Urban Legends: The Truth behind All Those Deliciously Entertaining Myths That Are Absolutely, Positively, 100% Not True!

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Urban Legends to the rescue. This is the new book by nationally syndicated Chicago Sun Times columnist Richard Roeper. It is a comprehensive, enlightening, and entertaining look at hundreds of such stories that have no basis in fact—no matter how many people will swear otherwise. Half the people who read Urban Legends will be delighted that a legitimate journalist has finally debunked some of the most maddeningly enduring modern myths of our times. The other half will be shocked...
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Overview

Urban Legends to the rescue. This is the new book by nationally syndicated Chicago Sun Times columnist Richard Roeper. It is a comprehensive, enlightening, and entertaining look at hundreds of such stories that have no basis in fact—no matter how many people will swear otherwise. Half the people who read Urban Legends will be delighted that a legitimate journalist has finally debunked some of the most maddeningly enduring modern myths of our times. The other half will be shocked that some of their favorite stories have been exposed.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564144188
  • Publisher: Career Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/1999
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.53 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 9
Chapter 1 The Classics 15
"They're stealing our kidneys!" 17
Dog swallows cell phone 23
The truth about Furbys 27
Prehistoric Barbie 31
Gang initiation rites 35
Tainted needles 39
The Gerber rebate 43
Craig Shergold's dying wish 47
"Are you Gay?" 51
Laptop dangers 55
Y2K's extra day 57
Earthquake squashes car thief 61
"Good luck, Mr. Gorsky" 65
Exploding flashlights 69
The toothbrush bandits 73
Legends of Rolling Rock 77
"Welcome to the world of AIDS" 81
Bozo no-no 85
Chapter 2 Big Lies on Campus 89
Psychic predicts massacre 91
The daughter's letter home 95
Secrets of fraternity and sorority rituals 99
The campus scream session 103
Exam scams 107
Chapter 3 Legends of the Silver Screen 115
The ghost in Three Men and a Baby 117
The munchkin suicide 121
Back to the Future II predicts World Series 125
The Marisa Tomei Oscar mistake 127
The Twister tornado 131
A Titanic timeframe 135
Disney scret messages 139
Snuff movies 145
Chapter 4 Lawfully Wedded Legends 149
The philandering groom 151
The videotaped theft 155
Wedding quickies 159
Chapter 5 Rumors in the Air Tonight 163
A killer "In the Air Tonight" 165
311 and the KKK 169
Beatles reunite on Saturday Night Live 173
The Dave Matthews chain letter 177
The surprise guest guitarist 181
"You Oughta Know" who this song's about 185
The dark side of Oz 189
The "Love Rollercoaster" death scream 193
Is Tupac alive? 197
Other chart-topping legends 201
Chapter 6 Cybermyths and Other Online Gossip 205
Nike shoe rebate 207
Blacks losing the right to vote 211
Bill Gates teams up with Disney 215
Shannon's Internet lesson 219
Online April Fools' tales 225
The PC cupholder 229
Chapter 7 Tall Tales of the Rich and Famous 231
Richard Gere and the gerbil 233
Mariah Carey's callous remark 235
Janet Reno's definition of a cult 239
The misunderstanding on the elevator 241
Elvis Presley's Harley 245
Tiger Woods at the strip club 249
Tommy Hilfiger unfairly maligned 251
Keanu Reeves marries David Geffen 255
Paul Newman's ice cream cone 257
Pia Zadora heckled 261
Barbra Streisand's porno film 263
Marilyn Manson's Wonder Years 265
Julia Child drops a duck 267
Celebrity shorts 269
Epilogue 273
Notes 277
Index 283
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2000

    Too Good to be true...but it is!

    My Friends Friend said it was great!...Actully it was me who said it...This book is Great. Full of stories, and not alot of comics, it's a great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2000

    The better of the two I bought.. by FAR!

    This was exactly what I was looking for in an urban legends book. It's well written in a story form with variations on the urban legends I've heard before and many new ones. The celebrity section was especially good. I highly recommennd this one. (The other book I bought was 'The Baby Train and other Lusty Urban Legends. I didn't find taht to be NEARLY as impressive.)

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