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#16 spooksareus

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Posted 28 May 2007 - 07:59 PM

What about if you cross your eyes and someone hits you on the back, they'll stay crossed. My 4th grade teacher said that to a boy who always crossed his eyes. I believed it and lucky am unable to cross them.

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Again, :) this one is totally true!

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Posted 28 May 2007 - 08:34 PM

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! I love it!
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Posted 30 May 2007 - 12:18 PM

Anyway, let's share some of the medical urban legends that you have heard.

Here is one of my favourites.


When my daughter was in grade 4, she came home one afternoon and said "Daddy, guess what I learned in school today. Your blood is blue, until it mixes with oxygen, and then it turns red."

"Who told you that?" I asked, trying to hide my shock.

"My teacher." she replied.

You can imagine my amazement and shock. Here was a person that children look up to, who is supposed to "teach" them, and provide them with facts, and this person was spreading misinformation.

So, I sat my daughter down, pulled out the medical books, and proved to her that human blood is not blue, and that it comes in two shades of red... bright red and dark red.

The next day she went to school, and in the middle of class, put up her hand. When the teacher called on her, she proudly announced "My dad said you are wrong, blood is not blue, it's red"

The teacher was a little red faced and apologetic at the next parent-teacher interview :D

That's my girl ;)

The funny thing is, I recall hearing this same thing, and believing it when I was a youngster.


So, what medical stories have you heard that are generally accepted but are in fact, false?



That has to be one of the main ones I can remember hearing and believing when I was younger...swallowing watermelon seeds and having them grow in your tummy was another big one I fell for :hug:
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Posted 30 May 2007 - 06:38 PM

Ah yes, the infamous "grow an orchard in your tummy" ruse. My sister and I got that all the time too... watermelon, orange, apple, etc etc. I'm glad to see I wasn't the only one who fell for that :hug:

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Posted 31 May 2007 - 07:58 PM

How about the classic about the man who picks up a woman and they head to a motel room. The guy wakes up a few days later and he's missing a kidney!
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Posted 03 June 2007 - 05:51 AM

i like the one that says hair will grow back faster and thicker if you cut or shave it!


i wisht that wasnt true! I once shaved my arms as a child, thinking that was what you did :P they grew back thicker!! Same with my head hair! when I go to the hairdressers to have my har trimmed it grows back in like a week.

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Posted 06 March 2008 - 02:53 PM

the one my grandma told me before was if you shave your eyebrows off they'll never grow back.

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Posted 07 May 2008 - 05:47 PM

One of my favorites is that if you pop/crack your knuckles you'll get seriously bad arthritis...

I've been popping my knuckles, knees, neck, and shoulders for years with no problems so far.

While I do have Fibromyalgia, it's not caused by popping knuckles. :P
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Posted 13 May 2008 - 09:51 AM

More psychological than physical, but:

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Posted 15 May 2008 - 06:12 PM

I was told one time that your eyes would pop out of your head if you didn't close them when you Sneeze.



aaaaaaaaaaaaachoooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!! :Spaz:
excuse me I seem to have drop something, no one move.

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Posted 15 May 2008 - 06:27 PM

I was told one time that your eyes would pop out of your head if you didn't close them when you Sneeze.



You mean yours don't?? <giggle> :Spaz:

I've heard that if you try to stifle a sneeze, you could rupture your ear drums... I dunno about that one either. :)
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Posted 20 May 2008 - 07:39 AM

Unbelievable Gas Mileage


"a friend of mine, friend of a friend, so on and so forth" Buy a brand new car and instead of getting the miles per gallon reported by the dealer. (lets just say 20 miles per gallon) they find there wonderful new purchase getting some ridiculous number of mile's, 200 pr gallon.
They then stupidly call, write to or even go in person to tell the manufacturer how happy they are. The manufacturer asks if they can examine the vehicle to "verify" this clam. The customer get's there car back only to find there wonderful new car is the same as all the rest, getting its pitiful 20 miles to the gallon.


This story does vary, some claim that they hear the hood of there car slamming shut in the middle of the night, and the next day there car only gets the 20 miles per gallon.

It is always... "they took something out" "they made some mysterious adjustment"

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Posted 20 May 2008 - 08:50 AM

When I was a kid my Mom used to tell me if I pulled a stupid face and the wind changed it would stay like that.
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Posted 21 May 2008 - 07:19 PM

Unbelievable Gas Mileage


"a friend of mine, friend of a friend, so on and so forth" Buy a brand new car and instead of getting the miles per gallon reported by the dealer. (lets just say 20 miles per gallon) they find there wonderful new purchase getting some ridiculous number of mile's, 200 pr gallon.
They then stupidly call, write to or even go in person to tell the manufacturer how happy they are. The manufacturer asks if they can examine the vehicle to "verify" this clam. The customer get's there car back only to find there wonderful new car is the same as all the rest, getting its pitiful 20 miles to the gallon.


This story does vary, some claim that they hear the hood of there car slamming shut in the middle of the night, and the next day there car only gets the 20 miles per gallon.

It is always... "they took something out" "they made some mysterious adjustment"



I've heard this one but the topic is medical myths.

Edited by Axman, 21 May 2008 - 07:20 PM.

Ah. Well... I attended Juilliard... I'm a graduate of the Harvard business school. I travel quite extensively. I lived through the Black Plague and had a pretty good time during that. I've seen the EXORCIST ABOUT A HUNDRED AND SIXTY-SEVEN TIMES, AND IT KEEPS GETTING FUNNIER EVERY SINGLE TIME I SEE IT... NOT TO MENTION THE FACT THAT YOU'RE TALKING TO A DEAD GUY... NOW WHAT DO YOU THINK? You think I'm qualified? --BeetlejuiceI'm the ghost with the most, babe.--BeetlejuiceWe've come for your daughter Chuck--Beetlejuice

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Posted 23 May 2008 - 02:51 AM

If you are drunk and want to sober up, you should eat bread because it will "soak up" the alcohol...




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