Ep. 3 – Urban Legends

With: Eric CunninghamBrandon Werner, Zara Findlay-Shirras, Deepu Murty

We’ve all heard an Urban Legend and even believed in one (whether we like it or not). In the modern internet world, you can’t go a day without a new one materializing, often disguised as real news or fact… and that’s the most frightening part.

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Warning, this list was decided in the ultra-scientific Totes Favs Battledore. It is therefore carved in stone. Disagree? Let us know in the comments, even if you are wrong.

5. Fiber Glass Tampons

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This one represents a whole category of Urban Legends: consumer scares. The idea that something in our very house right now could kill or maim, haunts us at such a primal level. It’s not surprising these Urban Legends are 90% of all local television news headlines.

4. 9-11 Dry Run

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The pages of Ripley’s Believe or Not have nothing as unfathomable as the true story that actor James Woods could have changed the course of human history if not for the incompetence of one airline employee

3. Gum Tum

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Since the invention of chewing gum, has there been a child who hasn’t been warned that any gum they swallow would stay in their stomach for seven full years? Physics and biology be damned, eventually if enough people believe something, isn’t it true in a way? Yes, Gum Tum is a quasi-religion.

2. The Jersey Devil

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There are not many parts of this country left where the ‘unknown’ can truly stay unknown. Oddly, in the most densely populated state in the union, lies The Pine Barrens, an area so weird, so empty, that a flying goat creature running wild in it doesn’t seem that far from possibility.

This Halloween season, we have two new pieces of evidence: this highly believable photo and this totally not a puppet video.

1. Poison Halloween Candy

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This is not true. I repeat. This has never actually happened. Yet, the greatest holiday of the year is being slowly destroyed in the wake of this Urban Legend as an excuse for Gen X parents to go to their slutty Halloween parties. The power of belief in strangers tampering with Halloween candy is almost supernatural, and therefore it will reigns supreme until trick or treating has been forgotten in time.

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