Folklorists all have their own definitions of what makes an urban legend.
Urban Legends are stories - usually passed on by word of mouth or—more commonly today—in e-mail form. They often invoke the famous "it happened to friend of a friend" (or FOAF) clause that makes finding the original source of the story virtually impossible.
Discovering the truth behind urban legends, however, isn't as important as the lessons they impart, experts say.
Back in the sixties, the Bouffant, or Beehive, hairstyle was all the rage. Ladies went to a lot of trouble to get their hair as high as possible on their heads. Some left the style in place without combing or brushing for days, even weeks.
An urban legend went the rounds that one lady, who did this, had found a nest of spiders in her hair after leaving her hair up for too long! True of False?
Do you remember any urban legends that went the rounds in your area, when you were young, or even legends going the rounds today? Please feel free to share!