Thursday, July 12, 2012

11 Myths The U.S. Government Has Addressed (Of The Day)

And I'm sure no tax dollars were spent doing so. From Mental Floss.


MERMAIDS


Late last month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration published a curious addition to its Ocean Facts section: “Are Mermaids Real?” Describing them as “half-human, half-fish sirens of the sea,” the post goes on to describe the various appearances of mermaids in folklore, from cave paintings to The Odyssey. However, NOAA comes to the final conclusion that “no evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found.” The agency says the post came in response to several requests from the public after Animal Planet aired a special called Mermaids: The Body Found that claimed to paint “a wildly convincing picture of the existence of mermaids.”

Verdict: Not real


ZOMBIES


After a Miami man was found eating a victim’s face, a Baltimore college student admitted to killing his roommate and eating his body parts, and a New Jersey man threw his own intestines at police, rumors of a coming mass zombie attack started flying. In fact, the chatter got so heavy that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention even had to respond. In a statement to the Huffington Post, CDC spokesman David Daigle wrote that the “CDC does not know of a virus or condition that would reanimate the dead (or one that would present zombie-like symptoms).”

Just in case, the CDC also has a helpful guide on preparing for a zombie apocalypse, published in May 2011. Among their tips: get an emergency kit ready, get your emergency contacts ready and plan multiple evacuation routes “so that the flesh eaters don’t have a chance.”

Verdict: Not real, but be prepared


THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE


The legend of the Bermuda Triangle (also known as the Devil’s Triangle) describes a region of the Atlantic where ships and planes vanish. But on its website, the U.S. Coast Guard emphatically denies the existence of the triangle as a region of “specific hazard” to any ships and planes. In fact, the USCG says that a review of vehicle losses found “no extraordinary factors” relating to casualties or crashes. And NOAA — noting that there are explanations for the supposed Devil’s Triangle that are rooted in science — cautions that there’s no evidence for more disappearances in that region than anywhere else in the ocean.

Verdict: Not real


(See the rest at Mental Floss)
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2 comments:

  1. The Zombie one cracked me up. They're not real, but be prepared just in case they are! Haha! :D

    I'm glad to hear that Santa's real too. I guess we ought to be prepared for him also. You know he sees you when you're sleeping, and he knows when you're awake.

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  2. The Bermuda Triangle is very real. It's the custom wax job I order every other month at the Pretty Kitty salon.

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