidget-spinners-can-kill-child/

Clear parasite in Dasani water
http://theconversation.com/the-top-ten-parasites-that-could-be-lurking-in-your-food-29015

Raccoon used to bypass breathalyzer
http://www.snopes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/raccoon-dui.jpg
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/11901890/Man-uses-raccoon-to-get-around-a-breathalyser-and-is-then-attacked-by-it.html
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/09/30/man-uses-raccoon-to-get-around-a-breathalyser-and-is-then-attacked-by-it/
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/drunk-naval-officer-uses-raccoon-6548820

Pokemon go stabbing
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2016/07/13/pokmon-go-addict-stabbed-while-playing-refuses-to-get-treatment/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3686906/Pok-mon-addict-22-stabbed-playing-game-refuses-treatment-continue-quest-catch-em-all.html
http://www.oregonlive.com/forest-grove/index.ssf/2016/07/forest_grove_police_log_15.html

 

310 - Alcohol: Cement Mixing and Cold Confusion

Episode link!

Video supplement!

Cold Showers Sober you up
http://www.wikihow.com/Sober-Up-Fast
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4049052/
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0161749
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4049052/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drug_metabolism#Factors_that_affect_drug_metabolism
https://www.fastcompany.com/3043767/the-scientific-case-for-cold-showers
http://www.thebroscientist.com/bullshit-cold-showers-youve-told-far/

Coffee Sobers you up
http://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/releases/bne-123-6-1271.pdf
http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/addiction/news/20091210/drunk-coffee-wont-get-you-sober#1
http://www.menshealth.com/health/does-coffee-sober-you-up
https://www.lifehacker.com.au/2014/06/eight-stubborn-alcohol-myths-debunked-by-science/

Beer Marinades Prevent Cancer
http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf404966w
http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf404966w
http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf801837s
http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf4035332
https://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode/meat-beer-marinade/
http://www.livescience.com/54901-free-radicals.html

Liquor Raises Body Temperature
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6974036
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/01/health/01real.html

Hot Sake
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sake#History
http://www.foodrepublic.com/2015/07/15/the-rise-of-domestic-sake-in-america-where-freshness-is-king/

Cement Mixer Induces Vomiting
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cement_Mixer_(drink)
http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Cement-Mixer-Shot
http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/restaurants/the-10-birthday-shots-guaranteed-to-make-you-vomit-6506404

 

309 - Movies: Spielbergian

308 - Animals: Elephant Bookies

307 - Aphrodisiacs: Cosmo Edition

Introductory Material
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3731873/

Chili Peppers
http://susanamayer.com/

Asparagus/Avocados
http://www.pbs.org/food/the-history-kitchen/10-edible-aphrodisiacs/

https://www.eatsomethingsexy.com/aphrodisiac-foods/avocado/

Bananas
Yeah...there's really nothing. Except Cosmo. 

Chocolate
http://www.pbs.org/food/the-history-kitchen/10-edible-aphrodisiacs/
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/18/health/18real.html

Oysters
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8875519

Natural Aphrodisiacs: Myth or Reality by Ravis K. Puri, Ph.D. Page 311

Red Wine
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18164568

Salmon/Walnuts
https://www.healthambition.com/omega-3-fish-oil-benefits/

Vanilla
Natural Aphrodisiacs: Myth or Reality by Ravis K. Puri, Ph.D.

Watermelon:
http://www.womenfitness.net/watermelon_saffron.html

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306 - Survival: Cactus if you can

305 - Sleep: Eight Legged Dreams

General/Introduction
https://www.sleepassociation.org/patients-general-public/what-is-sleep/
www.howsleepworks.com
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_hag

Melatonin
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melatonin#Sleep_disorders
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23691095
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/melatonin-dosage-and-risks_us_56deff8ce4b03a40567a1e1e
https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AwrXgCPCD75YNiIA1K1PmolQ;_ylu=X3oDMTEyZ210NGNrBGNvbG8DZ3ExBHBvcwM1BHZ0aWQDQjI1NTlfMQRzZWMDc3I-?qid=20141106194659AActxEO

"Never Wake a Sleep Walker"
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/13/health/the-claim-never-wake-a-sleepwalker.html
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/waking-a-sleepwalker-may-kill-them/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpIKX8VIaT

"Old People Need Less Sleep"
https://www.agingcare.com/articles/sleep-and-aging-133153.htm
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/20/elderly-sleep-less-neurons_n_5692504.html

http://www.livescience.com/8075-older-adults-sleep.html

"People Consume Spiders in their Sleep"
http://www.burkemuseum.org/blog/myth-you-swallow-spiders-your-sleep
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/fact-or-fiction-people-swallow-8-spiders-a-year-while-they-sleep1/
http://mentalfloss.com/article/50951/how-many-spiders-do-you-really-swallow-your-sleep

Russian Sleep Experiment
http://creepypasta.wikia.com/wiki/The_Russian_Sleep_Experiment

This week's musical guest/track: "Sait" - Morgan Greenwood
nsavides podcast: http://podcast.nsavides.com/
Special guest voiceover: Kristaps of The Eastern Border

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304 - Legal Myths: We're not Lawyers

303 - Food: Of Course, My Horse(meat)!

Lactose Intolerant People Can’t Eat Cheese
https://www.thrillist.com/eat/nation/lactose-intolerance-diet-the-best-cheeses-to-eat-if-youre-lactose-intolerant
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lactose_intolerance#History
http://www.eatwisconsincheese.com/cheeses/how-cheese-is-made

Taco Bell uses dog food grade meat
http://images.gawker.com/18g5em3mcetgzjpg/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800.jpg
http://www.snopes.com/food/prepare/badmeat.asp
http://gawker.com/5987836/taco-bells-beef-had-horse-meat-in-it-too
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2013/feb/09/aldi-100-percent-horsemeat-beef-products
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beef_carcass_classification
http://meat.tamu.edu/ansc-307-honors/meat-inspection/ 

Chocolate and greasy foods cause acne
http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/features/chocolate-and-acne
http://www.sciencealert.com.au/diet-causes-pimples-5.html

Coke can clean a car battery
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WnhUw7bRhw
http://familylifegoals.com/10-industrial-uses-for-coke-which-prove-its-not-fit-for-human-consumption/
http://www.snopes.com/cokelore/acid.asp
http://www.kidsdentistdrwinn.com/clientuploads/PDFs/Acidity%20Sheet%20Sheet1.pdf

Fortune Cookies Are Chinese
http://www.snopes.com/food/origins/fortune.asp
http://americanhistory.si.edu/blog/2010/07/origins-of-a-fortune-cookie.html
http://www.fancyfortunecookies.com/Articles.asp?ID=148

Raw or uncooked onions can make you ill
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2003/11/20/bus_393557.shtml#.WIftUbGZNsM
http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs328/en/
https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5247a5.htm


 

302 - Rome ft. Daniele Bolelli

301 - Disney: The Man, The Myth, The Popsicle

Bonus: Halloween Myths

210 - Dr. Oz and Infowars (ft. Blurry Photos)

209 - Alcohol: Breaking the Seal