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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Six Most Factually Inaccurate Lyrics In Songs

Posted By on Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Songs exist in a general realm of fiction, even when they are theoretically true. Still, every once in a while a lyric comes along that makes you tilt your head and say, "Wait a second..." Here are the six most factually inaccurate lyrics in songs. Let us know your favorites in the comments, and please cite your sources.

6. Modest Mouse - "Third Planet" "The universe is shaped exactly like the earth If you go straight long enough, you'll end up where you were"

These lyrics from the opening track of Modest Mouse opus The Moon and Antarctica are theoretically true, but they do not take into account the ever-expanding universe. In order for somebody to go straight long enough to complete a cycle through the universe, the traveler would have to move at a speed faster than the rate of expansion, which is currently believed to be somewhere between the speeds of light and sound. Sorry, Brock. Keep on floatin' on.

5. U2 - "Pride (In The Name Of Love)" "Early morning April 4 Shots ring out in the Memphis sky"

In these lines, Bono references Martin Luther King, who was assassinated on April 4, 1968. The only problem is that King was shot in the evening, not early morning. There could be an argument involving time zones, as 6 p.m. in the United States is early morning in Europe, but if this were the case, Bono would have heard about it on early morning April 5.

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