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The Evidence for Phantom Hitch Hikers

An objective survey of the vanishing passenger from urban myths to actual events

Author: Michael Goss

Publisher: Hachette UK

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Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 160

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All over the world motorists report giving lifts to hitch-hikers who then vanish, ghostlike, en route. Phantom Hitch-Hikers, as these insubstantial passengers are called, have become classified as an urban legend and related to historical tales of supernatural travelling companions. But is there more to such stories than picturesque folklore? Are there genuine paranormal experiences behind the reports? This book addresses itself seriously to such questions and examines the available evidence for these encounters critically and objectively. In so doing, it dispels several misconceptions about the phenomenon and presents new evidence to suggest that in some cases real experiences are being reported. Aspects covered include: The Phantom Hitch-Hiker as folklore The Hitch-Hiker as prophet Literary precedents - the Demon Lover The role of the press The sexual element The historical background Evaluating the evidence

Tales, Rumors, and Gossip

Exploring Contemporary Folk Literature in Grades 7-12

Author: Gail De Vos

Publisher: Libraries Unlimited

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Category: Education

Page: 405

View: 279

Provides an introduction to the many varieties of contemporary legends, and focuses on their role in the world around us, including tales of racial and gender stereotypes, moralizing gossip, and rumors that express hopes

Storytelling in Contemporary Societies

Author: Lutz Röhrich

Publisher: Gunter Narr Verlag

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Category: Art de conter - Congrès

Page: 224

View: 786

Phantom Hitchhikers and Other Urban Legends

The Strange Stories Behind Tall Tales

Author: Albert Jack

Publisher: Penguin

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Category: Reference

Page: 256

View: 918

Have you heard the one about… • Walt Disney’s frozen body? • Coca-Cola owning Santa Claus? • Alligators living in New York City sewers? We all love a good story. But where do the urban legends, conspiracy theories, and old wives’ tales we hear every day really originate? Albert Jack explores the best, strangest, and funniest of the tales so many of us take as gospel, and uncovers some eye-popping true stories that are even more far-fetched than their mythical counterparts. From Robin Hood to JFK’s brain, from hamsters under carpets to mysterious travelers, you’ll never be short of a scary or bizarre anecdote again.

Research in African Literatures

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Category: Africa

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Advances in Parapsychological Research

Author: Stanley Krippner

Publisher: McFarland & Company Incorporated Pub

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Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 313

View: 499

Urban Legends

A Collection of International Tall Tales and Terrors

Author: Gillian Bennett

Publisher: Greenwood

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Category: Social Science

Page: 349

View: 615

Presents the basic stories behind urban myths and legends from around the world, along with examples of each, and groups them by theme, which includes city life, horror, accidents, disease, animals, sex, merchandise, murder, and the supernatural.

The Guinness Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits

Author: Rosemary Guiley

Publisher:

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Category: Apparitions

Page: 374

View: 802

Contemporary Legend

A Folklore Bibliography

Author: Gillian Bennett

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 340

View: 302

This book lists works on "almost all major legends circulating in the 1990s in the United States, England, Western Europe" (p. xi) and includes brief descriptions of each.

Punch

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Category: English wit and humor

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View: 383

Punch

Author: Mark Lemon

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Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

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View: 936

The Rabbit in the Thorn Tree

Modern Myths and Urban Legends of South Africa

Author: Arthur Goldstuck

Publisher:

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Category: Tales

Page: 216

View: 443

Alas Poor Ghost

Author: Gillian Bennett

Publisher:

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Category: Social Science

Page: 223

View: 533

"Bennett interviewed women in Manchester, England, asking them about ghosts and other supernatural experiences and beliefs. (Her discussion of how her research methods and interview techniques evolved is in itself valuable.) She first published the results of the study in the well-received Traditions of Belief: Women and the Supernatural, which has been used internationally in folklore, women's studies, and other courses. "Alas, Poor Ghost!" thoroughly revises and expands that work. In addition to a fuller presentation and analysis of the original field research, the author has updated the text to incorporate more recent studies and assisted by Kate Bennett, a gerontological psychologist, analyzed new research with a group of women in Leicester, England. This last addition focuses on the role of bereavement and witnessing in contact with the dead."-- BOOK JACKET.

Parapsychology

New Sources of Information, 1973-1989

Author: Rhea A. White

Publisher:

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Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 699

View: 890

Includes informative and critical annotations for books, periodicals, organizations, government documents, and more, produced between 1973 and 1989 which deal with parapsychology

The Ghost that Closed Down the Town

The Story of the Haunting of South Africa

Author: Arthur Goldstuck

Publisher: Penguin Books (South Africa)

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Category: Ghosts

Page: 328

View: 704

This is the story of the South African ghost. It is a tale not only of the supernatural, but also of cultural clashes and commingling.

The Evidence for Alien Abductions

Author: John Rimmer

Publisher:

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Category: Abduction

Page: 160

View: 653

The Evidence for Visions of the Virgin Mary

Author: Kevin McClure

Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company Incorporated

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Category: Religion

Page: 158

View: 697

Recounts and compares various visions of the Virgin Mary, describes the witnesses and circumstances of each siting, and suggests possible explanations

The Evidence for Bigfoot and Other Man-beasts

Author: Janet Bord

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Category: Monsters

Page: 160

View: 922

Journal of Scientific Exploration

A Publication of the Society for Scientific Exploration

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Category: Knowledge, Theory of

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View: 614

Lore and Language

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Category: Folklore

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