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#773668 - 3rd Mar 2013 12:52am Urban Myths, what is the point of them?
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What is the point of urban myths, there are so many of them nowadays. Almost every day on facebook, one of my friends will post one telling everyone to beware of something which is apparently going to kill you or at the very least get you roughed up by some gang.
I don't get it at all, and who starts them anyway?

One of the most recent ones I've seen is warning folk that if you find a small child crying at the side of the road and the child asks you to take them home, then you must not do it as when you get the child 'home' you'll be attacked, raped (or both) by some evildoers just waiting to pounce on you!
The more likely outcome I'd think would be that the police would arrest you for having a child that's not yours in your car and you'd probably be labelled a paedo for life.

So, exactly what is the point of these myths and why do so many people believe them?

(PS sorry if there's already a thread about urban myths on here)

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#773674 - 3rd Mar 2013 7:44am Re: Urban Myths, what is the point of them? [Re: Elizabeth]
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My guess is that they are put about by people with too much time on their hands and think it is fun to worry people.The problem is that some are very plausible.They are not as bad as people who invent viruses simply to cause mayhem and destroy people's computers etc. but they are an absolute menace.

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#773735 - 3rd Mar 2013 12:07pm Re: Urban Myths, what is the point of them? [Re: Elizabeth]
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I can recommend snopes.com as an antidote for this kind of nonsense.

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#773755 - 3rd Mar 2013 1:03pm Re: Urban Myths, what is the point of them? [Re: Elizabeth]
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Good thread Elizabeth.

This should be an interesting topic.
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#773764 - 3rd Mar 2013 2:24pm Re: Urban Myths, what is the point of them? [Re: Salmon]
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Originally Posted By: Salmon
My guess is that they are put about by people with too much time on their hands and think it is fun to worry people.The problem is that some are very plausible.They are not as bad as people who invent viruses simply to cause mayhem and destroy people's computers etc. but they are an absolute menace.
Totally agree with you on that point Salmon.Hacking is another one. But am sure if caught you can get done for it.

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#773800 - 3rd Mar 2013 4:40pm Re: Urban Myths, what is the point of them? [Re: Candlyfloss]
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i heard one about some bloke who got nailed to a cross, died and then came back to life, apparently he was the son of this imaginary thing called 'god' who made everything in just seven days!!!!

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#773848 - 3rd Mar 2013 6:22pm Re: Urban Myths, what is the point of them? [Re: mrhanky]
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Originally Posted By: mrhanky
i heard one about some bloke who got nailed to a cross, died and then came back to life, apparently he was the son of this imaginary thing called 'god' who made everything in just seven days!!!!
Lmao, really????

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#773852 - 3rd Mar 2013 6:35pm Re: Urban Myths, what is the point of them? [Re: mrhanky]
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Originally Posted By: mrhanky
i heard one about some bloke who got nailed to a cross, died and then came back to life, apparently he was the son of this imaginary thing called 'god' who made everything in just seven days!!!!

noonoo SIX days actually... he rested on the Sunday.

He must not have been in a Union... think

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#773860 - 3rd Mar 2013 7:39pm Re: Urban Myths, what is the point of them? [Re: mrhanky]
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Originally Posted By: mrhanky
i heard one about some bloke who got nailed to a cross, died and then came back to life, apparently he was the son of this imaginary thing called 'god' who made everything in just seven days!!!!


I have searched Snopes. Hoax Slayer, Hoax Busters,Sophos,f-secure and none of them have that down as a hoax or an urban myth!

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#773920 - 3rd Mar 2013 10:22pm Re: Urban Myths, what is the point of them? [Re: Salmon]
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Originally Posted By: Salmon
Originally Posted By: mrhanky
i heard one about some bloke who got nailed to a cross, died and then came back to life, apparently he was the son of this imaginary thing called 'god' who made everything in just seven days!!!!


I have searched Snopes. Hoax Slayer, Hoax Busters,Sophos,f-secure and none of them have that down as a hoax or an urban myth!


must be true then, not as though someone would base a whole religion on it otherwise crazy

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#774017 - 4th Mar 2013 11:00am Re: Urban Myths, what is the point of them? [Re: Elizabeth]
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what about the crying boy painting and house fires is that a myth?
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#774048 - 4th Mar 2013 2:55pm Re: Urban Myths, what is the point of them? [Re: Gold_Moon]
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noonoo SIX days actually... he rested on the Sunday.

He must not have been in a Union... think [/quote] raftl
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#774052 - 4th Mar 2013 3:26pm Re: Urban Myths, what is the point of them? [Re: Elizabeth]
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Originally Posted By: Elizabeth
What is the point of urban myths, there are so many of them nowadays. Almost every day on facebook, one of my friends will post one telling everyone to beware of something which is apparently going to kill you or at the very least get you roughed up by some gang.
I don't get it at all, and who starts them anyway?

One of the most recent ones I've seen is warning folk that if you find a small child crying at the side of the road and the child asks you to take them home, then you must not do it as when you get the child 'home' you'll be attacked, raped (or both) by some evildoers just waiting to pounce on you!
The more likely outcome I'd think would be that the police would arrest you for having a child that's not yours in your car and you'd probably be labelled a paedo for life.

So, exactly what is the point of these myths and why do so many people believe them?

(PS sorry if there's already a thread about urban myths on here)


Why diss one urban myth and then quote another? I don't want to get on your back but that caused me to have a little titter.
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#774079 - 4th Mar 2013 4:51pm Re: Urban Myths, what is the point of them? [Re: BandyCoot]
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Usually the point is to spread unease and suspicion but why some people feel the need to invent stories to scare people like the old one about Gypsies/Arabs/Romanians kidnapping a child in a department store and the child being found in the changing room with their hair shaved and about to be taken away, is beyond me.
http://www.snopes.com/horrors/parental/kidnap.asp

Some people who receive these emails innocently pass them on thinking to warn people but they are just perpetuating the malice. One clue is if the story has been obviously altered from an American one and it uses Americanisms like co-worker or cell phone. I always check with Snopes before forwarding anything which sounds fishy.

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#774090 - 4th Mar 2013 5:16pm Re: Urban Myths, what is the point of them? [Re: Uffda]
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