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

Jan Harold Brunvand April 26, 2019

Too Good to Be True: The Colossal Book of Urban Legends Jan Harold Brunvand Have you 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 UniversiHave you 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 Again, and American Folklore An Encyclopedia, has been studying urban legends for some 20 years, and his new book, Too Good to Be True, relates than 200 of these indestructible tales There are relatively recent stories 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 1940s, at least, involving a cement truck driver who spies a new Cadillac convertible in his 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 nature, and technology Brunvand achieves , however, than a 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 acquaintance of unassailable honesty, that sounds just a little too perfect to swallow whole Stephanie Gold

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