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[Did you know?] 5 Ongoing Widespread Rumors (Week of December 14th)

Some rumors are funny and cause no harm, while others could be misleading. Here are some of the widespread rumors of the week. Can you tell if it’s true or false?

1. Did George Clooney cut his hair with a Flowbee?
The answer is true!
Rumor has it that George Clooney has been using Flowbee to cut his hair. This old-fashioned haircutter with vacuum cleaner and clippers has become a hit after an interview on CBS Sunday Morning, in which George Clooney revealed he’s been using Flowbee to cut his hair for nearly 25 years. Later on the Jimmy Kimmel Live, he literally used Flowbee in front of the audience. Flowbee is running out of stock thanks to George Clooney’s recent endorsement.

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2. Does saying ‘My Pleasure’ at Chick-fil-A earn you free food?
Nope… but we wish!
It is said that “if a customer says ‘my pleasure’ to a Chick-fil-A employee, they are entitled to a discount – could be a free ice cream, or complimentary meal. Check this TikTok video of someone attempting to get free food from Chil-fil-A – it didn’t work. Too bad!

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The video shows “how to get free food from Chick-Fil-A.” Source: TikTok

Prior to the TikTok video, rumor of Chick-fil-A free food ‘magic word’ has gone viral on the internet. People have posted on Twitter saying they’ve tried to get free food saying “My pleasure” but got denied by Chick-fil-A employee.

People are trying to get free ice cream/free food by saying the magic words My Pleasure.
People are trying to get free ice cream/free food by saying the magic words “My Pleasure.” Source: Twitter

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3. Does almond milk make your breasts bigger?
Haha… but not really.
There’s been rumor going about “Women can increase their breast size by drinking two cups of almond milk a day.” If you Google it, you’ll see a post at the top that claims the statement is true – because phytoestrogens that is contained in almonds. This website is an online guide (biggerbreastformula.com) that teaches how to increase breast sizes, along with a download link that brings you to a free report on “how to gain two cups in breast size in 35 days.”

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Search “does almond milk gives you bigger breast” and get the result from biggerbreastformula.com.
This website teaches
This website teaches “how to gain two cups in breast size in 3 weeks.”

In fact, there is no clear evidence showing that almond milk helps increase the size of breasts. As reported by USA TODAY, “biggerbreastformula.com overstates the power of phytoestrogens” which “mimic the animal and human female hormone estrogen” (boosts the growth of breast in puberty). Since three-fourths of the phytoestrogen in almonds belongs to a class known as lignans” (create a particularly weak estrogenic effect), almonds unfortunately, do not increase your breast size.

4. Did a clinical trial participant develop ‘huge bleeding sores’ from a COVID-19 vaccine?
Caution. The answer is NO!
A recent GoFundMe page about a participant of a Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial sparked lots of discussion. On the fundraising page, the author claimed that her cousin participated in the COVID-19 vaccine trial and got bleeding sores on her feet. This has been widely spread on social media by anti-vaccine groups and individuals who oppose the idea of vaccine – making assumptions the wounds are caused by the injection.

GoFundMe page of the COVID-19 trial participant.
GoFundMe page of the COVID-19 trial participant. Find full reports on Snopes.com.

In the end, it turns out the participant was doing a trial for placebo arm, which was stated by Pfizer. This means that the wound was not caused by the trial medicine for COVID-19.

5. Is there a secret to unlock any iPhone as revealed on TikTok?
The answer is NO!
It’s been discussed that “a locked iPhone can be unlocked with a secret code in Apple’s Calculator app.” However, it’s proven the claim is fake.
On December 7th, a TikTok video showed a guy typed in “7×4+EE=C” on Apple calculator and successfully unlocked the iPhone – he was covering the front camera and then moved his finger once he finished typing so that AppleID can unlock the iPhone. Many people shared their ‘failed’ attempts on Twitter after the video was uploaded.

A guy typed in 7×4+EE=C in the Apple calculator and unlocked the iPhone in a video.
A guy typed in “7×4+EE=C” in the Apple calculator and unlocked the iPhone in a video. Source: TikTok


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