The Baby Train and Other Lusty Urban Legends

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W. W. Norton, Oct 17, 1994 - Fiction - 368 pages
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America's premier folk detective is back on the case, sniffing out those zany but dubious stories that "really happened" to a friend of your sister's boyfriend's accountant's mechanic.

Jan Harold Brunvand—''Mr. Urban Legend" [Smithsonian]—tracks the most fabulous tales making today's cocktail-party circuit and shows why those stories that sound too good to be true probably are too good to be true.

The eponymous episode—"The Baby Train"—sheds light on certain predawn activities that have linked unusually high birth rates to the whim of train schedule makers. Other stories offer a revealing peek behind the story of "The Exploding Bra," expose the embarrassing source of "The Hairdresser's Error," resurrect a "Failed Suicide" Buster Keaton would have died for, and show why adults are better off not bringing their comic book fantasies out of the closet. From "Superhero Hijinx" to "The Shocking Videotape" to "The Accidental Cannibal," The Baby Train uncovers the mysteries behind some of the bawdiest, goriest, funniest, most pyrotechnic urban legends yet.

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It's "little room" reading (if you get my drift) and the anthropological "where did the story come from?" whoo-haa can become wearying... yet I still get a kick out of stories about urban legends. (Ministry note: they make great sources for sermon illustrations, btw.) Read full review

Review: The Baby Train and Other Lusty Urban Legends

User Review  - Goodreads

It's "little room" reading (if you get my drift) and the anthropological "where did the story come from?" whoo-haa can become wearying... yet I still get a kick out of stories about urban legends. (Ministry note: they make great sources for sermon illustrations, btw.) Read full review

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Jan Harold Brunvand lives in Salt Lake City, where he is professor emeritus at the University of Utah. He is the author of numerous books, including The Vanishing Hitchhiker; The Choking Doberman; The Baby Train; Too Good to Be True; and Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid.

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