AskReaders: What’s a true story from your town that others would believe is an urban legend?

January 29, 2017
Comments (5)
  1. Mike says:

    That story about the Elephant is not completely true. Jumbo did, in fact, die on a railroad track in St. Thomas, Ontario, but by the time the train hit him, he was already dead.

    “Jumbo died at a railway classification yard in Canada at St. Thomas, Ontario. While out exercising, he tripped and fell on train tracks, impaling himself on his tusk and dying instantly. Shortly after his death, an unexpected locomotive ran over his body. Barnum told the story that he died saving a young circus elephant, Tom Thumb, from being hit by the locomotive, but other witnesses did not support this. The most popular version of the story has the elephant being struck and killed by the locomotive.

    Barnum’s story says that the younger elephant, Tom Thumb, was on the railroad tracks. Jumbo was walking up to lead him to safety, but an unexpected locomotive hit Tom Thumb, killing him instantly. Because of this, the locomotive derailed and hit Jumbo, killing him too. According to newspaper accounts at the time, the freight train hit Jumbo directly, killing him, while the other elephant suffered a broken leg.”

  2. Jerry says:

    The girl who tried to marry Charles Manson a couple years ago is from my hometown. My cousin dated her brother for about a year.

  3. Chris says:

    No. 15 Ahh yes good old Western Australia, keeping it classy.

  4. Ali says:

    19 is Bulls**t, because modern rugby was invented about 30 years before modern soccer.

  5. Thor says:

    In my hometown, during WW2, the Germans was building a navel battery outside of the town, and would often fill up the railroad station with freight wagons.

    One day two guys was walking past this a row of these wagons, and then one guy says to the other: “I bet, that I can piss over one of these wagons” and the other guy responded, of course, with “I don’t believe you”. He then stood with his d*ck out and successful pissed OVER the wagon, but precisely on the side of the wagon stood a German officer, who suddenly had a wet cap, and was confused over the very precise “water” coming from the other side. He went around the train and then promptly had the pissing guy arrested, and sent him to Frøslev prison camp.

    And that was the second biggest “Resistance action” happening in the local area, during WW2.

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