Archive for the 'Grab Bag Urban Legends' Category

Did Universal Studios Sue Nintendo Over Donkey Kong Infringing on Their King Kong Trademark?

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/VIDEO GAME URBAN LEGEND: Universal Studios sued Nintendo over Donkey Kong infringing on their King Kong trademark. One of the […]

Were Life Magazine’s Famous Photos of the D-Day Invasion Blurry Because the Photographer’s Hands Were Shaking?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends related to the world of magazines and whether they are true or false. MAGAZINE URBAN LEGEND: A series of photos of the Normandy landing during D-Day by famed war photographer Robert Capa for Life Magazine were blurry because Capa’s hands were shaking as […]

Can Snake Eyes from G.I. Joe Never Be Depicted as Being a New York Yankees Fan?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about toys and whether they are true or false. TOY URBAN LEGEND: G.I. Joe‘s Snake Eyes cannot be depicted as being a fan of the New York Yankees. If you grew up in the United States during the mid-to-late 1980s it is unlikely […]

Did a Popular Radio Show Change the Name of the Show and the Lead Character Because of the Blacklist?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends related to radio and the people “behind the microphone,” so to speak, and whether they are true or false. RADIO URBAN LEGEND: A popular radio series changed the name of the show (and title character) because the novelist who originated the character was […]

Did a Radio Show Accidentally Air a Re-Run Complete With the Breaking News Bulletin From the Original Episode?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends related to radio and the people “behind the microphone,” so to speak, and whether they are true or false. RADIO URBAN LEGEND: A daily Washington D.C. radio show accidentally played a re-run episode complete with a breaking news bulletin from the past. In […]

Did Gracie Allen Really Receive Tens of Thousands of Write-In Votes for U.S. President in 1940?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends related to radio and the people “behind the microphone,” so to speak, and whether they are true or false. RADIO URBAN LEGEND: Gracie Allen received tens of thousands of votes in a joke campgaign for President in 1940. In the past, I’ve discussed […]

Did Richard Rodgers Keep The Melody for “Edelweiss” From Being Used for a Hymn?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about musicals and whether they are true or false. MUSICAL URBAN LEGEND: Richard Rodgers would not let the melody of “Edelweiss” be used for religious hymns. As I mentioned in a past Musical Legends Revealed, many people mistakingly believe that Rodgers and Hammerstein’s […]

Was Monopoly Once Ruled a Generic Term and Thus Not Protected by Trademark?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends related to board games and whether they are true or false. BOARD GAME URBAN LEGEND: Monopoly was once ruled a generic term and un-trademarkable. As noted in the last Board Game Urban Legend, Parker Brothers had a specific version of the history of […]

Was Monopoly Invented as a Tool to Teach People the Evils of Capitalism?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends related to board games and whether they are true or false. BOARD GAME URBAN LEGEND: Monopoly was created by Charles Darrow. BOARD GAME URBAN LEGEND: The predecessor to Monopoly was created to demonstrate the teachings of Georgism. For years, it has been basically […]

Was Tennessee Williams’ First Published Work in the Pages of Weird Tales?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about theater and whether they are true or false. THEATER URBAN LEGEND: Tennessee Williams’ first published standalone work was a story in the pulp magazine, Weird Tales! Tennessee Williams is one of the most celebrated playwrights of the 20th Century (and one of […]