Local Professor Busts Those Popular Holiday Myths

Local Professor Busts Those Popular Holiday Myths

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Just because you’ve heard a hot holiday tip, doesn’t make it fact.

For example, gobbling up all of those Christmas goodies will make you fat. That’s a myth, according to Dr. Frank Farley, a Psychology Professor at Temple University.

“All those cookies, the cakes, the sweets, everything that we all indulge in,” he says, “based upon several sources of evidence, turns out to increase the average weight of maybe one to two pounds.”

What about the long held belief that a sip of liquor will warm you up? That’s a myth, too. Alcohol actually causes heat loss.

And New Year’s Eve is the most dangerous night on the roads, right? Wrong!

“Actually, the worst dates for dangerous driving and for driving fatalities are the Fourth of July and then roundabout Labor Day,” Dr. Farley says. But on New Year’s Day itself, deaths due to drunk driving, it’s the highest of the year.”

The belief that more suicides occur during the holidays than at other times of the year is also false, according to Farley. But he says kissing under the mistletoe might help, so look then pucker up.

And Santa Claus…he’s the real deal.

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