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Urban Myths we still believe

Here are 5 urban myths busted!

We overheard a debate between some school kids this week about how cold or hot it had to be before school would send them home.

It reminded us of all the Urban Myths we still believe despite the evidence.

Urban myths and ‘old wives tales’ are still very much a part of the zeitgeist in 2019 so we decided to check out a few to test their veracity.

School closes if it reaches 42 degrees

> NOT TRUE-ISH

No state government or territory in Australia has a set temperature which forces a public school to close, but there are varying guidelines on how to deal with the heat.

SOURCE: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-10/is-there-a-school-policy-for-heatwaves/8257320

Urine is good for bluebottle stings

> NOT TRUE

Don’t Urinate on your Bluebottle Stings! … New research has revealed that the best cure for a bluebottle sting is simply applying vinegar and then heat. The current protocol for the bluebottle or physalia utriculus is to apply salt water, scrape off the tentacles and then add ice

SOURCE: https://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/australia/dont-pee-on-your-jellyfish-stings.aspx

You can’t get pregnant the first time (or standing up)!

> NOT TRUE

Yes, a girl can become pregnant the first time she has sex. … Even if a guy ejaculates outside of but near a girl’s vagina or pulls out before he comes, a girl can get pregnant.

SOURCE: https://kidshealth.org/en/teens/first-time.html

Chewing Gum Takes Seven Years to Digest

> NOT TRUE

Chewing gum is mostly indigestible, and passes through the digestive system at the same rate as other matter.

SOURCE: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/fact-or-fiction-chewing-gum-takes-seven-years-to-digest/

Cold Chisel played The Star Hotel the night of the famous riot

> NOT TRUE

Indeed, Cold Chisel frontman Jimmy Barnes recently said people still came up to him to say how f—ing great he was at that gig he played on the last night of the Star. The band never performed at the hotel

SOURCE: https://www.theherald.com.au/story/5784087/new-cold-chisel-album-coming-barnes/

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