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Surely we no longer need “folk” reports…

“It might seem unlikely that legends—urban legends at that—would continue to be created in an age of widespread literacy, mass communication, and restless travel. While our pioneer ancestors may have had to rely heavily on oral traditions to pass the news along about changing events and frontier dangers, surely we no longer need “folk” reports of what’s happening, with all their tendencies to distort the facts. A moment’s reflection, however, reminds us of the many weird, fascinating, but unverified rumors and tales that so frequently come to our ears—killers and madmen on the loose, shocking or funny personal experiences, unsafe manufactured products, and many other unexplained mysteries of daily life…”

–Jan Harold Brunvand, The Vanishing Hitchhiker (1981)

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