Archive for the 'Grab Bag Urban Legends' Category

Was He-Man Originally Intended as a Toy Tie-In for Film, Conan the Barbarian?

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! It is also really a Movie Legends Revealed, too, so it’ll be listed under both categories. TOY/MOVIE URBAN LEGEND: He-Man began […]

Did The Bob and Ray Comedy Duo Get Their Start Due to Red Sox Game Rainouts?

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: Bob and Ray got started as a comedy duo due to Red Sox rainouts. Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding, credited as […]

Was George Clooney Cropped Out of the Photo That Became the Famous Barack Obama ‘Hope’ Poster?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about the world of photography and whether they are true or false. PHOTOGRAPHY URBAN LEGEND: George Clooney was originally in the photo that was used as he basis for the famous Barack Obama “Hope” poster. During the 2008 campaign, a poster featuring Barack […]

Did Quaker Oats Experiment On Children With Radioactive Cereal?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends related to cuisine (chefs, dishes, etc.) and whether they are true or false. CUISINE URBAN LEGEND: Quaker Oats ran experiments on children using radioactive cereal. In 1877, Henry D. Seymour and William Heston formed what would become the Quaker Oats Company, which was […]

Was Dancing Star Juliet Prowse Really Mauled By the Same Jaguar Twice?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends related to dancing and dancers and whether they are true or false. Click here to see all of the dancing urban legends featured so far. DANCING URBAN LEGEND: Juliet Prowse was mauled by the same jaguar twice. Juliet Prowse was born in India […]

Was Cap’n Crunch the Character Introduced Before Cap’n Crunch the Cereal?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends related to cuisine (chefs, dishes, etc.) and whether they are true or false. CUISINE URBAN LEGEND: Cap’n Crunch the character predated Cap’n Crunch the cereal. In 1961, Jay Ward and Bill Scott, the creators of The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends, […]

How the French Navy Saved the Eiffel Tower From Destruction

How did the French Navy save the Eiffel Tower from destruction?

Was Moby-Dick’s First Edition Printed Without the Ending?

Learn whether the first edition of Moby-Dick was actually printed without the ending of the novel!

Were the Rights to the Board Game Operation Sold for Just $500?

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: The board game Operation was sold for just $500. For over fifty years, fans of […]

Did Blowing on Nintendo Video Game Cartridges Help Them Work?

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: If your Nintendo video game cartridge didn’t work, blowing on the contacts would help make it work. In the latter half of the 20th Century, we as a […]