The Myth. Hanging baskets were banned
The Reality: Hanging baskets were briefly banned in a town over fears that they would make some old lamp posts unstable. This was an overly cautious reaction to a low risk. However, as soon as the lamp posts had been checked, the hanging baskets were quickly replaced and have been on lamp posts throughout the concerned town every year since. Despite this, the story continues to be repeated as though it happens every day all over the country.