Archive for December, 2012

Did a Chess Player Once Die From Complications From Playing Chess Blindfolded?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends related to board games and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of all board game urban legends so far. BOARD GAME URBAN LEGEND: Harry Nelson Pillsbury died due to the ill effects of playing chess blindfolded. Harry Nelson […]

How Did Abe Lincoln Growing a Beard Kick Start Milton Bradley’s Gaming Career?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends related to board games and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of all board game urban legends so far. BOARD GAME URBAN LEGEND: Milton Bradley got into board games because Abraham Lincoln grew a beard. Milton Bradley (1836-1911) […]

Comic Book Legends Revealed #399

Welcome to the three hundred and ninety-ninth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. This week, it is a special theme week! All comic strip related legends! Is there really a famous Peanuts strip featuring Snoopy complaining about the IRS? Did the FBI seriously investigate Pogo […]

Did Chinatown Originally Have a Much Different Ending?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about movies and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the movie urban legends featured so far. MOVIE URBAN LEGEND: Robert Towne’s original ending for Chinatown was about the complete opposite of the ending that Roman Polanski […]

Did Fritz Lang Change the Name of His Film “M” Due to Fear of Nazi Persecution?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about movies and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the movie urban legends featured so far. MOVIE URBAN LEGEND: Fritz Lang changed the title of his film, M, because he thought it sounded better and not […]

Was a Scene Removed From the Film “The Program” Because People Were Killed Reenacting It?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about movies and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the movie urban legends featured so far. MOVIE URBAN LEGEND: A scene had to be removed from the film The Program because teenagers were killed imitating it. […]

Was There Originally a Coca-Cola Ad Mixed Into A Charlie Brown Christmas?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about TV and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the TV urban legends featured so far. TV URBAN LEGEND: A Charlie Brown Christmas originally had an extra scene featuring its original sponsor. A Charlie Brown Christmas […]

Comic Book Legends Revealed #398

Welcome to the three hundred and ninety-eighth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. This week, how did a Mickey Mouse strip lead to a reporter being exiled from Yugoslavia? How did the Three Stooges end up as regular characters in the pages of the Flash? […]

Did the FBI Believe That It’s a Wonderful Life Was Communist Propaganda?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about movies and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the movie urban legends featured so far. MOVIE URBAN LEGEND: The FBI felt that It’s a Wonderful Life was communist propaganda. Nowadays (and for quite some time), […]

Did Montgomery Ward Give the Rights to “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” Back to the Story’s Author for Free?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about music and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the music urban legends featured so far. MUSIC URBAN LEGEND: The CEO of Montgomery Ward returned the rights to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to his creator for […]