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Hosts: Marc Cabot, Joel Richard, and Andy McMullen
Marc, Joel, and Andy talk about all the myths and misconceptions that have become popular in western culture.
Richard had to go away on some personal business for this one. Luckily, Andy was quick to step in and fill his seat. The inspiration for the opening sketch came from an episode of Better Off Ted I was watching on Netflix. And Andy DOES have his own twitter account: @AndyLastName (Don’t forget mine… @MarcCabot)
“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.”
– George Orwell
Intro Sketch by: Marc Cabot.
What we talk about:
- You do not only use 10% of your brain.
- Einstein wasn’t bad at math when he was younger.
- The brain can regrow brain cells (or neurons).
- Many species of starfish feed by ejecting their stomachs through their mouths.
- Starfish bits can create new starfish.
- This is something that Andy was talking about during the episode.
- Goldfish do not have a 3 second memory.
- Goldfish are the only pet that is cheaper not to feed.
- Haven’t been able to substantiate this one..
- The tongue is not divided into individual taste zone.
- A lightning bolt generates temperatures about five times hotter than the surface of the sun.
- Swimming after eating does not cause stomach aches.
- Snopes has a good article on this one: http://www.snopes.com/oldwives/hourwait.asp
- Shaving does not cause hair to grow back thicker.
- Again, Snopes: http://www.snopes.com/oldwives/hairgrow.asp
- There aren’t any (publicly visible) clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.
- Jedi is an official religion in Australia
- Ok, so this might not be true. According to this article the government overturned the census data by overriding any Jedi related response as being undefined.
- Swallowed chewing gum does not take years to digest.
- There aren’t any specific primary colors (However red, green, and blue together make up a set of primary colors).
- I think I said, “There is no such thing as primary colors”. What I should have said was that there is no such thing as one fixed set of primary colors.
- There is a LOT of discussion on this topic. Wikipedia does a nice summary of their primary sources here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primary_color
- Table cloths were originally used as towels for which guests could wipe their hands and faces.
- A nice history lesson: http://kmorava.articlealley.com/history-of-tablecloths-1361052.html
- Coffee beans are actually seeds.
- Carrots do not actually help you see better.
- Again, Snopes: http://www.snopes.com/food/ingredient/carrots.asp
- Waking a sleepwalker is not dangerous for the sleepwalker. It might be dangerous for yo