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International Urban Legends: Switzerland

By Richard Paolinelli / August 16, 2018

Today we head into Switzerland – hey it took a while to work our way through the Alps – and check out this country’s legends. Sorry, no chocolate-covered sweet legends to be found here. The Devil’s Rock Apparently, you can’t trust the Europeans, especially if your Lucifer. Recall our stopover in France where we encountered […]


International Urban Legends: Italy

By Richard Paolinelli / August 10, 2018

Today we stop for a pleasant weekend in Italy, the homeland of my people! If you find yourself in Lucca – in northern Italy’s Tuscany region – go find an area filled with olive trees. Chances are, you’ve found the family’s old estate. Say hello for me. But Italy isn’t just about art, the Vatican, […]


International Urban Legends: France

By Richard Paolinelli / August 9, 2018

Today we arrive in France. A country filled with fine wine, glorious art a couple of awesome urban legends. Pont du Diable The abbeys of Aniana and Gellone decided to build a bridge over the Herault River. Only problem was, every night the Devil would show up. And then the Devil would wreck all of the […]


International Urban Legends: Spain

By Richard Paolinelli / August 8, 2018

We travel to Spain today in search of urban legends and… wait a second… we have breaking news! “Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead!” (I’m sorry. I just had to. For those born after 1975, see Chase, Chevy and Live, Saturday Night.) La Chica de la Curva The Girl On The Curve comes in as the […]


International Urban Legends: Portugal

By Richard Paolinelli / August 7, 2018

We have set sail for warmer waters and find ourselves in Portugal. What follows are three urban legends that, while lacking in the spooky department, are quite interesting. The Seven Cities’ Lagoons In a faraway time, near the Sete Cidades parish, there was once a kingdom. Antilia was said to be the most beautiful princess […]


International Urban Legends: Greenland

By Richard Paolinelli / August 6, 2018

We head for Greenland today. A land filled with wolves that howl in the night…or was that one of the many ghosts that haunt the place so much that most residents – not that a whole lot of people live there to begin with – sleep with their lights on. A land where the cemetery […]


International Urban Legends: Iceland

By Richard Paolinelli / August 2, 2018

Before we head for the continent, we’ll head north from the U.K. first and make landfall in Iceland. Clever marketing that by the Vikings. Name the habitable land Iceland and name the big chunk of ice-covered land Greenland so no one will try to move in. But given that huldufólk, hidden people or elves, are said […]


International Urban Legends: England

By Richard Paolinelli / August 1, 2018

The tour of the United Kingdom comes to its conclusion in England. And do the British have an impressively spooky collection of urban legends to offer. Here’s just three of them. The Screams of the Dead The best urban legends are those rooted in events known to have actually occurred. One of England’s most terrifying […]


International Urban Legends: Scotland

By Richard Paolinelli / July 31, 2018

Today we sail across the Irish Sea to make landfall in Scotland. Yes, there’s plenty of Scottish legends for us to discover here. But there’s only one granddaddy – or grandlady – of all urban legends and that’s Nessie. Loch Ness Monster Nessie is, hands down, the best known urban legend on the globe. And she […]


International Urban Legends: Ireland

By Richard Paolinelli / July 30, 2018

We’re back! And we’ve landed in Ireland today and you would expect to find some epic urban legends here. Trust me, you won’t walk away disappointed. The Banshee Banshees have roamed Ireland for some time and legend says they carry an omen of death if you see one. Some say they appear as old woman […]

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