Too Good to Be True The Colossal Book of Urban Legends

ISBN-10: 039332088X

ISBN-13: 9780393320886

Edition: 2001 (Reprint)

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Jan Harold Brunvand has been collecting and studying modern folkore and presents the stories in their best retellings, with their latest variations, and examples of how they have changed.
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List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/17/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.980
Language: English

He lives in Salt Lake City, where he is professor emeritus at the University of Utah.

A Note on Texts and Sources
Introduction: True Stories, Too Good to Be True
Jumping to Conclusions
"The Brain Drain"
"The Solid Cement Cadillac"
"The Package of Cookies"
"The Tube on the Tube"
"The Surpriser Surprised"
"Why I Fired My Secretary"
"The Engaged Couple"
"The Fart in the Dark"
"The Hairdresser's Error"
"The Stolen Wallet"
"The Mexican Pet"
"The Hare Dryer"
As told by Johnny Carson
As told by Michael Landon to Johnny Carson
"The Air-Freighted Pet"
As told by Paul Harvey
"The Poisoned Pussycat at the Party"
"The Bug under the Rug"
As told by Alex Thien
Classic Dog Tales
"The Choking Doberman"
"The Swiss Charred Poodle"
"Not My Dog"
"The Licked Hand"
"The Crushed Dog"
"The Dog in the High-Rise"
As told by Truman Capote to Lawrence Grobel
"Fifi Spills the Paint," aka "Kitty Takes the Rap"
"Take the Puppy and Run"
Just Deserts
"The Loaded Dog"
"The Plant's Revenge"
"The Dead Cat in the Package"
"The Runaway Grandmother"
"The $50 Porsche"
"Dial R-E-V-E-N-G-E"
"Revenge of the Rich"
As told by Paul Harvey
"Gag Me with a Siphon"
"The Stolen Specimen"
"The Videotaped Theft"
"Urban Pancake"
"The Will"
"Promiscuity Rewarded"
"The Hook"
"The Severed Fingers"
"Decapitated Drivers and Riders"
"The Killer in the Back Seat"
As told on Late Night with David Letterman
"The Hairy-Armed Hitchhiker"
"The Boyfriend's Death"
"The Slasher under the Car"
"The Elephant That Sat on the VW"
"The Arrest"
"The Body on the Car"
"The Wife Left Behind"
"The Baby on the Roof"
"The Nut and the Tire Nuts"
"The Pig on the Road"
"Let's Give Toll Takers a Hand"
"The Bargain Sports Car"
"The Stuck Couple"
"Stick-Shift Frenzy"
"The Bothered Bride" and "The Grumbling Groom"
"Filmed in the Act"
"Superhero Hijinks"
"Sex in Disguise"
"AIDS Mary" and "AIDS Harry"
Losing Face
"The Unzipped Plumber (or Mechanic)"
"The Unzipped Fly"
"The Golf Bag"
"The Unlucky Contacts"
"The Wrong Teeth"
"Bungling Brides"
"The Nude Bachelor"
"Come and Get It!"
"A License to Practice"
"The Witness's Note"
"The Blind Date"
"Buying Tampax"
Accidents Will Happen
"Give Me a High Three"
"The Lawn Mower Accident"
"The Ski Accident"
"The Barrel of Bricks"
"Up a Tree"
"The Last Kiss"
"The Death of Little Mikey"
Creepy Contaminations
"The Kentucky Fried Rat"
"The Mouse in the Coke"
"Alligators in the Sewers"
"The Snake in the Store"
"A Bug in the Ear"
"Spiders in the Hairdo"
"The Spider Bite"
"Spider Eggs in Bubble Yum"
"The Spider in the Cactus"
"The Poison Dress"
"The Corpse in the Cask"
"The Accidental Cannibals"
"Hold the Mayo! Hold the Mozzarella!"
Sick Humor
"The Kafkaesque Hospital Visit"
"Dental Death"
"The Relative's Cadaver"
"Scrotum Self-Repair"
"Superglue Revenge"
"The Runaway Patient"
Bringing Up Baby
"The Hippie Baby-Sitter"
"The Baby-Sitter and the Man Upstairs"
"Baby's Stuck at Home Alone"
"The Inept Mother"
"The Stuffed Baby"
Strange Things Happen
"The Vanishing Hitchhiker"
"The Lost Wreck"
"The Death Car"
"The Missing Day in Time"
"The Ghost in Search of Help"
"The Well to Hell"
"The Ghostly Videotape"
"A Dirt-Cheap Way to Sell Real Estate"
"The Devil in the Disco"
Funny Business
"The Bedbug Letter"
"Red Velvet Cake"
"Neiman Marcus Cookies"
"Find the Hat"
"The Wife on the Flight"
"Redemption Rumors"
"The Body in the Bed"
"The Cabbage Patch Tragedy"
The World of Work
"The Rattle in the Cadillac"
"The Roughneck's Revenge"
"Fixing the Flue"
"The Locked-Out Pilot"
"Language Boners: The Folklore of Paperwork"
"The Wordy Government Memo"
Baffled by Technology
"The Microwaved Pet"
"The Technology Contest"
"Curses! Broiled Again!"
"Push-Starting the Car"
"Cruise Control"
"The Ice-Cream Car"
The Criminal Mind
"The Colander Copier Caper"
"A Friend of the Family"
"The Two Hitchhikers"
"The Double Theft"
"The Robber Who Was Hurt"
"A Double-Whammy Theft Legend"
As told by Jack Paar
"The Grocery Scam"
"The Shoplifter's Hat"
"Indecent Exposure"
"The Attempted Abduction"
"The Unstealable Car"
"Stripping the Car"
"Get Out of Here!"
Human Nature
"The Baby Train"
"The Trained Professor"
"Cussing and Clowns"
"Take My Tickets, Please!"
"The Dishonest Note"
"Pass It On"
"The Lottery Ticket"
"Dial 911 for Help"
Strays from the Wild Kingdom
"The Kangaroo Thief"
"The Deer Departed"
"Horsing Around"
"The Hapless Water Skier"
"The Giant Catfish"
"The Flying Cow"
"The Fatal Boot"
"Snakes in the Amusement Park"
"The Snake in the Stawberry Patch"
Pet Problems
"The Bump in the Rug"
"The Pet Nabber"
"The Flying Kitten"
"The Missionaries and the Cat"
"The Bungled Rescue of the Cat"
"The Eaten Pets"
"The Pet and the Naked Man"
Slapstick Comedy
"The Exploding Toilet"
"Stuck on the Toilet"
"The Man on the Roof"
"The Exploding Bra"
"The Nude Housewife"
"The Nude in the RV"
"The Stunned Deer--or Deer Stunt"
Bogus Warnings
"Blue Star Acid"
"Lights Out!"
"The Good Times Virus"
"The Kidney Heist"
"The Welded Contacts"
"The Procter and Gamble Trademark"
"The Madalyn Murray O'Hair Petition"
"The Veterans' Insurance Dividend"
Mistaken Identifications
"The Elevator Incident"
"It All Started with Neil (Or Did It?)"
"Sit, Whitey!"
"Black and White"
"The Ice-Cream-Cone Caper"
As told by Paul Harvey
"The Blind Man"
Campus Capers
"The Dormitory Surprise"
"The Gay Roommate"
"The Roommate's Death"
"Switched Campus Buildings"
"Sinking Libraries"
"The Acrobatic Professor"
"The Telltale Report"
"The Daughter's Letter from College"
"The Barometer Problem"
"Term Paper Trickery"
"The Bird Foot Exam"
"Do You Know Who I Am?"
"Tricky Q and A"
"The Second Blue Book"
"True" Urban Legends
"The Pregnant Shoplifter"
"The Unsolvable Math Problem"
"The Heel in the Grate"
"Craig's World-Record Collection"
"Green Stamps"
"The Bullet Baby"
Epilogue: Urban Legend Parodies
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