9 Scientifically Inaccurate Song Lyrics, Debunked

Thunder doesn’t only happen when its raining.

1. Fleetwood Mac, “Dreams”

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Dry thunderstorms are a thing that happens quite often in North America in summer and cause a lot of wildfires. There is some precipitation, but it evaporates before it hits the ground, so you could hardly say it was raining.

2. Nelly Furtado, “I’m Like a Bird”

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Birds actually tend to have pretty good homing abilities. Pigeons famously have remarkable homing skills, even when taken far away from their roost in conditions that scientists would expect to confuse them.

3. Sheryl Crow, “Good Is Good”

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Lightning and thunder happen at the same time if you’re right in the middle of the storm. But if you’re some distance away, you’ll see the lightning first and hear the thunder afterwards, because light travels much faster than sound does.

4. Coldplay, “Speed of Sound”

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The speed of sound is 340 metres per second. The record for the fastest bird in the world stands at 242mph, set by a Peregrine Falcon called Frightful when she was diving after prey. That works out at just over 100 metres per second.

5. Oasis, “Champagne Supernova”

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Well there’s no such thing as a champagne supernova, and also there are no landslides on stars (though neutron stars can go through something known as a starquake). There is, however, enough alcohol in the G34.3 gas cloud in the constellation of Aquila to make 400 trillion trillion pints of beer.

6. Vanessa Williams, “Save the Best for Last”

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The sun is 16 million times more massive than the moon, so this would just never happen. (Though 1 in 4 Americans think the sun goes round the Earth, so this lyric isn’t exactly the worst thing.)

7. Katy Perry, “Firework”

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A rainbow can come after a hurricane but its not a certainty. And hurricanes tend to be accompanied by tons of cirrus clouds, blocking out much of the sunlight that is needed to make a rainbow form.

8. Prince, “When Doves Cry”

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We know that animals mourn, but as far as we know doves don’t cry. Birds do have tear ducts, but they just serve to protect and clean their eyes.

9. The Killers, “Human”

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I just don’t even know where to start.

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