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Comment: I am commenting on the "legend" called Cactus Attacked Us. My
mother's co-worker was told by a customer about a similiar situation that
happend to her. She had bought a(I am told 6 foot) cactus. She wend
home, planted it, and later heard a noise coming from it. She called
someplace(I dont know the full details of the phone call) and she was told
to evacuate the house. Later, an exterminator came to her house to kill
the tarauntulas that were inside of it. Again, this happend to a customer
of my mom's co-worker, and is a true story. Thank you for your time.

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Well MY mother's co-worker's customer's sister in law's boyfriend's father is a policeman and he says that tarrantula's have never been reported hatching from a cactus. True story!
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Comment: Hey, this is a cool site you have set up. But I have found two instances
of legends you claim to be un-true to actually be true. The first is the
guy who tries to steal gas out of an RV syphoning from the wrong tank.
That did happen in Michigan about 2 years ago I believe. Also the Orange
juice acid man. I had a freind who some real bad acid and then actually
went insane. He was in a mental institution last time I checked. He always
wears a hat and says if he takes it off his orange juice will spill out.
That's about the extent of his problems.

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Some people only want to believe the legends they already know are wrong are the ones sites like this will say is wrong. They seem only to seek confirmation on their current beliefs, as opposed to actually wanting some truly new data which would most likely involve totally debunking something previously wholly thought to be true. Fragile e-mailer... Let's sick Gaspork (god of breakage) upon this one!
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Comment: Your debunking of the Hillary lamp-throwing, is, I believe, wrong.

From 1989 to 1991 I was stationed at Quantico, VA, working with Marines.
From 1991 to 1995, I was stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC, but drove up to
Quantico to work out every couple months or so. This was a small, very
tough dojo. Most of the participants were SpecOps types, with some of the
tougher Marines, and other elite units. We'd occasionally get some FBI
and Treasury types.

Sometime around '92 or '93 we had a Secret Service type show up for
training for a few sessions. I only met him once, but he told the lamp
story, which was where I first heard it.

He also told some other stories....

Of course, he may have been lying. It's possible. But I didn't think so
at the time, and I don't think so now.

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Of course we all know that the Secret Service never gossip!

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ROFL!
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juice acid man. I had a freind who some real bad acid and then actually
went insane. He was in a mental institution last time I checked. He always
wears a hat and says if he takes it off his orange juice will spill out.
That's about the extent of his problems.

I never thought to look this up as an UL. Why? because I just kinda dismissed it as a dumb story a friend told in high school while a bunch of us were inebriated. The way I heard it though was that my friend's friend was the one in the hospital (no FOAF here, this was direct from the friend's mouth so-to-speak). So, let's see, Dan's friend took too many trips down Acid Street and wound up in an assylum where he'd let no one near him because he thought he was a glass of orange juice and was afraid someone would spill him. [Laughing out loud] Dan had the habit of telling the tall tales so I never thought the tale was tall AND wide! How wonderful!
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I've been had!!! My mother and father used drugs when they were teenagers so my Grandma had lots of scary drug stories to tell......Anywhoo my Grandma told me a similar version of this story about a guy who takes acid, freaks out and hides behind his couch claiming he is an orange and if he comes out someone will step on him. I always thought this story was about one of my moms teenage friends so I never questioned it!! [Dumb]

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This reminds me of the thread where someone wrote that a cop "drank some hippie bullshit water" and now he "rolls around the house smelling like citrus."

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Comment: Just a quick note re the above article I happened to see on your site
tonight. This really happened! I was working in Southern California, the
Torrance area, in approx. 1973. Marianne XXXXXXXX, daughter of the owner
of the business where I worked, came to work one day and told of her
neighbor's hysterical predicament. The whole neighborhood was agahst! I
worked at a company called "XXXXXXXXX Allied Products." I don't know if
they still exist, but they were an herb distributing company. My boss'
name was Mickey XXXXXXXXX. I've never forgotten the story... I don't know
if you would bother pursuing it, but you have the names and date to check!
The man was dressed in a Superman costume, and indeed, his wife was naked
and screaming, tied to the bed. Her husband was on the dresser,
attempting to jump onto his wife and knocked himself out in the process!
It was a house, not an apartment bldg., and Marianne XXXXXXX lived next
door!

It took me awhile to remember the names, but I will never forget the
story! Ha ha ha!

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Comment: My wife is an RN that used to work in St. Petersburg Florida with
a very credible RN. She confirmed that when she used to work in New York
this actually happened. In fact, it had happened before and doctors told
Mr. Gere that because of the damage done (the dead hamster had been in
there for a few days) a (sp) collostomy may have to be performed. The RN
in question is a very quiet unassuming lady who is very credible.

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Comment: My wife is an RN that used to work in St. Petersburg Florida with
a very credible RN. She confirmed that when she used to work in New York
this actually happened. In fact, it had happened before and doctors told
Mr. Gere that because of the damage done (the dead hamster had been in
there for a few days) a (sp) collostomy may have to be performed. The RN
in question is a very quiet unassuming lady who is very credible.

So, is she credible? I don't think you were very salient on that point.

D. Dodge "D is for Credible" Silver

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quote:
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He always wears a hat and says if he takes it off his orange juice will spill out.
That's about the extent of his problems.

So, aside from the citric hat and being locked up, the guy's got no other real problems. Sweet!
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^^ Wearing a hat
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quote:
Originally posted by snopes:
He always wears a hat and says if he takes it off his orange juice will spill out.
That's about the extent of his problems.

So, aside from the citric hat and being locked up, the guy's got no other real problems. Sweet!
I wish that was the extent of MY problems, too. I'd wear a hat 24/7 and life would be good.. [Smile]

The problem would be shampooing. [Confused]

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I wish that was the extent of MY problems, too. I'd wear a hat 24/7 and life would be good..

The problem would be shampooing

But that would be easy! You wouldn't have to shampoo. No one would see the greasy mess under the hat. Kinda like sweeping the dirt under the rug. [Wink]

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Comment: The legend about gang members driving with their headlights off I
believe is true. I live about 15 minute south of Memphis, TN, and a few
years ago (not sure exactly what year) all the news channels were
broadcasting about this, and warning people to be careful. I can't
remember if they said anyone was killed or not, but they said it was
happening.

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quote:
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Comment: The legend about gang members driving with their headlights off I
believe is true. I live about 15 minute south of Memphis, TN, and a few
years ago (not sure exactly what year) all the news channels were
broadcasting about this, and warning people to be careful. I can't
remember if they said anyone was killed or not, but they said it was
happening.

Yes and we know the news media is never wrong or sensational. [Roll Eyes]

"Operation Tailwind, anyone?" -otter

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Comment: I read your comments on the spiders erupting from young girls'
cheeks. Whilst you marked it false, I beg to differ.

My mother is a councellor, and one of her councelling friends had a
councellee who was petrified by spiders after a lump she had discovered on
her leg suddenly burst open while she was in the bath tub with millions of
spiders coming out.

ALso, my step-grandfather who has travelled round the world got a spider
bite while staying in Italy. He left it for a while but the bite became
increasingly painful and large so he decided to scalpul it open. Inside he
found hundreds of eggs.

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quote:
Originally posted by snopes:
ALso, my step-grandfather who has travelled round the world got a spider
bite while staying in Italy. He left it for a while but the bite became
increasingly painful and large so he decided to scalpul it open. Inside he
found hundreds of eggs.

Like we're supposed to trust the second-hand medical "knowledge" of somebody who can't even spell "scalpel?"

Dr "Not to mention verbing a noun - bleh" Fraud

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quote:
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My mother is a councellor, and one of her councelling friends had a
councellee who was petrified by spiders after a lump she had discovered on
her leg suddenly burst open while she was in the bath tub with millions of
spiders coming out.

All together now - what was she doing in the bathtub with the spiders in the first place? Even if they WERE developing confidence in their sexual identities.
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Comment: Regarding the UL about Zsa Zsa Gabor asking Johnny Carson "
Johnny, would you like to pet my pussy?" Carson responded, "Sure, if you
move that damn cat out of the way!"

I saw that show. It was Raquel Welch with the cat and she did say "Would
you like to pet my pussy?" (Exact quote). I can't quote Carson's response
exactly but it was close to "Sure, if you'll just move that cat!" or
"Sure, if you get rid of the cat!". He did not say "damn" or "out of the
way".

Again, I saw the show personally. It did happen.

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Comment: I was reading the legend of the charred diver found after a fire
was extinguished in California. It stated that this myth was false.
However, in 1993, this actually did happen in Laguna Beach. It was all
over the news. Just thought you may want to check it out and update.

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Comment: My aunt and uncles friend was the one who discovered the body in the box
springs. It was actually a hooker and when they checked in the first day
the room smelled bad, they came and sprayed and recleaned finally after
the second day they couldn't take the smell anymore and found the body.
It was at the Excalibur hotel in Vegas.

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Err, just what was your aunt doing at the Excalibur with your uncle's friend, anyway?
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Kind of makes me rethink my "spray the first night, change rooms if that doesn't work" policy.
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Everyone repeat after me: People are dumb...people are dumb...
SERIOUSLY! There are so many UL's I have been told by friends who SWEAR they were true. The gas station/murderer in the abck seat one was one I thought had actually happened to my friend Teri's aunt because Teri presented it as complete fact (this was back before I had a computer or a snopes). The gang thing...well that does worry me because I think what if some smart ass gang bangers take the UL and use it...
The thing that gets me is people will read all the evidence as to why something is not true, including people who were there saying that it isn't true and STILL they'll swear on a stack of bibles that it is fact because "my aunt's best friend's dog's hair stylist's boyfriend's niece's teacher's Godfather's gerbil was the one they found in Richard Gere's hiney...hence, people are dumb.
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Comment: This story is true. But not as you have it told. While stationed at DLI
(Defense Language Institute) in Monteray California between 1989-1990 a
very similar thing happened. A lower ranking service man living in the
Naval barracks began having bloody discharge form his rectum and extreme
morning headaches. He went to the hospital on Fort Ord and the doctor told
that this was common for a gay person to have. And informed him that he
was going to inform his commander to proceed with dishonorable discarge
proceedings. When the blood work report returned there was evidence of a
high level of ether still in his blood stream. At this point the doctor
was inclined to believe the service man that he was infact not gay. Also
at this point the doctor contacted the MP's. They arrested the three roommates and searched the four man bay. Above the ceiling tile they found
a bottle of ether and an old sock. At this point the guilty roommate broke
down and confessed everything. He was taken to the brig and was sencented
to time in Levinworth. The assulted service man left the service also with
a medical discharge with full benifits.
You may choose not to believe me, but I was there. You can check my
service records.

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Comment: I was told that on each military post the truck (ball on top) of the
flagpole and the base of the flagpole contain: a service revolver, a round
of ammunition, and a book of matches. This is so that the commander
instead of surrendering his post to the enemy can instead take down the
flag, burn it to prevent desecration, and commit suicide rather than be
taken alive.

I wrote a message yesterday about this subject and to add to that, there
is not a service revolver in the truck, there is a .45 caliber bullet.
It's symbolic to be used for the final defense of the base by the
commander - not to committ suicide, which is prescribed against in the
Army Code of Conduct - and even attempting to is a courtmarshalling
offense. The .45 caliber bullet is there instead of the military's
standard use 9 mm bullet because when this originally was instituted the
45 was the weapon in use in the Army, not the 9 mm.

Once again, this is a true 'legend' - there is even a question asked on
the promotion boards on this very subject - expected to be known by anyone
of at least 3-4 (specialist/Corperal) and above.

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Comment: I was writing you concerning the Satanic story dealing with the
P&G president. I would like to say that I have actually seen this episode
before. I can't tell you what show it was on though...I don't believe it
was on Phil Donahue or Sally Jesse. I will say that I distinctly remember
someone on a show saying that he contributed to the Satanic church and
that he was the President of P&G. This is very strange because I really
do remember this. Please do some more checking around.

It could have been some other show with lower credentials like Jerry
Springer or Jenny Jones I really don't remember. Anyway just wanted to let
you all know.

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Comment: I was writing you concerning the Satanic story dealing with the
P&G president. Maybe that was me. I would like to say that I have actually seen this episode
before. That's nice. I can't tell you what show it was on though... How convinent. I don't believe it
was on Phil Donahue or Sally Jesse. I will say that I distinctly remember
someone on a show saying that he contributed to the Satanic church and
that he was the President of P&G. You can distinctly remember this and not the name of the show this person was on? This is very strange because I really
do remember this. Yes, it must be strange that you remember something. Please do some more checking around.

It could have been some other show with lower credentials like Jerry
Springer or Jenny Jones I really don't remember. Anyway just wanted to let
you all know. Before you forgot all about it, right? [Big Grin]


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Comment: I would like to state for the record the I DID SEE with my own
two eyes and heard with my own ears, a man claiming to be the head of P&G
on the Sally J. Rafael show many years ago. And he DID STATE that he was
a satan worshiper. I don't know the extent of what was said in the
show -vs- the urban legened, but it angers me that Ms. Rafael now claims
that no one was on her show saying this. Did this person claim to be a
top P&G guy and lie to her? Is this why she now claim that it didn't
happen? I don't know this. BUT I DID SEE THIS SHOW AND THAT WAS SAID.

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Hello Kitty came to me last night.. and she said if I sent this man a grand.. I would get a check for a billion dollars!

[Roll Eyes]

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quote:
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Hello Kitty came to me last night.. and she said if I sent this man a grand.. I would get a check for a billion dollars!

[Roll Eyes]

Send me the grand and the magic program that bill gates is testing will send you a check for a billion dollars!

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quote:
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Once again, this is a true 'legend' - there is even a question asked on
the promotion boards on this very subject - expected to be known by anyone
of at least 3-4 (specialist/Corperal) and above.

Is 3-4 the l33t way of spelling E-4?

I wonder if the promotion board also asks if you should capitalize Specialist and spell Corporal properly?

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Sheesh. The last three comments sound as if they're written by the same delusional character. I'd love it if he'd send us a Release of Medical Records form so we can check out something a bit more interesting and relevant than his service record.
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