The Resource Too good to be true : the colossal book of urban legends, Jan Harold Brunvand

Too good to be true : the colossal book of urban legends, Jan Harold Brunvand

Label
Too good to be true : the colossal book of urban legends
Title
Too good to be true
Title remainder
the colossal book of urban legends
Statement of responsibility
Jan Harold Brunvand
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
A fabulously entertaining book from the ultimate authority on those almost believable tales that always happen to a "friend of a friend." Alligators in the sewers? A pet in the microwave? A tragic misunderstanding of the function of cruise control? No, it didn't really happen to your friend's sister's neighbor: it's an urban legend. And no matter how savvy you think you are, you are sure to find in this collection of over 200 tales at least one story you would have sworn was true. Jan Harold Brunvand has been collecting & studying this modern folklore for over twenty years. In Too Good to Be True he captures the best stories in their best retellings, along with their latest variations & examples of how the stories have changed as they move from person to person & place to place. To help you find your favorite, Brunvand has arranged the tales thematically "Bringing Up Baby" is full of episodes of child-rearing gone wrong, including the grisly tale of the drugged out baby-sitter who mistakes the kid for a turkey. "Funny Business" showcases stories of infamous lapses in customer service, such as the story of the shockingly expensive chocolate chip cookie recipe. And "The Criminal Mind" features both brilliant-if they were real-scams, as well as the purported antics of the less mentally gifted. Whether you want to become an expert debunker or just have plenty of laughs, this book will surprise & entertain you
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Brunvand, Jan Harold
Dewey number
398.2/0973/091732
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
GR105
LC item number
.B715 1999
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Urban folklore
  • Legends
  • Urban folklore
  • Legends
  • Legenden
  • Steden
  • Volkscultuur
Label
Too good to be true : the colossal book of urban legends, Jan Harold Brunvand
Link
Instantiates
Publication
Contents
Note on texts and sources -- Introduction: true stories, too good to be true -- Jumping to conclusions -- Classic dog tales -- Just deserts -- Automania -- Sexcapades -- Losing face -- Accidents will happen -- Creepy contaminations -- Sick humor -- Bringing up baby -- Strange things happen -- Funny business -- World of work -- Baffled by technology -- Criminal mind -- Human nature -- Strays from the wild kingdom -- Pet problems -- Slapstick comedy -- Bogus warnings -- Mistaken identifications -- Campus capers -- "True'" Urban Legends -- Epilogue: Urban legend parodies
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 online resource (480 pages
Form of item
online
Other physical details
illustrations)
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1036883908
Label
Too good to be true : the colossal book of urban legends, Jan Harold Brunvand
Link
Publication
Contents
Note on texts and sources -- Introduction: true stories, too good to be true -- Jumping to conclusions -- Classic dog tales -- Just deserts -- Automania -- Sexcapades -- Losing face -- Accidents will happen -- Creepy contaminations -- Sick humor -- Bringing up baby -- Strange things happen -- Funny business -- World of work -- Baffled by technology -- Criminal mind -- Human nature -- Strays from the wild kingdom -- Pet problems -- Slapstick comedy -- Bogus warnings -- Mistaken identifications -- Campus capers -- "True'" Urban Legends -- Epilogue: Urban legend parodies
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 online resource (480 pages
Form of item
online
Other physical details
illustrations)
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1036883908

Library Locations

  • Internet ArchiveBorrow it
    300 Funston Ave, San Francisco, CA, 94118, US
    37.7823215 -122.4716373

Library Links

Processing Feedback ...