Fact or Fiction: Uncooked Rice is Bad for Birds

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Reactions Science Videos | November 05, 2018

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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Is Throwing Rice at Weddings Bad for Birds?

Does Wedding Rice Really Make Birds Explode?

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The Truth About Birds and Wedding Rice

A CLASSROOM EXERCISE FOR TESTING URBAN MYTH: Does Wedding Rice Cause Birds To Explode or Were Ann Landers, Martha Stewart & Bart Simpson Wrong?

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Rice Science 101- An Introduction to Making Great Rice at Home

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