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Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
The worms inside your face
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
Goldfinger Urban Legends
The authors of The Science of James Bond note that the movie Goldfinger has spawned two enduring urban legends: 1) That if you shoot out the window of a plane flying at 35,000 feet, the resulting depressurization will create enough force to suck a person through the hole. Not true! The authors say the airflow wouldn't even be enough to lift a person.

2) It is possible to suffocate by completely covering yourself in gold paint. Therefore, professional dancers who paint themselves know to leave a small bare patch of skin for air. Again, total myth. The authors state that the only danger of being covered with gold paint is "pores being clogged by the paint, causing overheating."

Link: Pasadena Star-News
Categories: Entertainment, Urban Legends
Posted by The Curator on Tue Feb 03, 2009
Comments (8)
What, you mean James Bond movies aren't scientifically accurate? I am crushed, crushed.
Posted by Big Gary  in  Punkin Center, Texas  on  Tue Feb 03, 2009  at  01:48 PM
Oddly enough Mythbusters handled both of these myths, though blowing the plane up was a lot cooler.
Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Tue Feb 03, 2009  at  02:56 PM
Here is a link for a website titled (on their home page), "Insultingly Stupid Movie Physics:

http://www.intuitor.com/moviephysics/

They cover a lot more than just the example stated in Alex's original post... Pretty cool...
Posted by Christopher  in  Warm, sunny Florida...  on  Tue Feb 03, 2009  at  05:46 PM
Remember when Oddjob took the reluctant gangster "to the airport"? What about the myth that a little Ford Ranchero car/truck could hold a full size Lincoln Continental in its bed without flattening it. Even when crushed it would still weigh the same wouldn't it?
Posted by UncleX  in  Riverside CA  on  Tue Feb 03, 2009  at  06:34 PM
I could never figure out why Goldfinger didn't just kill all the goons in the room and went through that weird charade of escorting the one guy out.
Posted by Joe  on  Sat Feb 07, 2009  at  05:21 PM
What about the biggest absurdities in the whole series?

1. That women would actually want to have sex with a amn.

2. That a British secret agent would be heterosexual in the first place.
Posted by D F Stuckey  in  Auckland New Zealand  on  Thu Feb 12, 2009  at  05:36 PM
There's no chance of suffocation if you cover yourself in body paint - but if you cover yourself in wall paint, for example, or exterior paint (because you're an idiot), the paint contracts as it dries, and that can cause some breathing problems (not to mention the fumes). I saw this one on Diagnosis Murder too!
Posted by Heather  on  Fri Feb 13, 2009  at  08:14 AM
Various paints have different toxins. The more surface area covered the greater the absorption. Painting yourself with lead paint would be a very bad idea.
Posted by wdl  on  Thu Mar 05, 2009  at  07:07 PM
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