* Has anyone had to cut off their tongue because it frozen to a flagpole?
* DRIED PIDGEON MANURE IF IT MAKES CONTACT WITH YOUR EYE, WILL CAUSE YOU TO GO BLIND?
* I just read a blurb that pre-packaged foods can cause people to turn gay because of too much estrogen. If I was only allowed one question for snopes, I would ask if this is true. Is it?
* I’ve heard that it is impossible to take a lightbulb out of your mouth once one puts it in, without either breaking the bulb or dislocating the jaw. Do you know if this is true? I’m counting on you – my husband is really curious, and I don’t want to have to drive him to the hospital…
These are just a few of the sillier email questions sent to snopes.com, the primary web reference for urban legends. They exhaustively research many of the legends and myths making the rounds on the net and post a “True”, “False” or “Undetermined” status for each.
Here are a few of my favourites. See if you can guess which are true or false before you look it up:
* Japanese thieves send a ‘thank you’ note to a bank after robbing it.
* Consumers need to be cautious that water boiled in a microwave oven can suddenly “explode.”
* Golfer is poisoned by chewing on his tee.
* Eating carrots results in improved vision.