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Fiddler Woman
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Can you remember the first Urban Legend you ever heard? Year, place, from whom, about whose friend of a friend, etc...

1963, two blocks away from St, Monica's Elementary School on Genesee St. in Rochester, NY. Judy V. told me that her cousin who lives in California had a friend who knew this girl who had a BEEHIVE HAIRDO and never washed it, just kept spraying it and patting it into place every morning and one day when she was sitting in class all this blood started dripping from her head and when they got her to the hospital the doctos found that all these maggots had got into her scalp and eaten it up.

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Since I'm young, the first UL I remember hearing was the one aboot the priest's boner in "The Little Mermaid".

Actually, now that I think aboot it, most of my first Urban Legends involved Disney in some way.

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I don't remember the year, but it was probably in the late fifties or early sixties. My very own dad told me the story of the vanishing hitch-hiker, and I believed it was true, being very young at the time.

He later told me a nifty story of a ghost car at Neel's Gap, a dangerous spot in the North Georgia Mountains, where the unwary motorist could easily find himself off the road and plummeting down a seventy-degree slope for some six hundred feet.

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It was either the Choking Doberman or the kid found castrated in the mall bathroom. I heard both of these for the forst time from my mother, reported as true stories that someone had seen on the news.

Oh, and the poisoned Halloween candy thing, of course.

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The first one I heard was the one about the babysitter who thought the family dog was licking her hand from under the couch (it never occurred to me to question how a german shepherd was under a couch) when in fact, it was , of course the pscho killer who left a note in the room with the dead people stating "humans can lick hands too."oooooossccaarryyyy....
The other one (and I am embarrassed to say i accepted it as fact for many years) involved a med student going to a football game with a piece of the male anatomy - taking it to the men's room...well you get the picture "damn thing never worked right anyway!"

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Poison Halloween candy. I got that every year from being in kindergarten ownard.

Sister "can't remember much about that year, alas" Ray

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I'd say it was about 10 years ago. My mom was taken in by the Blue Star Tattoo UL. I haven't told her that it was a lie yet.

Damian "Poor, deluded mater..." Hood

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The first one I can remember was the blue star acid one, that I was supposed to be putting up posters warning people about for my 4-H club. I never put them up though, because it sounded screwy, and I'd never seen what it was talking about. My parents screamed at my sister for putting a stamp from her own inkpad on her hand once because of the stupid rumor though...
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It would have been the Halloween candy for me, too. We took it pretty much as gospel, except for neighbors that we knew well. I still remember feeling daring the time when I ate some of those pastel-colored pillow after-dinner mints that were handed out in little paper cups by some family I didn't know.

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dagwood
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Definately the poisned halloween candy.

Off topic just a bit, I work with 3 people who believed the avoid the mall at halloween thing. I sent them to the snopes website, but they just said that snopes was wrong. Some people don't know a good UL when they see one.

dag "for the record, I took my daugther to the mall trick or treating on halloween. Nothing happened" wood


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in my elementary school bathrooms the floor was tiled blue and yellow. someone told me that the yellow was where people peed on and it changed colors and if i stepped in it i would be always peeing and it would be uncontrolable. i was in kindergarden then and i didn't step in the yellow tles until my fifth grade year.


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Kate
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There was a girl who used to tell us "true" horror stories in handwork lessons. The earliest two I remember were first the one about the car driving through a town where there was a pop festival going on, a drunken/drugged fan grabs at the back bumper, the driver accelerates, later find the fan's hand somehow attached to the back bumper. I suppose it's a variation of the Hook

The other was the man waiting in a brothel, keeps helping himself from a bowl of peeled tomatoes, is later told they weren't tomatoes but last night's abortions. Only my classmate didn't know the word "abortions" and told it as "portions" - which we took to mean leftover food and was gross enough for us at the time.

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I think the first one I ever heard was the one about pop rocks. That if you ate pop rocks and drank a coke, your head stomach would explode. I can't remember who told me, but I wouldn't actually try it until I was into my teens...
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I had heard a bunch of them all my life, but I always knew they were ULs. The first one I heard that I actually thought might be true was the kidney hijack. I had actually never heard of this one before and when I was about 18 my boyfriend's boss claimed that it happened to her brother-in-law. He was in Las Vegas (of course) and accepted a sexy Chinese woman's invitation to come up to her room and have a drink. He woke up in a tub of ice, and you know the rest.
The funny thing was, I saw the episode of "Law & Order" where they deal with this subject only a few days later. I asked my step-father (who is a doctor) about it and he said that while it was medically possible, this was an Urban Legend that had been around for years and had likely never really happened to anyone.

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quote:
Originally posted by Terilyn:
I think the first one I ever heard was the one about pop rocks. That if you ate pop rocks and drank a coke, your head stomach would explode. I can't remember who told me, but I wouldn't actually try it until I was into my teens...

I can't remember if it was this one or the one about Rod Stewart getting his stomach pumped and they found a large amount (pint? quart?) of NFBSK in there.

Wave "not that I knew what NFBSK wasin those days.." Rider


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quote:
Originally posted by Terilyn:
I think the first one I ever heard was the one about pop rocks. That if you ate pop rocks and drank a coke, your head stomach would explode. I can't remember who told me, but I wouldn't actually try it until I was into my teens...

I can't remember if it was this one or the one about Rod Stewart getting his stomach pumped and they found a large amount (pint? quart?) of NFBSK in there.

Wave "not that I knew what NFBSK wasin those days.." Rider


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The first one I remember was about LSD-laced tatoos. I was in the first grade and my elementary school actually sent letters home warning parents about this horrible danger.
Then when I got my driver's license at around 15, one of my friends told me about tendon-cutting theives. She swore up and down taht it really happened to one of her cousin's firends (who heard it from the dispatcher who heard from the paramedic who works in a ER in Belguim ).
To this day, I still check under my car and in the backseat.
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Light as a feather, stiff as a board...

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Mary Black, please come back....

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When I was in about first grade, my mom told me not to accept stickers from people because they had something bad in the glue. Sounds like a version of blue star tattoos.
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Oh, boy, in modeling school we heard a version of the spider in the hairdo about a girl who had a super-lacquered hairdo, never letting a hair get out of place. She kept spraying and spraying and one day she just dropped dead in front of the mirror because her lungs were coated in hairspray.

I should add that I went to school with a girl who never did unrat her hair unless she was going to wash it. (Every couple of weeks.) It sort of stood open in the back like a turkey's tail. Very amusing.

About the same time we heard about the girl who applied hairspray while smoking. The can exploded and "she lived two minutes."

Time period: around 1962

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I heard Bloody Mary and The Hook sometime in early childhood.

However, when I was nine, my dad brought home Jan Brunvand's books. I read them many many times.

So from the age of nine, I was the pain-in-the-ass party-pooper kid who crowed "That's just an urban legend!!" every time someone told one. I almost got beat up once when I told another girl that the beehive story was a crock.


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Ben Goodridge
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Tough call.

When I was a kid I picked up a secondhand book of what I later discovered were Urban Legends, and my father is also a terrific teller of ghost stories. But none of those were meant to be taken seriously. The book was sold as fiction and my father certainly didn't expect us to take "The Golden Arm" or "The Disappearing Guitar" seriously.

I suppose then that it would have to be something that I was either expected to believe, or that the tellers themselves believed. The earliest one of those that I can remember is when my mother told me about the "girl she knew in college who had taken LSD and now was in an asylum believing that she was an orange." I almost fell on the floor laughing when I read that one here.

Of course, I'd also heard the same "Kid eats pop rocks and drinks Pepsi and explodes" and "Girl with beehive hairdo gets brain seizure from roaches eating into her scalp" rumors as everyone, which I didn't really believe or disbelieve. I also had a friend in high school who would believe pretty much anything that sounded good--he was a hard-core fan and unshakeably convicted despite reams of evidence to the contrary that Puff the Magic Dragon was about smoking marijuana, and nothing anyone could say or do would ever change his mind. He was the one who gave me the Little Mermaid poster and Sex on the Soda Cans legends.


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The first urban legend I remember hearing in my childhood was that cops could pull you over if you turned on the map light while driving at night. I think my mom was just irritated at me for playing with the light and told me something stupid to get me to stop.

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My first UL was around 1958 or 1960, when I was a kid in London. An older cousin told us, in all seriousness, that a friend of a friend who worked in a grocery shop had sold an entire crate of Kit-E-Kat (a brand of cheap cat food) to a 'coloured' gentleman; while he was carrying it away, he had smacked his lips and said "Yum yum, we is goin' to eat good t'night!"
It was only years later that I discovered that 'niggers' liking to eat pet food was a popular rascist UL in Britain at that time.

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The one I remember hearing and thinking was gospel truth was the one about the mom calling home to ask the teenage babysitter how everything was. The teenage babysitter responds, "Oh fine I'm just basting the turkey." Of course you all know what was actually in the oven.

Come to think of it there were lots of drug related ULs going the rounds back then.

The poisoned halloween candy and the Americans coming up to Canada in July with skiis on their car roofs are the other two I can remember offhand.

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Well, my girlfriend and I were in the back seat and...

Oh! Sorry! When I clicked on "Describe your first time," I was thinking about something else!


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I suppose it was during those segments on the show Animaniacs where the kid in the cap would talk about the bizare things that happened to his friend. He covered most of the big ones, hook hand, Mikey from Life, etc.

Either that or as stories at family gatherings.


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At about the same time:

Our sixth grade teacher's brain teaser, asking us to look up who our first president was (not Washington).

Our seventh grade science teacher telling us about the alligators in the New York City sewers.

Mom's urban legends (the secret draft exemption for the "first son of a first son" and the use of Coca-Cola to take rust off cars).

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In grade school: peace signs and swastikas were broken crosses, so hippies and Nazis were pretty much the same.

In high school: a cheerleader from our arch-rivals "did" the whole soccer team, went to hospital for stomach pump. Only time I've heard this version, usually it's the football or basketball team.

Health teacher: her sister-in-law's best friend's kids all went wack-ass from hippies mixing LSD in the ketchup bottles at McDonalds. The youngest never recovered.

First time I see a UL exposed: my buddy's college friend told The Mexican Pet as "totally" true. My bud exposed it - I go out next day for my 1st Brunvald book.

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My dad told me and my sister the phantom hitchhiker story as if it happened to himself.

But the first story i heard where it was told as true was the Saving-Soda-Tabs-For-Dialysis, by my dad too. When i read it was not true here, i was suprised. Made me wonder how many other things i currently take as fact really arn't.

My sister told me the Hover-Board-From-Back-To-The-Future-Is-Real one, which catapulted my fanatisism of the trilogy till this day.

The Flashing-Headlights-As-Gang-Initiation was the first debunk i did, i belive.

But my proudest moment was recently. My mom came and told me how my sisters husbands sister knew a girl who's boyfriend disapeared after Sept 11th, leaving a note warning her about malls during Halloween. As I started to roll my eyes and go into debunking mode, she told me how she started to tell this to her hairdresser, and her hairdresser finished the story for her, and how it was like one of those "legends" I'm always talking about. Finlly, recongnition.

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I think the first UL I ever heard (this would have been circa 1964, when I was 8) was the WOG==Wily Oriental Gentleman one.  Even back then, I could tell it was bogus, because "wily" is hardly an insult and "gentleman" even less so, and in any case the term was invariably applied to blacks — never to Orientals.

Some years later I came across the alternative "Working On Government Service" explanation (see link above), but it wasn't until I discovered the ULRP that I learned that the acronym is believed to be a 20th-century (probably WW2) invention, and any "acronym" earlier than this (e.g. ICTHYS, CABAL) is actually an acrostic — that is, a phrase devised to fit the initials of an already-existing word.


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I think the first one I remeber is if you collected the tootsie-pop wrappers with an indian shooting the star, you'd get some sort of free candy. I think I saw that one formally debunked only a year or so ago on our dear snopes site. Actually a lot of things I'd heard over the years have turned out to be totally wrong!

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Ohh boy, I was young...maybe 5? So about 1990? I guess...it was the "Bloody Finger" one, everyone has heard 3 million times...it's not really a UL, but it is good enough...
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I heard my first urban legend when I was six though I didn't know it was an urban legend.

I have an uncle who is only six years older than I. Three of my cousins (ages 11, 8 & 5) and myself were all invited to a sleep-over at my grandparents' house.

As soon as we arrived, we were treated to a supper of hot dogs, hamburgers & fries with ice cream for dessert while my uncle took all our stuff up to his room.

After supper, we went to my uncle's room where he told us the story of "Bloody Bones." (a variation of "Bloody Mary") Bloody Bones was the name of the ghost of a man who used to abduct kids, skin and butcher them like animals and eat them.

The story was if you were in a dark room, put a single candle in front of a mirror and said the name "Bloody Bones" three times, the ghost would appear.

My uncle told the story and then said he had a candle if anyone wanted to try summoning Bloody Bones in the bathroom across the hall from his room.

My 5-year-old cousin and I refused outright. The 11-year-old wanted to prove himself, but finally managed to goad the 8-year-old into going with him. My uncle lit the candle and told the 11-year-old to make sure the bathroom door was closed so the room was totally dark.

What we didn't know was that my uncle had also invited one of his neighborhood friends who was also about 12 or 13. The friend had arrived before we did and played up in my uncle's room while we had supper. My uncle brought him his food on one of his trips carrying our stuff.

The friend was now in the bathroom, standing in the tub with the shower curtain drawn. He was wearing a gorilla mask and holding a small hatchet.

As soon as my 11-year-old cousin said "Bloody Bones" for the third time (which took him quite a while according to the 8-year-old) the friend threw back the curtain, brandished the hatchet and howled.

We heard the howl, followed by a high-pitched whistling. (turned out to be my cousins' screams) Then there was a whole lot of commotion as they tried to get to the bathroom door. They got it open just in time to see my uncle close and lock the bedroom door. They banged on it for a second or two then we heard them thundering off down the hall.

My grandmother was upset but my grandfather thought it was funny. After my cousins got locked out of the bedroom, they flew down to the den where our grandparents were watching TV.

My uncle's friend hadn't even chased them. He had collapsed in a fit of laughter at the sight of my cousins falling over each other trying to get out of the bathroom. He was still sitting in the tub, mask and all, laughing his head off when my grandfather came up to investigate.

The 11-year-old tried to pretend he knew it was a joke and was just playing along.

I don't think the 8-year-old was able to blink for a week.


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Binro, that is one of the funniest stories I've heard for a long time!  (It's what we here call a YOMANK.)

By the way, welcome to the boards, and if you (and any other newbies here) nip over to the SLC board, you may be in time to catch the latest newbie initiation...


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