1)Snake Charmers can really charm snakes by playing music.
BALONEY - Snakes are deaf, so they really couldn't care less about snake charmers' tootling. The music is strictly for the benefit of the human audience. The snake is charmed by vibration-typically administered by the charmer, who secretly taps the snake's basket with his toe!
2)Movie star Tom Hanks is related to Abraham Lincoln.
TRUTH - Tom Hanks is a distant relative of Nancy Hanks, who was Abraham Lincoln's mother.
3)Of the nine baseball players on the field, only the pitcher and catcher are allowed to call a time out.
Not only BALONEY, but a trick question to boot! No player can call a time out, but any player can ask for one. Umpires are the only people who can call a time out.
4)The sentence "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter in the English language.
TRUTH - Test it yourself!
5)Benjamin Franklin was the oldest person to sign the Declaration of Independence.
TRUTH - Ben Franklin was 70 when he added his signature to the Declaration of Independence.
6)The idea for the first piggy bank came about when a farmer's pig ate his bag of coins.
BALONEY - In the Middle Ages, people used to store their coins in dishes, cups, and jugs made out of a thick orange clay known as pygg. Long after the clay was no longer used, people still referred to such coin holders as pygg banks. Eventually, in the 1800s, the storage containers were made to look like actual pigs! The ancient name was said to have inspired the design.
7)Though they are only mascots today, dalmatians once served a very important role for firefighters.
TRUTH - The bright white with black spots of a dalmatian makes it easy to see. The dogs traditionally ran ahead of horse-drawn fire carriages alerting onlookers to clear a path.
8)Bulls will charge when they see the color red.
BALONEY - When a matador waves a red cape, the color is not what makes the bull charge. Instead, the movement of the cape is what gets his motor running.
9)The bald eagle is so named because the bird has no hair, only feathers.
BALONEY - The word bald originally meant white or clean and not hairless. When a man lost his hair, his head would look clean and white, or bald. The bald eagle was so named because of its smooth, white head, and not because of the hair that it does or doesn't have.
10)Mr. Potato Head quit smoking in 1987.
TRUTH - The popular toy came equipped with a pipe for its first 35 years of production. The pipe was discontinued in 1987, and Mr. Potato Head became the official Spokes-Spud of the American Cancer Society.
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