eBook Encyclopedia of Urban Legends, 1st Edition

  • Jan Harold Brunvand
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  • ISBN-10: 159884721X
  • ISBN-13: 9781598847215
  • DDC: 398.20973
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 610 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2012 | Published/Released December 2012
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2012
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Overview

This revised edition of the original reference standard for urban legends provides an updated anthology of common myths and stories, and presents expanded coverage of international legends and tales shared and popularized online.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Dedication.
Contents.
List of Entries.
Preface to the Updated and Expanded Edition.
Introduction.
1: Academe, Legends of.
2: “The Accidental Cannibals”.
3: Accidental Multiple Deaths.
4: “The Accidental Stickup”.
5: Accidents.
6: “The Acrobatic Professor”.
7: Africa.
8: “AIDS Harry”.
9: “AIDS Mary”.
10: AIDS-Origin Traditions.
11: “The Air-Freighted Pet”.
12: “Alligators in the Sewers”.
13: “All that Glitters is Not Gold”.
14: Amusement Park Dangers.
15: Analysis and Interpretation.
16: Anecdote.
17: Animals in Urban Legends.
18: “The Animal’s Revenge”.
19: “The Announced Quiz”.
20: Anti Legend.
21: Ants or Termites Invade the Body.
22: Architects’ Blunders.
23: Argentina.
24: “The Arrest”.
25: ATM Dangers.
26: Atrocities.
27: Atrocity Stories.
28: The Attempted Abduction.
29: Australia.
30: Automobiles.
31: “The Avon Flasher”.
32: Babies.
33: “The Baby Headache”.
34: “The Baby Lure”.
35: “The Baby on the Roof”.
36: “The Baby-Roast”.
37: “The Baby-Sitter and the Man Upstairs”.
38: “Baby’s Stuck at Home Alone”.
39: “The Baby Train”.
40: Backward Buildings and Statues.
41: The Bargain Sports Car.
42: The Barometer Problem.
43: “The Barrel of Bricks”.
44: “The Bedbug Letter”.
45: Belgium.
46: Belief Legend.
47: Big Cats Running Wild.
48: “Bikers versus Smokers”.
49: “The Bird-Foot Exam”.
50: “Blackout Babies”.
51: “The Blind Date”.
52: “The Blind Man”.
53: “The Blood Libel”.
54: “Blue Star Acid”.
55: “The Body in the Bed”.
56: “The Body on the Car”.
57: Body Parts Rumors and Legends.
58: Bogus Warnings.
59: “Boil on Troubled Waters”.
60: “The Bosom Serpent”.
61: “The Bothered Bride”.
62: “The Boyfriend’s Death”.
63: “The Boy who Played Superman”.
64: “Bozo the Clown’s Blooper”.
65: “The Brain Drain”.
66: “The Bug under the Rug”.
67: “The Bullet Baby”.
68: “The Bump in the Rug”.
69: “The Bungled Rescue of the Cat”.
70: Bungling Brides.
71: “Buried Saint Sells Property”.
72: Business Legends.
73: “The Butcher’s Prank”.
74: “Buying Tampax”.
75: “The Cabbage Patch Tragedy”.
76: Cadavers.
77: Campus Rumor Scares.
78: Canada.
79: “The Can of Snakes”.
80: “Car Stolen During Earthquake”.
81: “Career Decisions”.
82: “The Cat (or Dog) and the Nude Man”.
83: “Cats Out of Their Skins”.
84: “The Celebrating Arabs”.
85: Celebrities.
86: “The Celebrity’s Car Breakdown”.
87: “The Celebrity’s Telephone (or Phone Card) Number”.
88: “The Chicken on the Bus”.
89: Child Ballad.
90: Children.
91: China.
92: Chinese Restaurants (and Other Ethnic Eateries).
93: “The Choking Doberman”.
94: Chupacabra.
95: Church’s Chicken Rumors.
96: Cigar Insurance (“Cigarson”).
97: Classifying Urban Legends.
98: “The Clever Baby-Sitter”.
99: “The Climax of Horrors”.
100: Cokelore.
101: “The Colander Copier Caper”.
102: Collecting and Transcribing Urban Legends.
103: “The Colo-Rectal Mouse”.
104: “Come and Get It!”.
105: Comics and Urban Legends.
106: Communal Re-Creation.
107: “The Communist Rules for Revolution”.
108: Companies.
109: Comparative Approach.
110: Computers.
111: Conspiracies.
112: “The Contaminated Comforter”.
113: Contamination.
114: Contemporary Legend (Term).
115: Contemporary Legend (Journal).
116: Context.
117: “The Corpse in the Car”.
118: “The Corpse in the Cask”.
119: “The Counselor’s Death”.
120: CPR Annie Legend.
121: The Craig Shergold Legend.
122: Crime.
123: “Cruise Control”.
124: “The Crushed Dog”.
125: “A Cry for Help”.
126: Culture-Clash Legends.
127: “The Curse of 9/11”.
128: “Curses! Broiled Again!”.
129: “The Cut-Off Finger”.
130: “The Cut-Out Pullman”.
131: “The Daughter’s Letter from College”.
132: “The Day Trip”.
133: “The Dead Cat in the Package”.
134: “Dear John’s Revenge”.
135: “The Death Car”.
136: “The Death of Dr. Charles Drew”.
137: “The Death of Little Mikey”.
138: Decapitated Riders and Drivers.
139: “The Deer Departed”.
140: “Define ‘Courage’”.
141: Definition of “Legend” and “Urban Legend”.
142: Denmark.
143: Dental Death.
144: “The Devil in the Dance Hall”.
145: “Dial 911 for Help”.
146: Disaster Rumors and Stories.
147: “The Dishonest Note”.
148: Dissertation Legends.
149: “The Dog in the High-Rise”.
150: “Dog’s Corpse is Stolen”.
151: “The Dog’s Dinner”.
152: “The Dolly Parton Diet”.
153: “Don’t Mess with Texas”.
154: “The Dormitory Surprise”.
155: “The Double Theft”.
156: “The Double Whammy”.
157: “Do You Know who I am?”.
158: “Drugged and Seduced”.
159: Drug Horror Stories.
160: Earwig Stories.
161: “The Eaten Pets”.
162: “The Eaten Ticket”.
163: “The Economical Car”.
164: Education and Urban Legends.
165: “The Elephant That Sat on the VW”.
166: Elevator Accidents.
167: “The Elevator Incident”.
168: “The Elizabethan E-mail Hoax”.
169: Embarrassment.
170: Emergent and Ephemeral Legends.
171: England.
172: The Escalating Medical Problem.
173: Estonia.
174: Exploding Animals.
175: “The Exploding Bra”.
176: “The Exploding Butane Lighter”.
177: “The Exploding Toilet”.
178: “The Failed Suicide”.
179: “The Fallen Angel Cake”.
180: Fan Death.
181: “The Fart in the Dark”.
182: Fast Food.
183: “The Fatal Boot”.
184: “The Fatal Cleaning Lady”.
185: “The Fatal Golf Tee”.
186: “The Fatal Initiation”.
187: FBI Stories.
188: “Fear of Frying”.
189: “Fifi Spills the Paint”.
190: Film and Urban Legends.
191: “Filmed in the Act”.
1: “The Madalyn Murray O’Hair Petition”.
2: “Mag Wheels”.
3: Malpractice Stories.
4: “The Man in the Middle”.
5: “The Man on the Roof”.
6: “The March of the Sewer Rats”.
7: Masturbating into Food.
8: McDonald’s Rumors.
9: Medical Student Pranks.
10: Medical Themes in Urban Legends.
11: Medieval Urban Legends.
12: Memetics.
13: Memorate.
14: Mercantile Rumors and Legends.
15: “The Message under the Stamp”.
16: “The Messenger Boy”.
17: “The Mexican Pet”.
18: Mexico.
19: “The Microwaved Pet”.
20: Military Legends.
21: Mint-Condition Vintage Vehicles.
22: “Miracle at Lourdes”.
23: “The Misguided Good Deed”.
24: “The Missing Day in Time”.
25: “The Missionaries and the Cat”.
26: Mistaken Identifications.
27: “Mobile Phone Sparks Explosion”.
28: “The Modem Tax” and “The E-mail Tax”.
29: “The Mole Hill and the Jaguar”.
30: Mongolia.
31: “The Mother’s Threat Carried Out”.
32: Motif.
33: “The Mouse in the Coke”.
34: “The Mrs. Fields Cookie Recipe”.
35: Music and Urban Legends.
36: Musicians and Urban Legends.
37: “Mutant Chickens”.
38: “The Mutilated Boy”.
39: “The Mystery Trip”.
40: Myth.
41: Naive Computer User Stories.
42: Naive Hunter Stories.
43: “Nasty Legends” and “Nastier Legends”.
44: “National Gang Week”.
45: Native American Contemporary Legends.
46: “The Nativity Play”.
47: Needle-Attack Legends.
48: “Neiman Marcus Cookies”.
49: New Zealand.
50: Norway.
51: “Not My Dog”.
52: “The Nude Bachelor”.
53: “The Nude Housewife”.
54: “The Nude in the RV”.
55: Nudity.
56: “The Nut and the Tire Nuts”.
57: “The Obligatory Wait”.
58: “Octopus Eggs Impregnate Swimmer”.
59: “Old versus Young”.
60: “The One-Word Exam Question”.
61: “The Open-Book Exam”.
62: Organ Thefts.
63: Ostension (or Ostensive Action).
64: “Out of the Mouths of Babes”.
65: “The Package of Cookies”.
66: Parodies of Urban Legends.
67: “Pass It on”.
68: “Paul is Dead”.
69: “The Peanut Butter Surprise”.
70: “Pencils as Deadly Weapons”.
71: “The Penguin Story”.
72: Penis Captivus.
73: Performance of Urban Legends.
74: Perfume Attacks.
75: “The Pet Nabber”.
76: “The Phantom Clowns”.
77: “The Phantom Coachman”.
78: “Pharm Parties”.
79: “The Philanderer’s Porsche”.
80: Photographic Urban Legends.
81: “The Pig on the Road”.
82: “The Pinpricks in the Condom”.
83: “The Plant’s Revenge”.
84: Poetic Justice.
85: “The Poinsettia Myth”.
86: “The Poison Dress”.
87: “The Poisoned Pussycat at the Party”.
88: Poisonous Tomatoes?.
89: Poland.
90: Police.
91: Policy Legend.
92: Popular Culture and Urban Legends.
93: “Postcards for Little Buddy”.
94: Pranks.
95: “The Pregnant Shoplifter”.
96: Prejudice Rebuked.
97: “The Procter & Gamble Trademark”.
98: “The Proctological Examination”.
99: “The Promiscuous Cheerleader”.
100: Proto-Legend.
101: “Push-Starting the Car”.
102: “The Python”.
103: Queensland Folk.
104: Racism in Urban Legends.
105: Radio and Urban Legends.
106: “The Rat in the Rye Bread”.
107: “The Rattle in the Cadillac”.
108: Razor Blade Sabotage.
109: “The Rear Window Carjacking Ploy”.
110: Redemption Rumors.
111: “Red Velvet Cake”.
112: Reebok Rumors.
113: “The Relative’s Cadaver”.
114: Religion and Urban Legends.
115: “The Resubmitted Term Paper”.
116: Revenge in Urban Legends.
117: “ ‘R’ is for Race”.
118: “Roaming Gnomes”.
119: “The Robber who was Hurt”.
120: Rolls-Royce Legends.
121: Romania.
122: “The Roommate’s Death”.
123: “The Roughneck’s Revenge”.
124: Rumor.
125: “The Runaway Grandmother”.
126: “The Runaway Patient”.
127: Russia.
128: Satanic Panic.
129: Saudi Arabia.
130: “Saved by a Cell Phone”.
131: “The Sawed-Off Fingers”.
132: SCA Legends.
133: Scandal.
134: Scary Stories.
135: Scotland.
136: “The Scuba Diver in the Tree”.
137: “The Second Blue Book”.
138: “The Second Death”.
139: “The Secret Ingredient”.
140: “The Severed Fingers”.
141: “Sex in Disguise”.
142: “Sex in the Classroom”.
143: Sex in Urban Legends.
144: “The Sheriffs Daughter”.
145: “The Shocking Videotape”.
146: “Shooting the Bull”.
147: “The Shoplifter and the Frozen Food”.
148: Shopping Malls in Urban Legends.
149: “Shrink-to-Fit Jeans”.
150: Sinking Libraries.
151: Sinking Shopping Malls.
152: “The Ski Accident”.
153: Slapstick Comedy in Urban Legends.
154: “The Slasher under the Car”.
155: Slovenia.
156: “The Small World Legend”.
157: “The Smashed VW Bug”.
158: Smiley Gangs.
159: “The Smuggler”.
160: “The Snake (or Spider, etc.) in the Bananas (or Greens, etc.)”.
161: “The Snake in the Store”.
162: “The Snake in the Strawberry Patch”.
163: Snakes.
164: “Snakes in Playland”.
165: “Snakes in the Tunnel of Love”.
166: Snuff Films.
167: Social Class in Urban Legends.
168: Sociological Approach.
169: “The Solid-Cement Cadillac”.
170: South Africa.
171: Spain.
172: Sperm in the Swimming.
173: “The Spider Bite”.
174: “Spider Eggs in Bubble Yum”.
175: Spiders.
176: “Spiders in the Cactus”.
177: “Spiders in the Hairdo”.
178: “The Spitting Image”.
179: “Spunkball”.
180: “The Stanford Origin Legend”.
181: State Police “Balls”.
182: “Sticky” Urban Legends.
183: “The Stolen Exam”.
184: “The Stolen Specimen”.
185: “The Stolen Speedtrap”.
186: “The Stolen Wallet”.
187: Storytelling and Urban Legends.
188: Stranger Danger.
189: Street Legends.
190: “Stripping the Car”.
191: Structural Approach.
192: “The Stuck Couple”.
193: “The Stuck Diver”.
194: “Stuck on the Toilet”.
195: “The Stuck Santa”.
196: “The Stuffed Baby”.
197: Stupid Pet Rescues.
198: Style of Urban Legends.
199: “The Suicide Rule”.
200: “Superglue Revenge”.