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Nolly
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Can you guess which of the following are true and which are false?

1. Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning.

2. Alfred Hitchcock didn't have a belly button.

3. A pack-a-day smoker will lose approximately 2 teeth every 10 years.

4. People do not get sick from cold weather; it's from being indoors a lot more.

5. When you sneeze, all bodily functions stop, even your heart!

6. Only 7 per cent of the population are lefties.

7. Forty people are sent to the hospital for dog bites every minute.

8. Babies are born without kneecaps. They don't appear until they are 2-6 years old.

9. The average person over 50 will have spent 5 years waiting in lines.

10. The toothbrush was invented in 1498.

11. The average housefly lives for one month.

12. 40,000 Americans are injured by toilets each year..

13. A coat hanger is 44 inches long when straightened.

14. The average computer user blinks 7 times a minute.

15. Your feet are bigger in the afternoon than any other time of day.

16. Most of us have eaten a spider in our sleep.

17. The REAL reason ostriches stick their head in the sand is to search for water.

18. The only two animals that can see behind themselves without turning their heads are the rabbit and the parrot.

19. John Travolta turned down the starring roles in "An Officer and a Gentleman" and "Tootsie."

20. Michael Jackson owns the rights to the South Carolina State anthem.

21. In most television commercials advertising milk, a mixture of white paint and a little thinner is used in place of the milk.

22. Prince Charles and Prince William NEVER travel on the same airplane, just in case there is a crash.

23. The first Harley Davidson motorcycle built in 1903 used a tomato can for a carburetor.

24. Most hospitals make money by selling the umbilical cords cut from women who give birth. They are used in vein transplant surgery.

25. Humphrey Bogart was related to Princess Diana. They were 7th cousins.

26. If coloring weren't added to Coca-Cola, it would be green.


Answers below...


They are all TRUE....Now go back and think about #16!!!


While I could find some of these dubunked on Snopes (the aforementioned '#16'), there were some that I couldn't find a reference to.(E.G.: Coca-Cola being green if colour wasn't added-I found this
but it's to do with the myth that it USED to be green.

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#8: Babies are born without kneecaps: False.

Babies are born with kneecaps, but they are cartilaginous and harden with age. See http://www.madsci.org/posts/archives/may97/861940964.An.r.html

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Seaboe Muffinchucker
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2. Since Alfred Hitchcock was not Adam, he must have at least been born with a belly-button.

6. Here's an article that claims the percent of lefties varies from 4.9 to 15 percent of the population.

4. is true.

21. I always heard it was Elmer's Glue-All because the milk a) wasn't opaque enough and 2) wouldn't stick to the lip.

17. Here we have a statement about the real reason birds do something there is no proof they do. Of course it must, therefore, be true. [Big Grin]

10. The modern toothbrush was 1938, but the idea's been around since 3000 bc, according to this.

I'm sure there are others that are easily challenged (not necessarily easy to disprove, just to challenge--which IMO implies they are not true).

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You are actually not born with a belly button though. You have to have your umbilical cord to fall off and have the button scar form. If he had abdominal surgery close to his birth it is possible that he doesn't have a chance for a belly button to form.

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quote:
Originally posted by Nolly:
Can you guess which of the following are true and which are false?


18. The only two animals that can see behind themselves without turning their heads are the rabbit and the parrot.

20. Michael Jackson owns the rights to the South Carolina State anthem.

22. Prince Charles and Prince William NEVER travel on the same airplane, just in case there is a crash.

18. What about an owl? I thought that whilst the rabbit can see almost behind it, I believe there is a blind area it can't see.

20. Doesn't he also own the rights to the Beatles songs?

21. I don't think they ever travel together if there is a chance of an accident and both might be killed in an accident, terrorist attack, etc. For that reason I don't think Prince Charles and the Queen ever travel together.

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My grandmother doesn't have a belly button. She loves freaking out her grand(and now great-grand)kids with that little fact. Hers was removed during some kind of abdominal surgery though. I don't have all the facts because I could never get a straight story out of her.

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Seaboe Muffinchucker
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quote:
Originally posted by Andrew of Ware, England:
18. What about an owl? I thought that whilst the rabbit can see almost behind it, I believe there is a blind area it can't see.

The key phrase in the original #18 is "without turning its head." I believe owls have to turn their heads.

How far back an animal can see (BTW, do you suppose "animal" in this context includes "fish"?) is dependent on how far to the sides its eyes are.

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quote:
Originally posted by Seaboe Muffinchucker:
2. Since Alfred Hitchcock was not Adam, he must have at least been born with a belly-button.

I have no cites, but the legend is that Hitchcock had abdominal surgery at some point, and his naval was removed. Not completely unfeasible, but I have no proof.

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21. I always heard it was Elmer's Glue-All because the milk a) wasn't opaque enough and 2) wouldn't stick to the lip.
While it's definitely true that they don't use milk, and that they occasionally use glue (usually in still photography), most commercials where the milk is taken into an actor's mouth is not glue-based. It's a mix of either heavy cream or ice cream, milk, and corn starch. The "Got Milk" folks leave out the corn starch, but do use the ice cream and milk combo.
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Aug 5, 1999 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Q: You've mentioned the "milk mustache mixture" before. What is it?

A: Ah, the secret milk mustache recipe. It's fairly easy. Five scoops of vanilla ice cream to a half-cup of whole milk. The more fat, the better. The fat just clings.



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Hans Off
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Right then!

*Rubs hands with glee* (always have a tub of glee around for these posts)

for those not dealt with so far... (and those I have .02 to add)



1. Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning.

If someone is throwing them at your face, then yes.

3. A pack-a-day smoker will lose approximately 2 teeth every 10 years.

I Strongly doubt that, but it all depends on dental hygene etc doesn't it?

4. People do not get sick from cold weather; it's from being indoors a lot more.

this one should be struck from the list it's too vague. what about hypothermia? frostbite?

5. When you sneeze, all bodily functions stop, even your heart!

Bollocks. (my heart stops about 80 times per minute anyway)

12. 40,000 Americans are injured by toilets each year..

Jolly good. (TIC)

15. Your feet are bigger in the afternoon than any other time of day.

This doesn't make any logical sense to me

17. The REAL reason ostriches stick their head in the sand is to search for water.

Repeat after me Ostriches DO NOT stick their heads in the sand

18. The only two animals that can see behind themselves without turning their heads are the rabbit and the parrot.

and most rodents, and spiders, flatfish rays, some jellyfish... shellfish (clams) ghekos (probably) chameleons, house flys, dragonflys damselflys, my mother... the list goes on and on

19. John Travolta turned down the starring roles in "An Officer and a Gentleman" and "Tootsie."

Wouldn't he have been too young for Tootsie?

22. Prince Charles and Prince William NEVER travel on the same airplane, just in case there is a crash.

I have a gut feeling that this is not true (currently) But I have certainly seen them leaving a plane together when William was a youngling so that throws that one out into the trash anyway.

23. The first Harley Davidson motorcycle built in 1903 used a tomato can for a carburetor.

I have a sneaking suspicion that this one is correct.

24. Most hospitals make money by selling the umbilical cords cut from women who give birth. They are used in vein transplant surgery.

No they don't

25. Humphrey Bogart was related to Princess Diana. They were 7th cousins.

Aren't we all dear?

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Seaboe Muffinchucker
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waffles, plus I needed to change a word. [Big Grin]

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Seaboe Muffinchucker
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quote:
Originally posted by Nolly:
Can you guess which of the following are true and which are false?

1. Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning.

If what is really waking you up is a sugar rush, that may be true. See this.


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3. A pack-a-day smoker will lose approximately 2 teeth every 10 years.
Summary of a medical article on the relationship between smoking and tooth loss.

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5. When you sneeze, all bodily functions stop, even your heart!
Here's a post on an anatomy board that says your heart doesn't stop.

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7. Forty people are sent to the hospital for dog bites every minute.
Doesn't look like it, according to Dog Bite Law

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9. The average person over 50 will have spent 5 years waiting in lines.
Statistics site debunking this one.

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11. The average housefly lives for one month.
Wow! This one's true!

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12. 40,000 Americans are injured by toilets each year..
After a quick search on this one, I think we have to decide what being injured by a toilet means...

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14. The average computer user blinks 7 times a minute.
This site claims it's only 5.

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15. Your feet are bigger in the afternoon than any other time of day.
This shoe buying tip site agrees.

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23. The first Harley Davidson motorcycle built in 1903 used a tomato can for a carburetor.
Well, I don't know about the tomato can, but this site has interesting information about that 1903 date.

Seaboe

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I think #15 should be struck as false as it implies that your feet will begin contracting again in the evening.

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quote:
Originally posted by Hans Off:

18. The only two animals that can see behind themselves without turning their heads are the rabbit and the parrot.

and most rodents, and spiders, flatfish rays, some jellyfish... shellfish (clams) ghekos (probably) chameleons, house flys, dragonflys damselflys, my mother... the list goes on and on

Ooh, you forgot the woodcock. 180 degree vision in each eye.

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Seaboe Muffinchucker
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quote:
Originally posted by Hans Off:
I think #15 should be struck as false as it implies that your feet will begin contracting again in the evening.

But don't they? After the work day is over and you put them up while you read/watch TV/whatever?

Seaboe

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my point exactly, If it can be disproved by example then it should be struck off the list.

For example what about people that work nights?

Like clowns?

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quote:
Originally posted by Seaboe Muffinchucker:



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3. A pack-a-day smoker will lose approximately 2 teeth every 10 years.
Summary of a medical article on the relationship between smoking and tooth loss.

Very interesting article, Seaboe. My dentist threatened that I would most likely lose all my teeth if I didn't quit smoking. I had this horrible mental image of putting my dentures on the nightstand at age 23 and that was it for me...I've been cigarette free for over 3 months now.
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Seaboe Muffinchucker
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quote:
Originally posted by Hans Off:
my point exactly, If it can be disproved by example then it should be struck off the list.

For example what about people that work nights?

Like clowns?

So if it's not true for some people (those that work nights) it's not true for anyone?

I think that, for the majority of people, their feet are largest in the afternoon. I wasn't able, during the few minutes I spent searching, to find any medical information on the phenomenon. So in the meantime, I'm more inclined to believe it than not.

YMMV

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quote:
Originally posted by Seaboe Muffinchucker:

21. I always heard it was Elmer's Glue-All because the milk a) wasn't opaque enough and 2) wouldn't stick to the lip.

Seaboe

I read an interview with the makeup guy from the Got Milk? ads who said it was mostly heavy cream. I'll go google it.

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quote:
Originally posted by Hazed:
quote:
Originally posted by Seaboe Muffinchucker:



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3. A pack-a-day smoker will lose approximately 2 teeth every 10 years.
Summary of a medical article on the relationship between smoking and tooth loss.

Very interesting article, Seaboe. My dentist threatened that I would most likely lose all my teeth if I didn't quit smoking.
Unfortunately, I come from a large family of smokers. The majority of us are past the 30-year mark doing it and we are all over a pack a day. Fortunately, we still have all of our teeth (and they're healthy, too!). Whether it's just good genes or dumb luck, I can't say. Also, our dentists have never raised this particular concern with any of us that I know of.

On a side note - congratulations on being smoke-free for three months!! Awesome job!

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20. Michael Jackson owns the rights to the South Carolina State anthem.
South Carolina has two official state songs, designated as such in 1911 and 1984, according to an official state website: http://www.scstatehouse.net/studentpage/songs.htm

The later one, "South Carolina On My Mind" has a similar title to the famous James Taylor song "Carolina In My Mind." That song was once recorded and released on the Beatles' label Apple Records: http://www.jpgr.co.uk/col_apple32.html (with Paul McCartney on bass!)

Now Michael Jackson does indeed own the rights to a large portion of the Beatles/Apple catalogue, possibly including "Carolina In My Mind," but certainly not " South Carolina On My Mind."

Hooray! I really wanted my first post to be a debunking that no one else had gotten to yet!

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The thing I love the most about snopes is that someone can post a statement & within 24 hrs 10 different people will have 10 different arguments as to why that person is wrong!

Long time lurker, 2nd posting!

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quote:
Originally posted by Nolly:
15. Your feet are bigger in the afternoon than any other time of day.

22. Prince Charles and Prince William NEVER travel on the same airplane, just in case there is a crash.

#15 could read like this and probably be correct:

"Your feet are bigger *at the end of your work day* than at any other time of day."

#22 is probably correct - various companies and governments have protocols for the number of people in a direct chain of command (or even co-workers) who can be on a plane together. I used to work at Westinghouse and in their 100+ years of existence, the bureaucracy had this in a formal document. For the British Royals, it could simply be that two consecutive people in line for the throne won't travel together. As for Charles and his sons travelling together, that may only be true once his sons are adults and able to take the throne. Before he was married, you didn't see Charles and his brothers flying together.

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quote:
Originally posted by Hans Off:
Right then!

4. People do not get sick from cold weather; it's from being indoors a lot more.

[/b] this one should be struck from the list it's too vague. what about hypothermia? frostbite? [b]

I would classify both of those as "injuries" rather than "illnesses."
Frost bite is an injury caused by exposure to extreme cold, Hypothermia has symtoms similar to a state of shock.

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#22 is almost true. Princess Di caused a controvesery in the 80s by insisting that she travel with both Charles and William on a trip to Australia. Otherwise those in the line to the throne don't travel together (or at least not that close together in the line of succession).

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4: is only partially true, the more accurate phrase is "you can't get a cold from cold weather", you only get them from going to temperiture extremes (warm to cold).
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I thought a cold was a virus though? what has temprature got to do with it?

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True or false;
Scientists and statisticians don't write "trivia" lists.

The problem with "true/false" lists is that they are seldom written by scientists or statisticians. If the statment is phrased to imply an absolute (always, never, is, does, doesn't isn't), the statment is false. Someone said earlier, if it can be disproved by example then it is false.


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quote:
Originally posted by Hans Off:
I thought a cold was a virus though? what has temprature got to do with it?

rapidly changing temperitures weaken your immune system temporarily and makes you catch diseases you'd otherwise shrug off un-noticably
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Yes... But you still have to be infected by a cold virus so suffer from it.

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quote:
Originally posted by ParaDiddle:
If the statment is phrased to imply an absolute (always, never, is, does, doesn't isn't), the statment is false.

Ironically, your statement is phrased to imply an absolute...

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quote:
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Originally posted by Hans Off:
I thought a cold was a virus though? what has temprature got to do with it?

rapidly changing temperitures weaken your immune system temporarily and makes you catch diseases you'd otherwise shrug off un-noticably
Can anyone point me to definitive evidence that rapidly changing temperatures weaken the immune system? I'm not saying I don't think it happens, I just want to know how the "weakening" actually manifests itself.

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Hans Off
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for the sake of argument in the above post, if a lowering of temprature reduces your immune system to nil. without infection you will be ok. So statement in the above link is BS however you look at it.

As to lowering of temprature, AFAIK, everyting your body does requires energy (i.e. plenty of warmth) if ou get so cold that your body has to preserve heat for you to survive, then at some point your defense mechanisms (production of white blood cells etc) will be sacrificed in order to keep your vital organs going... therefore immune system fuct.

But I know it is far more complex than that!

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quote:
Originally posted by OTL:
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Originally posted by ParaDiddle:
If the statment is phrased to imply an absolute (always, never, is, does, doesn't isn't), the statment is false.

Ironically, your statement is phrased to imply an absolute...
But your statement implies a dilemma where there is none. Mine is an elaboration on an item referenced elsewhere in the document or in this case, the previous sentence.

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Number 22 is false absolutely. I think it was when the queen mother died and Charles and his sons were in Europe they all flew back together. I remember the comments about it as before that it was true. To prevent all the heirs being wiped out in one go.
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5. When you sneeze, all bodily functions stop, even your heart!

I thought that was blinking?

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