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Frank in the swamps Urban myths (and legends) (142* d) RE: Urban myths (and legends) 07 Feb 98

Since I still haven't figgered the html I'll have to give you the long route...

I've always been fond of stories about Slappy Hooper, they're not urban legends actually, they're more tall tales that came along too late in history to become folklore like Paul Bunyan & Pecos Bill.
Slappy Hooper was the worlds greatest sign painter, he could do things like; paint a sky hook to hang his scaffold off of in order to reach difficult places, or paint a fireplace with a warm blazing fire to warm up all the poor hoboes' huddled around on the streets in the winter time. He could even paint a lunch.
I wonder if the impulse behind the urban legend isn't often the same force that drove the stories from the old "liars bench" because whenever I hear these stories (did you hear the one about the arc welder who accidently sparked off the disposable lighter in his shirt pocket... got burned baaad) it's usually in the context of a tale swapping that has an element of one-ups-manship to it.
Frank I.T.S.

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