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Does Caillou Have Cancer? True Story And Urban Legend Behind Caillou


Picture of Caillou from the cartoon to illustrate this true story and urban legend about Caillou having cancer.There’s a funny thing about Caillou (the bald-headed little boy that is the main character of the Caillou cartoon) kids love him and parents …well let’s face it, parents usually hate him. But one thing both parents and kids can agree on is wondering: why the heck is Caillou bald?

Longtime blog reader Jazzlenne requested a story on the topic of Caillou and since we’re doing a lot of urban legends this week I figured we’d look into the biggest urban legend surrounding the show, which centers around the mystery of why Caillou is bald.

His parents and sister all noticeably have lots of fluffy hair, yet he doesn’t seem to have a single hair on his own head. This has lead to widespread urban legends that there’s a hidden story to the show and that Caillou is bald because he has cancer. There are even many parents that won’t let their kids watch Caillou because they don’t want them watching a show about a kid with cancer.

But what is the hidden story, and is there actually any truth to it?




THE CAILLOU URBAN LEGEND

The most popular Caillou urban legend tells the story of a boy named Caillou who has cancer and is going through treatments that have made him bald.

Picture of fireman Caillou to show how the urban legend says that he deals with cancer through imagination.The reason his parents let him get his way all the time (even if he’s being whiny or bratty) is because they know he’s ill and they just can’t bear to tell him “no”.

Even though he’s young, Caillou is aware of his condition and tries to cope with the situation by using one of the strongest tools a child has: his imagination. You see, he’s not sure if he’ll be able to actually grow up so he uses his imagination to go on adventures and experience all the different things he could be.

Some very dark versions of the Caillou urban legend say he’s already died, and that’s why the grandmother is the one telling stories about his life. She tells the stories to keep the memory of her grandson alive.

No matter which version of the Caillou urban legend you hear though it always centers on him having cancer.


WHY IS CAILLOU BALD?

Picture of bald Caillou sitting next to his cat, to illustrate the Caillou true story and urban legend.So is there any truth to this theory of Caillou having cancer? The people involved with the show and the book are very insistent that no, Caillou doesn’t have cancer. In fact reading through their writings about it they seem downright defensive about the topic, often making it the first thing they mention about the show.

They say the reason Caillou is bald is because in the books he was at the age when kids don’t have hair yet, and when they made the cartoon they wanted him to look the same as in the books –right down to the very bald head. But they had no idea what a huge controversy that decision would start up amongst both parents and kids.


THE ‘CAILLOU HAS CANCER’ CONTROVERSY

Sometimes the story is changed and people from the show will say that Caillou is bald to “represent all kids”. That explanation sounds pretty forced and more like the show is trying to put a positive spin on the Caillou baldness controversy that has caused many parents to ban their kids from watching Caillou.

Picture of bald Caillou with a cape on.As for me, I say if kids can’t stop imagining Caillou is bald because he has cancer and still want to watch the show then fine. It’s kind of like I hope no parents out there would keep their kids from playing with another child simply because the other child had cancer.

Around the world a child is diagnosed with cancer every three minutes, and even though it’s an urban legend, ‘Caillou with cancer’ represents the plight of many kids out there. Who knows, some kids with cancer might even look up to Caillou and find comfort in the show, never realizing that the idea of Caillou having cancer is such a controversial thing…

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06/11/2014
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The Urban Legend That Was True: Story Of The Secret E.T. Video Game Burials

Picture of E.T. Atari game cartridge from the urban legend.Longtime readers of this blog might remember the story I did in 2011 about the E.T. Atari game urban legend. Well there’s major news on that story that happened in the last few weeks.

So if you missed it basically the story was that Atari made a video game based on the movie E.T. that was really, really bad.

They spent millions on the game but rushed the whole thing to the point that the graphics were absolutely crap and the game was pretty much just E.T. falling into a hole in the ground and being stuck there.

Yeah, sounds fun doesn’t it?

People around the world hated the game so much that it became considered ‘the worst game ever made’. The rumor was that due Screenshot from the E.T. video game made by Atari, worst game ever made.to massive hate for the game and lack of sales, in 1983 Atari ended up having to secretly bury the unsold and the returned game cartridges in a mass grave in a desert landfill just to get rid of them.

So the game about E.T. being stuck in a hole in the ground …ended up being buried in a hole in the ground.

Atari denied that this had ever happened, saying that they only buried a few broken cartridges of various other games.

Over the years the rumors of this mass game burial have turned into full blown urban legends, mostly saying that the E.T. games were all buried under a ton of concrete in a certain Picture of people digging up the E.T. Atari video game cartridges in Nevada.spot in the New Mexico desert. There was much evidence that the urban legend was true, but nothing could be proven 100%.

Well fast forward to 2014 and a group of people making a documentary about the story finally got permission to dig up the spot in New Mexico.

After doing some digging they started to come upon layers and layers of E.T. game cartridges, crushed but still in their original packaging. They weren’t buried under a ton of concrete like the urban legend said but it turns that out Atari had lied and ‘the worst game ever made’ had really been buried in the desert after all.

Picture of E.T. Atari game cartridges found in the Nevada desert landfill.

This makes me think about how although urban legends have a well deserved reputation for being crazy untrue stories, every once in a while they actually turn out to be true :). It also makes me wonder which other urban legends are true now. Some I’d want to be true, and others …not so much!

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06/10/2014
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The Orange Juice Man Urban Legend: When Drugs Go Wrong

Picture of a glass of orange juice to illustrate The Orange Juice man urban legend story.There’s an urban legend that’s been going around since the 1960’s that centers around a person called The Orange Juice Man. He was once a normal guy, until an accident changed him into …well you’ll see lol…


STORY OF THE ORANGE JUICE MAN

The story goes that there was once a man who was smuggling sheets of LSD into the US. Some stories say that he was smuggling them in from Mexico, some say he was coming from Canada, but in all the stories he had the sheets of LSD tucked into his undershirt to hide them from the border guards.

He had quite a lot of sheets of LSD actually and they were stuck over every inch of his chest and back. He knew that if he could get them across the border without detection it would mean big money for him, something that he sorely needed. But of course the flip side to this was that if he was caught he’d be facing a massive amount of jail time.

The border was especially busy that day and the line was moving very slow. As the man stood in line he couldn’t help but think of all the ways that the border guards could catch him. Like one of them might feel the sheets of LSD under his shirt or even worse if they untucked his shirts maybe a sheet or two might fall out right in front of them.


THINGS GO WRONG AT THE BORDER

Border guards stand around in illustration of The Orange Juice Man urban legend.As the man got closer to the guards he got more and more nervous, he was definitely having second thoughts about all this but it was too late to leave the line now. If he ran off now they would definitely suspect him and do an extra thorough search. He was trapped!

The crazy thoughts of being caught swirled through his mind and he started to shake and sweat profusely. The closer he got to the searching station the more nervous he got …and the more he sweat. The thing was the sweat was starting to activate the drugs in the sheets of LSD, but he didn’t know it until it was too late.

All the sheets of LSD absorbed into his system at once and he fell to the floor right as he reached the border guards.

The man was rushed to the hospital but not much could be done. Nobody had ever been known to have taken so much LSD at once so the doctors at the hospital just waited for him to wake up to see what the effects would be. What happened next surprised everyone.


THE ORANGE JUICE MAN

Picture of a hospital bed for The Orange Juice Man urban legend about LSD.When the man woke up he did not know where he was, he didn’t know who he was, or what had happened. In fact, he didn’t even know he was human.

Imagine everyone’s surprise when they realized that the man now thought he was… a glass of orange juice. Not only that but he would run around the hospital in a frenzy because he was deathly afraid that someone would tip him over or drink him up.

No matter what the doctors tried they couldn’t cure him and he spent the rest of his life insane and thinking he was a glass of orange juice.

This urban legend of The Orange Juice Man got so widespread that some newspapers started to report it as fact, and the Orange Juice Man was sometimes even was blamed for crimes that were committed in certain cities. Which just goes to show, you don’t have to overdose on LSD to believe crazy things :D.

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06/10/2014