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Legend: Fan who can't sell his tickets leaves them on windshield; comes back to find more have been added.
Origins: This legend about tickets to a woefully underperforming team's home game attracting even more tickets to that event rather than themselves being scooped up and made off with by grateful fans has been around for dogs' years. It has likely been told of every sports team to have experienced multi-year slumps because it so perfectly captures what lies deep in the hearts of many
The second example is an escalation of the basic legend — in that tale, an anonymous disgruntled fan actually smashes in a car window so as to gain access to the seemingly rejected item for the purpose of leaving more tickets with it.
Oddly, this legend can manifest at times in
[Collected via e-mail, August 2011]While the "left tickets" story is usually told as a "This happened to someone else" yarn, every now and then a beleaguered fan who has for too long backed a dog will tell it as having happened to him. An Atlanta Falcons' fan regaled the audience of a call-in radio show in 1999 with his account of having once left four Falcons tickets under his car's windshield wiper and coming back to find "eight or 12 more." In 1998, another caller to a talk-radio show said he'd once left two
The drought of 1988 brought hard times to ranchers. The lack of water meant that feed was harder to come by — and it got worse when farmers decided they'd better reserve what water they could spare for human food rather than livestock feed.
The natural reaction was to sell some of their cattle — it's not good for the long run, but you have fewer cattle to feed and working capital to buy it with. The problem is that every rancher got this idea, and soon there was a glut on the market. It was a lovely thing for the average consumer, but as the
One day, a clever rancher came up with a plan. He loaded several of his calves into a trailer, then parked it on the side of the road, with the ramp to the trailer helpfully propped up next to it. With such an easy setup, somebody was bound to steal those calves — and the insurance company would pay him what they were worth, which was considerably more than he'd get for them on the current market.
When he came back to check his trailer, there were two more calves in it than when he left.
Barbara "fan clubbed" Mikkelson
Last updated: 27 August 2011
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