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Topic: Which urban legend have YOU heard the most?
Message: Posted by: stoneunhinged (Sep 25, 2012 09:03AM)
I guess it's understandable, since I'm an American living in Germany, but most of you could hardly imagine how often I've heard the, "If it weren't for a single vote, German would be the official language of the United States."

I may not hear it weekly, but I hear it several times a year, and from people in all walks of life. Basically, probably millions of Germans are familiar with this one, and probably most of them believe it.

So what about y'all?
Message: Posted by: spookyone (Sep 25, 2012 12:00PM)
Most of the urban legends that I hear the most are those horrible email "warnings" with the "man in the backseat" style motif. Usually, it's the old one that feeds on female paranoia that there's a man after them, like some stranger hiding under their cars at the gas station and slashing their heels or something. Though I've noticed in the past 5 years that these types of ULs have significantly decreased for whatever reason.
Message: Posted by: jugglestruck (Sep 25, 2012 04:24PM)
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On 2012-09-25 10:03, stoneunhinged wrote:
I guess it's understandable, since I'm an American living in Germany, but most of you could hardly imagine how often I've heard the, "If it weren't for a single vote, German would be the official language of the United States."

I may not hear it weekly, but I hear it several times a year, and from people in all walks of life. Basically, probably millions of Germans are familiar with this one, and probably most of them believe it.

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That's really funny, I always thought there was some truth to this!!!!
Message: Posted by: stoneunhinged (Sep 28, 2012 08:04AM)
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On 2012-09-25 17:24, jugglestruck wrote:
That's really funny, I always thought there was some truth to this!!!!
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I guess that it's not only the Germans who would like to think that English is basically a foreign language to Americans.
Message: Posted by: jugglestruck (Sep 30, 2012 04:40PM)
Interesting. I have just been reading up on the basis of the rumour and this seems to be the bottom line;

On reflection, it is ridiculous to think that German might have become the official language of the US. At no time in its early history was the percentage of Germans in the United States ever higher than about ten percent, with most of that concentrated in one state: Pennsylvania. Even in that state, at no time did the number of German-speaking inhabitants ever exceed one-third of the population. Any claim that German might have become the main language of Pennsylvania in the 1790s, when over 66 percent of the population spoke English, is absurd.
Message: Posted by: Wravyn (Sep 30, 2012 05:18PM)
Perhaps it deals with what happened in WWII? What would have happened if the USA had not been brought into the war? A.H. was very influential... if he wasn't, he would have never made it to dictator.
Message: Posted by: jugglestruck (Nov 2, 2012 05:59PM)
I think the rumour started pre WW2.
Message: Posted by: joey (Mar 3, 2013 07:35PM)
Most people as recently up to today think mostly due to the movie houdini with tony curtis, that houdini died in his water torture illusion upside down. Not knowing the real story due to an unsuspected punch in the stomache from a mcgill student and amateur boxer,after a show in monreal,on theway to detroit for more shows he had an peritonitis resulting from appendicitis in Detroit, Michigan,hospital halloween night May 1926 in hospital
Message: Posted by: Bob1Dog (Mar 6, 2013 10:30PM)
I've also heard that the appendix might have ruptured because of several blows he took to the stomach a few days earlier in some kind of test of abdominal strength. He had apparently been suffering from appendicitus during this pummeling and some think it may have caused the rupture.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Houdini
Message: Posted by: Bob1Dog (Mar 6, 2013 10:38PM)
In keeping with OP topic, it's difficult to say which urban legend I've heard the most in my time on the planet, but it seems I've heard a million things that Coca Cola is good for. (exaggerating a bit)

For those of you who aren't familiar with http://www.snopes.com it's a great web site for the proof or not as the case may be, of urban legends and other such trivia. Perhaps snopes has been discussed here before, I'm a newcomer to this forum.
Message: Posted by: jugglestruck (Mar 7, 2013 06:09AM)
What! Coca cola isn't good for you? That's crazy talk.............
Message: Posted by: Bob1Dog (Mar 8, 2013 11:33PM)
Six to twelve cans of the Real Thing every day for years will undoubtedly lead to type 2 diabetes. My brother is living proof. That said, when I was in the US military back in the late sixies, we used Coke to scrub the showers down to get rid of soap scum in preparation for inspection. It worked.
Message: Posted by: jugglestruck (May 15, 2013 03:52PM)
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On 2013-03-09 00:33, Bob1Dog wrote:
Six to twelve cans of the Real Thing every day for years will undoubtedly lead to type 2 diabetes. My brother is living proof.
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Which is the reason why I haven't touched a sugary drink for 15 years...
Message: Posted by: Adam Fraise (May 24, 2013 08:56AM)
One of my favourites - a radio conversation at sea;

Americans: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the North to avoid a Collision.
Canadians: Recommend you divert YOUR course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.
Americans: This is the Captain of a US Navy ship. I say again, divert YOUR course.
Canadians: No. I say again, you divert YOUR course.
Americans: This is the aircraft carrier USS Lincoln, the second largest ship in the United States' Atlantic fleet. We are accompanied by three destroyers, three cruisers and numerous support vessels. I demand that YOU change your course 15 degrees north, that's one five degrees north, or countermeasures will be undertaken to ensure the safety of this ship.
Canadians: This is a lighthouse. Your call.

Sadly the US Navy has said that this is an urban legend and never happened.
Message: Posted by: stevemorton (Jun 17, 2013 11:07AM)
Adam's is one of my favourites too. I've found it from many nationalities, I think the earliest I heard it involved an English tanker and a Scottish lighthouse.
Other favourites; The Choking Doberman. Doesn't matter about the breed of dog, but its owners come home to find the dog gasping and choking. They prize its jaws open, and fishing about extract a couple of fingers (human). Searching the house they find the, bereft of fingers, would be burglar hiding in a cupboard.
Measuring the depth of a well using a goat. A person is crossing a field and sees a deep hole in the ground. Wants to know the depth of this hole so looks around for a stone to throw down it. There isn't a stone, but there is a metal spike nearby. So, pulls the spike out of the ground, and throws it down the hole. Now attached to the spike is a chain, and attached to the chain is a rope, and attached to the rope is a goat. Oops!
Back to the cleaning properties of Coke (which are great), if someone made fizzy oven cleaner, would you drink it?
Steve
Message: Posted by: jugglestruck (Jun 18, 2013 05:28AM)
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On 2013-06-17 12:07, stevemorton wrote:
if someone made fizzy oven cleaner, would you drink it?
Steve
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:)
Message: Posted by: Pomyles (Sep 11, 2013 04:03AM)
The hamster under the carpet is a very funny one and well know legend. Do you know it ?
Message: Posted by: jugglestruck (Sep 11, 2013 01:33PM)
No....do tell.
Message: Posted by: theconjuror (Sep 21, 2013 05:53PM)
More recently its been about Jackie Chan being dead..
Message: Posted by: jugglestruck (Sep 27, 2013 02:21AM)
Good 'ol FB!
Message: Posted by: Makus (Sep 29, 2013 01:19PM)
Being a medicine doctor in Italy, I've heard more than once the three following urban legends (I do not know if they are restricted to Italy, or have a worldwide distribution):

1) A biker has an accident. The paramedics arrive with the ambulance, and when the helmet is removed, the head of the poor biker splits exactly in two parts;

2) Two lovers (not very young) remain interlaced during sexual intercourse, and must be brought "linked together" with an ambulance to the hospital;

3) A young man finds a beautiful girl, and after a night of love, the girl is gone and in the mirror is written with red lipstic: "Welcome in the world of Aids".
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This last is a very old one: the first two are rather common!
Message: Posted by: jugglestruck (Oct 1, 2013 11:41AM)
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3) A young man finds a beautiful girl, and after a night of love, the girl is gone and in the mirror is written with red lipstic: "Welcome in the world of Aids".
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This last is a very old one: the first two are rather common!
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It can't be THAT old.... :)
Message: Posted by: Makus (Oct 1, 2013 11:56AM)
You are right... :) But probably it was the first urban legend I've heard in my life in the 80s, from a young woman who studied at the Uni! It's awasome to notice how these urban legends are told around by people who have some instructional basis and education!
Message: Posted by: jugglestruck (Oct 4, 2013 01:47PM)
I hear what you're saying. Around us it is common belief in schools that teachers can't apply plasters to cuts on children as it is evidence that they touched them. The Welsh Assembly had to write an official statement saying this was not true.
Message: Posted by: bowers (Dec 23, 2013 04:21PM)
We have a site not too far from me
called booger holler where a young girl
was klled by a car.If you go there and stop at
the bottom of the hill and put your car in neutral
Your car will roll up the hill.And they say if you sprinkle
baby powder on the trunk of the car you will see hand print's
of the girl where she pushed the car up the hill.
Todd
Message: Posted by: Gumar Oz DuBar (Dec 27, 2013 04:34PM)
Alligators (or crocodiles depending on the version) living in abundance in the sewer systems.

I've heard that all my life.
Message: Posted by: James FX (Jan 1, 2014 11:29AM)
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On 2013-12-27 17:34, Gumar Oz DuBar wrote:
Alligators (or crocodiles depending on the version) living in abundance in the sewer systems.

I've heard that all my life.
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I've heard this too, does anyone know if there's any truth to it?
Message: Posted by: Gumar Oz DuBar (Jan 1, 2014 01:31PM)
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On 2014-01-01 12:29, James FX wrote:
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On 2013-12-27 17:34, Gumar Oz DuBar wrote:
Alligators (or crocodiles depending on the version) living in abundance in the sewer systems.

I've heard that all my life.
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I've heard this too, does anyone know if there's any truth to it?
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My third grade teacher, when I asked, said, "no". Don't know how legitimate or credible a source she is, but I'm inclined to agree with her.
Message: Posted by: jugglestruck (Jan 6, 2014 10:25AM)
I have it on "good" authority that there is no truth to the crocodile/sewer story - I wait to be proved wrong.
Message: Posted by: George Hunter (Jan 11, 2014 11:43AM)
At every camp I attended as a boy, we were duly warned about the salt peter in the Caféteria food.

George
Message: Posted by: jugglestruck (Jan 13, 2014 04:34PM)
A friend told me a few weeks back that if a contact lens gets behind the eyeball the body will absorb it and pass it through the flesh until it finally exits the skin via a blister.
Message: Posted by: weepinwil (Jan 18, 2014 06:56AM)
The farting cadaver... oh wait, that isn't a legend, that is true.
Message: Posted by: weepinwil (Jan 18, 2014 07:04AM)
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On 2013-09-29 14:19, Makus wrote:
Being a medicine doctor in Italy, I've heard more than once the three following urban legends (I do not know if they are restricted to Italy, or have a worldwide distribution):

1) A biker has an accident. The paramedics arrive with the ambulance, and when the helmet is removed, the head of the poor biker splits exactly in two parts;

2) Two lovers (not very young) remain interlaced during sexual intercourse, and must be brought "linked together" with an ambulance to the hospital;

3) A young man finds a beautiful girl, and after a night of love, the girl is gone and in the mirror is written with red lipstic: "Welcome in the world of Aids".
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This last is a very old one: the first two are rather common!
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I volunteer as an EMT and number 1 is fairly common, although may not be exactly in half. That's why we call motor cycle helmets brain buckets.

Never had number 2 happen exactly like that but picked up a woman with a lost vibrator inside her. Since the only thing we pull out of there is babies we transported her and let the doctor figure it out.
Message: Posted by: weepinwil (Jan 18, 2014 07:05AM)
I had a teacher that said chewing gum would make you go blind. She wore glasses so I thought she should know.
Message: Posted by: Nuker (Jan 21, 2014 05:17PM)
I've heard variations of this in a number of cities in Canada and the US. Always a guy who did it though :)

So I heard this guy was in building X (the building changes with the city) on the 40th floor and was bragging about how the windows were shatterproof and he would run up to one and bounce off just to scare everyone. One day he tried that in front of some new interns and the window shattered outwards and he fell to his death.

It always sounds plausible because you name a building, say it happened about 5-10 years ago etc. That's how these urban legends seem to work. You're never really sure and you end up checking into it online..... just in case ....
Message: Posted by: jugglestruck (Feb 1, 2014 04:11PM)
I remember hearing the window story (a long time ago) and believing it...
Message: Posted by: alergy (Sep 8, 2014 06:13AM)
[quote]On Sep 25, 2012, spookyone wrote:
Most of the urban legends that I hear the most are those horrible email "warnings" with the [b]"man in the backseat" style motif.[/b] Usually, it's the old one that feeds on female paranoia that there's a man after them, like some stranger hiding under their cars at the gas station and slashing their heels or something. Though I've noticed in the past 5 years that these types of ULs have significantly decreased for whatever reason. [/quote]

Men hiding in the backseat?
News from 5th September 2014
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Message: Posted by: jugglestruck (Sep 19, 2014 03:35PM)
Blimey, poor bloke, it makes you realise just how good we have got it over here.
Message: Posted by: Intrepid (Oct 2, 2014 06:40AM)
A favorite of kids near Baltimore was "Black Aggie." On a dare a college student accepted the challenge of sitting on the statues lap at midnight. He was found dead the next day in the arms of the statute.
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Aggie
Message: Posted by: bbeishline (May 10, 2016 02:15PM)
At work some guys were recently discussing how Mr. Rogers was a military sniper before his career as Mr. Rogers, and that he always wore long sleeves to cover up the military sniper bad ass tattoos on his arms. I'd heard that before and knew it was an urban myth, and pointed them to snopes. Some of them really thought it was true.
Message: Posted by: galerius (Jun 11, 2016 01:18PM)
When I was a boy, back in seventies, coke was rumored to have strong acid properties...I remember some telling that leaving a coin in a glass of coke a whole night, this would have completely dissolved the object. Prolly is this one the 'legend' I heard the most.
Then I heard at least a couple of times the classic story of ghost hitchhiker, regularly a girl...
Message: Posted by: Blaine G (Jul 16, 2016 07:25PM)
[quote]On Jan 21, 2014, Nuker wrote:
I've heard variations of this in a number of cities in Canada and the US. Always a guy who did it though :)

So I heard this guy was in building X (the building changes with the city) on the 40th floor and was bragging about how the windows were shatterproof and he would run up to one and bounce off just to scare everyone. One day he tried that in front of some new interns and the window shattered outwards and he fell to his death.

It always sounds plausible because you name a building, say it happened about 5-10 years ago etc. That's how these urban legends seem to work. You're never really sure and you end up checking into it online..... just in case .... [/quote]


It happened in toronto in the TD Center when I worked for the Bank
http://www.snopes.com/horrors/freakish/window.asp