Wednesday, April 27, 2016

CAN OF SNAKES-URBAN LEGEND

CAN OF SNAKES-URBAN LEGEND 

Good afternoon my dearest friends, followers, supporters and readers too. I went to the used book store the other day and found another grand book of info of urban legends for you all. I have found that you all seem to enjoy the interesting tales. For today, I have a simple and short tale called 'THE CAN OF SNAKES'.
Two fishermen were walking along a stream and happen to pass a little boy who was fishing with a pole, hook, line and bobber; he had a tin can of worms next to him. The two men asked the young boy, 'How are they biting today? The little boy replies, 'The fish aren't biting that much, but my can of worms sure are!"
The two men chuckle at the little boy's statement and thought it was an odd answer. After watching the boy for a while the continued down the scenic path by the steam. The next day, the two men returned later on in the day, to the same spot by stream to see if the little boy was back fishing. When they got closer to the spot on the stream, to their horror, they found the same little boy laying down in the water bank. He seemed to have been dead all night. Right beside the boy, was his tin can of worms, his pole, hooks, line and bobber too! However, there was no fish caught in  the pail for fish. But inside the Tin Can of worms was no worms, it was actually full of baby rattlesnakes, copperheads and water moccasins too! So sadly the boy had been bitten to death.
Although more of a rural than an urban legend in its settings 'The Can of Snakes' continues to be told in contemporary contexts. The story is related to other Folklore and Urban  Legends like, 'Bed of Snakes' which has circulated especially in the south and Midwest and more often involving  swimmers and water skiers rather than fishermen. I hope that you find the Urban Legend to be interesting. I have never heard of 'Bed of Snakes' I might have to have to look that one up.
Love you all very much
Your friend always
WENDY



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