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    A colleague and I spent most of yesterday roaring with laughter when someone else we work with told us about how the milkshakes you get in fast food restaurants are actually 75% chicken fat and have no dairy content at all...

    Anyone else got any good stories about people believing the silliest things?

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    I quite often tell people that it's an outrage that the Oxford English Dictionary have removed the word "gullible" fom the dictionary.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by JBJB View Post
      I quite often tell people that it's an outrage that the Oxford English Dictionary have removed the word "gullible" fom the dictionary.

      Have they?
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      • #4
        Originally posted by JBJB View Post
        I quite often tell people that it's an outrage that the Oxford English Dictionary have removed the word "gullible" fom the dictionary.
        Originally posted by beadsbydesign View Post
        Have they?
        Oh no! now what do we call all those poor, unfortunate, gullible people
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        • #5
          i woce sent someone to the sports shop to get me a muff diving kit. he he
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            Originally posted by SNOWF1975 View Post
            i woce sent someone to the sports shop to get me a muff diving kit. he he

            and ...........

            ROTFL
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            • #7
              Originally posted by woodtattoos View Post
              A colleague and I spent most of yesterday roaring with laughter when someone else we work with told us about how the milkshakes you get in fast food restaurants are actually 75% chicken fat and have no dairy content at all...

              Anyone else got any good stories about people believing the silliest things?

              Si.

              I was told a few years back that the lumpy bits in the milk shake were lard.
              I have avoided them ever since.

              So its not true then?
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              • #8
                This was on the news today..

                http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asi...ic/7522952.stm

                Sounds like it SHOULD be an urban myth!
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                • #9
                  I'm told I'm one of the most gullible people around, although I prefer to think of myself as trustworthy and honest (why would they lie to me?) - My children, especially my 18 year old come home from work and tell me another big wopper, but they sound so plausible they must be true.

                  I have a book called 'The Pedants Revolt' by Andrea Barham that is full of urban myths and is a facinating read, if you manage to read it I guarantee you'll be gob smacked by all the things you were so sure were true!

                  Here are a couple of examples of things we believe to be true but are not:

                  Ostriches bury their head in the sand!
                  White marks on the nails show a lack of calcium!

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                  • #10
                    Someone I know is a vegetarian and so her family has to be as well. She told her children that as they had not eaten meat for years that if they eat meat now it would poison them. The daughter was really worried in case her little brother ate meat by mistake and died.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by silvermaid View Post
                      Someone I know is a vegetarian and so her family has to be as well. She told her children that as they had not eaten meat for years that if they eat meat now it would poison them. The daughter was really worried in case her little brother ate meat by mistake and died.

                      Melanie

                      That's a bit cruel!

                      I love watching Mythbusters on some of the satelite channels.
                      The whole premise of the show is to put myths to the test, scientifically proving or "busting" them.

                      Here's some they've done that I can remember off the top of my head

                      Yawning is contagious - plausible
                      You can teach an old dog new tricks - confirmed
                      You can survive falling in a lift if you jump at the last minute - busted
                      Can a lit match ignite petrol - busted
                      Can yodelling start an avalanche - plausible
                      Are elephants "afraid" of mice - confirmed

                      It's a brilliant show!
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by purplesparkle View Post
                        This was on the news today..

                        http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asi...ic/7522952.stm

                        Sounds like it SHOULD be an urban myth!
                        OMG thats so funny!!! I have a funny name Jillian Raitt. If you take the first initial and the surname im really Gyrate (as in gyrate your hips!) ha ha. Even worse, my mums name is Irene so she now Irate! ha ha
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                        • #13
                          Years ago I was having salad and my (now ex) husband said he wondered why iceberg lettuce was more expensive then regular lettuce. I told him it was because it was very difficult to pick them from under the icebergs and only spe******t divers could do it.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by woodtattoos View Post
                            A colleague and I spent most of yesterday roaring with laughter when someone else we work with told us about how the milkshakes you get in fast food restaurants are actually 75% chicken fat and have no dairy content at all...

                            True or not, I don't think I'd ever be able to have a milkshake ever again now. Every time I'd want to order a milkshake, I'll remember this.

                            Maybe I should start telling myself that chocolate is also made of 90% chicken fat!
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                            • #15
                              That's the beauty of urban myths - it doesn't matter how odd they might sound, we just can't help believing it might be true.

                              I don't think I want any milkshakes again now either - but then, I did always think they tasted a bit pants anyway.

                              I heard a funny one today though. My youngest came home and said that her older brother had told her that if you feed rice to pigeons their head blows off.

                              PS - If you swallow chewing gum it gets wrapped around your heart.
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