Example: [Collected on the Internet, 1999]
Origins: Shades of Scrooge and the bedcurtains, this is a tale to warm the cockles of any heart that has ever wondered how people would react to its passing.
In addition to the above version, which came from a much-forwarded article titled "Bad Days" ("If you ever think you're having a bad day, well think
Told as an urban myth in a 1994 paper, the story's small details blurred yet again. Now the neighbor was said to be both male and elderly. Still died of a heart attack though.
Barbara "the robber was not heartless enough, apparently" Mikkelson
Last updated: 21February 2009
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