Don’t Believe These Common Television Myths

Television is great entertainment, but shouldn’t be taken as though it’s always telling the truth. Whether it’s court dramas, detective shows, sitcoms, or just about anything else you’re watching, there are bound to be some inaccuracies. Law & Order and CSI, are some of the worst offenders, often just creating their own science as they go. Even your favorite sports come packed with myths that you shouldn’t believe.

But let’s keep our focus on television as much as possible. Here are 15 common myths you’ve seen play out on TV that just aren’t true.

1. Don’t suck out the snake venom

Samuel L. Jackson in Snakes on a Plane

Maybe focus on escaping instead. | Mutual Film Company

This is a really common TV myth, and it even popped up in the cult classic movie Snakes on a Plane. But in reality, this is a major no-no. The idea is that if you get bitten by a venomous snake, that the best course of action is to suck the poison out of the bite. But the person sucking the poison out is inevitably going to ingest some of the poison, which is bad. And imagine if they have a small cut in their mouth, for example.

By the time someone could actually suck the venom out, it’s already in the bloodstream and really won’t do much good. So please do not do this. At any rate, snakes don’t always release their venom when they bite, so don’t fret too much. And try to just avoid getting bitten in the first place.

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