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Urban legends. Everyone loves an urban legend.


* 3MENGHST.ZIP Is there a ghost in _Three Men and a Baby_? Info from Brunvand's latest book gets to the bottom of this story.
* AFI-INF.ZIP Info on Usenet's moderated newsgroup: Alt.Folklore.Info
* AFU-XMAS.ZIP 'The Night Before Christmas' -- Alt.Folklore.Urban style
* AFUCLUE.ZIP 'Standard' Alt.Folklore.Urban 'Get a clue' notice, apparently used when VERY familiar urban legend is brought up as 'truth'
* AFUREAD.ZIP Alt.Folklore.Urban Reading List
* AFUREPLY.ZIP 'Standard' Alt.Folklore.Urban reply form (can be used on other echos too!) -- funny!
* AFUSCALE.ZIP Scale for 'urban legend-ness' of a story
* AFUSURV.ZIP Alt.Folklore.Urban Survival Guide
* AIDSMARY.ZIP A variation on the 'AIDS Mary' urban legend
* ALKA-SEA.ZIP Official response from makers of Alka-Seltzer to question asking what happens if you feed it to seagulls.
* ALLIGATO.ZIP Possible origin of the 'alligators in the sewers' urban legend
* APRIL1.ZIP Origin of April Fools Day
* ARIZONA.ZIP Are Arizona hotels pre-wired for casinos, just in case gambling is legalized there?
* BBSHOAX.ZIP FidoNews article on what author calls 'hoaxes', but more appropriately described as urban legends. Either way, good reading on stuff passed around BBSes.
* BLNDNUKE.ZIP Did a blind woman see a nuclear bomb test? Review of this urban legend.
* BLUESTAR.ZIP You've probably seen the notices: Parents Warning! But, no, LSD is NOT being given to your kids on lick & stick blue star or Mickey Mouse tattoos
* BODYPNT.ZIP What happens if you totally cover somebody with paint? (A la 'Goldfinger')
* BOZOKID.ZIP Did a kid tell Bozo (or other kids' show host) to 'shove it' on national TV?
* CALENDAR.ZIP British Government's Calendar Act (of many many years ago)
* CAPTAINS.ZIP Can ship captains perform weddings?
* CHEVNOVA.ZIP Chevrolet's answer to question about sale of the Nova in Spanish-speaking countries (Nova = doesn't go in Spanish)
* CHOCOLAT.ZIP Love and Chocolate: Are they related?
* CHRSTNRD.ZIP The truth behind the rumor that atheists have tried to get religious broadcasting banned
* COCACOLA.ZIP Info on Coca-Cola -- Problems translating name and jingles into foreign languages; what about restaurants which don't serve Coke, but don't correct customers who ask for it?
* COLDS.ZIP Can one catch a cold by going out in the cold with wet hair, or by just being cold in general?
* COLLGFAQ.ZIP Alt.Folklore.College Frequently Asked Questions (Frequently posted legends -- True/False)
* COPORG.ZIP Origin of the term 'cop'
* CORIOLIS.ZIP The scoop on whether or not Coriolis force changes the direction of water flow down your bathtub drain depending on whether you're north or south of the equator
* CPTPUG.ZIP There really was a show called Captain Pugwash (GIF of character included here), but were there other, ahem, oddly named characters too?
* CRAIGCRD.ZIP Don't send more postcards to Craig Shergold in UK! Yes, it's still passed around, but this explains the situation.
* CRAIGOOP.ZIP School hears Craig Shergold story-- collects a LOT of business cards--THEN finds out about the above^^^
* CRAPPER.ZIP Did Thomas Crapper invent the flush toilet? Did Otto Titzling invent the bra?
* DISDEATH.ZIP Claims of death at Disney
* DISTATOO.ZIP BBSer wants to get Tatoo of Disney character -- letters back and forth to Disney
* DISTILL.ZIP Norway's version of the Blue Star Acid legend: tainted home alcohol distillations
* DIXORG.ZIP Origin of the term 'Dixie' (as used in describing the South)
* ELECTRIC.ZIP How was Thomas Edison involved in developing the electric chair?
* ERNIEDIE.ZIP Is Sesame Street's Ernie dying on the show?
* FACTFICT.ZIP Unusual Fact & Fiction list of references
* FIREPLAC.ZIP Does lighting a fire in your house's fireplace make it warmer or colder in the house?
* FLUORESC.ZIP Is it better to leave a fluorescent light on if you're going to use it again within 1/2 hour? How much energy does it use to turn on?
* FOLKFAQ.ZIP Usenet Urban Folklore Frequently Asked Questions (true and false 'legends') List (as of 10/93)
* FREEPET.ZIP Author fell for urban legend about pets and here is the article
* GERMAN.ZIP Is it true that German was almost voted as the official language of the US?
* GLASSFLO.ZIP Does glass flow like a liquid? Can this effect be seen in old windows?
* HAMBURGR.ZIP Origins of 'hamburger' and 'hot dog'
* HOAXBOWL.ZIP Are more women beaten during the Superbowl? 4 articles discuss this legend and its origin.
* HONEYMOO.ZIP Urban Legend: Couple 'practices' for their honeymoon, receives surprise party. Whoops!
* HOTWATER.ZIP Does hot water really freeze faster than cold water?
* INFLYNN.ZIP Origin of term 'in like Flynn'
* IRONPLR.ZIP Is there really an iron pillar in India which is incredibly resistant to corrosion? Is it an alien artifact?
* KJVBIBLE.ZIP How was the King James Version of the Bible prepared? Did Shakespeare play a role? How accurate is it?
* LMERMAID.ZIP The video cover of _The Little Mermaid_ seems to have a, er, phallus on it. Here is a gif containing that part and a letter from Disney.
* LUCYSKY.ZIP Well-researched discussion of the Beatles' 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds' and whether it relates to LSD
* M-MFAQ.ZIP M&M Frequently Asked Questions list (as put out by M&M/Mars!)
* MALELACT.ZIP Male lactation -- is it possible?
* MAPTRAPS.ZIP Info on 'map traps' (purposeful errors to catch copyright violaters) and other map-related bits
* MATING.ZIP Can animals of different species mate and produce offspring? Catrabbits?
* MBEPHONE.ZIP Was Mary Baker Eddy buried with a phone when she died, so she could call her religious followers and tell them what the 'other side' is like?
* MENSTRUA.ZIP Everything you ever wanted to know about menstrual syncronicity
* MISSDAY.ZIP Has NASA verified a 'missing day' which corresponds to the Earth standing still, as described in the Bible?
* MODEMTAX.ZIP No, the FCC isn't really considering taxing modems any more. This file puts that legend to rest.
* MOLASSES.ZIP Boston's great molasses flood
* MONEYSYM.ZIP List of what various symbols on US paper money stand for, and who's picture is on what bill
* MOON.ZIP Why does the moon appear larger on the horizon than in the sky?
* MRSFIELD.ZIP Cookie recipe that is often distributed, claiming to be that of Mrs. Fields, and claiming that person paid big $$ for it (urban legend)
* NAPOLEON.ZIP What happened to Napoleon's, er, member?
* NYLON.ZIP Origins of the word, 'nylon'
* OK.ZIP Origins of the term, 'Ok'
* PATENT.ZIP Did an official of the US Patent office resign because he thought there was nothing left to be invented?
* PCOLLINS.ZIP Story behind Phil Collins' 'In the Air Tonight'
* PEPSISYR.ZIP Humorous letters to Pepsi about the syringes 'found' in their cans, and Pepsi's response
* PI-INDY.ZIP Info about Indiana trying to legislate the value of pi
* POINSETT.ZIP Are poinsettias actually poisonous, as urban legend tells us?
* POST-IT.ZIP History of Post-Its
* PULLTABS.ZIP Have you heard about collecting pull tabs from cans to help dialysis patients? Guess what...
* PULLTAB2.ZIP Guy follows trail of pulltab-collecting legend to see if he can find out just WHO is collecting them.
* ROLLBEER.ZIP What does the '33' mean on Rolling Rock beer?
* SALEM.ZIP Did the government pay out damages to descendents of those killed in the Salem witchcraft trials 'til 1957? How long did it take to clear their names?
* SATURNV.ZIP What happened to the Saturn V plans? Did NASA lose them?
* SCORPDIE.ZIP Do scorpions commit suicide when surrouned by fire? Are they immune to their own poison? Etc.
* SMOTHER.ZIP Some info on the stories about mothers smothering their children to avoid detection by Nazis/Indians/Burglars/Whoever else is looking for them
* SNAPPLE.ZIP Rumors about Snapple's supposed donations to anti-abortion groups almost killed the product
* SPACEBOD.ZIP What REALLY happens to the human body if tossed into space?
* SPANFLY.ZIP Some facts about Spanish Fly -- supposed aphrodisiac
* STALLONE.ZIP Yes, Sly Stallone did star in an X-rated movie before Rocky -- here's some info on it
* SUBLIMIN.ZIP Some facts and history behind 'subliminal' advertising; also some references
* TOMATOES.ZIP Are tomatoes fruits, berries, veggies?
* TOOTHBRS.ZIP Several versions of a recent legend about vacationers and a toothbrush where it does NOT belong
* TUNA.ZIP Possible origin to the 'cat food sold as tuna' urban legend
* URBANLEG.ZIP Good column about urban legends -- if you're new to the subject, this is a GOOD file to read
* URBANSNG.ZIP Humorous song about urban legends
* VENDING.ZIP Reference stating that people can and have been hurt by rocking vending machines and having them fall over on them.
* WALKMAN.ZIP Did/Can a Walkman cause a plane to lose its electronic systems?
* WALTZMAT.ZIP Why isn't 'Waltzing Matilda' the national anthem of Australia? Does an American own the song rights?
* WELDING.ZIP Heard the one about the welder who accidentally got his contact lens stuck to his cornea? This is it, and it's an urban legend.
* WHITEHAR.ZIP Can somebody's hair turn white overnight from a good fright?
* WIZARD.ZIP Did somebody hang themselves during filming of 'The Wizard of Oz' and get caught in a shot? What about other 'Oz' lore?
* ZAPPAGRN.ZIP Is Frank Zappa the son of Mr. Greenjeans?
* HOOKER.ZIP Some thoughts on the origin of the term, 'hooker'
* PAULDEAD.ZIP Some info on the 'Paul (McCartney) is Dead' legends and why it still persists
* PAULHRVY.ZIP Is Paul Harvey a source for some urban legends?
* PORTBOMB.ZIP Did an atomic bomb explode at Port Chicago, California?
* PULLTAB3.ZIP More info on the pulltab urban legend, including a good rundown on how it compares to other such myths

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