Popular Hollywood Myths
Do you believe everything you see on TV? Sure even if you know something is a story, and you know the story is false, there may be some smaller details you think are real. Let us examine some of the most common myths perpetuated by Hollywood.
Bullet Proof Vests
A bullet proof vest offers some limited protection from some kinds of weapons, but some guns are powerful enough to go right through the basic vest that can be worn under clothing, and even those that are not strong enough to do so will probably have the force to knock the victim to the ground or leave a nasty bruise or even cracked rib.
In Hollywood the simple act of using a silencer, or even a potato, over the end of a gun is enough to turn the sound of any gun into a soft whisper. Silencers are not that powerful, while a silencer does not make the gun totally quiet, it makes it a bit quieter but it is still loud enough to be heard clearly from other rooms.
Silencers are more often simply used to reduce the risk of ear damage to people who do a lot of shooting, than for criminals to shoot somebody in total silence. In real life they are called suppressors.
Cars on Fire
In Hollywood cars tend to explode seconds after the occupants get out. People who, in real life, crash their cars panic and flee at a mere fender bender and wait for the explosion that never comes. In order for a car to explode the gas tank must be ruptured and a flame source must be present (or sparks). This is not to say you should not get out, but you certainly do not want to panic if all you did was hit a fence post; chances are pretty good your car will not blow up!
Cars Flipping Over
and over... and over...
In the movies cars flip really easy, they are often on their side or upside down for almost no reason at all. While cars can, and do, flip, they do not flip over with the ease we see on the Hollywood big screen, unless you are going very fast and your tire hits something to send it into the air, or causing it to roll.
Reading of the Will
Hollywood is famous for having dramatic emotional scenes where the family of a deceased person are gathered and the will is read. The drama rises when the all the family members are suddenly told they are not in the will and the entire estate is being left to a mistress. Not only is the "reading of the will" not something that commonly occurs, but additionally the court would rarely allow the entire estate to be turned over to a mistress.
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