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Super Bowl Myths Busted

There are a ton of myths that start circulating every year around Super Bowl time. It leads to heart attacks! It leads to domestic violence! It leads to people gorging on avocados! Here’s your guide to what’s true and what’s not.

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Everyone flushing the toilet at halftime does not cause sewer problems. It’s been at least a century since sewage systems could be overwhelmed by something like a halftime bathroom rush. We’re in the clear.

Domestic violence does not increase. This is an old myth that says the combination of drunkenness and disappointment leads to an increase in men attacking their wives. No statistics have EVER backed this up.

We don’t eat half of the country’s avocado supply on Super Bowl Sunday. There’s a popular rumor that Americans eat HALF of the avocados consumed in a year as part of their Super Bowl guacamole. It’s not that high… but it is a solid 3% of the total.

It might cause heart attacks. There’s a new study that just came out… that hasn’t been debunked yet… that says the Super Bowl MIGHT lead to more heart attacks.

The study analyzed heart attacks in L.A. from Super Bowl Sunday 1980, when the L.A. Rams lost… and from 1984, when the L.A. Raiders won. After the loss, there was a significant increase in heart attacks… after the win, there wasn’t.

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