Today I got one of those stupid email forwards. You know the ones… the urban legendy proof that God exists ones? This one was the one where the kid says that God smells like rain, and the girl totally knows because she survived almost impossible odds when she was born 15 weeks premature.
It’s supposedly a true-ish story, at least Snopes seems to think so. (True in the sense that the story itself is true, not the the smell of rain is proof that kids chillax with Goddizzle.) As much as I want to hit “Reply All” and say, WTF? Do you have any idea who I am? Do you know anything about me? I restrain myself and do the decent thing… delete it and then bitch about it on Skepchick. Cuz that’s how I roll.
But the urban legend thing has always fascinated me. Especially now that anyone with an email address can watch them evolve, and often times, a good skeptical sleuth can find the origin of the legend.
Today, let’s start our own urban legend! Start a story… give us a few sentences, 5 tops, and then let the next person take the story where they want to take it… and keep it going. After 15-20 replies, end it with a classic urban legend ending, and start a new one! Ready….. GO!
Or, if you hate participation, tell me What’s your favorite urban legend/crazy chain email ?