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You may have heard that throwing rice at weddings will hurt wild birds. But we’re here to say that myth isn’t backed up by the science -- and we can prove it with chemistry.

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Credits:
Producer: Sean Parsons
Writer: Alexa Billow
Scientific Consultants: James Krupa, PhD; Michelle Boucher, PhD; Brianne Raccor, PhD
Executive Producer: Hilary Hudson


Music:
Loopster from Kevin MacLeod

Sources:
https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/against-the-grain/
http://mentalfloss.com/article/31421/does-wedding-rice-really-make-birds-explode
https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/advice/how-you-can-help-birds/feeding-birds/safe-food-for-birds/
https://www.thoughtco.com/do-birds-explode-if-they-eat-wedding-rice-3298982
http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.1662/0002-7685(2005)067%5B0223%3AACEFTU%5D2.0.CO%3B2
https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf034758o
http://sciencemeetsfood.org/rice-science-101-introduction-making-great-rice-home/

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