Archive for the 'Grab Bag Urban Legends' Category

Was Chicago First Nicknamed the “Windy City” Because They Talk Too Much?

Here is the first in a series of examinations into urban legends related to newspapers and whether they are true or false. NEWSPAPER URBAN LEGEND: Chicago was first dubbed “the windy city” as a reference to how much they talked. It’s not so much of an occurrence nowadays, but years ago, it was quite common […]

Did Mattel Really Make a Barbie Friend Named “Wheelchair Becky”?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about toys and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of all toy urban legends featured so far! TOY URBAN LEGEND: Mattel initially produced a friend of Barbie’s called “Wheelchair Becky.” Mattel certainly is no stranger to awkward moments […]

Did a Video Game Company Once Sue Viacom For Ruining the Star Trek Franchise?

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 video game company once sued Viacom for, in effect, ruining the Star Trek franchise. As we […]

Was Furby a Spy?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about toys and whether they are true or false. TOY URBAN LEGEND: The National Security Agency banned furbies from their offices for fear of the toys recording confidential information. Back in 2015, Samsung’s Smart TV caused a bit of a stir when it […]

Did Playboy Cancel a Nude Spread for Phyllis Diller Because it Was “Too Sexy”?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends related to architecture and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the magazine urban legends featured so far. MAGAZINE URBAN LEGEND: Playboy canceled a nude spread for Phyllis Diller because it was “too sexy” One of the […]

Was There a “Nude” Cheat Code in the Original Tomb Raider Video Game?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends related to video games and whether they are true or false. VIDEO GAME URBAN LEGEND: There was a “nude” cheat code in the original Tomb Raider video game. One of the most famous video game characters of all time is Lara Croft, the […]

Did Marlon Brando Urinate Onstage to Upstage Another Actor?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about theater and whether they are true or false. THEATER URBAN LEGEND: Marlon Brando urinated onstage to upstage another actor. Reader Robert S. wrote in to ask me to find the truth behind a famous theater anecdote. He wasn’t even positive WHO the […]

Why Did G.I. Joe Have a Scar on his Face?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about toys and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of all toy urban legends featured so far! TOY URBAN LEGEND: The original G.I. Joe had a scar on his face so that Hasbro could trademark the figure’s design. […]

Does Disney Give Free Tickets for Life to Any Baby Born in a Disney Theme Park?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends related to amusement parks and whether they are true or false. AMUSEMENT PARK URBAN LEGEND: Disney gives free tickets for life to any baby born in a Disney theme park. Disney’s “Golden Pass” program (originally “Gold Pass”) is a fun little program that […]

How Did the Tonight Show Save Twister From Oblivion?

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: Twister avoided going under by getting the game to appear on The Tonight Show. Something […]