True Urban Legends

While we have all heard about Urban Legends that have been proven to be false, there are a surprising number that are also true. And of course, truth is often stranger than fiction.

Here are just a few that I discovered today that I found interesting:

The child’s song “Sing a Song of Sixpence” was actually a coded message to recruit pirates.


Water boiled in a microwave can suddenly explode.

Outdoor temperature can be determined by counting the number of cricket chirps.



And, thankfully, some old wives tales I believed as a child are apparently untrue, such as:


Chewing gum takes seven years to pass through the human digestive system, and if you go swimming less than an hour after eating, you will get a cramp and drown.


If you get an email or hear a story and you are not sure what to think, you may be able to verify whether the information is true or not by checking the “Snopes” site.