I’m feeling very industrious and productive this evening. I’ve had these urban legends rolling around in my head for several years, and today I finally decided to submit them to the snopes check.
The first one was about the young lady who, wanting an express-tan, visited every tanning parlor in her vicinity over the course of a week, bypassing safety precautions about how much time is okay to spend in a tanning bed, with the result that she cooked her internal organs, and died after noticing that she was smelling like a leftover pot roast tht had been left out on the counter for a few days. I never really believed this one, but I also never bothered to look up the debunking on snopes. Until today (it’s false, of course).
The other one, I heard about twenty-five or so years ago. It involved a group of coeds living in a dormitory apartment at a university someplace that gets a lot of snow. The young ladies (so went the story) were spending a winter afternoon baking cookies to give out as Christmas gifts. Because it was cold and snowy outside, they had all of the windows in their apartment shut. Prior to putting each new batch of cookies on the cookie sheet, they would spray the sheet with Pam.
After several hours of this, they had effectively coated their alveoli with cooking spray, and they all died of suffocation.
Yes, I’m sure it’s a bullshit story, but I’m curious to know why I’ve not seen it debunked on snopes.
Has anyone here ever heard this (or a similar) story? Where does one turn for the debunking?
Also: What’s the standard procedure for getting a potential urban legend evaluated on snopes?
Also again: is this the right forum for discussing urban legends, or should this have gone into MPSIMS?