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Mexican Pet [Paperback]

Jh Brunvand
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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint edition (22 Jun 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393305422
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393305425
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 13.9 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,460,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This collection of urban legends brings together both new tales, including "The Cabbage Patch Tragedy" and "I Believe in Mary Worth," as well as a sampling of favorites from previous collections. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I first began to notice "The Mexican Pet" in Autumn 1983, both in Utah and in letters from several states. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Insight into Modern Legends 22 April 2012
Jan Brunvand has done more for modern legend research than any living scholar. This is another addition to his great work in this very important area of folkloristics. Modern legends give us an insight into how people are thinking and feeling, and are testimony also to the boundless creativity of the human imagination.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This book suxs 21 Feb 1999
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I wouldn't giv this book to a dieing rodant.It suked my but.My girlfriend give it to me and I thrown it back at her. It sucked
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good stories -- some in the way of truth 8 Sep 2008
By grasshopper4 - Published on
If you're interested in a good compilation of the texts of various urban legends, I'd highly recommend this book. Brunvand includes some of the ULs published in his earlier writing, but he adds a numerous new legends in this volume. The focus is largely on presenting a lot of stories, but there is enough background information to spark the readers' curiousity. His bibliography, foot-notes, and other publications can provide more information on the stories for readers who want more analysis. All-in-all, this book is a good introduction to the subject of urban legends, and he presents the stories very well. One of the more interesting elements of this book is that Brunvand finds the kernel of truth in some of the stories. He also shows how some can be debunked. Brunvand does miss the boat on a couple of the legends by claiming that they're not true, when they actually can be verified. A good example of this oversight is his attempt to debunk stories about big catfish. They really can grow to over 100 pounds in the USA, and some Asian varieties can exceed 600 pounds.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Who Knew? 15 Aug 2001
By Gypsychick - Published on
Who knew that the sheer number of urban legends could spawn yet another book? Brunvand is the legend specialist and his research is excellent as he relates the legends and then reveals their origins. It is amazing to read his books and realize how many people actually swear these stories are completely true zand happened to a friend of a friend's hairdresser. This outing revisits some old favorites and also brings to light a few new ones. It is a fitting addition to the Brunvand collection (which are some of the best gift books to give and receive).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Urban Legend once again delves into modern myth. 20 July 1999
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This is another fine example of logic and reason applied to the popular "friend of a friend" stories of our time. Brunvand puts a great deal of effort into finding variations of urban legends spread out across the United States and the world, reaching back many years to a usually unfindable source. If you believe in critical thinking, then this is a good book for you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting urban legends some of which will come true eventually if not already true 14 Sep 2007
By Charles Ashbacher - Published on
Urban legends are fun to hear about, and the more bizarre are clearly false. However, what makes them interesting is that so many of them are at least plausible and events that have actually happened are probably even odder. As an academic my favorite section was "Legends of Academe." The blue book section lists what are some of the more interesting ways in which students have supposedly cheated on examinations. While I have not witnessed any of those in this book, I have seen so many students try to cheat on exams that none of those in the list seem implausible.
As video recording devices become more ubiquitous, news shows are demonstrating that actual events digitally captured often prove even more bizarre than the most bizarre sounding urban legends. A short time ago, I watched a news clip of two young men trying to steal beer from a convenience store by having one man walk in naked and distract the clerk by dancing while the other snatched the beer. A separate clip showed a young man putting an item of fireworks in his mouth and lighting it. Therefore, it is reasonable to believe that as more unusual events are recorded and displayed for all to see, these venerable urban myths will be supplanted by even more bizarre actions. Furthermore, given the incredible desire of some people to become famous it is only a matter of time before some urban legends become true because somebody read about it and decided to make it happen.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It was okay... 20 Mar 1999
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This book was okay but I'd recommend reading one of Jan's (Mr. Urban Legend) other books instead of this one....lame urban legends in my opinion.
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