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Chantelle took to the written word like a fish takes to water. That is to say, she found herself immersed in literature from before she was born. She’s been known to tell her friends all about how she can still remember the passages she heard her mother read to her when she was in the womb - Emily Dickinson, Jane Austen, and a bit of Hunter S. Thompson thrown in to balance it out. Whether she’s whipping up pithy one-liners to tease your brain or busy working on her second novel (the first one is available on Amazon under a pen name she refuses to disclose), Chantelle has continued to keep her feet wet with words, as it were. You’re sure to get a kick out of her giggle-worthy explanations and outrageous hints, and still come away feeling like you’ve just expanded your knowledge base.
Many of the legends in this quiz were first created by a man named Jan Harold Brunvard in the 1960s. Born in 1933, Jan went on to received a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and later, a Master of Arts degree in English. While studying, he made good friends with a folklorist and professor, who became a mentor. He then decided to take an undergraduate course in American Folklore. In this class, he was assigned to, "preparing a large and well organized personal collection of folklore garnered from oral tradition and furnished with informant data and background comments." The stuff he did here would later be in some of the books he would write later in life.
After years of majoring in folklore, talking to anyone he could about it, and archiving the school’s library, he decided to take the next step. He started writing books telling of what he’d learned and some including stories that he had created as examples of these folklore stories. It wasn’t long until he coined the term “urban legend” which is now widely used to describe modern folklore. Before long, Jan became a teacher at the folklore college, he studied at. Over the decades, he has traveled the world to become the master of urban legends, and to this day, he lives for it. That’s right, he’s still alive, living with his wife Judith in Salt Lake City…or is he?
How can we know what is the truth about the man they call "Mr. Urban Legend"?
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