google.com, pub-6663105814926378, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0 The Homemade Lie Detector Urban Legends 4289

The Homemade Lie Detector Urban Legends

This ancient international story about how a thief is tricked into revealing his guilt has many variations and occasionally surfaces in a modern setting (often in printed sources). The traditional motif is J1141.16 (The thief is tricked into betraying himself in supposed ordeal). Those credited with the trick include an Arab sheik, Argentinean gauchos, Native Americans, and European villagers, among others.


The essence of the trap is that a group of suspects, one of whom must be guilty, is told that a certain object, if touched, will magically identify the true thief. The guilty person is the only one not to touch the object, which usually has been smeared with some substance that shows up only on the hands of the innocent parties.

The “lie detector” may be an animal, such as a cock or raven under a pot (black with soot), a donkey (its tail soaked in a mint solution), or a sheep (with soot-blackened fleece). Supposedly the animal would have made a noise when the thief touched it, but the real tip-off is the lack of soot or mint on the thief’s hands. A Chinese version of the story has a bell smeared with India ink; a Japanese version has a dust-covered statue; and an American version from the Ozarks has a “poppet” (i.e., a doll) smeared with walnut juice. In most versions of the story, whatever the object used, the touching is done inside a tent, in the dark, or behind a curtain so that the thief thinks he cannot be detected in failing to touch the supposed truth-teller.

Although “The Homemade Lie Detector” seems to have no currency as an American oral legend, it has shown up in the twentieth century in a Jack London story, in comic strips, on an episode of TV’s M*A*S*H, and in Reader’s Digest.

horrible serial killer beautiful phenomena deadly UFO attacks
most mysterious sounds creepiest website most toxic ghost towns
coronavirus explained deepest hole in the world weirdest discoveries
what is darkest material facts about mars facts about sun
most dangerous plant most science facts most venomous snakes
most dangerous animals dangerous africa animals most venomous spider
dangerous gangs all time weird and gross candy weird history story
most bizarre hobbies most bizarre trends most banned foods
most dangerous jobs make money online way facts about jamaica
most dangerous countries most visited cities most evil people
japanese urban legends korean urban legends british urban legends
american urban legends chinese urban legends russian urban legends
mexican urban legends canadian urban legends irish urban legends
jack the ripper urban legends british urban legends 2 hospitol urban legends
bloody mary urban legends indian urban legends disney urban legends
swedish urban legends cemetery urban legends american urban legends 2
mcdonald urban legends french urban legends chinese urban legends 2
pakistani urban legends australian urban legends haunted train urban legends
viking urban legends russian urban legends 2 filipino urban legends
french urban legends 2 korean urban legends 2 south african urban legends
ouija board urban legends malaysian urban legends californian urban legends
creepiest urban legends most urban legends scary cursed objects
mysterious photos top bone chilling mysterious ancient creatures
ancient serial killers terrifying kidnappings fortnite creepypastas
scary cursed objects paranormal mysteries urban legends real crimes
the most evil kids mysteriously vanished unsolved mysteries
most bizarre curses top horror movies pets ate owners
real horror stories scariest animated scariest horror games
insane true crime scariest deaths scary ghost sightings
horrible serial killers creepiest websites murders blamed video games
world urban legends mysterious people identify toxic ghost towns

Update New Topic

No comments:

Post a Comment

Popular Posts