MYTH: IN PREGNANCY, CAN YOU TELL THE SEX OF YOUR BABY BASED ON HOW YOU’RE CARRYING IT?
Submitted by: Michelle Louviere
Every woman's body is unique, and the same goes for her abdominal musculature and pelvic inlet (how the baby is sitting in the pelvis). "Your body shape and your musculature determine how the baby is carried," says Leggett.
Also, multiple pregnancies can change musculature, and the more babies a woman has, the more she might protrude, versus carrying high. "Whether you are carrying Baby low or high is based on the position of the baby," says Dr. Melvin Seid, an OB-GYN with Lyndhurst Gynecologic Associates of Winston-Salem. Positions can change throughout the pregnancy, he adds.
"The way you carry your baby has more to do with your parity status (number of previous pregnancies), and the muscle and tone of your uterus," says Stein. So, although it's a fun guessing game, low babies and high babies give clues to a mom's body shape, not the sex of the bump.
Suspending a gold wedding ring from a necklace or string over Mom's belly will predict the baby's sex by the way the ring swings — circular motions for a girl, back and forth for a boy.
For years, elderly aunts and grandmothers have played this game. But Leggett says this is "really like picking a lottery number." She adds, "It's all cute and fun, and a nice game to play at your baby shower, but there is absolutely no scientific data to support that claim."
MYTH: CAN AN UNDERCOVER COP PULL YOU OVER IN OHIO?
Submitted by: Michael Suleski
Yes, undercover officers can pull you over….I think what you mean to ask is if an UNMARKED car can pull you over in Ohio.
Under Ohio law, any police vehicle which is used for traffic enforcement as its exclusive or main purpose must be properly marked and have at least one flashing/osolating light ON TOP of the vehicle.
ORC 4549.13 Marking and equipment for motor vehicle used by traffic enforcement officers. Any motor vehicle used by a member of the state highway patrol or by any other peace officer, while said officer is on duty for the exclusive or main purpose of enforcing the motor vehicle or traffic laws of this state, provided the offense is punishable as a misdemeanor, shall be marked in some distinctive manner or color and shall be equipped with, but need not necessarily have in operation at all times, at least one flashing, oscillating, or rotating colored light mounted outside on top of the vehicle. The superintendent of the state highway patrol shall specify what constitutes such a distinctive marking or color for the state highway patrol.
MYTH: CAN YOUR CELL PHONE BLOW UP A GAS STATION?
Submitted by: Jacklyn Hatch
After several reports where mobile phones were blamed for fires at gas stations, both the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA) and the American Petroleum Institute issued statements denying the risk. The CTIA said, “There is no evidence whatsoever that a wireless phone has ever caused ignition or explosion at a station anywhere in the world. Wireless phones don’t cause gas stations to blow up. Warnings being posted in petrol (gas) stations simply perpetuate the myth.” The American Petroleum Institute said, “We can find no evidence of someone using a cellphone causing any kind of accident, no matter how small, at a gas station anywhere in the world.”
There have been several warnings that made it sound like there were problems, but those were all circulated on the internet, and none of them were real.
So, just because it hasn’t happened yet, does this mean that cell phones can’t cause explosions?
According to some experts, there is a danger that using a mobile phone near gas pumps could touch off an explosion, but I couldn’t find any real-life instances. Plus, I’ve watched the Myth Busters episode where they tried to start a fire with a cell phone and they weren’t able to do it either; leading them to call this myth “BUSTED.”
So…what’s the answer?
Since the experts call this possible, but no one is able to recreate the event, I’m calling it this NOT TRUE! Any one can say something is possible, but in order for that to be true, you have to be able to make it happen. Since that is the case with this myth…I’m calling it just that…a myth!
Sources: New Scientist. “The Last Word.” May 9, 1998 (p. 105)
Pegg, Jo. “Petrol Stations’ Phone Warning Don’t Ring True.” South China Morning Post. July 18, 1999 (p. 2)
MYTH: ARE PROTEIN SHAKES A WASTE OF MONEY SINCE THE BODY CAN’T ABSORB A LOT AT ONCE?
Submitted by: Kevin Jewell
After searching the web for a while (and digging through TONS of ads for protein powder, I finally stumbled on to a few articles that hammer this out.
Here are some quotes from the articles I found…
"There is no doubt recovery after a weights or cardio session is improved if you consume good quality protein within an hour of working out. But the benefits top out at a dose of about 20-25 grams of protein."
Professor Ingo Froboese, from the Centre for Health at the German Sport University in Cologne, said that anyone consuming more than 0.8 and 1 gram of protein per kilogram of body weight could be damaging their metabolism, which can affect the kidneys.
So, what does this mean? If I’m answering the question as it was asked by Kevin, I have to say that it’s not true. Protein powder is useful as long as you don’t take in more than 20-25 grams per shake. If you’re taking more than that you’re just wasting your money, and possibly causing damage to your body.
From what I’ve read, there’s no need to buy a protein powder because you can easily get 20-25 grams of protein through your food. However, to get the true benefit of protein, it must be taken within an hour of your work out. That would mean pounding down food shortly after you work out. I don’t know about you, but one of the last things I want to do after working out is pounding a bunch of food.
This should all add up for you like it did for me. Protein powder works really well, and it’s convenient, but read the label and make sure you’re taking in the recommended amount, anything more than that and you’re risking your health.
MYTH: DO ONIONS REALLY BECOME TOXIC AFTER THEY ARE CUT, AND DO THEY REALLY ABSORB GERMS AND BACTERIA FROM THE AIR?
Submitted by: Anita Solis
I have to admit, I’ve never heard this before. I’ve certainly tackled the myths of the onion before. (YES, it IS sulfuric acid that burns your eyes when you cut them.) But this myth is new to me. Let’s get to the first part of this myth: Do onions become toxic after they’re cut?
After researching this I found that the myth came from a letter that was going around (on the internet of course) that claimed that when a large group of people become ill, the first place investigators look into is when the last time they ate raw onions.
The problem with this story is that it’s not true.
The truth is that there is NO scientific evidence that points at onions becoming toxic once they’re cut. There are reports of a lot of food poisoning coming from green onions (scallions). They can be tied to e.coli and other bacteria, but the regular onion is in the clear.
Now onto the other part of this myth; do onions absorb bacteria?
Sorry, but Dr Ruth MacDonald, Professor of the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University had this to say:
Dr. MacDonald: No, onions do not absorb bacteria. The idea that a vegetable would attract and suck into itself bacteria from the air is not even logical. The onion may turn black because it would eventually rot from both cell breakdown events and bacterial contamination if you left it out, not because it absorbs germs. Onions and garlic are slightly acidic which could have antibacterial effects if you rubbed the juice on things, but these are much less effective than bleach or chemical antibiotics. Eating these vegetables provides antioxidants that can have health benefits, but they are unlikely to prevent or cure disease.
Source: Mayer, Jean. “Food Q&A” The Washington Post. August 12, 1987 (p. E5)
Source: Opie, Iona and Moira Tatum. “A Dictionary of Superstitions” Oxford University Press; Oxford, 1992. (pp. 293-294)