Archive for the 'Grab Bag Urban Legends' Category

Did Men’s Fitness Photoshop Someone Else’s Biceps on to Andy Roddick on a Cover of the Magazine?

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: Men’s Fitness gave Andy Roddick someone else’s biceps for the cover of the magazine. NOTE: I did this as a Tennis Legend, but it also belongs here. […]

Did an 18th Century British Magazine Coin the Terms “Magazine” AND “E Pluribus Unum”?

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 British magazine introduced into the modern lexicon not only the actual word “magazine,” but also the word “Columbia” to describe America and the slogan “E pluribus […]

Is There Really a Law in Washington D.C. That No Building Can Be As Tall As the Washington Monument?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends related to architecture and whether they are true or false. ARCHITECTURE URBAN LEGEND: There is a law in Washington D.C. that states that no building be as tall as the Washington Monument. A common “fact” that gets bandied about often when visiting the […]

Did Graham Greene Enter and Then LOSE a “Write Like Graham Greene” Contest?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about novels and novelists and whether they are true or false. NOVEL URBAN LEGEND: Graham Greene came in second in a contest to parody Graham Greene’s writing style. Graham Greene was a popular and critically acclaimed novelist, playwright, screenwriter and critic during the […]

Did the CIA Really Help the Author of Doctor Zhivago Win a Nobel Prize?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about novels and novelists and whether they are true or false. NOVEL URBAN LEGEND: The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) aided Boris Pasternak’s Nobel Prize chances in 1958 for his novel Doctor Zhivago. While he began work on it decades earlier, it was not […]

Was Charles Dickens Really Paid by the Word?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about novels and novelists and whether they are true or false. NOVEL URBAN LEGEND: Charles Dickens was paid by the word. Reader Audrey sent in this one awhile back, and it’s a very popular one – the notion that noted novelist Charles Dickens […]

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 […]