Dancing (Again, for the Ladies)
Additional claims were made about other colors, all of which were pretty outrageous. For instance, red could eventually drive someone to violence, while blue was determined to be both exciting and nerve-racking. Yellow could send you into long lasting fits of hysteria, and white would actually destroy your eyesight entirely.
It’s true that gum doesn’t get broken down in our stomachs like other food does, but that in no way means it just sits in there forever like a rock until it somehow gets pushed out.
When it comes to that first part, a science and health reporter from The New York Times, Donald G. McNeil, Jr., says the myth of STDs and toilet seats likely stemmed from a cheating partner at some point in time. “When confronted by an angry partner wanting to know how it is that he or she suddenly has symptoms of syphilis, gonorrhea, pubic lice or any other unpleasantry, it is much easier to answer, ‘I have no idea, dear — I must have gotten it from a toilet seat,’ than it is to tell the truth,” he said. In the majority of cases, people get these infections from other people, not objects.
Oh, and if you’re worried about diseases from things like urine, feces, or vomit on a toilet seat? We’ve got good news for you—you can see these things before you sit on them.
Sometime in the 1830s, the tomato’s reputation got even worse when a Green Tomato Worm epidemic spread across tomato patches in New York City. Many people thought the worms were poisonous; even Ralph Waldo Emerson claimed they were “an object of much terror, it being currently regarded as poisonous and imparting a poisonous quality to the fruit if it should chance to crawl upon it.”
Essentially, she was saying that woman used letters as a way to talk to young men inappropriately. She even said she believed that postage prices were lowered solely because of girls who impulsively wrote mushy letters to men. If only we could introduce Ms. Barr to the internet…