Presentation on theme: "Urban Legends GLE 0801.4.3 Make distinctions about the credibility, reliability, consistency, strengths, and limitations of resources, including information."— Presentation transcript:
Definition of Urban Legend from "The Vanishing Hitchhiker" Urban legends "are realistic stories concerning recent events (or alleged events) with an ironic or supernatural twist. They are an integral part of Anglo-American culture and are told and believed by some of the most sophisticated "folk" of modern society–young people, urbanites, and the well educated. Jan Harold Brunvand, http://www.snopes.com/horrors/ghosts/vanish.asp http://www.snopes.com/horrors/ghosts/vanish.asp
What is an urban legend? An urban legend is an apocryphal story told as true, concerning some horrific, amusing or ironic aspect of modern life.
Though the term seems to have become synonymous in common parlance with "false belief," it denotes a more complex and subtle social phenomenon having to do with the production and transmission of folk narratives — narratives which are indeed usually false, but which can, on rare occasions, prove to be true. http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/faq/blfaq-urbanlegend.htm
Characteristics: It is a narrative. It is alleged to be true. It is plausible enough to be believed. It is passed along from individual to individual in oral or written form (e.g., fax, photocopy or email). http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/faq/blfaq-urbanlegend.htm
Fact or Urban Legend? Lead in Lipstick High Cholesterol is Healthy Coffee Fool…Are You One Too? Help Find Ashley Flores Judge Sentences Rap Music Fan to Bach, Beethoven Judge Sentences Rap Music Fan to Bach, Beethoven Woman Says She Was Shot In The Leg By Her Stove The Centaur Excavations Dehydrated Water A Well Known Urban Legend Consider Your Source More Urban Legends
Lipstick Article FACT LEGEND NEW PRODUCT TESTS FIND LEAD IN LIPSTICK NEW PRODUCT TESTS FIND LEAD IN LIPSTICK Top brands L’Oreal, Cover Girl and Christian Dior test positive for lead!
Snopes Article LEGEND Lead in Lipstick The Food and Drug Administration states that there is only a miniscule of harmful substances in cosmetics, not enough to have any adverse effect.
High Cholesterol Article The secret is out––and studies show that higher cholesterol could slash your stroke risk by nearly 300%! FACT LEGEND
Books by Dr. Douglass High Cholesterol Healthy? William Campbell Douglass II, M.D. is a famous alternative doctor who is sending a free booklet to many people to get them to buy his Douglass Report. William Campbell Douglass (M.D.) says a diet in low fat is actually killing everyone. He is saying a diet high in red meat will reduce your risk of heart disease. He claims drinking water will do more harm than good. Is high cholesterol healthy? That would be a question for you and your doctor to decide. Science is Critical
Coffee Article FACT LEGEND Coffee Fool The shocking secret coffee companies don’t want you to know!
Coffee ArticleCoffee Article Defining FreshnessDefining Freshness LEGEND Coffee Fool This site states that all of the coffee out there is stale. The good news is that stale coffee is drinkable but once you've tasted truly fresh coffee, you'll be forever hooked. You will not know fresh until you taste coffee just roasted. You will not know stale until you see and taste what is unstale.
Help Find This Missing Girl: Ashley Flores A 13 year old girl, Ashley Flores has been missing for two weeks. An email bearing her picture and a plea for help has been circulated. FACT LEGEND Ashley Flores Email
Snopes Article LEGEND Help Find Ashley Flores The text of the email does not include the most basic information in a missing child plea: where the young girl went missing, when she went missing, when and where she was last seen, a description of her, her parents’ contact information, and contact information for the police handling the case.
Judge sentences rap music fan to Bach, Beethoven A defendant had a hard time facing the music. Andrew Vactor was facing a $150 fine for playing rap music too loudly on his car stereo in July. But a judge offered to reduce that to $35 if Vactor spent 20 hours listening to classical music by the likes of Bach, Beethoven and Chopin. FACT LEGEND Rap Music Article
Information from: Springfield News-Sun, http://www.springfieldnewssun.com http://www.springfieldnewssun.com Judge sentences rap music fan to Bach, Beethoven Champaign County Municipal Court Judge Susan Fornof-Lippencott says the idea was to force Vactor to listen to something he might not prefer, just as other people had no choice but to listen to his loud rap music. FACT
Woman Says She Was Shot In The Leg By Her Stove A woman said she was shot in the leg by her stove. Cory Davis told the Peninsula Daily News she had just stoked her cast-iron heating stove Sunday when she heard a loud bang and was struck in her left calf. FACT LEGEND Stove Article
http://apnews.myway.com/article/20081008/D93MFO602.html Woman Says She Was Shot In The Leg By Her Stove A case of shotgun shells spilled about a month ago at her home and one must have landed in the newspapers she used to light the stove. She removed a metal fragment herself and was treated Monday at Forks Community Hospital. FACT
The Centaur Excavations In the Jack Reese Galleria of the great Hodges Library of the University of Tennessee the art and artifacts of the Centaur excavation at Volos has found a permanent home. This reconstruction of a Centaurian burial site was assembled by Professor William Willers of the University of Wisconsin in the mid-1980s before being moved to the University of Tennessee.the Centaur excavation at Volos FACT LEGEND Centaur Article
http://apnews.myway.com/article/20081008/D93MFO602.html The Centaur Excavations Very well done, with photographs, created in a good academic style with an.edu domain. Actually explaining a hoax, but from a quick look it's easy to be fooled. LEGEND
Dehydrated Water Dehydrated Water A commercial website selling dehydrated water. FACT LEGEND Dehydrated Water Article
http://www.buydehydratedwater.com Dehydrated Water Very well put together. They are seeking financial help in gaining market penetration throughout local supermarkets around the world. The site requests a handful of investors to help pay the required $6.5 million slotting fee to get on the shelves. If you are interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com TESTIMONIAL LEGEND
http://www.buydehydratedwater.com Dehydrated Water "I can't believe you invested so much time and money to create a web site like this. Don't you have anything better to do with your life?" Response: And we can't believe you took so much time to reply and vent your disbelief. You obviously have never tried our water. Our customers have a tendency to become dedicated followers. Don't be a cheapo. Send us $5 and try it out for yourself. LEGEND
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