Urban myths. Urban myths are stories that are fictional stories that are told with such conviction that they can easily be believed. There was one that went around a few years ago. A hospital was quite concerned that every Friday, the person who was in one particular bed in the ICU, would die. The patients all had different illnesses but Friday, the patient in bed 3 died. After four or five weeks, the hospital decided to investigate. It was discovered that one of the cleaners would unplug one of the respirators and plug in her floor polisher. When she was done she would plug back in the respirator, but by this time the patient had died. What gave this away as an urban myth was that even though I heard the story from 6 or 7 different sources, each time the story was told, the location of the hospital was changed. Oh it happened in Mississauga, North York, Scarborough, or in Toronto. Because the story was so good, the details of the story were always quite alike (hospital, ICU, cleaner, Friday, plugs). However the changing location meant that this was most likely fiction rather than fact- or else there were several careless cleaners all around.