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Tears for Fears – the Curse of the Crying Boy

The ‘curse of the Crying Boy‘ legend, created by the British tabloid The Sun, is alive and well online. I discuss my research into this fake news phenomenon on the first episode in Season 3 of the Folklore Podcast, (1 January … Continue reading

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Happy birthday, Crying Boy!

Thirty years ago this month the British tabloids were full of stories about mysterious fires breaking out in houses across the north of England – and the only survivor was a mawkish print of a crying boy. The legend began … Continue reading

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The Curse of the Crying Boy

It came from the same tabloid headline factory that produced ‘Freddie Starr Ate My Hamster‘ – and the Curse of the Crying boy continues to live online. I will presenting a paper on this quintessential urban legend at the Folklore … Continue reading

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Tabloid Tales

The red-top tabloids are a rich source of modern folklore and urban legends – and today’s front page splash in The Sun is a case in point. “Girl Eats 4,000 washing-up sponges” tells the bizarre story of dental nurse Kerry … Continue reading

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