Archive for the 'Grab Bag Urban Legends' Category

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. TOY URBAN LEGEND: The original G.I. Joe had a scar on his face so that Hasbro could trademark the figure’s design. In 1964, Hasbro launched their G.I. Joe: America’s Movable Fighting Man, the first […]

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 […]

Which U.S. President Was on the Cover of Cosmopolitan as a Male Model?

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: Gerald Ford was a male model who appeared on the cover of Cosmopolitan. Gerald Ford had […]

Did Sir Thomas Malory Write Le Morte d’Arthur While in Prison?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about novels and novelists and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the novel urban legends featured so far. NOVEL URBAN LEGEND: Sir Thomas Malory wrote Le Morte d’Arthur while in prison. The very first Novel Legends […]

Did Barbie Once Come With a Weight Loss Advice Book That Simply Read “Don’t Eat”?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about toys and whether they are true or false. TOY URBAN LEGEND: Barbie was once sold with a diet book that simply read “don’t eat”? Something that anyone telling jokes has to keep in mind is that context is often king. Something that […]

Did Edwin Booth Really Save Robert Todd Lincoln’s Life a Year Before Booth’s Brother Assassinated Lincoln’s Father?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about theater and whether they are true or false. THEATER URBAN LEGEND: Edwin Booth saved Robert Todd Lincoln from being hit by a train. People often write about the American Civil War as being a war of “brother against brother.” In the case […]

Was Cinderella’s Castle at Disney World Designed to Have a Secret Apartment Inside for Walt Disney?

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: Cinderella’s Castle was designed with a secret apartment inside for Walt Disney’s personal use. In the an earlier edition of Amusement Park Urban Legends Revealed, I discussed an […]

Where Did the Liberty Bell in Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square Come From?

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: The Liberty Bell in Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom is from a series of 50 replicas made of the Liberty Bell for the Bi-Centennial. In Liberty Square […]

Did a Mute Man Speak for the First Time in Five Years After Riding the Cyclone?

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: A man who had been mute for over five years spoke after riding the Cyclone. Built in 1927, Coney Island’s Cyclone roller coaster is one of the most […]