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urban legend

(ŭr′băn) [L. urbanus]
Myth (2). Urban legends about health care are widely disseminated by patients and practitioners. One favorite is the internet prank that states that dihydrogen monoxide is a deadly toxin widely consumed by human beings. Its chemical formula is H2O.

Most urban legends are not humorous or malicious pranks but are based on misunderstandings or unrecognized errors in reasoning, e.g., the common but false belief that emergency rooms are busiest during certain phases of the moon.

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The urban legend not only evokes fear or panic (Pyszczynski, Solomon, and Greenberg 2003, 136), but also restores basic hope that the principles of good and immanent justice are at work.
Early in the novel the central character, anthropologist Bertrand Milworth, in Africa to collect and compare urban legends, remarks that "'you've got to let go of the usual tendency people have for believing good stories.
URBAN legends have thrilled and spooked us for generations.
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She sets out to uncover the killer and get to the bottom of the college's own 25-year-old urban legend about a massacre of students by a professor.
I think it's just really funny that it's become this urban legend, so many years after the fact," he told (http://www.
I have heard this urban legend so many times in different forms over the years.
The extensive site covers almost every urban legend you will have ever heard and many more besides.
I've always considered the idea that response increases with tilted stamps on the outer envelope to be a direct marketing urban legend, but perhaps somewhere there are test results from some huge mailer like Publishers Clearinghouse that confirm this.
However, his remarks on the aspirations of the indigenous population of such communities show him to be, as yet, a prisoner of urban legend.

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