Archive for the 'Grab Bag Urban Legends' Category

Were Dorothy Parker’s Ashes Kept in a Filing Cabinet for Two Decades?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends related to poetry and poets and whether they are true or false. POETRY URBAN LEGEND: Dorothy Parker’s ashes sat in a filing cabinet for nearly two decades. Dorothy Parker was one of the leading humorists and wits of the 20th Century. After selling […]

Was The Word “Bull” in a Longfellow Poem Really Bowlderized to “Gentleman Cow”?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends related to poetry and poets and whether they are true or false. POETRY URBAN LEGEND: Thomas Bowdler “bowdlerized” Longfellow’s “Wreck of the Hesperus” by editing “bull” to “gentleman cow.” Thomas Bowdler was a physican at the turn of the 19th Century who is […]

Did a Retired Railway Worker Restore a Famous Destroyed Train Station Clock in His Barn?

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 architecture urban legends featured so far. ARCHITECTURE URBAN LEGEND: After being destroyed, a local retired railway worker restored the famous platform clock at St Pancras […]

What Unusual Feature Does Ohio State’s Orton Hall Have In Honor of Their First President, Dr. Edward J. Orton?

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 architecture urban legends featured so far. ARCHITECTURE URBAN LEGEND: Ohio State University’s Orton Hall was designed in a peculiar fashion to honor the school’s first […]

Did Frank Lloyd Wright’s Design for the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo Keep it From Being Destroyed in an Earthquake?

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 architecture urban legends featured so far. ARCHITECTURE URBAN LEGEND: Frank Lloyd Wright’s design for Imperial Hotel in Tokyo led to the Hotel being unaffected by […]

Was A Long Day’s Journey Into Night Released Two Decades Before Eugene O’Neill Intended it to be Released?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about theater and whether they are true or false. THEATER URBAN LEGEND: A Long Day’s Journey Into Night was released over twenty years earlier than Eugene O’Neill expressly stated that it should. For a man who already had written a number of classic […]

How Did Learning to Speak English Lead to Eugene Ionesco Writing His First Play?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about theater and whether they are true or false. THEATER URBAN LEGEND: Eugene Ionesco was inspired to write his first play at the age of 40 while learning English. Eugene Ionesco was one of the more acclaimed playwrights of the “Theatre of the […]

Did a Play About Daniel Boone Invent the Fiction That he Wore Coonskin Caps?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about theater and whether they are true or false. THEATER URBAN LEGEND: The idea that Daniel Boone wore coonskin caps came from an 1822 theater production about Boone. Actor Fess Parker portrayed both Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett in popular television series (the […]

Did Milton Bradley Invent the Paper Cutter?

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: Milton Bradley invented the paper cutter. It is pretty weird that in the relaof Board Game Legends Revealed, TWO of them involve the life of Milton Bradley (here‘s […]

Why Did the Board Game Version of the $25,000 Pyramid Not Actually Have a Pyramid In It?

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: The Milton Bradley board game for the Pyramid television show was different from the game on the show because the show was worried that the gave would help […]