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The baby on the car roof and 222 more urban legends
Craughwell, Thomas J., 1956-
Publication Information:
New York : Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, [2000]

Physical Description:
269 pages ; 20 cm
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GR105.5 .C73 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
GR105.5 .C73 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Baby on the Car Roof brings together 222 totally new, funny, quirky, frightening, bizarre and always entertaining urban legends. Urban legends or myths are dramatic and often humorous stories that circulate under the guise of truth and usually as having happened to "a friend of a friend" even though often they are entirely made-up. Organized by genre, each tale runs one- to two-pages long. Story variations are included in each listing. The subjects range from famous people, sex, office foibles and travel nightmares to college pranks, biological abnormalities and ghost stories.

Author Notes

Thomas J. Craughwell is an author and problem solver. He traced the evolution of Manhattan urban legends ( Alligators in the Sewer ); sorted out fact from fiction in old wives tales ( Do Blue Bedsheets Bring Babies? ); identified the patron saints of bloggers, vegetarians and hangovers ( This Saint Will Change Your Life ); and resurrected a long-forgotten story from 1876, when a gang of hapless Irish immigrant counterfeiters tried to kidnap the body of Abraham Lincoln--and almost got away with it ( Stealing Lincoln's Body ). Tom lives in Bethel, Connecticut.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 7
The Baby on the Car Roof and Other Automotive Mishapsp. 13
The Rhino and the Crazy Glue and Other Animal Storiesp. 43
John Wayne Was A Draft Doger and Other Celebrity Legendsp. 77
The Hall of Tortured Souls and Other High Tech Scaresp. 89
The $250 Cookie Recipe and Other Culinary Misadventuresp. 103
The Home-made Lie Detector and Other Bizarre Crimesp. 115
The Final Spin Cycle and Other Strange Deathsp. 135
The Phantom Car and Other Supernatural Encountersp. 159
The Navy Pilot's Collision Course and Other On-the-Job Foiblesp. 187
The Hotel Reservationist and Other Tales of Revengep. 217
Waiting for the Iceman and Other Sexual Escapadesp. 241