Date: Tue, 2 Jun 1998 08:16:23 -0400
From: "Bethany K. Dumas"
Subject: bogus anecdotes

Someone questioned the veracity of the RH elevator narrative. (Sorry, I
deleted before I noted who wrote it.) Certainly, some of the
Metropolitan Diary entries are bogus. Recently, I read there the old urban
legend about the nun who bought the package of cookies, encountered a man
who helped himself, etc. -- she, of course, later finds her package of
cookies in her bag and realizes that she was the one who helped herself
to somebody else's cookies. My point: I do not recall reading any
published research about the hallmarks of bogus narratives, about what it
is I know that lets me know that a narrative is bogus. Is there
something? Is someone working on this?