Welcome back to Micro Bookends. Something shrouded in mystery for you this week. Enjoy:
An urban legend is a tale of contemporary folklore that purports to be true and is often designed to elicit an emotional response. Like traditional legends, urban legends are rarely traced to a single author. An urban legend often revolves around a strong central character or social issue of contemporary interest.
One urban legend, with a bit of a conspiracy theory thrown in, is that Paul McCartney, who celebrates his 73rd birthday today, was killed in a car accident in 1966 and was replaced by a look-alike. Whole books have been written on the subject, but a few of the clues cited by those who believe the story are:
- On the Abbey Road cover Paul is barefoot and his eyes are closed.
- A white VW Beetle on the cover of Abbey Road has the registration number 28IF, suggesting Paul would be 28 years old if her were still alive.
- On the back cover of Abbey Road are eight dots, which when connected look like a 3, followed by the word Beatles.
- On the cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band there is a wreath in the shape of Paul’s famous Höfner bass guitar.
- On the cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band it looks like Paul is being blessed by a priest.
McCartney denies the story of course. But he would wouldn’t he…
Three cheers for ‘Paul McCartney’ with this week’s photo prompt:
A story of between 90 and 110 words starting with URBAN and ending with LEGEND and incorporating the photo prompt.
Anyone, but especially you!
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