Posted March 5th, 2011 by Murray By Moonlight
Filed under: Ghost Stories
Tags: spooky, supernatural
Reader Devin P sent in the following email:
I apologize in advance for the vague details; couldn’t find them. Here goes. Supposedly transit riders of (area unknown) have reported that after having missed a late night bus, a friendly little old man in an "old fashioned bus in need of repairs" has suddenly arrived to take them where they are going. The old man is reported to make warm, friendly conversation, as he takes the rider to their stop. Later it is inevitably discovered that such a driver and bus are not running any route on (line unknown). This seems to be an inversion of the "Ghostly Hitchhiker" legend, with the "spirit" offering a ride to the living.
No need to apologise, Devin! I very much like this re-imagining of a classic scare-lore tale, and like you I believe it has grown out of a version of “The Ghostly Hitchhiker” .
Having said that, I can’t remember coming across a version like this in any of my source books, and Google doesn’t return a match when you search for terms like “ghost bus driver”.
Can I ask roughly where and when you heard this story, if you remember?
And to any others who drop by; have any of you heard a similar tale involving a helpful, ghostly bus driver?
|1.||Sometimes also known as “The Vanishing Hitchhiker”.|
Posted January 25th, 2011 by Murray By Moonlight
Filed under: Murray by Moonlight
Happy Australia Day from Murray By Moonlight and ULblog!
Today, in Australia, is a day to spend with friends and family, to fire up the BBQ, to play backyard cricket, to swim in the pool and to visit the beach.
I hope all my Australian readers  have a wonderful day, and for any non-Australians, today’s a great day to practise how to say “G’day!”
Posted January 22nd, 2011 by Murray By Moonlight
Filed under: Email Hoaxes, False, Scarelore, Urban Legends
Tags: email, gang initiation, gangs, hoax, urban dangers
Is there any truth to an alarming email that warns that gangs are using infant car seats and / or eggs thrown at windscreens to waylay unsuspecting motorists?
Don’t stop for any reason. Whatever you do… DON’T STOP FOR ANY REASON!!
That’s the frantic advice being given by a chain email that made its way into my inbox today .
Your life depends on it.
You are not safe.
If you pull your car over, if you stop, you are going to become a victim of a gang robbery, rape or perhaps even murder. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted January 21st, 2011 by Murray By Moonlight
Filed under: False, That Pop Cult Thing, The Truth Is Less Strange Than Fiction, Urban Legends, Viral Marketing
Tags: Scarelore, Technology
Cell phone popcorn: faked as part of an advertising campaign
This is probably old news for some, but I thought I’d mention it as a friend on Facebook shared this video as being true.
This video was produced by French marketing company, LastFools, for mobile accessory manufacturer, Cardo Systems, who make headset systems.
The video, of course, went viral, and while there are a lot of demonstrations on sites like YouTube that you can’t pop popcorn with mobile / cell phones (my favourite one demonstrates that you can ‘do’ the same thing with bananas), there are obviously people who are still encountering the original viral marketing campaign for the first time.
Further reading: Videos of ‘popcorn’ mobile phones faked
Posted January 11th, 2011 by Murray By Moonlight
Filed under: Murray by Moonlight
Brisbane, the city in which I live, is about to experience its worst flooding since 1893.
Residents are living in fear that the Wivenhoe Dam, a major water catchment upstream on the Brisbane River, might fail. If it does, it will be the end of my city.
Currently, Wivenhoe is releasing approximately 645,000 megalitres of water per day into the Brisbane River, in an attempt to stop the dam from failing entirely.
To put that in perspective, all of Sydney Harbour, one of Australia’s most internationally recognisable bodies of water, contains approximately 562,000 megalitres of water.
Even if Wivenhoe holds, by tomorrow and Thursday flood waters are projected to reach levels that haven’t been seen in Brisbane in almost 120 years, exceeding the peak levels of the infamous 1974 flood.
Elsewhere in Queensland, it is estimated that the total area of the state that has been impacted by flooding is larger that the area of France and Germany combined.
And the rain is predicted to continue.
More: Brisbane prepares for worst flood in 118 years (brisbanetimes.com.au)