• Title: Too Good to Be True: The Colossal Book of Urban Legends
  • Author: Jan Harold Brunvand
  • ISBN: 0965010492
  • Page: 111
  • Format: Paperback
  • Too Good to Be True The Colossal Book of Urban Legends 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
    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

    One Reply to “Too Good to Be True: The Colossal Book of Urban Legends”

    1. We have all heard one in our day, but this book is packed to the brim with some outrageous stories. Are they true, a dream perhaps or just a delusion of a madman. Loved reading these and duscovering many new ones.

    2. Although this book is more 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 th [...]

    3. Es un libro que tardé en leer y en el que tenía una idea en mente y me conseguí con algo completamente distinto.Todos conocemos muchas historias que parecen demasiado buenas para ser verdad, otras que son tan absurdas que es raro que alguien las crea y otras que parecen sacadas del día a día. Todas ellas, son consideradas de alguna forma leyendas urbanas, esas que han contado tanto que hay muchas versiones o se remontan a muchísimo tiempo atrás.En este libro, el autor se encargó de selec [...]

    4. This book was alright. Some of the urban legends were interesting and some were really eerie. Others seemed repetitive which I realize is an indicator that it’s an urban legend but nonetheless made it dull at times.

    5. Le leggende metropolitane sono sempre state una mia passione e ogni tanto mi fa piacere riaffrontare questa curiosa dimostrazione della "malata" creatività umana. :PIn questo volume, accanto ai grandi classici del genere, troviamo aneddoti meno conosciuti, ma non meno affascinanti. Le storie sono suddivise per argomento e corredate da presentazioni e tentativi di arrivare all'origine di ogni singola leggenda.

    6. Loads of urban legends and their origin stories. It's like an encyclopedia of urban legends. No one can resist picking up this book and flipping through it. Unfortunately some sections are inappropriate for MS and under so I won't be adding this to the school library.

    7. My introduction to urban legends came early, and at the hands of my auntie. When I was a kid, my brother and I would spend the latter half of the week at our grandparents and, while they did their weekly food shop, we’d be left under the charge of Auntie Lisa, who’d soon have us squealing and our hair standing on end as she told us about The Dead Roommate, the Maniac on the Car Roof, The Call From INSIDE The House, and The Licked Hand (these are the first I remember hearing, along with one a [...]

    8. Una completísima recopilación, extraídas de cartas recibidas por el autor a través de una columna de periódico, de las más famosas leyendas urbanas como el jinete sin cabeza, la planta con bichos carnívoros, el asesino que está en el asiento de atrás del coche, la autoestopista fantasma.c y sus diferentes variaciones dependiendo del país de origen.Un buen libro, sin duda, para refrescar aquellas fantásticas a la par que terribles historias que hemos escuchado, y para conocer nuevas.En [...]

    9. This is perhaps the most comprehensive of Brunvand's work. Although, I wish it were as analytical as some of his others. He writes interesting books about those stories we are all "sure" are "true" and exposing them as legends. He also does a fantastic job of expaling what makes an Urban Legend an Urban Legend as opposed to just a rumor or a piece of gossip. Brunvand is also careful to explain and explore situations where the legends have truth to and in them (for example, the idea that people p [...]

    10. Second only to the Darwin Awards I think urban legends are some of the best and most misquoted stories of exaggeration and impossibility in current oral circulation. Don't get me wrong I am sure we all have a personal story we are adamant is true to the point of blindly arguing their truth if they are questioned BUT you have to admit their sheer impossibility (or in some cases disturbing ease) makes them so appealing. And this book has them all - from pop culture (I have seen them referenced in [...]

    11. In 24 chapters and 539 pages ( thus, "colossal"), Jan Brunvand presents a cornucopia of urban legends (UL's). Each chapter starts with an overview of the subject being covered. For clarity, the UL's are in one text font and the background is in another. The background consists of how the UL's were obtained and cites sources. This is not a book to be read in one sitting; I.e a typical "bathroom reader." To do so would be overwhelming and the book, in my mind, would become tedious. I simply opened [...]

    12. A great collection of stories that we all heard happened "to a friend of someone we know" (funny how none of these accounts are ever first-hand)! Multiple topics are covered, and I was astonished at how many I had once heard being told as being true (for example, a teacher once told the "vacationer who takes in what she thinks is a stray Chihuahua" story).The only caveat is that Brunvand's writing style can be a little dry at time, but still, the compelling source material makes this a fun read! [...]

    13. I loved this folktale book. I could not stop reading all the different stories. They all had endings that just made me laugh or I was lefted amazed.I liked how many different sections this book had. There were sections for all different types of topics, it was fun reading all the types. It is hard for me to say one thing I did not like about this book, but if I could say one thing it would be how large this book was. There was almost too many stories. This book would be useful for a teacher read [...]

    14. This is the motherlode of urban legends with each one given a look into its history and the possibility of its being real (surprisingly there are a few). I'm sure you, like me, will find several that you believed. Note that I read the 2014 edition which, although not labeled as updated, in fact has quite a few references to things and reports that were subsequent to the last paperback edition in 2001. I tried to enter the new edition on website, but site would not allow.

    15. i havent read all of it but i went through most of the legends it was very interseting to see some new stories and look over the ones i already knew my favourite one is the babysitting one or the one where the guy is in the backseat im not fond of the ones like the alligator in the sewers or the choking doberman or the spiders in the hair i love ones that have more of a creepy atmosphere but ya i really enjoyed most of the stories great buy

    16. This is great!!! This is a collection of all your favorite Urban Myths - from alligators in the toilet to the crazy guy with the hook for a hand. These are the tales we grew up on. I highly recommend it. Especially to those of you who constantly pass on those emails that are loaded with some of these stories - check it out, you might be surprised just what "myths" you have been exposed to.

    17. I like how the author tried to find the root of many urban legends. He would interview some one who allegedly saw the actual event only to be told it was in fact thier cousin's, neighbor's mail man who they got the story from. It was interesting how old some of these legends were, only having small details tweaked to make them current.

    18. This book was fun if you like reading about stories that you've totally heard and thought were true because you are a gullible sucker like myself. My only problem with it is that it is huge, so about a third of the way through I started getting a little antsy and just jumped around looking for specific stories. It's a good bathroom book. :)

    19. Super fun, easy read. Read some Urban Legends I know and love, some I'd never heard, and some that I truly thought were just jokes or classic scary stories, but apparently people actually think they're true? Craziness.Also, all of the earwigs in the brain, spiders in the hair, and cats in the microwave seriously creeped me out.Very good read.

    20. Hilarious - laughed so hard I almost had an athsma attack! The Hare Drier story is the best urban legend - ever! I realized one of the hoax warnings from this book was used on my school district once. We had a note sent home to our parents about stamps with acid or pcp on them in the form of superheroes and buggs bunny characters. Yup - total hoax.

    21. El primero del año.Es entretenido como es que algunas leyendas urbanas traspasan fronteras, yo recuerdo la leyenda de la chica que se embadurna de crema de maní y su perro le lame mientras un oculto Ricky Martin la observa horrorizado junto con los espectadores de un programa de cumplir sueños jaja, la escuché cuando estaba en la secundaria. Buen libro.

    22. This book has got a ton of stories that you hear at Slumber parties and from a " friend of a friend". Some of them are um, questionable but still a great read.Half the stories I actually had thought were true and had happened to people I know!

    23. Compiled from oral and written sources, with commentary and cartoons, this is a comprehensive compendium of urban legends from the 2nd half of the 20th century. If it happened to your sister's co-worker's friend's cousin, it's probably in this book.

    24. I've had other books that explore the material, but this one has a chance at being a favorite because it doesn't let the editorializing interfere with the stories. They are worded very matter-of-factly ("This happened and then this happened."). Like it.

    25. It's surprising ow many of these legends I've already heard through various sources - Snopes, The Darwin Awards, Mythbusters, Horror/Ghost story anthologies, etc.There was actually very little that was completely new, and most were just small variations on other tales.

    26. Fun stuff for the most part, though it should be taken in small swaths to both savor and enjoy and to absorb all the myriad ways humans can tell each other the most amazing not quite truths, not quite lies.

    27. very interesting book. throwback to my childhood obsession with urban legends and all things that go bump in the night.

    28. The book was interesting on where the stories came from and how many generations have been telling the same stories to get across a certain moral.

    29. Just the thing if you enjoy urban legends. It is really colossal. It's hard to imagine that anything got left out.

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