Popular Hollywood Myths

Mark Gordon BrownStarred Page By Mark Gordon Brown, 5th Dec 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3r72sh7r/
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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.

Gun Silencers

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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Raised in Michigan, I have a son who recently joined the Military. I am living in Canada with my wife where we have a hobby farm.

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author avatar David Reinstein,LCSW
6th Dec 2011 (#)

A fun and informative piece!...
Can I please get that Star back on my most recent post re. Greed?

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author avatar Delicia Powers
6th Dec 2011 (#)

Very creative, the big screen was just a big part of all our "growing ups", and became a major effluence into our real lives...

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author avatar Buzz
6th Dec 2011 (#)

Oh, Hollywood, Hollywood. It shaped the cultures of almost all countries with its pervasive influence. Thanks for the excellent info, Mark.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
6th Dec 2011 (#)

I think that we all know each of these items, but having some positive reinforcement always helps.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
6th Dec 2011 (#)

Great article. Keep 'em coming!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
6th Dec 2011 (#)

A great read Mark. Thank you.

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author avatar chrysolite
6th Dec 2011 (#)

Great article, Mark! I think people should be more aware of the fact that all those stunts are done by professionals and most of the car accidents and Titanic sinkings are made with toys and clever lighting.

I also do so object to Hollywood films portraying the perfect man or woman, anybody can be so perfect after a professional make-up artist and clothes designer had their go and the scenes were repeated often hundreds of times to make them "perfect".

No wonder that most of us subconsciously feel inadequate or have a low self-esteem, we just can't compare with all those nice Hollywood creations, not to speak of the 30 seconds perfect advertising shots with the most perfect of men and women and cars and, and, and ...

I wish more people would realize that Hollywood is a lie and stand up to be counted for themselves!

Thank you for bringing the subject up!!!

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author avatar kaylar
7th Dec 2011 (#)

A really good silencer is a plastic bottle.

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author avatar chrysolite
8th Dec 2011 (#)

Plastic bottle? Must try it next time! Thanks for the tip!

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author avatar Bridgitte Williams
9th Dec 2011 (#)

Very interesting!! :-)

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
10th Dec 2011 (#)

Nice collection of myths!
But these myths make us believe the incidents to be so natural and we enjoy the stories knowing they're 'really' mythical.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
10th Dec 2011 (#)

Excellent read thank you Mark. Your facts are spot on. Next time you see a revolver sporting a silencer, just have a great laugh, since unlike a semi-automatic the sound escapes through the openings at both ends of the cartridge cylinder.Thank you for sharing. Happy holidays to you and your family Mark.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
23rd Dec 2011 (#)

You have brought me to earth, back to harsh reality! Movie makers are dream merchants but thanks for bursting some myths - siva

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author avatar Songbird B
30th Dec 2011 (#)

Great Star page Mark, and interesting to know the truth behind many of the myths...

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
9th Jan 2012 (#)

Good to learn that. nice.

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author avatar Denise O
15th Feb 2012 (#)

Mark what a interesting page about popular hollywood myths. Nice one. Thank you for sharing.:)

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