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Is It True? 7 Internet Rumors That Turned Out To Be TRUE

You may have found yourself browsing the internet and coming across many articles asking you to share them on social media. This is a very common tactic used by those wanting to get their content out there. Even though there are many ways that people can fake something as true, in this article we will explore 7 Benign Internet Rumor That Turned Out To Be TRUE.

7 Rumors That Turned Out To Be TRUE

1. The Toothpaste and Aluminum Foil Trick

One popular rumor that has been circulating the internet for years is the toothpaste and aluminum foil trick. The idea is that by combining these two ingredients, you can create a powerful cleaning agent that will remove even the toughest stains.

It turns out that this rumor is actually true! The combination of toothpaste and aluminum foil can create a powerful cleaning solution. All you need to do is combine equal parts of each ingredient and apply it to the affected area. Leave it on for a few minutes before scrubbing it off with a brush.

2. The organ harvesting trade targeting at tourists in South-East Asian countries

People have been dismissing the rumors of organ harvesting as an urban legend, but it turns out that it is something that has truly happened.

The legend has it that the organs are being harvested from tourists who are lured to the park with the promise of cheap surgery. Once they arrive, they are drugged and their organs are removed without their consent.

Another version is that someone would meet an attractive girl in a pub, have a great night and get drunk, then wakeup in the bathtub filled with water and ice, with a note nearby: “You should call an ambulance”.

We all thought these to be urban legends; but recently, the organ harvesting industry in Cambodia’s KK tech park has hit headlines. Many people from China, Malaysia, Taiwan and even Japan are told to be accepted to jobs abroad with high salary. They board the airplane paid by the “employer”, got passports confiscated after landing, then are taken to work in all kinds of scams. The ones that do not cooperate would be sold to another company with worse condition, and the if they reach KK park in Cambodia, they will have their organs harvested, blood taken and died.

This is a horrifying practice that needs to be stopped immediately.

3. The “Face on Mars”

In 1976, NASA’s Viking 1 spacecraft took a photograph that seemed to show a human face on the surface of Mars. In 2015, NASA revealed that the “face on Mars” is actually an optical illusion caused by shadows cast by different rock formations in the area.

Source: NASA
Above: Side by side: a Viking 1 photo from 1976, a Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) image from 1998, and the latest MGS image from 2001.

4. The Russian Meteor

The Russian Meteor is a perfect example of an internet rumor that turned out to be true. In 2013, a meteor exploded over the city of Chelyabinsk, Russia. The explosion was so powerful that it caused damage to buildings and injured over 1,000 people. It is also called the Chelyabinsk meteor.

Meteorite explosion over Chelyabinsk on February 15, 2013
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File:Взрыв метеорита над Челябинском 15 02 2013 avi-iCawTYPtehk.ogv: Aleksandr Ivanov Cropping and conversion to gif: Hike395, CC BY-3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

When the news of the explosion spread online, there were rumors that the Russian government had caused the explosion. Some people even claimed that the government had been trying to cover up the incident. However, these rumors were quickly debunked by scientists. They explained that the explosion was caused by a natural phenomenon called an airburst.

Despite the scientific explanations, many people still believe that the Russian government was behind the explosion. The rumor continues to circulate online and is one of the most popular internet conspiracy theories.

5. Burning Forests Deliberately

There is a rumor circulating on the internet that forests are being deliberately burned down. While this may sound far-fetched, it is actually true. In many parts of the world, forests are intentionally set on fire in order to clear land for agriculture or other development.

This practice is particularly common in Indonesia, where large swathes of forest are burned every year. The resulting smoke often causes hazardous air pollution, which can lead to respiratory problems and other health issues.

While the burning of forests is not a new phenomenon, the scale of the problem has increased in recent years due to population growth and economic development. If action is not taken to address this issue, the problem is likely to get worse.

6. Michael J. Fox Has Been Diagnosed With Parkinson’s Disease

Michael J. Fox is a well-known actor who starred in the “Back to the Future” movies. In 1998, he publicly announced that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease is a neurological disorder that affects a person’s movement and speech.

Since his diagnosis, Fox has been an advocate for Parkinson’s research and awareness. He has founded the Michael J. Fox Foundation, which is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease.

In 2010, Fox appeared on “60 Minutes” and spoke about his battle with Parkinson’s disease. He said that he was determined to fight the disease and find a cure for it.

Fox continued to work as an actor after his diagnosis. In 2014, he starred in the TV series “The Michael J. Fox Show”, which was based on his life with Parkinson’s disease.

Unfortunately, in 2018, Fox announced that he was retiring from acting due to his health. He said that he wanted to spend more time with his family and focus on his health.

Despite his retirement from acting, Fox remains active in the fight against Parkinson

7. Mystical Creatures really exist – The Loch Ness Monster and Mermaids

The Loch Ness Monster, or Nessie, is a mythical creature that is said to live in Loch Ness, Scotland. It has been an iconic fixture of Scottish folklore and legend for thousands of years. The first reported sighting was about 565 AD and there have been hundreds of sightings in the last century. The mystery of what is lurking under the water has captivated both locals and tourists who visit Loch Ness to try and catch sight of this elusive creature.

For years, people have been claiming to see this creature. However, there has never been any concrete evidence to support these claims. Recently, however, a team of scientists from the University of Otago (New Zealand) discovered DNA evidence that suggests that the Loch Ness Monster may actually exist.

The idea is that the Nessie could actually be a giant eel, the scientist said.


The existence of mermaids– Mermaids are mythological beings said to be half woman and half fish. Rumors have circulated for centuries that actual mermaids exist in the ocean. The scientific explanations are they could be a Finless porpoise, or a dugong.

Dugong
Dugong
Credit: Motokoka, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons
Finless Porpoise
Finless Porpoise
Credit: Kuribo via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

One of the most well-known mermaid sighting caught on camera is the 2013 Kriya Yam near Haifa, Israel.

A tumblr blogger “beautymaiden” posted her adventurous visit to a mermaid mummy in Japan. Just like the western world, Japan has plenty of folklores and paintings of mermaid. It’s called ningyo in Japanese, meaning “Human Fish”. This one embedded below is being placed in a temple as a deity.