In the Critter Country section, we have a urban legend that goes back to a tale by Baron Munchausen (or "Münchhausen", as the German spelling would be).
We had another one here recently about a hunter tieing some bait to a string and catching several ducks on a row with it, that were tied together already to carry them home. IIRC, this story has a Munchausen origin as well, even if I can't find it in the online edition.
A German book of ULs ( The Spider in the Yucca Plant) has a story about a hunter who attacks a wild boar with his hunting knife, sporting a cherry wood handle. He doesn't kill the boar, and it makes off with the knife in his side. The next year the hunter shoots a boar in the same area, and to his surprise finds a cherry tree growing from it's side - his knife had taken roots. This story is a variant of one of the Baron's tales ( Chapter IV).
Are there more Munchausen related ULs you know of?
Don "Baron" Enrico
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"...and that little boy named Freddy, with the big nose... grew up to be... Baron Karl Friedrich Hieronymus, the Freiherr von Münchhausen. And now you know... the Rest of the Story."
On the subject of the Baron, for those of you interested in non-traditional RPGs/party games, you can't go wrong with the Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen, published by the previous staff of Hogshead Publishing, a great mini meta-RPG/drinking game where the object is to make up the most outrageous story off the top of your head. The winner of course buys a round of drinks for the party.
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