The Mexican Pet: More "New" Urban Legends and Some Old Favorites

The Mexican Pet: More "New" Urban Legends and Some Old Favorites

Jan Harold Brunvand

Language: English

Pages: 224

ISBN: 0393305422

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


"A uniquely entertaining book: edifying scholarship, diverting social history."—Elaine Kendall, Los Angeles Times

"[The book] captures the spirit of convivial storytelling and even encourages the activity. . . . Many readers . . . will be gratified to know that Brunvand intends to continue this series of relaxed, unofficial excursions into popular legends. Admirers of curiosa and the psychology of crowds cannot afford to miss them." —Kirkus Reviews

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column by Steve Love in the Akron [Ohio] Beacon Journal, 14 April 1982.) I had heard this hilarious accident legend told as a “Tourist story” about a Utah ski resort in the winter of 1979–80, and I mentioned it in the last chapter of The Vanishing Hitchhiker along with three other legends in which accident victims compare notes in an emergency room. Since then, “The Ski Accident” seems to have had a vigorous life in tradition and in the press. On 6 February 1982 Ron Hudspeth of the Atlanta

family dog for a nice long walk each evening. It was good exercise for both of them, his wife felt, and the dog became so used to the routine that it positively drooled to be taken out right on schedule every night. So when her husband was sick one evening, the wife took the dog out instead. And to her surprise the dog pulled vigorously at the leash and led her around the block to a house around the corner and began to scratch at the door. A female voice called out, “I won’t be a minute,

1956) contains a story said to have taken place shortly after the Civil War about an attempted robbery in a horse and buggy that has almost identical details. The young driver spots the stubble of a beard under his passenger’s bonnet, so he contrives to lose his own hat and then asks the old woman to recover it for him while he reins back the skittish horses. Then he races away from her. The conclusion: “He picks up the basket and looks in it, to give it to his wife, and there’s two Colt 44’s in

radio station personnel had attempted to contact Modern People News and had been in touch with the Alabama Attorney General’s office. Following these efforts at verification, a statement was read on the air saying that although the attorney general had received between two and three thousand letters over a period of several weeks concerning the supposed gay-Jesus movie, no evidence could be found that such a project ever existed. Modern People News, it was stated, seemed to have either gone out

older prototype is suggested by the passage in Judges (chapter 15, verses 4–5) where Samson captured three hundred foxes (how?), tied firebrands to their tails, and “let them go into the standing corn of the Philistines,” burning their crops to the ground. Recent American versions tend to be told as hunting or camping adventures, such as those quoted above, in which wild animals (sometimes raccoons, chipmunks, squirrels, or porcupines) are caught and tortured, with the ultimate punishment

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