Rumor Flies

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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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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

 

408 - Death: They Live!

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

207 - Drugs: Rehashed

204 - Cold War ft. "The Eastern Border"

Pencil/Pens in space race
1. Scientific American article
2. Mental Floss article

Measurement/Quota cheating
3. "My Time with Soviet Economics" - Roberts
4. Comic

5. “Tsar Bomba” video

Kennedy was peaceful/”I am a jelly doughnut” 
6. The Atlantic on "Ich bin ein Berliner"
7. The New York Times on "Ich bin ein Berliner"

“Winnie [Vinnie] Pooh”
8. Video

Kugel Panzer
8. Wikipedia article

Lost Cosmonaut
9. The Eastern Border episode on "The Lost Cosmonaut"

Gagarin’s “bumpy landing”
10. Russian Space Web piece on Gagarin's landing. 

Nixon’s alternative moon landing speech (failure/death of astronauts)
11. Speech

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.
 

201 - Disney: Moral Fixation

Sources:
1. Court case by Christian pro life organization against Disney.
2. More on the court case in local newspapers.
3. Little Mermaid controversy covered in article in The Daily Beast.
4. Source video for priest/wedding scene claim.
5. Phallic tower claim investigated by Reel Rundown.
6. "SEX" in Lion King source video.
7. Topless woman in the The Rescuers source video. 
8. Snopes article about The Rescuers.
9. Snow White and the 7 stages of cocaine.
10. Jessica Rabbit wardrobe malfunction Snopes piece. 
11. Disney's blacklist 1 and 2.

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."