I’m Going to Eat a Whole Turkey and Go Swimming Immediately Afterward

First off:

“Caution is a good thing when it comes to youngsters and water, because drowning is a leading cause of accidental death for infants and children nationwide. Yet in this case, the caution was far from warranted.

No one knows how long the belief about the dangers of swimming after eating has been with us, but in 1961 exercise physiologist Arthur Steinhaus took a position against it in the Journal of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation. He labeled the very idea of stomach cramps ‘questionable.'”

And what led me to it:

“Someone has taken most of your brain away and you probably didn’t even know it. Well, not taken your brain away, exactly, but decided that you don’t use it. It’s the old myth heard time and again about how people use only ten percent of their brains. While for the people who repeat that myth, it’s probably true, the rest of us happily use all of our brains.”

Two psycho-facts (read the rest of the article on the ten-percent myth for a reference and explanation). What I’m most curious about is how these things get started. Can I just make shit up, and by the action of repeating it enough times, make people believe it? Of course I can. There’s weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Oh, here’s another: 9/11 and Iraq are linked.

Oh. Those have already been done? Uhm… Iran has nuclear weapons? Damnit – that’s been used too? Oh well… I’ll come up with something.

P.S. – When someone asks you: why do you believe < insert item here >, your answer should NOT be, because < insert name here > told me so.

Urban Legends Reference Pages: Old Wives’ Tales (Hour Missed Brooks)

Urban Legends Reference Pages: Science (The Ten-Percent Myth)


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