25 Most Popular Urban Legends Still Being Told

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Too Good to Be True: The Colossal Book of Urban Legends

“If you enjoy these too-good-to-be-true tales, Brunvand’s new book will give you hours of pleasure.”—Chicago Tribune

A fabulously entertaining book from the ultimate authority on those almost believable tales that always happen to a “friend of a friend.” Alligators in the sewers? A pet in the microwave? A tragic misunderstanding of the function of cruise control? No, it didn’t really happen to your friend’s sister’s neighbor: it’s an urban legend. And no matter how savvy you think you are, you are sure to find in this collection of over 200 tales at least one story you would have sworn was true. Jan Harold Brunvand has been collecting and studying this modern folklore for over twenty years. In Too Good to Be True he captures the best stories in their best retellings, along with their latest variations and examples of how the stories have changed as they move from person to person and place to place. To help you find your favorite, Brunvand has arranged the tales thematically. “Bringing Up Baby” is full of episodes of child-rearing gone wrong, including the grisly tale of the drugged out baby-sitter who mistakes the kid for a turkey. “Funny Business” showcases stories of infamous lapses in customer service, such as the story of the shockingly expensive chocolate chip cookie recipe. And “The Criminal Mind” features both brilliant –if they were real –scams, as well as the purported antics of the less mentally gifted. Whether you want to become an expert debunker or just have plenty of laughs, this book will surprise and entertain you. Illustrated throughout.

“Informative and entertaining…. Brunvand has collected more than 200 of the most-repeated and best-known examples of modern folk-myth.”—Tampa Tribune “[N]ot only an entertaining anthology, but an excellent introduction to the study of folklore itself.”—Publishers Weekly “A fun read… . All the classics are here from the killer upstairs to the Kentucky Fried Rat.”—New City “Resonant stories that express our hidden anxieties … make us laugh, [or] arouse our fascinated horror.”—San Francisco Chronicle Book Review “Informative and entertaining… . Brunvand has collected more than 200 of the most-repeated and best-known examples of modern folk-myth.”—Tampa Tribune “[N]ot only an entertaining anthology, but an excellent introduction to the study of folklore itself.”—Publishers Weekly 70 b/w illustrations

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  1. Laraine Murray /

    13 and 7 are from supernatural “hook man”

  2. WixkedLovy /

    For number 20, that doesn’t really prove he’s not frozen just because a certificate says he was cremated. People make those all the time, plus it actually makes it more suspicious that they put that because no one goes looking for a body when someones cremated.

  3. dynamite9421 /

    ive heard the drip drip story before it is so fake

  4. Bradley Jones /

    10
    was made before twin towers

  5. Michael Ni /

    #15 is creepy as hell :(

  6. Michael Ni /

    OH SHIT

    #14’s even worse

  7. Michael Ni /

    #5

    …

  8. Allison McHi /

    so that’s what bloody mary looks like….

  9. Honey Fern /

    I’ve made a character that can easily look like Bloody Mary. Her name is Fox Pawprint in my creepypasta Lullaby For A Cursed Mew

  10. TheVanillaWood /

    What I did:

    1. Clicked on video
    2. Paused at 1 sec
    3. Looked at comments
    4. Left

  11. MrrSquishie /

    What about the hash slinging slasher

  12. LadyIkoYumeoftheeast /

    also with part of #1, that is where the name “graveyard shift” came from. back then, when they buried somebody, they would hire somebody to sit outside all night to listen for the bell and if moved, the person could quickly start digging up for the person inside the coffin.

  13. Anya Luckenbill /

    humans can lick too

  14. dicks mclong /

    number 15 was the plot to a movie a few years ago.

  15. Emily Bidstrup /

    Thanks for scaring the crap out of me

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  17. MattxYuuki /

    I dunno I found it pretty fucking hilarious to think of a midget standing in the corner of my room after trying to live there, like “oh, shit. uhhh”

  18. Shadai thomas /

    Im only 13 when i saw # 14 i dont think i ever wanna drive

  19. Nathan Corneliusen /

    I LOVE all these except the bloody mary

  20. molglo2003 /

    Why r people watching YouTube at 1:00 Am!?!?

  21. Nathan Corneliusen /

    Im 12 and I think you mean 16

  22. molglo2003 /

    My friend sophie told me 14 differant she said: A blind woman got a guid dog and every night she put her hand down for the dog to lick, one night the dog didnt lick, a woman did, and when she woke up in the morning the dog was dead and the words “humans can lick too…” was on the mirror in blood

  23. MrNomisdk /

    no ofens but the Berliner is danish

  24. Cara Holmes /

    the jedi religion i think is true now the army allows you to put jedi as you religion and it is out on your dog tags several friends of my husband have them

  25. xGEOFade /

    psh, who needs sleep

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