to ask if you know of any 'urban myths' that are actually true?

(291 Posts)
manicinsomniac Sun 12-May-13 17:27:53

a colleague told me the other day that her husband had been to school with a brother and sister called Everard and Ophelia Dick. I was very dismissive, told her I'd heard that story several times before, that it was an urban myth and possibly on snopes.com.

Luckily I stopped short of saying that the story probably had racist undertones.

But I've just googled them and they're well documented in the same town that her husband is from. So the chances are he's right. I'm very blush and will have to tell her so in the morning.

I get so used to these name tales being false and offensive that I didn't think there was any way it was going to be true.

Does anybody know if any of the others are true?

PollyIndia Sun 12-May-13 18:01:53

I used to know a girl called henrietta McKinnon. She married a guy called nick pye and became henrietta pye. She calls herself Hettie though.

And there is an estate agent called crook and blight in my parents' town, which always makes me laugh.

HollyBerryBush Sun 12-May-13 18:02:11

Richard Head used to lead manager for mortgage lending at RBS many moons ago - he certainly gets about!

Candida is a real name, its Spanish.

XBenedict Sun 12-May-13 18:02:56

Freddie one of my very good friends is a Dick.

TheCunnyFunt Sun 12-May-13 18:03:22

My friends mum is called Theresa. Her surname is Green.

SuffolkNWhat Sun 12-May-13 18:03:49

DH works with a Richard O'Shay, known as Rick.

Ben Dover is a famous porn star.

Calmisthemantra Sun 12-May-13 18:05:11

Read a newspaper story about some patents who called their son Drew Peacock and only realised afterwards!

schoolgovernor Sun 12-May-13 18:05:59

Boring. I thought this was going to be about someone who actually knows of an incident where a young couple stop for a snog in the woods one night and he hears a noise and gets out of the car to investigate and the next thing she knows his head bounces off the bonnet. shock

KenDoddsDadsDog Sun 12-May-13 18:06:43

There was a Bob Sherunkle on our work directory (big company) that people purported to know. But he was really a test entry by the IT team.

Softlysoftly Sun 12-May-13 18:08:48

My sisters headmaster was mr shaw-twilly.

LadyVoldemort Sun 12-May-13 18:09:20

My old form tutor was called Mrs Dick and she was the head of technology grin everyone took great joy in calling by her full title!

Pudden Sun 12-May-13 18:11:06

my dad worked with a Rose Chicken and an Ophelia Bott; never failed to raise a snigger when i was a kid!

GilmoursPillow Sun 12-May-13 18:11:24

grin schoolgovernor

Ihaveavoo Sun 12-May-13 18:22:03

Racist? RACIST?!

You are being v. OTT here and to jump in and correct your friend before you knew it was true or not is actually rather rude.

Ezza1 Sun 12-May-13 18:24:06

Thats what I thought Schoolgovener!

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Helpyourself Sun 12-May-13 18:26:01

Local headmistress is called Mrs Sonia Case. grin

LemonsLimes Sun 12-May-13 18:30:18

I thought it was an urban myth that if you use an eyelash curler while you are wearing mascara it chops your eyelashes. It is not as it has happened to me and i have a row of eyelash stubs to prove it! blush The eyelash curler is new and i notice that when i press it down the metal bit touches the metal bit of the bottom, instead of just the plastic cushion bit, so it might be a bit misaligned. I did press it down quite hard

DuchessFanny Sun 12-May-13 18:34:10

My DH has just informed me while he was working in the MOD there was a Major Richard Head, commonly known as Dick ... We're amazed at the number of Richard Head's out there !

thebody Sun 12-May-13 18:35:03

Heard that one too school.

Racist???? Don't get it myself.

DontmindifIdo Sun 12-May-13 18:40:28

I work for a head hunter, I swear I have seen real CVs for a "Ben Down" and "Randy Sessions" (the second is American) In fact there's been a few hideous names where I've thought "really, what were the parents thinking?" then I look on the baby names section on here and realise there's a lot of parents who don't think these things through

EllaFitzgerald Sun 12-May-13 18:40:36

There was a girl in the year below me at school named Theresa Green.

EasyToEatTiger Sun 12-May-13 18:43:02

Minnie Driver, the London born actress is the daughter of Laurie and Scroo. She has a brother called Tren.

Dawndonna Sun 12-May-13 18:43:17

Dick Palmer (a different one) was also the head of the British Olympic Association, for many years.

TheCrackFox Sun 12-May-13 18:43:24

I used to go to school with a Willie Dick.

At the same school, but 2 yrs above me, there was also a Michael
Hunt.

IWishIWasSheRa Sun 12-May-13 18:45:24

My mum used to work with Jenny Taylor but insisted on calling her Jennifer during presentations....

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