Tall Tales, Legends and Hoaxes: From Johnny Appleseed and Crop Circles to Jersey Devils and Internet Scams

Tall Tales, Legends and Hoaxes: From Johnny Appleseed and Crop Circles to Jersey Devils and Internet Scams

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by Nat Segaloff
     
 

Everyone has heard a story too outrageous to be true. Tall Tales, Legends, and Other Outrageous Lies explains how these popular misconceptions began. Inside this fascinating book, you will be entertained by the truth behind some of our favorite stories, from the real models for mythical heroes like Paul Bunyan, to the source for urban legends like the…  See more details below

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Everyone has heard a story too outrageous to be true. Tall Tales, Legends, and Other Outrageous Lies explains how these popular misconceptions began. Inside this fascinating book, you will be entertained by the truth behind some of our favorite stories, from the real models for mythical heroes like Paul Bunyan, to the source for urban legends like the alligators in the sewers of New York City. Packed with fascinating explanations of popular un-truths and half-truths, this book will please anyone looking for great trivia and the real stories behind American folklore.

It features:

  • Internet hoaxes, such as the e-mail tax and the Good Times virus
  • Modern urban legends, such as the Hitler diaries and the Roswell incident
  • Entertainment intrigues–from the suicide of George Reeves, the actor who played Superman, to Elvis sightings
  • Consumer frauds, such as pyramid schemes and stock swindles
  • Folk tales about heroes such as Johnny Appleseed and John Henry

And much, much more!

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781435123717
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
03/04/2010
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Nat Segaloff is a writer, producer, and director who has worked for USA Networks, Turner Classic Movies, Disney, and The Learning Channel. He has written eight books, including The Everything Etiquette Book and The Everything Trivia Book. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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Tall Tales, Legends and Hoaxes: From Johnny Appleseed and Crop Circles to Jersey Devils and Internet Scams 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ellogovna More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for completely detailed accounts of history's most baffling phenomena, urban legends, Wild West heroes, or America's craftiest con men you won't find it here. What you will find is a brief overview and several amusing (short) essays concerning these fascinating topics. Although Tall Tales, Legends, and Hoaxes, asks more questions than it answers it does provide useful (and sometimes little known) information along with a laugh or two. These short essays make for perfect bedtime stories, or good practice for young children just learning how to read. The author's voice and interesting subject matter make Tall Tales, Legends, and Hoaxes fun for the whole family.