The Baby Train and Other Lusty Urban Legends

The Baby Train and Other Lusty Urban Legends
Author: Jan Harold Brunvand
Publsiher: W. W. Norton & Company
Total Pages: 368
Release: 1994-10-17
ISBN: 0393346722
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Baby Train and Other Lusty Urban Legends Book Excerpt:

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.

The Truth Never Stands in the Way of a Good Story

The Truth Never Stands in the Way of a Good Story
Author: Jan Harold Brunvand
Publsiher: University of Illinois Press
Total Pages: 217
Release: 2001
ISBN: 9780252070044
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Truth Never Stands in the Way of a Good Story Book Excerpt:

"Here he [the author] looks in detail at a dozen rampant and long-lived examples of this vigorous category of contemporary folklore, tracing their historyies, variations, sources, and meanings."--Jacket.

Encyclopedia of Urban Legends

Encyclopedia of Urban Legends
Author: Jan Harold Brunvand
Publsiher: ABC-CLIO
Total Pages: 525
Release: 2001
ISBN: 157607076X
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Encyclopedia of Urban Legends Book Excerpt:

Presents descriptions of hundreds of urban legends and their variations, themes, and scholarly approaches to the genre, including such tales as disappearing hitchhikers and hypodermic needles left in the coin slots of pay telephones.

Encyclopedia of Urban Legends 2nd Edition 2 volumes

Encyclopedia of Urban Legends  2nd Edition  2 volumes
Author: Jan Harold Brunvand
Publsiher: ABC-CLIO
Total Pages: 782
Release: 2012-07-16
ISBN: 159884721X
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Encyclopedia of Urban Legends 2nd Edition 2 volumes Book Excerpt:

This revised edition of the original reference standard for urban legends provides an updated anthology of common myths and stories, and presents expanded coverage of international legends and tales shared and popularized online. • Approximately 300 individual entries for specific urban legends • An introduction provides a brief history of urban legend research • A selected bibliography and reference citations

Death by Drama and Other Medieval Urban Legends

Death by Drama and Other Medieval Urban Legends
Author: Jody Enders
Publsiher: University of Chicago Press
Total Pages: 354
Release: 2005-05-15
ISBN: 0226207889
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Death by Drama and Other Medieval Urban Legends Book Excerpt:

Part of every legend is true. Or so argues Jody Enders in this fascinating look at early French drama and the way it compels us to consider where the stage ends and where real life begins. This ambitious and bracing study explores fourteen tales of the theater that are at turns dark and dangerous, sexy and scandalous, humorous and frightening—stories that are nurtured by the confusion between truth and fiction, and imitation and enactment, until it becomes impossible to tell whether life is imitating art, or art is imitating life. Was a convicted criminal executed on stage during a beheading scene? Was an unfortunate actor driven insane while playing a madman? Did a theatrical enactment of a crucifixion result in a real one? Did an androgynous young man seduce a priest when portraying a female saint? Enders answers these and other questions while presenting a treasure trove of tales that have long seemed true but are actually medieval urban legends. On topics ranging through politics, religion, marriage, class, and law, these tales, Enders argues, do the cultural work of all urban legends: they disclose the hopes, fears, and anxieties of their tellers. Each one represents a medieval meditation created or dramatized by the theater with its power to blur the line between fiction and reality, engaging anyone who watches, performs, or is represented by it. Each one also raises pressing questions about the medieval and modern world on the eve of the Reformation, when Europe had never engaged more anxiously and fervently in the great debate about what was real, what was pretend, and what was pretense. Written with elegance and flair, and meticulously researched, Death by Drama and Other Medieval Urban Legends will interest scholars of medieval and Renaissance literature, history, theater, performance studies, and anyone curious about urban legends.

From Urban Legends to Political Fact Checking

From Urban Legends to Political Fact Checking
Author: William Aspray,James W. Cortada
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 146
Release: 2019-08-12
ISBN: 3030229521
Category: Computers
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

From Urban Legends to Political Fact Checking Book Excerpt:

This text presents an historical examination of political fact-checking, highlighting how this is part of a larger phenomenon of online scrutiny that manifests itself in multiple forms. Reflecting the long history of “fake facts” in America, the book discusses important developments in this area from the emergence of the public Internet in the 1990s to the start of the Trump-Clinton presidential election campaigns. Topics and features: describes how some of the major players in political fact-checking began with the purpose of scrutinizing and debunking of urban legends; considers how this was part of a wider culture, encompassing B-grade horror movies, truth-or-fiction television shows, and groups warning about computer viruses; explains how such developments are connected, revealing political fact-checking as one of many forms of scrutiny applied in the face of a complex, dangerous world; provides a range of detailed case studies, covering such topics as the rumors surrounding the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and academic interest in contemporary legends; discusses how pre-Internet technologies such as bulletin boards, Usenet, and proprietary online service providers such as CompuServe and AOL were used to both disseminate and debunk urban legends; examines the rise of political fact-checking, reviewing all of the major initiatives in this area undertaken in the United States. This timely study touches on issues of popular culture and major events, and offers profiles of colorful individuals and organizations, and as such will appeal to a broad audience interested in the history of fact-checking and efforts to protect the political process from falsehoods.

The Wordsworth Book of Urban Legend

The Wordsworth Book of Urban Legend
Author: Rodney Dale
Publsiher: Wordsworth Editions
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2000
ISBN: 9781840223033
Category: Anecdotes
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Wordsworth Book of Urban Legend Book Excerpt:

As a genre, the urban legend was recognised and named only in the mid-1970s. This book brings together a rich variety of these tales which continued to flourish and circulate, classified under different headings for ease of reference, and linked together by the author's narrative. Uncle Joe's ashes baked in a cake (Delicious!); Granny's corpse stolen along with the family car; sewers alive with alligators...all these alleged occurrences - and many, many others - are the stuff of urban legend: the extraordinary things that you're told happen to that elusive 'friend of a friend' (foaf); someone whom you can never pin down, however hard you try.

No Way of Knowing

No Way of Knowing
Author: Pamela Donovan
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 246
Release: 2004-02-24
ISBN: 1135936412
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

No Way of Knowing Book Excerpt:

This volume examines both 'old media' treatment of crime legends: news reports, fictional film and television depictions, as well as 'new media' interactive discussions of them: versions and discussions circulating in Internet newsgroups and via electronic mail lists.

North American Monsters

North American Monsters
Author: David J. Puglia
Publsiher: University Press of Colorado
Total Pages: 408
Release: 2022-03-15
ISBN: 1646421604
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

North American Monsters Book Excerpt:

Mining a mountain of folklore publications, North American Monsters unearths decades of notable monster research. Nineteen folkloristic case studies from the last half-century examine legendary monsters in their native habitats, focusing on ostensibly living creatures bound to specific geographic locales. A diverse cast of scholars contemplate these alluring creatures, feared and beloved by the communities that host them—the Jersey Devil gliding over the Pine Barrens, Lieby wriggling through Lake Lieberman, Char-Man stalking the Ojai Valley, and many, many more. Embracing local stories, beliefs, and traditions while neither promoting nor debunking, North American Monsters aspires to revive scholarly interest in local legendary monsters and creatures and to encourage folkloristic monster legend sleuthing.

Aliens Ghosts and Cults

Aliens  Ghosts  and Cults
Author: Bill Ellis
Publsiher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
Total Pages: 291
Release: 2001
ISBN: 9781617030017
Category: Legends
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Aliens Ghosts and Cults Book Excerpt:

Homo narrans

Homo narrans
Author: Christoph Schmitt
Publsiher: Waxmann Verlag
Total Pages: 413
Release: 1999
ISBN: 9783830957676
Category: German fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Homo narrans Book Excerpt:

Interpreting Legend RLE Folklore

Interpreting Legend  RLE Folklore
Author: Timothy R. Tangherlini
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 374
Release: 2015-02-11
ISBN: 131755065X
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Interpreting Legend RLE Folklore Book Excerpt:

This book, first published in 1994, sets ‘repertoire against raconteur’ in order to explore one of the world’s largest collections of folk literature. The author’s findings, and his creative and synthetic methodologies, enhance greatly our understanding of the world of the legend, and especially the basic question of ‘Who tells what to whom in the form of a legend and why?’ This work is an in-depth exploration of rural Denmark, and provides us with an excellent vantage point from which to understand legends in their cultural contexts and within the lives of their tellers.

Contemporary Legend

Contemporary Legend
Author: Gillian Bennett,Paul Smith
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 430
Release: 2013-09-05
ISBN: 1135812128
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Contemporary Legend Book Excerpt:

First published in 1996. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Public Realm

The Public Realm
Author: Lyn H. Lofland
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 305
Release: 2017-07-12
ISBN: 1351475835
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Public Realm Book Excerpt:

This book is about the "public realm," defined as a particular kind of social territory that is found almost exclusively in large settlements. This particular form of social-psychological space comes into being whenever a piece of actual physical space is dominated by relationships between and among persons who are strangers to one another, as often occurs in urban bars, buses, plazas, parks, coffee houses, streets, and so forth. More specifically, the book is about the social life that occurs in such social-psychological spaces (the normative patterns and principles that shape it, the relationships that characterize it, the aesthetic and interactional pleasures that enliven it) and the forces (anti-urbanism, privatism, post-war planning and architecture) that threaten it. The data upon which the book's analysis is based are diverse: direct observation; interviews; contemporary photographs, historic etchings, prints and photographs, and historical maps; histories of specific urban public spaces or spatial types; and the relevant scholarly literature from sociology, environmental psychology, geography, history, anthropology, and architecture and urban planning and design. Its central argument is that while the existing body of accomplished work in the social sciences can be reinterpreted to make it relevant to an understanding of the public realm, this quintessential feature of city life deserves much more u it deserves to be the object of direct scholarly interest in its own right. Choice noted that: "The author's writing style is unusually accessible, and the often fascinating narrative is generously supported by well-chosen photos."

Reframing Dutch Culture

Reframing Dutch Culture
Author: Herman Roodenburg
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 312
Release: 2016-04-08
ISBN: 1317069390
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Reframing Dutch Culture Book Excerpt:

Dutch society has undergone radical changes in recent years, due to complex political, social and ethnic developments. Reframing Dutch Culture examines issues of nationality, ethnicity, culture and identity in The Netherlands from an ethnological perspective, linking past traditions and notions of identity with more recent transformations. Weaving in a range of fascinating case studies, contributors provide an interdisciplinary analysis of these changes. The developments are related to wider European and global transformation processes, highlighting the contribution of Dutch ethnology to the international debate. This timely collection provides a fascinating and insightful window on modern Dutch society.

Tales Rumors and Gossip

Tales  Rumors  and Gossip
Author: Gail De Vos
Publsiher: Libraries Unlimited
Total Pages: 405
Release: 1996
ISBN: 9781563081903
Category: Education
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Tales Rumors and Gossip Book Excerpt:

Provides an introduction to the many varieties of contemporary legends, and focuses on their role in the world around us, including tales of racial and gender stereotypes, moralizing gossip, and rumors that express hopes

The Book of Greek and Roman Folktales Legends and Myths

The Book of Greek and Roman Folktales  Legends  and Myths
Author: William Hansen
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 584
Release: 2019-10-29
ISBN: 0691195927
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Book of Greek and Roman Folktales Legends and Myths Book Excerpt:

The first anthology to present the entire range of ancient Greek and Roman stories—from myths and fairy tales to jokes Captured centaurs and satyrs, incompetent seers, people who suddenly change sex, a woman who remembers too much, a man who cannot laugh—these are just some of the colorful characters who feature in the unforgettable stories that ancient Greeks and Romans told in their daily lives. Together they created an incredibly rich body of popular oral stories that include, but range well beyond, mythology—from heroic legends, fairy tales, and fables to ghost stories, urban legends, and jokes. This unique anthology presents the largest collection of these tales ever assembled. Featuring nearly four hundred stories in authoritative and highly readable translations, this is the first book to offer a representative selection of the entire range of traditional classical storytelling. Complete with beautiful illustrations, this one-of-a-kind anthology will delight general readers as well as students of classics, fairy tales, and folklore.

The Risk Society and Beyond

The Risk Society and Beyond
Author: Barbara Adam,Ulrich Beck,Joost Van Loon
Publsiher: SAGE
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2000-05-25
ISBN: 1446222675
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Risk Society and Beyond Book Excerpt:

Ulrich Beck's best selling Risk Society established risk on the sociological agenda. It brought together a wide range of issues centering on environmental, health and personal risk, provided a rallying ground for researchers and activists in a variety of social movements and acted as a reference point for state and local policies in risk management. The Risk Society and Beyond charts the progress of Beck's ideas and traces their evolution. It demonstrates why the issues raised by Beck reverberate widely throughout social theory and covers the new risks that Beck did not foresee, associated with the emergence of new technologies, genetic and cybernetic. The book is unique because it offers both an introduction to the main arguments in Risk Society and develops a range of critical discussions of aspects of this and other works of Beck.

The Global Grapevine

The Global Grapevine
Author: Gary Alan Fine,Bill Ellis
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2013-02-01
ISBN: 9780199750450
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Global Grapevine Book Excerpt:

Far from mere idle tales, rumors are a valuable window into our anxieties and fears. Rumors let us talk as a community about some very inflammatory issues--issues that may be embarrassing or disturbing to discuss-allowing us to act as if we are talking about real events, not personal beliefs. We can air our hidden fears and desires without claiming these attitudes as our own. In The Global Grapevine, two leading authorities on rumor, folklore, and urban legend--Gary Alan Fine and Bill Ellis--shed light on what contemporary rumors can tell us about the fears and pressures of globalization. In particular, they examine four major themes that emerge over and over again: rumors about terrorism, about immigration, about international trade, and about tourism. The authors analyze how various rumors underscore American reactions to perceived global threats, show how we interpret our changing world, and highlight fears, fantasies, and cherished beliefs about our place in the world. Along the way the book examines a wide variety of rumors-that the Israelis were behind 9-11, the President knew of the attack in advance, tourists wake up in foreign countries with their kidneys stolen, foreign workers urinate in vats of beer destined to be shipped to America. These rumors, the authors argue, reflect our anxieties and fears about contact with foreign cultures-whether we believe foreign competition to be poisoning the domestic economy or that foreign immigration to be eroding American values. Rumors are the visible tip of a vast iceberg of hidden anxieties. Illuminating the most widely circulated rumors in America in recent years, The Global Grapevine offers an invaluable portrait of what these tales reveal about contemporary society.

Before and After Roswell

Before and After Roswell
Author: David A. Clary
Publsiher: Xlibris Corporation
Total Pages: 280
Release: 2001-01-22
ISBN: 9781462841295
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Before and After Roswell Book Excerpt:

The flying saucer has been the most vivid and persistent image in American life of the last half century. It has also generated more controversy and rancor than anything else that might be characterized as a fantasy. It is malleable, suiting a wide variety of beliefs and outlooks, touching nearly every public concern. It arrived as a mysterious threat from above, a metaphor for The Bomb. It transformed swiftly into a hope from above, promising to save us from ourselves. Renamed UFO, it became a symbol for those who distrusted the government. Along its way through the postwar skies, it acquired a cargo that included every species of hoax, craziness, lunacy, and even sexual fantasy, along with a fair amount of scientific and political baggage. The flying saucer myth says much about how Americans react to the unexpected. Before and After Roswell: The Flying Saucer in America, 1947-1999 places the flying saucer idea in the context of history, politics, entertainment, and science to arrive at an explanation of what it is all about and how it got that way. Because the Roswell incident--the story that a flying saucer crashed near Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947 and that the government has hidden the truth about it ever since--has dominated the subject recently, the book is anchored around that particular story while demonstrating that the flying saucer did exist before and after Roswell. It corrects some misconceptions, including one that holds that because a majority of people say they believe in UFOs, they therefore believe in a conspiracy to cover up the truth about them. After detailing what actually happened in Roswell in 1947, the book takes up the birth of the flying saucer earlier that year, underscoring the fact that the name originally denoted its movement, not its shape. The text then examines the Air Forces and CIAs responses to the phenomenon, and the rise of competing bands of ufologists, true believers and skeptics, to dominate debate over it. The book also addresses Cold War contributions to the UFO issue, and the role of Hollywood in providing the images that defined it. Along the way it describes the crashed-saucer tradition, the contactees, abductions, men in black, the Bermuda Triangle, ancient astronauts, cattle mutilations, the little gray alien, SETIs Drake Equation, sex and the flying saucer, and the rise of a new ufology emanating from the conspiracy culture growing out of the Kennedy assassination mythology and the Watergate scandal. Part Two of Before and After Roswell begins with the invention of the incident in 1980, then traces the history of the flying saucer idea to the end of the century. Important here are the submersion of the saucer into the larger anti-government conspiracy tradition of that period, and the increasing domination of the subject by television, including Area 51, a myth invented on a TV show, and the combined influence of reality-based cable documentaries and the amazingly popular series The X-Files. Also addressed are such things as crop circles, the MAJIC hoax, the face on Mars, UFO conspiracy fiction, and the explosion of the abduction belief. A chapter on The Battle of Roswell traces the evolution of that controversy through a succession of books by ufologists; in the end it broke down into disputed orthodoxies and feuds over who had the real crash site to charge admission to. When boosters tried to turn Roswell into a tourist attraction, their quarrels and mercenary outlook alienated the town and made the annual UFO Encounter a flop. The book concludes that the flying saucer is not a thing, but an idea, and one that will overcome the burden of