One of America's leading folklorists, Jan Harold Brunvand is the author of the standard Study of American Folklore
and a popular classic, The Vanishing Hitchhiker
. In this new volume he examines further the phenomenon of urban legends --
oral accounts of improbable events that never happened quite "that way" to all those people, but are told as true (often attributed to a "FOAF" --
friend of a friend) and embellished with local detail.
Among the forty or more new legends (most current and still widely told) included are "The Baby on the Roof," "The Elephant that Sat on a VW," and "The Stuck Couple," their themes ranging from cars to contamination, from sex to faulty appliances.
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