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12 infamous Edinburgh urban myths that everyone used to believe

Scotland’s capital city, like anywhere else, is packed with apocryphal tales and unlikely claims pertaining to its places and people.

It is like the old saying goes, why let the truth get in the way of a good story? From razor blades in the Commie flumes to rival bus firms wearing the colours of Hearts and Hibs, we take look at a dozen of Edinburgh's most infamous urban myths that (just about) everyone believed.

Reality: Edinburgh comes in well below the Scottish average and it actually rains less here than in Rome and New York.

5. Myth: It rains all the time in Edinburgh

Reality: Edinburgh comes in well below the Scottish average and it actually rains less here than in Rome and New York.
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Reality: While it's true that LRT buses were painted maroon and white and SMT opted for green, any local football link was most definitely coincidental.

6. Myth: LRT buses supported Hearts and SMT supported Hibs

Reality: While it's true that LRT buses were painted maroon and white and SMT opted for green, any local football link was most definitely coincidental.
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Reality: The cannonball embedded in the gable end of Cannonball House was not fired during the Jacobite siege of 1745 as often claimed. It was placed by city engineers to mark the gravitational height for Castlehill reservoir.

7. Myth: A Jacobite era cannonball sticks out of Cannonball House

Reality: The cannonball embedded in the gable end of Cannonball House was not fired during the Jacobite siege of 1745 as often claimed. It was placed by city engineers to mark the gravitational height for Castlehill reservoir.
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Reality: Figures released in January revealed that more than 7.3 million people took an Edinburgh tram during 2018, representing a growth in passenger numbers of around 10% on the previous year.

8. Myth: Edinburgh people hate and never use the trams

Reality: Figures released in January revealed that more than 7.3 million people took an Edinburgh tram during 2018, representing a growth in passenger numbers of around 10% on the previous year.
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