Lessons from La Jolla's Munchkin Land

Lessons from La Jolla's Munchkin Land

Any La Jollan with half a brain realizes there's no truth to the story of a former Munchkin colony on Mt. Soledad. Even Google points directly to dozens of websites debunking it. Yet this urban legend refuses to go away. Tourists,  UC San Diego students and even some residents (mostly teenagers) keep scouring Hillside Drive looking for it, year after year, needing to somehow judge with their own eyes.

According to the legend, there's one house left standing - the last remnant of a villa where, flush with MGM cheddar, the most diminutive former stars of "The Wizard of Oz" lived out the rest of their lives in ocean-viewing secrecy.

Why are urban legends so...