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for the others. His wife did not come out. Finally, he ran back into the house to get her, but it was to late to get the two older children and they died in the fire (Choking 209). The reason for this was in her hurry to call the emergency number, she could not find an eleven (911) on the dial. She tried over and over, but by the time she thought to call the operator the whole house was in flames and she was rescued by her husband (Choking 209). There are no traditional themes in this story. This was just plain foolish behavior involving telephones and numbers. Some believe this Urban Legend to be true, but there is no substantial evidence to support it (Choking 209). Arkansas even has Urban Legends of its own. Most of these are not very popular, especially in Arkansas, because

they are intended to make fun of Arkansans. When these legends are told, they are told by Arkansans in a kind of confused resentment. There are very few outsiders of today that tell these tales (Masterson 1). Arkansas legends are usually about backwood cabins and crossroad villages. Two French Captains created these Arkansas legends to arouse the wonder of transatlantic readers. These two captains told stories that made fun of how Arkansans lived, talked, and acted. The legends made Arkansas sound like a place where all of its inhabitants ran around barefoot with no sophistication at all (Masterson 15). What they failed to mention was that the only real difference that Arkansas had was the was they spoke. This failure is what has made Arkansas look as though they are behind the

rest of the country. In all reality, Arkansans are not really different than any other Americans (Masterson 15). There is one Arkansas legend that talks about how everyone has double first names like “Billy Bob” or “Mary Sue.” In that same legend, it says that everyone in Arkansas is married to Darrow 6 their first cousin or their brother/sister. That legend is very old, but some outsiders still believe that it is true. Of course, this Urban Legend is not true in most cases (Masterson 16). Some Urban Legends that circulated twenty or more years ago were told mostly by college students. These same Urban Legend are still circulating today, but they are being told by mostly high school students (Brunvand 52). What is really ridiculous is most people believe all Urban Legends

to be true, no matter how outrageous they sounds. Urban Legends will always be pasted down through the generations of believers and even non-believers for many years to come. They will just keep getting more interesting and more outrageous. No matter what, people of all ages will always want to sit down and enjoy a good Urban Legend. Brunvand, Jan Harold. The Choking Doberman. New York, NY. W. W. Norton and Company, Inc. 1984. Brunvand, Jan Harold. The Vanishing Hitchhiker. New York, NY. W. W. Norton and Company, Inc. 1981. Masterson, James R. Arkansas Folklore. Little Rock, AR. Rose Publishing Co., Inc. 1974. Mikkelson, Barbara and David P. Urban Legends Reference Pages. 29 April 1999 Roeper, Richard. Urban Legends. Franklin Lakes, NJ. The Career Press. 1999. Urban Legends

Research Centre. 20 Oct. 1999