You've probably already heard about urban legends, those rumors that move around different circles and are often transmitted through email. You may even be familiar with some of the more common ones, like the kid who has terminal cancer and wants more than anything to be in the Guinness Book of World Records for receiving the most postcards, or the one about the chihuahua that was was actually a Vietnamese rat, or the $250 cookie recipe.
Now there are some down-in-the-mouth nay-sayers out there who claim that these urban legends are hoaxes, made up by people who have too much time on their hands. Well, if you don't know enough to ignore these skeptics, then I'm sorry for you. I mean, these are the same people who deny the fluoride conspiracy, ignore the rampant breeding of alligators in the sewers, and claim not to have seen the black helicopters flying over our nation's capital. Some people wouldn't know the truth if it hit them in the face.
The following messages are all bona fide emails that I received from trustworthy people that I know very well, or their friends or relatives. I thought that they fit pretty snugly into the category of well-documented urban legends, and so decided to post them here. Remember, these things actually happened! Honest.
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