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Old 03-18-2010, 12:41 AM   #1
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It Just Has To Be True!

Some of the things I read on the Internet just leave me shaking my head in utter disbelief. It seems that with all the power to research the truth people are more apt to believe the absurd. For instance, the belief that somehow you can blow up a gas station by using a cell phone at the pumps. After Myth Busters proved it couldn't be done the signs at the pumps started to disappear. I only see them at maybe one in ten stations I stop at now.

Tonight on another forum a guy is convinced that if his tires wear un-evelnly on his 4-wheel drive Jeep Cherokee that it will destroy the gearing in the differentials.

I also see so many times where guys are sure that storing a battery on concrete will kill it. This has been handed down through the generations and I believed it myself until I did some research. Seems it USED to be true but with modern manufacturing practices in batteries it isn't anymore.

So does anyone else here know of something that is "common knowledge" that really is just a myth? Or something that just makes you shake your head?
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Old 03-18-2010, 06:57 AM   #2
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Kind of goes along with people believing the "MAX TOW CAPACITY" of their tow vehicle. They fail to realize that is for the vehicle and driver only. Gotta leave the wife, kids, dog, bicycles, canoes, coolers, and everything else at home, and yes, even the adult beverage. Guess you could do what some bikers do, ship your stuff UPS to the campground so it is there when you arrive, then ship it home when you leave. Gotta tell you though, the wife won't be happy about that.
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Old 03-18-2010, 08:26 AM   #3
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How about the myth that all government programs are from someone else's money? That one seems to be believed by an awful lot of people!
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Old 03-18-2010, 11:59 AM   #4
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How about the myth that all government programs are from someone else's money? That one seems to be believed by an awful lot of people!
Oh how true! But for those that don't work for a living the money is someone else's.
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This stuff often won't die because well-meaning people float it out there and infect more people with it. My favorite is the battery on cement deal that Jeeper mentioned. That had some merit about a century ago but not today.
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Tonight on another forum a guy is convinced that if his tires wear un-evelnly on his 4-wheel drive Jeep Cherokee that it will destroy the gearing in the differentials.
This is true! I used to work at a Chrysler Jeep Dodge dealer and have seen this first hand. I`m not talking feathering either. if the tires have worn to the point the circumference has changed it could destroy the transfer case and or the limited slip or VariLock diffs. this is only an issue on fulltime 4WD systems (QuadraDrive/SelecTrac). I`ve even had to replace a viscous clutch on an all wheel drive minivan because the owner had 2 different types (same size) tires on his van. what I did was I move the tires on one side so as to give the effect of each axle having the same tire diameter.
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So not everything I read on wikipedia is true????
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Here is a site where you can look up "urban legends" to see if they have any basis in fact. http://www.snopes.com/snopes.asp
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