Urban Legends: 666 Absolutely True Stories That Happened to a Friend...of a Friend?of a Friend

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Hachette Books, Mar 14, 2005 - Fiction - 688 pages
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Combining Black Dog’s three very successful hardcover collections of “urban legends” (Alligators in the Sewer, The Baby on the Car Roof, and The Cat in the Dryer) into one stupendous volume, Urban Legends is the ultimate collection of those outlandish tales people love to share. With themes that run the gamut from funny to sick, risqué to informative, frightening to disgusting, these fantastic yarns are remarkable for their uncanny ability to travel by word of mouth. We’ve all heard the one about the alligators that roam New York City’s sewers, or how “Mikey” of Life Cereal fame died from ingesting Pop Rocks and Coke, or about the flustered parents who left their baby on the car roof. But, did you hear the one about the scuba diver who was found in the middle of a forest after a fire? These and other favorites are here in all of their creepy glory—guaranteed to amuse, enlighten, intrigue, and most of all, stick in the mind forever.
 

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User Review  - gwentastic - LibraryThing

This book is really three of Thomas' books smooshed together. I was pretty disappointed when I got it because I had two of them already and was planning on using this as airport reading.It's still a ... Read full review

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Urban Legends: 666 Absolutely True Stories That Happened to a Friend...of A Friend...Of A Friend - I can't help it. I love urban legends and tales of the weird and macabre. The 001's and 398's are my ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
13
The Cursed Mummy and Other Supernatural Encounters
19
The Scuba Diver in the Forest Fire and Other Strange Deaths
53
Naked at His Own Surprise Party and Other Erotic Accidents
91
The Stolen Kidney and Other Medical Mishaps
115
The Murderer in the Backseat and Other Legends of the Road
135
Late for Finals and Other Tales from College
165
Aliens in Roswell New Mexico and Other Close Encounters
183
The Phantom Car and Other Supernatural Encounters
405
The Navy Pilots Collision Course and Other OntheJob Foibles
431
The Hotel Reservationist and Other Tales of Revenge
459
Waiting for the Iceman and Other Sexual Escapades
481
The Jinx of the Sports Illustrated Cover and Other HighProfile Problems
509
The Spaghetti Orchards of Switzerland and Other Scams Pranks and Hoaxes
527
The Day the Supermarkets Run Out of Avocados and Other Lore for Special Occasions
539
The Kid Who Fell Asleep in the Casket and Other Creepy Tales
551

The Barrel of Bricks and Other Working Day Wierdness
205
Elviss Motorcycle and Other Celebrity Rumors
223
Alligators in the Sewers and Other Classic Urban Legends
247
The Baby on the Car Roof and Other Automotive Mishaps
263
The Rhino and the Crazy Glue and Other Animal Stories
291
John Wayne Was a Draft Dodger and Other Celebrity Legends
321
The Hall of Tortured Souls and Other HighTech Scares
333
The 250 Cookie Recipe and Other Culinary Misadventures
349
The HomeMade Lie Detector and Other Bizarre Crimes
361
The Final Spin Cycle and Other Mysterious Mortalities
381
Bart Simpson Is Sleeping with Your Wives and Other Military Misadventures
567
Bronco Stadiums Smurf Turf and Other Tales of the Great Outdoors
581
The Cat in the Dryer and Other PetRelated Legends
595
The Deadly Laundry Chute and Other College Traditions
607
Every Morning at Breakfast I Spread Contraceptive Jelly on My Toast and Other Legends of Lust
623
The Surprise Urine Test and Other JobRelated Oddities
633
Bananas Can Eat Your Flesh and Other Gruesome Happenings
647
In New Orleans It Is Illegal to Tie an Alligator to a Fire Hydrant and Leave It Unattended and Other Criminal Mischief
661
Index
677
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Thomas J. Craughwell is an author and problem solver. He traced the evolution of Manhattan urban legends (Alligators in the Sewer); sorted out fact from fiction in old wives tales (Do Blue Bedsheets Bring Babies?); identified the patron saints of bloggers, vegetarians and hangovers (This Saint Will Change Your Life); and resurrected a long-forgotten story from 1876, when a gang of hapless Irish immigrant counterfeiters tried to kidnap the body of Abraham Lincoln--and almost got away with it (Stealing Lincoln's Body). Tom lives in Bethel, Connecticut.

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