Urban Legends Sitemap - Page 1 2016-09-26

Tow Truck Comedy of Errors #3
Photo vignette circulating via email shows a tow truck tumbling into the sea while attempting to salvage another tow truck that had already met the same fate while salvaging a wrecked car. Page 3.

Tow Truck Comedy of Errors #1
Photo vignette circulating via email shows a tow truck tumbling into the sea while attempting to salvage another tow truck that had already met the same fate while salvaging a wrecked car.

Tow Truck Comedy of Errors #2
Photo vignette circulating via email shows a tow truck tumbling into the sea while attempting to salvage another tow truck that had already met the same fate while salvaging a wrecked car. Page 2.

Tow Truck Comedy of Errors #4
Photo vignette circulating via email shows a tow truck tumbling into the sea while attempting to salvage another tow truck that had already met the same fate while salvaging a wrecked car. Page 4.

Tow Truck Comedy of Errors #5
Photo vignette circulating via email shows a tow truck tumbling into the sea while attempting to salvage another tow truck that had already met the same fate while salvaging a wrecked car. Page 5.

Tow Truck Comedy of Errors #6
Photo vignette circulating via email shows a tow truck tumbling into the sea while attempting to salvage another tow truck that had already met the same fate while salvaging a wrecked car. Page 6.

Scary Urban Legends
READ IF YOU DARE: The Babysitter and the Man Upstairs, The Killer in the Backseat, The Legend of Bloody Mary, The Premature Burial, and dozens more classic horror stories!

Photo Hoaxes & Viral Images
Photo Hoaxes: Okay, a few of the credulity-stretching images and videos featured in this category aren't fakes. Some are authentic. But most, you'll find, are demonstrably bogus, altered, or at the very least misrepresented. We've done our best to separate the real from the fake.

Urban Legends: Politics / Law / Government
Urban legends, rumors and Internet hoaxes pertaining to government, politics and politicians.

Tow Truck Comedy of Errors #10
Photo vignette circulating via email shows a tow truck tumbling into the sea while attempting to salvage another tow truck that had already met the same fate while salvaging a wrecked car. Page 10.

Tow Truck Comedy of Errors #11
Photo vignette circulating via email shows a tow truck tumbling into the sea while attempting to salvage another tow truck that had already met the same fate while salvaging a wrecked car. Page 11.

Tow Truck Comedy of Errors #12
Photo vignette circulating via email shows a tow truck tumbling into the sea while attempting to salvage another tow truck that had already met the same fate while salvaging a wrecked car. Page 12.

Tow Truck Comedy of Errors #7
Photo vignette circulating via email shows a tow truck tumbling into the sea while attempting to salvage another tow truck that had already met the same fate while salvaging a wrecked car. Page 7.

Tow Truck Comedy of Errors #8
Photo vignette circulating via email shows a tow truck tumbling into the sea while attempting to salvage another tow truck that had already met the same fate while salvaging a wrecked car. Page 8.

Tow Truck Comedy of Errors #9
Photo vignette circulating via email shows a tow truck tumbling into the sea while attempting to salvage another tow truck that had already met the same fate while salvaging a wrecked car. Page 9.

Iraq Sandstorm
Emailed photos evidently snapped by a U.S. soldier document a 'sandstorm from hell' at Al Asad airbase in Iraq on April 26, 2005. Page 8.

Eye of God in Outer Space
Emailed NASA photo taken by the Hubble Space Telescope has been labeled the 'Eye of God' by frequent forwarders. Page 3.

Hurricane Isabel Approaches, 2003
Emailed photo purports to show the approach of Hurricane Isabel at sea, September 2003. Page 4.

Montana Fires, 2000
Urban Legends. Page 5.

Praying Rock Formation
In this emailed image, a rock formation and its reflection in a body of water resemble a mother and child praying. Page 7.

Tsunami in Action
Emailed image purports to show the devastating tsunami of December 26, 2004 washing ashore on the Thai island of Phuket (or Indonesia, depending on version). Page 2.

Hurricane Katrina Approaches
Emailed image purports to show Hurricane Katrina approaching the Gulf Coast in August 2005. Page 10.

Niagara Falls Frozen Over
Emailed photo purportedly taken in 1911 offer postcard views of Niagara Falls completely frozen over. Page 9.

North Pole Sunset
Emailed image purportedly snapped at the North Pole in which the crescent moon appears to be many times larger than the setting sun.

Satellite Photo of 2003 Blackout
Emailed photo purports to show GeoStar satellite view of the 2003 east coast blackout. Page 6.

The Hands of God
Emailed image purports to show the 'hands of God' in a cloud formation associated with 2004's Hurricane Charley. Page 11.

Hurricane Lili Waterspouts
Emailed photo purportedly shows three waterspouts threatening a supply vessel at sea as Hurrican Lili approaches, October 2002. Page 12.

Cell Phone Popcorn Trick Revealed
A viral video appears to show people popping popcorn using only their cell phones. Is it a hoax? If so, who is behind it?

Did Sarah Palin Misquote Abraham Lincoln?
Is there proof that Abraham Lincoln said we should pray that we are on God's side?

"Islam Is the Light" Talking Doll (Urban Legend)
In case you were too busy monitoring the worldwide economic crisis to keep up on the really important news this past week...

FAKE Amber Alert Spreads Far and Fast via Social Media
Amber Alert involving grey car, Quebec plate # 72B 381, is a hoax.

Urban Legends: Crime
Urban legends and Netlore about crime and criminals: ATM Envelope Poisonings; The 'Blue Star' LSD Tattoo; The Body in the Bed; The Nigerian Scam; Double Whammy; Aren't You Glad You Didn't Turn on the Light?

Photo Fakery: Animals and Insects
Weird, wacky images circulated on the Internet featuring quirky - if not downright bogus - denizens of the animal kingdom.

Funny Urban Legends
Urban legends can be as amusing as the funniest jokes. Sometimes, in fact, the distinction between the two types of folklore gets fuzzy.

Health / Medical
Rumors, hoaxes, urban legends and old wives' tales related to health and medicine.

Photo Fakery: Natural Wonders
Weird, wacky images circulated on the Internet depicting amazing - and often unreal - wonders of nature.

Urban Legends and Folklore: Snakes
Urban legends, folktales and superstitions about snakes.

Urban Legends: Awful Infestations
Tales of awful infestations: wayward insects, rodents, snakes, spiders under the skin, cockroaches hatching inside people's mouths, and other creepy-crawly nightmares. Not for the squeamish!

Urban Legends: Murdering Madmen
Be it Lovers' Lane, the local supermarket, public bathrooms, or even the backseat of your own car, in the annals of urban legendry there is no safe haven from the lurking threat of murdering madmen. Beware!

Urban Legends: Animal Attacks
Urban legends about wild (and sometimes not-so-wild) animals attacking and injuring or even killing human beings. Reader discretion advised!

Urban Legends: Contaminated Food & Drink
Urban legends and horror stories involving contaminated or adulterated food and beverages.

Urban Legends: Animal Invasions
Urban legends about wild animals encroaching on human territory.

Urban Legends: Creepypasta
A creepypasta is a scary story, image, or video circulating on the Internet, often borrowing from or mimicking urban legends.

Urban Legends: Celebrities
Urban legends, rumors and gossip about celebrities: Bill Gates, the Antichrist; Celebrity Stomach Pump; The Elevator Story; Richard Gere and the Gerbil; 'Hanoi Jane' Fonda; Jennifer Lopez' Billion Dollar Booty.

Urban Legends: Sex and Scandal
Ribald rumors, salacious gossip and scandalous myths from around the globe.

What's New
A continuously updated list of the latest hoaxes, rumors and urban legends currently in circulation

Rumor: Don't Answer Cell Phone While It's Charging
Viral alert claims people have been killed by electrocution or explosion when they answered a cell phone while it was charging. Is it true?

Ray Romano Death Report Is a Hoax
Ray Romano isn't dead. It's about time we all learned to distinguish news from satire.

Marquez 'Farewell Letter' Is Touching, But Fake
Deceased author Gabriel Garcia Marquez did not write the 'farewell letter' attributed to him.

Justin Bieber Wasn't Caught Masturbating in Jail Cell
Internet hoax claims Justin Bieber was caught masturbating in his jail cell after being arrested.

Giant Spiders Released from DNA Lab? No, It's a Hoax!
Scary six-legged creatures are described as giant spiders released from a government DNA laboratory.

A Scary Way to Break Up - Urban Legends
Circulating via chain latter, a cautionary tale for bad boyfriends: If you want to break up with a girl and stay alive, be nice about it. And don't forget to repost this!

Can Raw Onions in a Room Prevent Flu? - Urban Legends
Viral message claims cut onions will

The 'Love Rollercoaster' Scream - An Urban Legend
Did the blood-curdling scream heard in the Ohio Players song

The Venerable, Versatile Gourd - More than Just Food!
Is there any human purpose to which the humble gourd has not been put?

The Venerable, Versatile Gourd [p. 2]
Is there any human purpose to which the humble gourd has not been put? Page 2.

Craigslist Gold Digger Meets Her Match! - Urban Legends
Woman posts Craigslist ad stating her wish to pair off with marriageable

Butt (Toilet) Spider Attacks Urban Legend
Email prank warns of deadly South American 'Blush Spiders' (scientific name Arachnius gluteus, or 'Butt Spider') migrating to the U.S. in airliner bathrooms and lurking under public toilet seats everywhere.

Scrotum Self-Repair - A TRUE Urban Legend!
Here's a harrowing (but true) story from the annals of self-administered first aid. Don't try this at home!

Brown Recluse Spider Bite Pictures [p. 5]
Brown recluse spider bite, cont.

Brown Recluse Spider Bite Photos - Urban Legends
Viral images purport to show the progressive deterioration of a brown recluse spider bite on the victim's hand. Are they real?

Brown Recluse Spider Bite Pictures [p. 2]
Brown recluse spider bite, cont.

Brown Recluse Spider Bite Pictures [p. 3]
Brown recluse spider bite, cont.

Brown Recluse Spider Bite Pictures [p. 4]
Brown recluse spider bite, cont.

Brown Recluse Spider Bite Pictures [p. 6]
Brown recluse spider bite, cont.

Brown Recluse Spider Bite Pictures [p. 7]
Brown recluse spider bite, cont.

Brown Recluse Spider Bite Pictures - Analysis
Emailed pictures purport to show the progressive deterioration of a necrotic wound caused by the bite of a poisonous brown recluse spider.

Urban Legends
Urban Legends.

Snake vs. Electric Fence - Urban Legends
Various tales, some taller than others, accompany shocking images of an unfortunate python who tangled with an electric fence and lost.

Urban Legends
Urban Legends.

The Snake in the Computer - Urban Legends
What do you do when you hear hissing sounds coming from your PC? Call Tech Support, of course. Unless the problem is a snake in your hard drive.

Urban Legends
Urban Legends.

Urban Legends
Urban Legends.

Urban Legends
Urban Legends.

Brain Maggots 2
Photos show a man whose brain allegedly became infested with maggots (or 'worms') as a result of letting an ingrown hair go untreated (or eating sushi, depending on version). Page 9.

Brain Maggots 1
Photos show a man whose brain allegedly became infested with maggots (or 'worms') as a result of letting an ingrown hair go untreated (or eating sushi, depending on version). Page 8.

Breast Infestation 1
This image purports to document the medical case of a female anthropologist who failed to seek treatment for a skin rash and wound up with an infestation of larvae in her breast. Not a pretty picture. Page 4.

Brown Recluse Spider Bite
This rather disturbing sequence of images purports to show the progressive deterioration of a wound caused by the bite of the poisonous brown recluse spider. Page 10.

Brown Recluse Spider Bite (2)
This rather disturbing sequence of images purports to show the progressive deterioration of a wound caused by the bite of the poisonous brown recluse spider. Page 11.

Brown Recluse Spider Bite (3)
This rather disturbing sequence of images purports to show the progressive deterioration of a wound caused by the bite of the poisonous brown recluse spider. Page 12.

Brown Recluse Spider Bite (4)
This rather disturbing sequence of images purports to show the progressive deterioration of a wound caused by the bite of the poisonous brown recluse spider. Page 13.

Brown Recluse Spider Bite (5)
This rather disturbing sequence of images purports to show the progressive deterioration of a wound caused by the bite of the poisonous brown recluse spider. Page 14.

Farces of Nature
A gallery of viral images depicting natural disasters and other astonishing phenomena that may seem more supernatural than natural. That's because many of these photographs are fake, of course, or circulating under false pretenses. You may be surprised in some cases at which photos are actually authentic. Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction!

Romney Family 'RMONEY' Photo Op - Urban Legends
Viral image purports to show presidential candidate Mitt Romney and family wearing T-shirts that spell out 'MONEY' or 'RMONEY.'

Are Camel Spiders Real? - Urban Legends
Viral photo taken by U.S. soldiers in Iraq shows a pair of gigantic arachnids known as camel spiders. Is it true they're deadly?

Giant Spider Found in Manchester - Urban Legends
Viral image purports to show a massive spider lurking in the corner of a house in Manchester, England. Real or fake?

MONDEX - Mark of the Beast [p. 12]
Forwarded slide show claims microchips used in Mondex 'smart cards' are now being implanted in people's hands or foreheads and constitute 'the Mark of the Beast' prophesied in the Book of Revelation.

MONDEX - Mark of the Beast [p. 11]
Forwarded slide show claims microchips used in Mondex 'smart cards' are now being implanted in people's hands or foreheads and constitute 'the Mark of the Beast' prophesied in the Book of Revelation.

MONDEX - Mark of the Beast [p. 10]
Forwarded slide show claims microchips used in Mondex 'smart cards' are now being implanted in people's hands or foreheads and constitute 'the Mark of the Beast' prophesied in the Book of Revelation.

MONDEX Biochip - Mark of the Beast - Urban Legends
Forwarded slide show claims microchips used in Mondex 'smartcards' are now being implanted in people's hands or foreheads and constitute 'the Mark of the Beast' prophesied in the Book of Revelation.

MONDEX - Mark of the Beast [p. 13]
Forwarded slide show claims microchips used in Mondex 'smart cards' are now being implanted in people's hands or foreheads and constitute 'the Mark of the Beast' prophesied in the Book of Revelation.

MONDEX - Mark of the Beast [p. 14]
Forwarded slide show claims microchips used in Mondex 'smart cards' are now being implanted in people's hands or foreheads and constitute 'the Mark of the Beast' prophesied in the Book of Revelation.

MONDEX - Mark of the Beast [p. 15]
Forwarded slide show claims microchips used in Mondex 'smart cards' are now being implanted in people's hands or foreheads and constitute 'the Mark of the Beast' prophesied in the Book of Revelation.

MONDEX - Mark of the Beast [p. 2]
Forwarded slide show claims microchips used in Mondex 'smart cards' are now being implanted in people's hands or foreheads and constitute 'the Mark of the Beast' prophesied in the Book of Revelation.

MONDEX - Mark of the Beast [p. 3]
Forwarded slide show claims microchips used in Mondex 'smart cards' are now being implanted in people's hands or foreheads and constitute 'the Mark of the Beast' prophesied in the Book of Revelation.

MONDEX - Mark of the Beast [p. 4]
Forwarded slide show claims microchips used in Mondex 'smart cards' are now being implanted in people's hands or foreheads and constitute 'the Mark of the Beast' prophesied in the Book of Revelation.

MONDEX - Mark of the Beast [p. 5]
Forwarded slide show claims microchips used in Mondex 'smart cards' are now being implanted in people's hands or foreheads and constitute 'the Mark of the Beast' prophesied in the Book of Revelation.

MONDEX - Mark of the Beast [p. 6]
Forwarded slide show claims microchips used in Mondex 'smart cards' are now being implanted in people's hands or foreheads and constitute 'the Mark of the Beast' prophesied in the Book of Revelation.

MONDEX - Mark of the Beast [p. 7]
Forwarded slide show claims microchips used in Mondex 'smart cards' are now being implanted in people's hands or foreheads and constitute 'the Mark of the Beast' prophesied in the Book of Revelation.

MONDEX - Mark of the Beast [p. 8]
Forwarded slide show claims microchips used in Mondex 'smart cards' are now being implanted in people's hands or foreheads and constitute 'the Mark of the Beast' prophesied in the Book of Revelation.

MONDEX - Mark of the Beast [p. 9]
Forwarded slide show claims microchips used in Mondex 'smart cards' are now being implanted in people's hands or foreheads and constitute 'the Mark of the Beast' prophesied in the Book of Revelation.

MONDEX - Mark of the Beast? [p. 16]
Forwarded slide show claims microchips used in Mondex 'smart cards' are now being implanted in people's hands or foreheads and constitute 'the Mark of the Beast' prophesied in the Book of Revelation.

MONDEX - Mark of the Beast? [p. 17]
Forwarded slide show claims microchips used in Mondex 'smart cards' are now being implanted in people's hands or foreheads and constitute 'the Mark of the Beast' prophesied in the Book of Revelation.

MONDEX - Mark of the Beast? [p. 18]
Forwarded slide show claims microchips used in Mondex 'smart cards' are now being implanted in people's hands or foreheads and constitute 'the Mark of the Beast' prophesied in the Book of Revelation.

The Eye of God / Helix Nebula Photo - Urban Legends
NASA photo of the Helix Nebula taken by the Hubble Space Telescope has been dubbed the 'Eye of God' by frequent forwarders.

Hurricane Sandy: Flooded McDonald's Restaurant - Urban Legends
Mislabeled photo purports to show a McDonald's restaurant in Virgina flooded with waist-high water during Hurricane Sandy, Oct. 29, 2012.

Hurricane Sandy: Cowering Statue of Liberty - Urban Legends
Lady Liberty cowers behind her base as Hurricane Sandy approaches, Oct. 29, 2012.

SLIDESHOW: Fake Hurricane Sandy Photos - Urban Legends
Check out the wildest, wackiest fake storm photos that went viral during the onslaught of Hurricane Sandy, Oct. 29, 2012.

Pics of the Rare 'Parrot Flower' - Urban Legends
Viral images of the rare and aptly named parrot flower (Impatiens psittacina), which is native to northern Thailand, Myanmar, and northern India.

Parrot Flower [p. 2]
Viral images, cont. Urban Legends.

Parrot Flower [p. 3]
Viral images, cont. Urban Legends.

Parrot Flower [p. 4]
Viral images, cont. Urban Legends.

Parrot Flower [Analysis]
Viral images, cont. Urban Legends.

(Fake) Satellite Photo of Hurricane Sandy Blackout - Urban Legends
Fake image purports to be a satellite photo showing the area affected by power outages caused by Hurricane Sandy, Oct. 29, 2012.

Hurricane Sandy: Godzilla Arrives - Urban Legends
Viral image shows Godzilla lumbering ashore on the eastern seaboard during Hurricane Sandy, Oct. 29, 2012.

Hurricane Sandy Descending on NYC - Urban Legends
Mislabeled image purports to show massive storm clouds gathering over New York City as Hurricane Sandy approaches, Oct. 29, 2012.

Hurricane Sandy Off the Coast of Virginia - Urban Legends
Mislabeled image purports to show Hurricane Sandy gathering force off the coast of Virginia, Oct. 2012.

Hurricane Sandy Hits the Statue of Liberty (Fake Photo)
Mislabeled image purports to show a massive tidal wave engulfing the Statue of Liberty during Hurricane Sandy, Oct. 29, 2012.

Hurricane Sandy: Wave Inundates Manhattan - Urban Legends
Mislabeled image purports to show a massive tidal wave inundating New York City during Hurricane Sandy, Oct. 29, 2012.

Hurricane Sandy (Fake) Shark Sighting #1 - Urban Legends
Viral image purports to show a shark swimming down a flooded street in New York City during Hurricane Sandy, Oct. 29, 2012.

Hurricane Sandy (Fake) Shark Sighting #2 - Urban Legends
Viral image purports to show a shark swimming through a flooded neighborhood in New Jersey during Hurricane Sandy, Oct. 29, 2012.

Hurricane Sandy (Fake) Shark Sighting #3 - Urban Legends
Viral image purports to show a shark swimming through the flooded streets of a neighborhood in New Jersey during Hurricane Sandy, Oct. 29, 2012.

Hurricane Sandy (Fake) Shark Sighting #4 - Urban Legends
Viral image purports to show a pair of sharks lurking in the flooded lobby of a building in New York City during Hurricane Sandy, Oct. 29, 2012.

Hurricane Sandy: Hello Kitty! - Urban Legends
Giant Kitty looms over Manhattan as Hurricane Sandy approaches, Oct. 29, 2012.

Hurricane Sandy: Overkill - Urban Legends
Over-the-top viral image lampoons other viral images circulating in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Oct. 29, 2012.

Parrot Flower [p. 5]
Viral images, cont. Urban Legends.

What's This Thing Called a Monkey Orchid? - Urban Legends
Viral image is said to depict a

Photobombed by a Ghost
Viral images, cont. Urban Legends.

The Hunter Becomes the Hunted
Viral images, cont. Urban Legends.

Mid-Air Plane Collision
Viral images, cont. Urban Legends.

Humpback Whale Swallows Kayaker
Viral images, cont. Urban Legends.

The Unlucky Tourist of 9/11
Viral images, cont. Urban Legends.

And You Think YOU'RE Having a Bad Day?
Viral images, cont. Urban Legends.

The Ghost Under the Bed
Viral images, cont. Urban Legends.

The Last Time They Were Seen Alive
A slideshow of startling images purporting to show people milliseconds before meeting their doom. Be skeptical.

Say Hello to a Hungry Crocodile!
Viral images, cont. Urban Legends.

1/2 Second Before Tsunami Hit Sumatra - Urban Legends
Viral image purports to show a massive tsunami engulfing a residential neighborhood on the island of Sumatra.

Urban Legends and Folklore: Historical Fallacies, Urban Legends, Hoaxes
Historical fallacies, urban legends, and hoaxes - taller-than-life beliefs of (and about) the past.

Facebook Rumors & Hoaxes
Facebook Hoax List: A comprehensive listing of rumors and hoaxes on and/or about Facebook.

Celebrities: Tom Hanks
Urban legends and Netlore about actor Tom Hanks

Celebrities: Martha Raye
Urban legends and Netlore about entertainer Martha Raye

Celebrities: Morgan Freeman
Urban legends, rumors and Netlore about American actor Morgan Freeman.

Celebrities: Brad Pitt
Urban legends, hoaxes, and rumors about American actor Brad Pitt.

Did You Lose a Cat?
Viral image purports to show a raccoon standing on two legs and holding a cat or kitten in its paws. Page 42.

Towboat Mishap #17
Emailed photos show a towboat colliding with a bridge. Page 17.

Towboat Mishap #4
Emailed photos show a towboat colliding with a bridge. Page 4.

Towboat Mishap #5
Emailed photos show a towboat colliding with a bridge. Page 5.

Towboat Mishap #6
Emailed photos show a towboat colliding with a bridge. Page 6.

Towboat Mishap #7
Emailed photos show a towboat colliding with a bridge. Page 7.

Towboat Mishap #8
Emailed photos show a towboat colliding with a bridge. Page 8.

Towboat Mishap #9
Emailed photos show a towboat colliding with a bridge. Page 9.

Towboat Mishap #10
Emailed photos show a towboat colliding with a bridge. Page 10.

Towboat Mishap - Netlore Archive
Remarkable photo vignette shows a river towboat colliding sideways with a bridge, rolling underneath it, and emerging intact on the other side.

Towboat Mishap $2
Emailed photos show a towboat colliding with a bridge. Page 2.

Towboat Mishap #3
Emailed photos show a towboat colliding with a bridge. Page 3.

Black Lion
Viral image shared via social media purports to document the existence of a black lion (as posted on Facebook). Page 8.

Gator Aid
Photo was allegedly taken in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana during flooding caused by Hurricane Isaac. Page 16.

Angolan Witch Spider
Via social media, a photo of what is described as an 'abnormally large spider,' supposedly found in Texas. Page 3.

Golden Zebra
Viral image purports to show a very rare 'golden zebra' with burnt-orange stripes and bright blue eyes.

Humongous Snake
An incredibly huge snake supposedly found and killed in the Red Sea by a team of Egyptian scientists and divers. Page 57.

Winged Spider
This image shared on Facebook supposedly shows a newspaper clipping proving that scientists discovered a 'winged spider.'. Page 58.

Flying Panda
Supposedly, a 'real panda' sitting next to a human passenger and eating bamboo shoots on an airplane. Page 59.

Giant Wild Boar
Viral image of an (allegedly) 1,800-pound wild boar shot and killed by a radiology technician in Conroe, Texas (or elsewhere depending on version). Page 60.

Urban Shark
Viral image purportedly taken during Hurricane Irene (August 2011) shows a great white shark swimming through the flooded streets of an unnamed city in Puerto Rico. Page 40.

Rainbow Owl
Hoax image purports to depict 'the rare Rainbow Owl,' supposedly a nearly extinct species found in the western U.S. and China. Page 34.

The Long, Long Snake
Viral image purportedly shows a very large snake spotted near Delray, Florida (or the Morganza Spillway near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, or Branxton, NSW, Australia, etc., depending on version). Page 17.

Albino Fawn
Emailed image of an albino fawn found near Stanley, North Dakota, the Bolivar Peninsula in Texas, or West Liberty, Kentucky, depending on which version of the story you believe.

412-Pound Deer
Emailed photo allegedly shows a 412-pound deer killed by a hunter in Clarion County, Pennsylvania (or in Nebraska, depending on version)

412-Pound Deer
Emailed photo allegedly shows a 412-pound deer killed by a hunter in Clarion County, Pennsylvania - or in Nebraska, depending on version. Page 32.

A Snake, Fishing
Emailed image shows a very large snake - evidently a python - pulling its prey - evidently a wallaby, though some have labeled it a 'cow' - out of a body of water in Western Australia. Page 30.

Albino Fawn
Emailed image of an albino fawn found near Stanley, North Dakota, the Bolivar Peninsula in Texas, or West Liberty, Kentucky - depending on which version of the story you believe. Page 28.

Calico Buck
This photo shows a 'calico buck' allegedly shot in Wisconsin. Its head and hide were supposedly sold by the hunter for $13,000. Page 54.

Camel Spiders
Taken by U.S. soldiers stationed in Iraq, this snapshot shows a pair of huge, scary-looking insects known as camel spiders. Page 20.

Catfish Bites Basketball
Emailed photos show a flathead catfish with a child's basketball stuck in its mouth. Page 29.

Chimera
Circulating via email, an unsettling photograph of what appears to be a half-human, half-animal creature suckling her hybrid offspring. Page 6.

Cougar on the Porch
Amateur photos taken through a screen door show a cougar (mountain lion) prowling the porch or patio of someone's suburban home. Page 37.

Cougar on the Porch
Amateur photos taken through a screen door show a cougar (mountain lion) prowling the porch or patio of someone's suburban home. Page 36.

Crocodile Eats Golfer
'The impatient golfer was not located, but his clubs were found on the hole. Three days later, Ole Mose was spotted on the seventh hole and was an immediate suspect...'. Page 41.

Deer on a Pole
This emailed photo allegedly documents the discovery of a dead deer high atop a power pole in a remote area of Baltimore - or Winnipeg, Manitoba, depending on version. Page 51.

Diplocaulus
A reader writes: I received this pic of an alleged strange-headed lizard found in Malta, Europe. Does such a strange-headed creature really exist?'. Page 15.

Freaky Fish
Emailed photos show the carcass of a very strange fish with monstrous teeth allegedly washed up on a beach in Tampa Bay, Florida. Page 10.

Giant Catfish
Emailed photo of a huge catfish supposedly caught in Lake Texoma, Texas. Page 12.

Giant Gator Bagged in Texas / Florida
Viral image of a large alligator allegedly shot in Texas or Florida (depending on version) by a game warden named Joe Goff. Page 48.

Giant Mutant Cat #2
Email caption: 'Why You Don't Feed Your Cat Table Scraps.'. Page 19.

Giant Mutant Cat
Photograph of a gigantic housecat named Snowball and his owner, Roger Degagne of Ontario. Page 9.

Man-Eating Catfish
The caption accompanying this emailed photo reads: 'Each year, a few people will be drowned mysteriously in Huadu's Furong Reservoir. It was not until recently when the son of a certain official went swimming in the reservoir with his friend and were drowned that the secret was unravelled!'. Page 55.

Monster Crocodile
Emailed photo of a gigantic crocodile fished from the sea in the port of Pointe-Noire, Republic of the Congo. Page 21.

Moose on a Wire
An unfortunate moose accidentally strung up on power cables by a utility crew near Fairbanks, Alaska. Page 50.

Mule Attacks Mountain Lion
Emailed photos purportedly show a mule attacking and killing a mountain lion in Arizona (or Wyoming, or Montana, depending on version). Page 52.

Piranha on Steroids
Circulating via email, a photo of fishermen holding a large fish with a mouthful of razor-sharp teeth, variously captioned: 'Piranha on Steroids' or 'World Record Piranha.'. Page 5.

Pit Bull vs. Porcupine
First things first: this isn't really a pit bull -- it's a bull terrier named Inca. She really did have an unfortunate encounter with a porcupine, but her owners say she recovered completely from her injuries and is doing fine. Page 38.

Polar Bear and Huskies at Play
Emailed images show a 1,200-pound polar bear playing with husky sled dogs in the sub-arctic wilderness of northern Canada. Page 49.

Shark Attacks Helicopter
Is that a great white shark lunging out of the water to attack a scuba diver dangling from that helicopter rescue ladder? Page 4.

The Snake in the Computer 2
When a woman's computer begins making strange hissing sounds, she calls Tech Support. And what should they find upon opening up the housing of her PC but a snake coiled around the machine's innards. Page 26.

The Snake in the Computer
When a woman's computer begins making strange hissing sounds, she calls Tech Support. And what should they find upon opening up the housing of her PC but a snake coiled around the machine's innards. Page 25.

An Internet Bestiary: Strange Creatures
His parents, posing in their scuba gear for an underwater picture, couldn't understand why he suddenly panicked and swam frantically to the suface ... but not before taking the vacation snapshot of a lifetime. Page 2.

The Lion Cut
This image captures the expression of 'one seriously pissed off cat' after its groomer misunderstood the owner's instructions and gave the poor beast a 'lion cut' instead of a 'line cut.'. Page 24.

Work Moose
Emailed image purportedly shows a full-grown 'work moose' being harnessed to haul wood in a logging operation. Page 39.

World Record Grizzly Bear
These pictures are of a guy who works for the forest service in Alaska. He was out deer hunting. A large world record Griz charged him from about 50 yards away. Page 53.

World's Biggest Dog
Emailed image of a gargantuan dog named Hercules, purportedly the Guinness Record holder for World's Biggest Dog. Page 31.

Alligator's Lunch
This was taken by a KTBS helicopter flying over Cross Lake! (For those of you who are not local, Cross Lake is in Shreveport, La.) That has to be a HUGE gator to have a whole deer in its mouth! Are you ready to go skiing on Cross Lake? Page 46.

800-Pound Razorback Hog
How would you like to run across this in the woods? The hog was reportedly killed in Arkansas very recently close to where they hunt... The man in the picture killed him, took 3 shots from a 7 mag. The afternoon before, he saw this hog eating on the side of the road. He weighed 800 pounds. Page 44.

Texas Rattlesnake
Next time you're out in the tall grass, remember this one. This snake was recently found at the J & S Quik Mart located just south of RR 3014 Turnoff on Highway 281 south of Tow, Texas. Page 47.

Black Fawn
Images circulating via forwarded email show a 'melanistic' fawn covered head-to-toe in black fur. Page 27.

Why the Ocean Is So Salty
According to a popular forwarded email, a typical blue whale produces over 400 gallons of sperm when it ejaculates... and you wonder why the ocean is so salty! Page 45.

Another Giant Dog
Viral email touts humongous dog for sale: 'Owner cannot afford to feed him anymore, as there are no more thieves, murderers, rapists or molesters left in the neighborhood for him to eat...'. Page 56.

Dam Sheep
Supposedly, these are bighorn sheep (actually ibex) perched on the face of Buffalo Bill Dam (actually Cingino Dam in Italy). Despite the inaccurate caption, this photo is real! Page 13.

Dead Mermaid
Viral images allegedly show the carcass of a dead mermaid washed up on a beach near Chennai, India during the devastating tsunami of December 26, 2004. Page 14.

Dead Merman
Viral images purportedly show the carcass of a merman (or mermaid) washed up on a beach variously said to be located in Venda, South Africa; Cebu, The Philippines; Malaysia; or Fort Desoto Beach, Florida. Page 7.

Giant Coconut Crab
Emailed photos of gargantuan specimens of Birgus latro — the coconut crab, named for its preferred diet of fallen coconuts and said to be the world's largest land-dwelling arthropod. Page 23.

Monster Crocodile 2
This viral image depicts a gigantic crocodile fished from shallow waters in the port of Pointe-Noire, Republic of the Congo. Page 22.

Piranha on Steroids 2
Circulating via email, a photo of fishermen holding a large fish with a mouthful of razor-sharp teeth, variously captioned: 'Piranha on Steroids' or 'World Record Piranha.'. Page 33.

Puppy with a Heart
Viral image shows a chihuahua puppy born in Japan with a heart-shaped pattern in its coat. True! Page 11.

Snake Hiding in Wreath
Viral image shows a 5-foot-long rat snake lurking inside a floral wreath on the front door of a home near Slidell, LA. Page 35.

Sneaky Mountain Lion
Viral image purports to show a mountain lion (cougar) sneaking up behind a hunter posing with a freshly-downed elk in North Dakota. Page 43.

Tiger Adopts Piglets
Emailed snapshots taken at a zoo show a mother tiger apparently nursing a brood of piglets costumed in tiger skins. Page 18.

Real or Fake: In-N-Out Burger Cup Says 'Hail Satan'
This viral image shows an In-N-Out Burger paper cup apparently emblazoned with the slogan

The Candiru Is One Scary Little Fish
Dear Urban Legends: Our Scoutmasters always insisted that there were small, parasitic fish in some rivers (particularly the Amazon) that could swim up the urine stream and get inside you.

What Is a Leap Year and Why Do We Have It?
2016 is a leap year. But what exactly is a leap year, and how did it come about? Where did the custom of

What Is a Leap Year? (cont.)
The next leap year is 2016. But what exactly is a leap year, and how did it come about? Where did the custom of

Roswell - The Birth of a Myth
Why the so-called Roswell Incident -- what some believe was an alien crash landing in the New Mexico desert in 1947 -- still haunts us nearly 70 years later.

Roswell - The Birth of a Myth
Why the so-called Roswell Incident -- what some believe was an alien crash landing in the New Mexico desert in 1947 -- still haunts us nearly 70 years later. Page 2.

The Prehistoric Barbie Doll (Smithsonian Barbie) - Urban Legends
The Smithsonian Institution responds to notification of an unusual find in a backyard archaeological dig -- the two-million-year-old head of a Malibu Barbie doll.

Are Muslims Exempt from Obamacare? - Urban Legends
Viral rumor falsely asserts that Muslims are specifically exempt from the government mandate to purchase health insurance under Obamacare.

Are Muslims Exempt from ObamaCare Insurance Mandate? [p. 2]
Forwarded email claims U.S. health care legislation passed in 2010 specifically exempts Muslims from the government mandate to purchase insurance and calls this an instance of 'Dhimmitude.'. Page 2.

The Cadaver's Arm - An Urban Legend
Students in a medical school play a prank on a fellow student using the arm of a cadaver. It doesn't end well.

Corset Piercing 2
Viral images depict a 'new summer trend' in body modification called 'corset piercing.'. Page 26.

Motorcycle or Boating Accident Victim
Depending on which version you receive, the caption accompanying this emailed photo claims this poor patient was impaled on a fencepost after losing control of his motorcycle or boat. Page 31.

Half-Human, Half-Animal
Most copies of this viral image are accompanied by a caption reading, 'Look at the human dog!' In reality, it's a sculpture created by artist Patricia Piccinini. Page 28.

Dead Wife Coffee Table
According to this forwarded email, Arizona resident Jeff Green preserved the body of his dead wife Lucy in a specially-built glass coffee table, which is on display in his living room. Page 5.

Doctors Remove Worm from Patient's Eye
When the doctors operated, what was thought to be a growth or cyst actually turned out to be a live worm; what was thought initially to be mere dust in the patient's eye was actually an insect's egg! Page 2.

Dead Frog in Can of Peas (2)
In this forwarded email, an irate consumer complains about finding a tiny dead frog inside a can of Kroger peas. Photos attached! Page 18.

Grizzly Bear Victim
Email caption: 'This is not a joke and is pretty gross. If you are faint of heart or stomach don't look at grizz.jpg. This is why you don't mess with Grizzly bears! Warning the Grizzly picture is pretty gross, it's what's left of one of his victims!'. Page 29.

Man Eats Baby
'Dear Guide: I received an email last week which was quite disturbing and, to say the least, disgusting. It is about dead babies that can be bought from hospitals in Taiwan for $70 to meet the high demand for grilled and barbequed babies!'. Page 23.

Man Eats Baby (2)
'Dear Guide: I received an email last week which was quite disturbing and, to say the least, disgusting. It is about dead babies that can be bought from hospitals in Taiwan for $70 to meet the high demand for grilled and barbequed babies!'. Page 24.

The Queen and the Scottish Soldiers
Emailed image shows Queen Elizabeth of England sitting amidst a group of kilt-wearing Scottish soldiers, one of whom reveals a wee bit too much of his manhood. Page 16.

Weightlifting Mishap
This shocking image, origin unknown, purports to show a weightlifter suffering from a prolapsed rectum after attempting to lift more weight than his innards could bear. Page 30.

Corset Piercing 1
Viral images depict a 'new summer trend' in body modification called 'corset piercing.'. Page 25.

Breast Infestation 2
This image purports to document the medical case of a female anthropologist who failed to seek treatment for a skin rash and wound up with an infestation of larvae in her breast. Not a pretty picture. Page 27.

Snake Swallows Man #2
Viral images purport to show a gigantic snake - variously alleged to be an anaconda, python, or boa constrictor - swallowing a human being whole. Page 7.

Snake Swallows Man 1
Viral images purport to show a gigantic snake — said to be an anaconda, python, or boa constrictor — swallowing a human being whole. Page 6.

Super-Skinny Fashion Model 1
Viral images purport to show extremely emaciated fashion models. Page 19.

Super-Skinny Fashion Model 2
Viral images purport to show extremely emaciated fashion models. Page 20.

Super-Skinny Fashion Model 3
Viral images purport to show extremely emaciated fashion models. Page 21.

Super-Skinny Fashion Model 4
Viral images purport to show extremely emaciated fashion models. Page 22.

Zipper Tongue
Viral image purports to show the latest achievement in body modification: a surgically split tongue with a zipper!

Polar Bear Attack 1
Emailed photos graphically document injuries sustained by the survivor of a polar bear attack in the Yukon. Page 34.

Maggots in Oreos 2
Emailed photos purport to show an infestation of maggots or insect eggs in the cream filling of an Oreo cookie made in China. Page 33.

Maggots in Oreos 1
Emailed photo purports to show an infestation of maggots or insect eggs in the cream filling of an Oreo cookie made in China. Page 32.

Polar Bear Attack 2
Emailed photos graphically document injuries sustained by the survivor of a polar bear attack in the Yukon. Page 35.

Polar Bear Attack 3
Emailed photos graphically document injuries sustained by the survivor of a polar bear attack in the Yukon. Page 36.

Towboat Mishap #18
Emailed photos show a towboat colliding with a bridge. Page 18.

Towboat Mishap #19
Emailed photos show a towboat colliding with a bridge. Page 19.

Towboat Mishap #11
Emailed photos show a towboat colliding with a bridge. Page 11.

Towboat Mishap #12
Emailed photos show a towboat colliding with a bridge. Page 12.

Towboat Mishap #13
Emailed photos show a towboat colliding with a bridge. Page 13.

Towboat Mishap #14
Emailed photos show a towboat colliding with a bridge. Page 14.

Towboat Mishap #15
Emailed photos show a towboat colliding with a bridge. Page 15.

Towboat Mishap #16
Emailed photos show a towboat colliding with a bridge. Page 16.

Brown Recluse Spider Bite (6)
This rather disturbing sequence of images purports to show the progressive deterioration of a wound caused by the bite of the poisonous brown recluse spider. Page 15.

Crocodile Eats Golfer
The impatient golfer was never located, but his clubs were found on the hole. Three days later, 'Ole Mose' was spotted on the seventh hole and was an immediate suspect... Page 3.

Dead Frog in Can of Peas
In this forwarded email, an irate consumer complains about finding a tiny dead frog inside a can of Kroger peas. Photos attached! Page 17.

Another Close Call at the Mall - An Urban Legend
The case of the murderous good samaritan with a knife, rope, and duct tape in the trunk of his car - a new variant of a classic shopping mall urban legend.

The Knife in the Briefcase - An Urban Legends
A female driver agrees to give a ride to the good Samaritan who helped her fix a flat tire. Turns out he's not such a good Samaritan after all.

Another Close Call at the Mall [p. 2]
The case of the murderous good samaritan, cont. Page 2.

Too Scary to Read - The Clown Statue (p. 2)
A babysitter calls the parents who hired her to ask if she can cover up the disturbing

Slender Man - Real or Urban Legend?
The Internet boogeyman known as Slender Man (aka Slenderman) is best described as a crowdsourced fiction.

Urban Legends - Top 10 Grossest Stories Ever Told
Our very favorite, absolutely 100% true (not!) tales. Each and every story below is guaranteed to disgust.

The Top 20 Scariest Urban Legends Ever!
A handpicked collection of scary stories you won't dare tell in the dark. What are you afraid of?

The Top 20 Scariest Urban Legends Ever!
A handpicked collection of scary stories you won't dare tell in the dark. What are you afraid of?

Too Scary to Read - The Clown Statue
A babysitter calls the parents who hired her to ask if she can cover up the disturbing

Polar Bear and Huskies at Play
Emailed images show a 1,200-pound polar bear playing with husky sled dogs in the sub-arctic wilderness of northern Canada.

Photo Gallery of Gross Pictures
WARNING: Some viewers may find these images unnerving or offensive. A gallery of viral images notable for their 'ick' factor. Some are authentic, others not. As you'll see, it's not always easy to tell which is which!

Photo Gallery of Gross Pictures
WARNING: Some viewers may find these images unnerving or offensive. A gallery of viral images notable for their 'ick' factor. Some are authentic, others not. As you'll see, it's not always easy to tell which is which!

Photo Gallery of Gross Pictures
WARNING: Some viewers may find these images unnerving or offensive. A gallery of viral images notable for their 'ick' factor. Some are authentic, others not. As you'll see, it's not always easy to tell which is which!

Celebrity Stomach Pump - An Urban Legend
Have you heard the one about Rod Stewart and the stomach pump? Seems he passed out onstage and doctors pumped a pint of semen out of his stomach!

What Is Superstition? - Definition and Examples
A brief definition and etymology of the word superstition.

Urban Legends
THE starting place for exploring urban legends and folklore on the web: Internet hoaxes, rumors, myths, fallacies, urban legends and urban myths debunked.

HOAX: Facebook Submits Names of Gun Users to DHS
Satirical article claims Facebook is submitting photos of users posing with guns to DHS.

Why Is Friday the 13th Unlucky? - History and Folklore
Why is Friday the 13th considered unlucky? We explore the origins and history of superstitions surrounding the date.

Why Is Friday the 13th Unlucky? - Devil's Dozen
Why is Friday the 13th considered unlucky? We explore the origins and history of superstitions surrounding the date. Page 2.

Why Is Friday the 13th Unlucky? - Bad Friday
Why is Friday the 13th considered unlucky? We explore the origins and history of superstitions surrounding the date. Page 3.

Why Is Friday the 13th Unlucky? - The Unluckiest Day of All
Why is Friday the 13th considered unlucky? We explore the origins and history of superstitions surrounding the date. Page 4.

The Barrel of Bricks - An Urban Legend
As told in story, song, and email, the tale of a bricklayer who suffered multiple injurious mishaps while lowering a barrel of bricks from a rooftop with a pulley.

Is There Toxic Benzene in Parked Cars? - Urban Legends
Forwarded email claims car interiors contain toxic levels of cancer-causing benzene and recommends opening windows before turning on the air conditioner.

Is Barack Obama the Antichrist? - Urban Legends
Internet rumors say Barack Obama is the Antichrist prophesied in the New Testament.

Is Barack Obama the Antichrist? [p. 2]
Internet rumor, cont. Urban Legends. Page 2.

Urban Legend: Gangs Kill Drivers Who Flash Their Lights
Decades-old urban legend claims innocent people who flash their headlights at oncoming cars are being chased down and killed by gang members.

Toxic Benzene in Cars? [p. 2]
Forwarded email, cont. Urban Legends. Page 2.

FAKE NEWS: Oprah Posts Bail for 'Sexy Felon' - Urban Legends
Satirical article claims Oprah Winfrey has agreed to post bail for famed 'sexy felon' Jeremy Meeks and wants to give him a job as talk show host.

SCAM: Robin Williams 'Goodbye' Video
DON'T CLICK on Facebook blurbs promoting a so-called 'goodbye video' from Robin Williams. No such video exists. It's a cynical survey scam exploiting news of the comedian's death by suicide.

109-Pound Shrimp Caught in Florida? No, It's a Hoax
Did some guy in Florida really have his photo taken holding a giant 109-pound shrimp?

Monster Coconut Crab - Urban Legends
Viral images of giant specimens of Birgus latro -- the coconut crab -- said to be the world's largest land-dwelling arthropod.

Giant Coconut Crab [p. 2]
Viral images, cont. Urban Legends.

Super-Skinny Fashion Models - Urban Legends
Viral images purport to show grotesquely thin fashion models in runway shows and posing for photographs.

Super-Skinny Fashion Models [p. 10]
Viral images purport to show grotesquely thin fashion models in runway shows and posing for photographs.

Super-Skinny Fashion Models [Analysis]
Viral images purport to show grotesquely thin fashion models in runway shows and posing for photographs.

Super-Skinny Fashion Models [p. 2]
Viral images purport to show grotesquely thin fashion models in runway shows and posing for photographs.

Super-Skinny Fashion Models [p. 3]
Viral images purport to show grotesquely thin fashion models in runway shows and posing for photographs.

Super-Skinny Fashion Models [p. 4]
Viral images purport to show grotesquely thin fashion models in runway shows and posing for photographs.

Super-Skinny Fashion Models [p. 5]
Viral images purport to show grotesquely thin fashion models in runway shows and posing for photographs.

Super-Skinny Fashion Models [p. 6]
Viral images purport to show grotesquely thin fashion models in runway shows and posing for photographs.

Super-Skinny Fashion Models [p. 7]
Viral images purport to show grotesquely thin fashion models in runway shows and posing for photographs.

Super-Skinny Fashion Models [p. 8]
Viral images purport to show grotesquely thin fashion models in runway shows and posing for photographs.

Super-Skinny Fashion Models [p. 9]
Viral images purport to show grotesquely thin fashion models in runway shows and posing for photographs.

Facebook Profile Hacker Warning - Urban Legends
Facebook rumor warns that hackers are stealing profile pictures to create fake accounts and impersonate other members.

SCAM: 'Malaysian Plane Crash Is FOUND!' Video
DON'T CLICK on scam postings touting a video about lost Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370 being found. You'll regret it.

Tipsy Tow - Real or Not? - Urban Legends
Social media posts erroneously claim that AAA's New Year's Eve

SCAM: 'Flight MH370 Found in Indian Ocean' Video
Fake video posts claim lost Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has been found in the Indian Ocean. It's a survey scam. Don't click!

HOAX: Mark Zuckerberg Gives Away Millions to Facebook Users
A hoax message circulating via Facebook claims Mark Zuckerberg is giving away $4.5 million each to 1,000 users who repost it.

The Top 5 Signs That Video You're About to Share Is a Scam
Learn how to recognize and avoid social media clickjacking scams.

52 Thoroughbred Horses Need Homes? - Urban Legends
OUTDATED posting claims 52 thoroughbred horses will be slaughtered unless people volunteer to give them homes. No longer true.

HOAX: Facebook Closing Down on March 15 - Urban Legends
Viral post claims Facebook is closing down on March 15, 2014 due to 'overpopulation.' Status: False.

Hate Letter to Family of Autistic Boy - Urban Legends
AUTHENTIC: Viral image of an anonymous hate letter written to the family of an autistic child by a neighbor who advises them to 'go live in a trailer in the woods' or 'euthanize him.'

Funniest Celebrity Responses to Fake Death Reports
Celebrities respond to false Internet death notices.

Top 10 Celebrity Responses to Fake Death Reports
Celebrities respond to false Internet death notices.

Top 10 Celebrity Responses to Fake Death Reports
Celebrities respond to false Internet death notices.

Top 10 Celebrity Responses to Fake Death Reports
Celebrities respond to false Internet death notices.

Top 10 Celebrity Responses to Fake Death Reports
Celebrities respond to false Internet death notices.

Top 10 Celebrity Responses to Fake Death Reports
Celebrities respond to false Internet death notices.

Top 10 Celebrity Responses to Fake Death Reports
Celebrities respond to false Internet death notices.

Top 10 Celebrity Responses to Fake Death Reports
Celebrities respond to false Internet death notices.

Top 10 Celebrity Responses to Fake Death Reports
Celebrities respond to false Internet death notices.

Top 10 Celebrity Responses to Fake Death Reports
Celebrities respond to false Internet death notices.

The Top 5 Scariest Christmas Monsters
If you've been nice, you have nothing to fear from Krampus, Pere Fouettard, Knecht Ruprecht, or Gryla. If you've been naughty, hide!

Urban Legends: The Classics
Urban legends first won mainstream popularity with the publishing of folklorist Jan Harold Brunvand's series of books on the subject, beginning with 'The Vanishing Hitchhiker' in 1981. Thanks to him, many of these familiar 'friend-of-a-friend' tales are now recognized as 'classics' in the genre.

The Cougar on the Porch [p. 2]
Snapshots taken through the screen door of someone's house reveal a cougar (mountain lion) prowling on the porch.

The Cougar on the Porch (Photos) - Urban Legends
Snapshots taken through the screen door of someone's house reveal a cougar (mountain lion) prowling on the porch.

The Cougar on the Porch [p. 3]
Snapshots taken through the screen door of someone's house reveal a cougar (mountain lion) prowling on the porch.

The Cougar on the Porch [p. 4]
Snapshots taken through the screen door of someone's house reveal a cougar (mountain lion) prowling on the porch.

The Cougar on the Porch [Analysis]
Snapshots taken through the screen door of someone's house reveal a cougar (mountain lion) prowling on the porch.

Polar Bear and Huskies at Play - Image #4
Emailed images show a 1,200-pound polar bear playing with husky sled dogs in the sub-arctic wilderness of northern Canada. Page 4.

Polar Bear and Huskies at Play - Image #6
Emailed images show a 1,200-pound polar bear playing with husky sled dogs in the sub-arctic wilderness of northern Canada. Page 6.

Polar Bear and Huskies at Play - Image #7
Emailed images show a 1,200-pound polar bear playing with husky sled dogs in the sub-arctic wilderness of northern Canada. Page 7.

An Internet Bestiary - Urban Legends
A gallery of viral images depicting animals in a variety of credulity-stretching contexts: giant house pets, wayward predators, albino wildlife, and more. Some are authentic, others not. As you'll see, it's not always easy to tell which is which!

An Internet Bestiary - Urban Legends
A gallery of viral images depicting animals in a variety of credulity-stretching contexts: giant house pets, wayward predators, albino wildlife, and more. Some are authentic, others not. As you'll see, it's not always easy to tell which is which!

An Internet Bestiary - Urban Legends
A gallery of viral images depicting animals in a variety of credulity-stretching contexts: giant house pets, wayward predators, albino wildlife, and more. Some are authentic, others not. As you'll see, it's not always easy to tell which is which!

An Internet Bestiary - Urban Legends
A gallery of viral images depicting animals in a variety of credulity-stretching contexts: giant house pets, wayward predators, albino wildlife, and more. Some are authentic, others not. As you'll see, it's not always easy to tell which is which!

An Internet Bestiary - Urban Legends
A gallery of viral images depicting animals in a variety of credulity-stretching contexts: giant house pets, wayward predators, albino wildlife, and more. Some are authentic, others not. As you'll see, it's not always easy to tell which is which!

Did Obama Complain About Missing Golf on the 4th of July? - Urban Legends
SATIRE NOT FACT: President Obama was supposedly caught on an open mic after his 4th of July address saying, 'I can’t believe I have to miss a good day of golf for this crap!'

HOAX: Man Had Planned to Propose to Boston Marathon Bombing Victim
Caption of viral image showing a man in a red shirt tending a female victim of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings says he had planned to propose to her as she crossed the finish line.

1,800-Lb. Wild Boar Shot in Conroe, Texas? - Urban Legends
Viral images of a giant,

1,800-Lb. Wild Boar Shot in Conroe, Texas? [p. 2]
Viral images of a gigantic, 1,800-pound wild boar...

1,800-Lb. Wild Boar Shot in Conroe, Texas? [p. 3]
Viral images of a gigantic, 1,800-pound wild boar...

1,800-Lb. Wild Boar Shot in Conroe, Texas? [Analysis]
Viral images of a gigantic, '1,800-pound' wild boar, cont.

A Guide to Fake News Websites
Tired of people sharing fake news as if it's true? Point them to this checklist of satire sites on the web. Guaranteed 100% effective!

A Guide to Fake News Websites
Tired of people sharing fake news as if it's true? Point them to this checklist of satire sites on the web. Guaranteed 100% effective!

Photo of Multi-Headed Snake [cont.]
Viral images purport to show a 7-headed snake (or a 5-headed, or 3-headed snake, depending on version) found in Honduras (or India, etc.).

Photo of Multi-Headed Snake [cont.]
Viral images purport to show a 7-headed snake (or a 5-headed, or 3-headed snake, depending on version) found in Honduras (or India, etc.).

Photo of Multi-Headed Snake [cont.]
Viral images purport to show a 7-headed snake (or a 5-headed, or 3-headed snake, depending on version) found in Honduras (or India, etc.).

Photo of Multi-Headed Snake [cont.]
Viral images purport to show a 7-headed snake (or a 5-headed, or 3-headed snake, depending on version) found in Honduras (or India, etc.).

The 7-Headed Snake - Urban Legends
Viral images purport to show a 7-headed snake (or a 5-headed, or 3-headed snake, depending on version) found in Honduras (or India, etc.).

Urban Legends: Giant Squid Found in California
Viral 'news story' claims a 160-foot-long giant squid washed ashore in California and is believed to have come from waters near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan.

Hugh Hefner Dead? No, It's a Hoax!
Fake news story claims Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner is dead.

HOAX: Judd Nelson Found Dead in LA Condo
Bogus news story claims 1980s 'Brat Pack' actor Judd Nelson was found dead in his Los Angeles condo at the age of 55.

Famous Urban Legends
Classics: Here you'll find the most famous urban legends of the past 50 years, including: 'Alligators in the Sewers,' 'The Hook,' 'The Microwaved Pet,' 'The Babysitter and the Man Upstairs,' 'Aren't You Glad You Didn't Turn on the Light?' and more!

A Mind Reading Card Trick
A card trick that involves choosing a card and the magician makes it disappear by reading your mind. It's actually a simple trick of misdirection.

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Did John Cleese Author a Letter to America?
A variant of the

Can You Fool a Breathalyzer Test by Sucking on a Penny?
Will sucking on a copper penny will fool a breathalyzer test? If you are pulled over by police after drinking, don't try it--this claim is false!

Can Twins be Black and White?
Images show a pair of twin sisters - one black, the other white - born to a British couple who both had mixed-race parents. The pics are authentic.

Can You Find Lead in Lipstick WIth a Gold Ring Test?
Viral alert claims lipsticks contain cancer-causing lead, which consumers can test by scratching the surface of a product with a 24K gold ring.

Did Niagara Falls Freeze Over in 1911?
Viral photos purportedly taken in 1911 offer postcard views of Niagara Falls completely frozen over. The falls does indeed freeze, but never solid.

Crocodile Swims Through New Orleans After Katrina?
Photos of a gigantic crocodile purportedly captured in the flooded streets of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Pics are real; caption is not!

The Loretto Chapel's Miraculous Staircase
The story of a mysterious staircase at Loretto Chapel in New Mexico and its miraculous construction without the use of nails, glue or central support.

Mother and Daughter Reveal "Mouse Boobs" at Disneyland?
Viral image purports to show a mother and daughter banned for life from Disneyland because they're wearing t-shirts with Mickey Mouse boobs.

Clothes' by Maya Angelou - Is This Her Poem?
A poem attributed to Maya Angelou, clearly a hoax, criticizes African Americans for buying clothing manufactured by allegedly racist companies.

Do Soda Cans Carry Leptospirosis?
A viral alert claims someone contracted the deadly disease leptospirosis after drinking soda from an unwashed can contaminated with dried rat urine.

Are Human-Dog Hybrids Real?
An unsettling viral image of a creature that appears to be a human-dog hybrid suckling her offspring has circulated since 2005. It's a sculpture!

Who is the Rambo Granny of Melbourne?
Tabloid tale of 81-year-old