COULD we be more wrong? Millions still mistakenly believe that if you get stung by a jellyfish, you should pee on your club.
They were fooled by the 1990s sitcom Friends, in which Chandler pees on Monica’s leg when she gets poked.
Three in 10 Britons would urinate on themselves – and one in five misguided Britons would ask a friend or partner to shower them with homemade pain relief, a survey shows.
However, experts say that splashing urine on a jellyfish sting is as brainless as the creatures themselves.
Jack Willans of Sea Life London Aquarium, who commissioned the survey, said: “What they say is true, you shouldn’t believe everything you see on TV.
“Peing on a jellyfish sting is the ultimate fake news – Chandler, Monica and Joey certainly have a lot to answer for.
“We are advising the public to stay away from bodily fluids if they are unluckily stung and to follow some simple steps that do not involve the use of urine.”
Unlucky swimmers should instead rinse it in the salty sea, use a stick to remove any tentacles, and then soak it in warm water.
Jellyfish sightings are common in the UK in summer as the seas are warmer.
Additional daylight also means more plankton for the swimming predators to feed on.
Species lurking in UK waters are not dangerous, but their stings can pack a painful punch.
Jack added, “There have been a number of sightings this summer that resulted in people being stung.”
The poll found those in the east of England were the most likely to believe the myth, at 37 per cent.
Those in the northwest were the least likely at 24 percent.
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