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20/20’s Summer Myths

The ABC News Program 20/20 ran an interesting special last night called “Summertime Myths.” I don’t generally watch all that much network TV, but a promo for this show caught my eye earlier in the day and I decided to tune in.

I’ve always been a fan of John Stossel since he comes across to me as a straight shooter. Compared to all the hot air blown around the network airwaves by the other windbags, I always enjoyed seeing him come on and tell it like it is.

The myths they discussed that I found particularly interesting are as follows:

Being in you car during a thunder storm does indeed offer some protection from lightning. This is, of course, if your automobile is made of metal. Corvettes and other non-metal vehicles don’t offer this protection.

“Premium” gasoline is a rip-off for the vast majority of drivers today. Today’s modern vehicles simply do not need it and will run every bit as good on the “regular” grade gasoline. The exceptions are some older vehicles which may “knock” or “ping” with the lower grade fuels and high-performance cars with high-compression engines.

That venerable old wives tale that suggests you should not go swimming right after eating is also complete nonsense. There is no evidence to support this claim whatsoever. I’ve had my doubts about this once since I was a kid. It always sounded silly to me.

The $3.00 bottle of self-tanning cream works just as good as the $30.00 bottle. They conducted some tests on the various brands of self-tanning creams and discovered that there was no detectable difference between them. They all contain the very same active ingredient, so it is easy to see why there was little or no difference between the bargain brand and premium brands.

Yes, it appears that cooking meat on the barbeque may increase your risk of getting cancer. Scientific evidence proves that carcinogens are produced during the process. They are not yet sure how significant the danger is at this point, but there are steps you can take to reduce the risk. For example, do not overcook you meat, pre-cook in the microwave first before placing it on the barbeque and for some reason that they don’t yet understand, using a marinate before cooking also reduces the risk.
If you care to read more about these summertime myths, you can click on the following link to visit the “20/20” web site.

20/20’s Summertime Myths

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