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!

 

Filtering by Category: Season 4

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

408 - Death: They Live!

407 - Gross Myths: "Dreaded" Spiders

406 - Sayings: xX420YoLoXx Edition

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"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

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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

 

403 - Snapple Fact Check!

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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