Archive for July, 2013

Did a Sci-Fi Comedy Movie Seriously Have to Change Its Title Because of the Trayvon Martin Case?

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 Trayvon Martin case led to a Sci-Fi comedy film changing its title. One of the most […]

Did Delbert McClinton Really Teach John Lennon How to Play the Harmonica?

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: Delbert McClinton taught John Lennon how to play the harmonica. Reader Travis wrote in to ask: One […]

Did Doris Roberts Hide a Back Injury While Auditioning For Remington Steele?

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: Doris Roberts hid a back injury so that she could be cast on Remington Steele. Doris Roberts […]

Comic Book Legends Revealed #429

Welcome to the four hundred and twenty-ninth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. This week, in honor of his new film, it is an All-Wolverine Edition of Comic Book Legends Revealed! What was the REAL reason why Dougray Scott lost the role of Wolverine in […]

Was Omar Really Originally Meant to be Killed Off in the First Season of The Wire?

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: Omar was going to be killed off during Season 1 of The Wire. Omar Little, played by […]

Did TV’s Catwoman, Julie Newmar, Receive a Federal Patent on a Special Type of Pantyhose That Accentuated a Woman’s Ass?

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: Julie Newmar, Catwoman on the Batman TV series, received a federal patent on a special type of […]

Was Robert Doisneau’s “The Kiss by the Hôtel de Ville” Really a Candid Shot?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about the world of photography and whether they are true or false. PHOTOGRAPHY URBAN LEGEND: Robert Doisneau’s “The Kiss by the Hôtel de Ville” was a candid shot. While obviously Alfred Eisenstaedt’s “V–J day in Times Square” photograph of a soldier spontaneously celebrating […]

Is One of the Most Famous Abraham Lincoln Photographs Really Lincoln’s Head Super-Imposed on Another Person’s Body?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about the world of photography and whether they are true or false. PHOTOGRAPHY URBAN LEGEND: A famous photograph of Abraham Lincoln is actually a picture of Lincoln’s head superimposed on another man’s body! To put the following into context, do note that photographs […]

Comic Book Legends Revealed #428

Welcome to the four hundred and twenty-eighth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. This week, how did the Comics Code save Sue Storm from a spanking? Plus, did famed Argentinian novelist Julio Cortázar really write a Fantomas comic? Finally, who the heck is the Gay […]

Were a Group of Ivy League Schools Taking Nude Photos of Their Students for Decades?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about the world of photography and whether they are true or false. PHOTOGRAPHY URBAN LEGEND: A variety of Ivy Leagues took nude photos of most of their incoming freshmen for decades. While the topic had been come up here and there over the […]