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2014-06-30 04:08:43 PM
It's true.  Lord knows if it wasn't for Mr. Stewart's cautionary Urban Myth I would have probably gone ahead and drank that extra quart of sperm.
 
2014-06-30 04:31:54 PM
Avoid the hook-handed.
 
2014-06-30 05:55:15 PM
I guess it's pretty serious.
 
2014-06-30 06:02:10 PM
My father's brother's nephew's cousin's former roommate spends hours combing the internet to debunk these things.
 
2014-06-30 06:06:16 PM
Candyman is considered a classic now?  Really?
 
2014-06-30 06:07:51 PM
We're all a little susceptible  to viral information ever since that damn metavirus.  We need a good babel event to clear that up.
 
2014-06-30 06:13:59 PM

legendary fool: We're all a little susceptible  to viral information ever since that damn metavirus.  We need a good babel event to clear that up.


So you're holding out for a Hiro?
 
2014-06-30 06:14:52 PM
So Slenderman == stranger danger?
 
2014-06-30 06:16:56 PM
Bad info = bad thinking
 
2014-06-30 06:17:32 PM

meat0918: So Slenderman == stranger danger?


Most Americans are afraid of the unusual.  Slenderman isn't fat so he's very unusual
 
2014-06-30 06:19:42 PM
Before computers, television or even radio people had to tell each other stories for entertainment.

/To learn things too, but mostly entertainment
 
2014-06-30 06:30:17 PM

ProdigalSigh: Candyman is considered a classic now?  Really?


I heard that, but haven't had time to look it up on Snopes.
 
2014-06-30 06:46:15 PM
Knowing about the deadly acid in the core of golf balls helped me survive my childhood, so I guess that sounds right.
 
2014-06-30 06:50:27 PM
That's why I combine Pop Rocks and Pepsi...never Coke.
 
2014-06-30 06:52:01 PM
many rumors have some truth in them.  and if all of it is true, then it's no longer a rumor.
 
2014-06-30 06:52:36 PM

neversubmit: Bad info = bad thinking



FOX News proves that.
 
2014-06-30 06:57:08 PM

Linux_Yes: neversubmit: Bad info = bad thinking


FOX News proves that.


FNC proves Comforting lies == NO thinking.
 
2014-06-30 07:16:05 PM
This is why I never turn on the lights when I go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
 
2014-06-30 07:35:01 PM
What about candleja
 
2014-06-30 07:36:30 PM
i291.photobucket.com
 
2014-06-30 07:40:14 PM

Chariset: legendary fool: We're all a little susceptible  to viral information ever since that damn metavirus.  We need a good babel event to clear that up.

So you're holding out for a Hiro?


fryseeswhatyoudidthere.jpg
 
2014-06-30 07:45:48 PM

ProdigalSigh: Candyman is considered a classic now?  Really?


Actually saw it quite recently... Virginia Madsen had quite the body, never knew she'd shown it until then.
 
2014-06-30 07:56:11 PM

Thanks for the Meme-ries:


Do what does that make us?
 
2014-06-30 08:01:37 PM
It's true. If I hadn't known about that magic magnetic hill I wouldn't know to adjust my speed down while I'm driving up it. Let the magic do the driving for me.

And a few MPG here and there, that's money man. That's almost like life and death.
 
2014-06-30 08:02:51 PM

ChubbyTiger: Thanks for the Meme-ries:

Do what does that make us?


i291.photobucket.com
/good is dumb
 
2014-06-30 08:13:01 PM
And your sister's boyfriend's aunt's brother-in-law's mom makes $297 per hour in her spare time at iloveyoulongtime.com
 
2014-06-30 08:37:39 PM

brap: It's true.  Lord knows if it wasn't for Mr. Stewart's cautionary Urban Myth I would have probably gone ahead and drank that extra quart of sperm.


I think that was the first urban legend I heard...

You say all kinds of dumb shiat as a kid, but there is something different when adults start swearing that they remember reading it in the news and they aren't intentionally lying.
 
2014-06-30 08:42:23 PM
OK, quick show of hands...


Who needed this farking article to explain to them that urban legends are basically the same thing as old school fairy tales and serve the same purposes?
 
2014-06-30 08:42:57 PM

Nuclear Monk: This is why I never turn on the lights when I go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.


Then you'll never notice that alligator in the toilet until it's too late.
 
2014-06-30 08:49:08 PM

Nuclear Monk: This is why I never turn on the lights when I go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.


But what about the alligators?
 
2014-06-30 08:54:38 PM
Like that time I was on a flight from Philadelphia to LAX; at one point the pilot and co-pilot lose control of the plane and they announce there's nothing they can do and we're going to crash so we might as well all disrobe and get funky, so everyone starts having sex in the cabin and after 10 minutes of furious the pilot regains control and the passengers all swear to never tell anyone.
 
2014-06-30 09:07:57 PM
It's confirmation bias, plain and simple.  You never hear stories of deranged killer frat girls but plenty about crazy hobos.
 
2014-06-30 09:18:24 PM
Thank you, Simone.
 
2014-06-30 09:29:09 PM

ProdigalSigh: Candyman is considered a classic now?  Really?


He's your one-stop shop, makes your panties drop...
 
2014-06-30 09:34:54 PM

Mikey1969: OK, quick show of hands...


Who needed this farking article to explain to them that urban legends are basically the same thing as old school fairy tales and serve the same purposes?


Which brings up something that pisses me off: giving "happy endings" to nursery rhymes like Humpty-Dumpty, which is a cautionary tale about falling from heights and how you may end up dead. It's fine the way it is, as it points out that even the high and mighty like kings are mortal.

But when you add a line at the end saying "Along came the children with brushes and glue, and stuck him together as good as new", you change the enter farking meaning of the poem. You directly negate the main message.
 
2014-06-30 09:37:38 PM
I knew a girl who swore the AIDS Mary story happened to her friend. Not surprisingly this girl was also taken in by a pyramid scheme and Amway.

Not being redundant. There were two different pyramid schemes.
 
2014-06-30 09:40:02 PM
There are many urban legends and often they can fill us with horror. You may well have heard the story about the two people who have cyber-sex only to realize months later, when they meet, that they are father and daughter.

That totally happened to my sister's father's daughter's father's daughter's father's daughter. (And her father.)
 
2014-06-30 09:55:59 PM

dittybopper: Mikey1969: OK, quick show of hands...


Who needed this farking article to explain to them that urban legends are basically the same thing as old school fairy tales and serve the same purposes?

Which brings up something that pisses me off: giving "happy endings" to nursery rhymes like Humpty-Dumpty, which is a cautionary tale about falling from heights and how you may end up dead. It's fine the way it is, as it points out that even the high and mighty like kings are mortal.

But when you add a line at the end saying "Along came the children with brushes and glue, and stuck him together as good as new", you change the enter farking meaning of the poem. You directly negate the main message.


O_o

When the f*cking f*ck did THAT happen????????

I'm only 25! I'm too young to be too old for this stuff!

24.media.tumblr.com
 
2014-06-30 09:58:45 PM

Mikey1969: OK, quick show of hands...


Who needed this farking article to explain to them that urban legends are basically the same thing as old school fairy tales and serve the same purposes?


TFA was seeking to tie modern viral phenomena to prehistoric hominid evolutionary survival strategies, and I think they did a tidy job of it. Dismissing it as cheering for fairy tales is careless and inflammatory, and you should feel ashamed for doing so.

Modern psychology and neurology is rapidly acquiring insights into previously-poorly-understood human behavior, with success rates much better than prior centuries of attempts by theologians, sociologists, and dramatists. You betray your ignorance by using the term "fairy tales" in a serious discussion of social phenomena across the evolutionary timeline.
 
2014-06-30 10:00:52 PM

dittybopper: Mikey1969: OK, quick show of hands...


Who needed this farking article to explain to them that urban legends are basically the same thing as old school fairy tales and serve the same purposes?

Which brings up something that pisses me off: giving "happy endings" to nursery rhymes like Humpty-Dumpty, which is a cautionary tale about falling from heights and how you may end up dead. It's fine the way it is, as it points out that even the high and mighty like kings are mortal.

But when you add a line at the end saying "Along came the children with brushes and glue, and stuck him together as good as new", you change the enter farking meaning of the poem. You directly negate the main message.


But, but... THE SNOWFLAKES!
 
2014-06-30 10:07:40 PM

KerwoodDerby: Mikey1969: OK, quick show of hands...


Who needed this farking article to explain to them that urban legends are basically the same thing as old school fairy tales and serve the same purposes?

TFA was seeking to tie modern viral phenomena to prehistoric hominid evolutionary survival strategies, and I think they did a tidy job of it. Dismissing it as cheering for fairy tales is careless and inflammatory, and you should feel ashamed for doing so.

Modern psychology and neurology is rapidly acquiring insights into previously-poorly-understood human behavior, with success rates much better than prior centuries of attempts by theologians, sociologists, and dramatists. You betray your ignorance by using the term "fairy tales" in a serious discussion of social phenomena across the evolutionary timeline.


It's not "cheering for fairy tales" and I never said it was.

What I said was that it's pretty obvious that the modern day urban legend is the same as the old school fairy tale. It uses scare tactics or catchy moral stories to teach a lesson. I just thought most people had settled this years ago.

And there is no "ignorance" in calling fairy tales fairy tales, because that is 100% how people refer to them. So take your WebMD psych degree and shove it.
 
2014-06-30 10:11:56 PM

dittybopper: Mikey1969: OK, quick show of hands...


Who needed this farking article to explain to them that urban legends are basically the same thing as old school fairy tales and serve the same purposes?

Which brings up something that pisses me off: giving "happy endings" to nursery rhymes like Humpty-Dumpty, which is a cautionary tale about falling from heights and how you may end up dead. It's fine the way it is, as it points out that even the high and mighty like kings are mortal.

But when you add a line at the end saying "Along came the children with brushes and glue, and stuck him together as good as new", you change the enter farking meaning of the poem. You directly negate the main message.


Well, we've established society sell enough that we don't need vicious wolves tearing the children to shreds at the end. For one thing, it's extremely unfair to wolves. At the same time, there still needs to be some scare factor in the story of it's going to be effective at all.

My favorite book of fairy tales is one I got in about '92, where all of the stories were made politically correct. Of course, this is before it really got turned into a call to use when you're out hunting morons.
 
2014-07-01 12:24:53 AM

Nuclear Monk: This is why I never turn on the lights when I go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.


If you look in a mirror at night with all the house's lights off, you'll see Satan staring at you.
 
2014-07-01 12:42:08 AM

talkertopc: If you look in a mirror at night with all the house's lights off, you'll see Satan staring at you.

and say Candyman three times ...
 
2014-07-01 01:19:59 AM

Mikey1969: OK, quick show of hands...


Who needed this farking article to explain to them that urban legends are basically the same thing as old school fairy tales and serve the same purposes?


And religion. It's also why fervent 9/11 Truthers, Teahadists and Randites are so hard to talk to.
 
2014-07-01 01:21:14 AM
TFA seems to use a lot of words to say "People like shocking or scary stories."

/I'm going to tell the daytime TV producers and movie directors about this!
 
2014-07-01 02:54:23 AM

Smeggy Smurf: meat0918: So Slenderman == stranger danger?

Most Americans are afraid of the unusual.  Slenderman isn't fat so he's very unusual


Approves.
 
2014-07-01 06:13:37 AM

Mikey1969: dittybopper: Mikey1969: OK, quick show of hands...


Who needed this farking article to explain to them that urban legends are basically the same thing as old school fairy tales and serve the same purposes?

Which brings up something that pisses me off: giving "happy endings" to nursery rhymes like Humpty-Dumpty, which is a cautionary tale about falling from heights and how you may end up dead. It's fine the way it is, as it points out that even the high and mighty like kings are mortal.

But when you add a line at the end saying "Along came the children with brushes and glue, and stuck him together as good as new", you change the enter farking meaning of the poem. You directly negate the main message.

Well, we've established society sell enough that we don't need vicious wolves tearing the children to shreds at the end. For one thing, it's extremely unfair to wolves. At the same time, there still needs to be some scare factor in the story of it's going to be effective at all.

My favorite book of fairy tales is one I got in about '92, where all of the stories were made politically correct. Of course, this is before it really got turned into a call to use when you're out hunting morons.


What would you recommend as the new metaphor or analog for child molesters or rapists (for example)?  What about bad business, cheaters, con artists, or the like?  Being able to tell stories that provide analogs and force a child to internalize these, making them cautious, versus terrified of every adult in their life, remains of benefit to society.
 
2014-07-01 08:07:35 AM

a flying monkey made me do it: Mikey1969: dittybopper: Mikey1969: OK, quick show of hands...


Who needed this farking article to explain to them that urban legends are basically the same thing as old school fairy tales and serve the same purposes?

Which brings up something that pisses me off: giving "happy endings" to nursery rhymes like Humpty-Dumpty, which is a cautionary tale about falling from heights and how you may end up dead. It's fine the way it is, as it points out that even the high and mighty like kings are mortal.

But when you add a line at the end saying "Along came the children with brushes and glue, and stuck him together as good as new", you change the enter farking meaning of the poem. You directly negate the main message.

Well, we've established society sell enough that we don't need vicious wolves tearing the children to shreds at the end. For one thing, it's extremely unfair to wolves. At the same time, there still needs to be some scare factor in the story of it's going to be effective at all.

My favorite book of fairy tales is one I got in about '92, where all of the stories were made politically correct. Of course, this is before it really got turned into a call to use when you're out hunting morons.

What would you recommend as the new metaphor or analog for child molesters or rapists (for example)?  What about bad business, cheaters, con artists, or the like?  Being able to tell stories that provide analogs and force a child to internalize these, making them cautious, versus terrified of every adult in their life, remains of benefit to society.


I always thought Hansel and Gretel were a great metaphor for kids going off with strangers, for one.
 
2014-07-01 08:41:15 AM
It must work. I hardly ever find a hook embedded in my car.
 
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