I love Snopes.com. It’s often the first place I look when somebody sends me a story for the site that I’m not so sure about the truthfulness of, and it’s always where I send somebody who forwards me a dire warning about or a miracle cure for anything. If you’ve never used it, you should. It’s a fantastic resource for determining truth from fiction online.
But as you might expect, being an authority on all things…pretty much everything will net you lots of strange questions in the old email inbox. And because they’re awesome, the Snopes folks have decided to share a few of the stranger ones with us. For example:
Can you please find out if it is true that you will get shot in the Philippines if you sing Frank Sinatra’s “My Way”?
I think that’s in reference to this phenomenon.
I heard that in cars on cold nights, teenage boy’s penises have broken off from the cold. My boyfriend and I need to know now!
Can drinking frozen beer kill you?
No…unless it’s Coors. That stuff’ll kill you no matter the temperature. Avoid it at all cost.
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?
They say that if a person has a pet cat and dies, if the person’s body is not found fairly soon after death, the cat, having not been fed, will become ravenously hungry and eat the dead person’s face off — JUST the face!
Is this true? My cat often looks me in the face. I used to think he was just being friendly. Now I know he’s just sizing me up, like a chef at a butcher shop, waiting for “the big day”. Since hearing this rumor, every time my cat licks his chops it gives me the willies!
I knew I hated cats for a reason.
Can people see into your house if it’s darker in your house than it is outside? When I look around at other houses that don’t have lights on, I see darkness, a reflection or only what is immediately in front of the window (curtains, plants, etc.). As a result, I tend to act as though no one can see what I’m doing inside as long as the lights are off and there is no other source of light illuminating me. My wife, however, is often appalled by this behavior. Should she be appalled, or am I correct?
The hell are you doing in there?
I’ve been told that if you snort powdered glass as you would cocaine, you will die. Is this just a rumor, or would it actually happen?
If you need to know this for any reason other than research project, you deserve whatever happens to you. This is a fact.
I heard that bananas have a natural chemical that makes you happy. Is it also true that cockroaches can survive an atomic blast?
HOW MUCH DO BABY ANACONDAS WEIGH AT BIRTH?
My friend swears that you can’t be prosecuted for stealing a dead body because it has no intrinsic value. Is this true?
Is it true that a girl cannot get pregnant if her mate smokes the seeds of marijuana when he smokes marijuana, please tell me if this is true because a lot of people tell me it is true and a lot of people tell me it’s not and I don’t know whaether to believe it or not because this town lies a lot. thanks.
Can cocoa butter get rid of stretch marks?
can you tell me how i would analyze the effect each statistic has on the world.
There’s a lot more “What the huh?” in here and you should read it all, but I’ll leave you with this one. Which one should close this out was a tough choice, by the way.
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 …
If my invox is ever half this weird, I could die a happy man.