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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Urban legends. Everyone loves an urban legend.