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Torley Linden
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Join date: 15 Sep 2004
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09-22-2005 14:41
From: Julian Fate

The only other legend that leaps to mind is that there are other planets if you just fly high enough (millions and millions of meters). It certainly gets weird up in SL space but I've never seen another planet. :)


Hehehe... good one! I've heard this, I know it was a prank pulled on some new Residents and they came to ask me about it. I've been up a million meters, but didn't see anything apart from really shocking avatar deformation—not unlike that washroom scene from Poltergeist.

Julian, I lurve that you keep bringing up the HIPPOES!

Some say older places like Welsh and Taber are haunted... or that the ghosts of Lindens past haunt statues in Natoma. :)
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Blueman Steele
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every time a bug is fixed....
09-22-2005 14:41
and angel gets its wings.. wait no.

every time a bug is fixed, feature changed, you have a chance to tell a story in the future that may or may not be believed.

I personaly find it hard to belive that people had to store prims in ground for winter *snicker* or that they called them "prim banks" LOL.. yea riiiiight

*feels eyes of oldbies glaring*

seriously.. who'd doing SL history now? It gets more important each day

alt + ctrl + shift + H = HIPPOS!
Cristiano Midnight
Evil Snapshot Baron
Join date: 17 May 2003
Posts: 8,616
09-22-2005 14:42
From: Torley Torgeson
I find it awesome we are having our own sense of culture and identity here, and have SL-specific things not limited to only terminology, but memes bubbling from under. Just like "real countries" do. Some of the humor will be cultural too, and as for the urban legends, the "OHNOES MY AVATAR GOT TURNED INTO A REALLY UGLY WOMAN" aka "Being Ruthed" one is not only scary... but TREU!


Chloe Platini provided my favorite teleport mishap photo ever, which also happens to remain one of the top Snapzilla pictures. She was in a kitten avatar and teleported, got stuck in limbo, with only the naked bald contorted avatar inside showing (wow it is hard to believe this is image #169 - there are now over 30,000):

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Torley Linden
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09-22-2005 14:45
^ Hahaha, it's the chicken!
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Pendari Lorentz
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09-22-2005 15:10
From: Jauani Wu
i don't believe this one. i was introduced to philip in world by james. james was giving us both a tour of his high rise building with - ooh ahh - an elevator! we were very impressed. (it was beta). james seemed as in awe of philip as i was.



hehe.. I adore James. I like to think he and I have become friends over time. He is a really great guy. :) But when I was new, in Sept 2003, I still could not look at him without wondering because of the rumors I'd heard. hehe :D
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Pendari Lorentz
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09-22-2005 15:11
From: Lash Xevious
    I used to be scared of going into the water, cuz I believed there would be scary creatures at the sea bottom.


OMG!! I believed that for the longest time about one area. I can't remember which now. haha.. I stayed out of the water for months because of this one! :o
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Jake Reitveld
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09-22-2005 15:11
havok2 is my favorite SL urban legend
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Pendari Lorentz
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09-22-2005 15:13
From: Julian Fate
Except for the mystery of hippoes. What's up with that?


Hippos are gods.. we must not talk about them in such threads! For shame!! :eek:
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Siggy Romulus
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Join date: 22 Sep 2003
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09-22-2005 15:17
From: katykiwi Moonflower
The legend that Grimmy is my alter ego is absolutely not true.


I'm calling the fifth on the rumor that I gave him the rocketlauncher.
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Kei Mars
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Join date: 27 Jan 2004
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09-22-2005 15:18
From: Jauani Wu
i don't believe this one. i was introduced to philip in world by james. james was giving us both a tour of his high rise building with - ooh ahh - an elevator! we were very impressed. (it was beta). james seemed as in awe of philip as i was.


Surely he seemed awed and quiet because he couldn't type on both PCs at once... :p
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Cristiano Midnight
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09-22-2005 15:42
From: Jake Reitveld
havok2 is my favorite SL urban legend


Best post ever!
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Euterpe Roo
The millionth monkey
Join date: 24 Jan 2005
Posts: 1,395
09-22-2005 16:47
Even a noob can find urban legends in SL:

I was told, having only been around for two days, that one could be taken/TPed to a 'sex dungeon' from which one could not escape--TP would not work and relogging would put the captive back in exactly the same place. Once captured, one would live out his/her remaining time in SL as a sex slave.

I was not smart enough to not listen to a guy from the Welcome Area with "Are you new? Are you looking for me?" in red above his head. :D
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Schwanson Schlegel
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Join date: 15 Nov 2003
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09-22-2005 18:39
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Lisse Livingston
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Join date: 16 May 2004
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09-22-2005 23:00
Today at the Land Ownership 101 class, I was saddened to hear some of the urban legends that had made their way into the ears of some of my students, none of them older than a month in SL.

I post below selected excerpts with names removed (Jeska, feel free to edit if I've violated any guidelines):

From: someone

You: However, there is a loophole which allows you, as an island owner, to effectively give others the permissions of ownership on lots on your island - so you can 'sub-let' if you like.
Student: yeah I was going to mention, I don't know that I would call it a loop hole, seeing as LL supports... errr.. individuals... who take very very profitable advantage of it
(later)
You: There's no warning of new releases. Best is to keep watching the map at minimum zoom level
You: Keep an eye on the web site Auctions page
Student: I would also think that certain major land owners who get support from LL probably get some early warning
(later)
Student2: But I think workers, helpers have inside info on where Linden development of nice resources will occur?
Student: I think he is bringing up something that seems to be a real problem, namely that all of the political background to land owning is discouraging to those new to SL who want to get involved in owning land


I didn't save the after-class chatter, but at least one of them appeared to have talked to "friends" of large-scale land traders and been convinced that LL was taking actions to prevent new residents from being able to purchase any decent land, other than First Land, except through these land traders. There was a general feeling of bitterness that pervaded the whole class. I did what I could to dispel the rumors, but I'm not sure I really got through to them. The "Us versus Them" emotions extended to those who rent out land on their private islands as well as those who buy and resell Sims at auction. I advised them to talk directly to a Linden, but they felt this would lead to them being hated and placed on some blacklist. When I suggested they buy some First Land and get together with others to make a decent-sized lot, the response was that they would then be "forced to move when the rest of the Sim is bought out by a land trader and our land surrounded by sky-high objects" - stories they had heard from others.

:(
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Madiera Westerburg
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Join date: 6 Apr 2004
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09-22-2005 23:18
From: Osprey Therian
I heard that Bub Linden is everyone's babies' daddy :-D

nah he isnt...but he IS my babies GRANDADDY...
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Tateru Nino
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Join date: 13 Sep 2005
Posts: 312
09-22-2005 23:34
Not quite an urban legend, but more a word-of-mouth (av?) chain letter on Sept 11, just recently.

"Don't accept any object with linden in it's name today. Someone has created a terrible virus that will uninstall SL, crash your PC, and cause it to reboot over and over" .. and presumably kill your children and cause hair-loss in pets and the elderly.

I heard this one repeated most earnestly several times that day.
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Julian Fate
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Join date: 19 Oct 2003
Posts: 1,020
09-23-2005 00:04
It's only a matter of time before we start getting an IM like:

"Linden Lab is testing a new IM tracking system that traces everyone to whom this IM is forwarded. Forward it to every name in your Calling Card list and if it reaches at least 1,000 people you will each receive L$1,000. Enjoy. Your friend, Philip Linden."

Incidentally, there's a huge list of chain email scams at...lindencomputers.com. Spooky.


Edit: Now watch this post start this urban legend. :rolleyes:
Etain Peregrine
Registered User
Join date: 1 Dec 2003
Posts: 166
09-23-2005 08:40
Back in the day I heard rumors about a race of mole people that secretly lived under the world and would one day rise up and conquer us all. There were even screenshots as I recall.
Forseti Svarog
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Join date: 2 Nov 2004
Posts: 1,730
09-23-2005 08:52
From: Ingrid Ingersoll
I've heard Marcus Forsetti is the biggest jerk in sl. AND I BELIEVE IT. He RUINED immersion and tons of other stuff. :mad:


that a$$whole again? jesus, just ban him and get it over with!

he caused the preview grid to lag all of SL, and he made ulrika's baby cry!!!
Blueman Steele
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Join date: 28 Dec 2004
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Your guess is as good as mine... or is it
09-23-2005 08:58
From: Lisse Livingston
Today at the Land Ownership 101 class, I was saddened to hear some of the urban legends that had made their way into the ears of some of my students, none of them older than a month in SL.
--snip--
When I suggested they buy some First Land and get together with others to make a decent-sized lot, the response was that they would then be "forced to move when the rest of the Sim is bought out by a land trader and our land surrounded by sky-high objects" - stories they had heard from others.

:(


it really amazes me WHO ask and WHO people believe. I wonder what process people use to decide "this is good and true info".

I've seen people wander in circles with problems going "well a friend said..." and they never thought to use Live Help.

Now I don't know how much action they can take to not listen to these "friends", but I do know that people who blab advise need to curb themselves from giving useless or bad information. Many people just don't know how to say "I don't know".

Try it.. ask about something you know about and see how many wild speculations you get from people who feel it is better to "answer" than to say "I don't know".

I take a point to never help someone with critical issues unless they have contacted live help first.
Joseph Proudfoot
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Join date: 2 Sep 2004
Posts: 234
09-23-2005 09:11
Ok, this one's REALLY spooky....

I heard that the forums held informative tidbits for people to share, to help one another out.

*SHIVERS*

thank god, that was proven false.

:D
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Blueman Steele
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09-23-2005 09:26
From: Joseph Proudfoot
Ok, this one's REALLY spooky....

I heard that the forums held informative tidbits for people to share, to help one another out.

*SHIVERS*

thank god, that was proven false.

:D


oh geez people will belive anything it seems..

hmm

*shouts: paying Blueman Steele 10 lindens will help get you laid!!! (RL and SL)


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Marcos Fonzarelli
You are not Marcos
Join date: 26 Feb 2004
Posts: 748
09-23-2005 09:34
From: Forseti Svarog
that a$$whole again? jesus, just ban him and get it over with!

he caused the preview grid to lag all of SL, and he made ulrika's baby cry!!!



Marcus Forsetti kicked my dog! :(
Catherine Cotton
Tis Elfin
Join date: 2 Apr 2003
Posts: 3,001
09-23-2005 09:41
From: Schwanson Schlegel
I heard one:

There is this guy in SL, who is so hideous that he can not get a date in SL. He has resorted to dating sheep instead of avatars. I don't know if there is any truth to this.
Kind of spooky, eh?


I know that guy, and this is true. Baaaa ;) Baaaaa :) black sheep have you any wool?

:p
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Cristiano Midnight
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09-23-2005 09:45
From: Joseph Proudfoot
Ok, this one's REALLY spooky....

I heard that the forums held informative tidbits for people to share, to help one another out.

*SHIVERS*

thank god, that was proven false.

:D


Heretic!
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