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#1    Fenderman

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 02:31 PM

What urban legends have actually been proven to be true in the past?


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Posted 27 April 2013 - 03:27 PM

View PostFenderman, on 27 April 2013 - 02:31 PM, said:

What urban legends have actually been proven to be true in the past?
Surely if they have been proven to be true they aren't, by definition, urban legends.

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 03:42 PM

View PostWaspie_Dwarf, on 27 April 2013 - 03:27 PM, said:

Surely if they have been proven to be true they aren't, by definition, urban legends.

Well urban legends from the past have been proven true and are no longer urban legends?


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Posted 27 April 2013 - 03:59 PM

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The Legend:
A couple checks into a hotel and have to put up with a foul odor in their room all night. They call the staff to complain and somebody figures out the stench is coming from the bed.
Now, there's no way that scenario is going to have a good ending. You're almost hoping at that point that it'll turn out the last guest just got drunk and pooped behind the headboard. But, no, the staff take off the mattress and discover the couple has been sleeping over the rotting body of a dead girl who had been stuffed in the box spring.
The Truth:
This actually happened in Las Vegas. Also, Kansas City, MO and Atlantic City, NJ and several times in Florida and California and, well, let's just say that in or under the bed in a hotel room seems to be a fairly popular destination for the recently deceased.
It makes sense if you think about it. The closet and under the bed are the two most popular places to hide just about anything, so it's not surprising a hell of a lot of corpses end up there as well. In fact, the odds are pretty good that at least once a guy has killed a prostitute, tried to stuff her under the bed, only to find there was already a body there.

In an ideal World a law would be passed were NO guns were allowed and all those out there destroyed, trouble is the law makers are not going to take a risk of trying to pass that without making sure they are armed first.

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 04:49 PM

The Legend:
In parts of South America people tell the tale of the fearsome Pishtacos, shadowy figures who stalk peasants along dark roads, kill them and drain them of their fat. Stories of these cholesterol-laden vampires are hard to believe -- Anne Rice and Stephanie Meyer taught us anything, it's that vampires spend most of their time shirtless. How are they going to maintain rippling, six pack abs if they spend all their time drinking liquid fat?

The Truth:
When police arrested the gang which operated deep within the jungle highlands of Peru, they made some grisly discoveries -- a pile of human ribs and thighbones, a decomposing human head, and yes, two plastic Coke bottles filled with what appeared to be human fat. It seems the gang would confront people along the quiet back roads, lure them to their laboratory, bludgeon them to death, dismember them, and then using candles render the fat out of the body, which they captured in a basin below. But what do you do with a bottle of human pan drippings?
The police at first claimed they were  selling the fat to cosmetics companies to be used in anti-aging creams. According to the BBC, the liquid fat went for $15,000 per liter on the black market.

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 07:53 PM

View Postfreetoroam, on 27 April 2013 - 04:49 PM, said:

The Legend:
In parts of South America people tell the tale of the fearsome Pishtacos, shadowy figures who stalk peasants along dark roads, kill them and drain them of their fat. Stories of these cholesterol-laden vampires are hard to believe -- Anne Rice and Stephanie Meyer taught us anything, it's that vampires spend most of their time shirtless. How are they going to maintain rippling, six pack abs if they spend all their time drinking liquid fat?

The Truth:
When police arrested the gang which operated deep within the jungle highlands of Peru, they made some grisly discoveries -- a pile of human ribs and thighbones, a decomposing human head, and yes, two plastic Coke bottles filled with what appeared to be human fat. It seems the gang would confront people along the quiet back roads, lure them to their laboratory, bludgeon them to death, dismember them, and then using candles render the fat out of the body, which they captured in a basin below. But what do you do with a bottle of human pan drippings?
The police at first claimed they were  selling the fat to cosmetics companies to be used in anti-aging creams. According to the BBC, the liquid fat went for $15,000 per liter on the black market.

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 07:58 PM

View PostFenderman, on 27 April 2013 - 07:53 PM, said:

Creepy
I read an awful story in an urban legends book about a couple in China who had gone into a restaurant, the woman went to the toilet and never returned, after frantic searching she was not found. Years later she was spotted by a family friend in a traveling circus performing as a human freak, she had no arms, legs or tongue.
I do not know if it was a true story about people being snatched and so hope it was not, but somehow it would not surprise me if it were true, we hear some pretty awful stomach churning stories today now that we have global media which bring us stories from even the remoted villages.

Edited by freetoroam, 27 April 2013 - 08:00 PM.

In an ideal World a law would be passed were NO guns were allowed and all those out there destroyed, trouble is the law makers are not going to take a risk of trying to pass that without making sure they are armed first.

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 10:49 AM

Without linking to reliable sources for 'true' urban legends, they just sound like typical urban legends - very interesting stories entirely lacking in verifiable facts.

Here's a link to a BBC article about the fat for cosmetics murderes in Peru - http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8369674.stm

Edited by Archimedes, 28 April 2013 - 10:52 AM.

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 02:00 PM

View PostArchimedes, on 28 April 2013 - 10:49 AM, said:

Without linking to reliable sources for 'true' urban legends, they just sound like typical urban legends - very interesting stories entirely lacking in verifiable facts.

Here's a link to a BBC article about the fat for cosmetics murderes in Peru - http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8369674.stm
Thanks for putting up link to prove it is a verifiable fact.

Here is a link to another story about the circus which is true.
http://www.circopedi...e_Indian_Circus

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 04:26 PM

Goliath Bird Eating Spiders were once though to just be a legend...

The idea of a spider 12 inches around that pounded on passing birds sounded like a completely absurd notion, but now they are recognized as an actual species tarantula...


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Posted 28 April 2013 - 06:58 PM

View PostMidyin, on 28 April 2013 - 04:26 PM, said:

Goliath Bird Eating Spiders were once though to just be a legend...

The idea of a spider 12 inches around that pounded on passing birds sounded like a completely absurd notion, but now they are recognized as an actual species tarantula...
Not sure of a legend, people knew spiders grew bigger than today, not sure if that is a legend


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Posted 28 April 2013 - 09:51 PM

View PostThe New Richard Nixon, on 28 April 2013 - 06:58 PM, said:


Not sure of a legend, people knew spiders grew bigger than today, not sure if that is a legend
Bigger than today? This spider is still alive... Check it out on YouTube


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Posted 09 May 2013 - 07:38 PM

Coke and pork, in my kitchen.

True Story....

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 08:55 PM

View PostSuper-Fly, on 09 May 2013 - 07:38 PM, said:

Coke and pork, in my kitchen.

True Story....

Do you have a link?
I need a link or it's just another Urban Legend. :D

Edited by Mekelyn, 09 May 2013 - 08:56 PM.


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Posted 09 May 2013 - 10:10 PM

View PostMidyin, on 28 April 2013 - 09:51 PM, said:

Bigger than today? This spider is still alive... Check it out on YouTube

I think he meant that we know spiders that were a lot bigger from millions of years ago. Spiders that could potentially hunt humans (well, our ancestors) since some were the size of our heads. Some people think this is where the irrational fear of spiders subconsciously comes from.

Edited by Heaven Is A Halfpipe, 09 May 2013 - 10:13 PM.

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