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URBAN LEGENDS
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1) Hey! Forward THIS! Varieties of Netlore: Urban Legends by E-mail:
http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/weekly/aa051999.htm

2) Animal Folklore: Fish and Aquatic Life (urban legends)
http://urbanlegends.about.com/cs/fish/index.htm

3) I happened to pick up a copy of Encyclopedia of Urban Legends by Jan Harold Brunvand. I picked it up because, generally speaking, urban legends are not my cup of tea - but I sometimes like to poke around in places I might not normally go. Anyway, what I find for me . . . I found at two references to stories I have been researching. One of the stories I knew might be an urban legend, the other was a French Canadian folktale - whose type I found referenced - this was very helpful because I had had a hard time finding any info on the folktale at all. And on top of it all, I found out some interesting debunking on popular 'myths'.

4) I recently refound this link to a website which explains the terminaology and background of the study of "urban legends." It may be of intrest to some Storytellers:
http://www.straightdope.com/mailbag/murbanlegend.html
Fran S. 5/17/05
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