Yesterday, in the middle of good conversation, a friend challenged me on a few key talking points. "Oh come on, that's not true," she said four different times. Alright then, let's settle this.
Q: Was the Atari game "E.T." so terrible that they ended up burying millions of them in the desert? A: Yes it was and yes they did. Snopes says this:
The sheer awfulness of the finished product was unprecedented...Atari, stuck with millions of games and consoles that were largely unsellable at any price, sent fourteen truckloads of merchandise from their plant in El Paso, Texas, to be dumped in a city landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico in late September 1983.
Q: Do people have a "milk-line," like cats and pigs, along which any third nipple is located? A: Little gross. Little weird. But lotta true. eMedicine says:
Supernumerary nipples are located along the embryonic milk line...In humans, the embryonic milk line extends bilaterally from a point slightly beyond the axillae on the arms, down the chest and the abdomen toward the groin.
Q: Do armadillos carry leprosy? A: They are unclean. Michigan State University says:
Wild armadillos have been known to be infected with the bacterium that causes leprosy (Hansen’s disease).But here's the silver lining:
The only cases of transmission from armadillos to humans have occurred in rare incidents in which people ate undercooked armadillo meat.
Q: Are Daddy Long Legs unbelievably poisonous, but unable to bite us because of their tiny little mouths? A: Oops, this one's not true. University of California Riverside's entomology department says this:
They do not have venom glands, fangs or any other mechanism for chemically subduing their food. Therefore, they do not have poison and, by the powers of logic, cannot be poisonous from venom. Some have defensive secretions that might be poisonous to small animals if ingested. So, for these daddy-long-legs, the tale is clearly false.So, friend, you're 1 for 4. Not bad. But still, I hope you learned your lesson. ps: In retrospect, that was a nerdy conversation. (Updated 6/13, a few hours after publishing)