Summary Description of the Warnings

The "Blue Star" LSD tattoo warning is a classic urban legend -- it has been terrorizing parents, fooling journalists, bewildering authorities and delighting urban legend researchers for about twenty years.

It is an example of a "contamination" legend and can be classed with such others as the "Spider eggs in Bubble Yum" legend. But it is also part of the growing ranks of "xeroxlore" or "faxlore" like the "send a dying boy postcards" plea and the new variant "emailore" often of a similar bent.

Recently, the legend has picked up new virulence and new credibility through the internet, where it has appeared in mailing lists, newsgroups and on web pages.

Popular folklore chronicler Jan Harold Brunvand devoted a chapter of his book The Choking Doberman and other "New" Urban Legends to the "Mickey Mouse Acid" scare, and has revisited the legend in later books.

In a typical outbreak, a school, hospital, or police station will get a copy of a photocopied flyer warning that LSD-laden lick-and-stick tattoo transfers are being given to children in local schoolyards. The allegations in the warning typically include:

This warning spreads dependably and rapidly, but alas, it is almost 100% bogus. Get the facts.