Urban legends and myths

Form of modern folklore / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

An urban legend (sometimes contemporary legend, modern legend, urban myth, or urban tale) is a genre of folklore comprising fallacious claims or stories circulated as true, especially as having happened to a "friend of a friend" or a family member, often with horrifying, humorous, or cautionary elements. These legends can be entertaining but often concern mysterious peril or troubling events, such as disappearances and strange objects or entities. Urban legends may confirm moral standards, reflect prejudices, or be a way to make sense of societal anxieties.[1] Urban legends in the past were most often circulated orally, but now can also be spread by any media. This includes newspapers, mobile news apps, e-mail, and most often, social media. Some urban legends have passed through the years/decades with only minor changes, in where the time period takes place. Generic urban legends are often altered to suit regional variations, but the lesson or moral remains majorly the same.

Colchester Overpass, the site of the 1970s urban legend of the "Bunnyman", said to be a man or ghost in a rabbit costume who attacked people in the area