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.
What we realized in studying urban legends
is that they share a common structure.
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.
have thrilled and spooked us for generations.
A SERIAL killer is offing people in the manner of urban legends
- tales that supposedly happened to a friend of a friend but probably never did.
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.
Then, the most infamous urban legend
comes to life in URBAN LEGENDS: BLOODY MARY , at 12 a.
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