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  1. Ben at |

    I never heard that Mr. Rogers was a Navy Seal, but I did a search and sure enough that urban legend is everywhere. Nice job, Evan. I learned something today. Of course, I learned something that wasn't true, so I'm not sure the value. ;-)

    It was interesting to read though.

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    1. Ran76 at |

      But how awesome would it be if it was true? I used to watch his show everyday when I was a kid

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      1. annie at |

        you watched that! lol…. that is so stupid. why would you put that on here. it was very helpful.

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        1. ran76 at |

          yeah, why would a 4 year old watch a show made for 4 year olds. it’s an enigma :\

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  2. JayStreete at |

    Actually, in German "Ich bin Berliner" is the appropriate way to say that you are a Berliner. "Ich bin ein Berliner" is, in fact, I am a donut. I learned this in German classes.

    He was probably understood perfectly but it was a mistranslation. English to German cannot be a direct word for word translation.

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    1. jeremy at |

      lol

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  3. Current CD Rates at |

    Wow, I learned something too. I had heard for years that Disney was cryogenically frozen, and never heard anyone say that it was an urban legend before.

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  4. Collectable Figurine at |

    I hadn't heard the Mr Rogers one either…I wonder happens if you eat Mentos with Coke, we've seen them react strongly in a bottle!

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  5. CK at |

    I always thought Bloody Mary was referring to Queen Mary. I also have never heard of the Mr. Rogers Navy Seal myth. Guess you learn something new every day!

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    1. Mussab at |

      Bloody Mary is referring to Queen Mary but then the story got twisted

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  6. Ein Berliner at |

    I'm not sure which part of the JFK story you are claiming is false – I would like to point out that it is not a complete fabrication.

    It is true that JFK made a minor error by saying "Ich bin ein Berliner", instead of "Ich bin Berliner", and that by objectifying himself it could have been interpreted as meaning that he was a Berliner pastry, which is similar to a Danish.

    It is false that the crowd laughed him off the stage. They were gracious enough to understand what he meant and responded with applause.

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  7. TopTenz Master at |

    Ein Berliner – Yes, you are right he was not laughed off stage which is why it is on this list as an urban legend.

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  8. BladeOfGrass at |

    Wow, my history teacher cited the JFK myth in his lectures. Nice job debunking it. Great list.

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  9. silva at |

    Hey guys you forgot, ELVIS IS ALIVE…

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  10. Gwen at |

    The one about 6 spiders drop in your mouth while you sleep is a myth. So is the one about having to drink 8 glasses of water a day. :)

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  11. Scott-O at |

    Mr. Rogers was in my SEAL platoon. We were the medic team to remove the kidneys of enemy combatants.

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    1. TopTenz Master at |

      Scott-O, If I was drinking milk when I read that it would be coming out of my nose. Very funny.

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    2. richard at |

      of course mr. rogers was a navy seal. who else was going to rescue king friday when he was captured by the enemy?

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  12. the white rabbit at |

    I like how this person is "debunking" these happenings as folklore and myths without citing a single resource to back them up.

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    1. Kaina at |

      Do you really need the author to cite a source before you believe that Bloody Mary won’t appear if you say her name three times in front of a mirror? Or 99 times, as a variation on the myth says?

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      1. Mussab at |

        Lol true

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  13. gordo1013 at |

    I heard a similar one about Mr. Rogers. Except it Gomer Pyle being a sniper in Viet Nam.

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  14. Lola Lufnagle at |

    In the Charlie the unicorn video on youtube, at the end the pink and blue unicorns stole charlies kidney.

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  15. Dave H. at |

    Kennedy had it right the first time. "Ich bin Berliner" without the "ein" makes no grammatical sense, I have just been informed by an expert on the subject. End of.
    BTW, a "Berliner" nowadays is also a type of hotdog with a criss-cross pattern of ketchup and mustard over it.

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  16. Megan at |

    The one about kidney theft is actually true, if not in America. In India and parts of Africa, it’s becoming a problem as desperate Westerners seek alternatives to organ donation lists.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=4224506

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  17. Anthony at |

    Just another comment on the “Berliner” mix-up. The myth is based on some mis-understandings in German. Firstly, it is ok to say “Ich bin ein Berliner”. Just not the most common usage. I listened to the speech again, and of course there was an interpreter who translated during the whole speech, and it is normal for the translator to repeat any statements made in German, and thus said “Ich bin Berliner” which the crowd responded positively to. Then JFK said, “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Hr. Schmidt(?) for translating my German into German.”

    Second, while it is true that in some parts of Germany, a “Berliner” refers to a kind of jelly donut; not actually in Berlin. In Berlin, it is called a “Pfannkuchen” or “pancake”.
    In the south (i.e. Bavaria) it is called a “Krapfen”.

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    1. Thomas at |

      Correct, although leaving out the indefinite article is common when stating your profession or your home town this way in German, it’s perfectly OK to emphasize such a statement by putting the indefinite article back in, and no one but the most obtuse language pedants would object or even misunderstand.

      And yes, it would be pretty weird if Berliners called their jelly donuts Berliners, but even in those areas of Germany where people shorten “Berliner Pfannkuchen” to just “Berliner” it’s pretty unlikely that anyone hearing a political speech on radio/TV held in Berlin in those days would have thought of bakery products first.

      It’s an Urban myth, pure and simple.

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      1. Anthony at |

        As yet another followup, I remember discussing this with my German wife who commented that “Ich bin Berliner” would have been completely wrong in this case because it means that JFK is from Berlin, which isn’t the case. “Ich bin ein Berliner” was *correct* because it means that JFK was expressing his support of the people of Berlin, thus the audience was “Begeistert” (enthusiastic).

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  18. Pronoss at |

    I found someone did upload the Kennedy speech in Berlin, it’s 4 mins long and toward the beginning after about 30 seconds he gives the “ich bin ein berliner” quote and the crowd applauds him.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hH6nQhss4Yc

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  19. Tom Tread at |

    I always thought the story about Walt Disney was true. I am sure I saw that mentioned in a documentary about cryogenics a few years back. Just goes to show how strong these urban myths can become. I like to think wealthy people are no different.

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  20. alex hannon at |

    I knew some folks (years ago) who were selling insurance to have yourself frozen upon death. This always was met with skepticism, but they would reply to the effect, “what are you alternatives?”. Whatever… they pointed out there is a difference between cryonics, and cryogenics. I think having yourself frozen in hopes of future ressurection falls under the catagory of cryonics.

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  21. Wes Johanson at |

    Is “The Tablecloth” story an uban legend? Often told at Christmas. Thanks.

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  22. Tom brown at |

    What about the blair witch project!? or thirteen book?

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    1. ran76 at |

      Blair witch was never an urban legend. the campers showed up on tv a week or so before the movie premiered, basically ruining the mystery if it was real or not.

      I honestly don’t know what thirteen book is

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  23. Ronnie at |

    Urban legends continue because way too many people are idiots who believe them.

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  24. Mussab at |

    The Ghost hitchhiker is true but this version is twisted
    It’s two people in Spain who were travelling and then they got confused they found HER on the street. She told them where she lives. She requested that they close the camera but then the guy secretly opened it again. Then she pointed out that she had a car accident on that certain point and she died. They 2 people got confused and then they got into a car accident themselves. One of them died but the other survived and his camera survived. They were later questioned by the FBI and stuff

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  25. &MCPro& at |

    It is epic my hair caught on ????

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