Hilarious College Myths

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September 7th, 2010

Breaking the seal doesn't exist. You've probably heard that when drinking, if you go to the bathroom, you'll just have to keep going…and going…and going some more. Can you keep yourself out of the bathroom all night by holding it as long as you can? Not really. The reason you're running trips back and forth is because of ADH, and anti diuretic hormone that determines the amount of urine you'll make, and it has nothing to do with holding your pee.

You won't get a 4.0 if your roommate dies. No one knows exactly where this myth originated from, although it's been propagated in TV, books, and all over college campuses. But before you start eying weapons, know this: no one's ever gotten a 4.0 grade average for a dead roommate, and there's no rule for it at any American college. Of course, we're sure you could garner some temporary sympathy from professors in an honestly tragic situation.

Cafeteria food doesn't have laxatives. Emails have been sent out claiming that school cafeterias serve laxatives in their food in order to reduce the chances of food poisoning and/or the students won't get fat. It's not true, but the symptoms students notice are real, with a real explanation-eating habits change at school. Instead of balanced and regularly spaced meals at home, students often eat more frequently, and indulge in junk foods that can change digestion habits.

Brothel laws don't outlaw sororities. The myth is that sororities aren't allowed on some college campuses due to brothel laws that limit how many women can live in one house. Although it may be fun to lump sororities in with brothels, this one isn't true, either. Some zoning laws prohibit non-family members from living together, but the codes don't specify those houses as brothels. Sororities and fraternities are considered communal settings like the YMCA, where non-family members live together without constituting a brothel.

Your testicle isn't worth thousands of dollars to a medical school. You may feel that volunteering to part with this precious part of your anatomy is worth a small fortune, but the fact is that medical schools aren't buying. The National Organ Transplant Act prohibits selling any human organs and tissues, including testicles. You can, however, donate your body to science, but you'll have to be dead to do that, and there aren't any cash payments, especially not in advance.

College myths are fun to hear and share, but keep in mind that there's often little to no truth behind them. Before you buy into the latest rumor, do your research and find out if it's a fact.

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