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Urban Legends: True? False?

In this thread, we'll post some "urban legends" and -if possible- we'll find out if its true or false. You know there are some sites with lots of this legends, but we'll try to post some here for those lazy guys/girls on AS.

Hope you enjoy it.

I'll begin with something quite disgusting, so careful those with weak stomach...

Doctors Find Live Worm in Patient's Eye

Email text contributed anonymously, 16 Nov 2002:


Subject: Fw: Careful with dust!!!

Its just like from an alien movie be very careful when u get caught with dust...as following pics will show effects of bad dust to a person.

While he was walking he felt an eye irritation, thinking that it was just regualr dust, he started to rub his eye, in an effort to remove the dust.... then his eyes got really red, and he went and bought some eye drops from a pharmacy....few days passed n his eyes were still red and seems a little swollen.

Again he dismissed it as the constant rubbing and that it will go away. The days go by the swelling of his eye got worse, redder and bigger.... till he decided to go and see a doctor for a check up.

The doctor immediately wanted an operation, being afraid of a tumor growth or cyst. At the operation, what was thought to be a growth or cyst, actually turned out to be a live worm..... what was thought initially to be just mere dust actually was an insect's egg......because of that, my friends, if u do get caught in dust, and the pain persists, pls go see a doctor immediately...... thank you.... (see the pics)


Bizarre as it may seem, the preceding photos are authentic, although the same cannot be said of the accompanying narrative, which is a fabrication.

We don't know who assembled the emailed collage, but after a painstaking search we did find the source of the individual images, an article entitled "Anterior Orbital Myiasis Caused by Human Botfly," published in the July 2000 number of the Archives of Ophthalmology, a journal of the American Medical Association.

"Myiasis" is the medical term for a maggot (fly larva) infestation of a living body. In this case, the patient was a 5-year-old boy treated by U.S. Air Force surgeons in a rural area of the Republic of Honduras. "The respiratory pore of a late-stage larva of the human botfly (Dermatobia hominis) was located in the anterior orbit," says the article abstract. "The larva was gently removed under general anesthesia through a small incision in the conjunctiva." The patient was apparently none the worse for wear.

It would appear the text of this article was not consulted when the email tale was composed. Neither "bad dust" nor excessive eye rubbing were cited as causes of the infestation in the 5-year-old patient. According to entomologists, the human botfly lays its eggs on the bodies of other insects (such as mosquitoes), which then transfer the eggs to animal or human hosts by direct contact. When a botfly egg hatches, the larva burrows into the host's skin head-first and begins feeding.

This nasty creature is found mainly in Central and South America, but there are other species of flies known to responsible for cases of myiasis in North America, mainly blowflies. According to an epidemiological study conducted in 2000, most instances of myiasis acquired in the United States are the result of blowflies laying their eggs in pre-existing wounds.

None of which is quite as terrifying as the claim that any of us could end up with a worm in our eye simply by being exposed to too much dust, which helps explain why the true facts of the case aren't circulating along with the photos. In folklore, the story's the thing — accuracy takes a back seat to emotional impact. Or, as Jan Harold Brunvand succinctly puts it, "The truth never stands in the way of a good story."
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Old 12-07-2003   #2
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Re: Urban Legends: True? False?

Omg! I was grabbing a quick bite when I looked at this thread! *spits food out*

Here's one: Sitter Dies & Dead Baby Found Weeks Later

A Norwegian couple, who had not had a proper holiday for years, decided to treat themselves to a long winter holiday in the sun. At last the great day dawned; everything was packed and loaded into the car -- as soon as Nanny arrived they could get away. But today of all days, Nanny was late. At the last minute she phoned and told them that her car had broken down. The man said that if they came to collect her now they would miss their flight; was it too far to walk? Nanny said it wasn't, they could leave and she'd be there in a quarter of an hour. So the wife strapped their young son into his highchair, told him Nanny wouldn't be long, and set off for their island in the sun. During the long, hot weeks away they missed the news that the girl had been hit by a lorry and killed on her way to their house. When at last they returned, sun-bronzed and rejuvenated, they found their starved son still strapped into his chair where they had left him.

I don't know, but wouldn't parents call to check in on their children ? Well, that's probably why it's an urban legend.
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Careless parents....ALWAYS MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD IS IN SAFE HANDS!
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look at www.snopes.com, that's a good site.
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Re: Urban Legends: True? False?

Here's another story, maybe you've heard about it before, but it's here for those who doesn't or have just seen the picture.

Crocodile Eats Golfer

Subject: FW: Read story first before opening picture.

You must read this and see the picture at the end. It is just crazy.... This is a true story from Palm Beach, Florida (the proof is at the end, but read the story first).

The first foursome of the day played together to the 5th hole where one impatient golfer went ahead of the group. The remaining three finished their round and headed for the nineteenth hole to meet their less-patient friend. However, he wasn't there...and was no where to be found. Since his car was still in the parking lot, the threesome waited two hours.

Thinking the impatient golfer might still be somewhere out on the course, they notified the clubhouse and the search was on. Of course, the impatient golfer was not located, but his clubs were found on the hole. Three days later, Ole Mose was spotted on the seventh hole and was an immediate suspect.

Ole Mose was an American crocodile that was an infrequent course visitor for over 20 years. Not too much concern was ever given Ole Mose, as he had always made a hasty retreat whenever he saw anyone coming. To make a long story even longer, after the course officials, SPCA, lawyers, citizens groups, the mayor, Palm Beach PD, and the American Crocodile Association of Southern Florida agreed, it was decided that, in order to put everyone's mind at ease, Ole Mose should be unzipped.

Take notice to what the man standing over Ole Moses is holding.



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Zoologist and crocodile expert Adam "he oughta know" Britton tells us the story is fake but the photo is real. The incident captured on film didn't happen in Florida.

How does he know?

Because this particular species of crocodile, Crocodylus porosus, is native to Indonesia. Plus, says Britton, there has never been a crocodile-caused fatality in Florida (alligators are a different story).

The photo was taken in Kalimantan (Borneo) in 1997, but nothing else is known about it. The email story was attached in July 1998 and has circulated ever since.

For a clue as to how such a tasteless joke even came about, look no further than the fact that alligators are plentiful in Florida and often sighted on golf courses. Golfers have even been bitten on occasion! The author was apparently aware of these facts but confused alligators with crocodiles, of which there are only a few hundred left in Florida and none at all north of the Everglades.

Nevertheless, the story rings true for enough people that The Breakers, a hotel and golf course in West Palm Beach whose name appears in versions of the email story, has received a steady stream of credulous phone calls from the day it first appeared. "I compare this prank to tabloid journalism," a spokesperson complained to reporters. "When you're at the top of the heap, someone wants to knock you down."

I don't think the reputation of the endangered American crocodile has exactly benefitted from the hoax either.
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ewww, that's gross *throws up*
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Re: Urban Legends: True? False?

ok, i need to say a couple of things. first, there are a couple great books that explain urban legends. one of them is simply, "Urban Legends" by Richard Roeper (the guy from ebert and roeper) and second is the "Idiots Guide to Urban Legends." In both of these books they show how to pick out obvious urband legends and some that are based on fact and twisted into something much more.

Secondly, i am a college student and am currently in a crime scene investigation class and when someone dies, maggots immediately burrow themselves and eggs into the human eye socket. this is most likely what had happened and someone saw a dead body for the first time and it spread to a worm. Maggots look like worms, sort of, and most people are morons.

also, any idiot could have wrote that article. any type of warning that is medical will not have three exclamation points after the warning, poor syntax, and "..." all over the goddamn place. plus, this WILL happen to EVERYONE who dies outside. it happens within minutes. look it up
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Re: Urban Legends: True? False?

sorry, did anyone hear about the urban legend that on september 11th, starbucks in that area was charging firefighters for water???? someone brought that up to me recently and i thought that it was crazy and was just wondering if anyone else has heard about that.
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Maggots look like worms
They taste funny...maggots I mean. Quite bitter.
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ok, i need to say a couple of things. first, there are a couple great books that explain urban legends. one of them is simply, "Urban Legends" by Richard Roeper (the guy from ebert and roeper) and second is the "Idiots Guide to Urban Legends." In both of these books they show how to pick out obvious urband legends and some that are based on fact and twisted into something much more.

Secondly, i am a college student and am currently in a crime scene investigation class and when someone dies, maggots immediately burrow themselves and eggs into the human eye socket. this is most likely what had happened and someone saw a dead body for the first time and it spread to a worm. Maggots look like worms, sort of, and most people are morons.

also, any idiot could have wrote that article. any type of warning that is medical will not have three exclamation points after the warning, poor syntax, and "..." all over the goddamn place. plus, this WILL happen to EVERYONE who dies outside. it happens within minutes. look it up

Well, that's why they are "urban legends", it's just entertainment, not to be taken so seriously.
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Re: Urban Legends: True? False?

I know Snopes.com has a wide variety of Urban Legends. They also tell if they are true or false.
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Re: Urban Legends: True? False?

Here's another one:

Shark Attacks Helicopter!

Netlore Archive: Alleged photo of a great white shark lunging out of the water to attack a scuba diver dangling precariously from a helicopter ladder. Real or fake?

Description: Email hoax
Status: False
Circulating since: August 2001
Analysis: See below


Email contents contributed by C. Ellis, 8 August 2002:


AND YOU THINK YOUR HAVING A BAD DAY AT WORK !!

Although this looks like a picture taken from a Hollywood movie, it is in fact a real photo, taken near the South African coast during a military exercise by the British Navy.

It has been nominated by Geo as "THE photo of the year".


Comments: Anyone who's ever visited San Francisco knows this "real" photo couldn't possibly have been taken off the South African coast. That's the Golden Gate Bridge in the background!


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The picture is unquestionably a fake, albeit a very good one. It's a composite of a U.S. Air Force photo (inverted) of an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter during a National Guard rescue diver training session in San Francisco Bay and a dramatic still of a great white shark breaching the ocean surface by acclaimed underwater photographer Charles Maxwell. Maxwell says he shot the shark footage in False Bay near Cape Town, South Africa.

The anonymous cut-and-paste job first began circulating in August 2001, when sharks were very much in the news following the widely publicized mauling of eight-year-old Jessie Arbogast off Pensacola Beach, Florida. The 2002 version shown above, embedded in a Word document with fabricated (and misspelled) caption, began circulating precisely a year later.

Update: Are Vending Machines Deadlier than Sharks? - Vending machines kill, sharks don't, according to a July 4 Reuters headline. The article quotes an L.A. lifeguard who asserts that in spite of the ubiquitous fear of shark attacks in this country, 'more people are killed in the United States each year by vending machines,' which smacks of an urban legend but probably isn't.
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