The Dwarf in the Trunk
Status: TrueAbout four months ago (on June 3, 2007) this brief article appeared in the London Sunday Times:
Similar versions of the article appeared in other papers, all with the same vague details. To Peter Kenter of CanWest News Service, the story sounded like an urban legend that had made its way into the news. For instance, Kenter cited old stories of stoned teenagers tossing "leprechauns" into the trunk of their car, only to discover later that the leprechaun was actually a frightened child. Kenter also thought it was strange that Klaus Mueller would have an English nickname, "Shorty." And why was no one but Mueller identified by name?
I think Kenter was absolutely right to be suspicious of the story, but what he did next was even smarter. Instead of just figuring his hunch was correct, he did some more research. He emailed the press officer of the Bremen police, and to his surprise received this reply:
So unless the press officer was pulling his leg, that means the tale of the dwarf in the trunk was true. But the tale of the dwarf eaten by the hippo remains false.
Categories: Urban Legends
Posted by Alex on Tue Oct 16, 2007
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In Holland use of an English-language nickname like "Shorty" would not be unusual and I reckon it would be similar in Germany. Movie culture and all that.Posted by LaMa in Europe on Tue Oct 16, 2007 at 04:39 AM
There's a typo! Sorry being pedantic, but the last but one paragraph, you use Mueller when it should of been Kenter!!Posted by derek in Bristol on Tue Oct 16, 2007 at 07:32 AM
Maybe no one else was identified due to privacy concerns. I'm scared about my name getting out and I never use it for anything on the 'net.Posted by Christopher Cole in Tucson, AZ on Tue Oct 16, 2007 at 04:51 PM
Thanks, Derek.Posted by Alex in San Diego on Tue Oct 16, 2007 at 06:48 PM
Heard this story years ago. Suspicious.Posted by P.falc on Wed Oct 17, 2007 at 02:21 AM
It could also be that the nickname was translated into English along with the rest of the article. In Bremen he might actually be known as Klaus "Kurz" Mueller or whatever.Posted by Accipiter on Wed Oct 17, 2007 at 04:44 AM
This sounds awfully similar to that Seinfeld episode where Jerry's friend with the broken thumbs checks out something in the trunk and gets locked in by mistake.Posted by Clare on Fri Oct 19, 2007 at 03:38 PM
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