Did you hear about... the urban legends that won't die
Wednesday 10 June 2009
Most of us have told stories to the tune of “Well, my mum’s cousin’s best friend says [insert tale here] happened...” without having any first hand knowledge of the story we’re telling.
Urban myths or legends are by definition stories or facts which are repeated as true by people unfamiliar with their origins. By the time such tales have travelled by mouth across geography and generation the stories are often either so remarkable or so absurdly exaggerated that they have indeed become myth.
Whether they involve ghosts, organ theft or murderous intrigue, these stories are all related by a faint sensation when listening to them that you’ve heard them before somewhere.
There are huge variations across culture and different generations. Such stories now circulate via email and chat rooms as well as in the playground, workplace and at home.
Click the image on the right to view my pick of the thirteen best urban legends.
Please leave your comments and your own urban legends below.
Life & Style blogs
Yvette Cooper: Our choice is years of Tory rule under Jeremy Corbyn – or a return to a Labour government
Is Britain really full up? Are migrants taking our jobs? Leading academic answers the most common anti-immigration claims
Calais Migrant Crisis: Deputy Mayor of Calais labels Cameron's use of 'swarm' as 'racist' and 'ignorant'
While we fixate on Calais, the Home Office is quietly deporting dozens of migrants on 'ghost flights'
Calais crisis: The seven claims made about the migrants - and the reality
Calais crisis: For desperate migrants it is 'England or death' as they brave dogs, riot police and speeding trains
- 1 Labour rallies behind Flint as deputy leader to offset a Corbyn win
- 2 Katie Hopkins reveals fear she will die during brain surgery to cure epilepsy
- 3 The difference between a psychopath and a sociopath
- 4 Dutch King Willem-Alexander declares the end of the welfare state
- 5 'Cool kids' can go on to become losers in later life, study finds
iJobs Gadgets & Tech
£18000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity for an I...
£25000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This digital and print design a...
£50000 - £60000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Report Analyst - Essex - up to £60,0...
£18000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This family run IT service busi...