TV and film’s biggest myths…

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MYTH: There’s a secret episode of The Simpsons where Bart dies 


TRUTH: Despite the magical agelessness of The Simpsons family, all alive and well after 25 years of the series, a long-standing rumour from morbid fans suggests that Bart secretly died quite some time ago in a never-aired episode called Dead Bart. Said to have been secretly written way back in season one, Bart’s death supposedly comes during a family vacation, where he gets sucked out of an open aeroplane window. The apparent episode then spirals off into a surreal tangent, with the family grieving Bart one year later, including a graphic look at his corpse. Thankfully, there is not ounce of truth in this – and instead, it is simply a submission from urban legend website Creepy Pasta, alongside this grainy, incomprehensible ‘lost footage’ video, that was made from other Simpsons clips. Oh, the internet. 

MYTH: There’s a ghost in Three Men and a Baby


TRUTH: Fear not, Scooby Doo, you don’t have to worry about seeing any ghosts in this much loved 90s comedy. The rumour went that in one particular scene of the film, you can see an eerie shadow of a young boy holding a shotgun in the window pane in the background. (It is 34 seconds in to the clip above.) This boy is said to have been the ghost of a real child that died in the house the movie was filmed in. Of course, it’s nonsense; the ominous silhouette is in fact a cardboard cut-out of one of the film’s three leads Ted Danson from a scene that was eventually cut. And the little boy? Well, considering the film was shot on a sound stage and not in a house, you can consider that debunked too.