Jan. 26th, 2009

shoebox_dw: (garfield well-informed)
Every so often, when I'm in the mood for the sort of satisfying browse through nothing much that may well be the Net's greatest contribution to mankind, I open up the Urban Legends Reference Pages and start hitting the Randomizer button. That most of the whacky facets of human nature contained therein turn out to be products solely of human imagination in no way detracts from the good time. In fact, I'd highly recommend the exercise to anyone with a creative block.

Also collating a bunch of favourite articles turns out to be a great idea for a quick'n'gleeful blog post:

http://www.snopes.com/disney/films/lemmings.asp - That time Disney murdered dozens of cute little fuzzy animals in search of the perfect shot. No, really.

http://www.snopes.com/luck/choir.asp - The day the church furnace exploded in Beatrice, Nebraska...killing exactly nobody from the scheduled choir practice. I don't care what denomination if any you are, this is one severely freaky true story.

http://www.snopes.com/language/phrases/1500.asp - No, the 'Anne Hathaway' email isn't true, but the debunking provides a wealth of interesting medieval lore anyway. 

http://www.snopes.com/history/hoaxes/sawingny.asp - Which was the real hoax - that a couple of guys actually convinced hordes of Manhattanites to saw the island in half, or that they convinced so many people to believe they did?

http://www.snopes.com/horrors/freakish/onstage.asp - Complete list of people who've died onstage or -screen.

http://www.snopes.com/rumors/pentagon.asp - If you ever run across one of the surprising number of people who still believe the 9/11 Pentagon plane crash was all a U.S. government plot, here's a comprehensive debunking guide.

http://www.snopes.com/radiotv/radio/uncledon.asp - Short version? The 'That oughta hold the little bastards!' legend never happened. Well-nigh exhaustive version? This article.  

http://www.snopes.com/movies/films/ozcoat.asp - A second-hand coat bought for a Wizard of Oz character turns out to be startlingly appropriate.

http://www.snopes.com/medical/asylum/fbipizza.asp - "Yes, this is the psychiatric hospital. Yes, we're all FBI agents. Yes, that'll be twenty large pizzas with everything. What's so hard to grasp here?"

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