Example: [Pile, 1979]
Origins: This legend's key is the irony that the very people who come to rescue a cat end up inadvertently killing it. Though this story has since entered the realm of legend and is now told as happening in a number of different venues, it might have originated with a real incident that took place in 1978 and was subsequently reported as an "And
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Brunvand, Jan Harold. Curses! Broiled Again! New York: W. W. Norton, 1989. ISBN 0-393-30711-5 (pp. 163-165). Bryson, Bill. The Blook of Bunders (Bizarre World). Great Britain: Sphere Books Ltd., 1982. Marsano, William. Man Suffocated By Potatoes. New York: Signet, 1987. (pp. 215-216). Pile, Stephen. The Book of Heroic Failures. London: Penguin, 1979. Shannon, Sarah. "And Finally . . . The Gaffes." The [London] Evening Standard. 3 March 1999 (p. 56).
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Petras, Ross and Kathryn. The 176 Stupidest Things Ever Done. New York: Doubleday, 1996. ISBN 0-385-48341-4 (p. 144).