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Urban Legends FAQ



Frequently Asked Questions about urban legends supported, challenged and debunked

This FAQ about urban legends supported, challenged and debunked was compiled and written by Terry Chan tchan@dante.lbl.gov and Peter van der Linden linden@eng.sun.com with numerous contributions by others.

-01 Introduction to the faq postings for alt.folklore.urban
The newsgroup alt.folklore.urban (AFU) is devoted to the ...
-02 Introduction to the newsgroup alt.folklore.urban
This is alt.folklore.urban -- the newsgroup where nonsense is ...
-03 Two notes to new readers (alt.folklore.urban)
- We encourage you to post any stories you suspect may be an UL. ...
-04 A note to old and would be old readers (alt.folklore.urban)
-05 A digression on urban legends and "falsehood" (alt.folklore.urban)
Occasionally, there is a post to the effect of: That actually happened ...
-06 Meanwhile, back to our regularly scheduled program . . . (alt.folklore.urban)
-07 Nominations for the official motto of alt.folklore.urban
[One free clue: if youse post with one of the following in your article,...
-08 alt.folklore.urban man of the year
- B1FF (1990)...
-09 Speculation on captain James T. Kirk's middle name (alt.folklore.urban)
- Terry ...
-10 Official mascot (alt.folklore.urban)
- My pet King snake, ...
-11 Hack etymologies for the word 'posh' (alt.folklore.urban)
- Puke On Shoes ...
-12 Official photographers (alt.folklore.urban)
- Dan Wright and Patrick S. Clark (ret.)...
-13 Official hatchetman (alt.folklore.urban)
- Ray Not Dick ...
-14 Official food of alt.folklore.urban
- Chicken Mole'...
-15 Official big dic of alt.folklore.urban
- The OED or Winston Churchill (tie)...
-16 Not the official song of alt.folklore.urban
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-17 Key to Listed FAQs (Urban legends)
T = 100% scientific ...
-18 The misappliance of science (Urban legends)
F.*You can make as much ice faster by starting with warmer water....
-19 The 'plane truth (what goes up...) (Urban legends)
T. 800ft diameter asteroid passed within 500K miles of hitting earth in 1989....
-20 Does not compute (Urban legends)
T. Computers have been stolen....
-21 Twinkie twitter (Urban legends)
T. animal or vegetable shortening on ingredients list == ...
-22 Mad medicine (Urban legends)
T. London doctor struck off for inveigling Turkish peasants to donate a kidney....
-23 Wind-powered fantasies (Urban legends)
T. Fin-de-siecle Frenchman,Petomane,got rich farting as music hall act.Fartist....
-24 Stupid academia tricks (Urban legends)
NOTE: Many university-based ULs are passed continually. Before posting, check ...
-25 Stupid people tricks (Urban legends)
T.*Craig Shergold, UK cancer kid,sought get-well cards,overwhelmed with 33 mil....
-26 What's in a word? (Urban legends)
[Bear in mind that AFU is not a dictionary server. Try checking out ...
-27 How firm is your foundation? (Urban legends)
F. Building is built backwards. Public criticizes; Architect commits suicide....
-28 Kill your television! (Urban legends)
F. Newlywed Game husband televised response that the strangest place they ...
-29 Reefer madness (Urban legends)
[The alt.drugs FAQ list has lots of interesting info.]...
-30 Astonishing antipodean antics (Urban legends)
F. Some part of Australia is antipodal to some part of N. America or Europe....
-31 Lewd food (Urban legends)
T. There're kosher Chinese restaurants in and around big East Coast US cities....
-32 Snuff movies (Urban legends)
Tb.The Feds, cops, CIA, etc. have never actually found a real snuff film....
-33 Upstanding legends of the penis and scrotum (Urban legends)
See also http://www.best.com/~snopes/sex/sex....
-34 Hide the salami (Urban legends)
U. Cuckolded husband replaces contents of wife's pessaries with lye....
-35 Disney dementia [and other amusement park stories] (Urban legends)
See especially http://www.best.com/~snopes/disney/disney....
-36 Question authority (and other conspiracies) (Urban legends)
U. CIA fixed the Anarchist's Cookbook, so explosive blows up as you make it....
-37 Legal beagles [see also wild life, stupid people tricks, and snuff] (Urban legends)
T. If you have questions about copyrights, you should really check ...
-38 Wild life in the fast lane (Urban legends)
F.*As part of initiation, potential gang members drive around with ...
-39 Legends about natatory capabilities of large anthropoid primates (Urban legends)
Tb.Gorillas can't swim....
-40 Astounding avian anomalies (Urban legends)
F. Birds cannot sing while on the ground....
-41 Doggie-style and catty-wumpuss [see also lewd food] (Urban legends)
F. Dalmatians and humans are the only mammals whose urine contain urea....
-42 Other animal (but non-buggy) crackers (Urban legends)
U. Every animal has enough brains in its head to preserve its own hide....
-43 Bait shop [think very carefully before posting to these threads] (Urban legends)
T. The etymology of POSH....
-44 Arthropod crackers (Urban legends)
T. Really big insects (snakes too) can get imported along with fruit shipments....
-45 Credits and some references (Urban legends)
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-46 Incredible new reference (Urban legends)
-47 Some primary folklore-specific references (Urban legends)
-48 ISCLR (International Society for Contemporary Legend Research)
-49 Some good primary references (Urban legends)









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