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CatWoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 06:43 PM
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Urban Legends here!!! Get em while they're hot!!!!
Are you sick and tired of getting lame E-mail chain letters from your so-called "friends" that claim big prizes (like a trip to Disney World) if you just send the message to about 1,000 other people? Are you annoyed by fellow employees who spread ridiculous rumors at the water cooler every Monday morning?

A friend at work recently tried to inform me of a gang initiation rite that involved nave drivers flashing their headlights at cars and getting their heads blown off. I asked, "dont you think we would have read about this shocking incident in the local newspaper if it were true? Dont you believe it would be all over the 6 oclock news?" This dimwit just shook her head, "well I heard it from my cousin who heard it from her best friend. It must be true." So I had to break it to her. "Youve just been taken in by an urban legend, you stupid f__kin idiot!"

Therefore, as a public service, I have spent hours scouring the Internet, as well as reading numerous newspaper articles and books on these annoying tidbits that keep cropping up courtesy of our more gullible acquaintances. To my knowledge, none of the following "facts" has a grain of truth. Believe whatever you want, but dont feed me any more of your bullshit - I might just have to kick your ass...

http://www.altreel.com/conspiracy/Urban_Legends.html
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Amich Donating Member (235 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 06:46 PM
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1. I heard that one while I was down in Tucson back in 1997
It has been around a while. I just heard it again a few months ago back in Ohio.
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illini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 06:47 PM
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2. One of the local police departments actully sent out an advisory.
They believed an email about people being stuck by hypo needles attached to gas pump nozzles. It was hillarious.
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 06:55 PM
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3. Did you ever hear the one about the people on vacation
in Mexico who buy a cute little dog from a vendor only to get it back home and take it to the vet who tells them it's actually a large rat?
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goodboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 06:56 PM
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4. I"m sure the achilles-slashers were at the University of Akron...
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 07:05 PM
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5. yup here in northern il
a couple of years ago. it was gangs from the quad cities were driving up here to do this.
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Zomby Woof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 07:34 PM
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6. Here's mine
CatWoman is my little sister. :D
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salin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 07:37 PM
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7. can we make some up?
Let's open with:

My cousin's husband's sister new this lady who...
(add new urban legend details in snippets on this thread)
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salin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 07:49 PM
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9. was eating at a fancy restaurant
when she overheard the person at the next table talking on a cell phone...
(feel free to add on to create our own urban legend...)
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Elidor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 07:47 PM
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8. Police have orders to shoot any cat that walks on the Brooklyn Bridge
Edited on Sat Jan-29-05 07:47 PM by Hardhead
You see, the vibration from it's purring sets up a wave that bounces back and forth across the bridge until the stress brings down the whole bridge.

I've had people tell me this in all seriousness. It's nice how dumbfucks want for you to know how stupid they are right up front like that.
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fortyfeetunder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 08:02 PM
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10. Education is the key
Edited on Sat Jan-29-05 08:02 PM by fortyfeetunder
Every time I get one of these emails, and I sense it's an urban legend, I either google it, or surf about-urban legends and snopes.com to locate it.

If I am successful, I send it to the sender with the link and suggest, when they receive an email that sounds too bizarre to be true, check and see if it's an urban legend before forwarding it to a bunch of people.

Interestingly, most of the guilty email forwarders do thank me.

edit: silly me forgot to spell check.
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