URBAN LEGENDS AND FOLKLORE

What is an urban legend? Above all, it’s a great story – hilarious, sad, horrifying, instructive, eerie, or some combination of these qualities. One common sign that a story or belief is an urban legend is that it seems too good to be true.
But that’s not to say that all urban legends are false. Every now and then one of these incredible tales turns out to be based on fact – such as the often told adventure of Larry Walters, “The Lawn Chair Balloonist.” The legend states that Larry Walters, who in 1982 floated to 16,000 feet in piece of garden furniture attached to some surplus weather balloons. It’s a story that, while factual, has taken a life of its own over the years. Its been told, retold, and embellished to the point that many people are surprised to discover it’s true.
Urban legends are typically about people you could know, but don’t. They’re about things that happened to a friend of a friend, or a relative of a friend, or a relative of a friend of a friend’s hairdresser. You’ll never hear one of these stories straight from the horse’s mouth, but “swear to God, it really happened.”
Many people have asked me why I believe in urban legends. My response to question is simple; I’m intrigued by these legends. I don’t know if it is just I, but I get an adrenaline rush from hearing these legends. Whether these legends are true or not, remains to be a mystery ‘till this very day. Upon after hearing urban legends, I get this certain feeling that I couldn’t describe. My mind and heart are touched in ways you couldn’t imagine. I mean I get feelings of remorse, happiness, fear, and doubtfulness. They always leave me wondering whether or not they are true. You never know, the next thing that happens to you, could become the next urban legend.