Old Wives' Tales
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Toxin du jour
Legend: 'Ghostly' rescue in a pushed car.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2002]
Origins: This little howler appeared on the Internet in early October 2002. Though its nature as a joke
Although accounts of ghostly encounters and rescues are a vibrant part of folklore, this particular blood-chiller is a deliberate joke and not an urban legend (a story that has been widely believed and told as true).
In September 2007, we saw the "pushed car" tale again, that time told online as a "True Australian Ghost Story" about someone named John Bradford, supposedly a Sydney University student. That version claimed the events described had happened "earlier this year in Brisbane."
In July 2004 a sanitized version of the joke appeared as a "Laughter, the Best Medicine" item in Reader's Digest.
However, the earliest sighting so far reported comes from 1979, when it appeared in a collection of jokes published that year.
Barbara "push buttoned" Mikkelson
Last updated: 12 July 2007
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