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Rumour Has It: Part Two

I’m sure we’ve all heard myths and legends and urban legends of all sorts. A while back, we explored some of these. And now I’m back with some more widely believed and some rather… unheard of. 🙂

Myth #1: You can die by sucking/licking diamonds…

Total. Utter. Myth.
🙂
For a few reasons, actually.
Diamonds are the hardest substance known to man. Only a diamond can alter the surface of a diamond. You could lick or suck a diamond all you want for as long as you could and no actual substance of the diamond would go inside you. Apart from the dirt or whatever on the surface.

And even if you did somehow manage to ingest it, it wouldn’t kill you. It’s only carbon.

Of course, if the diamond is big enough and you swallow it… Well, you’d probably choke for starters, and if you survive that, the digestion problems could possibly cause  indirect death.

So, no you cannot die (directly) by eating diamonds.

Myth #2: A tooth left in a glass of Coke will dissolve overnight

This one is very common, I’d be surprised if you hadn’t heard it.

And it’s a myth. It’s absolutely NOT true.

Coke will not dissolve a tooth, or a coin, or a nail… or any of the other four million variations of objects that have made the rounds for years. Sure, if a tooth is left long enough it will dissolve, but it doesn’t happen overnight, and even orange juice can do that to it.

So if sugar can dissolve a tooth (eventually) it must damage our teeth, right?

WRONG!

We don’t swish Coke around in our mouth for hours on end, right? It swishes around our mouth for a few seconds at a time. Tops. I hope… I mean, I don’t know what you do with your Coke if it stays there any longer! 😛 Besides, we’ve got all the slimy spit and “protective layers” on/around our teeth for a reason, right?

Myth #3: French Fries were an ACCIDENT :O

One fine day in the ‘Moon Lake House’ resort in Saratoga Springs, NY, a customer pissed off  head chef George Crum, by telling him his French Fries were too “thick and soggy” and “not salty enough”… The angry chef went on to cut thin slices of potato, fry them till they were brown and piled a mountain of salt on top, then served it to the critical customer.

The most loved snack of all time, invented, in a flurry of madness.

Well, how else do you think genius strikes?

It all makes for a fine tale, but how true is it, really?

Well, according to my sources, it’s authentic. But of course, like they all do, it’s been elaborated a bit as it got passed around and retold… so the rumour was that this customer was actually railroad magnate Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt…

Well, who knows… there’s always going to be some mystery around any story, so why is this chip-lore any different?

So the moral of the story here is take everything you hear with a grain of salt… 🙂

Happy Holidays everyone!







Demi Lovato, Rehab And All The Rumours In The World

It’s a Disney scene gone horribly wrong…

Word’s been out and about that Demi Lovato left her tour with the Jo Bros to check into a medical treatment facility.

What landed her here?

It’s a little more complicate than just Ashley Greene (Joe Jonas’ new girlfriend) tagging along everywhere they went.

In fact, it’s so complicated, due to the fifty-million different takes on what it is that caused her emotional breakdown. We’ve heard it all, from drug use to her secret boyfriend’s death.

So here it is:

Who wouldn’t find it hard to be touring with an ex his new girlfriend? But some of the gossip that’s surfaced is totally untrue, like the Jo Bros’ father telling Demi Lovato she was ‘going home’. That was a decision the 18 year old starlet made herself, ie nobody kicked her off or anything like that. And of course, there were other rumours that she made verbal threats toward Ashley Greene, which are also untrue. So now that we have those sorted, let’s move on…

Rumours are also going around that Demi was sniffing cocaine at some party in North Richland Hills, Texas. I am very, very skeptical about that as they have no evidence whatsoever to back that up. So I’m gonna say this is just that and nothing more-a rumour.

By the way, her publicist’s statement;  the statement read. goes to show, she’s not doing drugs. And I definitely think she is responsible for getting the help she needed, so people really need to stop getting a horse up their butts about it.

Demi’s been dealing with ’emotional and physical issues’, according to her publicist, for a while now. She posted a letter on the PACER’s Teens Against Bullying website last month, “.  A source reveals that Demi has “fought through eating disorders and has struggled with cutting.” and she is “taking control by seeking help”.  She has dealt with body image issues and bullying and in her own words, she “came out a stronger person”… but we can’t be strong forever. And the gossip sites aren’t really helping the cause either; she Tweeted, on October 19, 

Then came the latest rumour: the death of Demi’s secret boyfriend and aspiring musician, David Osborne. The 21-year-old Texan musician died in an accident while riding on a rubber tube down the Brazos River in July earlier this year. They met last December at a party and God, could it not be that they were JUST good friends? Is it necessary to hook EVERYONE up? Well, rumours are that they were dating and his death left Demi in shock. Wouldn’t it leave anyone in shock, even if they weren’t dating? Although this could be a contributing factor, as many bits and pieces were revealed; including an update on Demi’s Twitter page at the time (which has now been shut down) “Can’t wait to see you again in heaven… Texas isn’t the same without you… RIP Dave Osborn.” and a statement from Patrick Lovato, Demi’s dad, “She was really heartbroken. She was really in love with the guy. Bless her heart. She’s always been an honest person, what can I say?”
That’s quite true, she’s been the most honest out of most of the celebs you see.

And yeah, there was that point where she completely lost her bat with a dancer on tour at the Peru Airport (where Greene was present, but like we clarified she had nothing to do with it), which was the last straw for her. But obviously that wasn’t the reason she decided to go to rehab… And while people go on about this, they seem to completely forget that she’s only human-moreover, she’s 18, her whole life is under public scrutiny and if I was in her place, I would have snapped a Hell of a long time ago. She’s an over-worked teen. Get over it. Everybody has their bad days, you’d think we’d be human enough to grant her a few?

I guess asking for the help is the hardest part and she’s overcome that. I think if she’s asked for help, then she’s on a good road to recovery. Plus, she’s serving as a positive role model for struggling teens, possibly encouraging them to ask for help too.

Well, whatever it is, we wish her all the best. 🙂







Rumour Has It: Some widely believed rumours-BUSTED!

Heard about the one about ATM envelopes poisoned with cyanide? How about the one about the Hawaiian tourists who have taken rocks or sand from the island, and angered the goddess of fire and volcanoes, Pele, and have been followed by bad luck since? Or perhaps you’re more familiar with the one about Donald Duck being banned from Finland because he didn’t wear pants?

Well, two of them are false, and one of them is supposedly true. So here I go busting these urban legends…

The rumour goes something like this; a customer died after licking an envelope at a teller machine to make a deposit, and according to the police, Dr. Elliot at the Women’s College Hospital found traces of cyanide in the lady’s mouth and digestive system. Police traced the poison to the glue on the envelope she deposited that day, and upon further inspection, found six more. The poison was mixed with the glue and was colourless and odourless. They suspected some sicko was targeting a particular bank and had been putting these envelopes beside machines at different locations. It was sent by Kimberly Clarkson from the Crime Unit, Department for Public Health. It even gave a number-416 563 9905.
This warning begin circulating on the internet in 1999 (and I thought chain-mails were the invention of some new generation nincompoop…turns out not, maybe like it’s an old family tradition or something?). There was no such death and there were definitely no such envelopes. When asked about the emailed warning, Women’s Health and Sciences Centre said it is not connected with the note, and they don’t even have a Dr. Elliot on their staff. And that’s not all, Kathleen Harte, manager of communications for Toronto Public Health claimed that, ” It’s a hoax. We have no such person on staff. The Public Health Department doesn’t have a crime unit. There is no death to our knowledge that occurred. If somebody had died of cyanide poisoning we would have heard about this.” Well, all I have to say to that is, if you’re going to make up a scarelore, at least do some research first!

This one, is said to be true. It’s a Hawaiian legend-anyone that removes a piece of rock from the Hawaiian Volcanoes National Park will incur the wrath of the Goddess Pele. Terrible curses will follow those that do prompting them to soon abandon the rock(s) in the interest of self preservation.

Now, although I am slightly skeptical of this, I certainly do find it very interesting. Can a souvenir, pocketed with no immoral intention result in a horrible series of unforgiving tragedies? Well, thousands have come  to believe that yes, they can.

Why it all happens? Well, legends say that Pele, the Goddess of fire and volcanoes is angered when the rocks (which she sees as her children) are taken from her that she puts a terrible curse on the thief, as a way to get even. She is especially protective of volcanic rock and sand, two of the items tourists thoughtlessly purloin as a token of their holiday.

To prove that I’m not just spinning this out of thin air for my amusement, I have proof from a reliable source (snopes.com) about this. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and numerous other hotels are flooded with packages containing sand, shells and rocks from guilt-ridden vacationers who attempt at breaking the sudden downpour of bad luck and disasters that have ensued them. Some of these packages are accompanied by notes begging for forgiveness and mercy of the goddess as such;

Please take this sand and put it back somewhere on you island. I have had very bad luck since it came into my life and I am very sorry I took it. Please forgive me and I pray that once I send it back where it comes from, my bad luck will go away.

Please return to soil. I have been having bad luck.

Ever since we have taken items, we have had nothing but bad luck and medical problems. We apologize for taking items, so we are returning them to Hawaii.

We placed the rock last fall on a cast iron chair in our garden, this spring the chair’s leg had fallen off. This is the least of the problems we have had since we have taken the rock.

Pele’s professed jinx is not of the mild kind either. Those allegedly afflicted by it have had grievous things occur; pets have died, jobs have been lost, houses burnt down, sudden deaths and illnesses striking loved ones, marriages broken…scary huh?
What comes to mind after researching and writing up this report? Unfortunate things happening right after you pick up a rock from a Hawaiian volcano-sheer co-incidence topped by desperate and superstitious attempts at trying to turn their ‘bad luck’ around or Goddess Pele’s jinx? Personally, I’m not so sure that I’m one of the thousands who believe this curse to be real.

Donald Duck was once banned in Finland because he doesn’t wear pants. And also because he cavorted with an unmarried female duck. That’s one we frivolously love to believe. And I hate to break it to you, but it’s nothing more than a speculation-and it gets slightly political, too as I discovered.
This myth begins in 1977, when Helsinki found itself in a bit of a financial tight spot. This lead to Mr Markku Holopainen, a local Liberal Party rep, proposing a meeting of the board of youth affairs. There, he suggested they stop purchasing Donald Duck comics for youth centres. A year later, while Holopainen was in the midst of an election campaign for a seat in the Finnish parliament, information was leaked to the press that he was responsible for the ‘ban of Donald Duck from Helsinki’ (now I wonder who told…). The chairman of the board failed to defend Holopainen (not surprised-he was a candidate himself). Holopainen made a futile attempt at explaining that the decision to discontinue the purchase of the comics was solely due to monetary reasons and was made concordantly. Holopainen failed to convince the press and lost the election to the board chairman (hmmm…see what I mean about it being just a teensy bit political?).
When a similar incident had taken place in the town of Kemi, Finland, the international press had mirthfully exaggerated the story with headlines such as, ‘Finland bans Donald’ and ‘Donald Vanishes from Libraries,’ reporting that Donald was expelled due to concerns over his lack of pants (it’s funny, really, what the media assumes and what we are prepared to believe) and questions about his marital status (he’s a duck for Gods’ sake, not to mention a cartoon!). As the foreign news filtered to Finland, the local tabloids didn’t attempt to verify the story-instead they just ran articles on the reaction it was receiving abroad. ‘Donald Not Married; Politicians Outraged!’ and ‘Donald, Where Are Your Trousers’ were also among the headlines in papers overseas, Finns were told.
But the hullabaloo was gone as instantly as it came. Disney cartoons became more popular on Finnish television, leading the more cynical to wonder if this had been a publicity stunt by Disney. If it was, you have to give it to them, it was pretty guileful and quirky.
The whole no pants business turned out rather political and unethical than you would assume.

Tell us what you think about these legends and rumours. Have you heard of the cyanide envelopes? Do you believe in the curse of Hawaiian Goddess Pele? What about Donald Duck? 😀 So feel free to drop a comment on this because we’d love to hear some different opinions on this topic. Urban legends, myths and rumours-there’s some pretty interesting stuff that you can uncover if you just do a little bit of research. And if you’ve heard a few other rumours you’re wondering about, feel free to let me know and I’ll try to dig it up!!


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