Silly myths that cinema tells us

In the credits of films and TV series, one should write "Any coincidences with real life are accidental" and "Do not try to repeat this at home." Because sometimes they show amazing nonsense!

1. Defibrillator cannot start a stopped heart

In Hollywood films, in order to revive a person with a stopped heart, it is enough to shout: "We are losing him!" and press the defibrillator to your chest (not yours). In reality, this will not work, and if the heart stops beating, then with the help of a defibrillator it will only be possible to burn it.

But lest you be completely disappointed in defibrillators, let's say that they are very useful when the heart rate is not working properly and the ventricles begin to contract at the same time. The defibrillator helps you “reboot the system”.

2. Chloroform is unable to knock out a person for a long time

The stories of criminals neutralizing victims with chloroform have been around for as long as the tradition of using the drug in medicine. In reality, there is no documented evidence that it was ever used to disable a person. Do you know why? Because it doesn't work that way!

For chloroform to take effect, its vapors need to be inhaled for at least five minutes, and when your hypothetical victim loses its senses, this does not mean that it can be tied up, thrown into the trunk and forgotten for several hours. First, for chloroform to continue to work, you must continue to inhale it. And secondly, you will have to make sure that the victim does not have a tongue in the larynx and suffocate, and for this you need to carefully hold it under the chin all the time. And by the way, the movies don't show it, but inhaling chloroform often causes vomiting. In short, one hassle with this chloroform!

3. The police cannot trace the call immediately

In films, the police often have to have long conversations with the criminal (Hang up the phone! - No, you are the first!) To determine his location. In fact, it is possible to determine the location of the caller if GPS is enabled on the phone (but even if it is not enabled, it is still possible). But the so-called triangulation will take about half an hour (and determining the location of the phone relative to base stations will be pretty rough).

4. Forensic medicine can answer all questions

If you've ever watched TV shows like Law & Order or any that has been filmed over the past three decades, you've seen the importance of forensic science. But in practice, despite the fact that she provides many facts that help the investigation, she does not disclose the crimes themselves.

In addition, crime scenes are usually littered with DNA material, and not only the participants in the crime, but also bystanders. And even if the police find DNA that is guaranteed to belong to the person involved, it is not so easy to find the owner using it. And even if the samples ended up in the police base, processing, preparation and writing of reports will take at least a month.

5. You don't have to wait to report a missing person

In movies and on TV shows, the police often state that it takes 24 hours to start looking for a person. You don't really have to wait to apply. The only condition: you must be a close relative of the lost. When it comes to a missing person, often the first 24 hours are the most important in the search, especially when it comes to missing children. Of course, if an adult is absent and there is no reason to believe that he is in danger, the police are not obliged to take urgent action. So if a girl is half an hour late for your date, calling the station won't help.

6. A drowning person does it quietly

In films, drowning people usually call loudly for help and wave their hands. In ordinary life, everything happens not with such special effects. In fact, a person cannot scream, since he needs air in his lungs for breathing, and the time he is above the water is not enough to exhale, inhale and also call for help, and he uses his hands to stay above the water. Moreover, all movements of a drowning person are instinctive, and he is incapable of meaningful actions - for example, swimming towards the shore or grabbing onto something.