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23rd Apr '16 10:07:22 PM Sudsy16
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* ''VideoGame/{{Wick}}'' features an in-universe urban legend about dead children who haunt a forest.
16th Apr '16 11:12:58 PM aye_amber
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* After Music/MichaelJackson's death in 2009, reports that a guilt-stricken Jordan Chandler -- the first person to publicly accuse him of child molestation back in 1993 -- issued a statement claiming that he was forced to lie about the abuse by his greedy father began to circulate online. ''{{WebSite/Snopes}}'' quickly debunked this one, and Randall Sullivan's biography ''Untouchable'' traces it back to an email a fan sent to Jackson's mother shortly after his death. Unfortunately, that hasn't stopped his brother Jermaine and rabid fans from continuing to spread the legend (in truth, ''none'' of his accusers have taken back their claims).
* The band KMFDM's initials standing for Kill Mother Fucking Depeche Mode. Stems mostly from fan speculation that resulted in a reporter asking if it was true, and them in turn saying "SureLetsGoWithThat." In reality it's just something German.
** The urban legend is referenced in their song "Sucks" when they state that they "hate Depeche Mode" among other pop artists, and the song Kunst, where the chorus is "KMFDM: Kill Mother Fucking Depeche Mode". Of course, the band's full name, Kein Merheit fur die Mitleid (roughly "no pity for the masses" in really poor German) can be found [[AllThereInTheManual in the liner notes of their first album]].
* Creator/KurtCobain wrote a part of or all of Hole's debut, ''Music/LiveThroughThis''. Kurt denied this while alive, Music/CourtneyLove and the rest of the band have denied it, there's no real evidence of it anywhere (other than he sang/played along with a few songs in their rehearsals during recording). Essentially, it boils down to people who just don't like Love, and want to deny she has any real talent (since most agree the first Music/{{Hole}} album is really good).

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* After Music/MichaelJackson's death in 2009, reports that a guilt-stricken Jordan Chandler -- the first person to publicly accuse him of child molestation back in 1993 -- issued a statement claiming that he was forced to lie about the abuse by his greedy father began to circulate online. ''{{WebSite/Snopes}}'' ''Website/{{Snopes}}'' quickly debunked this one, and Randall Sullivan's biography ''Untouchable'' traces it back to an email a fan sent to Jackson's mother shortly after his death. Unfortunately, that hasn't stopped his brother Jermaine and rabid fans from continuing to spread the legend (in truth, ''none'' of his accusers have taken back their claims).
* The band KMFDM's Music/{{KMFDM}}'s initials standing for Kill Mother Fucking Depeche Mode. Music/DepecheMode. Stems mostly from fan speculation that resulted in a reporter asking if it was true, and them in turn saying saying: "SureLetsGoWithThat." In reality it's just something German.
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** The urban legend is referenced in their song "Sucks" when they state that they "hate Depeche Mode" among other pop artists, and the song Kunst, where the chorus is "KMFDM: Kill Mother Fucking Depeche Mode". Of course, the band's full name, Kein Merheit fur die Mitleid (roughly "no pity for the masses" in really poor German) can be found [[AllThereInTheManual in the liner notes of their first album]].
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* Creator/KurtCobain wrote a part of or all of Hole's debut, ''Music/LiveThroughThis''. [[Music/CourtneyLove Hole's}} debut: ''Music/LiveThroughThis.'' Kurt denied this while alive, Music/CourtneyLove Courtney Love and the rest of the band have denied it, there's no real evidence of it anywhere (other than he sang/played sang / played along with a few songs in their rehearsals during recording). Essentially, it boils down to people who just don't like Love, and want to deny she has any real talent (since most agree the first Music/{{Hole}} ''Hole'' album is really good).



* When 1000 Homo [=DJs=] (a Ministry side project) did a cover of Music/BlackSabbath's "Supernaut," they were asked to remove vocals [[NineInchNails Trent Reznor]] had recorded by his record label at the time. The urban legend is that, instead of re-recording the song with a different singer, Ministry's Al Jourgensen added additional distortion effects to Reznor's take and only claimed to have re-recorded the vocals himself.

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* When 1000 Homo [=DJs=] (a Ministry Music/{{Ministry}} side project) did a cover of Music/BlackSabbath's "Supernaut," they were asked to remove vocals [[NineInchNails [[Music/NineInchNails Trent Reznor]] had recorded by his record label at the time. The urban legend is that, instead of re-recording the song with a different singer, Ministry's Al Jourgensen added additional distortion effects to Reznor's take and only claimed to have re-recorded the vocals himself.
15th Apr '16 5:33:28 PM kithas
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* ''Manga/{{Ibitsu}}'' is about an [[StalkerWithoutACrush urban legend].

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* ''Manga/{{Ibitsu}}'' is about an [[StalkerWithoutACrush urban legend].legend]].
15th Apr '16 5:32:59 PM kithas
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* ''Manga/{{Ibitsu}}'' is about an [[StalkerWithoutACrush urban legend].
11th Apr '16 12:39:28 AM aye_amber
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* {{Ludo}}'s "Lake Pontchartrain" features a young man telling the story of his two friends getting swallowed up in a very predatory context.

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* {{Ludo}}'s Music/{{Ludo}}'s "Lake Pontchartrain" features a young man telling the story of his two friends getting swallowed up in a very predatory context.
3rd Apr '16 11:41:08 PM JackG
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* The Series/{{Dollhouse}} has become this InUniverse. One episode even has vox populi interviews about the subject.
* Likewise [[PersonWithTheClothing The Man In The Suit]] vigilante in ''Series/PersonOfInterest''.
-->'''[[IntrepidReporter Maxine]]:''' No one's seen his face, nobody knows his name. I'm not even sure he exists. But he's like something out of a comic book. [[WeHelpTheHelpless When people are in trouble]] he comes out of nowhere. He always seems to be there [[BigDamnHeroes just in time]]. Whoever he is, he saves a lot of lives. And he [[RunningGag shoots a lot of kneecaps]].
-->'''Reese:''' [[ButHeSoundsHandsome Sounds like a great guy]]. And an urban legend.
8th Mar '16 9:17:42 PM Red-Dead-Redeemer
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The moral of an urban legend often employs a bit of ScareEmStraight, to drive the lesson home or merely for the sake of humour (The Franchise/CabbagePatchKids one, for example, was a joke). After all, these legends won't get passed along if no one wants to retell them. This is not to say that urban legends are all pure fiction. The most convincing of them contain a grain of truth (i.e. a less interesting but factual story) which becomes sensationalized or completely distorted to bring the message a bit closer to home. Instead of some unknown Alice suffering bizarre consequences after a cocaine overdose, it was Drew Barrymore. Instead of the gruesome murder occurring in a far away country, it coincidentally happened right ''here'', not far from where ''you'' live, and the Bad Guys who did it are people who aren't like ''us'' (foreigners, people of different races or cultures, junkies, celebrities, criminals...)

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The moral of an urban legend often employs a bit of ScareEmStraight, to drive the lesson home or merely for the sake of humour humor (The Franchise/CabbagePatchKids one, for example, was a joke). After all, these legends won't get passed along if no one wants to retell them. This is not to say that urban legends are all pure fiction. The most convincing of them contain a grain of truth (i.e. a less interesting but factual story) which becomes sensationalized or completely distorted to bring the message a bit closer to home. Instead of some unknown Alice suffering bizarre consequences after a cocaine overdose, it was Drew Barrymore. Instead of the gruesome murder occurring in a far away country, it coincidentally happened right ''here'', not far from where ''you'' live, and the Bad Guys who did it are people who aren't like ''us'' (foreigners, people of different races or cultures, junkies, celebrities, criminals...)



* Long-rumored legend in the industry that Adam Carolla was fired/got rejected by producers to be the host of the US version of TopGear (usually in conjunction with something racist/sexist/homophopic he supposedly said). In reality he was offered the job (or at least an audition), and turned it down because he was working on a separate TV project and didn't have the time.

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* Long-rumored legend in the industry that Adam Carolla was fired/got rejected by producers to be the host of the US version of TopGear (usually in conjunction with something racist/sexist/homophopic racist/sexist/homophobic he supposedly said). In reality he was offered the job (or at least an audition), and turned it down because he was working on a separate TV project and didn't have the time.



** TruthInTelevision for [[http://tinyurl.com/m5okkbe/ some rhinos]].

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** TruthInTelevision for [[http://tinyurl.com/m5okkbe/ [[http://www.news24.com/Archives/Witness/Reserve-to-dehorn-two-of-its-rhinos-20150430 some rhinos]].



* The cause of UsefulNotes/TheHindenburg fire is still unknown today. As such, it is positively drenched in Urban Legends, in varying degrees of ridiculousness. One of the most common is that ''Hindenburg'' was [[MadeOfExplodium painted in "Rocket Fuel" or "Thermite",]] which is [[BlatantLies completely false,]] but a surprisingly pervaisive myth. It may have such wide acceptance because the fabric of the airship ''was'' in fact combustible, albeit very weakly. Furthermore, some go as far as to say that ''Hindenburg's'' hydrogen had nothing to do with the fire ''[[InsaneTrollLogic at all,]]'' which is absolutely untrue. They usually cite the fact that pure hydrogen burns a pale red color, but they neglect to mention that the 250 tons of airship and diesel fuel is what colored the flames bright orange. A less popular, but still widely believed myth is that ''Hindenburg'' was deliberately sabotaged, and that bits of a gun or a bomb were found in the wreck. The Nazis themselves liked to propagate this myth because they didn't want to admit their safety failure.

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* The cause of UsefulNotes/TheHindenburg fire is still unknown today. As such, it is positively drenched in Urban Legends, in varying degrees of ridiculousness. One of the most common is that ''Hindenburg'' was [[MadeOfExplodium painted in "Rocket Fuel" or "Thermite",]] which is [[BlatantLies completely false,]] but a surprisingly pervaisive pervasive myth. It may have such wide acceptance because the fabric of the airship ''was'' in fact combustible, albeit very weakly. Furthermore, some go as far as to say that ''Hindenburg's'' hydrogen had nothing to do with the fire ''[[InsaneTrollLogic at all,]]'' which is absolutely untrue. They usually cite the fact that pure hydrogen burns a pale red color, but they neglect to mention that the 250 tons of airship and diesel fuel is what colored the flames bright orange. A less popular, but still widely believed myth is that ''Hindenburg'' was deliberately sabotaged, and that bits of a gun or a bomb were found in the wreck. The Nazis themselves liked to propagate this myth because they didn't want to admit their safety failure.
24th Feb '16 4:31:12 PM IamTheCaligula
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* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' plays around with both the GodNeedsPrayerBadly and ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve tropes quite a bit and, as a result, urban legends have begun popping up all over Gensoukyou. This culminated with the ''Urban Legend in Limbo'' incident during which various characters intentionally spread rumors and urban legends in order to make use of their powers. Notable urban legends that have appeared in Gensoukyou are [[StockNessMonster Nessie]], [[StringyHairdGhost Okiku]], [[GlasgowGrin Kuchisake-Onna]], [[{{Creepypasta}} Hasshaku-sama]] and [[TheCallsAreComingFromInsideTheHouse Mary-san]] as well as [[MakeAWish the wish-granting Monkey Paw]], SpontaneousHumanCombustion and one legend about seven magical balls capable of granting whoever gathers them all a single wish. This all eventually leads to a major OhCrap moment when the oldest and most common urban legend of all time starts circulating: TheEndIsNigh.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' plays around with both the GodNeedsPrayerBadly and ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve tropes quite a bit and, as a result, urban legends have begun popping up all over Gensoukyou.Gensoukyou lately. This culminated with the ''Urban Legend in Limbo'' incident during which various characters intentionally spread rumors and urban legends in order to make use of their powers. Notable urban legends that have appeared in Gensoukyou are during these turbulent times were [[StockNessMonster Nessie]], [[StringyHairdGhost TheMenInBlack, [[StringyHairedGhostGirl Okiku]], [[GlasgowGrin Kuchisake-Onna]], [[{{Creepypasta}} Hasshaku-sama]] and [[TheCallsAreComingFromInsideTheHouse Mary-san]] as well as [[MakeAWish the wish-granting Monkey Paw]], SpontaneousHumanCombustion and one legend about seven magical balls capable of granting whoever gathers all of them all a single wish. This all eventually leads to a major OhCrap moment in ''Manga/ForbiddenScrollery'' when the oldest and most common urban legend of all time starts circulating: TheEndIsNigh.
23rd Feb '16 5:26:01 AM IamTheCaligula
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* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' plays around with both the GodNeedsPrayerBadly and ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve tropes quite a bit and, as a result, urban legends have begun popping up all over Gensoukyou. This culminated with the ''Urban Legend in Limbo'' incident during which various characters intentionally spread rumors and urban legends in order to make use of their powers. Notable urban legends that have appeared in Gensoukyou are [[StockNessMonster Nessie]], [[StringyHairdGhost Okiku]], [[GlasgowGrin Kuchisake-Onna]], [[{{Creepypasta}} Hasshaku-sama]] and [[TheCallsAreComingFromInsideTheHouse Mary-san]] as well as [[MakeAWish the wish-granting Monkey Paw]], SpontaneousHumanCombustion and one legend about seven magical balls capable of granting whoever gathers them all a single wish. This all eventually leads to a major OhCrap moment when the oldest and most common urban legend of all time starts circulating: TheEndIsNigh.
10th Feb '16 4:01:03 PM LucaEarlgrey
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** The plot of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' is kicked off because of a urban legend of the Midnight Channel, where you see your soulmate if you look into an empty TV at midnight on a rainy day. Turns out, [[MentalWorld there's a bit more than that]].

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** ** The plot of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' is kicked off because of a urban legend of the Midnight Channel, where you see your soulmate if you look into an empty TV at midnight on a rainy day. Turns out, [[MentalWorld there's a bit more than that]].



* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' has traditionally included demons from various ancient mythologies, but ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV'' introduces the Chemtrail demon, based on [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chemtrail_conspiracy_theory a conspiracy theory]] about the jet trails left by passenger jets containing chemical or biological weapons.

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* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' has traditionally included demons from various ancient mythologies, but ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV'' introduces the Chemtrail demon, based on [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chemtrail_conspiracy_theory a conspiracy theory]] about the jet trails left by passenger jets jet airplanes containing chemical or biological weapons.
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