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The Remains of a Legend’s Title - Alexander the Great is a great example to this new title change, he was known as a legend, a hero and even the Messiah. Alexander was born on the summer of 356 BC and died in the month of Daisios (June) 323 BC. His parents are Olympias and Philip, Olympias was the princess of the Molossia in Epirus, which was named after Andromache and Neoptolemus son. Neoptolemus is the same man who slain King Priam, and is also the son of Achilles. So it is said that Alexander was a descendant of the “flawed hero of the Illiad”....   [tags: Alexander The Great, Legend, Hero, History]
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History and Legend Behind The Giant Squid - Throughout history and legend, people have told of a giant creature that lurked at the depth of the ocean. They have told of a massive beast, with arms 60 feet long. This creature supposedly would destroy ships and devour people whole. It was feared for centuries, and named the Kracken. Not too terribly long ago, this creature was proven by science. It was proven to be not a demon, but a species of massive Squid. The Giant Squid is, as the name describes, a massive squid, of the genus architeuthis, which can grow up to 43 feet long, and weigh more than half a ton....   [tags: legend, ocean, evidance ]
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The Changing of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - The Changing of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow         "Once upon a time" is the predictable beginning of a fairy tale and "happily ever after" is the ending. "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving is a classical myth that defies the conventional standards of a fairy tale. Set in a valley in New England, It's a gothic tale of mystery and suspense that bears no definite ending surrounding the myth of the "Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow" (Heath 1355). The original text created by Irving was intended for the mature reader, a reader who could understand a sense of irony, had knowledge of history, and taste....   [tags: Legend Sleepy Hollow]
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Analysis of The Legend of Big Liz - The Legend of Big Liz During the Civil War there was a slave girl named Elizabeth...who worked on a plantation in Dorchester County. Her owner was a very wealthy man who was extremely paranoid that he would lose his assets if the war reached his home and the North won. As things began turning out poorly for the Confederates, the owner decided to hide his treasures in the Greenbriar Swamp. He took Elizabeth, who he called Liz, deep into the swamp and had her dig a hole to bury the treasure in. After the hole was dug and the treasure placed in it, the owner knocked Liz over the head and into the hole with his shovel....   [tags: Ghost Story Urban Legend]
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The Sword in the Stone of the Arthurian Legend - The Sword in the Stone of the Arthurian Legend King Arthur and the knights of the round table belong to a long line of books and stories of the Arthurian legend. Merlin, Lancelot, The lady of the lake, King Arthur, and Excaliber are all very important in the Arthurian legend. In this essay we will talk about King Arthur, the knights of the round table, and Merlin in the famous story, The sword in the stone.      The Sword in the stone is a book about an adopted child named wart. He is of royal blood and does not know this....   [tags: Arthurian Legend Sword Stone Essays]
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Man Causes the Destruction of the Human Race: "I Am Legend" and "Z For Zachariah" - The film ‘I Am Legend’ and the novel ‘Z For Zachariah’ were chosen to be studied together for my connected text assignment. Originally I chose the film because I enjoyed it; I then matched it to a text based on similarities in theme. Both ‘I Am Legend’ and ‘Z For Zachariah’ are based on the same theme; that of man as the cause of the destruction of the human race. While the settings and characters are vastly different; as is the cause of destruction, both the main characters are faced with tough decisions that must be made in order to survive a major man made disaster....   [tags: I Am Legend, Z For Zachariah, ] 1666 words
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Women in Beowulf and Arthurian Legend - Women in Beowulf and Arthurian Legend A common theme in the stories we have read is that glory, happiness, and success come in cycles (this theme is commonly represented as "the wheel of fortune"). This theme is present in the Arthurian tales, as well as in Beowulf. Each story tells a tale (or part of a tale) of a rise to glory, and the proceeding fall to disarray. The men always were the kings and warriors, but the women played different roles in the different stories. The women of Beowulf were used to bind up peace (or were peaceful women), whereas the women of Arthurian legend tended to disturb the peace and cause strife....   [tags: Females Beowulf Arthurian Legend Essays] 1281 words
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Favoritism in Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Favoritism in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow In Washington Irving's short story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" he has two main characters, Ichabod Crane and Bram Bones. These two heroic characters both desire the same woman, Katrina Van Tassel, the daughter of a substantial Dutch farmer. Apart from the fact that they both yearn for the same woman these two men are completely different creatures. In "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow", Washington Irving does not hide the fact that he clearly favors Ichabod Crane over Brom Bones....   [tags: Legend Sleepy Hollow] 453 words
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Abandoning the Puritan Past in Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Abandoning the Puritan Past in Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow One of the first literary movements in America was that of the Puritans. Their writing was intended to instruct on the glories of God and to instigate a reader's reflection on his or her place in God's universe. Nature, in Puritan writing, was a frightening entity. God created nature so that the Puritans (and others less worthy) could scratch out a living in this world, but nature was also where spirits, witches, and demons dwelt, waiting to tempt and afflict the righteous....   [tags: Legend Sleepy Hollow Essays]
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Insatiable Desires in Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Insatiable Desires in Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Contemporary United States natives are known for their consumptive attitudes, which mainly stem from the constant American hustle and bustle for more money, bigger houses, and faster cars. Americans are known for yearning, needing, sometimes even demanding whatever their vast appetites desire. This American concept of prosperity can be found rooted in a popular classic American story written over one hundred and fifty years ago by Washington Irving....   [tags: Legend Sleepy Hollow Essays]
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Gender Issues in Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Gender Issues in Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow  At first glance, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving seems to be an innocent tale about a superstitious New England town threatened by a strange new comer, Icabod Crane. However, this descriptive narrative is more than just a simple tale because it addresses several gender issues that deserve attention. The pervasiveness of female influence in Sleepy Hollow and the conflict between male and female storytelling in this Dutch community are two pertinent gender issues that complicate Irving's work and ultimately enable the women of Sleepy Hollow to control the men and maintain order....   [tags: Legend Sleepy Hollow]
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Moral of Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Moral of Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow In Washington Irving’s short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” the conflict between Enlightenment and Romantic ideals is narrativized. Irving’s story is an exploration of the conflict between these two schools of thought. Irving uses his setting, his characters, and his “moral” (or lack thereof) to critique the Enlightenment. At first reading, “Sleepy Hollow” may seem no more than a dreamy folk tale. But when read in the context of the emerging resistance to Enlightenment thinking, it reveals itself to be a striking denunciation of the ideals of the Enlightenment....   [tags: Irving Legend sleepy Hollow Essays] 1856 words
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The Search for America in Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - The Search for America in Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow        In the early to mid-1800's, Washington Irving was an immensely popular writer heralded as one of the 'great' American writers.  Irving's importance lies especially in "Rip Van Winkle" and " The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," the sketches in which he creates the vision of the alternate America(n).  His critique of American society through his main characters-Rip and Ichabod-and the towns in which they live gives shape to an America not usually acknowledged by his contemporaries, and thus crucial to American literary studies today.  J....   [tags: Legend Sleepy Hollow Essays]
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Contemporary Rural America Captured in Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Contemporary Rural America Captured in Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Most Americans probably believe our times are different from Washington Irving’s era. After all, almost 200 years have passed, and the differences in technology and civil liberties alone are huge. However, these dissimilarities seem merely surface ones. When reading “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” I find that the world Irving creates in each story is very familiar to the one in which I grew up....   [tags: Legend Sleepy Hollow Essays]
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The Legend of The Lochness Monster - ... Colonel Robert Wilson, who is the mastermind behind the photograph known as “The Surgeons Photo” that had gotten much attention was a hoax. Many people believed his story of seeing the monster himself and taking the picture, it even made headlines of newspapers and on TV. His basic motive for all of what had happened was revenge towards the newspaper articles humiliating him over a photo he had taken of hippo tracks. Then, are the other top photo scandals of the monster....   [tags: folklore and legends]
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Romanticism's Sublime Style in Rip Van Winkle, Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Billy Budd - Romanticism's Sublime Style in Rip Van Winkle, Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Billy Budd       "Sublime refers to an aesthetic value in which the primary factor is the presence or suggestion of transcendent vastness or greatness, as of power, heroism, extent in space or time"(Internet Encyclopedia).  This essay will explore different levels of Romanticism's sublime style in Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Herman Melville's Billy Budd. The essay will particularly focus on how the writers incorporate the spiritual and the terror aspects of the sublime into their work....   [tags: Legend Sleepy Hollow Essays]
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The Romantic American Male in Cooper’s Last of the Mohicans and Irving’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Masculinity of the Romantic American Male in Cooper’s Last of the Mohicans and Irving’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow James Fenimore Cooper’s Last of the Mohicans and Washington Irving’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow are valuable examples of literary heavyweights of the Romantic era, but in addition, can also be used to chart sociological changes within the male gender during pre-Romantic and Romantic years. But because neither Cooper nor Irving’s works should be distanced from their cultural backdrops when considering the socially reflective nature of their work, exploring basic historical conditions surrounding the changing concepts of masculinity can serve as a useful move....   [tags: Legend of Sleepy Hollow Essays]
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The Legend of the Goatman - Goatman The story I collected, entitled “Goatman,” was recounted by a nineteen year old male sophomore at the University. The person who told the story is a white male whose father is an engineer and mother stays at home. After I inquired if he knew of any local urban legends, he first told the story of Hell House; and as we both live in Ellicott City and have never actually seen this mysterious building, we decided to pay it a visit. It was a foggy night on March 21st during our school’s spring break as we slowly cruised through the back roads near the Howard and Baltimore county line....   [tags: Urban Legends]
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The Legend of The Chupacabra - ... There was no evidence with the chupacabra being caught but can you explain blood drained livestock. The lists of questions goes on and on. The lives of farmers at this point in time were punishing. Not only did they lose livestock but the livestock could have been food for their family or even selling livestock in exchange could have been needed money. The legend of the Chupacabra has begun to be popular in countries like Mexico and Puerto Rico (Live Science). Farmers and local villages begin to explore and observe their surroundings....   [tags: Puerto Rico, Mythology, Creature] 853 words
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The Making of a Legend - ... Jordan was ranked 52 in state and stayed there for the whole year. After his championship season in 06’ he accepted a scholarship to wrestle for University of Nebraska. Again Burroughs wasn’t the best… yet. He finished his freshman year for Nebraska just over 500, his record, 16-13. In the next three years his lucked had changed, working harder than ever Burroughs managed to end his last three years with a total record of 111-6 (Burroughs). Finishing his junior and senior season 09’ and 11’ undefeated with back-to-back national crowns....   [tags: greek mythology, freestyle wrestling] 1346 words
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The Legend of Narcissus - In Greek mythology, “Narcissism" has its roots from the legend of Narcissus, a young man whom most deemed extremely handsome. A nymph named Echo developed an obsessive infatuation with Narcissus but he was unwilling to reciprocate such feelings to her or others. She finally gave up and isolated herself. Narcissus was then cursed to become socially isolated and reviled due to his complete self absorption by loving his own shadow from the pool (Wall & Loewenthal, 1998). Havelock Ellis (1898) first developed the concept of narcissism as a psychological construct referring to excessive masturbation by the people become their own sexual objects....   [tags: Greek Mythology] 552 words
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The Legend of Medusa - ... Everyone who had ever entered the temple was awed and inspired by the beauty of the temple and of the goddess. They couldn’t help but think of how grateful they were to Athena, goddess of wisdom for inspiring them and for watching over them and the city of Athens. Everyone was very thankful except Medusa. When she saw the sculptures she whispered to her friends that she would have made a much better subject for the sculptor way better than the goddess Athena had made. When Medusa saw the beautiful artworks she said that the painter who had drawn them had done a fine job considering the goddess thick eyebrows....   [tags: ancient Greek mythology] 899 words
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The Legend of Kashmir - "Who has not heard of the Vale of Cashemere," wrote the Irish poet Thomas Moore in 1817, "with its roses the brightest that earth ever gave.” Kashmir, along with the region of Jammu, Ladakh and Gilgit forms the State of Jammu and Kashmir which is spread over an area of 222236 square kilometers. The state consists of three parts: Indian controlled Kashmir (IcK), Pakistan controlled Kashmir (PcK) and China controlled Kashmir (CcK). The geography of Kashmir is divided into three land masses: the foothill plains of Jammu, the Kashmir Valley and the mountains of Ladakh....   [tags: Informative, Persuasive] 1177 words
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The Legend of Gilgamesh - ... He could not keep up with the other animals and was forced to linger behind with Shamhat. “Enkidu was weakened, could not run as before, but now he had reason and wide understanding” (I 201 P.8) Women are highly revered for their ability to produce life; therefore, Shamhat’s sex symbolizes her ability to nurture. Shamhat’s womb tames and civilizes Enkidu; their sex transforms and births Enkidu into a new world. Self-awareness and consciousness is the main thing that separates humans from beasts; thus, had Shamhat not instilled this sense of understanding in Enkidu, he never would have left the forest....   [tags: men, women, shamhat the harlot]
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Source of the Legend of Dracula - Dracula Reconsidered Background: The legend of Dracula is a renowned tale told all over the world. Created by Irish writer, Bram Stoker, the story was inspired by the Romanian ruler, Vlad Dracul. The story teller was a Caucasian 49-year-old male. He was born and raised in Bucharest, Romania and was quite familiar with the past history of and current events in the country. He identified with the Romanian orthodox religion. The Story: “Everyone knows the story of Dracula. [Walks around the table, moves his hands as he speaks.] He has been depicted in novels, movies, and paintings....   [tags: Legends]
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Legend of the Body in the Bed - Body in the Bed The legend of the “Body in the Bed” has been retold over and over again for years. It is a very popular story, usually taking place at a hotel or motel in the city of Las Vegas, Nevada, or in a remote location in the desert nearby (“Strange Smells from the Hotel Bed”). Various “spin-offs” and variations to the legend have arisen since its inception, believed to be in the early 1990s. Many examples supporting the legend have come to the surface over time. They provide a possible explanation to the origin of the legend....   [tags: Urban Legends]
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The Cuban Legend of the Owl and the Sijú - The Owl and the Sijú The legend of "La lechuza y el sijú" ("The Owl and the Sijú") is a popular and old Cuban legend. I collected this legend on March 17th, when I first talked to Denise Corte, my co-worker at my campus job, about this particular class assignment. She is a Brazilian doctoral student whose thesis is based on a Cuban theater group. She traveled to Cuba to follow this theater group that primarily focuses their plays on Cuban legends. When she heard about my assignment she was enthusiastic, as her dissertation is based on the exploration of Cuban legends....   [tags: Urban Legends Siju]
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Urban Legend of the The Monster's Chase - The Monster's Chase Background and Story It was late on a weekday night a couple of weeks ago when I was unexpectedly told an urban legend by a friend of mine in my dorm. I brought up a report I had to prepare about a local urban legend and my desire to find someone who knew a tale of the “Goatman,” a famous figure in folklore. My friend immediately recounted to me a story about a hairy monster that sounded rather similar. He had been told the story by a member of his group one night at a youth hostel in Japan during an organized trip....   [tags: Urban Legends]
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The Clown Doll: An Urban Legend - The Clown Doll: An Urban Legend When my friends and I were younger, we loved to tell each other scary stories late at night at sleepovers. This memory resurfaced this past February as three friends and I exchanged tales late one night while on a trip in New Jersey. All of the stories were entertaining, but this purportedly “true” urban legend remained in my mind long after the other accounts. “The Clown Doll” was told by a twenty-year old, Christian female University biology major. She was born and raised in Pittsburg, PA, which is where she heard the story and where the story itself is set....   [tags: Urban Legends] 1240 words
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The Legend of The Scottish Play - The Legend of "The Scottish Play" 1) Background I interviewed a freshman theater major at the University on the topic of urban legends. The interview was conducted in my dormitory room. The nineteen-year-old female college student is originally from Delaware, and her parents are both real estate appraisers. When inquired about urban legends, she recalled the theater lore and superstitions that she knew intimately as an actress. The interviewee was particularly eager to talk about the curse associated with Macbeth, the Scottish Play....   [tags: Urban Legends]
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Urban Legend of the Kidney Thieves - The Kidney Thieves Urban legends are apocryphal stories involving incidents of the recent past, often including elements of humor and horror that spread quickly and are popularly believed to be true (1). They reflect society's deepest fears and anxieties. One urban legend can be retold with different settings and people, but the central theme or idea remains constant. The appeal of these legends is the possibility they can be true and that they bring out the listeners' deepest fears. The storyteller in the following urban legend is a nineteen-year old man from Annapolis, Maryland....   [tags: Urban Legends]
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The Persistence of the Legend of a Diety - ... There are quite a few ways that people may be primed to believe in god(s). One of these ways is that they may have been raised by parents who believed the legend and would have taught them to believe as well. By having these beliefs programmed into them, these people could be more likely to accept the legend of god(s) as fact. Human beings also tend to have an insatiable urge to understand and explain things that occur around them and the unanswerable questions of life. Some of the biggest questions are answered by the existence of god(s), such as how life came to be, what the purpose of life is, and what morals are the right ones....   [tags: community, primed, belief] 1101 words
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Urban Legend of Car Headlights - Lights Out In preparation for this writing assignment, I interviewed about 15 students at the University to collect their urban legends. One legend, often called “Lights Out,” was mentioned by just about all of the students I interviewed. Those who did not mention it on their own recognized it when I described it. I interviewed a 19-year-old male sophomore who anticipates getting into the School of Business. He transferred from Community College this past fall, and currently lives with a relative in a nearby off-campus home....   [tags: Urban Legends]
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The Urban Legend of Bloody Mary - Bloody Mary Version 3 The story of Bloody Mary is told in different versions all around the world has been included in nine different movies (three in the past two years) (The Internet Movie Database). This particular version of the popular urban legend of Bloody Mary originates locally from North Potomac, Maryland. The storyteller is a female 19-year-old Caucasian sophomore student, currently studying psychology at the University. The story was collected in the spring on the University campus....   [tags: Urban Legends Ghost Stories]
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The Urban Legend of the Backseat Murderer - The Backseat Murderer A good urban legend is like a good movie. It unfolds perfectly and it appeals to the audience’s hopes, fears, and anxieties. The urban legend I am about to describe was told by a first year female biology major at the University. She is of Indian descent and both her parents work in the biotechnology field. I collected this story on a Sunday night in the dorm. The fact that it was nighttime helped create the proper mood for the story. It was told in a dimly lit dorm room. The story was told with an eerie tone of voice, with emphasis and excitement during certain parts....   [tags: Urban Legends Ghost Stories]
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Urban Legend of The Boo Hag - The Boo Hag Background Urban legends survive through time by having three elements: “a strong basic story-appeal, a foundation in actual belief, and a meaningful message or ‘moral’” (Brunvand 10). These characteristics are not only inherent in the content of the story, but also in the performance of the story to an audience. Like an actor on stage, storytellers have the responsibility of keeping a story entertaining, yet believable, through their gestures and attitude while telling the story....   [tags: Urban Legends]
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Urban Legend of Humans Licking - Humans Can Lick Too I collected the story on Saturday, October 9th in my dorm. It was late at night, which added to the effect of the story. The storyteller is a student at the University. He is 17 years old, is from Rockville, Maryland, and is Methodist. He is half Sri Lankan and a quarter Irish and Palestinian. His father is a diplomat and works for the state department, and his mother is a homemaker. The story, as told by the student, is as follows: There once was a girl who lived with her parents in a nice little town....   [tags: Urban Legends] 1267 words
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The Urban Legend of Bloody Mary - Bloody Mary Legend has it that if you stand in front of a candlelit mirror and chant the words Bloody Mary thirteen times, a vengeful spirit will appear. However, there are also many other variations to this urban legend. There is no definitive answer as to Bloody Mary’s identity, but Mary could often be depicted as a witch, ghost or demon (Houston). Some accounts say that a young woman named Mary was supposedly in a terrible accident, which mutilated her face (Norder). There are other variations to the legend that claim she was a witch that was executed over a hundred years ago for practicing the dark arts (Mikkelson)....   [tags: Urban Legends Ghost Stories]
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Urban Legend of the Goatman - Goatman Version 1--Montgomery County, Maryland It seemed from my story-collection that nearly everyone knows of some urban legend, but I found one story to be especially interesting because it is a relatively famous legend that has roots here in Maryland. The story of “The Goatman” has a number of variations, as with most urban legends. My roommate told me that he first heard the story from his parents when he was about 12 years old. He suspected that it was probably a joking attempt to scare him from playing outside so late at night because the sound of the basketball dribbling in the driveway would keep his parents awake....   [tags: Urban Legends] 1134 words
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The Urban Legend of a Witch in Maryland - The Legend of Moll Dyer: A Witch in Maryland The first time I heard this story was in Maryland. It was told by a woman in her thirties, who identified herself as being of Irish heritage, which made the story of Moll Dyer more close to her heart. She was also an anthropology major who has had contact with local folklorists in the past. This is where she first learned of the story of Moll Dyer, which she recounted to me as follows: Moll Dyer was an Irish immigrant to Saint Mary’s County, where people began to think she was a witch....   [tags: Urban Legends Ghost Stories]
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The Legend of the Loch Ness Monster - Almost 1,500 years have passed since the legend of the Loch Ness Monster arose in Scotland. The Loch Ness Monster is an alleged creature that has been said to live in Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. The Loch Ness Monster legend originated in the first century A.D. when Romans came to northern Scotland. The Scottish Highlands were home to fierce, tattoo-covered tribes called the Picts. The Picts found animals to be very fascinating, and they treated animals with great respect and belief. They drew carvings on stones that still stand today....   [tags: Scottish myths] 643 words
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Urban Legend of Bloody Mary - Bloody Mary Part One: Collection of the Story The story of “Bloody Mary” was told to me by a twenty year old male. He is a current student at a University, studying accountancy. He has very conservative beliefs regarding politics. His father is an insurance broker and his mother stays at home. This story was collected on March 18, 2006, at his residence. This is the story as he told it to me: I originally heard this from my brother when I was like ten years old. I also saw it in the movie Urban Legends....   [tags: Urban Legends Ghost Stories]
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The Legend of La Llorona - A Guatemalan native, a male graduate student that I work with in my research group at the University told this story. He came from the countryside, living in a small village back home. According to him, the story of La Llorona, involving a weeping woman, arose sometime in the 1700s and became well known both at school and home. Some claimed to have actually seen the weeping woman. Some disregard it as unscientific and implausible. No one is sure of the exact origin of this urban legend. This story was told to me and another graduate student in our research group while sitting in lab waiting for the experiment results....   [tags: Urban Legends]
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Creative Writing: The Legend of the Harp - ... I remembered a sickening putrid smell filling my nostrils, and the terrifying, repetitive noise of clicking. It haunts my dreams to this day. Then, everything warped. It was as if I was looking through wavy glass. It was colorful. The white grass turned red. ______________________________________________________________________________ “Attention all Yoctograms!” A man with ripped blue jeans, and a police hat stood poised on top of a wooden crate. His cocksure attitude seemed to actually form in the air around him....   [tags: dialogue, sho] 946 words
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The Sioux Legend The Rabbit and the Elk - Animals have always been mentors to humans, informing them about upcoming dangers, and teaching them how to hunt, gather, and find fresh water. The animals’ ways were of such a magnitude of importance that the Native Americans began to use stories based on these animals to teach lessons in life. Stories about these animals have emphasized the virtues of the animals, and repeatedly taught children to be, “wise, gentle, brave, or cheerful in the same manner as certain birds and animals” (Caduto and Bruchac, XI)....   [tags: hunt, fresh water, dangers]
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Legend of the Covered Bridge - Jericho Covered Bridge in Kingsville, Maryland The Jericho Covered Bridge in Kingsville, Maryland was built in 1865 and restored in 1982. The bridge is 100 feet long and cased in cedar planks and timber beams. Legend has it that after the Civil War many lynchings occurred on the bridge. Passersby were supposedly captured on the bridge and hung from the upper rafters. The bridge is very close to my house and I have driven over it several times. The storyteller, age 19, also lives a couple minutes away from the bridge....   [tags: Urban Legends Ghost Stories]
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Urban Legend of Bloody Mary - Bloody Mary Often, the story of “Bloody Mary” is the first story of supernatural form that is told to many individuals as young children. When I was in 3rd grade, a group of friends and I got together to have a sleepover; naturally, we all went to my friend’s basement and started telling scary stories. One of my friends told me that if I went into the bathroom without any lights and said “Bloody Mary” three times in front of a mirror, a bloody figure would appear. This urban legend was told by a nineteen year old woman at the University of Maryland who is originally from West Point, New York....   [tags: Urban Legends Ghost Stories]
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Taking a Look at the Legend of Zelda - Mythology is constantly being reincarnated into new mediums. It began centuries ago as oral stories being passed from generation to generation and has weathered the test of time to present day. Mythology influences current day literature, movies, and even video games. One video game that heavily draws on mythological themes is The Legend of Zelda created by Japanese video game designer and producer Shingeru Miyamoto. Through Zelda, gamers are exposed to and are able to play through a hero’s journey filled with mythological motifs such as the idea of creation and destruction, the struggle between light versus darkness, the subconscious in relation to reality, and the idea and distortion of ti...   [tags: mythology in video games] 1395 words
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The Legend of the Woodsmen in Eerie Grove - ... At such a cheap price, Markus would expect some dangerous animal, such as bears, or hives of wasps to live in it. The thing was, however; nothing nothing lived in the forest. Plans to integrate wild animals into the forest failed miserably, with many of the animals dying before they are even released (it was later discovered that the animals died from heart attacks, thought to be caused by the fear of being transported. Surely some forest wouldn't scare a wild animal to death, Right?). The other animals that the townsfolk tried to integrate into the forest turned feral and had to be killed....   [tags: personal narrative] 1162 words
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The Legend of Zelda: A Perfect Religion - ... In essence, the religion of Hyrule is the perfect combination of all religions that allows for players of all beliefs or none at all to come and enjoy the game and this is what I will be arguing. Across the many games in the Zelda series, there are traces of Christianity, Muslim, Atheism, and even Shinto, Japans primary religion. These traces all seem to combine into the central idea of the Triforce, the legendary symbol of the Goddesses of Hyrule. The Triforce is made up of three different parts which each represent different virtues....   [tags: video, gamers, link, decision, limits] 1516 words
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Elvis Presley, The King and Legend - “Before me there was nothing. Without me there would be No Rick N Roll. Without rock and me were would we be.” On January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi the King of Rock’ N’ Roll was born. Elvis Aaron Presley, the King of Rock’ N ‘Roll, was born to Vernon and Gladys Presley. Elvis had a twin brother that died at birth leaving elvis as the only child. I will talk about the life of the King, Elvis Presley in this essay [http://elvisfanclubindia.tripod.com/id8.htm]. Elvis is entered in the music contest at the Alabama Fair and Dairy Show in Tupelo....   [tags: Rock N´ Roll, music, biography]
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Personal Legend of Bengali Society - Every person has their own Legend. I never had any personal Legend, or it is possible my life was so tough from age of nineteen years old that did not allow me to think about a personal legend. Not everyone is lucky enough to be born in a wealthy family, but some are, and they’re very comfortable with this luxury life style from very young age which does not allow them to think of a personal legend. In an upper elite Bengali society parents decide the personal legend for their children. Like I wanted to be a singer that could had been my personal legend, but I was told, music is for people who are not belongs to the upper society, and they are known as a music people who have no prestige in...   [tags: journey, entertainment, children] 1707 words
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The Legend of Hua Mulan - The legend states that Hua Mulan lived during the Northern Wei dynasty. She is a mythical figure from ancient China portrayed in the Chinese poem, Ballad of Mulan. Though both princess warrior show and movie, The Legend of Hua Mulan and Disney’s Mulan have different character personalities and reasons of going to war. The Legend of Hua Mulan is straightforward and seeks to depict Mulan as a warrior. Disney’s Mulan, however, depicts Mulan as trying to prove her parents wrong and bring home a man as in all Disney movies....   [tags: China, warrior, Disney]
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Urban Legend of Annie's Road - The Legend of Annie's Road The following ghost story involving a ghost named “Anna” was first told to me by a person who lives near the ghost site. A New Jersey native, this girl was an eighteen-year-old college student. She came from a middle-class, predominantly white, suburban neighborhood. This story about Anna’s ghost was told to a group of other college students and me while eating dinner at the campus diner. The storyteller, I, and our group of friends began to discuss the things we teenagers do to occupy ourselves on weekend nights when we’re bored....   [tags: Urban Legends Ghost Stories]
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Urban Legend of Pemberton Park - Salisbury’s Pemberton Park in the Dark Since I come from the Eastern Shore of this state, I was surprised to hear a ghost story I was previously unaware of. The story takes place in a park in Salisbury. The person who told me the story is a 19-year-old sophomore at the University, and we spoke about it one evening after dinner. He believes it to be true, because one of his friend’s siblings has apparently experienced the ghost firsthand. I tape-recorded his narrative: In Pemberton Park, about 30 years ago…exactly 30 years ago in a few weeks, actually, a young student got his heart broken....   [tags: Urban Legends Ghost Stories]
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The Legend of Colton H Bryant - I very much enjoyed The Legend of Colton H. Bryant by Alexandra Fuller. It captured me right away in the beginning scene of Colton racing away from the Kmart Kids on his bicycle. I loved how Colton could take a sad event and turn it into a lighter topic. For example, in the first chapter, Colton was being bullied and harassed. Even though he was crying, he made it lighter by chanting his mantra “‘Mind over matter. I don’t mind so it don’t matter.’” (Fuller 7) There are other examples of Colton behaving in this matter....   [tags: Alexandra Fuller, characters, writing style]
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Short Story: The Legend of Tamriel - ... Wolf meat wasn’t as tender nor as flavorful as deer, but it would do just fine. You slowly string an iron-arrow, and take aim at your next meal. You release the arrow, when an ear-splitting roar pierces the area around you, the wolf darts into the forest as your arrow flies, hitting a tree behind it. The ground beneath you begins to shake, and you look around but do not see anything. An enormous shadow engulfs the ground around you. Your heart sinks as you look up to see what caused such a disturbance....   [tags: Nords, Dragon, Quest] 1054 words
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The Legend of the Treegap Spring - ... The both dived into the water like puppies getting their dinner. They were so happy and excited. The whistling of birds filled the forest. The faint smell of pine trees also filled the forest. Only two people saw Mike and Joey. These people had a plan. Witches. Two witches lived in the forest and liked nobody on their property. The witches names were Rosina and Gwendolyn. They lived on the far side of "Treegap". Mike and Joey had not seen their house. That is because it's hidden. Rosina and Gwendolyn hollowed out a tree and put all their potions and evil possessions in there....   [tags: narrative, rosina, mike, joe] 907 words
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The Legend of El Chupacabra - The Legend of the Chupacabra has been around for many years now and is almost becoming more and more believable. There have been plenty of sightings and detailed descriptions of what this beast looks like. Many say it stands at about three feet with big red eyes and has shriveled hairless skin (“National Geographic Society”). Even though there are multiple facts and sightings that could potentially prove that this creature is real, some still do not believe it. There are scientist and researchers that go out everyday to try and find more about this creature, with all this effort being put into this, it is very hard to believe that it is not real....   [tags: Mexican folktales]
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The legend of Robin Hood - The legend of Robin Hood has survived in ballad, book, poem, play, and modern media. The story of Robin Hood has been of great interest among a select group of historians. It is highly debated whether he actually existed. Many historical texts of the time describe outlaws that closely match the description of Robin Hood. The legend of Robin Hood was originally based on a real person. Over the years, the legend of Robin Hood has endured great change. Through each generation, the story acquired new characters, tales, expanded themes, and some fresh historical contexts to adapt to the interests of the audience....   [tags: history, historians, true identity] 1374 words
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Arthur: Myth, Legend, or Man - King Arthur: myth, legend, hero or man. The mythical King Arthur is known as the man who became a king by pulling a sword, Excalibur, from a stone. The legendary King Arthur was thought to have had a table that he and his knights would gather around and it was round. Legend has it that King Arthur had commissioned Merlin, a powerful wizard, to design and enchant the table. This made way for the legend of “the knights of the round table”. The stories told about Arthur have evolved throughout the years, but was there a “real” Arthur....   [tags: King Arthur, Sword, Excalibur]
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The Legend of Robin Hood - The best-known feature of the legend of Robin Hood is the so-called ‘Robin Hood shot’. Robin is said to have been able to shoot an arrow at another one already sticking in the target, which he thereby split in half. A shot like this has definitively never occurred, simply because Robin Hood never existed. This does not mean that such a shot is not possible. To the contrary, this can be seen quite often and usually happens just by accident. Therefore, a ‘Robin Hood shot’ only makes an impression if it has been done intentionally and the archer announces it beforehand....   [tags: robin hood, arrows, hobbehod] 1383 words
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Kidney Thieves Urban Legend - Losing Organs at a Party: The "Kidney Thieves" Legend and the Immigrant Experience My family, most being first generation immigrants, has at times a slightly negative view of American culture. Because of this, many of the family dinner conversations are about the differences between American and Iranian cultures and often how the Iranian culture is better in some ways. To support this theory many urban legends are brought up that show the “dark side” of the American culture. For example, when the family was gathered together for the Iranian new year, a version of the famous legend about the traveler who was drugged and robbed of his organs in a hotel room was told by a family member....   [tags: Urban Legends] 1079 words
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True Legend by Mike Lupica - ... Gilbert helps True meet some people who can help him become sponsored. When True goes to play basketball by himself at Morrison Court, he keeps seeing a ghost man. He finds out that the ghost man is Urban Sellers, a basketball player who ruined his career before he was even out of high school. Seeing him made True not want to make the same mistakes. Callie Mason is on the girls’ basketball team and True has a crush on her. He even sneaks into the gym to watch the girl’s team practice from time to time....   [tags: novel analysis] 603 words
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The legend of Lane Frost - “Why is it that almost 25 years later, the loss of Lane Frost is still so strong. I think it’s because Lane Frost was what I wanted to be. He was what every one of us wanted to be. Lane dedicated his life to excellence. Complaining was not a part of his life. He said if he won a world championship he was going to do something special with it, and he did. He was an uncommonly kind and gentle man. He was a champion in the arena, and a champion in life” (Michael 1). These were not only George Michael’s words, but the words and thoughts of everyone who met or knew Lane....   [tags: Biography, Bull Riding]
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The Legend of Robin Hood - The legend of Robin Hood is undoubtedly one of the most well-known tales of all time. Some historians claim that he is a purely mythical figure, while others point to indications that such a person may have existed. Real or not, the English story of Robin Hood and his Merry Men sets forth a captivating tale of a daring outlaw unrivalled in his archery capabilities. The nineteenth century witnessed a boom in the popularity of Robin Hood tales. The English action hero has even found a home at Hollywood and has become something of a movie star in several films, including one released very recently in 2010....   [tags: historians, king henry II]
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The Legend of King Arthur - ... Merlin went to the archbishop of Canterbury and counseled him to gather all the great Lords in London at the upcoming Christmas celebration. There at St. Paul’s cathedral, a miracle would occur that would reveal the identity of the rightful King. After the great congregation of Lords, Thomas Malory noticed something strange in the church courtyard. “ a great stone four feet- square, like marble stone, and in the midst there of was an anvil of steel, a foot of high, and therein stuck a fair sword that said thus: whose pullet out this sword out of this stone and anvil is rightly King of all England.” Many mighty men tried to pull the sword out from the stone but none could take the weapon...   [tags: Wizard, Sword]
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An American Legend Lost - ... An unknown gunman took a shot at the president, as Lincoln rode alone to a soldiers home in Washington.1 The gunman was unsuccessful, only knocking the presidents hat off.1 This attempt occurred in August of 1864, the length of the stovepipe hat saved the president on this day.1 The president had been saved once again either by miracle or the grace of God. On April 14, 1865, President Lincoln told Treasury Secretary Hugh McCulloh to create a permanent governing body in the Department of Treasury to put an end to counterfeiters.1 That evening the president and Mary Lincoln would spend the last moments together, enjoying a show at Ford's Theater....   [tags: President Abraham Lincoln]
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Legend of Mana Overview - Legend of Mana is a Playstation video game released about eleven years ago. The basic story is that there is a giant Tree of Mana that provides energy to the world, but it has become corrupted and it is the player's job to fight the monsters that have arisen in the World of Mana and eventually purify the tree. The game includes an eclectic group of mythological archetypes, some of which are not seen much in modern media, and that is one of the big draws of this game. There are some very common archetypes like dragons, gods, spirits, afterlife, and a pirate epic....   [tags: Playstation, Video Game]
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The Legend of Yamata-no-Orochi - Like the slow elegant footsteps of a crane and the silence of a leopard, the Japanese Mai dances use careful steps and solemn gestures. This type of dance is used in the fourteenth century Japanese Noh plays. Japanese Noh plays are inspired by their ancient deities such as Susano-o in the play The Legend of Yamata-no-Orochi and focuses on elaborate costumes. Japanese noh may have originated from the Chinese nuo rites (Tian 343). “The Chinese nuo rite had long been practiced in Japanese temples, shrines, and fields where noh was born and developed” (Tian 343)....   [tags: muromachi period, japanese noh plays] 1149 words
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The Legend of Gilgamesh - The legend of Gilgamesh is believed to be the first story ever written by man. Before Gilgamesh was written it was passed from mouth to mouth by the ancient civilization of the Sumerians. The Sumerians existed over three thousand years before the birth of Christ. They recorded the story of Gilgamesh in cuneiform script. Later the Sumerian story was passed on to the Babylonians, Akkadians, Asyrians, Hitties, and Persians whom had also learned to write in their own languages. The Sumerians and their language disappeared, but their story of Gilgamesh has continued....   [tags: essays research papers] 1537 words
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Urban Legend of Cry Baby Bridge - Cry Baby Bridge The legend I collected was told to me by one of my softball teammates. My teammate is twenty-two years old. She told me this story on our team bus while we were driving at about noon. The atmosphere was light as a few of my other teammates were listening to, and quoting Dane Cook – a popular comedian. Here is the legend she told: There is this small bridge in a small city nearby. There was a car accident and a small child or baby died. And, um, it was in the local papers. It is said that at night, when your drive over it, you can hear the sound of a baby crying....   [tags: Ghost Stories Urban Legends]
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Sterility Drug Progesterex Urban Legend - Sterility Drug Progesterex Urban Legend The source for this urban legend is a 19 year old male of Palestinian descent who is currently studying engineering at Montgomery College. His father owns a heating and air conditioning company and his mother is manager for a high school cafeteria. This source first heard the story on the Internet when he received the story on an online Web group. He then spread the warning to all of his contacts. You should tell all the girls you know to be careful because there have been cases in Boston where girls who have been slipped “roofies” [rohypnol, a common date rape drug used to incapacitate the victim] for date rape were also slipped a horse sterilizer....   [tags: Urban Legends]
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Urban Legend of Cry Baby Bridge - Cry Baby Bridge When talking to students around campus about urban legends they knew, many of them were quick to recite a story that they once enjoyed hearing. Most people all knew at least a couple stories. Almost everyone knew some variation of the most popular urban legends. When talking in the dorm with a twenty year old female student, I learned that she knew several stories from her hometown. I found most interesting the story involving a bridge named Cry Baby Bridge. The story was specific to her home town....   [tags: Urban Legends Ghost Stories]
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Urban Legend of Glenn Dale Hospital - Glenn Dale Hospital Many people claim that they do not believe in ghosts or other uncanny things. Despite those claims, however, a good urban legend still has the power to make anybody stop and ponder the question, “What if?” What if these stories that always seem to have some level of possibility, were actually true. As urban legends transcend through years and generations, they always find a way of still seeming possible in the present time. This is what can be said of the story that was shared with me about the Glenn Dale Hospital....   [tags: Urban Legends Ghost Stories]
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The Legend of Good Women by Geoffrey Chaucer - ... In consequence, Chaucer is instructed to carry these women out of their traditional wicked shadow ( like Cleopatra or Medea ) by covering up their iniquity with innocence and goodness (like Thisbe, Lucrece, or Hypsipyle). However, this excessive glorification of women gives the reader rather a ironical dimension. The stories — concerning such women of antiquity as Cleopatra and Dido — are full with the betrayal of women by bad men as a regular theme. As a result, the whole becomes more a legend of false men....   [tags: canterburry tales, medieval work] 594 words
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Urban Legend of Glenn Dale Hospital - Glenn Dale Hospital Background Over the recent break, I mentioned to a friend that I needed to write about a ghost-related urban legend. He offered to tell me about Glenn Dale Hospital, which is supposedly a famous ghost legend in Maryland. Since I am a lifelong Maryland resident and did not know about the hospital, I was eager to hear the story. The story was told in the living room of a house by a 19 year old white male native to southern Maryland. He is from a middle class family and his father and mother are a construction worker and a homemaker, respectively....   [tags: Ghost Stories Urban Legends]
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The Legend of Pulau Ubin near Singapore - The Legend of Pulau Ubin The story I chose to consider was about one of the small islands that surround Singapore, Pulau Ubin. This is a small island whose main industries are mining and tourism, including trails for biking and hiking. The island has an interesting past, and as a result it now has many legends and myths revolving around it. During the occupation of the Singapore by the Japanese, it was said to be where they had brought soldiers to be tortured. That is a significant reason why people believe it’s haunted....   [tags: Urban Legends Ghost Stories] 775 words
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Urban Legend of Vanishing Hitchhiker in Pakistan - The Vanishing Hitchhiker in Pakistan During my search for stories, I met a sophomore, nineteen year old male student who is majoring in Chemistry and Math. His parents are from Muzaffarabad, Pakistan. Currently, he lives in Maryland. His father is a cardiologist and his mother is a housewife. His parents immigrated to the United States in the 1970's. The source says this story is known by almost three quarters of the people living in Pakistan. His uncle initially told him the story when he went back to Pakistan for the first time....   [tags: Urban Legends Ghost Story]
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Urban Legend of Glenn Dale Hospital - Glenn Dale Hospital Many urban legends get passed down to others from information people hear, read, and experience on their own. Stories get manipulated and exaggerated over time and reasons for the story’s existence can vary. The true story of Glenn Dale Hospital appears to be rather clear according to credible sources – but this does not stop people from creating their own myths and legends and believing what others tell them is true. The story was told to me by a white female college sophomore that I have known for many years....   [tags: Urban Legends Ghost Stories]
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