Urban Myths and Legends

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Its probably something you heard a friend say or something that you thought might not be completely true, but had not way of proving.

Well here are a few urban legends that we were able to prove and set the myth straight once and for all.

The first rumor we want to prove is that milk from mastitis cows, or milk with blood in it, is used to make chocolate milk.

We asked Dave Nichols of Graff dairy if he had ever heard the myth and if any part of that rumor could be true. Nichols said, "That's real fantastic. You're not going to find any milk that's got that much discoloration that's going to be accepted by anybody."

So this rumor is absolutely false.

It may surprise you to find out what gelatin is made from. The most common way to make gelatin is to boil down the bones and hides of animals, usually cows, to extract the collagen, which is the main ingredient in gelatin. Another type of gelatin can be made from seaweed and is called Agar-Agar.

Here is one you may have received in your email. It says that a friend of a friend is a teacher at a college and is concerned that non-citizens are being given grants from the government to attend college. Specifically Pell Grants which are Federal Funds that do not have to be paid back by the student.

A quick call to the Federal Aid hotline at 1-800-4-FED-AID informs us that a student must have a social security number to apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA must be filled out in order to apply for any Pell Grant. The one catch here is that any student with a fake social security number could possibly apply for the FAFSA. But for the record, this email is a hoax.

This next myth comes to us from the pumps at the gas station. The signs warn customers not to pump gas while talking on their cell-phones or using any electronic device. The basis for this myth is that static electricity can be built up while talking on the phone and ignite the gas vapors. Station attendants say that they have never seen or heard of this actually happening but say that more fires are caused from people filling portable gas cans in the back of their vehicles and trucks.

While we at 11 News couldn't prove this one ourselves, at trip to the Discovery Channel's Myth Busters website tells us that they tried to prove the myth and failed. So for the record we are calling this one false.

The last myth we tried to prove was that a penny in the mouth will keep someone that had too many beers from blowing over the limit, and possibly reduce the reading to .000 on a Portable Breathalyzer Test. For this one we asked for help from the Mesa County Sheriff's Office.
After two beers, this reporter took a PBT (Portable Breathalyzer Test) and with no pennies in my mouth blew a .032. Then I placed two pennies in my mouth and held them there for a couple of minutes.
Corporal Roberts then administered the second PBT and the results were .025. Roberts said the results would vary with time and my metabolism rate. He said the results didn't show enough of a change to prove this one correct. So we concluded this myth is false.

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