urban myth


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urban myth

n
a story, esp one with a shocking or amusing ending, related as having actually happened, usually to someone vaguely connected with the teller
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Suddenly, it was not the BBC but rather "universities" who "believe" an urban myth needed debunked.
Urban Myth Films was behind the fantasy drama Atlantis which had viewing figures on more than nine million for the opening episode on BBC One and which was shown on BBC America with the channel receiving the highest ever viewing figures for a season premier.
"This is set against the urban myth that the NHS is being protected," he said.
Parker's anxieties are more typical of urban myth than medical fact.
Similar tales have also surfaced in other parts of the world from Malaysia to Australia - also untrue - and the report has been circulating for so long that it features on various urban myth websites with references dating back 10 years.
This is an urban myth. Persistent health rumors about cold water have circulated for more than one hundred years.
The prevalent urban myth is that abortions do not occur past three months.
As the Baby Boomers prepare for retirement, the prospective costs to be exacted of the Social Security and Medicare programs may leave Americans feeling "like doing what the old urban myth says the Inuit do: Ship the old folks out on the ice floes," wrote Walter Russell Mead, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, in a September 24 syndicated op-ed column.
Walker (Scribner, 2001/Atria, 2002), who led the successful campaign to get Walker's image on one of the stamps, says: "Trust me: it is an urban myth. Every time I see this e-mail I forward it to friends at the USPS who confirm that it is a myth."
The gist of the video was obvious: The school's reputation as a geek factory was entirely unjustified, a silly urban myth.

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