URBAN MYTHS and COCA-COLA
At the Skeptics supper in December Dianne Smerdon spoke on folklore in modern society:
disposal stories began in 1906. For example, a lady drove over a cat.
She put the dead cat in a paper bag and left it on the back seat while
going shopping. Another lady stole the paper bag, looked inside, and
died of a heart attack.
In the 1980s ankle-slasher stories circulated in America.
They were about a man hiding under a car and slashing women's
ankles with a knife as they walked past. Police investigated but failed
to confirm any incident. In Australia were stories of razor blades
attached to a water slide half way down.
Another set of stories concerned vengeful or jealous spouses who filled the family car with concrete from a concrete truck.
further set is about the theft of body parts. For example, a man
returned to Darwin from a holiday in Bali and died. Autopsy revealed
that his kidneys has been removed.
The term "urban myth" was introduced in 1981. An entertaining book is Urban Myths (1995) by Graham Seal.
Another guest speaker at the Skeptics was David Raggat, marketing manager for Coca-Cola Amatil Ltd.
(Investigator 52, 1997 January)
Mr Raggat said that reports of dope, including cocaine, in coke are false.
false are reports that the acid is able to dissolve coins and teeth. He
said he tried to clean coins in both Rosella Tomato Sauce and Coca-Cola
and the tomato sauce did the better job.
Foley, Skeptics SA secretary, said he once lost a tooth. He didn't
seriously believe in the tooth fairy and therefore placed the tooth in
Coca-Cola. The tooth did not dissolve away.