Urban legends are primarily expressions of our fears, and one of the things we fear the most is being embarrassed. And, as this collection of legends demonstrates, we can be embarrassed in a bountiful variety of ways.



Accidents

Accidents
The cost of some accidents is a loss of dignity.

Celebrity Encounters

Celebrity Encounters
We do some pretty silly things in the presence of celebrities.


Business

Business
Trying to fool others isn’t always good business.

Duped!

Duped!
Nobody likes to find out that he’s been had.

In the Buff

In the Buff
Few of us care to appear in public wearing our birthday suits.

Doctor, Doctor

Doctor, Doctor
Physicians often see us at our worst.

Feminine Mystique

Feminine Mystique
Some indignities are visited specifically upon women.

Mistaken Identities

Mistaken Identities
What happens when we pretend we know what we don’t know.

E-Mail Exchanges

E-Mail Exchanges
What you say in e-mail can come back to haunt you.

Miscues

Miscues
Well-laid plans gone astray.