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. 

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Filtering by Category: History

607 - History: I am a Generous Oscar

507 - Pirate Myths

404 - History: Taft Tub and Jumbo

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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

 

Bonus: Halloween Myths

202 - The Anarchist Cookbook

1. FBI documents/dispatches to Hoover about the book.
2. YouTube clip of attempt at napalm recipe.
3. Reference for Harvard Press publication on the history of Napalm.
4. "Napalm Girl" photo [NSFW].
5. How Stuff Work piece on napalm.
6. "Bananadine" recipe.
7. NYU Researchers call sheningans on bananadine.
8. Peanut drugs from an Angelfire site because we can.
9. 1952 UK Hypnotism Act.
10. William Powell's work Becoming an Emotionally Intelligent Teacher.
 

108 - Body: Cracking Knuckles and Power Licking

107 - Drugs: "Butt Hash"

Weed overdose
http://medicalmarijuana.procon.org/view.additional-resource.php?resourceID=191
https://weedpress.wordpress.com/science/studies/ld50-of-cannabis/
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/two-denver-deaths-tied-to-recreational-marijuana-use/

Not your grandpa’s weed
http://medicalmarijuana.procon.org/view.additional-resource.php?resourceID=191
http://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2015/03/23/pot-evolution-how-the-makeup-of-marijuana-has-changed-over-time/#36a916635579

Ecstasy holes in brain
http://www.drugscience.org.uk/drugs-info/mdma/
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0006899388904519
http://thedea.org/technicalFAQ.html
Oprah Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_-CI1Py-Gg
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22664303 - Seratonin and spinal fluid

LSD flashbacks and psychosis
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0063972
http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-08/fyi-can-acid-trip-really-give-you-flashbacks
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0P11OyNylbI NSFW AS FUUUUUUUUU

Toad licking
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychoactive_toad
http://www.vice.com/video/the-toad-prophet-464

Jenkem
2 TV stations in Jacksonville, Florida did a piece on Jenkem, referring to it as “Butt Hash”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UsNbsjpuLc (Butt hash)
2009, Bettendorf, Iowa amended city ordinance
http://qctimes.com/news/local/article_d3d96d82-9b5a-11de-81bb-001cc4c002e0.html
Zambia-Narcotics: 'Huffing and Puffing' to a new High". Inter Press Service. August 26, 1995.

 

106 - Death: Heads will roll with Heavy Souls

Skald Podcast: http://aubreysitterson.com/tag/skald/

Nails and hair
Basis for some vampires
Crypt Keeper
Maple WB, M. Dead men do tell tales. New York: Doubleday, 1994.

Weight of soul
http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=9D07E5DC123EE033A25752C1A9659C946697D6CF
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deadweight_tonnage

https://www.cremationsolutions.com/information/scattering-ashes/all-about-cremation-ashes/
http://science.howstuffworks.com/cremation2.htm

Decapitation
Roached can survive decapitation and starve to death.

https://thechirurgeonsapprentice.com/2012/08/13/losing-ones-head-a-frustrating-search-for-the-truth-about-decapitation/

Henri Languille Quote
"I waited for several seconds. The spasmodic movements ceased. The face relaxed, the lids half closed on the eyeballs, leaving only the white of the conjunctiva visible, exactly as in the dying whom we have occasion to see every day in the exercise of our profession, or as in those just dead. It was then that I called in a strong, sharp voice: "Languille!" I saw the eyelids slowly lift up, without any spasmodic contractions –- I insist advisedly on this peculiarity –- but with an even movement, quite distinct and normal, such as happens in everyday life, with people awakened or torn from their thoughts.
Next Languille’s eyes very definitely fixed themselves on mine and the pupils focused themselves. I was not, then, dealing with the sort of vague dull look without any expression, that can be observed any day in dying people to whom one speaks: I was dealing with undeniably living eyes which were looking at me. After several seconds, the eyelids closed again, slowly and evenly, and the head took on the same appearance as it had had before I called out.
It was at that point that I called out again and, once more, without any spasm, slowly, the eyelids lifted and undeniably living eyes fixed themselves on mine with perhaps even more penetration than the first time. Then there was a further closing of the eyelids, but now less complete. I attempted the effect of a third call; there was no further movement -– and the eyes took on the glazed look which they have in the dead.
I have just recounted to you with rigorous exactness what I was able to observe. The whole thing had lasted twenty-five to thirty seconds."