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The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
Snowball the Monster Cat, 2000
A black lion: real or fake?
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
The Myth of Holiday Suicide
According to urban legend, the holiday season sees a spike in suicides. But Scientific American notes that November and December actually have the lowest rates of suicide.

The reason is perhaps because "The increased emotional and social support during holiday time temporarily dims the feelings of despair and anguish for many depressed children and adults."

But unfortunately the holiday lull is followed by a peak of suicides in the Spring: "As winter thaws into spring, there is the hope for renewal that if not delivered can set into motion agitation and despair."
Categories: Death, Urban Legends
Posted by The Curator on Tue Dec 17, 2013
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