Weekends: The October Myth Call!

We’re continuing the monthly tradition by soliciting the myths you want to see written. It’s a lot like how on Mythbusters they solicit fan requests on the site, only on Mythbusters they solicit urban legends that the fans want to watch the team debunk while blowing things up and possibly being injured in the process, while here you come up with questions or aspects of day to day life you’d like to have explained in wholly unscientific and fantastic ways. Also, I have all my hair and don’t own a beret.

Now, understand — if your myth doesn’t get told within the span of the month, that doesn’t mean we throw the myth away. I’m still going back through all the myth calls to see what one to cover next in our little journeys through the lands of legend. But it’s still fun to see new and exciting myths being solicited. So get in on the fun!

Please. It’s lonely here without you.

The September Myth Call

It’s another month, and that means it’s time to put in your requests for myths for the Mythology of the Modern World series. Tomorrow’s myth might be late, by the by, by which I mean “it’s Labor Day. I can have some time off too, you know.” But it should show up before the day is through. I hope, anyway.

(Followed by Leather. Man, when did this much writing become part of the weekly deal?)

You’ll notice that almost all the myths start off from these suggestions that are made. And you’ll also notice that they tend to answer questions of one kind or other, though the form may be unexpected at best. And sometimes they get combined oddly.

Regardless, put in your requests starting…. now!

Weekends: The August Myth Call!

Hey all! Sorry there was no weekend open mike last week. Nor yesterday, as I was working a 13 hour day on my day off.

I know. You all feel just terrible for me, right?

Well, I’m still working my way through the last open call for myth suggestions, but I enjoyed getting them so much — and there’s been enough attention since then — that at least for now I think I’ll make that a monthly feature!

So! Though I’m not discounting the myths in the other open thread by any stretch, if you’ve thought of a new one or just want to chime in, go for it! Talk about what myths you’d like to see — myths in the form of something relatively concrete are best: “why is the sky over Los Angeles yellow/grey” works better than “why is there pollution,” for example, because we can be lots more definite about a specific, and people seem to like the definite stories.

That also fits the classic myth structure better. Things like “why is their lightning” is answered very simply. “Thor is throwing his hammer while Zeus tries to outdo him with a lightning bolt.” On the other hand, “why did Crete get hit by an Earthquake” gives us tons of stuff about Daedulus and Icarus flying near the sun while queens have sex with bulls and Theseus forgets to change the sails on his boat and women get abandoned and so on and so forth. Lots of crunchy detail there!

Let me know! And let me know what you think of the myths in general so far! And, you know, sound off!

Weekends: What Myths Do You Want To Hear About?

It’s Week Two of our Open Mike Weekends! Today, our topic is mythology. Obviously, our Myths of the Modern World series has kicked off and even seems to be popular, which is cool. And as we’ve established, the myths generally explain the answers to ‘why’ something is. Often small things, as the big questions are somewhat broad and often are answered by ‘Randy Milholland’ or ‘Sam, the guy from the television show Quincy.’

Hey, blame the Arrogant Worms.

Anyway. In the comments, feel free to chime in with the myths you would like to have explained! No promises, of course, but we’re always willing to try! Trying is fun!