While flicking through a locally published book in the gift shop, I started to ponder the authenticity of some of the stories therein, and was amazed that local museum staff had allegedly provided or authenticated some of the tales. It transpires that Barney, in his 35 years service at the museum, may have told a few whoppers to tourists.
In one instance he and a colleague were passing time while cleaning an room by playing a game, where turn by turn they told a tall tale "...and he followed the screaming noise through the rooms.." "Oh no, don't have screams, crying and sobbing is creepier!" "Ok, he followed the harrowing sobs..." "Finally he found the source, he could hear it from behind the art store doors..." etc etc Realising a woman was actually taking notes they tried to explain it was a game but she thanked then for such a detailed account, and said they need not lie about making it all up, as she wasn't scared.
I think he's quite proud some of his ramblings are now enshrined in 'official' myths and legends.
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