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Title: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 24, 2012, 07:02:31 PM
Okay, Day 9 is about to get scared by a video game, there's a new South Park, and it's time to get this list started.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 24, 2012, 07:04:00 PM
# 50: Bite the Wax Tadpole
(https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQN4eKzktw2UmGIDhcouZzKz4ZuxoN6f1rOYsbJNYqlIXxwfyWY)
20 Points (On 1 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#6 by Tripe )

The Story:
Dude, can you get me a soda?
 
No, not a pop. Where the hell are you from? Look, just get me the tadpole.
 
What's a tadpole? You don't know?
 
You know how when you take a product and introduce it to a foreign market, they sometimes change the name to make it more acceptable to them?
 
...
 
No, not like a Royale with Cheese. Geez.
 
Well, sometimes they don't do this and just stick with the normal name. Well, there's this big company who normally does that and most of the time it works out okay. But when they expanded to China, they screwed up. See, when you say "Coca Cola" in Mandarin, well, it's translates to "Bite the Wax Tadpole."  Oddly enough the Chinese weren't interested in consuming paraffin amphibians, so it bombed there. gotta do the research there, man.
 
Well, Is It True?
Well, no.
 
While those sounds can be interpreted as "bite the wax tadpole" or "female horse fastened with wax", there are roughly 200 different characters that make that sound. So they can also mean "furble fabble fibble foo." Or something like that.
 
Plus, Coke was aware of the name issue before they started exporting to China (in 1928) and the characters used for the name actually mean something close to "to allow the mouth to be able to rejoice." And that would be the real thing.
 
Random Notes
A frightening number of bands have songs titled "Bite the Wax tadpole" including L7, tub ring and Super 8 Bit Brothers. None of them are particularly good.
 
And the Nova?  No, that's not a real story either.
 
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Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Tripe on October 24, 2012, 07:10:28 PM
Awesome, someone should make cola flavoured opaque gummies in the shape of tadpoles. :)
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 24, 2012, 07:24:22 PM
They've done just about everything else.  I recommend the big rats for sheer volume but the best by far are Cola Gummis.  But don't get off-brand cola gummis.  They suck.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Darth Geek on October 24, 2012, 07:25:46 PM
Awesome, someone should make cola flavoured opaque gummies in the shape of tadpoles. :)
Wouldn't that just look like sperm?
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 24, 2012, 07:29:44 PM
Awesome, someone should make cola flavoured opaque gummies in the shape of tadpoles. :)
Wouldn't that just look like sperm?
Now I think that they should do that.  It would be an exciting new product for our struggling sex shops!
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Smoky on October 24, 2012, 07:32:08 PM
Cool. I forgot about Bite The Wax Tadpole!
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Tripe on October 24, 2012, 07:37:08 PM
This one was the second one I added to my list when putting it together. :)
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Darth Geek on October 24, 2012, 07:47:35 PM
Awesome, someone should make cola flavoured opaque gummies in the shape of tadpoles. :)
Wouldn't that just look like sperm?
Now I think that they should do that.  It would be an exciting new product for our struggling sex shops!
Oyster flavored?
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 24, 2012, 07:51:05 PM
Actually, I think Bite the White Tadpole was a Wycked Sceptre album

http://www.youtube.com/v/MeBNKCBZCcA
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 24, 2012, 07:56:16 PM
(http://alachuapolitix.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/droids.jpg)

Move along.

Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 24, 2012, 07:59:42 PM
Um... something just occurred to me.  Unless Pak and Tripe's list only had 24 items, then their #5s should be worth 21 points.  Might not effect anything but maybe it does...

1. 25 points
2. 24 points
3. 23 points
4. 22 points
5. 21 points
etc.

EDIT: It's been corrected.  Cool.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 24, 2012, 09:01:22 PM
# 49: Grandma on the Rooftop
 
(http://www.carsguide.com.au/images/uploads/granny_on_roof_large.jpg)
21 Points (On 1 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#5 by BBQ Platypus )

The Story:
Man, I hate taking trips with my family...
 
...no, not because my dad keeps playing Ace of Base CDs.  I'm always afraid that something will happen. Let me tell you what happened to a buddy of mine back in school.
 
See, a cousin of his went on a trip with his mom, dad, sister and his grandmom. Now, she was getting on in years and somewhere between Salina and Wichita she died...
 
No, it normally just feels like dying to drive through Kansas. She really did die though. Well, no one wanted to ride in the car with a dead person, so they put her in a tarp and, well, they tied her to the roof. They figured they'd take her back home and bury her then. The thing is though, at the next stop, they all wanted to take some time to get away from the corpse, so they went inside the truck stop and got a long lunch. But when they got back to the car, it wasn't there. No, not the grandma. the whole car. Someone stole it. To make matters worse, since they didn't have a body, they had to wait seven years to declare her legally dead.
 
Bet the car thief got a nice shock though when he started looking through their stuff though.
 
 
Well, Is It True?
Nah. It's a legitimate legend. It's shown up in the US and Europe at various time over the past 50 years. A variation of it showed up in National Lampoon's Vacaation as well. (Although without the car theft.) Other variations have poor old Granny stuffed in the car trunk or back seat as well. Folklorists will note that in these legends is that poor Old Granny is seldom portrayed as anyone that the family knew and loved, just a nuisance who remained being one even after she left this mortal coil.
 
Random Notes
I'll note that the submission didn't have granny on the roof, but that's the most common version.
 
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Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 24, 2012, 09:01:48 PM
JU, right number of points. Wrong number typed in.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 24, 2012, 09:05:54 PM
# 48: Grandma on the Rooftop
 
(http://www.carsguide.com.au/images/uploads/granny_on_roof_large.jpg)
20 Points (On 1 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#5 by BBQ Platypus )

Jed Clampett only WANTS you to think it' a legend.

(Oh, and keep your eyes on the numbers)
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 24, 2012, 09:42:03 PM
# 48: The Snakes Will Rise Again!

(http://media.smithsonianmag.com/images/ATM-guts-and-glory-ranger-with-Burmese-python-631.jpg)
21 Points (On 1 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#5 by Merry Wanna )
The Story:
...what am I doing? I'm checking for snakes. Those things are everywhere, man. And they're only getting bigger.

See, back in the 90s, Florida had all these exotic animal places. You know. "Come and see our Koalas, crocodilles and llamas." Roadside attractions.

No, not Chocodilles. Those things are urban legends, man.

A lot of these places had snakes too. Anyway, during the 90s all these hurricanes hit the state. Andrew. David. Opal. And all those hole in the wall places got wiped out by one hurricane or another. Now, the koalas, well, they died. But the snakes? Well, those got loose and headed into the Everglades. And there? Well, they got bigger. And bigger. And bigger. And there was nothing in the ecosystem that could stop them. Before we knew it, there were giant snakes all over the South. Just like the one behind you.

Psyche. Got ya.

Well, Is It True?
Kinda. There were exotic pet places in Florida and yeah, hurricanes did hit a lot of them. And in other cases the excess pets have been "disposed of" by just dumping them out into the swamp. But they're normal sized. But they haven't gotten completely out of control yet. But Florida's Everglades National Park does report that there is a colony of about 4,000 or so Burmese pythons in the park. And their numbers are growing.

Oh, the picture? Real.

Random Notes
Actually there are reports of giant Koalas running around Florida too...


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Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Pak-Man on October 24, 2012, 10:44:22 PM
Loving the write-ups so far.

Nobody else thinks "Roswell Crash" when they think of Urban Legends? (Or do they all know something I don't?)
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 24, 2012, 11:08:34 PM
# 47: The Winchester Mystery House

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/76/Winchester_House_910px.jpg/250px-Winchester_House_910px.jpg)
21 Points (On 1 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#5 by CJones )
The Story:
You ever been to San Jose?  Well, there's this house there built by the widow of the guy who built the Winchester rifles...

..no, Samuel Colt built that. Pay attention.

After he died, his widow started building this huge house and she personally started guiding the process. And this went on for 40 years. Constantly building and rebuilding. By the end, no one really knew what the hell was being built there anymore.

See, some folks say she was just paranoid and was afraid that her servants were out to get her. So she constantly built things to keep them off guard. She even built features in there so that she could spy on them. But there's a darker tale. See, she was haunted. Her fortune was built using the money that spawned thousands upon thousands of deaths. And those ghosts were angry. So she fled the east coast and headed to California. She believed that only constant building would keep the specters of the angry dead away from her. Maybe they couldn't find her in the constantly changing house. Maybe they just liked the tribute that she was giving them. Who knows? But Harry Houdini? He visited the place before his death.

Well, Is It True?
Well, there's certainly a house there. And Winchester did constantly improve on it from roughly 1887 until her death in 1922. Bu the ghosts? Who knows?

Random Notes
Fun fact - Winchester received roughly (in today's money) $300k a day from her shares in Winchester arms. That funds a lot of building.

Another fun fact- Londo Mollari apparently visited the house at some point.

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Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 24, 2012, 11:09:48 PM
# 46: Don't Flash Your Lights!
(http://www.springfieldmissouricaraccidentlawyer.com/headlights%20in%20the%20dark.jpg)
21 Points (On 1 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#5 by Sicgirl )
The Story:
Huh. That idiot has his lights off.

Whattya mean flash my lights at him? Dude, you never do that. Ever.

See, when gangs initiate people, they force the new guy to kill someone. No one in particular, just a random person. And the way they choose their victim is they'll drive around in a car with its headlights off. The first car to flash their lights at them? That's the victim. And they'll kill everyone in the car. So, just let them drive in the dark.

Yeah, the driver's 80. So what? There are 80 year old gang bangers. People in the old folks home don't have anything better to do. It's one of the biggest places that gangs recruit from. everyone knows that.


Well, Is It True?
Nope. This rumor's been floating around since the late 80s and no actual police force has ever recorded an incident of a car full of people being killed because someone flashed their lights. That doesn't mean that new gang members don't have to commit a crime to become part of the gang. Sometimes they do. It just means that gang members aren't dumb enough to purposefully drive around with their lights off.

Random Notes

This is actually a plot point in the movie Urban Legends. It wasn't a gang member though in the film...

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Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 24, 2012, 11:11:06 PM
# 45: Last Supper

(http://whatsnextgod.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/the_last_supper_table.jpg)
21 Points (On 1 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#5 by Tripe )
The Story:
Dude, like my new van? I just got it back from the painter. Like the mural? It's a DaVinci...

No, that's a Frazetta. You're looking on the wrong side of the van.

Yeah, there you go.  Hey, you want to hear something weird? See Jesus there in the middle? Now look at Judas. Green and blue, to the left of Jesus. No, your left. Look familiar?

See, when daVinci was painting the thing he used one of the kids in the choir for a model. A nice, angelic looking kind of kid. Now, he spent years and years painting this and it was years later before he got around to painting Judas. And on that one, he went to the nearest jail  and grabbed one of the criminals there. But as he worked on the painting, the crook kept looking more and more troubled. Eventually the guy was so troubled that daVinci had to stop and ask him what was wrong. The crook said, "Hey. Don't you recognize me? Years ago, I was the model you used for painting Jesus." Same guy was Judas and Jesus. Kinda theological, don't cha think?

...you're still staring at the naked girl riding the centaur aren't you? Geez.


Well, Is It True?
Nah. It took about 3 years to paint "The Last Supper" and it's fairly likely that da Vinci sketched out the figures and then painted them using those sketches as references rather than using models who sat for days and days.  Plus given that we know so little about how the painting was made, but this bit is so detailed... well, that's a warning sign too. As is the existence of a poem that tells roughly the same story as detailed above, but without the reference to da Vinci. So, yeah.. fake.

Random Notes
Fun fact- since Judas is also Dracula, according to a 90s film series, that means that Jesus, Judas, Dracula and George Hamilton are all the same person! Or at least modelled on them.

Really, wikipedia? You don't want images linked? Good grief.

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Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 24, 2012, 11:12:21 PM
And just for those curious:
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_26QJBcCUFjg/S-hfh7Dk-yI/AAAAAAAAAzo/YH3CwVGUDa0/s1600/frank_frazetta_themoonmaid1.jpg)
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 24, 2012, 11:13:55 PM
# 44: The Seven Year Glitch

(http://iambrony.jsmart.web.id/mlp/gif/tumblr_m3bhc4wmLA1r5koiwo1_500.gif)
21 Points (On 2 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#8 by CJones )
The Story:
Still trying to stop smoking? I thought you were doing that by streaming Starcraft 2 games?

Oh, that was LiquidRet? Ah. You're going the gum route I see. Word of advice, man. Don't ever swallow that stuff. Gum's not natural, man. Your body hates it. It'll take seven years for your body to digest that stuff. You'd be in and out of chemo before the gum leaves your body.

Maybe the gum will turn radioactive? Yeah, good luck with that.

Well, Is It True?
No. Gum is processed at exactly the game rate as any other food. Eat a piece of bread and a piece of gum at the same time and they'll both leave at the same time. No, the gum won't be fully digested, but it'll be out of your body.

Random Notes
I thought about using Princess Bubblegum in the image, but that got to a weird place pretty quickly.

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A favorite of mine, even if I didn't vote for it.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 24, 2012, 11:15:21 PM
# 43: Springheel Jack

(http://photos.forteantimes.com/images/front_picture_library_UK/dir_0/fortean_times_20_13.jpg)
21 Points (On 2 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#14 by Tripe )
The Story:
Jack the Ripper is a pussy. And the Loch Ness Monster too.

No, I mean the Loch Ness Monster is Jack... (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2yVZCVLK3E) You know what, never mind. I'm just saying he wasn't the worst thing ever to hit London. That was Springheel Jack.

See, he showed up in 1837, 50 years before the Ripper hit the scene, and he was last seen in 1904, long after the Ripper left. He terrorized London in the 1830s, 40s, 70s and again in the 20th century. The dude had claws, eyes full of fire and could breathe fire too. Oh, and he could jump really, really well. Hey, when you can jump over a house, you can tell me that's not impressive.

No, he never killed anyone. Dude, anyone can terrorize someone by killing them. But it takes skill to terrorize the greatest nation on Earth at the time by just jumping around and looking stylish.


Well, Is It True?
Probably not. The reports of him certainly did exist. But Jack himself was never found. It's suggested that he was a number of people over the years, starting out as a group of bored aristocrats and then having the mantle taken up by others over the years. Well, okay, Fortean Times says he's a phantom attacker, humanish, but with supernatural powers, but Fortean Times also notes the possible existence of a
Springheel Jill too.  (http://www.forteantimes.com/features/commentary/14/a_mystery_apparition.html)Granted, FT also swears that the Nazis had flying saucers too, so they might not be the best source.

Random Notes
There's another theory that Jack wasn't supernatural, but rather an alien. His strange behavior was due to his non-terrestrial nature. His fire breath? Reflective eyes? Alien. Jumping? He's from a high gravity world. Makes perfect sense, huh?

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Cole will be very, very pleased.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 24, 2012, 11:16:59 PM
# 42: Mew!

(http://unrealitymag.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/mew-truck.jpg)
21 Points (On 2 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#7 by BBQ Platypus )
The Story:
So, you're playing Pokemon, huh? Aren't you like 30?

No, no. Just saying. Anyway, you ever get Mew in the game?

Of course you can. You just don't know the secret. See, there's this strip of land with a truck on it. All you have to do is move the truck with Strength. Oh, and you have to do it after beating Misty but before beating Surge. Oh, and you can't board the St. Anne. After you pick up fly and surf, you can get back to the spot and get Mew. Easy as pie.

There's other ways too. After you catch all 150 Pokemon, Bill will let you into his backyard. There's one there. Or you can beat the Elite four 150 times too. 150. Get it?

No, I never did any of that. Pokemon was lame. Now Digimon, that was the bomb.


Well, Is It True?
No.

Mew was in fact in the game. One of the programmers but it in there as an easter egg for the other folks at Game freak, but the only way to see him was via glitches. Or a Game Genie. But you couldn't get him legitimately.

At least until a few years ago. Nintendo has distributed Mew a few times via Wifi events since then. So these days, he's only semi-rare, rather than being as rare as a Cole in a Pokemon thread.


Random Notes
Yeah, I got nothing here. I could try faking a Tokyo Mew Mew reference I guess, but... nah.

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#40-31! Snakes! Eagles! Multiples of two! The devil! And evil, evil mammals! All this and more next time!
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 24, 2012, 11:23:22 PM
Oh, hell. One more. This one didn't place.

Yeah, yeah. The Rockies sucked this year. But we're still better off than some other places.

You know my friend Hugh? Yeah, he's a Browns fan. He even has season tickets. Last year he got tired of watching them lose, so he tried selling his tickets. No luck. He tried giving them away to friends. No takers. Towards the end of the season, in exasperation, he parked a few blocks from the stadium and then took a pair of tickets and just left them under the wiper blades before going to drown his sorrows in a nearby bar.

When he got back there were five more tickets with his pair.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: BBQ Platypus on October 24, 2012, 11:54:02 PM
# 48: Grandma on the Rooftop
 
(http://www.carsguide.com.au/images/uploads/granny_on_roof_large.jpg)
21 Points (On 1 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#5 by BBQ Platypus )

This legend was originally brought to my attention in avant-garde song form by the German rock group Can.  Regrettably, the link to the song seems to have been taken down.  Looking at the lyrics, it seems I did get the roof/trunk detail mixed up.

# 46: The Winchester Mystery House

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/76/Winchester_House_910px.jpg/250px-Winchester_House_910px.jpg)

21 Points (On 1 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#5 by BBQ Platypus )

And I don't think I voted for this one.

Quote
# 49: Roswell

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/d/d8/RoswellCast2000-2001.jpg/220px-RoswellCast2000-2001.jpg)
20 Points (On 1 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#6 by Pak-Man )

I did, however, vote for this.  It was at #22 on my list.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: CJones on October 25, 2012, 12:23:06 AM

# 46: The Winchester Mystery House

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/76/Winchester_House_910px.jpg/250px-Winchester_House_910px.jpg)

21 Points (On 1 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#5 by BBQ Platypus )

And I don't think I voted for this one.

I was the one who voted for this. I've been there. Sarah Winchester was definitely off her rocker. But that mansion is awesome. The sad thing is that there used to be a bell tower also. If I remember correctly, it was destroyed in either a storm or an earthquake. I'd try to verify this, but it's 3 am at the moment so I'll check on that tomorrow.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Tripe on October 25, 2012, 03:34:59 AM
Love the write-ups thus far, like thumbnail sketches for a new Discovery. Channel show. :)

I didn't have the Mystery House on my list but it is awesome, I would like to adapt some of the elements into a house of my own some day (the seemingly small room that actually opens into a large one for example).

Also; surprised there's more Pokemon legends than the one I had on my list, it wasnlt the one so far listed.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Darth Geek on October 25, 2012, 06:00:03 AM
Yeah, the writiups are great. I'm enjoying this list, as there are so many I am unaware of.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 25, 2012, 06:39:15 AM
I didn't hear about the supposed supernatural aspect of the Winchester Mystery House.  Simply that someone kept building their house up due to insanity.  I might of included it if I did.  The house actually shows up in Alan Moore's Swamp Thing during the American Gothic arc, in which Swamp Thing is lead by the nose by magical bastard John Constantine to various super-natural horrors across America that represent the country's past sins.  When he gets to the mystery house, he finds it run rampant with all of the ghosts of everyone and everything ever shot by the guns.  Great stuff.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Tripe on October 25, 2012, 06:41:07 AM
Oh yeah the who seance design sessions was what made me interested in it when I first heard of it when I was little (I've always loved the spooky). :)
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 25, 2012, 12:22:04 PM
Shorter list today, since I need to get ready to see rod give 50% discounts.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 25, 2012, 12:23:33 PM
# 41: Toilet Intruders
 
(http://www.wholesalepartystore.com/store/i/is.aspx?path=/images/products/01932.jpg)

22 Points (On 1 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#4 by Merry Wanna )

The Story:
Hey, I need to hit the head. Got any hairspray?
 
No, my hair's fine. Business up front and party in the back, you know. I just need it in case something decides to visit. see, my cousin knows a plumber, and he says that animals just love to hide in sewer lines, Rats, snakes, spiders. Heck, he even found a bass one time that had swam up and decided to stay in the bowl.
 
Now, I don't really relish having a snake decide to take a liking to, er, my snake while I do my business. So I thought that I'd just do a quick blast of flame to the bowl before I start.
 
No, I'm not going to set your place on fire again. What are the odds of that happening a third time?
 
Well, Is It True?
Well, actually yeah.
 
Every year the folks at Roto Rooter take a survey about things found while their people clean out sewer lines. Now, the most common obstruction are tree roots (You thought it's be something more scatological, didn't you?)  but they've also found rats, snakes, the above mentioned bass, possums, skunks and even a pig. (Somehow).
 
Still skeptical? Here's a CBS New York  (http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/03/14/staten-island-man-finds-california-kingsnake-in-his-toilet-bowl/) story about a 3 foot long kingsnake showing up in a toilet earlier this year. And there are recent stories of similar encounters from Poland, Taiwan, the UK, Germany, Australia and more.
 
So, it's not likely but it does happen.
 
Random Notes
A version of this also shows up in the movie Slither. It doesn't end well.
 
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John Goodman though? He makes it work.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 25, 2012, 12:26:04 PM
# 40: Dressed to Fill

(http://starcasm.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/marilynmonroe.jpeg)

22 Points (On 1 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#4 by Tripe )

The Story:
Ms. Barr? At Tuesday's third party Presidential debate, when asked about your future energy policy, your response was, quote, "Oh my god. I am the sexiest person who ever lived." Do you really think that's a sustainable policy for the United States?

Yes, that's a very stylish dress you're wearing, but I'm not sure how that ties into energy policy.
Yes, I understand that you're a size 16 and so was Marilyn Monroe, but how does that translate to sustain...

Okay, please put that back on. No, I really didn't need to see those. No, no. I'm quite happily married. Yes, Mrs. Sheehan. I understand that she's under a lot of stress right now. Thank you for your time.

Ugh. Still better than being stuck on the bus with Biden.


Well, Is It True?
No.

There's been a number of people who have claimed this in recent years, mostly people suggesting that they're in better shape than Monroe (see Elizabeth Hurley) or suggesting that they're as attractive as Monroe (the above mentioned Roseanne Barr). But it's not true.

Firstly, dresses are smaller today. A size 10 dress today is smaller than a 1960s size 10. So you can't directly compare sizes. Secondly, Ms. Monroe, even in the above  picture is a size 10 or maybe a twelve, and that was her at her heaviest. Here's a size 16 today:
(http://starcasm.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/chloemarshall.jpg)

Finally, some of Monroe's clothes do still exist. Her dress from "The Seven year Itch" for example, is too small for a modern size 2 mannequin. So, yeah. She wasn't considered chunky.

Random Notes
For the curious, Monroe's measurements, courtesy of her dressmaker:
Height: 5 feet, 5½ inches
Weight: 118-140 pounds (Hollywood studios listed her between 115-120 lbs.)
Bust: 35-37 inches
Waist: 22-23 inches
Hips: 35-36 inches
Bra size: 36D

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Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 25, 2012, 12:30:54 PM
# 39: Number 4- The Number of Death!
 
(http://www.worldofjapan.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/asianelevatorbuttons.jpg)

22 Points (On 1 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#4 by Johnny Unusual )

The Story:
Man, I can't believe Steve's getting married. Did you buy him a gift yet? I bought them a Starbucks gift card. Everyone loves coffee, right? What are you getting them?
 
Plates? Yeah, I guess that's okay. Wait a sec. You're getting him a set of four plates? Dude. You can't do that. He's Japanese. Four's an unlucky number for them. See, four's pronounced "shi" and that's the same sound as the word for death. And that spooks the hell out of them. You go to a hospital and you can't find rooms numbered with a 4 in them. One of their airlines doesn't even have any seats numbered with fours. You better break one of those plates so that you don't screw up the wedding.
 
Yeah, I know Steve was born in Pittsburgh. So? Yeah, Shelia's Jewish. What's your point? Hey! Come back here! I'm trying to save their marriage, you jerk!
 
Well, Is It True?
Apparently so. Just like some American buildings don't have a 13th floor, there are Japanese buildings that avoid using 4. Or nine, which apparently sounds like "torture" in Japanese. And 13, since they borrowed that one from the west. And 43 is apparently extra specially bad, especially when it comes to newborns as it means "born dead."
 
So, yeah. Some folks are superstitious. still, Police Academy 4: Mission to Moscow was the worst of the series. Hmmm. Maybe there's some truth there...
 
Random Notes
Nippon Airlines apparently doesn't use 4, 9 or 13 in their seating.
 
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Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 25, 2012, 12:38:02 PM
# 38: Jimmy Hoffa Is Here

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/2b/Giants_Stadium_2006.jpg/800px-Giants_Stadium_2006.jpg)

22 Points (On 1 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#4 by BBQ Platypus )

The Story:
Dude, I can't believe the Giants are doing well this year, what with the curse and all.

Babe Ruth? Well, I suppose he might have cursed them too. He did play for the other New York team after all, but no. I meant the other curse. Hoffa's curse.

See, Hoffa ran the Teamsters for a while before getting sent to jail and then getting pardoned by Nixon after fours years in the slammer. But after he got out of jail, some of the Teamsters' pension funds went missing. Well, that was the last straw and some of his mob buddies asked to see him. After that, no one ever saw him again.

But everyone knows where he is. Right there in the end zone of Giant's Stadium. His mob buddies planted him in the site of the stadium and then built the thing over him. So whenever the Giants are playing bad, its because Hoffa's angry spirit is messing with them from beyond the grave.

Maybe he's buried under Wrigley instead? No, the Cubs just suck.

Well, Is It True?
No.

While Hoffa did disappear, and while Donald Frankos (a former mob enforcer) made a very specific accusation that Hoffa was buried under section 107 in Giants' Stadium, no evidence was ever found there. The Mythbusters crew did a search for his remains in 2004, to no avail. And since the Stadium was demolished in 2010 and no remains showed up, well, he's probably not buried there.

Other places where Hoffa is rumored to be buried: Under a driveway in Michigan. Underneath a shed. The Everglades (with the giant snakes). A Jersey landfill. Tossed into a shredder. Under a parking lot. And also as part of pretty much everything built in New York from 1975-79.

Random Notes
Where is Hoffa? Hanging out with Judge Crater. Duh.

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Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 25, 2012, 12:47:22 PM
# 37: La Chupacabra

 (http://mantiseye.com/img/caps/101/scr12.jpg)

22 Points (On 3  of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#16 by Pak-Man )

The Story:
Dude, you wanna hand me that hairspray?
 
No, I'm not going to set the place on fire. What are the odds that would happen a fourth time? I'm just heading outside for a sec.
 
No, not to do that. It's just for protection. You know. In case the Chupacabra attacks.
 
What's a chupacabra? It's the Mexican goat sucker! A fearsome creature that finds goats (and other mammals, such as seals) and sucks out their blood. No, not like a mosquito. All of their blood. Sucks them dry man. They first showed up in Puerto Rico, but they've spread all over the world since then. There's been reports of them in Maine and even Russia now. Me? I think they're attracted to Taco Bells. That's why I only eat at Del Taco.
 
No, that wasn't because of the chalupa incident. Just hand me the hairspray.
 
 
Well, Is It True?
Eh, probably not.
 
While a number of creatures have been found sans blood in Puerto Rico and the American Southwest, it's likely not the fault of any specific creature. There are plenty of existing creatures that are happy to drain blood from a corpse. (And most victims of the chupacabra aren't totally drained of blood.) Additionally, when a corpse or DNA on a victim is found, the critter is quite often a hybrid of an existing animal. Coyote half-breeds tend to be fairly commonly found in these incidents over the past few years.
 
Additionally, the original eyewitness back in 1995 described a creature that looked roughly like this:
(http://spaceart.de/produkte/species_sil_deluxe_statue_spc002-a.jpg)
 
Well, that's Sil from the movie Species, which the eyewitness had seen prior to the chupacabra sighting. That suggests that the eyewitness might have been a little spooked.
 
Besides, everyone knows that the blood drained creatures int eh southwest are due to alien experimentation, not chupacabras.

Random Notes

John Rhys-Davies starred in the film Chupacabra: Dark Seas. Of course it was a SyFy Channel Original Movie.
 
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Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Pak-Man on October 25, 2012, 01:40:54 PM


Random Notes

John Rhys-Davies starred in the film Chupacabra: Dark Seas. Of course it was a SyFy Channel Original Movie.

Ooh. I'll have to see that. For some reason I'll watch the schlokiest stuff when John Rhys-Davies is involved. It's not that he's my favorite actor. He's just a lot of fun in a bad movie somehow. :^)
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 25, 2012, 01:50:08 PM
# 39: Number 4- The Number of Death!
 
(http://www.worldofjapan.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/asianelevatorbuttons.jpg)

22 Points (On 1 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#4 by Johnny Unusual )

I'll be honest, it only made it to #4 because it is the number 4.  Still, I find it pretty interesting.

# 37: La Chupacabra

 (http://mantiseye.com/img/caps/101/scr12.jpg)

22 Points (On 3  of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#16 by Pak-Man )


I believe I put El Chupacabra.  I hope that my vote was still counted.  Of course, I was probably thinking of this guy.

https://www.youtube.com/v/76R2xInw2H8
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: CJones on October 25, 2012, 02:16:13 PM
ARRG! So many things I didn't think of, but should have.

I knew about the Jimmy Hoffa being buried at the Giants Stadium thing, and El Chubacabra. And the Dressed to Fill thing reminded me of another one I should have thought of: the myth that the woman in Goldfinger painted in gold, died as a result.

Japanese actually has two different ways to count from one to ten. One native to them, the other derived from Chinese. Oddly enough, they use the Chinese versions in most cases, with the exception of the number four. Because the Chinese derivation of four is Shi, which is Japanese for death (actually it's the root for the verb that means "to die", Shinu. If you want to be really specific.) So they usually use Yon instead, which is their native word for four.

There are actually many arcade games that were produced in Japan that won't allow you to enter SHI as your high score initials because of this. 
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Darth Geek on October 25, 2012, 08:20:55 PM
Okay, two things: 1) Mission to Moscow was Police Academy 7, and 2) Wow, I can't believe Mythbusters has been on that long.

Oh, and I have to go to the bathroom, but now I don't dare.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 26, 2012, 06:27:20 PM
Okay, two things: 1) Mission to Moscow was Police Academy 7,

Whoops. My bad. I thought is preceded the "Citizens" films and just checked to see what five was.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 26, 2012, 06:28:54 PM
 
#36: Hotel California

(http://www.itwillpass.com/HotelCaliforniaAlbumBackCover.jpg)

23 Points (On 1 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#3 by Compound )

The Story:
Dude, turn that off.
 
No, I like classic rock, but not that song.
 
Yeah, I know it's The Eagles, but see, that song? It's evil.
 
See, back in the late 60s and 70s, there were a bunch of Satanists running around California. They bought this deconsecrated church and turner it into a hotel, and called it the "Hotel California." They even incorporated themselves under that name, to keep themselves  underneath the public's radar. Well, the Eagles got all tangled up with the Satanists and especially Anton LaVey, the founder of the Church of Satan. And the song's all about Satan. "And I called up the Captain, said 'Please bring me my wine.' He said, 'We haven't had that spirit here since 1969.'" Wine's the blood of Christ. And in 1969, LaVey founded his Church and Time magazine declared that God was dead. And if you play the song backwards, you can hear clear as day "My sweet satan."
 
You ever see the album cover? The photo was taken at LaVey's house. And he's in the background of the picture, watching over everyone there.
 
Plus, there's a shot on the album cover of a man standing in a doorway. The thing is, when they took the shot, there was no one there. And when they developed the shot, no one was there. He only showed up after the album cover was pressed.
 
Oh, geez. Turn it off.
 
No, there's nothing Satanic about it. I just can't stand "Call Me Maybe." Gah.
 
Well, Is It True?
Well, no.
 
It's possible that the Eagles were involved with Satanism. There's certainly evidence that Don Henley sold his soul at some time  or another. But most of the legends about the song are just false.
 
Meaning-wise, the Eagles claim that the song is about hedonism and self-destruction  and the dark underbelly of the American dream. It's certainly something they had familiarity with.
 
There was a "Hotel California" in existence when the song was written, but none of the Eagles seem to be aware of it, nor have visited there. (There have been a number of them opened after the song was written though.)
 
As for the Anton LaVey rumors- Well, the photo was taken at the Beverly Hills Hotel, which isn't a satanic hotspot. And the person rumored to be LaVey on the balcony? Well, Blender magazine took a look at the images from that photo shoot a few years back, and the person in the shadows moves out of them at various points. It's a her. She's black, and according to some folks at the shoot, she was pretty damn drunk and/or high and just wandered away from the shoot and headed upstairs. Plus she has hair, which LaVey doesn't.
 
If you think the song about drugs though, well, it kinda is. "Colitas" was what the band thought marijuana was called in Spanish. It wasn't.
 
Random Notes
Fun fact- the reference about "steely knives" was, according to Glenn Frey, a nod towards Steely Dan, who referred to the Eagles in one of their songs. Granted, this was years later, so Frey may have just decided that the rumor was cooler than the actual story behind the lyrics and just ran with it.
 
Another fun fact- Wine? Not a spirit. If you point that out to Don Henley, he'll get rather snarky. "Thanks for the tutorial and, no, you're not the first to bring this to my attention—and you're not the first to completely misinterpret the lyric and miss the metaphor. Believe me, I've consumed enough alcoholic beverages in my time to know how they are made and what the proper nomenclature is. But that line in the song has little or nothing to do with alcoholic beverages. It's a sociopolitical statement. My only regret would be having to explain it in detail to you, which would defeat the purpose of using literary devices in songwriting and lower the discussion to some silly and irrelevant argument about chemical processes."
 
 
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Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: MerryWanna on October 26, 2012, 06:53:06 PM
If you think the song about drugs though, well, it kinda is. "Colitas" was what the band thought marijuana was called in Spanish. It wasn't.

Well, half wrong. The word "colas", Spanish slang for "tail", has long been used to describe the part of the marijuana plant that interests we heads the most: its buds.  "Colitas" are just "little buds".  The error in the song is that you would be less likely to smell "colitas" than you would to smell "colas"...since "little buds" aren't developed enough for harvest yet, usually.

The Eagles were going for a desert-y, decadent motif--but they couldn't make direct drug references if they wanted radio airplay, and saying "colas" would be confusing, as people would think it was referring to the soft drink. 
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 26, 2012, 07:27:32 PM
Well, actually that in itself is an urban legend.

See, during the 70s there was a fireworks factory near the studio that the Eagles used and it unfortunately blew up during the middle of one of the recording sessions. Thankfully, only one person was killed, a recent immigrant from Colitas, Greece, but he was standing almost on top of the explosion. Well, the Eagles left the session and rushed outside and started asking the panicked employees what they saw. Most didn't know, but finally Glenn Frey found an eyewitness and he described the scene as seeing "Vern Snell of Colitas, rising up through the air!"

(http://theslackdaily.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c52fb53ef0120a76a8240970b-800wi)


And if I was unclear, here's an email from the Eagles' lawyer to Cecil Adams:
Quote
This E-mail just in from Eagles management honcho Irving Azoff: "In response to your [recent] memo, in 1976, during the writing of the song 'Hotel California' by Messrs. Henley and Frey, the word `colitas' was translated for them by their Mexican-American road manager as 'little buds.' You have obviously already done the necessary extrapolation. Thank you for your inquiry."

Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 26, 2012, 07:29:48 PM
# 35: Well, That Wasn't on the Drink Menu

(http://hoodicons.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/hoodicons_BeverageCart.jpg)
23 Points (On 1 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#3 by CJones )
The Story:
Stop squirming. We'll be at the truck stop soon. I told you not to have the 64 ounce soda.

Hey, you ever hear about the CEO who ruined his career by taking a whiz? See, this guy was on a flight and was a bit buzzed. He was on a flight and wanted another drink, but the flight attendants cut him off, saying he'd had enough.

The dude went nuts. He started swearing and screaming at them. Then to top it all off? The guy took a dump on the drink cart. At that point, the crew had enough and just landed the damn plane and kicked him off.  Right after that, his company decided that he might want to retire. Funny thing though? He's still in their frequent flier program.

No, I'm not going to pull over if you do that on the armrest. Just hold it in a little while longer.


Well, Is It True?
Well, despite skepticism, yeah. It mostly is true.

The executive was Gerald Buckley Finneran of TCW Worldwide. He was flying from Buenos Aires to New York on United Airlines. And while some of the reports of his antics may have been exaggerated in the retelling, the airline's initial complaint includes references to the shouting, berating the crew, defecating on the cart and using the cart's linen napkins as, ahem, "waste removal tools." Here's The Smoking Gun with the court documents. (http://www.thesmokinggun.com/file/first-class-drunk-loves-liquor-linen)

He was arrested on the ground and on May 14, 1996, he was fined $5,000 and placed on two years probation, in addition to 300 hours of community service and reimbursing his fellow passengers for $48,000 in ticket costs. United also charged him a thousand bucks to clean up the mess.  He died in 2005 of Alzheimer's, which might account for his odd behavior as early onset of the disease usually occurs about ten years prior. Oddly enough, his obituary doesn't mention the incident.

Sadly, this isn't the only report of drink cart waste disposal. There's a similar incident in 2011 involving Michael Isabelle and there are a scattered handful of incidents since 1995.

Random Notes
David Letterman's  October 27, 1995 Top Ten List about this incident:
10. Misread brochure about advantages of first class
9. Confused when steward asked for headset deposit
8. Went nuts after learning they were out of chicken almondine
7. Though he heard somebody yell, "We're going to crash!" and that was just something he always wanted to do before he died
6. Hoping to impress aloof blonde English woman in 2-D
5. Had already used airphone to call everyone he knew
4. You try drinking for 14 hours and see if you can tell the difference between a food cart and a bathroom
3. All part of an elaborate plan to intimidate the real killers
2. His ... wouldn't fit in the overhead compartment
1. "Oh, like you've never done it"


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Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 26, 2012, 08:02:14 PM
# 34: The Graveyard Wager

(http://images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/0-999/514/800/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_354731.jpg)

23 Points (On 1 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#3 by Smoky )

The Story:
Remember Old Man Smithers?

Yeah, the guy who owned the old haunted amusement park. Well, they buried him last year. But a cousin of mine and his frat were having a party near the graveyard and they decided to have some fun with one of the pledges. They told him that Smithers was buried alive and if you go to his grave, you can hear him scratching away, trying desperately to claw his way out. And you stand on the grave long enough, well, he'd grab you and pull you into the grave to join him! Bwha-ha-ha!

Anyway, they told the pledge that if he stood on the grave, he'd be able to join the frat. But he'd have to prove it by driving a stake into the ground. So, the pledge left. A few hours passed, and no sign of the guy. Eventually, a couple of the more sober frat guys went to go search for him. Well, they found him in the graveyard. At Smither's grave. Dead as a doornail. From what the cops said later, the pledge had accidentally staked his coat to the ground. When he tried to leave, well, his coat was pinned. He must have thought Smithers had him. The kid scared himself to death.

I guess Old Man Smithers finally got his revenge on a meddling kid.


Well, Is It True?
Nah. Very common urban legend that's popped up in many forms. Girls. Boys. Stakes. Knives. Sticks. All variations. There's even an old version that revolves around girls sticking a fork in a grave to see who'll they'll marry.

In any case, it's an urban legend, pure and simple.

Random Notes
The above image is copyrighted, so don't use it without permission, okay? Otherwise the copyright holder will reach out of the grave and grab you.

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Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 26, 2012, 08:03:36 PM
# 33: Dungeons & Dragons!
 
(http://analogmedium.com/blog/2007/07/mazes-and-monsters-1.jpg)

23 Points (On 1 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#3 by Johnny U )

The Story:
What's that? A ten sided dice? You're not one of them D&D players, are you?  Dude, stay away from that stuff.
 
No, not because Champions is better. That was two lists ago. (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=25569.msg739661#msg739661)
 
No, it's because D&D is evil. Man, where do I even begin?
 
You know that the "Player's Handbook" teaches you how to cast spells, right? But you have to get to maximum level first. And the "Monster Manual"? Well, that teaches you to summon demons and devils.  And if you die in the game, you die in real life.
 
Plus, there was this guy, Bob I think his name was, and he was a big D&D player. One day, he decided to explore the steam tunnels underneath Ball State with some friends. They got lost for seven days and hundred of people went searching for them before they eventually found them. BSU tried sealing up the steam tunnels then, but some guy tried reopening them. With C4. Yeah, that went badly. But that Bob kid? They never found him.
 
Plus, I heard at maximum level, you learn to summon this demon called a gazebo and... why the hell are you laughing?
 
Well, Is It True?
No. Not a word.
 
While the early D&D rule books did include descriptions of demons and devils (and Balrogs too), they weren't for summoning but for fighting. And "casting magic missile" isn't a real thing either. Most D&D legends come from either a Jack Chick tract called Dark Dungeons (http://www.humpin.org/mst3kdd/) or from the group Bothered About Dungeons & Dragons (BADD), with a small amount of material from Mazes and Monsters.
 
Mazes and Monsters was itself "inspired" by a real life incident involving James Dallas Egbert, who was rumored to have entered the steam tunnels beneath Michigan State University due to his obsession with the game. In reality, he was suffering from depression and tried committing suicide in the tunnels using quaaludes. Failing, he headed to New Orleans, tried again using cyanide, failed and took a job as an oil worker. A year later, he committed suicide via gunshot. The private eye who searched for Egbet originally surmised that Egbert was trying to re-enact a D&D game and didn't correct the issue until after Egbert's death, by which time the rumor had become "The truth."
 
Random Notes
Versions of the "D&D players in the steam tunnels" legend show up in the mentioned "Mazes and Monsters", in the novel "The Big U" and in "Real Genius." Plus in the place that I stole the above version from. Sorry, Jolly.
 
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Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 26, 2012, 08:04:47 PM
Yeah, I apologize in advance for the next one.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 26, 2012, 08:06:02 PM
# 32: Moths Are Instantly Addictive!
(https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRccEzqqbLn-awSVraUzhiAlFdyt-FadlALuMtsWIrE1L3GBgiQPQ)

23 Points (On 1 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#3 by Merry wanna )

The Story:
Oh, look. Spring in Colorado. Where we're suddenly surrounded by hordes of these damned Miller Moths. Hey.
 
You ever tried to eat one?
 
Oh, no. Not me. See, these things are apparently addictive as hell. You eat one moth and suddenly you keep craving and crave...
 
Hang on. This feels wrong somehow.
 
Oh, there's the problem...
 
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 26, 2012, 08:07:43 PM
 
# 32: Meth Is Instantly Addictive!

(http://www.tri-dent.us/meth_shards.jpg)

23 Points (On 1 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#3 by Merry wanna )

The Story:
So, you've decided to take meth, huh?
 
Really? That seems like a rather sub-optimal plan. No, no. I'm sure that you know what you're doing though.
 
But just in case, you know it's addictive, right? I mean like really, really addictive. Like take a hit and boom, you're off in Tom Sizemore land. No, not starring in Saving Private Ryan, like beating up Heidi Fleiss and getting arrested a lot for drug...
 
You know what? Go ahead and use it. I'm sure you'll be the guy who uses recreationally uses meth with no problems at all.
 
 
Well, Is It True?
No. According to the National Institutes of Health, it's only "Highly Addictive" rather than automatically addictive. While tolerances vary, for most users it requires roughly a month or two of constant use to become physically addicted to it.
 
Random Notes
No, nothing else. I'm not really going to spend too much time arguing that meth use is only heavily dangerous rather than extremely so.
 
 
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I dial down the snark a tad.
 
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 26, 2012, 08:09:47 PM
# 31: Procter & Gamble & Satan
 
(http://www.businesspundit.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/pg-star-sixes.jpg)

23 Points (On 1 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#3 by Sicgirl )

The Story:
Hey, get me some toothpaste. You might want to get some for yourself too, meth mouth.
 
Whoa, whoa. Not Crest. Geez, man. What's wrong with you? They're run by Satanists.
 
See, the head of P&G showed up on Donahue one day and publically declared that the whole company is run by Satanists. Phil was shaken up and asked the guy if that was a good idea, and the P&G President said that "There weren't enough Christians in the United States to stop him." Then it happened again on Sally Jesse! And Jenny Jones!
 
Don't believe me? Look at their logo! See how the stars to the left of the face (which is Satan's, by the way) and how they form the number 666! When the founders made their deal with the devil, he told them that they had to mark their product so that other Satanists could find it.
 
And Ivory soap being 99.44% pure? You ever asked what the other .56% is made of? Don't. You won't like the answer.
 
No, don't get Aim either. That's made of ground up bones. Plus it tastes like crap.
 
Well, Is It True?
No. Firstly, the CEO of P&G has never appeared on any talk show. Nor has Liz Clayborne, who is rumored to have made a similar statement on Oprah. Nor Ray Croc, who supposedly was tithing 40% of McDonalds' profits to the Church of Satan despite being dead at the time.
 
Secondly, the P&G logo? It dates back to 1851. At the time, logos were considered to be more important than brand names, since a  fairly good number of folks were still illiterate. The (13) stars were intended to refer to the original 13 colonies, and the moon guy? Meh. Folks at the time were into moon images.
 
Random Notes
Fun fact- P&G once won a lawsuit against a company who was deliberately spreading this rumor as they were in competition with P&G. (Plus a little bit of trademark infringement as well.)The losing company?  Amway. (http://www.reuters.com/article/2007/03/20/idUSWEN556020070320)
 
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#30-21! Deja vu! More pokemans for you to have seen! Video games! Obscure foreign critters! And, of course, a tattooed cocaine addict will sing a song for you. All this and more!
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 26, 2012, 08:12:20 PM
Yeah, sorry. Hit a personal issue above.

Anyway, the schedule will be a odd with the posting as I though Halloween was on Tuesday.

It's not.

So, as a result, I may be posting this weekend, or I may just post the remainder on the weekdays. We'll just see. It'll be an exciting adventure! Catch you then.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Tripe on October 26, 2012, 08:18:58 PM
# 33: Dungeons & Dragons!
 
(http://analogmedium.com/blog/2007/07/mazes-and-monsters-1.jpg)

23 Points (On 1 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#3 by Johnny U )
Responsible for one of the most jaw droopingly awesome/awful; Chick Tracks ever!

I'll let wurwolf and pal take you through it. (http://holeeecow.blogspot.com/2008/03/dark-dungeons.html)
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 26, 2012, 08:27:14 PM
# 33: Dungeons & Dragons!
 
(http://analogmedium.com/blog/2007/07/mazes-and-monsters-1.jpg)

23 Points (On 1 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#3 by Johnny U )
Responsible for one of the most jaw droopingly awesome/awful; Chick Tracks ever!

I'll let wurwolf and pal take you through it. (http://holeeecow.blogspot.com/2008/03/dark-dungeons.html)

I remember getting a D&D Choose your own adventure book long before I actually played (didn't play till collage) and I remember my mother, who almost never worried about such hilariously ridiculous stuff before or since, brought it up and told me to be careful (she still let me read the book) but I think mostly because my sweet but religious Grammy was over at the time, who I assume heard it from a friend of a friend.  Frankly, the only thing of the book that stuck with me was that the thief had to swim through sewage and fought with a bull whip.  I was also supposed to use a dice with the book, but I thought "screw it".
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Tripe on October 26, 2012, 08:31:59 PM
Forest of Doom?

Hands down my favourite Fighting Fantasy book, played it properly only once. Even if it was a different book you're talking about I still want to be on record as loving Forest of Doom. :D
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: The Lurker on October 26, 2012, 08:37:23 PM
# 33: Dungeons & Dragons!
 
(http://analogmedium.com/blog/2007/07/mazes-and-monsters-1.jpg)

23 Points (On 1 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#3 by Johnny U )
Responsible for one of the most jaw droopingly awesome/awful; Chick Tracks ever!

I'll let wurwolf and pal take you through it. (http://holeeecow.blogspot.com/2008/03/dark-dungeons.html)
I've read that riffing before, though Debbie's face in the one panel reminded me more of Michael Keaton than Chuckie.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 26, 2012, 08:39:35 PM
I don't think so.  It was related to Forgotten Realms... I think.  It wasn't even so much choose as "roll well" your own adventure.  But there's way to many D&D books out there to even try to find it.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Russell on October 26, 2012, 08:42:43 PM
This is an interesting list so far. :)
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 26, 2012, 08:44:22 PM
I agree.  Despite the small number of contributors, this is a lot of fun.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 26, 2012, 10:31:05 PM
I don't think so.  It was related to Forgotten Realms... I think.  It wasn't even so much choose as "roll well" your own adventure.  But there's way to many D&D books out there to even try to find it.

D&D had the "Endless Quest" series, rather than the Fighting Fantasy ones. Those were primarily UK-produced. (TSR even did a few romance-based "Heart Quest" books.)

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/5/55/Dungeon_of_Dread.jpg/220px-Dungeon_of_Dread.jpg)

No, still not proud to know this. Don't recall any using dice though. Tunnels & Trolls books maybe?
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: CJones on October 26, 2012, 10:47:51 PM
Yeah, sorry. Hit a personal issue above.

Anyway, the schedule will be a odd with the posting as I though Halloween was on Tuesday.

It's not.

So, as a result, I may be posting this weekend, or I may just post the remainder on the weekdays. We'll just see. It'll be an exciting adventure! Catch you then.

Not to worry. Particularly considering how little you had to work with. This list, and more specifically, the write ups for this list, are fantastic. 
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 29, 2012, 11:53:02 AM
Okay, things are going slowly, but with the help of carmel apple flavored candy corn, I think we're ready to roll.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 29, 2012, 12:07:17 PM
Okay, things are going slowly, but with the help of carmel apple flavored candy corn, I think we're ready to roll.

Yeah, that's what candy corn needed: to taste more like sugar.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Smoky on October 29, 2012, 12:55:53 PM
Quick, quick, before the power goes out. ;D
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 29, 2012, 01:06:49 PM
# 30: The Scarlet Linkletter

(http://image1.findagrave.com/photos/2008/125/3520_121004832374.jpg)

24 Points (On 1 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#2 by Merry Wanna )

The Story:
Hey, where'd you get that scar on your arm?

Really? You leapt from your roof because you thought you could fly and then were whisked away  to help Santa free his sleigh from a Miami Beach?

Er.... yeah.

Well, that reminds me of something I heard once. See, back in the 60s people started using LSD and, well, a lot of them didn't react too well to it. Well, okay, that one pitcher tossed a no hitter while using it, but he's the exception. Other users stared at the sun until they burned out their retinas. But this one teenager... Well, she took LSD and then thought she could fly. So she leapt out of her 6th story window.

Yeah, it didn't end with a trip to Santa.

thing is, we probably never would have heard about it if it weren't for the girl's name- Diane Linkletter. He dad was Art Linkletter. He spent the rest of his life warning others about the dangers of LSD use.

...a bunny in a fire truck? Er, yeah. I'm guessing you never heard the guy speak, huh?

Well, Is It True?
Probably not.

Diane Linkletter did commit suicide by unexpectedly leaping to her death one morning. That's true. And Art Linkletter did speak throughout the rest of his life about the dangers of LSD use. But there's no real evidence as to whether the suicide came from drug use or just severe depression, which several of Diane's associates report that she was suffering from. Diane allegedly called her brother and told him that she was suffering from a bad LSD trip, which he then relayed to his father. But Diane also called another friend of hers who was in her apartment from roughly 3 in the morning until the time of her death and that witness reported no unusual activity from her right up until when she jumped out the window. And since at the time, suicide from depression was seen as more scandalous than death by drug use, it's possible that Robert simply related a story that would lessen the impact of his sister's death on his father.

In any case, while suddenly jumping from a window is quite unusual, there's no evidence that Linkletter's death came from drug use.

Random Notes
Art Linkletter had 5 children. He unfortunately outlived 3 of them.

In 1970, John Waters made a short film called "The Diane Linkletter story" which expanded on the urban legendy version of the story. Divine played Diane, which may have been a not terribly accurate casting choice.

Up Next
Okay, now we're just taunting Cole, aren't we?
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 29, 2012, 01:09:21 PM
# 29: Pokemon Catching

(http://boyslifeorg.files.wordpress.com/2007/05/pokemon2.jpg)

24 Points (On 1 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#2 by BBQ Platypus )

The Story:
Okay, you're still playing Pokemon? Didn't we already go over this?

Sigh. Anyway, you know there's a way to make sure that you capture one of those things, right?

A master ball? (snicker) Really? They really have something called that? (snicker)

No, it's much simpler. Just press the up arrow and B while catching one.

Didn't work?  Eh, you tried it too soon.  No, now you're holding it too long. No, you're still off on the timing. Try standing on one foot too. No, no. The motion sensor can tell that you're doing that.

No, of course I'm not just yanking your chain. Now, try spinning around too.

Well, Is It True?
No. While there are variables that improve your chances of catching Pokemon in the game such as ball quality (snicker), and if the Pokemon is suffering from status ailments nothing you do outside the game will influence catching a particular Pokemon.

Well, okay, there's the "save and then reload until you capture it" method, but that's all.

Okay, you could sell your soul too, but be warned. Satan will probably just have your save game file get corrupted and then you won't have a soul or a Reshiram.

Random Notes
Okay, presumably the Ghostbusters would be really good at catching ghost types too. But let's just move on.

Up Next
While there isn't one in Pokemon, the Wow version of pet collecting does have one.

Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 29, 2012, 01:10:25 PM
# 28: The Beast of Bodmin

(http://www.paranormality.com/images/bodmin_beastie.jpg)

24 Points (On 1 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#2 by Tripe )

The Story:
You know, there are some folks who say that certain things just don't exist in the UK. Good mexican food. Sensible Olympic opening and closing ceremonies. But there's one thing that folks are wrong about England not having- big cats.

No, not like Garfield. Like lions.

See, in the Cornwall region, there are giant cats roaming around mutilating livestock and then vanishing off onto the moors.  They're even leaving tracks.

Yeah, them fancy "zoologists" say that there's not enough of a population of large animals for giant cats to feed on, but yet, the cats are still there.

So where'd they come from? Well, private collectors will sometimes import critters that they're not really supposed to have and sometimes they get loose. Obviously that's what happened. And now they're loose on the moors. Just like David Kessler.

Well, Is It True?
Well, probably not.

In 1995, a skull was sent to the Natural History Museum that was supposedly of the beast. However, after researching it, they revealed that the skull likely came from a leopard skin rug, rather than a live animal. Well, a live animal that wasn't then turned into a rug.

However, more recently a video clip purportedly of the beast has surfaced and some zoologists state that the beast may be a species of large cat currently thought to be extinct in the UK.

Then again, the UK has a history of legends about dark and ghostly creatures prowling the countryside. This may be the latest iteration of that.

Random Notes
Now if this was a big electric cat, it'd be from Sydney. Or the Tom Tom club.

Up Next

They tried this with Daikatana too, but they wouldn't stay buried.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 29, 2012, 01:12:26 PM

# 27: ET Was Buried in the Desert
(http://www.thestar.com/content/dam/thestar/news/world/2014/04/26/hundreds_of_atari_et_game_cartridges_unearthed_in_landfill/zak_penn.jpg.size.xxlarge.promo.jpg)
24 Points (On 1 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#2 by PakMan)

 The Story:
... so, still playing Pokemon? Sigh.

Well, on the bright side, Nintendo at least knows their market. Unlike other companies. Let me tell you a little story.

See, back in the 80s, Atari was the biggest video game company in the US. But they kept screwing up. They made a version of Pac-man, one of the biggest games at the time, and then made more cartridges of it that the number of consoles that existed. That was bad. But then they decided to follow that up by licensing a pair of Speilberg movies. Now, their version of Raiders of the Lost Ark wasn't good, but it wasn't horrible either. But then they made a quick and dirty game based on E.T.

And it bombed. Horribly. They couldn't give the  thing away. So Atari collected about 10 truckloads full of just ET Cartridges and then buried them in a New Mexico desert. Then they covered them in concrete, just to make sure that no one went and dug them up. You know, because they were so valuable. So rest assured, Nintendo will never have to bury 4 million copies of Pokemon Orange in the desert.

Nintenrats though? Yeah, those will probably end up under a steamroller.

Well, Is It True?
Well, probably yes.

Atari's plant at the time was in El Paso and the cartridges were shipped to just outside of  Alamogordo, New Mexico. News reports of the burial were reported at the time in both the Alamogordo Daily News and a week or two later in the New York Times. The Daily News also reported on the concrete being added to the landfill on September 29, 1983.

There are those who believe that Atari really didn't do this, including some of Atari's former employees, but the existence of contemporary news articles corroborating the events suggest that it probably did happen.

Hi! Future Compound from 2015 here! Yeah, the made in 2014 "Atari : Game Over" documentary includes footage of the cartridges being dug back up from the landfill. So, yep. True.

Random Notes
Hey, have a music video.

http://www.youtube.com/v/8Rt_3_bQVJU?version=3

And side note- my parents did buy me a copy of the game. So I'm one of the few who experienced it.

Up Next
I dunno. Dip them in chocolate and it might work...
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 29, 2012, 01:14:13 PM
 
# 26: Spiders on the Inside
(http://fc04.deviantart.net/fs39/f/2009/079/c/3/c38fc4f82640924fcbca9e6c3c4488b4.jpg)

24 Points (On 1 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#2 by Cjones )

The Story:
Dude, shut your mouth.
 
"Am I letting in flies?" No. Now, spiders, maybe...
 
See, the average person swallows anywhere from 3-8 spiders a year without even realizing it.  It's true. They did a study about it in the 1950s. You probably swallow even more now, due to the explosion in the spider population.
 
But really, shut your mouth. You look really stupid with it open.
 
Well, Is It True?
Not in the least.
 
This "fact" comes from a 1993 PC Professional article about e-mails that circulated lists of "facts" that were then spammed across the  internet. The author then offered a completely made-up list of equally untrue facts, among which was the data about spider swallowing. Which people then circulated around the net as if it were true.  Never underestimate gullibility.
 
 
Random Notes
You know that if you soak spiders in LSD and then press Up plus B while on the moors.... Okay, getting a bit punchy here.

Up Next

A strange case of deja vu.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 29, 2012, 01:14:38 PM
Okay, running some errands. Be back later to finish up.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: MerryWanna on October 29, 2012, 01:22:08 PM
Yeah, sorry. Hit a personal issue above.

I assume you mean my meth entry.  I didn't mean to upset you.  What I did mean to do was correct a long-running misconception about this drug - I don't think this was even a government lie, so it fits the "urban legend" category even more than does the "Reefer Madness" stories, which were deliberate government hoaxes. 

Just to be clear: I'm not saying meth is a safe drug, for Pete's sake.  Just that it can't physically addict a person with a single use - Christ, even heroin can't do that.

The more truth about drugs is known, the less likely that foolhardy individuals will assume that since the lies about pot and psychedelics are so thickly ingrained into the mass culture, then, perhaps, if they discover by personal experience that these lies are not true, they may make an incorrect leap of logic, and assume that everything they ever heard about meth, crack and heroin might also be BS--which is, of course, not always the case. Some of that ugly stuff is (and/or can be) very true.  But addict someone after a single use? No. This was the sort of thing found in email forwards circa 1997-1998 or so, mostly.

At any rate, I do not know what your personal reason is for this upsetting you, and I don't need to know it; I do need  you to know that I was not expecting to upset anyone and that I am sorry for doing so.  :-[
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: CJones on October 29, 2012, 06:09:02 PM
# 26: Spiders on the Inside
24 Points (On 1 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#2 by Cjones )

I heard this a good 15 years ago from some guy I went to college with, except the number then was three. I asked him: you're talking about people who actually do eat insects/arachnids, plus the legally allowable quantity of insect parts in common foods, relative to the general population. Right? He said no, we swallow them in our sleep.

Fast forward to a few months ago. I saw a video on YouTube by CGPGrey. He claims that not only is three an underestimate, so is eight. Spiders like warm dark moist places. Thanks for that image  :scared:   
 
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 29, 2012, 06:49:46 PM
Okay, back from the dead and ready to party. A few quick notes:

Merry, no need to apologize. My personal foibles are just that- mine. You've got no need to apologize for a random comment any more than you'd need to if you randomly mentioned a schauzer and I flashed back to my puppy Pete who dug under the fence one night and promptly got smooshed by a car.

(http://www.p-uppy.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/boris_mini_schnauzer_01.jpg_w450.jpg)
RIP Pete

(Not the real Pete in the photo.)

CJ- glad to inspire nightmares!
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 29, 2012, 06:53:21 PM
# 25: Roswell

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/d/d8/RoswellCast2000-2001.jpg/220px-RoswellCast2000-2001.jpg)

24 Points (On 2 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#5 by Pak-Man )

The Story:
You know we're not alone, right?

...no, I don't mean here at the food court. I mean in the universe.

...no, I don't mean the dolphins are here too. I mean aliens have visited the earth. In fact, they've visited the US. See, in 1947, there was a UFO and in crashed in New Mexico. the government covered the thing up since they didn't want us to freak out about aliens. So they said it was a weather balloon. And the stupid sheeple fell for it. So keep watching the skies, man.

Well, Is It True?
Depends on who you ask. Most UFOologists...

Yes, that's a real thing.

...will dismiss the government reports as fakery designed to throw people off the tracks. Around 1990, a schism developed in the community with some UFOologists arguing that while UFOs were real, the Roswell crash wasn't. There are some theories that in fact, the Soviets sent out the "saucer" in an effort to demoralize the American people. So it's a Commie conspiracy too. No one really knows if it's true or not. Except the Air Force types who were there. And the aliens.

Folks in Roswell though don't care and will gleefully promote the hell out of the Alien crash. Heck, the UFO Museum (http://www.roswellufomuseum.com/) is right on the city's front page. So bring your alien money to Roswell!

Random Notes
Whether the incident is true of not, it's popular in our pop culture. Off the top of my head, it's been referred to in "Futurama" (Zoidberg caused that one), "Deep Space Nine" (the Ferengi there), "American Dad" (Roger was in that one), Independence Day, Dark Skies , the Area 51 video game and more. Oh, and "Roswell" was based on it too.

Up Next
Actually Craig Charles is also a precursor to great disaster as well.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 29, 2012, 06:56:15 PM
Up Next
Actually Craig Charles is also a precursor to great disaster as well.


Robot Wars?  I thought those were real!
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 29, 2012, 07:24:31 PM
# 24: Nain Rouge
 (http://www.martiuscatalyst.com/wp-content/uploads/LeNainRougeHeadline.jpg)
25 Points (On 1 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#1 by Tripe )

The Story:
Say what you want about Detroit, such as the fact that they can't win a freaking World Series. Now we have to suffer through cocky Giants fans until spring training.
 
Jerks.
 
Still, better them than the Braves or da Sox.
 
But you gotta give props to a town that has its own harbinger of doom.
 
Yes, Detroit certainly needs one.
 
See, the Nain Rouge is a small childlike creature with red boots (sometimes black) as well as blazing red eyes and rotten teeth. And it's appeared in Detroit before practically  every disaster since 1701. Detroit's been trying to banish the thing for the last few years, but obviously it keeps hanging around, right Tigers?
 
 
Well, Is It True?
Well of course it is. Detroit's obviously cursed and the Nain Rouge preceding all dire events certainly shows this. Heck, it was even at the Robocop 2 premiere. Not at Robocop 3 though. Even grim agents of disaster have their limits.
 
 
Random Notes
So, really. What does it look like? Well, here's the version from this year's parade.
(http://www.absolutemichigan.com/dig/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Marche-du-Nain-Rouge.jpg)
 
And here's the same character on the Canadian TV show "Lost Girls."
(http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110919174345/lostgirl/images/3/36/Nain_Rouge.png)
 
Yeah, a bit different looking, I'd say.
 
BTW: Denver's grim specter of disaster?
(http://www.grapesandgrainsnyc.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/Barrel-Man.jpg)
 
Not quite the same.
 
Up Next
...really? Geez. He's my own personal demon. And Starman didn't even send in a list this time...
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 29, 2012, 08:57:44 PM
# 23: In the Air Tonight

http://www.youtube.com/v/4TbnXqhHJkk?version=3
25 Points (On 1 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#1 by BBQ Platypus )
The Story:
Yeah, thanks for changing it off the pop station. If I have to hear Maroon 5 one more time, I won't be held responsible for my actions.

Oooh. Turn this one up.  I love this song. BUH-DUM-BUH-DOOM-BAHDOOM-BAHDAHDOOMDOOM.

You know the background for this song, right? Well, its a true story. See, Collins saw his friend drown one night. He was too far away to do anything about it. But near the shore, there was another person and they could have saved him. But he just stood and watched. So Collins wrote this song as a big FU to the guy who just stood there and he sings it at every concert in the hopes that he'll hear it.

...

Thing is, there's another story out there too. See, the guy who drowned? Collins knew him. In fact, he saw the guy rape and murder someone. Later he saw a stranger drowning and realized that it was the same guy. And so he just watched him die and didn't help. But afterwards, Collins was never quite sure if it was in fact the same guy or not. And so, he sings this song at every concert, accusing and berating himself.

...No, Taylor Swift isn't doing the same thing with "We're Never Getting Back Together."

Well, Is It True?
No.

Collins, when not winning unearned Oscars, has said many, many times that the songs on "Face Value" dealt with his bitterness and frustration over his divorce with his first wife and not with anything other than that.

Except for Sussudio though. That song's true meaning is quite demonic.

Random Notes
Even though it's not true, this is still a great story.

Up Next
We go back to the scary well. Well, scarier than a Phil Collins song, that is.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 29, 2012, 08:59:01 PM
# 22: The Unkindest Cut

(http://ww2.hdnux.com/photos/11/03/74/2375469/9/628x471.jpg)

25 Points (On 1 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#1 by Sicgirl )

The Story:
You're heading over to Riverside Mall? Not a good idea.

No, not because the Orange Julius moved out. You really haven't heard?

See, there's been a number of women who bought stuff and then headed out to their cars, all laden with packages and, well, there's someone hiding under their car. When they show up and fumble around trying to open the door, he takes a razor and slashes their ankles. They fall to the ground, and the guy grabs their stuff and car keys and drives off, while they're helpless and on the ground.

And I've heard that this is all part of a gang initiation too. In order to prove that the new gang member has done this, he has to come back with one of her fingers. Or her. So yeah, avoid the mall for now. Or wear some really awesome, razor-proof boots.

Well, Is It True?
No.

This rumor has been around since the 1950s, but there's never been an actual substantiated case of this occurring.

Random Notes

This legend falls into the general category of "Women are in danger everytime they walk into a parking lot." Which is generally not a bad piece of advice, but sometimes goes a bit overboard. Plus it'd probably be easier just to do the traditional "hit her over the head and then run" thing rather than hiding under a car for hours.

Up Next
Oh, Japan....

Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 29, 2012, 09:01:39 PM
# 21: The Looove Machines

(http://news.3yen.com/wp-content/images/used-panty-machine.jpg)
25 Points (On 1 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#1 by CJones )
The Story:
Dude, Japan is a fucked up place.

Yes, I know you've seen Strike Witches, but I'm not talking about that.

See, Japan's got this thing about panties and...

Yes, I know you've seen Agent Aika too. Will you listen already?

Anyway, they've got this thing about panties and, well, they also have an obsession about vending machines too. Machines that give out bananas, balloons, fried fish, crepes, porn, dildos, eggs, neckties, boardgames, rhinoceros beetles, beer and yes, even Pokemon stuff.

See? I was able to work it in again.

But the weirdest thing? They've got vending machines that sell panties. No, not new ones. Ones that have been "soiled."

Ahem.

About 500 yen per pair too. That's about $6.50, I think.

Seriously, what the hell, Japan?

Yes, I know you've seen Ikki Tousen too. Seriously, I wonder about you too.

Well, Is It True?
Well, you'd think it wasn't but...

According to Snopes, it is.

Theoretically the practice was banned in 1993, but, some report that they're still around. There seems to be a great deal of debate on the subject though, with some saying "No, those are for new panties" and others disagreeing and stating that they've personally seen them.

I will note that there are a number of valid reports of a few stores that sell "used" panties. The existence of those places doesn't seem to be in doubt.

Random Notes
Here's a video from The Japan Channel showing the location of one such machine:
http://www.break.com/usercontent/2011/7/2/girls-panty-vending-machine-in-japan-2078673 (http://www.break.com/usercontent/2011/7/2/girls-panty-vending-machine-in-japan-2078673)

Oh, and for those wondering, ebay very explicitly bans the sale of unwashed undergarments.  Sorry.

Up Next
No more ties! #20-11! Rockstars! More spiders! Treats! Insects! And more people being brutally killed!
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: BBQ Platypus on October 29, 2012, 10:38:46 PM
# 23: In the Air Tonight
See, in the version I'm most familiar with, Phil actually tracks the guy down, gives him a front row ticket to his next show, and sings it right to his face with the spotlight on him.  And then the guy commits suicide the next day.

Phil Collins?  Eh.  Phil Collins inducing a guy to commit suicide*?  Awesome.



* Directly, I mean.  Forcing someone to listen to No Jacket Required would more than do the job for a lot of people.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: MerryWanna on October 30, 2012, 02:27:28 AM
# 30: The Scarlet Linkletter

(http://image1.findagrave.com/photos/2008/125/3520_121004832374.jpg)

Well, that reminds me of something I heard once. See, back in the 60s people started using LSD and, well, a lot of them didn't react too well to it. Well, okay, that one pitcher tossed a no hitter while using it, but he's the exception.

There were others. I mean, even besides myself.

GREAT title and picture, by the way.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Smoky on October 30, 2012, 02:45:16 PM
# 34: The Graveyard Wager
This is in fact an episode of The Twilight Zone called "The Grave."



I think the story goes back before the episode. In any case, it's still told as an urban legend.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 30, 2012, 07:01:13 PM
# 34: The Graveyard Wager[/c]
This is in fact an episode of The Twilight Zone called "The Grave."



I think the story goes back before the episode. In any case, it's still told as an urban legend.
[/q]


You're both correct. Lee Marvin was in the Twilight Zone episode, but there are versions of the tale from the Middle Ages as well. The versions from prior to the mid-1900s tend to involve around a soldier heading to the graveyard, rather than the middle schoolers who tend to be in the tales today and quite often merely had the soldier cold and trapped on the grave, rather than the deaths in the current version.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 30, 2012, 07:03:35 PM
# 20: Mothman
 
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/1e/Mothman_statue_2005.jpg/200px-Mothman_statue_2005.jpg)

28 Points (On 2 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#8 by Pak-Man )

The Story:
You ever been to Point Pleasant?
 
No, not the Fox show. Geez, how do you remember that thing? No, the one in West Virginia. See, there's this... thing that haunts the town and fortells bad news. It's a seven foot tall flying creature with burning red eyes. It terrorized the area for about a year before a bridge collapsed. Maybe it was trying to warn us.
 
No, I don't think it was just looking for a really big sweater.
 
Well, Is It True?
Probably not.
 
While there were indeed a number of reports of the creature, it probably doesn't actually exist. (Sorry, Mr. Gere.) There are reports that all the incidents were the result of local pranksters. However, to be fair, a pretty large number of people have claimed to be the prankster behind it and there's a good shot that a number of those folks are lying.
 
Others claim that UFOs are the case, but the current theory is that those responsible... are owls. Owls bear a resemblance to the early descriptions of the Mothman, plus they fly and have eyes that glow strongly in the dark. Current researchers surmise that either a barn owl or a previously unseen species of giant owl known as "Bighoot" was responsible for the initial panic and things just spiraled out from there.
 
Random Notes
Still, beware the hooters for the owls are not what they seem.
 
Up Next
Okay, who builds a sniper nest next to a train track?
 
 
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Tripe on October 30, 2012, 07:05:07 PM
Dammit, that is the one I really should have included!
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 30, 2012, 07:05:13 PM
# 19: Won't You Be My Sniper?

(http://carbolicsmoke.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/PHOTO-FOUR-FRED-ROGERS1-277x300.jpg)

32 Points (On 2 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#9 by Sicgirl )

The Story:
Dude, are you still picking on that guy playing Pokemon? I'd lay off him if I were you. See, it's always the quiet ones that are the most dangerous.

Don't believe me? Remember Captain Kangaroo?

No?  What do you mean it went off the air before you were born? Exactly how old are you?

Twenty six? Geez that's scar...well, anyway. The guy ran a kid's show on TV for years, but dude, he and Lee Marvin fought side by side during Iwo Jima.

And Mr. Rogers? He was the scariest of them all. The dude was a sniper during Vietnam. He killed hundreds of people and then went on TV acting like he'd never seen a care in the world. Dude  had ice water in his veins. You know why he always wore those red sweaters? He had tattoos of each one of his kills up and down his arms. That might have scared the kiddies, so he wore the sweaters.

You never saw his show either? Ugh. I gotta start hanging around older people.

Well, Is It True?
Not a word of it.

Rogers never served in the military. He was born in 1928 and was too young to serve in World War II and by the time Vietnam started, he was 37 and too old to enlist. And in 1963 he was ordained as a minister (a Presbyterian, not of the Universal Church variety) and the military tends to not send priests into the service.

Sweaters? He wore those to establish himself as an authority figure to kids, not to cover up his many, many kills.

Oh, and the Lee Marvin and Captain Kangaroo stuff isn't true either. (Keeshan was too young to serve in WWII and Marvin was in the hospital during Iwo Jima.)

Random Notes
Henrietta Pussycat though? Mossad. She was part of the Entebbe raid. True story.

Up Next
Sadly, I couldn't fins a scarier picture here.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 30, 2012, 07:07:48 PM
# 18:Daddy Longlegs

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/bf/Pholcus.phalangioides.6905.jpg/250px-Pholcus.phalangioides.6905.jpg)

32 Points (On 2 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#4 by CJones )
The Story:
Hey, you know what the most deadly animal in the world is?

No, not something Australian. You know, they just claim that everything in Oz is poisonous. It's just really the drop bears that have really deadly venom.

The real deadliest animal is the little daddy longlegs. Their venom will kill you in an instant. So, beware.

No, I'm not really sure what they look like either. Just look for something with long legs.

Well, Is It True?
Probably not.

See, we're not really sure how toxic they are to humans. Why? Well, there's no record of any of them ever biting a human.  Without records of that, it's kinda hard to tell. And we're not going to shoot a human up with the stuff, because of you know, ethical human standards. And scientists have never gotten around to testing the venom on mice either, so we have no idea of how deadly it is to just mammals either. No, there's no real reason to believe that it's the most dangerous thing ever.

Random Notes
For an actual spider to avoid, look out for the brown recluse spider. It is quite deadly. Also avoid box jellyfish, although those are not too likely to be lurking in a corner of the room.

Up Next
Billy Idol though was on the Banana Splits.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 30, 2012, 07:10:58 PM
# 17: The Manson Years

(http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mbn9mmTP101rid9ppo1_500.jpg)

32 Points (On 3 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#3 by Tripe )

The Story:
Okay, young 'un. It's good to see you staying away from that Pokemon guy. In case my last lesson didn't sink in, here's another reason to stay away from him.

You ever see Family Ties? On Nick at Night? Sigh. Anyway, you know the little kid on that show that they added when the ratings started slipping? Yeah, the one that aged like 3-4 years over one summer. Have you seen that kid today? Yeah, he looks like he just walked off the set of Sons of Anarchy. Normally looking people will sometimes just flip out.

Want an even more extreme example? You ever watch The Wonder Years? Yeah, Winnie was hot, but that's not what we're talking about. You remember Kevin's dorky friend Paul? You know who that guy is today? Marilyn Manson. 

So, be advised the next time you taunt someone for trying to catch a Floofenall, they may end up hunting you down and wearing your skin. Just an FYI, you know.

Well, Is It True?
Not at all. (Well, except for the bit about Brian Bosnall. He's had a rough adulthood.)

Marilyn Manson's birth name is Brian Warner and he's seven years older than Josh Savino, who played Paul on the show. At the time when Wonder Years began airing, Manson was studying journalism at a college in Florida, not helping Kevin look moon-eyed at Winnie.

Savino is aware of the legend and finds it rather amusing. To quote, "I'd rather people think of me as a rock star rather than as a dorky little kid."  Savino, by the way, is the Senior Counsel of the Intellectual Property division of New York law firm Morrison Cohen. So, yeah, these days he's probably worth more than Manson is.

Random Notes
By the way, Manson's first TV appearance seems to be here, on TRL in 1992
http://www.mtv.com/videos/misc/93782/before-they-were-famous-hangin-with-manson-1992.jhtml

Yeah, if you don't remember The Wonder Years, you'll probably draw a blank about TRL too.

Up Next
Totally a Futurama ref.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 30, 2012, 07:12:27 PM
 
# 16: Bring Me the Head of Walt Disney

(http://louderback.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/waltdisney.gif)

34 Points (On 3 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#4 by Pak-Man )

The Story:
Some people just don't want to die.
 
Yeah, I know we've been trying to get rid of Carrottop for years, but I'm not talking about him. I'm talking about Walt.
 
See, in the latter years of his life, Walt Disney was getting more and more obsessed with dying. He wanted to see his dream continue. So he talked to his doctors to see if there was any experimental way that might keep him alive. And they came up with an idea- cryogenics.
 
See, at low temperatures, you can keep a body around for almost forever. And in the future, they figured that medical science will keep advancing and eventually, they'd be able to repair the damage from both the freezing and from the cancer that was killing Disney.
 
So they cut off his head and then stuck it in a supercooled chamber. Apparently it's underneath Futureland in Disney World. So the next time you buy a $6 soda at the park, remember, you're keeping Walt alive with that soda.
 
Well, Is It True?
Probably not.
 
The claims that Disney was frozen seem to come from  a pair of books, one of which seems to be basing their belief that it happened on the urban legend itself.
 
Disney's family, on the other hand, has repeatedly stated that Walt wanted to be cremated and his death certificate seems to indicate that occurred two days after his death.
So, no. It's probably not the case.
 
Besides, if his head was still around, it likely would have risen from its resting place during the Eisner years to wreak vengeance on Eisner.
 
 
Random Notes
No, Walt's not in a robot body being kept alive by being fed orphan children either. I'm not sure where that rumor came from either.
 
Up Next
Heh, heh, heh.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 30, 2012, 07:12:53 PM
Back shortly. Need to finish the last couple of entries.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Tripe on October 30, 2012, 07:15:21 PM
Ah the brown recluse, unlikely to kill you, but you might wish you were dead (http://www.highway60.com/mark/brs/bite.asp?Msg=1590), and you might regret looking at that pic so, be warned.

If they bite livestock though, the animal does tend to end up being put to sleep.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 30, 2012, 07:49:34 PM
# 15: Aren't You Glad You Didn't Turn on the Light?
 
(http://www.short-stories-help-children.com/images/arent-you-glad-you-didnt-turn-on-the-light-21562236.jpg)

35 Points (On 3 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#11 by Compound and Smoky )

The Story:
So, there were these two girls who went to my college a few years before I got there. Jen and Cindy. Room mates. Well, this one  night, there was a big party at the dorm, but Jen needed to study so she headed over to the library to study. While there, a friend of us invited her over to her room so that they could keep studying after the library closed. Well, it was late so when she got back to her room, Jen left the lights off so that she wouldn't disturb Cindy, and just grabbed her books off her desk and then left.
 
The next morning when Jen got back to her dorm room, she opened the door and found Cindy torn to shreds in her bed. And on the wall, written in Cindy's blood was "Aren't you glad you didn't turn on the lights?"
 
Well, Is It True?
No, this legend dates back to at least 1871, albeit in a slightly different form.
 
This legend is  also very closely related to another legend (and was counted as the same for vote totals.) That one goes:
 
There was a young woman who, after hearing of a series of break-ins in the area, bought a big dog and kept it in her bedroom. One night, she was startled awake by sounds of a possible break-in. Fearing the worst, she reached down and the dog liked her hand. Feeling safe, she went back to sleep.
 
The next morning she entered her bathroom and found the dog, dead and gutted in the tub. On the wall was written "Humans can lick too."
 
In both cases, the premise is the same- a girl is unaware of a grisly crime being committed in front of her and the killer taunts her after the fact.
 
Random Notes
The 1871 version of the story:
At a croquet party, one of the guests told of a clergyman who was awoken in the middle of the night by his wife who informed him that "John, I am sure that there's a robber underneath our bed. Do get up and see." the pastor replied "Oh, it's only our Newfoundland dog. I just reached down and it licked me. Now go back to sleep." The next morning all the jewelry and other effects had vanished.
 
And yes, someone voted for both versions of the tale. I only counted the higher.
 
Up Next
Snacks!
 
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 30, 2012, 07:51:22 PM
# 14: Razor Blade Apples

(http://skeptoid.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/common007dotblogspotdotcom.jpg)

37 Points (On 2 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#7 by CJones )

The Story:
So, going trick or treating with the kids, huh? Are you going to inspect their candy? No, not incase they get Black Cows. Yeah, those shouldn't be inflicted on anyone. But, you know why.

See, there are folks out there who'll ... do stuff to candy. No, not like a waiter will do something to your sandwich. I mean fatally do something to it. There are a bunch of kids who've gotten a bag full of candy and then gotten home and discovered that someone's put something in it. Sometimes it's a razor blade. Sometimes a straight pin or sewing needle. Always look through their stuff.

Me? Oh, I'm just giving out coupons for free downloads of Plants vs. Zombies. The worst that can happen there is a paper cut.

Well, Is It True?
Sadly, yeah.

For years there were rumors about people poisoning Halloween candy and then later stories about razors and needles in candy. In 1967, 1972 and 1982 studies were done on the subject and no actual examples of the issue were ever found.

But in Chicago in 1982, a number of people died from poisoned Tylenol and that seemed to open the flood gates and the urban legend became real. Roughly 80 examples of things (usually  needles) have been recorded by folklorists since then, although only a dozen actually caused any harm.

Thankfully though, even when a kid eats something with a needle in it, it's never been fatal. The worst case of it required the victim to have a few stitches in the inside of their mouth.

Random Notes
Night of the Demons includes a rather graphic example of this legend, although I'm not sure how well a razor blade would hold up after being cooked into a pie.

Up Next
.txet ni llew sa krow t'nseod sihT
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 30, 2012, 07:54:03 PM
# 13: Backmasking

(http://jeffmilner.com/2009/08/batman-backmasking-01.jpg)
40 Points (On 3 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#2 by Compound )

The Story:
Are you listening to that venomous rock and roll? Need I keep reminding you that it's the tool of the devil?

See, the devil likes to mark his property so that those of his kind can easily find their kin. So those that owe their fame and success to him, well, they do things to show that. And the most common way that they do that is by hiding their tributes to the dark lord in the lyrics. Or more precisely, by having the lyrics show up when you play the music backwards.

Don't believe me?  "Stairway to Heaven" contains the line "My Sweet Satan." "Hotel California?" "Yeah, Satan hears this."  "Another One Bites the Dust"?  "It's Fun to smoke marajuana." And the Beatles? "Revolution Number Nine" clearly says "Turn Me On Dead Man." And other things too, but we'll get back to that.

See, Satan is trying to influence you with these backwards messages. You may not consciously hear the messages, but your subconscious can hear them and its influenced by them. So every time you listen to one of those songs, you're driving yourself deeper and deeper into his clutches.

You thought I'd say "Every time you go away?" Oh, Paul Young's one of the worst of them.

Well, Is It True?

Well, yes and no.

There are messages embedded backwards in some songs, that is indeed true. But for the most part, they're not satanic.

Edison was one of the first people to discover that sounds could be played in reverse. But it wasn't until the 60s that recording artists began to actually experiment with the process. The Beatles, for example, seem to have purposefully inserted some backmasking into their songs, most notably Revolution Number nine and Rain, which contains the line "The sun shines. rain. When the rain comes, they run and hide their heads." (And again in "Free as a Bird" but that was years later.) But most of the above examples of backmasking seem to be completely unintentional and/or people hearing things that just aren't there.

However, since the 1960s, many artists have intentionally done so, especially since the 1980s investigations of "Satanic Baskmasking." For example, Judas Priest stuck the line "In the dead of the night, love bites" into their song "Love Bites." But Rob Halford says that it was just an experimentation in sound. (Plus it's a rather innocuous message.) Other examples include songs from Insane Clown Posse, Linkin Park, Oasis, Pink Floyd, The Rutles, Styx and of course, Weird Al.

Random Notes
One of the most best examples of backmasking comes in this clip from Penn & Teller's Cruel Tricks for Dear Friends. They play the first bit of the sermon forward and then reverse it at the mid point.

http://www.youtube.com/v/hnRwMpbubHk?version=3

Up Next
You can combine the next legend with one from yesterday for real ickiness!
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 30, 2012, 07:58:05 PM
# 12: Slots of Fun
 
(http://image.shutterstock.com/display_pic_with_logo/51098/51098,1151369782,4/stock-photo-pay-phone-slot-coin-operated-symbolic-of-communication-1482170.jpg)
(Watermark left in totally on purpose.)

42 Points (On 2 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#4 by Sicgirl )

The Story:
Hey, you thirsty? I'mthirsty. Beenthirstyallday. Beendrinkingcoffeesinceaboutfourthirtyin themorning. Nonotdecaf.Whydoyouask? Stoptypinglikethattoohardtoread?
 
Fine. Okay, you don't do coffee, but you're grabbing a soda? You have exact change, right? No, you don't ever want to get change from a soda machine. You see, some addicts who use needles have started sticking their used needles into the coin return slots on soda machines to get rid of them. You reach in to get your change. Prick. Suddenly you've got hepatitis. Or HIV. Just because you didn't want to grab a coffee. Kinda makes my hyperactivity a bit more tolerable, huh?
 
Well, Is It True?
No.
 
There seem to be a rather large number of legends about people being randomly pricked and infected by hypodermic needles, and this is one of the latest.
 
Now, there have been a few cases of people reaching into a coin return slot and finding a needle, but in practically all cases, it's an unused needle (which aren't dangerous) and they've happened a few days after a warning of these types of incidents. In other words, someone's being a jerk.
 
In practice, a drug user who uses a needle tends to keep the thing around until they find a newer one rather than just randomly disposing of them. And in any case, HIV has a pretty short life outside of a human body. So the chances of being infected by a random needle are rather slim.
 
Random Notes
This legend used to be about pay phones but since those are almost extinct these days, an update to the legend was made.
 
Up Next
A repeat?
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 30, 2012, 07:59:02 PM
 
# 11: Tressed to Kill

(http://imagethumbnails.milo.com/003/534/139/trimmed/3534962_19005139_trimmed.jpg)

43 Points (On 3 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#9 by Compound )

The Story:
Didn't I already do this one? I could have sworn that I have.
Huh. Glitch in the matrix, I guess.
 
Anyway, remember the 50s? Back when women used to have enormous beehive hairdos? Well, back then a cousin of my mom's friends wanted to get as big a beehive as possible. So she just kept adding hairspray and hairspray and never ever washed it.
 
Well, one day she felt a slight prick and then suddenly started bleeding from her scalp. Within a few hours, she was dead. See, at some point her enormous 'do brushed up against a spiderweb and the spider, well, it climbed into her hair and just nested there. when the paramedics tried to help her, they found that the interior of her beehive was swarming with little baby spiders.
 
So always wash your hair.
 
Well, Is It True?
Nope.
 
Never happened.
 
Random Notes
There's a more modern variant of the legend involving dreadlocks rather than a beehive hairdo. This version tends to place a male in the victim role rather than a female.
 
Sadly, there is a real life version of this legend from 2000 where a Yemeni bride had a scorpion slipped into her wig by one of her husband's other wives, who was presumably jealous.
 
Up Next
#10-1! The Home stretch! Animals! Stars! About 4 or 5 legends that you've heard of! And I risk life and limb to disprove a myth! All this and more tomorrow!
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Pak-Man on October 30, 2012, 08:11:21 PM
# 13: Backmasking
Of course the best example of Backmasking is in Nature Trail to Hell, by Weird Al. "Satan Eats Cheez Whiz!"
If you play his "I Remember Larry" backwards, there's a hidden message that says, "Gee, you really have a lot of time on your hands."
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 30, 2012, 08:34:16 PM
# 13: Backmasking

(http://jeffmilner.com/2009/08/batman-backmasking-01.jpg)
40 Points (On 3 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#2 by Compound )

Extra points for the Dark Knight Returns.

# 20: Mothman
 
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/1e/Mothman_statue_2005.jpg/200px-Mothman_statue_2005.jpg)
Well, Is It True?
Probably not.
 

I don't know, this documentary is very convincing.

http://www.youtube.com/v/64Xb_msonNE
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 31, 2012, 10:38:02 AM
Okay, just posting this to mark a time. I'll explain why later.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on October 31, 2012, 03:17:11 PM
Jeff Dunham told the story of sticking a rubber spider in his mother's beehive in "Minding the Monsters"

So, it can happen, as a joke of course...
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 31, 2012, 03:45:20 PM
 
# 10: Sewer Gators

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_2-eeYN5Bw-s/Swvsgbe3laI/AAAAAAAACFI/8lSWrEe225I/s400/SewerGator.jpg)

49 Points (On 3 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#5 by Pak-Man )

The Story:
I swear, if you don't stop singing that Schnappi song...
 
Look, I'm not sure why you're glorifying those things anyway. Alligators are evil, evil creatures. Don't let the Wally Gator propaganda fool you. Besides, those things are going to go out and devour us all.
 
Oh, don' t believe me? Back in the 70s, there was a fad of buying little baby alligators as pets. And that was cool for a while. They were all cute and scaly, but then they grew a little and got teeth and suddenly they weren't as cute anymore. So folks got rid of them, and they did so in the same way as they got rid of goldfish- they flushed them down the toilet.
 
Unfortunately, Alligators don't have any real problem surviving in water and there's plenty of food in a sewer. so they grew. And grew. And now there are whole colonies of the things living in the sewers. And waiting. Someday they'll get their revenge on the idiots who put them there in the first place.
 
Well, Is It True?
No.
 
Firstly, alligators need a temperature of roughly 78-90 Fahrenheit to survive and most areas of the country (especially New York City, where most of the rumors come from) aren't that temperature for enough of the year for a gator to survive.
 
More importantly, these rumors predate the 70s by a long, long time. The first rash of gator sightings in New York was in the 1930s. And there are similar stories about feral pigs living in the London sewers in the 1850s, which suggest that there's a common fear among city folks that something is living beneath them. I suspect that the Romans had rumors of hippogriffs living in the sewers of Rome back in Caesar's time.
 
Besides you want definite proof that the gators don't exist? I mean, other than the pesky fact that they've never  found a corpse of one? Consider this- in 100 years of negotiations, no union in new York City has ever asked for extra pay because of the presence of alligators.
 
 
Random Notes
In 2060- "Are gorillas living in the sewers of Beijing?"
 
Up Next
They tried this with pictures of Ernest Borgnine as well, but found no takers.
 
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 31, 2012, 03:48:10 PM
# 9: Blue Star Acid
(http://www.erowid.org/chemicals/lsd/images/archive/lsd_blotter_ap_felix-blue_sm.jpg)
 49 Points (On 2 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#1 by Merry Wanna )

The Story:
Hey, you finished scoping out your kids' candy for razors? Well, here's something else to keep an eye out for. See, drug dealers? They want to addict your kids. Get them when they're young and they'll be yours forever.
 
What they're doing is simple. They take temporary tattoos, you know, the type kids like to use. Cartoon characters and the like. Maybe butterflies too. Kids like those. They then douse them in LSD and hand them out to kids. the kids put the tattoos on and boom. They start absorbing the drug directly into their skin. Boom. Instant addicts. So keep your kids away from them.
 
Plus it makes them look kind of trashy too.
 
Well, Is It True?
No.
 
Firstly, if you were going to addict someone, you'd probably want to use something a bit more addictive than LSD. Or use candy, since kids tend to like that more. Or target a group with more disposable income than children, since 8 year olds probably  can't really afford drugs even if they do get addicted.
 
But more importantly, it just never seems to have happened. The first reports of this came during the last 60s, back when LSD was a more popular drug. The problem there was a lack of evidence. While LSD was distributed on blotter acid, very few actually used the cartoon characters described. (The above pic being an exception.) In 1987, for example, in an article about the legend a police investigator noted that roughly 1 example  out of several hundred blotter sheets involved Mickey Mouse. (The legend at the time involved "Mickey Mouse Acid"). And in the late 80s when the rumor resurfaced, police reports at the time show no upswing in LSD related trafficing.  So either the drug dealers are really bad at selling stuff or it never happened.
 
Random Notes
This isn't just an American legend. There are reports from the UK and Brazil as well dating back to the late 60s as well.
 
Up Next
You don't hear these rumors about Flock of Seagulls.
 
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 31, 2012, 05:16:32 PM
Grrr. Random computer crash...
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 31, 2012, 05:18:08 PM
# 8: Paul is Dead

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/42/Beatles_-_Abbey_Road.jpg)

53 Points (On 3 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#1 by Compound)

The Story:
Man, why can't there be more bands like the Beatles?

No, I don't mean there should be more bands that self-destruct at the height of their careers. I mean quality wise. It's a shame that only Ringo's left. He's not really the one to be carrying on their banner, quality-wise.

No, I didn't forget about McCartney. Paul's dead. He was the first one to die.

Look, you ever notice how many Beatles songs revolve around death, and funerals and how references to car crashes keep popping up?  There's a reason.

See, back in 1966, the Beatles were pretty damn big, but they were starting to have problems.. And one night at a recording session, McCartney got fed up and stormed out of the session. He hopped in his car and, well, car crash. Now, when the word got back to the rest of the band, they were concerned that millions of people all across the world would freak out if they discovered that Paul had died, so they hired a Paul McCartney look alike to fill in for him. But John kept leaving little clues that Paul wasn't around.

Look at "A Day in the Life." He blew his mind out in a car. He didn't notice that the light had changed. A crowd of people stood and stared. They'd seen his face before. It's a direct reference to the accident. Look at the cover to Abbey Road. John's dressed in white, symbolizing the priest. Ringo's in black, symbolizing a mourner. Harrison is dressed casually like a grave digger.. And Paul is barefoot, like a corpse on a morgue table. Plus he's out of step with the rest of the band, since he's dead. And at the end of Strawberry Fields Lennon mumbles "I buried Paul."

Still not convinced? The backmasking in Revolution Number Nine. who do you think the dead man is? And the conspiracy continued even after the breakup of the band. One of McCartney's early albums was titled "The Other Me" a reference to the real Paul. Another example- in the 70s, Paul got named in a paternity suit. A DNA test was done and there was no match. But if the Paul in 1966 and the Paul in 1978 weren't the same person then yes, there wouldn't be a match anyway.

And there's another piece to the puzzle. The CIA and FBI never were comfortable with the popularity of the band. There are strong suspicions that they purposefully sabotaged McCartney's car in an effort to destroy the band. But Lennon found out and arranged for the impersonator to spite the CIA, and then kept leaving these clues as a way to stick his thumb in the CIA's collective eye.

Make's you think huh? So next time you hear of old Billy Preston, hoist a drink in memory of the late Paul McCartney.


Well, Is It True?

No. Well, probably not at least.

While practically every song  and images from the Beatles' last few albums allegedly contain a clue relating to Paul's death, the Beatles themselves strongly denied it throughout their lives. Lennon referred to it as "barmy." Paul himself took to Life magazine to deny the rumors in 1969. In later years, members of the band seemed to play along with the references. Paul, for example, named one of his albums "Paul is Alive" and parodied the Abbey road image. And given that "Free as a Bird" had some backmasking on it just so that the folks obsessed with that topic would be happy, it's certainly possible that the Beatles just began to play along with the idea as the rumors spread.

But it's probably not true.

However, I will note a second possible theory. There's a theory that Paul is merely a stand-in. He's the real Paul McCartney, but the references to Paul's death actually refer to a bassist who Lennon knew who died in a car wreck. Since no one would understand reference to his death, Lennon wrote lyrics placing Paul in the place of his dead friend.

Random Notes
There is a modern version of this tale as well. There's allegedly a modern artist  who has been replaced by someone who doesn't quite look like he's the same person or possibly never even existed in the first place. I'd quote more but the site that hosted most of this theory, Gawker, is currently underwater in New York.

That person, BTW? Party fan and brony, Andrew W.K.

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All I have to say is one word.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 31, 2012, 05:19:46 PM
# 7: The Hook
 
(http://cinemaslasher.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/the-hook-02.jpg)

57 Points (On 3 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#1 by Smoky )

The Story:
Story time, kiddies.
 
Once upon a time, a guy and a girl were parked in the woods, doing what comes naturally to teens. Over the radio they hear a story about an escaped mental patient on the loose. His distinguishing characteristic?  He had a hook for a hand. Now, the guy? He doesn't care at all about the story. He just wants to make out. But the girl? She's freaked out. She wants to go home. Right now. The guy argues, but she won't budge. Finally, in fit of rage, he says "fine" and guns the engine and drives off in a cloud of dust. After a while, he finally gets back to her house and, since he's a gentleman, he gets out of the car to open the door for her. But when he gets to the passenger side door, he stops. Because there on the car door handle hangs a bloody hook.
 
Well, Is It True?
No.
 
While there have been examples of murderers who really did prey on kids hanging out in "Lover's Lane" this is just a long standing myth with no real basis in actual incidents. There are a long series of myths where teens fooling around get punished for doing so, and this is just another example. But one with a bloody hook.
 
 
Random Notes
Nothing to add here. It's a classic legend.
 
Up Next
Not related to the game of version of "Battling Seizure Monsters."
 
 
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 31, 2012, 05:21:27 PM
# 6: Killer Arcade Game

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/c/ca/Polybius_Cabinet.jpg/220px-Polybius_Cabinet.jpg)

66 Points (On 3 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#1 by Pak-man )

The Story:
Soooo. Still playing Pokemon, huh?

Yeah, I know that other guy told me not to talk to you, but I feel I have to. You know about the killer video game, right?

See, back in the 1980s, there used to be these things called "arcades" where people would go and pay to play video games.

Yeah, crazy, huh?

Anyway, there was this one company who made a game called "Polybius" and they tested it out in Portland, Oregon. And it was good. A bit too good. See, folks who started playing it didn't want to stop playing it. Soon there were lines of people there, all just waiting to play the game.

To make things stranger, soon after, a bunch of men dressed in dark black suits appeared to collect data from the machine. And soon after, the machines vanished in the middle of the night. The folks who had been playing it? Some of them went insane. Some became anti-gaming activists. And some just disappeared .  Was it all some sort of government experiment? Or did the government step in before the situation became even worse?


Well, Is It True?
No, despite Cracked saying it is.

In the modern age where even the rarest of games will appear (a copy of the Atari 2600 game Air Raid resurfaced last week and allegedly only a dozen copies ever were made) but no ROM of Polybius has ever surfaced. No people who ever played the game have appeared nor anyone who worked at the arcade. In short, there's no one out there who can corroborate the game's existence. Except for my supermodel Canadian girlfriend, of course.

Since the rumors of the game's existence surfaced though, folks have mocked up Polybius cabinets and attempted to make versions of the game (some versions of which have in fact caused epileptic seizures, but that's not hard to reproduce.) But he actual killer version has never surfaced.


Random Notes
Simpsons did it too.
(http://i.crackedcdn.com/phpimages/article/2/6/3/55263.jpg?v=1)

Note the  single game button and the "property of the US government" stamp. Someone on the show did their research.

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My waiters tend to do this too.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 31, 2012, 05:23:30 PM
# 5: The Vanishing Hitchhiker

(http://www.scaryforkids.com/pics/vanishing-hitchhiker.jpg)

66 Points (On 4 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#6 by Smoky )

The Story:
... true story time. I drive a lot. At least twice a week every week for the last five years, I drive from southwest Denver out toward Limon via I-70. And a couple of times a year I drive out from Denver to Salt Lake and back, usually in the dead of night. Wyoming during the day frankly isn't any less lively than it is during the day.

A few years back, I was running late out in Limon and instead of heading home at 2 PM or so, I had to delay my leaving until about 11 PM or so. Needless to say, I wasn't happy. After about a half hour or so of stewing in my car while driving, I spotted a figure up ahead on the road. I slowed down, just to be safe, and saw a teenager by the side of the road. Fearing the worst, I slowed down and pulled up beside her and asked if she was okay. She replied, "Yeah. Can you give me a ride home?" I nodded and let her into the car. She didn't talk much on the way back, just the occasional "take a left here" and the like. I tried to draw her out in conversation, but she just didn't reply. Eventually, we just rode in silence. After a while, we came to our destination just outside of Bennett and I turned to let her out of the car.
But she wasn't there.

I jumped out of the car. Had she opened the car without me noticing? Did she jump out somewhere else? While I looked, the lights in the home came on and after a moment, an old woman in a nightgown came out and asked what I was doing. I started explaining about the girl and the directions, but the old woman went ash white and interrupted me.

"Sir, I know. This has happened before. That girl was my daughter. She was killed in a car crash on the freeway almost twenty years ago."

And then we went into her house and had sex so freaky that I can't even describe it. Ooooh yeah.


Well, Is It True?
No, pure legend. Even the story above.


Random Notes
The above is version 1 of the legend. "The passenger who wants to be taken home and/or where she died and sometimes leaves an article of clothing behind." The other popular version goes roughly as follows.

A few years back, a young couple was driving along towards the airport for an early morning flight when they spotted a man by the side of the road. They pulled over and gave the man a lift. When they reached their destination, the passenger offered to pay for the gas used, but they refused. So instead, he offered to reveal their fortune. He said that "By the end of the day, there will be a dead man in your car and building  and you'll have missed your flight." He then vanished without a word. The couple was spooked, but continued towards the airport. But before they reached it, they saw a pair of cars crash. One of the drivers in the car was a doctor and relatively uninjured but the other driver was severely injured. The doctor begged the couple to help take the injured man to the hospital, saying that he'd never last if he had to wait for the ambulance. The reluctantly agreed and drove the man towards the hospital. Unfortunately, the injured man died en route. By the time they'd delivered the deceased man to the hospital, they'd missed their flight. So they headed out to the airport to see if they could catch a later flight. But once they got there, they discovered that their original flight had crashed a few minutes after takeoff.

Up Next
Another legend where I can merely say the punchline and you'll know the story.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 31, 2012, 05:27:31 PM
# 4: The Man Upstairs

(http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/news/au600slasherstarlets-carolkane.jpg)

82 Points (On 4 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#2 by Johnny U and Smoky )

The Story:
Once upon a time, there was a babysitter who was looking after some kids. She'd put the kids to bed and sat down to watch TV when suddenly the phone rang. She answered and a voice on the other end laughed and said "You'd better check the children." She hung up, thinking it was a prank call. A few minutes later, the phone rang again. Once again she answered and once again the voice tells her to check the children.

She calls the police and they tell her not to panic and if he calls again, try to keep the man talking as long as possible so that they can trace the call. A few minutes later, he calls again. She tried to keep the caller talking, but he just said "You'd better come upstairs" and hung up. A few seconds later the phone rang again, she picked it up expected the caller, but instead it was the police screaming at her. "We've traced the calls! They're coming from inside the house! " At the same time, she heard footsteps coming down the stairs, so she threw the phone down and rushed outside the house, where the cops had just arrived. They burst in and found the children butchered in their beds. There were no signs of the killer.


Well, Is It True?
No.

The legend seems to date back to the 1960s, but likely gained in popularity due to the 1979 film "When a Stranger Calls."

Random Notes
There's a variant of this myth where a second babysitter is in the house. She goes upstairs to check on the children and its her warnings as the killer attacks her that allows the first sitter to escape.


Up Next
A mirror.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 31, 2012, 05:29:17 PM
# 3: Bloody Mary

(http://cdn6.topdekk.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/bloody-300.jpg)

88 Points (On 5  of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#1 by Johnny U )

The Story:
So, Pokemon kid hit you? Well, you kinda deserved it. You were taunting him a lot with those stupid stories.

See, taunting is stupid. It's a bad idea to do to people and it's an even worse idea to taunt the supernatural. Let me give you an example.

There was a woman years ago whose face was disfigured in an auto accident. As if her life wasn't hard enough, the local children taunted her constantly throughout her sad, short life. She died alone and miserable. But she died angry too.

So, if late at night you turn off all the lights and stand in front of a mirror and say her name three times... well, she'll appear. And she'll get the vengeance in death that she never had in life.

No, that legend's not about Biggie Smalls.

Well, Is It True?
No.

Don't believe me? Try it.

Fine, wuss. In any case, while its tried thousands of time a year, very few times does an actual grim specter appear from the mirror. Some of that may be due to the different methods required to summon her. Some legends say "say her name" three times. Some say it's 13 times. Still other versions say that you must also add "Kathy come out" or "I murdered your baby." Or you may need to do it in a specific place. In any case, you're pretty safe if you do this.

Me? I've already risked my life today with an urban legend, thanks.

Random Notes
Some versions require that you speak the name "Mary Worth" instead, but I'm pretty sure that just summons a meddlesome old woman.

Up Next

Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 31, 2012, 05:31:41 PM
# 2: The Killer in the Back Seat

(http://www.paranormalknowledge.com/articles/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/killer.jpg)

89 Points (On 5 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#4 by Smoky and Compound )

The Story:
A few months ago, a murder escaped from the local prison and the police warned everyone in the area to be careful and stay inside.

Well, Sally had a rather important errand and even at risk of life and limb and even in the pouring rain, she had to leave the house. So, she got in her car and started driving. But unfortunately, she was low on gas. Now it's late at night and practically nothing was open, but she eventually found a run down gas station that still had its light on. It even advertised being full service....

Yeah, they must be in Oregon.

... so she honked her horn and a few moments later a seedy looking attendant stumbled out of the station and over to her car. She asked him to fill up the car. He stared at her, looking quite distracted, and then walked back to the pump. A few seconds later, Sally heard a knock on her window.

"Ma'am? Your card's been declined. The credit card company wants to speak with you on the phone." Sally stammered that all her cards were current and there must be some mistake. But the attendant was quite insistent that she come with him to the office. By this time Sally feared the worst and started her car in an attempt to leave. The station attendant tried to leap in front of her car, but she blew past him and screamed out onto the road.

The police found her car a half mile down the road. They were already on the way after the station attendant called them. As he explained later to the police, he'd seen a person crouching in her back seat and was desperately trying to get her out of the car and away from the figure without letting the figure know that he'd been seen, but she just wouldn't listen.

And they never did find Sally's head.

Well, Is It True?
No.

While it's very popular legend, it doesn't ever seem to have ever happened. In addition, there are about a dozen versions of the legend. Sometimes the helpful stranger is in a car, following the girl and flashing his lights, othertimes it's a tough looking criminal type or (gasp!) a black man. In still other versions, the killer is a gang member wanabee who has to kill and rape a woman to enter the gang. And in yet another version, this legend is rolled in with the "Ankler slasher" legend.

But... it does seem to have been inspired by a real story. In 1964, an escaped murderer did in fact hide in the back seat of someone's car. Unfortunately, the car he chose belonged to  police detective and he shot the escapee.

Random Notes
Note, the killer in this legend is always male and the driver is always female.

Up Next
Our final legend, where I risk life and limb.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Pak-Man on October 31, 2012, 05:52:04 PM
Been a while. Maybe he didn't make it through the last one alive!
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 31, 2012, 05:57:54 PM
Just building suspense. And trying to see what my doggie is choking on....HOLY COW! THOSE ARE HUMAN FINGERS!
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on October 31, 2012, 05:58:32 PM
# 1: Pop Rocks & Soda
 
(http://img51.imageshack.us/img51/5200/deathgn.jpg)

108 Points (On 7 of 9 lists)
Highest Vote: (#3 by BBQ Platypus and Pak-Man)

The Story:
You remember Mikey? That kid from the Life commercials? "Let Mikey eat it." Well, someone once took that too far.
 
See, there was once this candy called "pop rocks." You'd put them in your mouth and they'd pop around. You can't buy them now because they're banned. Well, Mikey ate a packet of pop rocks and then drank a soda. well, instead of popping around harmlessly in his mouth, the combination of the things caused little Mikey's stomach to explode.
 
Hrmph. Kids always ruin the fun things. Mikey probably was one of the kids who ate crazy foam too.
 
Well, Is It True?
Not at all.
 
Firstly, Mikey? Well, he's actually John Gilchrist and is very much alive, and reprised the role of Mikey in commercials in the 80s and again in 2000.
 
Secondly, the combination? It's not fatal. How do I know this? Well, see this message?
Okay, just posting this to mark a time. I'll explain why later.
 

Well, that was me noting the time where I ate a packet of pop rocks (which are still for sale. There's even a Halloween flavored pack out right now.) and then drank the can of soda shown in the blurry photo above.  Since then I've consumed another pack (the very icky blue raspberry flavored one and drank 2 additional carbonated beverages. Still no exploded stomach.
 
Don't believe me?  How about Adam and Jaime instead?
http://www.youtube.com/v/93vjY9RY4-k?version=3
 
Their conclusion? You'd need to drink roughly six sodas one after the other after the other and have stomach filled with baking soda, rather than pop rocks, before you'd have a chance of your stomach exploding. So, they're safe to consume, other than dealing with the dubious nutritional value of the combo.
 
However....
 
While it won't kill you, the combo can hurt. No, not in the stomach. This is a much easier thing to reconstruct. Take a packet of Pop Rocks. Empty into mouth. Then drink soda. Now, this won't kill you, but the rocks will be rather accelerated by the soda and as a result, it'll feel like popcorn is popping inside your mouth.
 
It's not a pleasant experience.
 
Random Notes
These days when people combine candy and soda, they'll usually combine mentos with diet soda. It provides a much more visual, and non-legendary, response.
 
http://www.youtube.com/v/LjbJELjLgZg?version=3
 FYI- pop rocks are also very nucleated, but they don't do this if you pour them into a soda.
 
Up Next
Nothing! It's over! Thanks all!
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Smoky on October 31, 2012, 06:14:25 PM
Fun countdown, Compound. Thanks!

Here was my list:

25. Humans can lick too (She thought it was her dog licking her hand and went back to sleep; in the morning she found the note written in blooood)

24. Walt Disney Was Cryogenically Frozen (Enough said)

23. Three Men and a Baby Ghost (in the movie.. maybe real?)

22. The Spider Cactus (Somebody orders a special cactus which shakes and rumbles and finally explodes with spiders)

21. Captain Kangaroo Curses Out Kids ("That oughta hold the little bastards")

20. Skinned Tom (He cheated with married lady and her boyfriend skinned him and now he haunts the area looking for his own victims)

19. Deadly Snakes are In Kids' Ball Play Pits (fun times)

18. Kidney Theives (People waking up in bathtubs of ice with note "call ambulance now or you will die" was all over the news, then apparently wasn't real)

17. Paul is Dead (The Beatles)

16. Pop Rocks and Soda Made Mikey's Stomach Explode (The kid from the Life's cereal commercials)

15. The Spider Hairdo (A woman finds spiders have laid eggs in her beehive, and they all come crawling out)

14.   Old Lady Needing Ride is Really Maniac (they find "her" weapon after the driver escapes...)

13. The Clown Statue (A Babysitter is unsettled by a creepy clown statue and mentions it on the phone to the parents... who tell her they don't HAVE a clown statue)

12. Scraping On Top The Car (Boyfriend got out for gas, girl started hearing scraping on the car, got out and saw boyfriend's dead body hanging above car with feet dangling on the roof)

11. Aren't YOu Glad You Didn't Turn On The Light? (Girl in college comes in and doesn't turn on the light then she finds the words painted in bloooood)

10. Tapeworm Cookie Cure (Put some cookies out for a tapeworm to crawl out and eat, when the worm comes out you bash it on the head with a hammer)

9. Alligators in the Sewer (They're living down there... this may be true, actually)

8. Explode Pillsbury Dough Package (Person hears loud pop in car, feels the back of their head and thinks their brains are falling out. Turns out their package of Pillsbury Dough exploded in the heat)

7. The Devil's Tower, NJ (Walk or drive around it backwards and the devil or a ghost appears)

6. The Vanishing Hitchhiker (Someone gives a ride and the hitcher dissapears)

5. Bloody Mary (Say it three times in a mirror and she appears)

4. High Beams (There's someone in your back seat!)

3. Girl Who Stood on A Grave (On a bet, and told to plunge knife into earth to prove she was there. She plunged the knife through her jacket and died of fright)

2. The Babysitter (Call Is Coming From Inside The House)

1. The Hook (Found it on the car's door handle)

I chose not include paranormal stories or generally stories with real names and claims attached, as I think of those as mysteries (even The Jersey Devil) and not really "urban legends").


Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: MerryWanna on October 31, 2012, 06:29:37 PM
Great Job!  :clap:


Gracias.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Darth Geek on October 31, 2012, 06:32:19 PM
Really enjoyed this list. Great writeups.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: MerryWanna on October 31, 2012, 06:33:44 PM
(http://www.erowid.org/chemicals/lsd/images/archive/lsd_blotter_ap_felix-blue_sm.jpg)

///licks screen///
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 31, 2012, 08:37:49 PM
Great list and great write-ups.  Here's my list.  Lots of Japanese stuff that I ended up putting on the list just by doing research (though some I was previously familiar with).  I don't know what it is about Japan, but they love ghost stories and such.  In fact, I forgot the Japanese legend that if you hear 100 ghost stories, you'll live one yourself.

1. Bloody Mary
2. The Calls are Coming from Inside the House
3. Dungeons and Dragons Madness
4. Unlucky Number 4 (Japan)
5. The Killer in the Backseat
6. And There, On the Handle, Was a Hook
7. The Vanishing Hitchhiker (particularly the young girl who takes the driver’s coat)

8. Hanako-San - She's a little ghost girl that haunts public toilets in Japan.  It's really just the Japanese equivalent of Bloody Mary.
9. The Dungarvon Whooper - This is a local one, but I think it fits with "old legend" more than urban.  Sure it is a 20th century legend, but it probably takes place a century prior Still, I needed to put it one.  Basically, a cook at a lumber camp is murdered by his boss and I guess scares his murderer with whooping sounds.  This is what a Canadian would consider haunting. 
10. The Men in Black - I liked the first movie, but even without a franchise I like them as the villain.  I did manage to photograph one.
(http://www.collegesurfing.com/articleimages/tinyupload/canada/alex-trebek.jpg)
11. Area 51 - No takers?
12. The Red Room - It's an internet Pop-up or website or something that either kills you or compels you to kills your self.  In one story, a person paints their room in their own blood.
13. Unlucky Number 13 - How did this not get picked?
14. The Jersey Devil
15. Jinmenken - This is a new one to me, but I already love it.  In most Japanese ghost stories, the spirit just wants to kill you.  But this is a human faced dog that can run as fast as a car, but will either not talk to you or just say leave me alone.  I love this guy!
(http://www.cryptomundo.com/wp-content/uploads/human_faced_dog_61.jpg)
16. The Mothman
17. Aka Manto - Translated as the Red Mantle Basically a handsome masked ghost in a sort of Phantom of the Opera vein who visits you when you are on the can in a public toilet.  For some reason, Japanese ghosts attack people on the shitter.  I guess it's a vulnerability thing, but while it has less dignity than the shower, it is a good place to get scared.  Anyway, he asks you if you want a red vest or a blue one and either rips the skin off your back or suffocates you, depending on the answer.
(http://45.img.v4.skyrock.net/9493/70599493/pics/3103133009_1_3_GZqewydr.jpg)
"I'm waiting for you to poo!"
18. Backmasking Brainwash
19. The Chupacabra
20. Bigfoot
21. The Secret Messages of The Shining (Re: the documentary Room 237)
22. The Moon Landing Never Happened
23. MacBeth Curse
24. Kids Dying/Going to Dangerous Places to Meet Cartoon Characters Not a big fan, but it did repeat in my childhood.  These days people are just replacing Ninja Turtles in the Sewer with Spongebob in the Ocean.  Good to know some things are still the same.
25. Pop Rocks and Coke
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: BBQ Platypus on November 01, 2012, 04:38:00 AM
Welp, here's mine.

1.   Phil Collins drowning story ("In the Air Tonight")
2.   Up + B (and other variants), Pokemon Red & Blue
3.   Pop Rocks and Coke
4.   Jimmy Hoffa in Giants Stadium
5.   "Mother Upduff" (Grandma dies on car trip, they stuff her on the roof, car gets stolen)
6.   Polybius
7.   Mew cheat code, Pokemon

8.   Fan death (Korea) - Can't believe this one didn't make the list. It's a great urban legend.  In the event you haven't heard of it, it's a widespread belief in South Korea that leaving a fan on in a room while you sleep can kill you.  All fans sold in South Korea come with timers because of it.
9.   Washington Avenue Bridge, Minneapolis. Talk to any U of M student or alum who's crossed it late at night. If haunted places exist - and I don't think they do - there's no way that place isn't.
10. Pokemon Creepy Black - Not the creepypasta itself, obviously, but I heard similar rumors of a foreign bootleg where you can kill Pokemon as a kid.
11. Mr. Rogers was a sniper in Vietnam
12. Dead body under the mattress
13. The Brown Note
14. Paul is dead
15. Gators in the sewer
16. Walt Disney was cryogenically frozen
17. Spring-heeled Jack
18. Backmasked satanic messages

19. The water-powered car
20. Bigfoot sightings
21. Bloody Mary
22. Roswell conspiracy

23. Guy gets jumped, wakes up without one of his kidneys
24. McDonald's burgers contain cow eyeballs
25. Obama is a secret Muslim sleeper agent
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Tripe on November 01, 2012, 05:00:25 AM
Yes great count-down; despite the small number of submissions it turned iut to be one of the most entertaining ones we've had. :)

I'll post my list in a bit, when I can get to a computer.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Tripe on November 01, 2012, 05:55:30 AM
Here we go:

1.   Nain Rouge (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nain_Rouge)
2.   Beast of Bodmin (http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/viewarticle.php?id=37)
3.   Marilyn Manson’s Wonder Years (http://www.snopes.com/music/artists/marilyn.asp)
4.   Size 16 (http://www.snopes.com/movies/actors/mmdress.asp)
5.   One for Dan Brown (http://www.snopes.com/glurge/lastsupper.asp)
6.   [urlk=http://www.snopes.com/cokelore/tadpole.aspBite the Wax Tadpole[/url]
7.   Dinner of Grandma (http://www.snopes.com/horrors/cannibal/cremains.asp)
8.   Razor Blade Apples (http://www.snopes.com/horrors/mayhem/needles.asp)
9.   I’ll Drink To Them Tits! (http://www.snopes.com/business/origins/champagne.asp)
10.   Albert Einstein, Champion of Theism (http://www.snopes.com/religion/einstein.asp)
11.   Child Star Dies of Pop Rocks (http://snopes.com/horrors/freakish/poprocks.asp)
12.   Secret Sauce (http://snopes.com/horrors/food/tumor.asp)
13.   The Detroit Liger (http://www.privatjokr.com/index.php/thoughts/the_liger)
14.   Spring-heeled Jack (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spring-heeled_Jack)
15.   Snake Pit Fun Place (http://www.snopes.com/critters/snakes/ballpit.asp)
16.   Buzzed on the Rag (http://www.snopes.com/risque/kinky/vodka.asp)
17.   Triporary Tattoo (http://www.snopes.com/horrors/drugs/bluestar.asp)
18.   Got to Seize Them All (http://www.snopes.com/radiotv/tv/seizure.asp)
19.   Bill Campbell Gets a Big Gig (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_is_dead)
20.   Gene approves of this plot (http://www.snopes.com/movies/other/siskel.asp)
21.   Well, there you go again Louis (http://www.snopes.com/movies/films/reagan.asp)
22.   Three Men, A Baby and a Disembodied Spectre (http://www.snopes.com/movies/films/3menbaby.asp)
23.   Keep Your Fork Phil (http://www.snopes.com/embarrass/celebrity/keepfork.asp)
24.   Frankly My Dear, I don’t do time (http://www.snopes.com/movies/actors/gable2.asp)
25.   Walking Eagle (http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/eagle.asp)

Notes:

13: Sorry for the crappiness of the link, people around here still talk about this and yet I can't seem to find a good version of the story online at all. Also, with 8% of my list being ABC (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phantom_cat) stories, I'm obviously fond of the big snarling moggies, I really need to stop putting out fire with gasoline I really do.

16: I suppose I could also have done Rainbow Parties; there are a number of parental scare stories that bubble to the surface that seem to have been thought up by this guy:
(http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb319/TripeHoundRedux/creepy-old-man.jpg)

18: This, until the count-down, was the only Pokemon Urban Legend I'd ever heard of; it's a classic panic, right out of  Mackay.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on November 01, 2012, 01:01:21 PM

16: I suppose I could also have done Rainbow Parties; there are a number of parental scare stories that bubble to the surface that seem to have been thought up by this guy:


Rainbow parties is the "girls wearing different color lipstick and then, ahem, 'mark' the members of their conquests with them" correct? I could have combined that with the "jelly wrist bands" for a "Pre-teens gone wild" entry.

Oh, still alive, BTW. The pop rocks have yet to kill me.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Tripe on November 01, 2012, 01:12:24 PM
Rainbow parties is the "girls wearing different color lipstick and then, ahem, 'mark' the members of their conquests with them" correct?
That's the one: "Parents, is your tween daughter doing this? Our a fair sight more than slightly scary line producer would like to know"

Jelly wristbands?
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on November 01, 2012, 03:14:10 PM
Rainbow parties is the "girls wearing different color lipstick and then, ahem, 'mark' the members of their conquests with them" correct?
That's the one: "Parents, is your tween daughter doing this? Our a fair sight more than slightly scary line producer would like to know"

Jelly wristbands?

These:
(http://www.raymondgeddes.com/sswebsite/images/item_images/68729A_F.JPG)

Late 90s fad (if I remember the time frame correctly) that weren't just "kids like that they're brightly colored and inexpensive." No, the various colors show what activities they are willing to do. And if a guy manages to break the band then she's forced to do that for him.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Pak-Man on November 01, 2012, 03:50:29 PM
Man, the world that out-of-touch adults live in is SO much more interesting than reality. I can't wait until my son is old enough for me to imagine a whole dark, seedy, underbelly for him to attend every day.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: MerryWanna on November 01, 2012, 07:02:27 PM
Rainbow parties is the "girls wearing different color lipstick and then, ahem, 'mark' the members of their conquests with them" correct?
That's the one: "Parents, is your tween daughter doing this? Our a fair sight more than slightly scary line producer would like to know"

Jelly wristbands?

These:
(http://www.raymondgeddes.com/sswebsite/images/item_images/68729A_F.JPG)

Late 90s fad (if I remember the time frame correctly) that weren't just "kids like that they're brightly colored and inexpensive." No, the various colors show what activities they are willing to do. And if a guy manages to break the band then she's forced to do that for him.

That's a lot of colours there.  I can think of a lot of kinky activities kids might be into, but has anyone ever listed what the colours were supposed to mean?

I think this was just a misinterpretation of something that IS true, at least in the Bay Area: anyone wearing a rainbow-spectrum set of these is generally an "out" gay, bi or lesbian - or wants people to think they are.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: MerryWanna on November 01, 2012, 07:05:17 PM
I don't need to post my list: if it had to do with snakes or drugs, it was there.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 01, 2012, 07:31:06 PM
Drugs are liked by that... forum member.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Tripe on November 01, 2012, 07:32:54 PM
I don't need to post my list: if it had to do with snakes or drugs, it was there.

Wait, you like drugs?
God, the things you learn about people in the list o'craps eh?

I vaguely remember the bracelet thing now it's been described, so that and the lipstick thing could have gone under the umbrella title of Whorin' Rainbow I suppose.

I can't wait until my son is old enough for me to imagine a whole dark, seedy, underbelly for him to attend every day.
Yeah but he has the wrong set of equipment; the real imaginative muscle is put into cum coming up with nasty fictional behaviours young girls get up to, it's pretty sexy...sexist, sexist!
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Compound on November 01, 2012, 11:02:47 PM

That's a lot of colours there.  I can think of a lot of kinky activities kids might be into, but has anyone ever listed what the colours were supposed to mean?


Actually, yes. The emails/memos warned of those:

(Really Snopes? You won't let me cut and paste? Weasels.)

Yellow: Hugging
Purple: Kissing
Red: Lap Dance
Blue: Oral Sex
Black: Intercourse

I think either green or orange stood for "do my homework."
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: D.B. Barnes on November 01, 2012, 11:09:51 PM

That's a lot of colours there.  I can think of a lot of kinky activities kids might be into, but has anyone ever listed what the colours were supposed to mean?


Actually, yes. The emails/memos warned of those:

(Really Snopes? You won't let me cut and paste? Weasels.)

Yellow: Hugging
Purple: Kissing
Red: Lap Dance
Blue: Oral Sex
Black: Intercourse

I think either green or orange stood for "do my homework."

I always thought yellow meant you were into water sports, and brown essentially said "I'd be totally cool with you taking a dump on my chest."

No? Okay.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: MerryWanna on November 01, 2012, 11:45:17 PM

That's a lot of colours there.  I can think of a lot of kinky activities kids might be into, but has anyone ever listed what the colours were supposed to mean?


Actually, yes. The emails/memos warned of those:

(Really Snopes? You won't let me cut and paste? Weasels.)

Yellow: Hugging
Purple: Kissing
Red: Lap Dance
Blue: Oral Sex
Black: Intercourse



Oh, no wonder I got confused.  I was thinking "kinky".
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: MerryWanna on November 02, 2012, 05:36:38 AM
Drugs are liked by that... forum member.


I want to clear something up here. I apologise for the length, but this is important. (If a moderator wants to move this post to a new thread, I'll understand.)

Yes, I have an unusual relationship with drugs.  (I'm actually writing a memoir called The Girl Who Said Yes which tells the whole story, going back to me at age 4, living with what would be considered a perfectly normal, non-abusive, law-abiding upper-middle class Southern California suburban family.)  My parents are dead now, but I always loved them, and did not do Bad Things to "rebel" against them. I had other reasons.  I'd call it "instinctive love", because I knew I wanted to use certain drugs before I even knew what "drugs" were.

But now at age 47, let me make it clear that experience, both by self and by watching others for almost thirty years, that this love does not apply to ALL drugs. 

There are three I actually HATE: heroin, cocaine - particularly crack - and perhaps most of all, alcohol.  I never enjoyed drinking, save for maybe three or four occasions in four and a half years of college.  I hate the taste, smell and gastric affects of alcohol.  As time went on, I noticed the combination of alcohol and crack created people I literally would do anything to avoid spending five minutes with. (And since the music genre "crunk" apparently is created by and for people taking crack and getting drunk, I'm pretty unfond of THAT, too.)

Speed is one drug I have very mixed feelings about.  When new laws were passed which brought manufacture of this admittedly addictive drug (though not as permanently or damagingly as heroin) to begin using other ingredients to create it, and with so much panic-focus centered on it, the unprofessional meth-lab was born, creating flawed and poisonous speed that was not only worse for you than the real thing, it took away most of the positive elements of the drug, and created environmental hazards that the hippie in me recoils from. 

Few people realise how many people they know that are meth users: people who don't fit the profile, who don't have hillbilly teeth and wrinkles, that don't go psychotic. Many people started using it, often against their own true wishes, solely because when the economy went bad, they needed to work ridiculous hours to feed themselves and/or their families. Now, though, the stuff's so bad the money a user would put into it is taking away from the extra money they make because they're staying awake too many hours. (This would also happen in the pre-meth-lab days to people who just could not control their use, and who chose to smoke it or Gods forbid use the needle rather than just snort the powder.) And if they become discovered to be users, they end up losing their jobs, families and all that anyway. Eventually, those people generally end up in jail, and begin to "fit the profile".  Thus we have a fairly venomous hate for this substance running in most folks' minds.

Before all this happened the drug could sometimes control weight, help students keep up with their studies, and help writers with their craft (AS LONG AS they or someone else remembered to edit their work while sober!) But even in those better times, the after-effects of 'good' speed were still nasty and could interrupt Circadian rhythms enough to mess up health anyway, and so those who did control their use (a few still can, and do) HAVE to take long vacations from it to prevent their health from circling the drain. 

So at this point, I can't really say I like it anymore.  I once did...for a short while.

But it was marijuana and psychedelics which truly gave me my life - in one instance, I would say quite literally - and it was pot that cured me of a rare eating disorder now identified as 'cibophobia' which I had in childhood up until age 17.  All my doctors and my family were puzzled and worried by my inability to eat nutritious food, or much of anything else, since I was only three.  Even my mother had to change her mind about marijuana when she saw what it did for me, and later on, at least cautiously accepted LSD when she heard the whole story of what it did for me, and learned its inventor Albert Hoffman lived to be over 100 years old. 

These drugs, like any, licit or illicit, can be abused too, but they do not addict, and psychedelics even have a built-in anti-abuse quality, causing them to simply not work at all if a person continues to take them every day or even every week; they simply stop working and it's as if the user took nothing at all.

To say you like or hate drugs is like saying you like or hate animals, or plants, or places on Earth.  They are completely different. The US-based anti-drug offices are to blame for creating the idea that "medicine" is good, and "drugs" are bad - and that the former is good for you, but doesn't make you FEEL euphoric, and that the latter is automatically bad for you because "drugs" all have desireability in that they do produce some form of euphoria.

People who truly love their drugs of choice treat them with respect, and this means maintaining awareness of how much they use, why they use, and how much it costs them to use, both financially and physically...and then, using this knowledge to avoid abusing them, so they can go on enjoying that euphoria, but do so without harming themselves or others, at least as much as possible. They have to avoid making excuses for what they know in their hearts is improper use for them. And yes, it took me years to learn this, and some more to learn to practice it properly.

I love pot and LSD.  I have also gone years without using either.  The former, because I hadn't the money for it, and the latter for lack of availability. I look forward to those situations changing, and am glad I have the sober time under my belt because if they do, you can bet I'll be better off for it because of my unwanted abstinence.

I had an unusual situation, living in near autistic condition as a child, though no-one had labels like "Aspergers" and the like. (This one was not my problem - I think they call what I had/have "schizoaffectivity".) I don't know if all that means anything, and I don't trust licit drugs made to cure this, or cure depression, being that they ALL have side-effect lists reading exactly like lists of "Why To Avoid Taking Illegal Drugs". It should be known that SSRI antidepressants, while seldom producing actual relief of depression, are THEMSELVES physically addictive.  It is eerie, seeming almost like a conspiracy.  I avoid Paxil and Prozac and Zoloft like the plague.

But I'll close this with the following: if you're fortunate enough to truly enjoy life with no extraneous chemical assistance, thank who or whatever forces you believe in that this is the case, and continue to live your life clean and sober.  Like a diabetic who can't make insulin, it seems that some chemical in my own noggin didn't ever do what it was supposed to, and so for my whole life I was drawn to what cured that, or seemed to. I doubt there are many like me, but those who are need to stop hating themselves FIRST and remember to run TO a drug's effect, not FROM life's ass-pains into the comfort they might offer. That's when we begin to get in trouble, I think.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Tripe on November 02, 2012, 08:18:13 AM

That's a lot of colours there.  I can think of a lot of kinky activities kids might be into, but has anyone ever listed what the colours were supposed to mean?


Actually, yes. The emails/memos warned of those:

(Really Snopes? You won't let me cut and paste? Weasels.)

Yellow: Hugging
Purple: Kissing
Red: Lap Dance
Blue: Oral Sex
Black: Intercourse

I think either green or orange stood for "do my homework."
I like how it goes along a fairly logical progression of making out...and then there's Red. This list was thought up by somebody who never has sex but thinks an inordinate amount about having sex, and then scours their naughty parts with Bon Ami.

Oh and Merry, I worship Dionysus so I understand some of where you're coming from, because he's actually more a god of altered states than wine, it's just that wine was the way you got there most of the time through most of history. Many of the maenads I know live in your neck of the woods incidentally. :)
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Tripe on November 02, 2012, 09:51:22 AM
Real first names at least.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: MerryWanna on November 04, 2012, 05:44:08 PM
Oh and Merry, I worship Dionysus so I understand some of where you're coming from, because he's actually more a god of altered states than wine, it's just that wine was the way you got there most of the time through most of history. Many of the maenads I know live in your neck of the woods incidentally. :)

You've been posting to/with one of them all along - especially, now that things are getting better for me, even at my age I can still maenadify like the best and younger among them. I'm just in a cranky mood today (mentioned above) because I am annoyed about chores. (And even maenads have to do laundry, or else they gross out the dancers and the lovers and the trippers and even the drunken staggerers around them, sometimes!)

Also, my box keeps crashing, but prayers to Techgnosis fixed that up yet again.  It frankly, freakishly amazes me how often this actually does work - Techgnosis is one of the world's youngest Gods to make itself one of the lords of the whole planet in less than half a century! I have Great Respect for Techgnosis, but youth and all that power make this one of the Gods whose ass needs smooching a LOT if you want to curry favour. 
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: MerryWanna on November 04, 2012, 07:05:38 PM
That's rather silly to postulate a new god for the internet age. Athena was always the goddess of techne and artisans, so there's no reason to think she wouldn't still be in that framework.  Remember that she was birthed fully-grown from the mind (nous) of Zeus, so she's always had that intellectual aspect. Calling her the goddess of "wisdom" is kind of stupid shorthand for that.

Athena has a lot on her plate, already; besides, as you point out, she's been sort of mistranslated. 

Techgnosis is specifically about computer-based tech, not the 'tech' of earlier times.  My mythos has Techgnosis as the younger brother of Mechgnosis, or just "Mecha", the lord of Machines, source of the Modern World and beloved of steampunks and suchlike. 

Techgnosis must ride on the back of his older sibling, for the networks that are his domain could not exist without basic motors and generators of electricity.

I like dreaming up mythos.  There hasn't been much in the way of new ones lately except for that of H.P. Lovecraft, and the intricate complex joke-within-a-million-other-jokes world of the "Church of the SubGenius". 

Mine's sort of half joke and half (ir-) reality. So call it silly, if you will; it matters not.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Tripe on November 04, 2012, 07:11:30 PM
I should say I'm liking all of those last few posts because it's nice to have a discussion about religion that's not monotheism centred. :)

I like the creation of Gods, the theory found in Maya Deren's work and which forms the basis of the theological structure of the Discworld really. If gods exist, I think that's as close to an accurate description of how they come to be than anything else really.

Which is why I believe in the God Audition and the Prayer of Conan.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Tripe on November 04, 2012, 07:21:41 PM
I'm picturing a tiny god or goddess lying on the palm of Nike while she stand of the palm of Athena, Nike can be diddling that deity in the manner with which one fondles a smart phone. ;)
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: MerryWanna on November 04, 2012, 07:36:52 PM
I should say I'm liking all of those last few posts because it's nice to have a discussion about religion that's not monotheism centred. :)

I like the creation of Gods, the theory found in Maya Deren's work and which forms the basis of the theological structure of the Discworld really. If gods exist, I think that's as close to an accurate description of how they come to be than anything else really.

Which is why I believe in the God Audition and the Prayer of Conan.

Totally agree on EVERYTHING. Been told by about a dozen people I'd like Discworld, I've got to just up and hit my favourite used bookstore, which is in, of all places, Glen Park.  Stuff I couldn't find on Valencia Street, or up on Haight I'd find at this little place on Chenery Street. Surrounded by upscale hair salons and expensive cafes, it seems not to belong there, but it's been there forever.  Wish I could remember the name, it was always just 'that cool bookstore down there' when I lived with my ex two blocks up a rather steepish hill on Bemis Street.  He might have been the first of the dozen to recommend it, actually...

The God of Audition has not been kind to me lately - though this may be a hardware issue, I am frustrating my collaborative partner in Choronzon, because every time I try to "sing" the lyrics to the three "songs" on the album we're almost done with that need this aspect or it just would wreck the whole album and make it just another bunch of noise, without the important story it tells being communicated at all...Audition won't record a mic track, or even a mic sound file.  Have tried replacing mics, cords, using different versions, so now I am thinking my computer's audio card is malfing in some way.  It's confusing, since it has TWO sound cards, but neither work in REC mode.  I have gone absolutely nuts trying to fix this for almost half a year. The audio cards and system drivers and all that work just fine with both listening to things and recording using tracker programs like FL Studio, but do anything involving a mic, I get nothing.  Is this one or more of the sonically-oriented Muses trying to tell me something? Like, "YOU CAN'T SING.  Don't even try. It will offend us, so we won't LET you record this?"

Choronzon is the sort of project ("bands" play live; our East/West split makes this impossible) where it just doesn't matter if I can sing or not; Nico couldn't sing either, but I always loved her stuff. We take what we do as mostly playing for ourselves and our 'demigod' (I guess you'd say) anyway.  But man, I gotta solve this or I will go koo-koo.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Tripe on November 04, 2012, 07:40:05 PM
Bird and Beckett?

Ah, no, not the god of audition, he God Audition; trying out various gods to see if they've earned a little worship, and the tool for doing that is the Prayer of Conan. In the film it goes like this:

http://www.youtube.com/v/ZWEQiW2TYAM

Which basically breaks down to this:

Deity, we both know what this is, this is the thing I want please grant that to me, if you don't forget about you.

But if they do give you that, then your end of the bargain is to provide something to them by way of thanks (that varies depending on what the deity is I think).
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: Tripe on November 04, 2012, 07:52:51 PM
Yeah that works too but I like referencing Conan, especially since it's a parody of this (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Prayer_of_Jabez), at least the name.
Title: Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
Post by: MerryWanna on November 05, 2012, 06:59:06 PM
Bird and Beckett?

Ah, no, not the god of audition, he God Audition; trying out various gods to see if they've earned a little worship, and the tool for doing that is the Prayer of Conan. In the film it goes like this:

http://www.youtube.com/v/ZWEQiW2TYAM

Which basically breaks down to this:

Deity, we both know what this is, this is the thing I want please grant that to me, if you don't forget about you.

But if they do give you that, then your end of the bargain is to provide something to them by way of thanks (that varies depending on what the deity is I think).

Hahaha.  OK, got that.

I actually don't recognise any gods of software items - that's all covered by Techgnosis interfacing with whatever muse I'm dealing with - my comment was basically a joke. 

The Crom recitation is fairly congruent to my attitude when dealing with mythos entities. Since we create them (even if someone else named them ages ago) our belief in their reality is what causes the personification, becoming an interface with the force being dealt with.  I solved the faith question with "well, these mythos entities are real, because they're perceptions of my real neurons, and the real bioelectric current activating them - if nothing else.  As for the rest, since it can't be proved one way or another...'the hell with it', I'll give them the benefit of the doubt, since the doubt of the benefit doesn't do much but make life more boring than it needs to be. :-)"

As for what they want in return, it's mostly attention. They mostly just like to be noticed; though some are more attention-whores than others (Techgnosis, I'm looking at you when I say that!).  Personal guardian demon-demigods, like my Choronzon, also reap a little more than mere attention - but that's more like a mutual trade-off, since it sure doesn't drain my energy to commingle with it. When it happens, I swear people will smile at me out of the clear blue sky the next day, total strangers, who'd normally never even look at me.  Whatever this thing is, I like that I found it - or verse-vice-a.