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review Too Good to Be True The Colossal Book of Urban Legends Paperback Too Good to Be True The Colossal Book of Urban Legends Paperback review ð 0 Jan Harold Brunvand Ô 0 characters 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 acuaintance of unassailable honesty that sounds just a little too perfect to swallow whole Stephanie Gold This is a best of collection by the master collector of urban legends and I would recommend it to anyone interested in this subject

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

review Too Good to Be True The Colossal Book of Urban Legends Paperback Too Good to Be True The Colossal Book of Urban Legends Paperback review ð 0 Jan Harold Brunvand Ô 0 characters 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 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 techno Although this book is of an intellectual study rather than simply a volume of tall tales Brunvand s compilation still makes for an interesting read These urban legends are tall tales which could have occurred easily within our society Often Brunvand tries to get to the bottom of the story by tracing it to its source although often with little success It s obvious that many of the stories have had their facts changed too many times for the entertainment value and there are some things that you simply wouldn t do For instance if it was your birthday would you really abandon you re your car to walk several miles home At the end of the volume Brunvand also fails to reach a conclusion at the end of the volume instead decides to list parodies of some of the urban legends that he s just investigated illustrating how gullible some people can be It just goes to show that the truth does not stand in the way of a good story which makes it too good to be true

review Too Good to Be True The Colossal Book of Urban Legends Paperback

review Too Good to Be True The Colossal Book of Urban Legends Paperback Too Good to Be True The Colossal Book of Urban Legends Paperback review ð 0 Jan Harold Brunvand Ô 0 characters Logy 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 Fun and funny Just what the title and subtitle say Nearly 500 pages of oral tradition about two pages per story Some are uite hysterical people actually BELIEVE THIS STUFF