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Great Big Urban Legends Thread

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This topic may have been covered before. And it may be in the wrong section. Forgive me if so!! original.gif

Anyhow, I LOVE urban legends. Even though I know most of them are made up stories with some sort of twisted moral to them..they scare the daylights out of me.

Heres a thread to post your favorite, and maybe read some that youve never read before.

One of my favorites is as follows:

This lady had finished her shopping, and she went back to her car with her packages. When she got to the car, there was someone sitting in the back seat. As she approached, she saw it was an old woman.

She asked the woman what she was doing in her car, and the woman said that she had gotten lost looking for the bus and got so tired that she just had to sit somewhere to rest, and asked if she could possibly see her way to driving her home or just to the nearest bus stop.

Well, this lady was suspicious, so she said that she would be right back, and she returned to the mall and asked security if they could do something about the old woman. When a security guard got to the car, they found out she wasn't an old woman at all, but a man; and in her purse was a small hatchet.

http://snopes.com/horrors/madmen/hairyarm.asp

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HEH urban legends rock cool.gif

i've always love them, adn i always will tongue.gif

Legend: A foreign family unknowingly consumes the ashes of a relative shipped to them for burial.

Example: [De Vos, 1996]

When the family moved to North America, they kept in constant touch with their European relatives. Letters and parcels regularly made their way from one shore to another. After a long period of silence, a small box arrived from the U.S. Inside, carefully wrapped in tissue paper, was a jar of grey powder. There was no note, but since many of the previous parcels had contained ready-to-make packaged mixes, the European family members thought that this powder, too, was a mix that would be prepared by simply adding water. The sauce was made and served, but it wasn't the best they had eaten! Several days later, a letter arrived from the U.S. explaining that the father had died, and because he had always been homesick, he wished his ashes to be spread over his home town. Grandma hoped that the rest of the family would not be inconvenienced and that the letter would get to them before the ashes, which were being sent separately in a jar and were securely wrapped in tissue paper.

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In Berlin, after World War II, money was short, supplies were tight, and it seemed like everyone was hungry. At that time, people were telling the tale of a young woman who saw a blind man picking his way through a crowd. The two started to talk. The man asked her for a favor: could she deliver the letter to the address on the envelope? Well, it was on her way home, so she agreed.

She started out to deliver the message, when she turned around to see if there was anything else the blind man needed. But she spotted him hurrying through the crowd without his smoked glasses or white cane. She went to the police, who raided the address on the envelope, where they found heaps of human flesh for sale.

And what was in the envelope? "This is the last one I am sending you today."

http://snopes.com/horrors/madmen/lastone.htm

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Legend: A nervous old lady dives for the elevator floor when a black man gets on and gruffly asks her to 'hit four.' The man turns out to be Eddie Murphy, and as a gallant gesture he pays the lady's hotel bill.

Example: [Collected on the Internet, 1997]

Karen, a Midwestern housewife, took her first trip to Las Vegas last year. She had done very well playing the slot machines, winning a bucket full of quarters. Karen needed a break, and she left the casino heading toward the elevators, taking her bucket with her.

She steps into the elevator and before the doors shut, four beefy, leather-clad African-American men step in. Karen (never having spent much time with African Americans) clutches her bucket close to her body.

One of the men says, "Hit the floor, lady," and she does: quarters fly everywhere. The men bust up laughing and they help Karen collect her winnings. One of the men explains that he meant for her to select her floor. They help her collect her quarters and the elevator arrives at her floor. She leaves embarrassed, and the men are still laughing.

Later that evening, a dozen roses are delivered to Karen's room. There is a one hundred dollar bill attached to each rose. The note attached read:

Thank you for the best laugh I've had in years!

Eddie Murphy

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My favorite is Bloody Mary. My uncle always tried to get me to do it when I was little. dontgetit.gif

Mary I of England (1553-1558) was anything but a famed beauty terrified of losing her looks -- she was a matronly, fortyish woman who had about as much sense of style as a dust mop. The idea of her bathing in the blood of slaughtered virgins to preserve her loveliness is ludicrous. She came by the moniker "Bloody Mary" because she had a number of Protestants put to death during her reign, as she tried to re-establish Catholicism as the religion of the land after the reigns of her father (Henry VIII, he who married six wives over the course of his lifetime and established himself as the head of a new religion rather than tolerate the Pope's saying he couldn't divorce wife #1 to marry wife #2) and her brother (Edward VI, who ruled after Henry died but passed away himself at the age of 16). Mary was a devoutly religious woman who saw what she was doing as the saving of her subjects' souls from eternal damnation, and in those times -- as crazy as this sounds now -- the eternal wellbeing of a soul was deemed far more important than the comparatively fleeting life of a person. That bringing the country back to Catholicism would also safeguard her throne was also a major consideration.

Mary I was the half sister of Elizabeth I (1558-1603). Both were daughters of Henry VIII, but Mary's mother was Katherine of Aragon and Elizabeth's mother was Anne Boleyn. Elizabeth I became Queen when Mary died, and she reigned for many years, coming to be called "The Virgin Queen" because she never married.

Link to Bloody Mary Page

Edited by kreestar

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The hook hand is a great classic! tongue.gif And there's the one where theives steal a box with a bobcat in it! laugh.gif

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The average person swallows eight spiders per year.

Fear not. This "statistic" was not only made up out of whole cloth, it was invented as an example of the absurd things people will believe simply because they come across them on the Internet.

In a 1993 PC Professional article, columnist Lisa Holst wrote about the ubiquitous lists of "facts" that were circulating via e-mail and how readily they were accepted as truthful by gullible recipients. To demonstrate her point, Holst offered her own made-up list of equally ridiculous "facts," among which was the statistic cited above about the average person's swallowing eight spiders per year, which she took from a collection of common misbeliefs printed in a 1954 book on insect folklore. In a delicious irony, Holst's propagation of this false "fact" has spurred it into becoming one of the most widely-circulated bits of misinformation to be found on the

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a man didn't come home after work until 2 a.m. When he got upstairs to their bedroom, his wife could see he was cockeyed drunk.

The next morning he was pulling out of the garage onto the driveway to go to work. His wife ran to the door to give him his lunch, which he had forgotten. She went as far as the porch and fainted. Her husband got out of the car to see what was the matter. He saw an eight-year-old girl imbedded in the grill of his car.

He reported himself to the police — said he had a complete blackout, didn't remember anything. He was charged with DWI and a few other things that will keep him in prison for quite some time.

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Many true instances of long-dead bodies discovered in wrecked automobiles have been reported over the years, the most notable being the case of Susie Roberts from Gainesville, Georgia. Roberts and a friend disappeared on their way home from a dance in the nearby town of Dawsonvile one day in 1958. Although the friend's body turned up a year later, Roberts' body remained undiscovered until workers building a bridge found and pulled the car containing her remains from the bottom of Lake Lanier thirty-two years later. The most similar real-life version of "car filled with skeletons discovered by happenstance" would probably be the case of Kimberly Marie Barnes and her four friends, who disappeared from Palm Beach in a van one summer evening in 1979. Their fate remained unknown until a mud-filled van was spotted in Palm Beach County canal by a fisherman eighteen years later; the automobile was dragged out and came within seconds of being shredded for scrap when a Miami salvage yard manager noticed a shin bone fall from the van. Investigators later found a total of five skulls inside...

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Who do you suppose comes up with all these things?

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Im just full of urban legends...

A man decides life is meaningless, so he decides to kill himself. He goes to a cliff, ties a noose around his neck(ancored by the tree), grabs a pistol, drinks poison and sets him self on fire. He jumped and shot. The jerk of the rope messed up his aim, and the bullet missed his head but cut through the rope. This broke with the jerk of the body, and he fell into the sea below. There he swallowed a quantity of salt water, vomited the poison and the water doused the flames.

He later died of hypothermia.

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The twisted head.

A motorcycle rider like to wear his leather jacket backwards, its more comfortable. While riding, he has a minor accident, so the Good Samuratian behind gets out of his car to look. To him, the mortorcyle rider's head is twisted all the way around(like Linda Blair) so he goes over and twists his head back around, breaking his neck.

http://www.snopes.com/horrors/freakish/backward.htm

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Killer Catcus.

A mean guy is shooting stuff out in the desert with his shotgun. He sees a giant saguaro and shoots it a few times in the trunk. It falls on top of the guy, impaling him with its nail-like spikes.

http://www.snopes.com/horrors/freakish/saguaro.htm

Edited by Big Mack

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Crazy Crash.

A car runs a red light and is hit by a another car. The second car rolls over, ONTO A PEDISTRAIN!!!

There is a shocking video which shows it...

Linkie: http://www.snopes.com/photos/accident/carcrash01.asp

Its at the bottom.

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hehehe... I always found this one funny:

BOSSES of a publishing firm are trying to work out why no-one noticed that one of their employees had been sitting dead at his desk for FIVE DAYS before anyone asked if he was feeling okay.

George Turklebaum, 51, who had been employed as a proof-reader at a New York firm for 30 years, had a heart attack in the open-plan office he shared with 23 other workers.

He quietly passed away on Monday, but nobody noticed until Saturday morning when an office cleaner asked why he was still working during the weekend.

His boss Elliot Wachiaski said: 'George was always the first guy in each morning and the last to leave at night - so no-one found it unusual that he was in the same position all that time and didn't say anything.

'He was always absorbed in his work and kept much to himself.'

A post mortem examination revealed that he had been dead for five days after suffering a coronary. Ironically, George was proof-reading manuscripts of medical textbooks when he died.

http://www.snopes.com/horrors/gruesome/fivedays.htm

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Oh god Mack, that's horrible crying.gif

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keep these coming i enjoy reading them unfortunly i dont know any

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here i'll save you some time, go to this site

http://www.snopes.com/

i mean thats where we are all copying from..., just look on the site, they all all there...ok thumbsup.gif

Edited by mr_halo

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Snopes rocks!!

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There's a Polsih Urban Legend, but in other style. At Zegrzynski's bay there lives a monster called "Paskuda" ("Ugly"). The monster looks similar to Nessie, but it wasn't ever seen. Ah, Poles and their imagination....

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how about this one: (it's funny)

One of the funniest "most-embarrassing-moment" stories I've come upon in a long time was about a lady who picked up several items at a discount store. When she finally got up to the checker, she learned that one of the items had no price tag. Imagine her embarrassment when the checker got on the intercom and boomed out for all the store to hear, "PRICE CHECK ON LANE THIRTEEN, TAMPAX, SUPERSIZE."

That was bad enough, but somebody at the rear of the store apparently misinterpreted the word "tampax" for "thumbtacks." In a business-like tone, a voice boomed back over the intercom. "DO YOU WANT THE KIND YOU PUSH IN WITH YOUR THUMB, OR THE KIND YOU POUND IN WITH A HAMMER?"

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