“The advertisement is the most truthful part of a newspaper.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
When I was a kid, I loved bubble gum, the bigger the wad, the bigger the bubbles. One day, while outside playing Red Light Green Light with the neighborhood kids, I swallowed my wad of bubble gum. Once the panic that I wasn’t choking subsided and I was breathing normally, we were ready to resume the game. That’s when a boy from the other neighborhood announced, “Jill just swallowed her gum, it’s going to wrap around her heart and kill her.”
I looked around and everyone was watching me. Then an older boy chimed in, “That’s not true, but it does take 7 years to digest.” Since that sounded better than the gum wrapping around my heart, I accepted the fact that this wad of gum would be with me until I entered high school.
A few years later, I learned that gum doesn’t take 7 years to digest when swallowed and as far as it wrapping around your heart, also not true. These were simply an urban myth, a story told as fact when there is little or no actual evidence to support it.
In reality, the makeup of gum makes it indigestible. It is about 30% gum base, which is a lot like rubber. However, it was a relief to learn it is expelled through natural processes within about 24 hours of consuming it.
When you were young, what urban myths did you believe to be true?