Debunking Super Bowl myths

With Super Bowl Sunday coming up we thought we would share a few interesting, hilarious or depressing myths.

To kick off the list is a myth that may have you gagging.

 

At halftime, when millions of television viewers simultaneously head to the bathroom, municipal sewer systems have burst from the sudden rush of water.

Fact or fiction?

This happens to be fiction. Super Bowl XL,  which had the second-highest national audience ever of 45.87 million did not unleash any toilet troubles.

 

The auto repair industry loves the Super Bowl because Americans are more likely to crash their cars after the game’s final gun.

Fact or fiction?

Researchers at the University of Toronto examined this myth and determined that automobile accidents increase 40 percent in the hours after the Super Bowl, particularly in cities and towns closest to the home of the losing team.

 

Calls to gambling-addiction hotlines increase immediately after the Super Bowl.

Fact or fiction?

The US gaming industry pulled in $84.8 billion in 2005, gets a bounce during Super Bowl Sunday and the next day phones are ringing off the hook at Gamblers Anonymous (88-GA-HELPERS).

 

More than half of all avocados consumed annually in the United States are sold in the week leading up to Super Bowl Sunday.

Fact or fiction?

Americans will eat about 80 million pounds of guacamole, but that only accounts for about 3 percent of annual U.S. avocado consumption.

 

More women are victims of domestic violence on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day of the year.

Fact or fiction?

Unfortunately a study from Indiana University- Bloomington found a slight increase in domestic violence on Super Bowl Sunday, but this is small in comparison to holidays such as Memorial Day and Christmas.

 

The outcome of the Super Bowl predicts the stock market’s performance for the coming year?

Fact or fiction?

According to Snopes.com if a team from the old American Football League wins, the stock market goes down; if one from the old National Football League wins, the stock markets goes up.

Robert Stovall, an investment strategist, tracks the indicator and has been accurate for 34 for 43 Super Bowls played. However, he does not recommend investors act upon this.

Myths were taken from MSNBC.com, Parade magazine and Snopes.com.