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

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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/
 

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

 

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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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

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

Bonus: Halloween Myths

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

207 - Drugs: Rehashed

203 - Food: Salty over Coffee

1. "Best Food Facts" piece on apple wax.
2. Washington State University research on apple wax.
3. Peanuts comic about "Chubby Bunny."
4. Civil Trial over Chubby Bunny.
5. Woman dies playing Chubby Bunny.
6. McDonald's "pink goo" McNuggets.
7. "Kids' Health" article on myth of coffee stunting growth.
8. Smithsonian magazine piece on myth of coffee stunting growth.
9. 1933 ad by Smithsonian magazine claiming coffee stunted growth. 
10. FDA on letting food cool before putting in fridge. 
11. AARP on letting food cool before putting in fridge. 
12. Aspartame cancer/headaches.

 

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.
 

110 - Alcohol: Totally Scientific Experiments

109 - Remedies: How Carrots Won the War

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."