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Urban Legends
« on: October 16, 2005, 08:17:56 am »
What are some good urban legends?   They can be true or false just tell us what they are.

For example the one everyone has heard of?

Coca-Cola used to contain cocaine.

It is true.
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Re: Urban Legends
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2005, 09:40:48 am »
well that's not an urban legand. That more of a historical factoid. Urban legends are like the modern day fairy tales of our time. The Gators under NYC is an Urban Legand. I actually have a whole book of urban legands I got. There's one about a woman who washes her dog, and can't find a towel so she decides to dry it off in the microwave. There's one about a woman who dies because she used so many tanning booths in such a short period of time because she wanted a tan for the prom and she ended up dying very soon after because the tanning beds ended up supposedly cooking her from the inside. (though its not a true story too much of that stuff gives off a lot of radiation, which is fairly dangerous to your health. some places have limits on how long you can use their tanning beds in a week.)

Fear of new Technology, and Just the unknown are ussually why urban legands form.
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Re: Urban Legends
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2005, 10:09:00 am »
In Jurassic Park, there's a page with about 7 urban legends on it when Malcolm is trying to convince Levine that there's no such thing as Jurassic Park. He was all

"Jurassic park exists in the same way that the government released the AIDS virus to kill homosexuals. The same way that there are secret alien spacecraft in New Mexico."

A bunch of stuff like that. I'll dig it out when I'm not busy.

Oh yeah, by the way. A website called www.snopes.com will go over a bunch of the urban legends and say whether or not they're true.

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Re: Urban Legends
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2005, 11:57:12 am »
a kid got an apple pip stuck up his nose and an apple sapling grew out of it.
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Re: Urban Legends
« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2005, 12:03:35 pm »

Man insures his cigars against fire, then tries to collect after smoking them.

This is false


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Re: Urban Legends
« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2005, 12:05:24 pm »
quite a few of the Darwin Awards are urban legends.
An actually true one is where this guy decided to see if shooting a large propane tank at close range would make it explode, when it didnt he decided to see how close he could get to it with a lit lighter without it exploding. ::)
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Re: Urban Legends
« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2005, 01:59:52 pm »
this is on snopes.com, but i actually heard it much earlier:

when entering a gang, the initiates are supposed to drive around at night with their headlights off.  when someone flashes their headlights at them, they're supposed to shoot at that car.
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Re: Urban Legends
« Reply #7 on: October 16, 2005, 03:28:04 pm »
A farmer who lit his cow's fart and the flame went into the cow causing a massive explosion. I'm pretty sure it's true.

Also the skunk ape of the Everglades. Not sure if that's real.

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Re: Urban Legends
« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2005, 07:23:13 pm »
A farmer who lit his cow's fart and the flame went into the cow causing a massive explosion. I'm pretty sure it's true.


That is undeniably false.  The inside of the cow is a very anaerobic environment, and the methane in the fart is not nearly concentrated enough to cause a "massive explosion."  The most I have ever seen from lit farts are minor rectal burns.

If you doubt the cow's intestine is anaerobic, ask yourself how the bacteria in the gut survive.


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Re: Urban Legends
« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2005, 12:28:18 am »
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The most I have ever seen from lit farts are minor rectal burns.

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Re: Urban Legends
« Reply #10 on: October 17, 2005, 02:29:25 am »
Theres ment to eb an Urban ledgend that there is a Panther out in the australian bush supposidly U.S. troops brought them out here as mascots during WWII

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Re: Urban Legends
« Reply #11 on: October 17, 2005, 07:40:22 am »
there are a number of big cats purportedly loose around the english countryside, the most famous being the beast of Bodmin moor
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Re: Urban Legends
« Reply #12 on: October 17, 2005, 01:12:08 pm »
there are mountain lions in pacific grove, ca.  they eat the deer.

really.
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Re: Urban Legends
« Reply #13 on: October 17, 2005, 01:23:58 pm »
but mountain lions are indigenous to parts of california anyway.
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