Rumor Flies

Rumor Flies


Rumor Flies discusses the origins, evolution, and veracity of all your favorite rumors, myths, and misconceptions.

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401 - Facebook Round-Up

1:21:59 | Jul 24th, 2017

We are back with SEASON FOUR! What constitutes "Fake News"? Have you shared any by accident? What are some of the giveaways of false or misleading news? Join us as we explore this subject and some of our favorite headlines on this week's Rumor Flies!...Show More

503 - Food: Hyper Soy Bois

1:01:35 | Feb 26th, 2018

Delicious myths of epic (pro)portions are back! Are hotdogs made of "animal spare parts"? Does sugar make kids hyper-active and/or lead to a "sugar crash"? Find out these answers and more on this week's Rumor Flies!Please consider supporting the show...Show More

501 - Facebook Roundup: Bogus Bitcoin

1:05:36 | Jan 29th, 2018

We are back with our analysis of "fake news" on facebook! We break down misleading headlines, look for the original rumor mills, and discuss more in this season 5 opening spectacular! Please consider supporting the show on Patreon!As always, you can ...Show More

409 - Animals: Turkettes

1:01:21 | Nov 13th, 2017

Do bees die after stinging? Can a turkey really drown from rainfall? Join us to find out the answers to these questions and more on this week's Rumor Flies!Please consider supporting the show on Patreon!Check us out at, on f...Show More

408 - Death: They Live!

1:21:39 | Oct 30th, 2017

Image Source Has Elvis left the building? Is Tupac chilling on an island with Biggie? Did Andy Kaufman fake his own death? Join us as we explore the myths surrounding celebrity deaths! Listen h...Show More

407 - Gross Myths: "Dreaded" Spiders

1:14:44 | Oct 16th, 2017

Time to get spookily dookily with nasty, cringe-inducing myths! Can spiders grow and live in dreadlocks? Have dead bodies been used as Halloween decorations? Have HIV-positive needles been used as a harmful prank? Join us on this unsettling episode o...Show More

404 - History: Taft Tub and Jumbo

1:32:42 | Sep 4th, 2017

Historical myths of monumental-proportions! We explore some individuals and the legends that surround them. Was Napoleon Bonaparte actually short in stature? Did Hitler have unique sexual proclivities? Did President Taft get stuck in a bathtub? Find ...Show More

403 - Snapple Fact Check!

0:00 | Aug 21st, 2017

Remember all those factoids you read under Snapple caps (or maybe you never had a Snapple - your loss)? Welcome to the first ever "Snapple Fact Check"! We grabbed multiple random "facts" and investigated them. Join us as we investigate these deliciou...Show More

701 - Multi Level Marketing Survey

1:27:51 | Apr 1st

Herbalife, Vector Marketing, Lularoe…the list is endless. Join us as we break down (and distinguish!) pyramid schemes and multi-level marketing, as well as the flagrant offenders and their victims. Check out Betting on Zero on Netflix!**We are not sp...Show More

Bonus: "The Satanic Panic" + World Shop!

1:37:50 | Mar 4th

Join us for another special between-season goodness! This time we teamed up with the awesome folks at World Shop! World Shop gets together and creates worlds from scratch every episode (think: the prep for a great game of D&D or other tabletop RPG). ...Show More

Bonus: Fyre Fest, ft. Movie-Go-Round!

1:14:22 | Feb 20th

Oh snap that’s right! It’s some between-season goodness, featuring the awesome folks at Movie-Go-Round! Brett, Nicole, and David join me (Greg) to discuss not the one, but the TWO Fyre Fest documentaries. We discuss the festival, the documentaries, a...Show More

610 - The Holidays: Soccer at Verdun

1:36:54 | Dec 17th, 2018

THE FINALE IS HERE! Did German and British troops play soccer together at Christmas during WWI? What are the true origins of Santa Claus? Who the hell were the Three Wise Men? Find out on this cozy, fireside holiday episode of Rumor Flies!Did you kno...Show More

609 - Disney: Ashes Suck

1:33:13 | Nov 26th, 2018

DISNEY IS BACK BAYBAY! What happens if you scatter a loved ones ashes at Disney? Are there plans for a “Villains Park”? Find out on this magical episode of Rumor Flies! Did you know we are now on Spotify!?Show notes, as always, can be found here.Chec...Show More

608 - Food: Deadly Delicatessen

57:10 | Nov 12th, 2018

Is “fugu” (puffer fish) dangerous to eat? Do almonds contain cyanide? Can a poinsettia send you to an early grave? Find out on this deadly-tasty episode of Rumor Flies! As always, you can find the show notes here.Check us out at www.rumorfliespodcast...Show More

607 - History: I am a Generous Oscar

56:53 | Oct 29th, 2018

Did 300 Spartans face off against the Persian army? Did Archimedes create the first laser? How accurate are our portrayals of ninjas? Find out these answers and more on this historic episode of Rumor Flies!As always, you can find the show notes here....Show More

606 - Body: Concussed

1:08:07 | Oct 15th, 2018

How do you best handle concussion victims? Are all fingerprints unique? Can the body not make new brain cells? Join us on this epidermal episode of Rumor Flies!As always, you can find the show notes here.Check us out at, on ...Show More

605 - Death: Half Ham Sandwich

1:07:08 | Oct 1st, 2018

Can you pee on the electric fence? What’s the deal with Korean “fan death”? Does quicksand really pull people down to their doom? Join us on this deadly episode of Rumor Flies!As always, you can find the show notes here.Check us out at www.rumorflies...Show More

604 - Weather: NOAA's Ark

0:00 | Sep 17th, 2018

Does lightening never strike the same place twice? Are no snowflakes alike? Do green clouds mean a tornado is coming? Join us for an inclement episode of Rumor Flies!As always, you can find the show notes here.Check us out at More

603 - Sports: The Five Guys Conspiracy

1:36:31 | Sep 3rd, 2018

Did Bobby Riggs throw “The Battle of the Sexes”? Is Star Craft the official sports of South Korea? What was the extent of Michael Jordan's gambling? Join us, the last ones picked for kickball, on this week's Rumor Flies!As always, you can find the sh...Show More

602 - Survival: Fallout Edition

1:33:22 | Aug 21st, 2018

Would a nuclear war render all food and water toxic? Can alcohol protect you from radiation? Would wildlife and fauna mutate after a nuclear war? Join us as we explore these questions and more on this radioactive episode of Rumor Flies!As always, you...Show More

601 - Facebook Roundup!

1:11:07 | Aug 6th, 2018

Facebook myths (and otherwise!) are on the menu! Did a Popeyes manager mix cocaine into the breading? Did a man survive a year without food? Did Buzz Aldrin say we never went to the moon? Join us for a fabricated episode of Rumor Flies!As always, you...Show More

510 - Remedies: The Old Fashioned Way

1:14:15 | May 28th, 2018

What hiccup cures actually work? Can you stop a brain-freeze with your tongue? Do you "feed a cold, starve a fever"? Join us as we explore the questions and more on this remedial finale of Rumor Flies!As always, you can find the show notes here.Check...Show More

509 - Survival: The Perfect (Pod)cast

0:00 | May 14th, 2018

How do you can prevent hypothermia? Can you eat snow to hydrate? Is building a fire in a cave a hazard or a necessity? Find out on this elementally-exposed episode of Rumor Flies! Pro-Tip: Make sure to listen to the very end!As always, you can find t...Show More

508 - Animals: Bad to the Bone

1:02:01 | May 7th, 2018

Animal myths are back! Are "Daddy Longlegs" the most venomous spider? Are flamingos actually white? Do piranhas actually eat people (down to the bone)? Join us on this very wild episode of Rumor Flies!As always, you can find the show notes here.Check...Show More

507 - Pirate Myths

1:05:04 | Apr 23rd, 2018

Yarrr, mateys! Did pirates talk like we think they did? Why did pirates use eyepatches? Was Blackbeard all myth, all truth, or somewhere in between? Join us on this high seas-sailing episode Rumor Flies! As always, you can find the show notes here.Ch...Show More

506 - Holden McNeely and Video Game Myths

1:28:53 | Apr 9th, 2018

Did Atari bury millions of copies of the alleged "worst game of all time" in the desert? Does blowing on game cartridges/cleaning discs with toothpaste "fix" them? Are those secret characters you heard about true? We are thrilled to be joined by Hold...Show More

505 - Gross Myths: Maggot Brain

1:11:07 | Mar 26th, 2018

Please consider supporting the show on Patreon.Can maggots live in your brain? Do some pools have "urine detectors"? Are there "flesh-eating bananas"? Join us for another nasty episode of Rumor Flies!As always, you can find the show notes here.Check ...Show More

504 - Sports: Get Hoffa my Case!

1:10:01 | Mar 12th, 2018

Please consider supporting the show on Patreon.Did Babe "The Great Babino" Ruth eat hotdogs on the job? Do helmets/padding in the NFL make the injuries worse? Join us for a full-contact episode of Rumor Flies!As always, you can find the show notes he...Show More

Bonus Episode: Rumor Flies "50 for 50" Trivia Spectacular!

39:20 | Mar 5th, 2018

As promised! You all responded so well to our "challenge": Your patreon donations doubled in a matter of weeks! Thank you all so, so much. As a reward, we produced this trivia showdown between Josh and Ryan! Who knows the most Rumor Flies trivia? Let...Show More

502 - Snapple Fact Check 2

1:01:24 | Feb 12th, 2018

Snapple is back in the crosshairs! Does the average dream only last a few seconds? Did wild camels once roam the Arizona deserts? Can a Venus Flytrap consume an entire cheeseburger? Join us for a very special episode of Rumor Flies!Please consider su...Show More

Bonus: "Awful Good Movies" ft. Jeremy Johnston

1:19:06 | Jan 2nd, 2018

Welcome to some between-season goodness! Jeremy Johnston (remember that film round table forever ago!?) returns against his better judgment to test out a new podcast idea! If you remember Jeremy, you'll recall that his film knowledge is next level - ...Show More

410 - Body: Baldy Finale

1:10:57 | Nov 27th, 2017

Does the color of your mucus indicate what illness you have? Does your mother's father determine when you bald? Does 90% of your body heat escape through your head? Join us for the season finale on a very special episode of Rumor Flies!Please conside...Show More

Special Announcement: Rumor Flies "50 for 50"

01:00 | Nov 10th, 2017

We are approaching our 50th OFFICIAL episode of the show (just 17 days away!)Listen to this short announcement for details on our special challenge for our awesome listeners!Please consider donating to the show here at Patreon!

406 - Sayings: xX420YoLoXx Edition

1:01:50 | Oct 2nd, 2017

Despite Greg's concerns and warnings, we are now doing an episode on sayings! What is the origin of calling someone a "cracker"? How about "handicapped"? What exactly is the "rule of thumb"? Find out on this week's tip-toe-y Rumor Flies!Listen here, ...Show More

405 - Nautical Survival: He Cheated

0:00 | Sep 18th, 2017

Survival myths are back! Can you survive at sea drinking sea water? Can you scare off a shark with a swift punch in the nose? Find out on a very special episode of Rumor Flies!Check out our brand new Patreon! Please consider contributing and/or shari...Show More

402 - Forensics! (pt. 2)

1:17:20 | Aug 14th, 2017

Forensics myths continued! We continue our discussion of forensic myths with subjects the mind/profile of a "psychopath"? How long does it take do get a DNA sample? Is it even useful? Find out on a very special episode of Rumor Flies!Check out The Ma...Show More

402 - Forensics ft. The Mad Scientist Podcast! (pt. 1)

0:00 | Aug 7th, 2017

Forensics myths! Do polygraph tests identify lies and truths? How effective are DNA tests? Is blood splatter analysis able to tell us how someone was murdered? Find out on a very special episode of Rumor Flies!Check out The Mad Scientist Podcast! The...Show More

Bonus: Disney Roundtable

1:06:10 | Jun 26th, 2017

The between-season goodness returns! As we take a break from our Disney launch episodes (though we are FAR from done with Disney!) we felt it was appropriate to do a casual "round-up" of some great myths and stories that didn't quite make it into the...Show More

310 - Alcohol: Cement Mixing and Cold Confusion

1:13:56 | Jun 5th, 2017

Does a cold shower sober you up? What about coffee? Does alcohol effect your body temperature? Find out these answers and more on the season 3 finale of Rumor Flies! This week's musical guest: Overgrown - Sage. We have a video special for you! Ch...Show More

309 - Movies: Spielbergian

1:19:10 | May 15th, 2017

Cinematic myths of epic proportions! Was there a death on the set of Goldfinger? Did Steven Spielberg start off by sneaking on to movie sets? What really happened to Brandon Lee on the set of The Crow? Find out these answers and more on this week's R...Show More

308 - Animals: Elephant Bookies

1:11:17 | May 1st, 2017

Can you get warts from touching a toad? Does touching a baby bird cause its mother to abandon it? Do elephants really never forget? Find out on this week's "Rumor Flies"!

307 - Aphrodisiacs: Cosmo Edition

1:00:26 | Apr 17th, 2017

Are there aphrodisiacs out there that are truly effective? Can "Cosmopolitan" provide useful information on your sex life? How immature can 3 dudes get while exploring this subject? Find out the answers to these questions and more on this week's "Rum...Show More

New Format: Who Dis?

24:23 | Apr 1st, 2017

Come join us as we test out some new show formats! Please let us know what you think - do you prefer format 1, 2, or 3? Check us out at, on facebook, @rumorflies on twitter and instagram, and subscribe to us on youtube for e...Show More

306 - Survival: Cactus if you can

1:10:57 | Mar 27th, 2017

Can you drink water from a cactus? Was Bear Grylls correct about the merits drinking one's own urine? Did Organ Trail lead us astray? Come join us as we once again overly stress that we are not experts on this week's Rumor Flies! Check us out at www....Show More

305 - Sleep: Eight-Legged Dreams

1:17:34 | Mar 13th, 2017

Will you consume spiders in your lifetime? Is it dangerous to wake a sleepwalker? Does melatonin actually work as a sleep aid? Find out on this week's Rumor Flies!  This week's musical guest/track: "Sait" - Morgan Greenwood nsavides podcast: http:/...Show More

304 - Legal Myths: We're not Lawyers

1:06:57 | Feb 27th, 2017

Can you do a "Citizen's Arrest"? Do you have "the right to remain silent"? Are we even remotly qualified to give you legal advice? Come get litigious on this week's Rumor Flies!

303 - Food: Of Course, My Horse(meat)!

1:07:53 | Feb 13th, 2017

Does Taco Bell use dog food-grade meat? Can Coca-Cola clean a car battery? Are fortune cookies actually Chinese? Come find out on this week's tasty installment of Rumor Flies!  This week's musical guest/track: Black Smurf - "444" As always you can ...Show More

302 - Rome ft. Daniele Bolelli

52:33 | Jan 30th, 2017

We are so incredibly thrilled, humbled, excited, and many other adjectives, to announce our special guest: Daniele Bolelli! Some of you may recognize him from his podcasts, History on Fire and The Drunken Taoist. Daniele generously donated his time a...Show More

301 - Disney: The Man, The Myth, The Popsicle

1:15:26 | Jan 16th, 2017

The Disney trilogy comes to a crashing finale in the first installment of Season 3!

300 - Season 3 Announcement and Some News

04:03 | Jan 16th, 2017


Cultured Meat: Dispelling Myths with New Harvest (Transcript Included)

40:07 | Dec 29th, 2016

Cultured meat, more frequently known as "lab meat," is an upcoming culinary and potentially ecological innovation that will become a growing topic of excitement and controversy in the near future. Rumor Flies interviews Daan Luining of New Harvest in...Show More

Mythconceptions: An Interview with "Truth in Advertising"

41:06 | Nov 21st, 2016

Shana Mueller of "Truth in Advertising" (TINA) was generous enough to discuss the problems (and misconceptions) of "false advertising" in the US.

210 - Dr. Oz and Infowars (ft. Blurry Photos)

2:07:31 | Oct 10th, 2016

The season finale is here! Join us (along with special guests, Dave and David of Blurry Photos) as we use research, common sense, and a wee bit of pent up aggression, to take on the great snake oil salesmen of our time! What is actually in the produc...Show More

209 - Alcohol: Breaking the Seal

1:21:11 | Oct 3rd, 2016

Does "carbing up" reduce the impact of alcohol? Does the Green Fairy haunt Absinthe? Can you make LSD from Foster's beer? Find out on this week's Rumor Flies! This week's musical guest/track: Yndi Halda - "Golden Threads from the Sun"Check us out at ...Show More

208 - Sex & Pregnancy

50:24 | Sep 26th, 2016

Can you get pregnant in a hot tub? Is gravity a contraceptive? Are pregnant women "eating for two"? Find out on this week's Rumor Flies! This week's musical guest/track: Greg Schatz and Friggin' Geniuses - "I Hope You're Happy Now"Check us out at www...Show More

207 - Drugs: Rehashed

1:14:29 | Sep 19th, 2016

Were the founding fathers in the Green Party? Can smoking bedbugs get you high? Why could bagels ruin your professional career? Come get toasty with this week's Rumor Flies!This week's musical guest/track: Elohim - "Xanax"Check us out at www.rumorfli...Show More

206 - Fairytales ft. Singing Bones

1:33:44 | Sep 11th, 2016

We are incredibly excited to announce another awesome guest for our show - Clare Testoni of Singing Bones, another great podcast in the Dark Myths collective. Is Aladdin Chinese? What is it with the Greeks and "hard lessons"? Where is the border betw...Show More

205 - Animals: Sorry, Armadillos

1:04:04 | Sep 5th, 2016

Should armadillos have a centuries-old grudge? Do lemmings actually dive to their deaths? What do ostriches and Roman soldiers have in common? Find out this week on Rumor Flies!This week's musical guest/track: Lit by Fire - "Daybreak"Check us out at ...Show More

204 - Cold War ft. The Eastern Border

1:08:49 | Aug 29th, 2016

This week we have a special guest: Kristaps Andrejson of The Eastern Border! Kristaps is a fellow "Dark Lord" over at Dark Myths and a huge supporter of Rumor Flies. What lengths would factories go to in order to meet quota in the USSR? Did NASA wast...Show More

203 - Food: Salty over Coffee

1:15:18 | Aug 22nd, 2016

Is your Napoleon complex the result of coffee? What are the risks, if any, associated with aspartame? What part of your s'mores is most likely to kill you? Find out these answers and more on this week's Rumor Flies!This week's musical guest/track: Ki...Show More

202 - The Anarchist Cookbook

1:12:34 | Aug 14th, 2016

Remember hearing about this guy in grade school? We sure do. Can you hypnotize your enemies? Is homemade napalm possible? Can you make drugs with peanuts and bananas? Come learn about the history, myths, and public reaction to "The Anarchist Cookbook...Show More

201 - Disney: Moral Fixation

1:17:39 | Aug 6th, 2016

We're back! Welcome to Season 2. This week, we once again start off with our favorite subject: Disney.Is there phallic imagery in The Little Mermaid? Can you feel the love tonight in The Lion King? Have disgruntled Disney employees gone out of their ...Show More

Season 2: Electric Boogaloo

02:26 | Jul 31st, 2016

Oh snap it's Saturday why is there a Rumor Flies release? Because SEASON TWO IS UPON US! Season 2 of Rumor Flies: Coming August 6th! This episode features all the info you need to brace yourself for the coming awesome. Thanks as always for the suppor...Show More

Rumor Flies Bonus: Film Roundtable

1:20:12 | Jul 18th, 2016

Some more between-season goodness! The Rumor Flies guys sit down with two friends and cinephiles, David and Jeremy, to discuss cinema. We discuss what makes something a "film," touch on a few myths and concepts, and more. Enjoy! Check us out at www.r...Show More

Mythconceptions: Fan Theories with NOLAnerdcast

1:00:11 | Jul 4th, 2016

Another between-the-season-goody as we prep for launch of Season 2! Matt Finneman of the NOLAnerdcast, a podcast based in (get this) New Orleans that focuses on (wait for it) all things nerdy. Matt brings his usual humor, charm, and takes on various ...Show More

Season One Recap and Outtakes

57:28 | Jun 20th, 2016

Oh snap! Additional content? That's right. We're back with a look back on the season - favorite episodes, what we learned, and more. After we finish patting ourselves on the back, tune in for some never-before-heard highlights and outtakes from our w...Show More

110 - Alcohol: A Totally Scientific Experiment

1:25:38 | May 30th, 2016

Can a breathalyzer be tricked? Should you drink liquor before beer? Does dark liquor lead to a worse morning after? Where is Greg? Find out the answers to these questions (and more) in the SEASON ONE FINALE of Rumor Flies! This week's musical track/...Show More

109 - Remedies: How Carrots Won the War

1:04:51 | May 23rd, 2016

Would Bugs Bunny be eligible for RAF? How does one subdue Pepé Le Pew? Was N*Sync sponsored by Big Lemon? Find out this week on Rumor Flies! This week's musical track/guest: Aetherius - "Drift Apart" Hit us up:, rumorflies...Show More

108 - Body: Cracking Knuckles and Power Licking

56:59 | May 16th, 2016

Does cracking your knuckles give you arthritis? Does shaving and/or cutting your hair affect how it grows back? Can you bench press with your tongue? Which parent can you forever blame for baldness? Find out these answers and more on this week's Rumo...Show More

107 - Drugs: “Butt Hash”

56:38 | May 9th, 2016

Can you overdose on marijuana? Can you get hopped up on toad? Can LSD give you flashbacks? Can LSD give you flashbacks? Find out this week on the latest Rumor Flies! This week's musical track/guest: Cali Blake - “High” Hit us up: www.rumorfliespodc...Show More

106 - Death: Heads will roll with Heavy Souls

56:35 | May 2nd, 2016

Is there a separation of mind and body? How many deaths has Lincoln been attributed to? Do you need a pedicure in the afterlife? How much IS she buying the stairway to heaven for? Find out on this week's Rumor Flies! This week's musical track/guest:...Show More

105 - Brain: Nocebo and the Lying Left Brain

1:17:48 | Apr 25th, 2016

Do you only use 10% of the brain? Are men left-brained and women right-brained? Have sugar pills cured cancer? Why does Roger Goodell listen to Rumor Flies? Listen and find out! This week's musical track/guest: "Flame" - Nyce! Hit us up: www.rumorfl...Show More

104 - Sports: Trippin' Pitchin' is Driving me Madden

1:31:25 | Apr 18th, 2016

How many beers did Wade Boggs drink? Is acid a performance enhancing drug? Can gold kill you (other than from boredom)? Did Mr. Rogers xX360Xx no scope your n00b @$$? Find out these answers and more!

103 - History: Everyone is Terrible and Revere was a Quitter

1:52:03 | Apr 11th, 2016

Did Columbus actually land in the Americas? Where did our first president get his dentures? How many people served as kindling at Salem? Is Ted Cruz the Zodiac Killer? Find out this week on the unusually long episode 3 of Rumor Flies! This week's mu...Show More

102 - Food: Surge Shrinkage and Boozy Foods

1:28:59 | Apr 4th, 2016

Does alcohol actually "cook out"? Does your "perfect steak" actually suck? What foods can have unexpected deadly consequences? What's the potentially mind-blowing truth behind Dr. Pepper? Find out what we cook up in this episode of Rumor Flies!

101 - Disney: Death and Turkey Legs

1:09:13 | Mar 27th, 2016

What are we eating at Disney? Has no one ever died on property? Has Disney changed the course of world history? How DO magnets work? Find out in the inaugural episode of Rumor Flies!

100 - A Listener's Guide to Rumor Flies

09:00 | Mar 19th, 2016

Here's a little primer on how we run things around here. Find out who we are, what we aren't, and what to expect! Visit us over at