4.28.2006

Rumor Has It.....

When I was in the Navy, we used to pass a lot of our time onboard the ship arguing for hours on end about the truth behind urban legends. Sometimes we would even write down the legend in question and research it on the internet once we got back to land. I found a really great website that is particularly helpful in figuring out whether those crazy emails that everbody forwards around are true or not. You know, the ones that start like this "To all of my friends, I do not usually forward messages, But this is from my good friend Pearlas Sandborn and she really is an attorney." I found a very useful web page to help separate the fact from the fiction....

Some of my all-time favorites:

- Soda and Pop Rocks will make your stomach explode(a classic)
- The nursery rhyme "Sing a Song of Sixpence" originated as a coded message used for recruiting pirates.
- Chewing gum takes seven years to pass through the human digestive system.
- Those who go swimming less than one hour after eating will be taken by a cramp and drown.
- The Marlboro Man died of lung cancer.
- The "Dell Dude" lost his job because of a drug bust.
- Mr. Rogers served as a sniper during the Vietnam War and had the highest amount of confirmed kills.
- Chocolate is toxic to dogs....
- "Dogs and sailors: Keep off the grass" admonishments were commonly displayed in U.S. naval towns.

Especially useful is this page that has links to all those crazy photographs you get in the email prtraying sharks jumping out of the water to eat rescue divers and such....

Hope everybody has a GREAT Friday and a wonderful weekend, I'm off for a morning run on the beach (one of the perks of living in West Seattle)......

Next week we'll play "Top Ten Most Wanted: What'd they do?"

2 comments:

Anonymous Midwest Girl said...

Ha, I love ruining peoples day when they send me stories or pictures via email. "Um...you know that's fake, right?"

Love seeing them acted out on Mythbusters, too.

Big Daddy said...

You can learn a lot off of Mythbusters.