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Urban Legends

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Jacob Schilleci

on 8 October 2013

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Transcript of Urban Legends

CAN YOU SCARE US?
YOUR TASK:
is going to be to create an urban legend of your own.
Keep in mind that not all urban legends have to be spooky or scary. Most urban legends we know are fun stories about places in which we grew up.
An urban legend, urban myth, urban tale, or contemporary legend, is a form of modern folklore consisting of stories usually believed by their tellers to be true.
The Hook Man
Bloody Mary
Boogie Man
Believe it or not, urban legends serve a purpose.
keep culture alive
teach younger generations history
serve as a warning
teach lessons
Now, here is the fun part!
You are to retell an urban legend and make it realistic for the times. If you cannot think of one...you get to create your own.
For example, why is it that the 100 lower hall always seems empty?
You will be graded on the following:
Believability
Lesson.
Final draft is typed.
A visual representation.
*SCHOOL APPROPRIATE
I know, I know. But it needs to be said,
NO drugs.
NO sex.
NO illegal behavior.
NO foul language.
EVERYTHING else is fair game.
For any reason if your group needs help, is having trouble of any sort,
or stuck on an issue PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE do not hesitate to
contact me (jlschilleci@interact.ccsd.net). I will get back to you before the
day is over.

Also, this presentation will be on your class website (www.wix.com/jlschilleci/room826).

And lastly...
HAVE FUN
Urban legends are sometimes repeated in news stories and, in recent years, distributed by e-mail. People frequently allege that such tales happened to a "friend of a friend"; so often, in fact, that "friend of a friend" ("FOAF") has become a commonly used term when recounting this type of story.

Examples:
JAPAN:
It was once rumored that the Sony Corporation installed a device in all of its electronics products which caused them to fail soon after their warranties expired, an illegal form of planned obsolescence.

This has never been substantiated and while it is unlikely that Sony would explicitly add expiration devices to their hardware, the "Sony Timer" has also been taken to mean that Sony manufactures devices to withstand just enough use to necessitate a new line. At the annual shareholders meeting in 2007, then president Ryoji Chubachi said that he was aware of the term "Sony Timer"
SPANISH/ LATIN: La Llorana
EUROPE: The Spider Bite or (The Red Spot)
Cultures all around the world have urban legends of some sort.
Oh! I almost forgot. You cannot kill me.
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