What's your favourite Urban Legend?
January 18, 2016 9:31am CST
Urban legends are stories people share as if they are true but which rarely are - the stories were told to them by a friend of a friend of a friend and the true originator of the tale can rarely be traced. Stories include the cat in the microwave, dogs in washing machines, a woman hearing a radio report of a killer on the loose just as a man frantically bangs on her car window - she locks the doors and seals the windows and drives off and finds out too late he was warning her that the killer is hiding in the back of her car ... My favourite however is the scuba diver found dead in the middle of a forest fire, having been scooped up from a lake by a helicopter with a bucket used to put the water on the fires and extinguish them - it never actually happened. Arthur
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18 Jan 16
The bank robber who had a rocket installed in his car. As the police were chasing him and all seemed to be at an end as a dozen police cruisers chased him down a country road but he ignited the rocket and minutes later impaled the car into a mountainside as he forgot the curve in the road.
• Daytona Beach, Florida
18 Jan 16
@arthurchappell As teenagers we used to scare the wits out of each other about this guy with a hook for a hand that killed off lovers in a lover's lane. One of my silly friends placed a hook on the car handle when his bother and girlfriend went smooching. When they got back at 3 AM and she saw that hook she woke up the neighborhood screaming. Ah, yes youth ain't it grand and urban legends.
18 Jan 16
I've got a book in German with a collection of urban legends. Very funny. I remember one thing: A radio person in California invented a legend and told it on the radio. Then they watched how it travelled east across the continent until someone in New York retold it.
19 Jan 16
My favorite urban legend would most probably be that of a mythical creature we call "sigbin". Nobody has ever actually seen one yet but they say they are pets of witches or some people who practise black magic. There was even a time here in my province when rumors had it that somebody will buy a "sigbin" for millions of pesos for it to be used as medicine for an incurable disease.
• Moses Lake, Washington
20 Jan 16
Your final sentence totally got me laughing and distracted. I don't know about dogs in dryers but I do know a lady who dried a kitten. She thought the thumping was a tennis shoe. She loved animals but told the tale on herself anyway.
• Worcester, England
20 Jan 16
not sure if this counts as an urban legend but it's the captain pugwash books and their content. I could have sworn that some of the names were really sexually explicit and i've talked about it with my mates and they "remembered" the same thing. Last week i looked it up and the names weren't the ones i thought and apparently the author sued some publications who made up the myth.