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S based on modern technology such as the classic microwaved pet and yarns that have been making the urban legend circuit for decades such as the solid cement Cadillac story which can be traced back to the s at least involving a cement truck driver who spies a new Cadillac convertible in his Good to Be PDF #201 driveway and his wife talking to some strange man He dumps his load of concrete on the Cadillac but later discovers the stranger was a car dealer and the car was to be a gift from his wife one she'd spent years saving her pennies for The stories are grouped by subject including Dog Tales and Just Desserts Sexcapades and Losing Face There are baby stories and work stories criminal tales and college anecdotes plus stories of mistaken identity human natur. A great collection of stories that we all heard happened to a friend of someone we know funny how none of these accounts are ever first hand Multiple topics are covered and I was astonished at how many I had once heard being told as being true for example a teacher once told the vacationer who takes in what she thinks is a stray Chihuahua storyThe only caveat is that Brunvand s writing style can be a little dry at time but still the compelling source material makes this a fun read

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

E and technology Brunvand achieves however than a Good to Be True The ePUB #192 mere compendium of highly entertaining stories He discusses the nature of urban legends those almost believable addictively retellable tales that always happened to a friend of a friend FOAF in folklorist parlance and for each individual story Brunvand includes as much of its history as he has been able to trace including newspaper accounts alternative versions and the story's natural cycle that is how many years typically between resurfacings The result is an exceptionally engaging book and a great resource for debunking that next story as heard from a friend by that unnamed acuaintance of unassailable honesty that sounds just a little too perfect to swallow whole Stephanie Gold. This is a best of collection by the master collector of urban legends and I would recommend it to anyone interested in this subject

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Have you to Be Kindle #213 heard the one about the new computer owner who mistook the CD ROM player for a cup holder Or the woman who thought her brains were oozing out of a gunshot wound when the truth was that when her Pillsbury Poppin' Fresh can exploded striking her on the head with the lid the goo she felt was biscuit dough Jan Harold Brunvand professor emeritus at the University of Utah and author of numerous urban legend collections including The Vanishing Hitchhiker The Choking Doberman Curses Broiled Too Good Kindle Again and American Folklore An Encyclopedia has been studying urban legends for some years and his new book Too Good to Be Good to Be True The ePUB #192 True relates than of these indestructible tales There are relatively recent storie. Although this book is of an intellectual study rather than simply a volume of tall tales Brunvand s compilation still makes for an interesting read These urban legends are tall tales which could have occurred easily within our society Often Brunvand tries to get to the bottom of the story by tracing it to its source although often with little success It s obvious that many of the stories have had their facts changed too many times for the entertainment value and there are some things that you simply wouldn t do For instance if it was your birthday would you really abandon you re your car to walk several miles home At the end of the volume Brunvand also fails to reach a conclusion at the end of the volume instead decides to list parodies of some of the urban legends that he s just investigated illustrating how gullible some people can be It just goes to show that the truth does not stand in the way of a good story which makes it too good to be true


10 thoughts on “Too Good to Be True The Colossal Book of Urban Legends Paperback

  1. says:

    We have all heard one in our day but this book is packed to the brim with some outrageous stories Are they true a dream p

  2. says:

    My introduction to urban legends came early and at the hands of my auntie When I was a kid my brother and I would spend t

  3. says:

    Although this book is of an intellectual study rather than simply a volume of tall tales Brunvand’s compilation still makes for an interesting read These urban legends are tall tales which could have occurred easily within our society Often Brunvand tries to get to the bottom of the story by tracing it to its source; although often with little success It’s obvious that many of the stories have had their facts changed too many times for

  4. says:

    A great collection of stories that we all heard happened to a friend of someone we know funny how none of these accounts are ever first hand Mul

  5. says:

    Fun and funny Just what the title and subtitle say Nearly 500 pages of oral tradition about two pages per story So

  6. says:

    This was intermittently a fun read Some great memories of scary stories told by my oldest sister when she visited from college However there was too much repetition and so much self aggrandizement by the author “I wrote about this in my book blah blah blah” I’m not really interested in where you wrote about it before

  7. says:

    This book was alright Some of the urban legends were interesting and some were really eerie Others seemed repetitive which I realize is an indicator that it’s an urban legend but nonetheless made it dull at times

  8. says:

    It is what it is

  9. says:

    This is a “best of” collection by the master collector of urban legends and I would recommend it to anyone interested in this subject

  10. says:

    Loads of urban legends and their origin stories It's like an encyclopedia of urban legends No one can resist picking up this book and flipping through it Unfortunately some sections are inappropriate for MS and under so I won't be adding this to the school library

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