Debunked: Kool-Aid…

We’re sure you’ve all heard the expression “Don’t drink the Kool-Aid” or some other expression about drinking the Kool-Aid as in mindlessly accepting some ideas.

It stems from a cult that allegedly drank poisoned Kool-Aid to kill themselves.

The actual group followed a preacher named Jim Jones to a place in Guyana. Their new homeland was named “Jonestown”

Eventually, in 1978 Senator Leo Ryan led a delegation to inspect Jonestown. Ryan was contacted by concerned relatives of some members, and intended to help some members repatriate if they so wished.

Instead Ryan was murdered – becoming the first US Senator to be assassinated in office.

The cult members proceeded to kill themselves by drinking poison. Many were injected by needle. Jones had become a licensed jeweler so he could legal obtain mass quantities of poisons like cyanide.

But the poison was not mixed in Kool-Aid – it was in Flavor-Aid.

They say there is no such thing as bad publicity, so some people think Kool-Aid has been benefitting from free publicity from this catastrophe all these years.

So there’s another debunked rumor. Not a fun one but we’re glad we can help.


Debunked Rumor: Disney…

Debunked Rumor: The Walt Disney Company did NOT file suit to have Pluto reinstated as a planet.

Some of us grew up believing that there were nine planets in our solar system. In 2006 the International Astronomical Union made a ruling that disqualified Pluto.

Of course, Pluto is the name of Mickey Mouses’s faithful canine companion. Some people thought that removing Pluto’s planetary title diminished the value of the Disney character.

Further fueling the rumor was the fact that Pluto was reclassified as a “dwarf planet.” This led to speculation that there was some sort of settlement that somehow promoted the seven dwarves of Snow White fame.

Now, we aren’t privy to any closed door meetings that may have been held, but all of the research we have conducted indicates that this whole situation was simply one coincidence after another.