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Singapore Urban Legends: Myths & Mysteries

A new book by The Straits Times Life! that compiles 18 of the most enduring local urban legends

Singapore, Dec 9 2005 - There are many stories floating around that sound both improbable and plausible at the same time.

You know, things that supposedly happened to the friend of a friend of a friend.

For instance:
Did someone really die after mixing durians and alcohol?
Did someone really fish out a sanitary pad from the gravy at the old Satay Club?
Did someone really see a mysterious little girl and her toys at the Golden Village multiplex at Plaza Singapura?

These are among the most enduring urban legends that have made endless rounds among Singaporeans.
But who can say for sure if they are real?

A group of journalists from The Straits Times Life! can.

To separate fact from fiction, nine writers ran 18 urban legends by a slew of sources, from the police and
medical experts to perpetrators of these yarns and even paranormal researchers.

Their riveting exposes are compiled in a 92-page book which details the investigation process and
satisfies the busybody in us all.

Nine of the 18 stories were published in The Sunday Times’ LifeStyle section from February to April this year,
and the series won an in-house award.

The rest are new tales that will send a familiar tingle down your spine.

As they say, the truth is out there, and the book has uncovered some of that truth.

Singapore Urban Legends: Myths & Mysteries goes on sale at major bookstores, Buzz kiosks and selected
newsstands from Dec 10, 2005. Priced at $10.50 (inclusive of GST).

The authors will hold a book signing session at Borders on Dec 17, 2005, from 5pm to 6pm.

For more information, please contact:
Ms Tee Hun Ching
Copy editor
The Straits Times, Life!
DID: 6319-5382

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