Re: Urban Folklore

Greg Laden (gladen@HUSC.HARVARD.EDU)
Fri, 1 Dec 1995 20:08:27 -0500

On Thu, 30 Nov 1995, Judith M S Pine wrote:

> Poodles, or cats, exploding in microwaves appears to be a variation on an
> older "cat in the clothes drier" story. The cat in the microwave that
> I've heard most frequently involves children who have bathed a cat and
> want to dry it, put it in the microwave and create a messy explosion
> instead. ...

The microwave stories were around for a while when the "real story" came
out that what actually happened (starting all these other stories) was an
elderly woman who has this small yappy type dog and she gives it a bath.
It's a cold day and she wants to take it for a walk, so she puts it in
the microwave to dry it off and the dern thing blows up.

I'v also heard that all these animal in the microwave stories are not
true. My sister's friend told me that, but I don't belive her....

Greg Laden
Department of Anthropology
Harvard University
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Cambridge MA 02138

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