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Message no. 1
From: dbuehrer@******.carl.org dbuehrer@******.carl.org
Subject: Beware the Cactus
Date: Thu, 17 Aug 2000 08:13:47 -0600
I apologize in advance for giving anyone the heebee jeebees.

>EVER BUY A NOISY CACTUS: A True Story
>
>In the second such incident in the Southwest, a San Diego woman purchased a
>large cactus during the redecoration of her home. The huge cactus was a
>fitting centerpiece for her "New Southwest" look, and she was quite happy
>with her $3,000 purchase -for a while.
>
>A few days later, she noticed that the big cactus seemed to be swaying
>..and.... humming. Bewildered and not knowing where else to turn, she
>dialed 9-1-1 and -fortunately for her - got an operator who knew what
>this uncactuslike behavior meant. She was told to clear out of the house
>immediately - like right now! - and wait for an emergency team.
>
>The responding five man team had just enough time to move the huge cactus
>into the back yard before it burst wide open, scattering about a thousand
>tarantulas in all directions.
>
>The nursery where she had purchased the cactus refunded her $3,000 and
>paid for exterminator service for the entire block. When asked later
>how her plants were, the lady replied, "Plastic and silk, thank you!"
>
>The fashion of using cacti for home decoration is fairly new, but tarantulas
>have been using them for mass breeding farms for a long, A long, long time.

I don't know if this is a true story or not, but that doesn't matter. Use
it as is, or replace the spiders with insect spirits (spiders of course)
and you have a multitude of SR adventure ideas :)

Imagine some nut who has sold/given/placed these cacti in a variety of
places as an act of terrorism. The guy threatens the city of Seattle with
mass death unless they pay him his ransom, free political prisoners, paint
the Renraku Arcology purple, whatever. And as the terrorist has acted
before, his threat is taken seriously (he doesn't tell how he's going to
kill people, the runners have to figure out that he's using spider cacti
and stop him).

Insect spiders are invading the city, or a neighborhood. Someone hires the
runners to find a missing person. The person is being used as a host for
the insect spiders (stuffed inside a cactus and placed in full view in some
upscale place). The runners may or may not be able to save the missing
person. However, they definitely have to deal with the insect spirits once
the spirits find out that someone is on to them.

Have fun.

To Life,
-Graht
http://www.users.uswest.net/~abaker3
--
"All things are at all times, in motion. Take the time to watch the dance."
-John Caeser Leafston
Message no. 2
From: Simon and Fiona sfuller@******.com.au
Subject: Beware the Cactus
Date: Fri, 18 Aug 2000 10:08:22 +1000
-----Original Message-----
From: dbuehrer@******.carl.org <dbuehrer@******.carl.org>
To: shadowrn@*********.com <shadowrn@*********.com>
Date: Friday, August 18, 2000 12:40 AM
Subject: Beware the Cactus


>I apologize in advance for giving anyone the heebee jeebees.
>
>>EVER BUY A NOISY CACTUS: A True Story
>>

>
>I don't know if this is a true story or not, but that doesn't matter. Use
>it as is, or replace the spiders with insect spirits (spiders of course)
>and you have a multitude of SR adventure ideas :)
>
It isn't true, variations of the story have been around for a long time, and
it itself is probably a variation on the "Spider eggs in her face
sore/hairstyle" myth. In fact, there is a cartoon called "Freaky Stories"
that makes kids' stories out of urban myths, that did this one, except I
think it was snakes in the cactus.
As you said, though, it doesn't matter. As long as you are using ancient
myths come true like Pegasus and dragons, you might as well have every urban
myth being true as well :?)
Message no. 3
From: Patrick Goodman pgoodman13@************.com
Subject: Beware the Cactus
Date: Thu, 17 Aug 2000 20:43:55 -0500
From: <dbuehrer@******.carl.org>
Sent: Thursday, August 17, 2000 9:13 AM

> I apologize in advance for giving anyone the heebee jeebees.

JESUS CHRIST!! Don't ever *do* that again.... :)

This will have to make its way into a game sometime.

Patrick
Message no. 4
From: Snake Eyes snake.eyes@***.net
Subject: Beware the Cactus
Date: Thu, 17 Aug 2000 20:18:03 -0700
At 10:08 AM 8/18/00 +1000, Simon and/or Fiona wrote:

>It isn't true, variations of the story have been around for a long time,
>and it itself is probably a variation on the "Spider eggs in her face
>sore/hairstyle" myth.

Ever hear the one about spider eggs being an "accidental" ingredient in
Bubble Yum? That one was started at Penn State as part of a sociology
experiment back in the mid-80's, or so I've been told.

~ Snake Eyes
Message no. 5
From: Simon and Fiona sfuller@******.com.au
Subject: Beware the Cactus
Date: Fri, 18 Aug 2000 13:19:03 +1000
-----Original Message-----
From: Snake Eyes <snake.eyes@***.net>
To: shadowrn@*********.com <shadowrn@*********.com>
Date: Friday, August 18, 2000 1:20 PM
Subject: Re: Beware the Cactus


>At 10:08 AM 8/18/00 +1000, Simon and/or Fiona wrote:
>
>>It isn't true, variations of the story have been around for a long time,
>>and it itself is probably a variation on the "Spider eggs in her face
>>sore/hairstyle" myth.
>
>Ever hear the one about spider eggs being an "accidental" ingredient in
>Bubble Yum? That one was started at Penn State as part of a sociology
>experiment back in the mid-80's, or so I've been told.
>
>~ Snake Eyes
Didn't hear that one, could you shed some light please? I love these stories
:?)
A couple of related ones though. About 15 years ago there was a University
in Brisbane (Australia) that started a sociology experiment where the rumour
was started that by filling a clear plastic soft drink bottle with water,
and lying it in your garden, it would deter dogs and cats from urinating
anywhere near it. The idea is either that they won't urinate near a drinking
water source or they don't like the sparkly water or one of a hundred other
theories. The water bottles popped up everywhere, I had no idea people were
so fanatical about keeping their gardens wee free. Of course, they don't
work, I saw a dog on TV actually marking his territory on one, but you still
find yards with soft drink bottles lying on them today. Looks messy as hell,
especially since it is usually the posher gardens that have them. And then
there is the Ad research department that launched an ad campaign for a
fictional Red Back Bitter (red backs being a more deadly Australian version
of the Black Widow) that was so successful they ended up making the beer and
getting very rich. (Damn good beer it was, too).

Middle Eastern countries have waves of hysteria where the rumour starts that
(insert neighbouring country/enemy religion, usually the Jews) have put a
strong aphrodisiac in bubble gum, so that when unsuspecting girls chew it
they go sex mad and destroy the moral fibre, which was born from the myth
that LSD was being put in the rub-on tattoos that you get in bubble gum
packets, so kids were going on trips (I think that might have been an
American one). The thing is, people really believe it. Good stuff to base
shadowruns on.
Message no. 6
From: Andrew Gryphon webmaster@*********.com
Subject: Beware the Cactus
Date: Sat, 19 Aug 2000 23:57:57 -0500
on 8/17/00 10:19 PM, Simon and Fiona at sfuller@******.com.au e-scribed:

> The thing is, people really believe it. Good stuff to base
> shadowruns on.

I think I get a "good story idea" in my inbox once/week.
http://urbanlegends.about.com for more.

--
Andrew Gryphon
http://www.Wyrmworks.com
Taking Role-Playing to the next level
Message no. 7
From: Snake Eyes snake.eyes@***.net
Subject: Beware the Cactus
Date: Sat, 19 Aug 2000 22:38:29 -0700
At 01:19 PM 8/18/00 +1000, Simon and/or Fiona wrote:

> >Ever hear the one about spider eggs being an "accidental" ingredient in
> >Bubble Yum? That one was started at Penn State as part of a sociology
> >experiment back in the mid-80's, or so I've been told.
> >
> >~ Snake Eyes
>Didn't hear that one, could you shed some light please? I love these stories
>:?)

Don't have too much light to shed. I just had it on good authority from a
buddy of mine in college who was living in State College, PA, during the
time period in question that two of the most persistent urban legends of
the '80's were started at Penn State on purpose as part of some social
experiment to track the spread of such myths. One was the "spider eggs in
Bubble Yum" which in short order became "common knowledge" where I lived on

the west coast.

I forget what the other one was, but I'm sure we've all heard it. It might
have been the one about Rod Stewart being getting his stomach pumped
because it was full of semen.

Now, it's entirely possible that the action outlined above is merely in
itself an urban legend (which would make it something of an "urban
meta-legend"), so take it with a grain of salt.

As a side note, I also knew a girl in college who found a dead rat in a
McRib sandwich at a McDonald's in Long Island, NY (somewhere near
Brookhaven or Port Washington), in the late '80's.

~ Snake Eyes
Message no. 8
From: Simon and Fiona sfuller@******.com.au
Subject: Beware the Cactus
Date: Sun, 20 Aug 2000 17:38:01 +1000
-----Original Message-----
From: Snake Eyes <snake.eyes@***.net>
To: shadowrn@*********.com <shadowrn@*********.com>
Date: Sunday, August 20, 2000 3:41 PM
Subject: Re: Beware the Cactus



>I forget what the other one was, but I'm sure we've all heard it. It might
>have been the one about Rod Stewart being getting his stomach pumped
>because it was full of semen.
>
hehehehe, I love that one. Imagine for a moment just how many men he'd have
to have blown to get that much semen. It would have to be thousands in a
single night, he'd have had to post ads in the paper. Then again, maybe it's
very filling, I wouldn't know :?)
Admittedly, I think I actually believed that one when I was a kid.
Message no. 9
From: DemonPenta@***.com DemonPenta@***.com
Subject: Beware the Cactus
Date: Sun, 20 Aug 2000 04:08:27 EDT
In a message dated 8/20/00 4:07:17 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
sfuller@******.com.au writes:

> hehehehe, I love that one. Imagine for a moment just how many men he'd have
> to have blown to get that much semen. It would have to be thousands in a
> single night, he'd have had to post ads in the paper. Then again, maybe
it's
> very filling, I wouldn't know :?)
> Admittedly, I think I actually believed that one when I was a kid.

Most people would. It always seems like so much more than it IS.:-)

John
Message no. 10
From: Andrew Murdoch toreador@***.bc.ca
Subject: Beware the Cactus
Date: Sun, 20 Aug 2000 04:38:49 -0700 (PDT)
- Simon and Fiona <17:38/20-Aug-2000>

> >I forget what the other one was, but I'm sure we've all heard it. It might
> >have been the one about Rod Stewart being getting his stomach pumped
> >because it was full of semen.
> >
> hehehehe, I love that one. Imagine for a moment just how many men he'd have
> to have blown to get that much semen. It would have to be thousands in a
> single night, he'd have had to post ads in the paper. Then again, maybe it's
> very filling, I wouldn't know :?)
> Admittedly, I think I actually believed that one when I was a kid.

Last time I heard this urban legend, it involved one of the New Kids On
The Block rather than Rod Stewart. It's obviously made it's rounds.

--
Hail, Centurion!
Andrew C. Murdoch
toreador@***.bc.ca
http://members.xoom.com/corvisraven
Message no. 11
From: Spike spike1@****.freenet.co.uk
Subject: Beware the Cactus
Date: Sun, 20 Aug 2000 13:17:31 +0100 (BST)
And verily, didst Simon and Fiona babble thusly...
> hehehehe, I love that one. Imagine for a moment just how many men he'd have
> to have blown to get that much semen. It would have to be thousands in a
> single night, he'd have had to post ads in the paper. Then again, maybe it's
> very filling, I wouldn't know :?)
> Admittedly, I think I actually believed that one when I was a kid.

Yeh, but WHY would he need his stomach pumped?
:)
Semen is after all, almost 100% pure protien and 0% fat...
Perfect for a calory controlled diet...

:)

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Message no. 12
From: Simon and Fiona sfuller@******.com.au
Subject: Beware the Cactus
Date: Sun, 20 Aug 2000 22:23:05 +1000
-----Original Message-----
From: Andrew Murdoch <toreador@***.bc.ca>
To: shadowrn@*********.com <shadowrn@*********.com>
Date: Sunday, August 20, 2000 9:39 PM
Subject: Re: Beware the Cactus


>- Simon and Fiona <17:38/20-Aug-2000>
>
>> >I forget what the other one was, but I'm sure we've all heard it. It
might
>> >have been the one about Rod Stewart being getting his stomach pumped
>> >because it was full of semen.
>> >
>> hehehehe, I love that one. Imagine for a moment just how many men he'd
have
>> to have blown to get that much semen. It would have to be thousands in a
>> single night, he'd have had to post ads in the paper. Then again, maybe
it's
>> very filling, I wouldn't know :?)
>> Admittedly, I think I actually believed that one when I was a kid.
>
>Last time I heard this urban legend, it involved one of the New Kids On
>The Block rather than Rod Stewart. It's obviously made it's rounds.
>
>--
Rod Stewart was the main one though, I read an interview where he himself
referred to it as one of the worst rumours about him. And all that time
people were saying "Why can't he be normal like that nice Elton John?" :?)

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