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The Mexican Pet: More "New" Urban Legends and Some Old Favorites

By Jan Harold Brunvand

"A uniquely enjoyable publication: edifying scholarship, diverting social history."—Elaine Kendall, Los Angeles Times

"[The publication] captures the spirit of convivial storytelling or even encourages the task. . . . Many readers . . . should be gratified to understand that Brunvand intends to proceed this sequence of cozy, unofficial tours into well known legends. Admirers of curiosa and the psychology of crowds can't manage to pay for to overlook them." —Kirkus experiences

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The puppy might be picked up in Acapulco (from the ocean), in Mexico urban (near an open-air restaurant), or from the unpaved road of a village. frequently the vacationer attempts in damaged Spanish to determine who owns the animal sooner than wearing it off. Then it's stored within the inn room for the remainder of the holiday. frequently the rat is in particular acknowledged to be unsuitable for a Chihuahua or Mexican Hairless, and customarily the girl smuggles it domestic held with reference to her body—under her coat or sweater, in her handbag, or the like.

From a narrative within the Washington submit on Miami’s crime difficulties via Mary Thornton, 25 March 1985. ) CORRECTIONS: within the establishing paragraph of a piece of writing final Monday on crime in Miami, The Washington put up mentioned a narrative that can not be substantiated. the tale, instructed to a submit reporter a number of years in the past by means of a Miami secret agent, includes the smuggling of cocaine into the us within the physique of a useless child. Clifton Stallings, a spokesman for the U. S. Customs carrier in Miami, stated “the tale has been in flow for your time.

Who used to be Mary worthy? no longer the sketch Mary worthy, however the frightening Mary worthy. If you’re over thirty, you possibly haven’t heard of her, yet every body more youthful seems acquainted with the sport. It’s frequently performed at events or summer time camps. humans assemble in a gloomy room, stare right into a replicate, and repeat a few version of “I do think in Mary worthy” a definite variety of occasions (10, forty seven, 50, 100). This ends up in Mary worthy showing within the replicate or scratching the individual repeating the litany. the shopper who requested this question concept Mary worthy used to be a witch who used to be achieved and buried close to Wadsworth, Illinois.

Five, July 1960, p. 47), in keeping with an previous printing in Singabout. during this version a guy includes the supposedly useless physique of his puppy round all day in a bag, attempting to cast off it. on the finish of the day, having did not achieve this, he hears a plaintive meow from the bag and opens it to discover seven baby kittens there. the most recent revision of the plot matters a few luggage handlers for a global airline flying out of Chicago who discover a useless poodle in a crate they're loading on a flight to Rome.

Bozo was once interviewing the kids—asking them how outdated they're, what they’d wish to be after they develop up, all of the usual stuff—when he will get to this one boy who solutions him with “Ram it, clown! ” obviously, the express is bring to an end for a couple of minutes with “technical problems. ” whilst it returns, the boy is long gone and order has been restored. I accredited this as gospel until eventually I moved to New Orleans. After a very grotesque consultation with our boss, my co-worker stated (after the boss was once out of earshot), “Ram it, clown!

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