As defined in the book urban legends are: false stories repeated so many times that people believe them to be true. There many urban legends that has been going on for ages. Some examples are Santa Claus, Bigfoot and the story of Walt Disney planning to freeze himself before he dies, so he can be thawed in the future through new technology. These stories continue to live on and be dispersed through the world due to the fact that they are plausible and surprising. These story like Bigfoot, a giant ape who walks on two like a human, seems so true. There are many stories around this ape-like creature, there were even search and hunt parties set out for find the creature. Popular legends like these are well known because they tug at our emotions and spike our interest in them. If you were to hear of a Bigfoot sighting near your town would you be interested and try to investigate it? Would the story behind it be intriguing enough?
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Beauty in countries all over the world differs. An example would be the Kayan tribe located between the border of Thailand and Burma. The women here start brass wearing rings around there necks as early as the age of five. These rings according to the Kayan's measure a women's beauty. As they age the rings around their necks increase which gives them an elongated neck. Also in the middle east beauty is not something of the women. There they are cover from head to toe in black covers called abaya. For them beauty is not something you see but its the thing you don't see. These two views contradicts what the book says about physical attractiveness. When talking about body figure you won't see the women's body figure because it's hard to see what's under the abaya. This contradicts what the book says about how men tend to judge a woman by her body figure. Also the elongated neck is something that is uncommon to the modern world. These sources seem to be inconsistent with what the book says about physical attractiveness.