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The baby train and other lusty urban legends

Author: Jan Harold Brunvand
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, ©1993.
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America's premiere folk detective is back on the case, sniffing out those zany but dubious stories that "really happened" to a friend of your sister's boyfriend's accountant's mechanic. Jan Harold Brunvand - "Mr. Urban Legend" (Smithsonian) - tracks the most fabulous tales making today's cocktail-party circuit and shows why those stories that sound too good to be true probably are too good to be true. The Baby Train  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jan Harold Brunvand
ISBN: 0393034380 9780393034387
OCLC Number: 25508604
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 367 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Some can tell 'em, some can't --
1. Sex and scandal legends : "The baby train" ; "Superhero hijinks" ; "The hairdresser's error" ; "The butcher's prank" ; "The bad bachelorette" ; Photo faux pas and the infamous toothbrush story ; "The shocking videotape" --
2. Horrors : "Flights of fancy" ; "Mothers' double talk" and other domestic tragedies ; Three sticky situations ; "The accidental cannibals" ; "The exploding bra" ; Exploding airplanes ; "The failed suicide" ; "Psychic videotapes" ; "No news but bad news" ; The Jersey devil ; Mothman, big bird or fantasy? ; "Homey the clown" ; The well to hell ; Drug horror stories --
3. Crime and punishment : Foiled again! Lessons from folklore ; Annual campus crime-rumor scares ; Crime victims speak, and folklorists listen ; City life ; From the annals of modern crime ; "The body in the bed" ; "The slasher under the car" ; "The colander copier caper" ; Crime and the quake ; "The kidney heist" --
4. On-the-job legends : Career decisions ; "The bedbug letter" ; Roughneck fishermen throw 'em back ; "The wife on the flight" ; Mistaken identities ; "The technology contest" ; "Give me a high three" ; A dirt-cheap way of selling real estate ; Tales from the greenroom ; The modem tax rumor ; Log-on lingo and other net takes --
5. Fun and games : "Built in a day" ; Tour guide stories ; Golf stories ; These creative tales age well ; Biker legends ; Generation gap lore moves with the times ; Messin' with jazz --
6. Foreign relations : Culture clash legends ; Refugees adapt to life Hmong strangers ; British travel troubles ; Good on you, Australians ; Tall tales from the low countries ; Finnish urban legends ; My man in Silesia ; Hold that Taiga tale ; The latest legends from Italy ; Urban legends in Japan --
7. Animal legends : Sad animal tales, and why there are no cats in Solvay, New York ; Why your pet hates the vet ; "Stupid pet rescues" ; Motown panthers (and others) are hard to trail ; "The hunter's nightmare" ; "The flying cow" ; "The missionaries and the cat" ; "The spider in the cactus" ; "The snake in the greens" and other weird green things --
8. Academic legends : Back to school legends ; "The obligatory wait" ; Sinking libraries ; Switched campus buildings ; "The dormitory surprise" ; "The gay roommate" ; "The daughter's letter from college" ; Lending a hand at med school ; Lessons in compassion ; Dissertation blues.
Other Titles: Baby train.
Responsibility: Jan Harold Brunvand.

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