Hi everyone I just got through reading a very entertaining book on urban legends, you know, the kind of story you hear from a friend of a friend (FOAF). Theyre usually at least slightly plausible, but the source is always impossible to track down. An example would be the business traveler who lets a good looking stranger buy him a drink, and then wakes up in his hotel with his kidneys missing. Theyve been harvested by a ring of organ thieves that sell to wealthy recipients. This one made the rounds on email few years ago and still turns up from time to time. I wonder how much of what we think we know falls into the same category. Because its a difficult and specialized art, photography tends to generate a great deal of voodoo and hearsay (kind of like high-end audio). Stuff gets repeated over and over (especially on the internet) and we begin to take it as gospel. Maybe its true and maybe its not. Heres one: everyone knows that todays film and paper contain much less silver than they used to. Thats how the great printers from the middle part of the century got such rich blacks in their prints. Sounds reasonable, but is it true? Anyone ever seen this documented, or had direct experience with photographic manufacturing over the years? So, everyone chime in with your own favorite photographic urban legend. Maybe we can lay a few to rest. By the way, if you buy chicken at KFC and theres a beak in it, theyll give you free chicken for the rest of your life. It happened to my cousin.