Did you know? 5 Ongoing Widespread Rumors

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“A lie can run around the world before the truth has got its boots on.” – Terry Pratchett, The Truth
A lie often spreads faster even though truth always reveals at the end. In this post, we will share with readers the 5 widely discussed rumors on the internet recently.

The metal monolith in Utah

Is there really a metal monolith in the Utah desert? The answer is… Yes!

For weeks, the mysterious metal monolith appearing in Utah has been the hot topic of discussion. Although why the monolith was created and who created the monolith remain a mystery, it is TRUE there was once a metal monolith. It was spotted in the Utah desert on Nov 18th, 2020 and then magically vanished a few days later.

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“Trans Species Man” who identifies as a deer shot by hunters

A short clip of a man dressed as a deer along with an article titled “TRANS SPECIES MAN WHO SELF-IDENTIFIES AS A DEER ACCIDENTALLY SHOT BY HUNTERS” has been spreading on social media.

The source of the incident came from a satire website called World News Daily Report. The website was rated as NOT TRUSTWORTHY by NewsGuard – News Daily Report “publishes hoaxes and made-up stories that are often widely shared and mistaken for news.”

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TROS movie releasing in 2020

Did you see a new clip on YouTube ad about Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (TROS)? Many people panicked when they saw the ad on YouTube, thinking they had traveled back to 2019 – since the clip didn’t specify which ‘Christmas’ the movie will be releasing. It’s TRUE that the ad was mistakenly published due to unknown reasons, but don’t worry, you don’t have to relive 2020, whew!

Screenshot of Youtube ad for TROS
Screenshot of Youtube ad for “TROS.” Source: Snopes.com

“Jingle Bells” written as a Christmas song

Did you know? “Jingle Bells” is NOT written as a Christmas song (gasp!). The discussion about the classic Christmas song is going viral, which occurs around this time every year. Debates about the origin and theme of the song were fierce, and evidence has shown that the melody and lyrics of “Jingle Bells” were not originally referring to Christmas.

Eating turkey makes you sleepy

Another old rumor that never gets old… Does eating turkey make you sleepy? No. Nope. Nada!

Since 2003, the discussion about whether turkey makes people sleepy becomes a reoccurring topic around Thanksgiving. This bold assumption can be traced back to an episode of Seinfeld in 1997, in which the characters tried to use turkey to make the woman sleep. They even mentioned the chemical “tryptophan.”

Turkey meat does contain amino acids (L-tryptophan). It can be changed into serotonin by our brains, making us calm, which could further help with better sleep. However, the L-tryptophan can make a person fall asleep ONLY WHEN it is consumed alone for a large amount. Given that turkey meat also contains other types of amino acids, it is incorrect to say turkey makes people sleepy.

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