Ridiculous Things we've been told...

Jenni - posted on 03/15/2011 ( 46 moms have responded )

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What crazy, out there ideas have we been told by the mass media?

Y2Kish for example.

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Katherine - posted on 03/16/2011

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The circumcision based research in Africa by the AAP and CDC.

Jodi - posted on 03/16/2011

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Ah, I remember one that I saw here on CoM that left me kind of dumbfounded......

Vaccinations are our government's way of controlling the population. I honestly couldn't follow the most ludicrous conversation I ever saw, but somehow, the government is deliberately manipulating vaccines to kill off a percentage of the population, and that's why they push so hard for people to have them.



Yeah, that was in my early days on CoM. It was a HUGE WTF moment for me.....

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Vegemite - posted on 03/18/2011

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I love war of the worlds..... Anything coming from mars is a million to one they said but still they come.......



sitting on cold concrete will give you piles, haemorrhoids

Desiree - posted on 03/18/2011

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The world is always ending, just never when we think.
That BBBEE is benificitial for the Country. I still fail to see how.

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vaccines cause autism...the world will end in 2012 (please we all know the mayans just ran out of room on their calender stone) this so called moonageddon from the overly large full moon. um formula will kill my son :| twins have incestuous feelings for one another (i am yet to have a fantasy about having sex with my twin normally i want to kill him) a brother and sister should never share a room when they are teenagers because they may have sex with each other (again this has never happened) ohh and a new one today that a friend posted from some natropath ice cream causes polio ..yeah he didn't believe it either

Tracey - posted on 03/18/2011

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The world was supposed to end when I was at school. Teacher said if it ended we didn't have to do homework but until it did would we mind paying attention to the lesson.

Sarah - posted on 03/17/2011

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That the world will end Dec. 21, 2012! BAHAHAHAAAAA!!! I think the mass media tries to panic the common public with stupid theories like this all the time and it's sort of annoying!

Carolyn - posted on 03/17/2011

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man Y2K... I only ever beleived for a split second, on January 1st 2000 , at a bout 3 am, tripping on shrooms smoking a J in the garage at friends place out in the country, simultaneously, a truck pulled into the driveway causing all the windows in the garage to go white with light and an earthquake hit for like the first time ever in our little northern ontario city. ( at the exact same fucking time) I thought to myself " holy shit its really happening" then my friends mom came running out of the house in her nightgown screaming about a UFO. Needless to say, that was one wicked new years !

Iridescent - posted on 03/17/2011

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It's an unknown. People were born, people died. It was 1938 and none of it was well tracked. Grandma died? Throw her in the backyard. Sheesh.



Edited to add: Deaths WERE reported as a result of this. They weren't confirmed. Many things from that time frame were reported and never confirmed. This includes almost every birth and death, since birth and death certificates were not widely used yet.

Jenn - posted on 03/17/2011

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That doesn't answer how people died; because they didn't. The rumours of people dying was part of the hysteria, but not a fact.

Anna - posted on 03/17/2011

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Y2K! i remember people taking all their money out of the banks because they were scared the systems would freeze and stocking up on canned food.
i was at a 4 day new years dance party with no cell phone coverage and no electricity, only generators. we didnt know till 2nd jan if 'the world had stopped'...ofcourse it hadnt!

Iridescent - posted on 03/17/2011

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They thought the world was being overtaken by aliens. http://history1900s.about.com/od/1930s/a...
"All across the United States, listeners reacted. Thousands of people called radio stations, police and newspapers. Many in the New England area loaded up their cars and fled their homes. In other areas, people went to churches to pray. People improvised gas masks. Miscarriages and early births were reported. Deaths, too, were reported but never confirmed. Many people were hysterical. They thought the end was near."

Jenn - posted on 03/17/2011

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How did people die from the panic of War of the Worlds?

I remember Y2K and some people were all freaked out about it like the world was going to end or something. Very likely these are the same people who believe this 2012 crap.

Stifler's - posted on 03/17/2011

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Y2K! I was 11 and I was actually freaked out. "Global warming" causing the floods... the floods that have happened every 40 years forever.

Tracey - posted on 03/17/2011

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That everyone will die from ebola / swine flu / bird flu / bse.
100,000 deaths day predicted in UK.

Jenni - posted on 03/16/2011

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In the 1950's school children were told to hide under their desks with their hands over their heads to protect themselves from a nuclear holocaust.

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Astrology! What the?? So your personality for your whole life is affected by what time you were born? That's ridiculous! And that somehow you have characteristics (eg stubborn like a bull) which resemble some creature which someone thousands of years ago identified in a pattern of stars?? How can anybody in this day believe such nonsense, and why is it still taking up space in the newspapers??

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house hippos...i remember seeing it when i was younger on tv..i thought they were real and wanted one...i love peanut butter on toast too...

Nikki - posted on 03/15/2011

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Amy, it's possibly really inappropriate but I find that really funny. Not that they died but that people believed it!

Johnny - posted on 03/15/2011

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I put bird flu in this category. Not that there weren't risks, but the reality of those risks was completely overblown by the media. All the people running around in face masks and gloves was just too much.

Johnny - posted on 03/15/2011

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I didn't believe it either Jodi. I remember the computers being updated, and all that. But I did not think anything would go wrong. I went to a big house party that night. At midnight the whole house went dark and everything shut down. Everyone was freaking out. Girls were crying.... Then the hostess realized that her parents had just not turned off their usual power timer and when she flicked the switch, everything came back on. It was really apocalyptic for about 3 minutes.

Jodi - posted on 03/15/2011

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I remember Y2K and I NEVER believed it was going to be the disaster they all claimed. I remember updating all our computers and software, etc at work, but I wasn't too fussed about the whole thing. I was actually amused at all the reports of people buying up water and canned food, etc. Made for some interesting entertainment.

Jodi - posted on 03/15/2011

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I can't think of anything much else right now. I still think 2012 will go on this list.

JuLeah - posted on 03/15/2011

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'Killer bees' had me freaked out as a child in the Pacific Northwest.

Brandi - posted on 03/15/2011

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by the media? I can't really think of anything other than Y2K. But, that was a pretty big one. I REALLY thought the world was ending. I was like 12 years old!

Lacye - posted on 03/15/2011

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My sister's mother in law once told my niece that because she was old she could drive on any side of the road she wanted to. Needless to say, nobody rides with her anymore.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/15/2011

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I can't think of any right now, but my mother in law once told me that if my back gets cold, my milk will dry up.

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