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Examples of Urban Legend

An urban legend is usually urban folklore, true or false, but it can also be a self promotion exercise for 'celebrity status'. In common usage, urban legends are common information or disinformation which can be anything from great household cleaners to stories about non-existent animals roaming the area. The expression 'urban legend', by definition, is a skeptical term for information or the basis of information.


Examples of Urban Legend:

The food coloring blue (cochineal) is made from ground up insects (True)
Twinkies store forever (False)
Mold in pancake mix causes anaphylactic shock (True)
The middle name of President Harry S. Truman was just the letter S (True)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urban_legend
http://www.lhup.edu/~dsimanek/sciurban.htm

Image Example of Urban Legend:

The 'Bunny Man Bridge', an example of legend tripping.