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A88000319 - The Vanishing Hitchhiker: An Urban Legend for the Ages

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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China

Entry: The Vanishing Hitchhiker: An Urban Legend for the Ages - A88000319
Author: Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China - U1590784

On Twitter, Snopes.com tweeted out the 'Vanishing Hitchhiker' again. That's the Ur-legend of urban legends. I noticed we didn't have a guide entry on it, even though it had the word 'hitchhiker' in. This needs to be rectified, so here is an entry on the 'Vanishing Hitchhiker'.

I love being a folklorist.

smiley - dragon


A88000319 - The Vanishing Hitchhiker: An Urban Legend for the Ages

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You can call me TC

Nice! It sums everything up nicely. Believe it or not, I must be the only person left in the planet who hasn't heard of this story.

The only parallel I could think of was where Jesus joined some pilgrims in their walk. It is celebrated here every year.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmausgang


Based on Luke 24, 13-29.

There's an 'e' too many in the sentence

<< These stories are very satisfying to the teller and the listener, fore some reason. >>


A88000319 - The Vanishing Hitchhiker: An Urban Legend for the Ages

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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China

smiley - doh The road to Emmaus! You're right - what a great phantom hitchhiker story. smiley - biggrin That's definitely going in! The Emmausgang is a new one to me, too, wow.

And thanks for finding the typo. smiley - ok


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FWR (under new management)

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Better on two wheels!


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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China

Aha! Live and well and hitchhiking on the Wirral! smiley - smiley


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You can call me TC

I'm not sure if this is related but there is a syndrome where people in extreme situations get the feeling that someone else is with them. It was mentioned on QI once.

Ha! Found it quite quickly on wiki.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_Man_factor


A88000319 - The Vanishing Hitchhiker: An Urban Legend for the Ages

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FWR (under new management)

Guardian angels, coping mechanisms? Nah, I'm going for a time loop hippy chick situation type thingy, apologies for the technical jargon!


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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China

Now I've learned something new, TC! I didn't know about that phenomenon. It probably deserves its own entry.

'Hippie chick time loop', indeed...smiley - laugh


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Tavaron da Quirm - Arts Editor

Very intersting, I wouldn't have guessed that this legend is so old!

... also someone whould write that space story. smiley - laugh


A88000319 - The Vanishing Hitchhiker: An Urban Legend for the Ages

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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China

smiley - rofl Go right ahead! Thanks, Tav!


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Galaxy Babe - eclectic editor

This is most excellent Guide material smiley - ok

I knew of the vanishing hitchhiker legend and also the Jesus story. I am intrigued by "the third man" (which was a new name to me) but I knew of the phenomenon - I have experience of a "presence" at times when they were needed, saved my life, my mother's, my baby brother's, and a schoolgirl who ran in front of my car while I was on my driving test. I call it my Guardian Angel.

smiley - tea

Couple of typos:
>> As an early Christian, Philip might be said to have followed the example of Jesus, who seems to have been become a vanishing pedestrian after his resurrection. << ("been" not required).

>>And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. Luke Luke 24, 13-15,30-31<< (one excess "Luke")

smiley - cheers
GB
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A88000319 - The Vanishing Hitchhiker: An Urban Legend for the Ages

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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China

Thanks for the proofreading! smiley - smiley Typos removed.

Yes - sometimes it's good to have confirmation that other people have shared these liminal experiences. smiley - hug


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