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68 Responses to Top 10 Fascinating Facts That Are Wrong

  1. Profile photo of SaintPatty
    SaintPatty Male 18-29
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    February 10, 2009 at 3:30 pm
    Link: Top 10 Fascinating Facts That Are Wrong - A thorough debunking of some of the silliest facts attributed to science. Like the `fold paper 7 times` myth.
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    habbazoot
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    February 10, 2009 at 3:43 pm
    i bet the goldfish memory one is on here
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    fr0d0lives Female 18-29
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    February 10, 2009 at 3:46 pm
    i don`t like how this article is worded...
    i dunno - they didn`t explain everything very well...
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    Fwoggie2 Male 30-39
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    February 10, 2009 at 3:47 pm
    Never mind McDonalds, what about Burger King?
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    Lionhart2 Male 40-49
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    February 10, 2009 at 3:49 pm
    Well of course they are disproved if you MISQUOTE them, or get the `fact` wrong in the first place. #1, for instance, "The Great Wall of China is the only manmade thing that can be seen from space" is a total misquote. It should be "the only thing that can be seen from the space between Cho Lin`s Laundry and Hoo`s House of Woks"
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    kiddo Male 13-17
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    February 10, 2009 at 3:50 pm
    folding paper 7 times is with a regular paper sheet used for printing- not gigantic toiletpaper or gold leaf.
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    habbazoot
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    February 10, 2009 at 3:53 pm
    terrible list, didnt even have it. plus i doubt they did major research (the peanut one, for example)
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    habbazoot
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    February 10, 2009 at 3:54 pm
    and they didnte even mention mythbusters, who did like 4 of these

    and they folded it over 7 times, with an actual piece of paper, giant or not

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    dirty_blue Female 18-29
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    February 10, 2009 at 3:55 pm
    ``I guess that proves that they aren’t making their ice cubes from bottled water...``
    Course we make them out of bottled water, we just keep them in our grandmas potty, next to our urinal `peenut` storage... Meh :(
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    panth753 Female 18-29
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    February 10, 2009 at 3:58 pm
    A good list, with some interesting facts.
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    _Perfection_ Male 18-29
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    February 10, 2009 at 4:07 pm
    Yeah, folding a piece of paper 7 times is meant for under regular circumstances.
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    Anyalazagna Female 18-29
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    February 10, 2009 at 4:11 pm
    This list wasn`t very interesting. A couple of them were only false because of technicalities. "Sure an elephant can`t jump, but it`s not the ONLY one that can`t."
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    Lionhart2 Male 40-49
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    February 10, 2009 at 4:20 pm
    5. If someone advertises goods for wrong price they have to put up with you bitching about it for an hour
    4. NASA invented the DustBuster because there were no women in space
    3. Polar Bears rip your entrails out with their left hand
    2. If a country opens a McDonalds, their neighbours assume they all want to die and go to war
    1. The Great Wall is the only structure visible from the space between Cho Lin`s Laundry and Hoo`s House of Woks.
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    Lionhart2 Male 40-49
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    February 10, 2009 at 4:21 pm
    Here are the REAL sayings:

    10. Study of peanuts on the toilet floor of a bar found traces of urine.
    9. Elevators kill when their mind snaps from the boredom of going up down up down up down...
    8. Can’t fold paper in half more than 7 times without getting a bad paper cut.
    7. Elephants don`t jump when you sneak up on them and shout `Boo!`
    6. One dog year is 7 human years in terms of amount of sex it gets

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    yoimmylene Female 13-17
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    February 10, 2009 at 4:29 pm
    I never did believe the Great Wall of China `fact.`
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    penguinazul Female 18-29
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    February 10, 2009 at 4:39 pm
    Fact number 2: No two countries with McDonald’s franchises have ever gone to war.

    (key word here: ever)

    They mentioned Russia and Georgia going to war. They mentioned Israel and Lebanon having some sort of conflict.

    Um...what about the Revolutionary war?
    The United States and the United Kingdom BOTH have McDonald`s, AND they`ve gone to war.
    How can they forget that one? DUHR.

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    penguinazul Female 18-29
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    February 10, 2009 at 4:41 pm
    Oh and what about WWI and WWII?
    I`m pretty sure that the majority of the countries that participated in those two wars have McDonald`s today.
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    mike3027 Male 18-29
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    February 10, 2009 at 4:43 pm
    Penguin = I thought he meant had McDondalds when they had the war. I could be wrong about that, but I know they didnt have McD`s during the Revolutionary war.
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    penguinazul Female 18-29
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    February 10, 2009 at 4:46 pm
    mike-

    You`re probably right. But the way they worded that sentence made it seem like no two countries that have mcdonalds have EVER gone to war. If he meant today, he should have said so. :P

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    Robert_D Male 18-29
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    February 10, 2009 at 4:47 pm
    Folding a paper more than 7 times is meant for newspaper I believe, and that weight of paper. Of course thinner paper will change the result, as will thicker "paper". Cardstock anyone?

    While it`s true Nasa did not invent the dustbuster the claim you don`t need to vacuum in a vacuum is remarkably shortsighted and demonstrates either a lack of awareness of what a vacuum is, a lack of understanding of the US space program, or a sad attempt to be funny.

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    ParasyT Male 13-17
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    February 10, 2009 at 4:50 pm
    "Um...what about the Revolutionary war?
    The United States and the United Kingdom BOTH have McDonald`s, AND they`ve gone to war."

    i was gonna bring that up...

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    mike3027 Male 18-29
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    February 10, 2009 at 4:53 pm
    I see what your saying Penguin. And I looked back and I agree, they could have worded that better.
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    splurbyburbl Male 30-39
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    February 10, 2009 at 4:55 pm
    So what they`re saying is I can now shake hands with polar bears? good to know...
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    mike3027 Male 18-29
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    February 10, 2009 at 4:58 pm
    Splurby = So what they`re saying is most everybody can shake hands with polar bears. Anybody who uses their arms to shake hands.
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    aero Male 18-29
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    February 10, 2009 at 5:14 pm
    VV actually, no one can shake HANDS with polar bears because polar bears don`t have hands! a ha ha... ha....... ha.........................................................................................ha.
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    FlameOfUdun Male 18-29
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    February 10, 2009 at 5:20 pm
    Paper folding one actually hasnt been disproved. If you make the paper REALLY long, you also have to make it REALLY thick. That`s what prevents you from folding....the thickness.
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    B-Hazard Male 18-29
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    February 10, 2009 at 5:21 pm
    not to mention shaking hands is considered an insult in the polar bear community and would result in your immediate mauling.
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    FxyRoxy777 Female 18-29
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    February 10, 2009 at 5:22 pm
    man i really thought 9 was true
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    brprince Male 18-29
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    February 10, 2009 at 5:24 pm
    ParasyT i would like to see your revolutionary American paradox complete with McRedCoat burger and chips...

    there wasn`t a macdonalds in america or england when we left you to your own devices over there..

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    mike3027 Male 18-29
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    February 10, 2009 at 5:35 pm
    I think Penguin and I already discussed this BRPrince. They just worded it wrong.
  31. Profile photo of Lionhart2
    Lionhart2 Male 40-49
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    February 10, 2009 at 5:38 pm
    FlameOfUdun
    > Paper folding one actually hasnt been disproved. If you make the paper REALLY long, you also have to make it REALLY thick

    Wrong dude, I suggest you check out Mythbusters Episode 72, Grant folded an ordinary piece of paper 8 times by hand, and Jamie & Adam were able to fold a sheet 11 times using a steamroller.

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    Shellie84 Female 18-29
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    February 10, 2009 at 5:39 pm
    polar bears are left handed...? we put our money into science to myth bust this?!
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    odeed Male 18-29
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    February 10, 2009 at 5:51 pm
    "Um...what about the Revolutionary war?
    The United States and the United Kingdom BOTH have McDonald`s, AND they`ve gone to war."

    The concept relies on the fact that McDonalds had been invented, and thus is an indictation of economic strength. The idea suggests that countries of more powerful economic structure tend to go to war with poorer countries. The Myth actually makes sense, however, the fact that McDonalds is so widely spead these days, means that it is no longer really a sign of economic power.

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    french88 Female 18-29
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    February 10, 2009 at 5:53 pm
    lol polar bears... I`m so glad our scientists are really putting effort into their jobs *sarcasm*
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    _Perfection_ Male 18-29
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    February 10, 2009 at 6:01 pm
    "Paper folding one actually hasnt been disproved. If you make the paper REALLY long, you also have to make it REALLY thick. That`s what prevents you from folding....the thickness."

    You should probably look something up before making a statement about it. A wrong statement.

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    primetimekin Male 18-29
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    February 10, 2009 at 6:08 pm
    wow... there are a few there that shocked me
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    maceizballin Male 13-17
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    February 10, 2009 at 7:07 pm
    this put my elevator fear to rest lol
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    lilhawk2892 Male 13-17
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    February 10, 2009 at 7:12 pm
    "Paper folding one actually hasnt been disproved. If you make the paper REALLY long, you also have to make it REALLY thick. That`s what prevents you from folding....the thickness."


    why? why cant you have a really thin really long piece of paper?

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    nobody404 Male 13-17
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    February 10, 2009 at 7:39 pm
    "why? why cant you have a really thin really long piece of paper?"

    That wouldn`t make a difference, the thickness expontentially increases.

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    opiebreath Female 18-29
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    February 10, 2009 at 7:53 pm
    I really wish they would`ve had the "We only use 10% of our brains" one. Everyone acts sooooo smart when they quote that, and it`s about as true as a blue squirrel.
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    pandaXtreme Female 13-17
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    February 10, 2009 at 7:53 pm
    i was shoked by a few one with poo in the ice in bars was the most shoking XP
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    Habute Male 18-29
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    February 10, 2009 at 8:07 pm
    Polar bears are left handed... pssssh whatever my little fluffy used his right paw when he shook my hand. Okay lame comment, too tired to try to be creative.
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    CoffeeDiiva Female 40-49
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    February 10, 2009 at 8:14 pm
    I never heard of some of those, but some I knew yay me, I knew about the great wall, offer to buy (because I work in retail and i hate customers lol ok just stupid rude ones) & old dogs
    *skips away feeling pretty smart*
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    the-stray Female 18-29
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    February 10, 2009 at 8:28 pm
    "False Fact: One dog year is equal to seven human years"

    Shouldn`t it be the other way around? One human year is equal to seven dog years?

    Oh, and the whole, folding paper more than seven times, watch mythbusters, they go over it. SHE USED GOLD LEAF AND TOILET PAPER, so not the same thing as normal paper. Plus, she folded it lengthwise, the fact is that you fold it repeatedly in half and it gets rotated each time between folds so it isn`t the same folding technique.

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    Suicism Male 18-29
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    February 10, 2009 at 8:44 pm
    Thank you for that; especially the part about the Great Wall.
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    VagueReality Female 18-29
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    February 10, 2009 at 8:46 pm
    so.. then they should be called facts, right?
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    d_katman Male 13-17
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    February 10, 2009 at 10:41 pm
    can whales jump?
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    MegadethYAH Male 13-17
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    February 10, 2009 at 11:29 pm
    I can fold a piece of paper over 9000 times.
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    ScottSerious Male 18-29
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    February 10, 2009 at 11:41 pm
    "can whales jump?"

    yes. yes they can.

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    Tisjokar Male 18-29
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    February 10, 2009 at 11:55 pm
    Meh, knew most of them
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    thebigq Male 18-29
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    February 11, 2009 at 1:01 am
    For #5, onetime someone changed the milk to 99 cents and some non-nice individual tried to coerce me into giving it to him for that price. I calmly grabbed the little plastic numbers and made the milk $99.99 and said "you still want it for what the shelf says? It`s $4.39 or get the drat out." I haven`t seen him again.
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    s0rd3dvis1on Male 18-29
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    February 11, 2009 at 2:29 am
    thebigg nice. Also ha funny myths
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    Devi3000 Female 18-29
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    February 11, 2009 at 2:59 am
    They should add global warming is human caused here as well as you have to drink 8 glasses of water a day to be healthy, ward off cancer, and stay hydrated.
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    odeed Male 18-29
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    February 11, 2009 at 5:32 am
    "They should add global warming is human caused here"

    I have to say, I`m with you on that one.

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    BoomBox Male 13-17
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    February 11, 2009 at 6:12 am
    I only knew like 4 of those.
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    davymid Male 30-39
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    February 11, 2009 at 6:51 am
    "Everyone acts sooooo smart when they quote that, and it`s about as true as a blue squirrel."

    Opie, now what ya got?

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    Boredx12 Female 13-17
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    February 11, 2009 at 9:34 am
    I knew about the McDonalds one being wrong.
    Although I can see why people would be tricked by it, since if everyone ate there regularly we`d all be too fat to move, let alone start a war.
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    Gerbear Female 18-29
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    February 11, 2009 at 1:21 pm
    In order to calculate dog years, thanks to me spiffily watching Animal Planet on rare occasions, is simple. The first two years are equivalent to twenty-five human years and every year after that counts for four human years. (:
    Myth debunked! *bows*
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    ThatWasFunny Male 18-29
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    February 11, 2009 at 3:19 pm
    "False Fact: One dog year is equal to seven human years"

    Whoa, they states the incredibly obvious!

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    XxNaruNaruxX Male 13-17
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    February 11, 2009 at 4:06 pm
    Lol, Mythbusters disproved the paper one. They just got a HUGE piece of paper and managed to fold it either 8 or 9 times without the help of anything but themselves. Then they used a steamroller to fold it like 4 more times hahaha.
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    firefliet Female 18-29
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    February 11, 2009 at 6:45 pm
    MythBusters did a ton more than those, as well. ^w^ If I ever see more of those lists, I`ll keep track of the fake facts.
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    Skankenstein Female 13-17
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    February 12, 2009 at 10:45 am
    Lmao @ the blue squirrel. XD
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    carolinads13 Female 13-17
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    February 12, 2009 at 3:08 pm
    It`s amazing how many people quote those trying to sound smart...
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    Drawstring Male 18-29
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    February 13, 2009 at 10:56 pm
    the paper thing is ment to be just a 12x12 paper then people got nuts
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    daruiz Male 18-29
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    February 15, 2009 at 10:20 pm
    ive always called people out for the great wall of china thing. i mean come on people just because its really long doesn`t mean its visible from space.
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    daruiz Male 18-29
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    February 15, 2009 at 10:21 pm
    by 12 X 12 do you mean 8.5 x 11?
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    DavioMagnifi Male 13-17
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    February 16, 2009 at 6:20 pm
    "Britney Gallivan proved it wrong by folding a piece of thing gold leaf more than 7 times with the use of tweezers."

    Nice use of your time /sarcasm, but gold leaf isn`t paper.

    "Seven hours of folding later, they had folded into 12 folds."

    Once again, not paper. And I believe the original myth was an 8x11 sheet of paper.

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    DavioMagnifi Male 13-17
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    February 16, 2009 at 6:25 pm
    "Lol, Mythbusters disproved the paper one. They just got a HUGE piece of paper and managed to fold it either 8 or 9 times without the help of anything but themselves. Then they used a steamroller to fold it like 4 more times hahaha."

    ya but its not proportional to an 8.5x11 peice of paper

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