Whether called Urban Legends, Urban Myths or Contemporary Legends, they are a form of modern folklore, usually fiction, with a scary or ill omened content, much centred in popular culture. They are often used to explain, on a half-serious fashion, some random or strange event, such as a disappearance. An Urban Myth always happened to 'a friend of a friend', so they are sometimes called FOAFs.
Urban Myths often reflect current circumstances or concerns. One of the most popular recent Urban Myths is the one about people who are abducted, anaesthetized and wake up missing a kidney. They are supposed to have been operated on, the kidney being surgically removed for an illegal transplant, often for a dying millionaire who can't wait any longer.
Many of these Urban Myths are integrated stories, complete with plot and characters. One of the main attr...