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Can You Tell The Difference Between Drug Side Effects And Fairy Tale Plot Points?

It's surprisingly difficult.

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Some drug side effects are pretty strange — so strange that it's hard to tell them apart from things that happen in fairy tales. See if you can tell whether each of the following is a known drug side effect, something unfortunate that befalls a fairy tale character, or both. (BuzzFeed gathered all side effects data from Drugs.com.)

  1. 1. Unusual hair growth.

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    Side effect
    Fairy tale
    Both
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Unusual hair growth is a side effect of the synthetic estrogen drug Delestrogen. It also happens to the prince in "Beauty and the Beast."

  2. 2. Inappropriate happiness

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    Side effect
    Fairy tale
    Both
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Believe it or not, this is a possible side effect of the anti-inflammatory drug Cortan.

  3. 3. Green, slimy skin

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    Side effect
    Fairy tale
    Both
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Not a known side effect, but the Frog Prince does get green skin when a fairy curses him.

  4. 4. Involuntary dancing

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    Side effect
    Fairy tale
    Both
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    In the Brothers Grimm version of "Snow White," the queen is forced to dance in red-hot iron shoes until she dies.

  5. 5. Furry darkening of tongue

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    Side effect
    Fairy tale
    Both
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    A side effect of the acne drug Minocin.

  6. 6. Bleeding feet

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    Side effect
    Fairy tale
    Both
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    In the Brothers Grimm version of Cinderella, the wicked stepsisters cut off pieces of their feet to fit into dainty shoes, and their feet bleed uncontrollably.

  7. 7. Unusual sleepiness

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    Side effect
    Fairy tale
    Both
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Sleepiness is a side effect of many drugs, including the malaria drug Lariam, and it of course also afflicts Sleeping Beauty.

  8. 8. Falsely feeling threatened by others

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    Side effect
    Fairy tale
    Both
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Feeling threatened is a side effect of the drug Trilafon, used to treat nausea and some mental disorders.

  9. 9. Hearing disembodied voices

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    Side effect
    Fairy tale
    Both
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The drug Rocaltrol, which treats low calcium, can cause patients to hear voices. In the Brothers Grimm story "The Singing Bone," a bone begins to sing by itself, shocking listeners.

  10. 10. Sudden detachment of head

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    Side effect
    Fairy tale
    Both
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    In the old story "The Girl With the Green Ribbon," a girl's head falls off when the ribbon is untied. This is not a known side effect of any drug.

Can You Tell The Difference Between Drug Side Effects And Fairy Tale Plot Points?

Data analysis by Arun Mikkilineni.

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