Urban Legends Sitemap - Page 2 2016-09-26

Were Giant Skeletons Discovered in the Arabian Desert?
Emails claim recent gas exploration activity in the southeast region of the Arabian desert uncovered skeletal remains of

Fake FBI Email Scam
Beware of email purporting to originate from the FBI or CIA accusing you of visiting illegal websites. The attachment containing a virus.

Coins circulating without "In God We Trust"?
An online rumor claims 'In God We Trust' is intentionally omitted from new one-dollar U.S. coins, perhaps because this happened accidentally in 2007.

Did a Man Preserve His Dead Wife in a Coffee Table?
According to this viral tale, Jeff Green preserved the body of his dead wife Lucy in a glass coffee table which is on display in his living room.

What Are the Real Salaries of Charity CEOs?
Viral text compare salaries of executives of charitable organizations, divulging their huge perks and what percentage of income goes to charity.

Is the Wingdings Font Predicting the Future?
A conspiracy theory looks at the results of typing

Does the Devil's Face Appear in the Smoke on 9/11?
Some people saw the face of Satan in smoke billowing out of the World Trade Center after it was struck by a hijacked airliner on September 11, 2001.

What is the Real Origin of the Word "Picnic"?
Viral message contends that the word

Was a Photo Taken Seconds Before the 9/11 Attacks?
Here's a snapshot purportedly taken atop one of the World Trade Center twin towers seconds before the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.

Deaths From Free Perfume Samples?
Is it true that terrorists were sending poisoned perfume samples through the mail to kill innocent people? It's a hoax circulated via email.

Susy DeLucci and the Miracle of Lobster Life
Did Susy DeLucci really give birth to mud shrimp after being impregnated by a lobster? Scientifically speaking, the story is utter nonsense.

Pepsi Cuts “Under God” from Pledge of Allegiance Cans?
A baseless email campaign protests the alleged omission of the words

Did Neil Armstrong Wish Mr. Gorsky Luck From the Moon?
An apocryphal footnote to the history of Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 lunar landing and moonwalk. Did he announce,

Is Driver's License Information Available Online?
A website purports to offer free access to personal information in state driver's license databases; however, it leads to a picture of a monkey.

Cough-CPR -- Can It Save You During a Heart Attack?
According to this viral rumor circulating since 1999, you can save your own life during a heart attack... by coughing as a form of self-CPR.

The Tall Tale of the Cigar Arsonist
A North Carolina man takes out fire insurance on his pricey stash of rare cigars, smokes them and files claim. Guess who prevailed in court?

Politicians: Barack Obama Urban Legends
Urban legends, Internet hoaxes and rumors about Illinois senator and 2008 presidential candidate Barack Obama

Urban Legends: Politics: U.S. Politicians by Name
Urban legends and Netlore about politicians

Does Obama's Ring Depict a Muslim Saying?
A photo of President Obama's wedding ring shows no visible indications of any writing at all, much less the Arabic phrase

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and Chemical Burns on Kids
Forwarded email describes chemical burns sustained by a 5-year-old child when he scrubbed his own skin with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser sponge.

Can a Work Moose Haul Wood?
Viral image purportedly shows a full-grown

Photo Fakery: Sex and Scandal
Weird, wacky images circulated on the Internet pertaining to sex and scandal.

Does a Scottish Soldier's Kilt Flash Queen Elizabeth?
Viral image shows Queen Elizabeth of England sitting with Scottish soldiers, one of whom appears to be revealing a wee bit too much of his manhood.

Mel Gibson: The Real Life "Man Without a Face?"
This urban legend alleges that Mel Gibson's life story inspired the movie

Beware of Dihydrogen Monoxide!
A viral alert warns of serious health hazards associated with the chemical dihydrogen monoxide, also known as DHMO. However, this is actually water.

Are There Drawbacks to the Certificate of Completion?
Forwarded email claims that Certificates of Completion will prevent students from entering GED programs, attending college and getting a federal loan.

Does Barack Obama Follow Islam?
An online rumor alleges that Barack Obama is a Muslim and lied to the American people when he claimed to be a devout Christian, a false allegation.

Pastor Joe Wright's Prayer Delivery
The text of a politically incorrect prayer delivered by Pastor Joe Wright before the Kansas House of Representatives on January 23, 1996.

Japanese Women Go Crazy for See-Through Skirts?
Does the latest fashion craze in Japan consist of women's skirts that look like they're transparent - or are the images actually Photoshopped?

Does a Twelve Foot Grizzy Exist?
Viral images of an enormous, man-eating grizzly bear supposedly killed by a hunter in Alaska that is over twelve feet tall and 1600 pounds.

Don't Open the Door for a Crying Baby!
Email rumor claims a serial killer may be using recordings of a crying baby to coax unsuspecting women into inviting him into their homes.

Is Walmart Cheating Customers Out of Cash Back?
Viral rumor claims cashiers at Walmart steal money from customers by secretly triggering the cash back option during credit/debit card transactions.

Tupac Is Spotted Alive...Again!
Full text of purported CNN news story reporting the resurrection of Tupac Shakur. This is an Internet hoax perpetrated on April Fools' Day 2005.

The Truth About the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Widely circulated text purports to describe the lifelong duties of the Honor Guard of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.

The Fake News Desk
Your one-stop Fake News source, tracking the latest hoaxes, parodies, satires, faux journalism and outright disinformation circulating under the guise of

Did Starbucks Withhold Coffee Donation to the Marines?
A viral rumor falsely accuses Starbucks of refusing to donate coffee to U.S. Marines because the company stands against the Iraq war and anyone in it.

A Reverse PIN Won't Contact Police
It isn't true that ATM users can contact police by entering their PIN number backwards. However, legislation was introduced to enact this system.

Was a Chinese Restaurant in Atlanta Serving Up Rats?
Viral hoax claims an Asian/Chinese restaurant in Atlanta was closed by authorities for serving rats, mice, kittens, and puppies as food.

Photo Fakery: Supernatural Wonders
Weird, wacky images circulated on the Internet depicting strange supernatural wonders and events.

The Email Virus Hoax From Hallmark
Hoax alert warns of 'the worst virus ever' circulating in the form of an email attachment labeled

Man Mauled by Polar Bear in Canada
Emailed photos graphically document injuries sustained by the survivor of a polar bear attack in the Yukon, mauling his feet, ribs, head and back.

Can Glade Plug-Ins Air Fresheners Cause a Fire?
Email rumor alleges that Glade PlugIns brand air fresheners have been proven to pose a serious fire hazard and should never be used in the home

Does Expired Cake / Pancake Mix Contain Toxic Mold?
Viral texts warn that outdated cake mixes and pancake mixes may contain toxic mold that can result in breathing difficulties and illness or death.

Obama's Press Conference--Where Are the Flags?
Viral image depicting President Obama holding a White House press conference with no U.S. flags on display claims he is the first president to do so.

Not All Heroes Are People (Daisy the Golden Retriever) - Urban Legends
Did a brave guide dog named Daisy lead her blind master, James Crane, and 967 other people out of the burning World Trade Center on 9/11?

9/11 Rumors: The 'Tourist Guy' of 9/11
Not long after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, a viral image made the rounds purporting to show the last snapshot taken atop the World Trade Center towers.

9/11 Rumors; The Grateful Terrorist
Urban legends circulating after 9/11 tell of men identified only as

Urban Legends: September 11 Rumors and Hoaxes
Comprehensive listing of rumors, hoaxes, and urban legends surrounding the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

9/11 Rumors: Warnings of Future Attacks
Rumors and alerts circulating in the wake of the September 11 attacks purporting to contain information about future terrorist attacks.

9/11 Rumors: 'Celebrating Arabs' Stories
Rumors and boycott appeals spurred by rumors of Arabs or Muslims celebrating the 9/11 attacks in places of business around the U.S.

9/11 Prophecies and Predictions
Alleged predictions, omens, and prophecies in advance of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

9/11 Rumors: Commemorations and Salutes
Post-9/11 emails about commemorations and salutes dedicated to 9/11 victims and/or first responders.

Urban Legends: More Topics
Urban Legends and Folklore expanded topic list

90# Telephone Scam - Urban Legends
Viral messages warn phone customers not to comply with instructions from unverified service technicians to 'check the line' by dialing 90#, #09, or #90.

How to Submit a Hoax / Rumor / Urban Legend for Analysis
Help me debunk urban legends, rumors, and Internet hoaxes!

The Funniest College Application Essay Ever Written
Said to be the funniest college application essay ever submitted, this document has been circulating for at least 20 years. And it is funny indeed.

Urban Legends and Folklore: Companies and Products
Urban legends and Netlore related to business, companies and products: The McPus Sandwich; Mountain Dew as Contraceptive; The Neiman Marcus Cookie Recipe; The Snake in the Store; Uses and Abuses of Superglue; Wormburgers.

Urban Legends: Dubious Quotes
Amazing, isn't it, how often we find that famous people never really said some of the clever, funny, shocking, and horrid things attributed to them!

Bill Gates' 11 Rules of Life - Urban Legends
Wrong again, internet: The text of a speech Bill Gates supposedly gave to high school graduates was neither written nor delivered by him.

Altoids and Oral Sex - Urban Legends
It is said that chewing Altoids mints before performing oral sex increases the pleasure of the receiving party. Is there hard evidence to back it up?

Urban Legends and Folklore: Errata
Myths and misconceptions about science, history, language, people and current events: A Duck's Quack Doesn't Echo; NASA's Billion-Dollar Zero-Gravity Pen; Sneakers Dangling from Power Lines Mark Gang Territory; Origin of the 7th-Inning Stretch; Sucking on a Penny Will Fool a Breathalyzer Test.

'Pluck Yew' - Origin of 'The Finger' - Urban Legends
Folk etymology: The history of one the most popular curses in the English language, not to mention a certain profane gesture involving the middle finger.

NASA and the Missing Day in Time - Urban Legends
Is it true that NASA scientists inadvertently confirmed a biblical story about a

809 Area Code Scam - Urban Legends
Viral warnings say consumers risk being billed large fees by returning calls from foreign area codes 809, 284 or 876.

Alligators in the Sewers - An Urban Legend
Did you know there are gigantic albino alligators living in the sewers of New York City? No, really! They were flushed down toilet when they were babies.

Urban Legends: Did Snopes Get 'Snoped'?
From 2008: Is there any truth to the claim that Snopes.com is a

Urban Legends: Did Snopes Get 'Snoped'? (p. 2)
From 2008: Is there any truth to the claim that Snopes.com is a

Urban Legends: Did Snopes Get 'Snoped'? (p. 3)
From 2008: Is there any truth to the claim that Snopes.com is a

5 Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays in a Month? - Urban Legends
Viral message claims a particular month will have 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays, a configuration that supposedly happens once every 823 years.

State Policemen Don't Have Balls - An Urban Legend
A female traffic violator tries to talk her way out of a citation by offering to buy tickets to the policeman's ball. 'I'm a state trooper, ma'am,' the officer replies. 'We don't have balls.' Ahem!

Politicians: Hillary Clinton
Urban legends, Internet hoaxes and rumors about New York senator and 2008 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton

The Clinton Body Count - Urban Legends


Captain Kangaroo and Lee Marvin, War Buddies
In a story allegedly told by Lee Marvin, he served in the military during World War II with fellow U.S. Marine Bob Keeshan (

Can You Unlock a Car Door with a Cell Phone?
An internet rumor circulating since the mid-2000s claims you can unlock a car door remotely by using cell phones to transmit and receive the remote key signal.

'Strawberry Quick' Meth Drug Warning - Urban Legends
Rumors circulate of a candy-flavored form of methamphetamine targeted at young people called strawberry meth, aka Strawberry Quick.

Urban Legend: Do Birds Explode If They Eat Wedding Rice?
People say you shouldn't throw rice at weddings because birds will eat it, the grains will expand in their stomachs, and they will explode. Not true.

A Case of Breast Larvae Infestation - Urban Legends
A viral image circulating online since the early 2000s purports to document a larvae infestation of the human breast.

'Ship High in Transit' - Origin of the S-Word?
Is the internet correct when it says that the English word sh*t came down to us as the acronym of

Do Earwigs Crawl in People's Ears and Eat Their Brains?
Is it true that earwigs have been known to crawl in people's ears and burrow into their brains, or is just an old wives' tale?

Urban Legends and Folklore: Insects
Urban legends and folklore pertaining to insects. Horrible infestations and other creepy-crawly urban legends, folktales and superstitions.

Urban Legends and Folklore: Bugs: Maggots
On the topic of horrible infestations, here are some cautionary tales about the hazards of flossing your brain with houseflies and having carnal relations with the dead.

John J. Pershing vs. Muslim Terrorists - Urban Legends
General Black Jack Pershing supposedly rid the Philippines of Muslim terrorists by burying some of them in pigs' blood and offal.

FACEBOOK SCAM: Free Costco Gift Card
Facebook post offering free $100 or $1,000 Costco gift card is a clickjacking scam. Don't click, just delete.

'Mermaid Is Real' Video Is Fake - Urban Legends
Video and photos purport to show a

Burundanga Drug Warning [p. 2]
Online rumors warn of criminals using business cards impregnated with a drug called burundanga (scopolamine) to incapacitate victims before attacking them. Page 2.

Burundanga Drug Warning - Here Are the Facts
Online rumors warn of criminals using business cards impregnated with a drug called burundanga (scopolamine) to incapacitate victims before attacking them.

Video of UFO 'Hiding Behind Cloud' Is a Hoax
FAKE: Viral video of UFO emerging from behind a cloud, then descending rapidly to earth in a bright, green fireball.

Why Is the Ocean Salty? Whale Sperm! - Urban Legends
Claim: The ocean is salty because whales ejaculate 400 gallons of sperm at one go. It has to be true -- Snooki read it on the Internet!

McDonald's: African American Fee - Urban Legend
HOAX: Viral image shows a sign allegedly posted in a McDonald's restaurant stating that African-American patrons must pay an additional $1.50 transaction fee due to a recent string of robberies.

Survival of the Silliest - A Darwin Award Winner?
Dear Urban Legends: How true (or false) are the stories posted on the internet as

Car Break-ins - Hole Under Door Lock - Urban Legends
Viral alert warns of a

The Roommate's Death - An Urban Legend
What do you do when you discover your roommate has been killed by a murderous madman ... and he's still in the house?

Ed Freeman, Medal of Honor Recipient - Urban Legends
Viral tribute to Vietnam War hero and Medal of Honor recipient Ed Freeman, who died at the age of 80 in Boise, Idaho on Aug. 20, 2008.

Five Nuclear Carriers at Norfolk - Urban Legends
Viral message claims 5 nuclear carriers were docked simultaneously at Norfolk Naval Station, allegedly a breach of military protocol and the first time it's happened since WWII.

Swine Flu Prevention Tips - H1N1 Urban Legends
Forwarded email attributed to various Indian physicians as well as America's 'Dr. Oz' purports to give sound advice on preventing H1N1 swine flu.

Dr. Vinay Goyal / Dr. Oz Swine Flu Prevention Tips [p. 2]
Forwarded email, cont. Urban Legends. Page 2.

Glad You Didn't Turn on the Light? - Urban Legend
After coming home late and getting ready for bed in the dark, a college coed wakes up the next morning to receive the shock of her life...

The Hook Man Urban Legend
The Hook: A teenager drove his date to Lovers' Lane for a make-out session before it was time to take her home. The place was dark and deserted...

Income Tax on Employer Health Insurance - Urban Legends
Viral rumor claims a provision of HR 3590 (the 'Obamacare' bill) will require employees to pay additional income tax based on the value of employer-provided health insurance listed on W-2 forms.

Dr. Roger Starner Jones U.S. Health Care- Urban Legend
Viral op-ed piece by Dr. Roger Starner Jones, an emergency room physician in Jackson, Mississippi, says America's health care problems are due to a 'crisis of culture,' not a shortage of quality medical care.

Cheap Tomatoes - A California Teacher on Illegal Immigration [p. 2]
Viral email attributed to a southern California high school teacher purports to cite facts and figures to show the harm of illegal immigration. Page 2.

Email from a California Teacher on Illegal Immigration
Viral email attributed to a southern California high school teacher purports to cite facts and figures to show the harm of illegal immigration.

Cheap Tomatoes - A California Teacher on Illegal Immigration [p. 3]
Viral email attributed to a southern California high school teacher purports to cite facts and figures to show the harm of illegal immigration. Page 3.

Christmas
Christmas History: Facts, myths, folklore and trivia pertaining to the celebration of Christmas and the origins of seasonal holiday traditions.

Urban Legends: Food and Drink
Urban legends and Netlore about food and drink: The McPus Sandwich; Kentucky Fried Rat; The Neiman Marcus Cookie Recipe; Cockroach Egg Tacos; 'Secret Sauce.'

Christmas Cards for American Soldiers? - Urban Legends
Viral text claims Christmas cards can be sent to wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center by addressing them to

Did Australia's PM Tell Muslims to 'Adapt or Leave'?
Statements falsely attributed to Australia Prime Minister Julia Gillard advise Muslim immigrants to learn English and adapt to Australian culture or leave.

Definition of Gods and Goddess
Definition of god, goddess - In mythology, an immortal, supernatural being who is the subject of traditional sacred stories; in religion, an immortal, supernatural being who is the object of worship and prayer.

Woman Finds Chicken Head in McDonald's - Urban Legends
This week's most frequently asked question: 'Is the McDonald's chicken head story true?' This week's most frequently given answer: Apparently so. Let's see what develops.

FAKE NEWS: Coca-Cola Recalls 'Michael' Name Bottles
Satirical article claims 2 million Share-a-Coke bottles with the name 'Michael' on them were recalled because a disgruntled Coca-Cola employee put dirt in them.

Did Obama Stop Serviceman From Speaking at Faith Event
Viral message claims President Obama initiated a policy ordering that no members of the U.S. military be permitted to speak at faith-based public events.

FAKE: Christian Boy Dies for 3 Minutes, Meets Allah
Viral

California Legalize Human-Animal Marriage -Urban Legend
Satirical

Bill Gates Didn't Offer Millions to Stop Making Music
Satirical article claims Microsoft founder Bill Gates offered hip hop recording artist Young Thug $9 million to stop making music. Not even remotely true.

HOAX: Obama Declares December National Muslim Month
A fake Fox News website claims President Obama declared December

SCAM: "You Won't Believe What This Pregnant Girl Does!"
DON'T CLICK on blurbs touting a 'shocking video' of a pregnant girl. It's a scam that could expose you to a malware attack.

Julius Caesar 'Drums of War' Quote - Urban Legends
Caesar didn't say it, Shakespeare didn't write it, but everyone's quoting it:

Urban Legend: Rapists Use Crying Child to Lure Victims
(Updated) Viral rumors claim gang members are deploying crying children to lure female victims to secluded places to be attacked and raped.

Who Wrote the Story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Why
Viral story says Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was created by a Montgomery Ward copywriter to console his 4-year-old daughter after her mother died of cancer. Page 2.

Who Wrote the Story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer?
A viral text claims Rudolph was created by Montgomery Ward copywriter Bob May to console his 4-year-old daughter after her mother died of cancer.

Did Tyson Foods Drop Labor Day? - Urban Legends
Viral text claims a Tyson Foods processing plant in Tennessee dropped the traditional Labor Day holiday in favor of a paid day off on the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr.

Giant Snake Spotted in Delray, FL - Urban Legends
Viral image purports to show a gigantic snake spotted beside a roadway in Delray, Florida (or the Morganza Spillway near Baton Rouge, La., or Branxton, NSW, Australia, etc.).

'Strawberry Quick' Meth Alert Spreads via Social Media
The

Pus-Filled Tumor in a McChicken Sandwich - Urban Legend
In which what appears to be an unwanted glob of mayo on a McChicken Sandwich turns out to be something far, far worse...

The World's First Male Pregnancy - Real or Fake?
The world's first pregnant man? The idea is funny, yes, and even sounds convincing to some. But is it an urban legend, or art, or what?

'Black Muslim in the White House' Virus - Urban Legends
Hoax message warns of the

Press 'Clear' Button at the Gas Pump? - Urban Legends
Viral alert warns customers to press the clear button after paying at the gas pump so subsequent users can't

McDonald's Job Application - Urban Legends
Try not to laugh out loud at this

Who Killed Princess Diana? - Urban Legends
Almost two decades after Princess Diana was killed in a car crash, conspiracy theories are still circulating about the circumstances of her death.

Who Killed Princess Diana? (cont.)
Almost two decades after Princess Diana was killed in a car crash, conspiracy theories are still circulating about the circumstances of her death. Page 2.

Is Listerine a Mosquito Repellent? - Urban Legends
The internet tells us that simply spraying an outside area with Listerine mouthwash repels or kills every mosquito in the vicinity. True or false?

'Pig Fish' Tastes Like Bacon! - Urban Legends


The True Origin of the F-Word - Urban Legends
Is it true that the word

Shoefiti - Sneakers on Power Lines - Urban Legends
The

Urban Legends and Folklore: Factoids
Factoid: An erroneous or falsified claim believed to be true due to widespread dissemination and/or appearance in print.

The Legend of Bloody Mary (p. 2)
Legend has it that if you stand before a mirror in a darkened room and chant the name

Bloody Mary - The Urban Legend
Legend has it that if you stand before a mirror in a darkened room and chant the name

The Legend of Bloody Mary (p. 3)
Legend has it that if you stand before a mirror in a darkened room and chant the name

Viral Alerts Warn of 'Drano Bomb' Danger
Viral alerts warn the public to beware of

Grand(ma) Larceny - An Urban Legend
Thieves make off with a rolled-up rug or blanket they find strapped to the top of a car. Unbeknownst to them, it contains the dead body of an old woman. Variants of the classic urban legend, 'The Stolen Granny'...

Does Mountain Dew Lower Sperm Count? - Urban Legends
Is it true that the popular American soft drink Mountain Dew can lower a male's sperm count and be used as a contraceptive to prevent pregnancy?

Does Mountain Dew Lower Sperm Counts? [p. 2]
Mountain Dew rumors, cont. Urban Legends. Page 2.

Obama Kicks Door Open (Video) - Urban Legends
Viral video purports to show President Obama kicking open a door as he storms out of a White House press conference.

The Russian Sleep Experiment - Urban Legends
Did Russian researchers conduct an experiment in which five prison inmates were deprived of sleep for 15 days, driving them to insanity and cannibalism?

A Tail of Two Toothbrushes - An Urban Legend
A suburban couple were vacationing in Jamaica when their hotel room was broken into and everything stolen except their camera and toothbrushes.

The Anonymous Wedding Gift - Urban Legends
A newlywed couple receives a pair of theater tickets as an anonymous wedding gift. They learn the hard way that the gift giver had ulterior motives.

Diner Contracts Syphilis at Olive Garden - Urban Legend
Viral text claims a female diner contracted syphilis after eating a meal contaminated with

Urban Legends and Folklore: Military
Urban legends and folklore pertaining to war, the military services, and military history.

Lighthouse vs. Aircraft Carrier - Urban Legends
The captain of a U.S. aircraft carrier orders a smaller vessel in its path to divert its course or suffer the consequences. Here's what happened.

Stalin Quote: 'It Isn't the People Who Vote that Count'
Did Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin say. 'It's not the people who vote that count, it's the people who count the votes'?

Sugar Water in the Gas Tank - Urban Legends
Internet urban legend warns of a criminal ploy to disable women's vehicles by pouring sugar water in their gas tanks

Sugar Water in the Gas Tank (cont.)
Internet urban legend warns of a criminal ploy to disable women's vehicles by pouring sugar water in their gas tanks. Page 2.

What Happened to Obama's Law License? - Urban Legends
Viral text falsely alleges that Barack and Michelle Obama surrendered their Illinois law licenses to avoid criminal prosecution.

Joshua Bell Plays in a Subway Station - Urban Legends
This is what happened when famed classical violinist Joshua Bell played for tips on a subway platform one morning in Washington, D.C.

Are You Sure 'Mr. Gorsky' Was a Hoax? - Urban Legends
A reader writes to say he heard Neil Armstrong say the words

Halal Meat in U.S. Supermarkets? - Urban Legends
Viral message claims that halal meat products sold in Costco and other U.S. supermarkets are processed in plants

Cockroach Eggs in Tongue? - Urban Legends
Urban Legend: A woman finds cockroach larvae inside her tongue after licking an envelope infested with cockroach eggs.

Cockroach Eggs on Envelopes? (cont.)
Urban Legend: A woman finds cockroach larvae inside her tongue after licking an envelope infested with cockroach eggs. Page 2.

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Was This Mountain Lion Killed in WV? - Urban Legends
A viral image of an unusually large mountain lion supposedly killed in West Virginia is circulating under false pretenses.

What Does '420' Mean, and Why? - Urban Legends
'420' has come to be a universal symbol for the use and appreciation of marijuana. 4/20 is even known as 'Weed Day.' Here's why.

Myth Busted: Onions on Feet to Take Away Illness
Viral message claims placing raw onions on feet overnight will take away illness or prevent flu. Be skeptical!

The Vanishing Hitchhiker - An Urban Legend
The honeymooners came upon a young woman hitchhiking on a deserted road in the middle of the night. They offered her a ride, embarking on a detour they'd never forget.

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Urban Legends.

Is This the Worlds Tallest Woman? - Urban Legends
Viral images supposedly depict the world's tallest woman, who was supposedly born in Holland and supposedly stands 7-feet-4-inches tall. Real or fake?

Photo Fakery: Funny
Weird, wacky, humorous images and visual jokes circulated on the Internet.

Is This How to Detect a Two-Way Mirror? (cont.)
Viral message touts the use of a

Is This How to Detect a Two-Way Mirror? - Urban Legends
Viral message touts the use of a

Top 25 Urban Legends (Trending Topics)
Here's our updated list of trending urban legends, Internet rumors and hoaxes.

Is This President Obama Praying at a Mosque? (Photo)
Viral image purports to show President Obama kneeling during a

Tips on Pumping Gas - Urban Legends
Viral text purports to share a petroleum industry insider's tips for saving money at the gas pump. Do experts agree?

Do They Eat Babies in China? - Urban Legends
According to the Internet, the Chinese eat human babies and fetuses as a delicacy, or for medicinal purposes. Is there any evidence to back this up?

Do They Eat Babies in China? (p. 2)
According to the Internet, the Chinese eat human babies and fetuses as a delicacy, or for medicinal purposes. Is there any evidence to back this up? Page 2.

Who Invented the Seventh-Inning Stretch?
The seventh-inning stretch: Does anyone really know when, where and how this baseball tradition got started?

Donald Trump and the Good Samaritan - An Urban Legend
Have you heard the viral story about Donald Trump (or some other celebrity) richly rewarding a good Samaritan for helping him fix a flat tire?

Do Bar Codes Reveal Where a Product Was Made?
Viral messages claim potentially hazardous products made in China can be identified by looking at the first three digits of the bar code on packaging.

About That Proposed 28th Amendment - Urban Legends
Proposed 28th Amendment forbids Congress to make laws applying to citizens that don't apply equally to Senators and Representatives.

The Atheists' Holiday - Urban Legends
An atheist and his ACLU lawyer go before a judge to complain that there's no public holiday for atheists.

April Fools Day Origin and History - Urban Legends
A brief overview of the origin and history of April Fools Day, including some memorable pranks from years past.

Did Ben Franklin Say 'Beer Is Proof That God Loves Us'?
Attributed to Benjamin Franklin:

Ashley Flores Missing Person Hoax - Urban Legends
The truth about those Internet alerts begging for help finding a missing girl named Ashley Flores.

Tupac Comes Out of Hiding? No, It's a Hoax!
Satire website claims slain rapper Tupac Shakur is alive and has finally come out of hiding after nearly 18 years.

How to Cook an Egg with a Cell Phone - Urban Legends
Is a Russian demonstration of cooking a hard-boiled egg between two cell phones real or fake?

Full Pink Moon on April 15, 2014? - Urban Legends
TRUE: A 'Full Pink Moon' will indeed occur on April 15, 2014, but that doesn't mean the moon will literally turn pink. Here's the scoop.

Is There a 'Full Pink Moon' in April? - Urban Legends
TRUE: A

Full Pink Moon on April 15, 2014? - Urban Legends
TRUE: A 'Full Pink Moon' will indeed occur on April 15, 2014, but that doesn't mean the moon will literally turn pink. Here's the scoop.

Target Stores vs. Vietnam Veterans - Urban Legends
Is it true that the Target Corporation insulted former military personnel by refusing to make a donation to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall?

Sentencing of 'Shoe Bomber' Richard Reid - Urban Legends
Circulating via email and social media, the text of U.S. District Court Judge William Young's statement upon sentencing convicted terrorist 'shoe bomber' Richard Reid.

9-11 Commemorative Stamp - Urban Legends
Emailed image purportedly contains the artwork for a new 9/11 commemorative stamp issued by the U.S. Postal Service.

Gerbilling Mishap Injures Two (Variants) - Urban Legends
Another insult to the reputation of gerbils everywhere...

Congressional Pensions vs. Social Security - Urban Legends
Is it true that members of Congress don't pay into Social Security, receiving lavish pensions at taxpayer expense instead?

Flight 77 Crash at the Pentagon - Eyewitness Accounts
Quotes from people who saw and/or heard the crash of American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001

Backseat Killers and Ankle-Slashing Gangs - Urban Legends
Scary viral warnings about escaped murderers hiding in the back seats of cars at gas stations and ankle slashing gang members lying in wait for unsuspecting shoppers returning to their vehicles.

NASA Experiments with Sex in Space - Urban Legends
Fictitious document attributed to NASA and circulated on the Internet details purported experiments in which astronauts performed sex acts in outer space

Mel Gibson: A Real Life 'Man Without a Face'? [p. 2]
'The rest of the story...'

Are All of Santa's Reindeer Female? - Urban Legends
Male reindeer typically shed their antlers by November, leading some to conclude that Santa's reindeer must all be female. Can they be right?

Gerbilling Mishap Injures Two - Urban Legends
Submitted for your perusal, the Internet's cautionary tale about the dangers of

Drugs Smuggled in a Dead Baby - Urban Legends
Urban legend dating from the '70s says ruthless drug smugglers have used the bodies of murdered babies to transport their goods across borders.

AZ Sonoran Desert 'Illegal Super Highway' (Photos) - Urban Legends
Emailed photos show mounds of trash and debris left behind in a 'rest area' used by illegal immigrants crossing the border between Mexico and Arizona.

AZ Sonoran Desert 'Illegal Super Highway' [p. 6]
Emailed photos show mounds of trash and debris left behind in a 'rest area' used by illegal immigrants crossing the border between Mexico and Arizona.

AZ Sonoran Desert 'Illegal Super Highway' [Analysis]
Emailed photos show mounds of trash and debris left behind in a 'rest area' used by illegal immigrants crossing the border between Mexico and Arizona.

Anti-Obama Clothing Label - Urban Legends
Translated into English, the French portion of an American clothing label reads: 'We are sorry that our president is an idiot. We did not vote for him.'

New Air Force One Tail Number (Photo) - Urban Legends
In an emailed photo of Air Force One (the military plane used by President Barack Obama), the tail number appears to have been changed to a racist epithet: 'NI66ER.'

Did Scientists Discover a Winged Spider? - Urban Legends
Fake newspaper clipping supposedly confirms the discovery of a winged spider dubbed

The Deadly Snow Snake - Is It Real? - Urban Legends
Presenting a viral image of the deadly

Did the Salvation Army Say Gays Need to Be Put to Death? - Urban Legends
Viral articles allege that a Salvation Army official said that gays should be 'put to death.' The Salvation Army says his comments were misunderstood.

Giant Skeletons Found? Are Nephilim Bones Real?
Hoax images purport to show skeletons of human giants (biblical Nephilim or Canaanites) allegedly found in Greece.

Giant Skeletons Found? - Analysis
Hoax images, cont. Urban Legends.

Thailand Snake Girl Photo - Viral Hoaxes and Urban Legends
FAKE: Viral image purports to show an 8-year-old

Was a Giant Snake Found in the Red Sea? - Urban Legends
Viral images purport to show an unbelievably large snake found and killed in the Red Sea by the Egyptian military.

Urban Legends: Giant Florida Rattlesnake
Viral images purport to show a 15-foot-long, 170-pound eastern diamondback rattlesnake caught in a subdivision near Jacksonville, Florida.

Giant Texas Rattlesnake #2 (Photo) - Urban Legends
Viral image purports to show a large rattlesnake killed outside the town of Coleman, Texas.

Top 10 Urban Legends of 2012
Here, in ascending order of popularity as gauged by site traffic and reader interest, are the Top 10 Urban Legends, Rumors, and Internet Hoaxes of 2012.

HOAX: Joel Osteen Resigns, Leaves Christian Faith - Urban Legends
Viral 'news article' claims Joel Osteen has renounced the Christian faith and resigned as Pastor of Lakewood Church.

Joys of Muslim Women by Nonie Darwish - Urban Legends
Forwarded article attributed to Egyptian-born Christian convert Nonie Darwish warns that radical Islamists aim to destroy western civilization by imposing Sharia law on the entire world.

Types of Folklore
A brief overview of some of the many types of folklore, including examples from each of the main forms of expression: oral, material, and behavioral (or customary).

ACLU Sues to Prohibit Military Prayer? - Urban Legends
Viral message claims the ACLU is suing to remove all crosses from military gravesites and prohibit all military personnel from praying.

New York City Tornado (Hoax Photo) - Urban Legends
Viral image purports to show a tornado forming over New York City near the Statue of Liberty on September 16, 2010.

Double Sunrise / Double Sunset on Mars? - Urban Legends
Purported NASA image circulating via social media shows a 'double sunset' (or 'double sunrise, depending on version) as seen from the surface of Mars.

The Boy Who Peed Beetles - Urban Legends
Newspaper accounts of the ordeal of Chandan Goswami, a 13-year-old Indian boy who astounded physicians by actually urinating live beetles.

Hand Sanitizer Hazardous to Children - Urban Legends
Forwarded email cites danger of children licking or eating hand sanitizer, which contains a high percentage of alcohol and can cause accidental intoxication or alcohol poisoning.

A Needle Can Save the Life of a Stroke Victim [p. 2]
Misinformative email flier recommends pricking a stroke victim's fingers and ear lobes with a pin or needle. Page 2.

Snail Eats Man's Brain - Urban Legends
Dear Urban Legends: Have people gotten sick due to snails eating their brains?

Trending Bullsh!t - Viral Hoaxes, Rumors, Urban Legends
Did Ringo Starr claim Paul McCartney died in 1966? Are HIV-tainted Oranges being imported from Libya? The truth is out there. We track the latest viral misinformation... so you don't have to!

Urban Legends: The Basics
Here we'll explore the fundamentals of folklore and urban legends -- what they are, where they come from, and what roles they play in human cultures, now and down through history.

Mermaid Body Found on Beach (Analysis)
Viral images allegedly show the carcass of a dead mermaid found washed up on a beach near Chennai, India after a tsunami.

Mermaid Pictures - Dead Mermaid Found in the Philippines - Urban Legends
Emailed pictures purportedly show the carcass of a dead mermaid caught by a fisherman in the Philippines.

Mermaid Pictures - Dead Mermaid Found in the Philippines [Analysis]
Emailed pictures purportedly show the carcass of a dead mermaid caught by a fisherman in the Philippines.

Mermaid Body Found on Beach - Urban Legends
Viral images allegedly show the carcass of a mermaid found washed up on a beach near Chennai, India after a tsunami.

Top 10 Net Hoaxes / Urban Legends of 2006 [p. 2]
Our annual look back at the top-circulating Net hoaxes, rumors, and urban legends of the year, cont. Page 2.

'Facebook Is Overpopulated' Hoax - Urban Legends
Chain message circulating on Facebook claims the service is overpopulated and 'unacceptably slow,' so members must prove they're still active by reposting or forwarding the message to others.

HOAX: Simon Ashton Hacker Warning - Urban Legends
'Hacker warning' circulating via forwarded email tells recipients not to accept messages or friend invitations from a supposed email hacker named Simon Ashton.

'Of Course I'll Win, I'm the White Guy' - Urban Legends
Online postings claim presidential candidate Mitt Romney said, 'Of course I'll win, I'm the white guy.'

Ann Romney on Equal Pay for Women? - Urban Legends
A viral quote attributed to Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, says equal pay for equal work is 'detrimental to the future of women.'

Was Nancy Pelosi Miss Lube Rack of 1955? - Urban Legends
Viral image purports to show a young Nancy Pelosi (Nancy D'Alesandro) posing in a bathing suit as

The Escherian Stairwell - Real or Fake? - Urban Legends
Viral video purports to show an endless

Obamacare Requires Microchip Implants? No.
Viral warnings claim a provision in Obamacare requires all Americans to receive RFID chip (microchip) implants for government tracking.

Crooked House (Photos) - Urban Legends
Viral photos of a 'crazy architectural structure' that actually exists in Sopot, Poland. It's called 'The Crooked House.'

Top 10 Net Hoaxes / Urban Legends of 2006
Our annual look back at the top-circulating Net hoaxes, rumors, and urban legends of the year

Excerpt from 'H.R. 3200: America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009'
The following language appeared in early drafts of legislation ultimately passed under the title 'Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.'

Email Memorializes Darrell 'Shifty' Powers (Netlore)
Email tribute to Darrell 'Shifty' Powers, World War II hero and member of the 'Band of Brothers' made famous by the Stephen Ambrose book and HBO miniseries of the same title. He died on June 17, 2009.

Can Heat From a BBQ Melt Contact Lenses? - Urban Legends
Claim: The heat from a backyard barbecue can melt plastic contact lenses and fuse them to the eye, causing severe injury and blindness.

The Lavender Wraith
The absolute worst, most horrifying vacation travel stories we've ever heard!

The Organ Thieves
The absolute worst, most horrifying vacation travel stories we've ever heard!

The Tainted Toothbrushes
The absolute worst, most horrifying vacation travel stories we've ever heard!

The Stolen Granny
The absolute worst, most horrifying vacation travel stories we've ever heard!

The Mexican Pet
The absolute worst, most horrifying vacation travel stories we've ever heard!

Top 7 Horror Stories - You'll Never Leave Home Again!
The absolute worst, most horrifying travel stories we've ever heard!

A Beatles Night Before Christmas (A Viral Parody)
Direct from the Internet, another viral parody of 'A Visit from St. Nicholas'

The Night Before Festivus (A Viral Parody)
Another viral parody of 'A Visit from St. Nicholas,' direct from the Internet...

Urban Legends: Current Hoaxes & Legends
A comprehensive listing of urban legends, rumors, and Internet hoaxes: information on all the latest misinformation on the Net!

Notice of Revocation of Independence - Urban Legends
Popular Net satire poking fun at the 2000 U.S. presidential election grew in the online telling...

13 Campfire Tales to Tell After Dark
The Licked Hand - An urban legend. Page 2.

Campfire Tales: The Killer in the Backseat
Who's That Hiding in the Backseat? - An urban legend. Page 3.

Campfire Tales
Some Things Are Better Left Unseen - An urban legend

Campfire Tales
She Was Buried Alive - An urban legend

Campfire Tales
Attack of the Hook-Man - An urban legend

Campfire Tales
The Statue in the Corner - An urban legend

Campfire Tales
The Missing Boyfriend - An urban legend

Campfire Tales
The Choking Doberman - An urban legend

Campfire Tales
The Dead Body - An Urban Legend. Urban Legends.

'I Am Teddy' Chain Letter - Urban Legends
Creepypasta: Online chain letter warns recipients to repost or they'll be killed in their sleep by a dead child named Teddy.

Photo of a Victorian 'Grave Cage' - Urban Legends
Were iron cages placed over graves in Victorian times to prevent vampires and zombies from returning from the dead?

They Hurt Her (David Gregory's Death) - Urban Legends
Chain letter claims 16-year-old David Gregory was found dead in a sewer after failing to repost it. Did Carmen Winstead kill him?

The Definition of a Folktale
Definition of folktale - A traditional narrative, usually anonymous, handed down orally - e.g., fables, fairy tales, legends, etc.

Top 10 Funniest Internet Urban Legends
Our handpicked selection of the funniest urban legends online.

'Back to the Future' Hoax - June 27, 2012 - Urban Legends
Recurring online prank: Purported screen capture from 'Back to the Future II' contains a bogus future date to which the main characters supposedly traveled through time.

Email: Al Gore's Energy Usage Exceeds U.S. Average - Urban Legends
Forwarded email claims global warming crusader Al Gore's personal energy consumption far exceeds that of the average American household.

13 Campfire Tales - Creepy Stories to Tell After Dark!
Thirteen of the creepiest stories ever told. Read them if you dare.

Campfire Tales
The Good Samaritan Killer - An urban legend

The Babysitter and the Man Upstairs
Don't Answer the Phone - An urban legend. Page 14.

myth - definition of myth
Definition of myth - A traditional sacred story, typically revolving around the activities of gods and heroes, which purports to explain a natural phenomenon or cultural practice.

Boiled Brains - An Urban Legend
Inserting one's head into a microwave oven to dry one's hair is not a recommended use of this appliance.

Campfire Tales
Spiders in the Hairdo - An urban legend

Campfire Tales
The Bride in the Trunk - An urban legend

Rick Santorum: 'I Will Ban Gay Pornography' - Urban Legends
Public quote attributed to Republican presidential primary candidate Rick Santorum says he will ban gay pornography, the only issue he sees 'eye to eye on with the Taliban.'

Boycott: Don't Pump Gas on April 15 - Urban Legends
Gas Boycott: Recycled chain letter now circulating via social media urges users not to pump gas on April 15th, 2013 to 'put a dent in the Middle Eastern oil industry.'

Medical Excise Tax in Obamacare? - Urban Legends
Viral image of a customer receipt from Cabela's sporting goods store is misleadingly offered as proof of a 'hidden' 2.3% medical excise tax under Obamacare.

NAACP Covers Washington Statue at MLK Day Event
Circulating via email: Snapshot taken at the NAACP's 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. Day event in Columbia, SC shows a wooden box covering a statue of George Washington in front of the state house.

Boycott: Don't Pump Gas on April 15 - Urban Legends
Gas Boycott: Recycled chain letter now circulating via social media urges users not to pump gas on April 15th, 2013 to 'put a dent in the Middle Eastern oil industry.'

Al Gore's Energy Usage Exceeds U.S. Average [p. 2]
Forwarded email, cont. Urban Legends. Page 2.

Roller Coaster Accident Video - Facebook Hoax
Don't click on blurbs touting a 'shocking' video of a roller coaster accident in a park. It's a scam.

FACEBOOK SCAM: 'Miley Cyrus Found Dead' Video
Is Miley Cyrus dead? No, Facebook videos claiming she died from a suicide attempt or drug overdose are false. Worse yet, they are scams.

Video Scam: 'Teen Died Immediately After...'
Viral scam purports to link to a video of a teen girl who died after being raped by friends.

'Facebook Privacy Settings' Hoax - Urban Legends
'I want to stay privately connected...' Viral message purports to explain how Facebook members can protect the privacy of their comments and likes.

FACEBOOK SCAM: 'Woman Falls Into Polar Bear Pit' Video
AVOID CLICKING on Facebook posts promoting a video of a woman falling into a polar bear pit at a zoo. It's a scam.

SpongeBob Canceled in 2014? Nope! - Urban Legends
FALSE: Online rumor claims SpongeBob SquarePants will be canceled by Nickelodeon on Jan. 28, 2014.

Urban Legends: Worst Roller Coaster Accident in Sydney
SCAM: Viral Facebook message purports to link to a video of a devastating rollercoaster crash in Australia. Don't click!

FACEBOOK HOAX: 'This Baby Has Cancer' - Urban Legends
Viral posting claims Facebook will donate $1 to defray the medical costs of a baby with cancer every time it's shared.

SCAM: 'Giant Anaconda Swallows Up a Zookeeper' Video
(Updated 5/12/14) DON'T CLICK on video posts about a giant anaconda swallowing a zookeeper in South Africa.

SCAM: Giant Snake Swallows Up a Zookeeper
Beware! Facebook blurb purporting to link to a video of a giant snake swallowing a zookeeper is a clickjacking scam.

FACEBOOK SCAM: 'Scariest Snake Ever!' Video
DO NOT CLICK on posts touting a 'shocking video' of the largest, scariest snake ever discovered. It's a scam.

SCAM: 'Malaysian Airlines Finally Found' Video
(Updated 5/2/14) DON'T CLICK on video posts claiming lost Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has been found. It's a scam!

SCAM: 'Missing Airlines MH370 of Malaysia Found 850KM Away!' Video
Fake 'CNN video' posts claim lost Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has been found. Don't click!

Facebook Scam: She Ended Up in Emergency...(Video)
Avoid on blurbs touting

SCAM: 'Mermaid Found Inside a Shark' Video
Viral blurbs purport to link to a video showing a dead mermaid found inside a shark. Don't click!

IT'S A SCAM: Sylvester Stallone Died in Horrible Car Accident
Don't click on posts promoting a video about Sylvester Stallone dying in a car accident. It's a scam and may expose your computer or network to malicious software.

HOAX: Zuckerberg on Facebook Video Ads - Urban Legends
Viral photo attributed to Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook is considering video ads and offers members the opportunity to vote against them by sharing said photo.

FACEBOOK SCAM: 'Hungry Bear Tear Women Into Pieces'
DO NOT CLICK on posts touting a video of a hungry bear 'tearing women into pieces.' It's a scam.

Excerpts from a DC Airline Ticket Agent
Circulating via email, a collection of idiotic comments attributed to well-known U.S. politicians, their spouses, and their aides. Page 2.

Missing Child: Kelsie Lee - Urban Legends
OUTDATED: 12-year-old Kelsie Lee of Peachtree Corners, Georgia was missing for a short time but is now home safe and sound.

FACEBOOK SCAM: 'Girl Killed Herself Live on Cam' Video
DO NOT CLICK on Facebook posts touting videos of a girl who killed herself live on cam. It's a scam.

Facebook Scam: Huge Plane Crashes Into Bridge (Video)
Beware! Facebook blurb purporting to link to a video of a huge plane crashing into a bridge is a clickjacking scam.

FACEBOOK SCAM: 'Ghost Caught on Tape!' Video
DON

SCAM: 'Hijacker Video of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370' - Urban Legends
FAKE POSTINGS promote a video supposedly showing the hijacking of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

SCAM ALERT: Giant Python Caught in the Red Sea
Scam posts purport to link to a video showing the 'world's biggest snake,' a python, found in Iran. No such snake exists. If the video exists, it's a hoax. Users should beware of prompts to download potentially dangerous software.

Maggots in Oreo Cookies - Urban Legends
Viral images purport to show an infestation of maggots or insect eggs in the cream filling of Chinese-made Oreo cookies.

Maggots in Oreo Cookies [Analysis]
Viral images, cont. Urban Legends.

Rumor: AIDS / HIV Positive Blood in Pepsi Cola
Pepsi contaminated with AIDS? Online rumor claims a worker tainted Pepsi products with HIV-positive blood.

The Man-Eating Catfish of Furong Reservoir [p. 4]
Viral images, cont. Urban Legends.

The Man-Eating Catfish of Furong Reservoir [p. 5]
Viral images, cont. Urban Legends.

The Man-Eating Catfish of Furong Reservoir [p. 6]
Page 7: Viral images purport to show a giant, man-eating catfish caught in the Furong Reservoir in Huadu, China.

The Man-Eating Catfish of Furong Reservoir [Analysis]
Viral images purport to show a giant, man-eating catfish caught in the Furong Reservoir of Huadu, China.

Humpback Whale and Kayaker (Photo) - Urban Legends
Viral image purports to show a man kayaking between the open jaws of a humpback whale breaching the waters of Sitka Sound, Alaska.

Humpback Whale and Kayaker [p. 2]
Viral image purports to show a man kayaking between the open jaws of a humpback whale breaching the waters of Sitka Sound, Alaska.

The Man-Eating Catfish of Furong Reservoir - Urban Legends
Viral images purport to show a giant, man-eating catfish caught in the Furong Reservoir of Huadu, China.

The Man-Eating Catfish of Furong Reservoir [p. 3]
Page 4: Viral images, cont. Urban Legends.

Freaky Fish [p. 3]
Emailed photos show the carcass of a very strange fish with monstrous teeth allegedly washed up on a beach in Tampa Bay, Florida.

Freaky Fish [p. 4]
Emailed photos show the carcass of a very strange fish with monstrous teeth allegedly washed up on a beach in Tampa Bay, Florida.

Freaky Fish [p. 5]
Emailed photos show the carcass of a very strange fish with monstrous teeth allegedly washed up on a beach in Tampa Bay, Florida.

Freaky Fish [p. 6]
Emailed photos show the carcass of a very strange fish with monstrous teeth allegedly washed up on a beach in Tampa Bay, Florida.

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

The Man-Eating Catfish of Furong Reservoir [p. 2]
Viral images, cont. Urban Legends.

Capri Sun Mold Warning - Urban Legends
Viral images show globs of mold found in pouches of Capri Sun fruit drink. Similar incidents have been reported previously.

I Like My Pizza Without the 'P' - Urban Legends
A tasty banquet of correspondence from the urban legends mailroom. Topic: food contamination. Yum!

Pink Slime - Definition and Urban Legend
Viral image appears to document the production of mechanically separated chicken ('pink slime'), an ingredient supposedly used to make Chicken McNuggets.

Freaky Fish Found on a Tampa Bay Beach (Photos) - Urban Legends
Emailed photos show the carcass of a very strange fish with monstrous teeth allegedly washed up on a beach in Tampa Bay, Florida.

Freaky Fish [p. 2]
Emailed photos show the carcass of a very strange fish with monstrous teeth allegedly washed up on a beach in Tampa Bay, Florida.

Hoax: Facebook Donates to Infant Burn Victim If You Share
Will Facebook donate $3 for every like or share to help defray the medical expenses of an infant burn victim? No, this is one of many baby charity scams.

Did Facebook Ban This Nativity Picture? - Urban Legends
Viral posts claim Facebook is requiring members to remove an illustration of the nativity scene because it's

IT'S A PRANK: Facebook Closed Feb. 29, 30, 31
Recurring Internet hoax claims Facebook will be closed for maintenance on Feb. 29, 30, and 31.

Facebook Jail - Urban Legends
Viral postings advise Facebook users against clicking the 'Not Now' button when they receive friend requests so as not to send the requesting member to 'Facebook Jail.'

Facebook 'Graphic App' and Privacy - Urban Legends
Misinformative postings claim Facebook's new 'Graphic App' (Graph Search) compromises members' privacy by making all their photos, comments and likes visible to total strangers.

Facebook 'Privacy Notice' Is Useless - Urban Legends
DON'T FALL FOR IT! Viral post purports to protect the privacy and intellectual property rights of Facebook members who copy and paste it to their walls. Not true.

SCAM: 'Dead Mermaid Discovered in Florida' Video
DON

FACEBOOK SCAM: 'Baby Mermaid Birth Confirmed' Video
DON

Blue Japanese 'Moon Melon' Isn't Real - Urban Legends
Viral image purports to show a

Navy SEALs (Photo) - Urban Legends
Viral image purports to show a battle-ready team of Navy SEALs, fully armed and wearing skull masks.

'Venice Frozen' Photo Is a Hoax - Urban Legends
Viral image purports to show the Grand Canal of Venice frozen solid.

Don't Be Fooled by This Fake Image of Flight MH17
HOAX: Viral image purports to show wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.

'Sexy Ebola Nurse' Costume Is Fake - Urban Legends
Viral image purports to show a 'Sexy Ebola Nurse' costume for sale online.

Sharks in Kuwait Mall / Scientific Center - Urban Legends
Viral photo purports to show sharks swimming near an escalator during flooding caused by the collapse of a shark tank in the Kuwait Scientific Center.

Mars Close to Earth on Aug. 27? - Urban Legends
Recycled hoax claims Aug. 27 will bring the closest encounter between Mars and Earth in recorded history.

Mars in August (Analysis)
This recycled hoax claims Aug. 27 will bring the closest encounter between Mars and Earth in recorded history.

5 Sundays, 5 Mondays, 5 Tuesdays in August 2010 - Urban Legends
Forwarded email observes that the month of August 2010 had five Sundays, five Mondays, and five Tuesdays, claiming that this only happens once every 823 years.

NASA Predicts Total Blackout in Dec. 2012? - Urban Legends
False rumor claims NASA predicts 3 days of darkness -- a 'total blackout' between Dec. 23 and 25, 2012 -- due to an 'alignment of the universe' during which the earth will shift from the third dimension to 'zero dimension.'

Michael Richards' Self Defense - Urban Legends
Circulating via email, a racist rant purportedly delivered by actor/comedian Michael Richards as his 'defense speech in court' after shouting racial epithets during a 2006 incident at an L.A. comedy club.

Sportscasters' Olympic Bloopers - Urban Legends
A list of purported 'Olympic Bloopers' or 'Sports Bloopers' - verbal gaffes supposedly committed by TV sportscasters during the most recent Olympic Games.

SCAM: '800-Pound Snake Pulled Out of Lake' Video
DON'T CLICK on scam posts promoting a video about an incredibly large snake supposedly found in Chicago. It doesn't exist, and you'll regret it.

R. Lee Ermey Death Notice - Urban Legends
Forwarded email purports to announce the death of retired USMC Staff Sgt. and 'Full Metal Jacket' actor R. Lee Ermey.

Did Justin Bieber Change His Race to African American?
Satirical article claims Justin Bieber legally changed his race to 'African American.'

Frances Bavier (Aunt Bee) as Pinup Girl - Urban Legends
Viral image purportedly shows the young Frances Bavier (who played Aunt Bee on the Andy Griffith Show) as a 1940s pin-up model.

Frances Bavier as 'Aunt Bee Taylor'
Viral image purportedly shows the young Frances Bavier (who played Aunt Bee on the Andy Griffith Show) as a 1940s pin-up model.

Facebook Scam: Unidentified Sea Monster Video
SCAM: Viral Facebook message purports to link to a video showing the discovery of an unidentified sea monster. Don't click!

SCAM: Roller Coaster Accident at Universal Studios
DON'T CLICK on 'shocking video' posts claiming a bunch of people died in a roller coaster accident at Universal Studios in Florida. It didn't happen.

Scam: Sharing Photo Helps Boy Get Heart Transplant
Facebook viral wall photo is accompanied by claim that 100 shares will help a little boy get a free heart transplant. It's a like-farming scam.

What Exactly ARE Urban Legends?
Infrequently answered questions about the whys and wherefores of those silly-yet-irresistable stories called 'urban legends.'

Michele Bachmann: 'English Was Good Enough for Jesus'
FAKE: Viral quote attributed to Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota: 'If English was good enough for Jesus when he wrote the Bible it should be good enough for Coke.'

Warning to Dog Owners: Nails in Sausages - Urban Legend
Outdated viral warning claims dog haters 'all over the UK' are putting nails in sausages and leaving them in public parks for dogs to find.

Sarah Palin: 'Thanksgiving Is for Real Americans Not Indians' - Urban Legends
FAKE NEWS: Satirical article quotes Sarah Palin as saying during a TV interview, 'Thanksgiving is for real Americans not Indians. We founded this Christian nation.'

Antonio West (Santiago) vs Trayvon Martin: Viral Email
Viral text compares the cold-blooded murder of 13-month-old baby Antonio Santiago of Brunswick, Georgia to the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida one year earlier.

National Kill a Pit Bull Day - Urban Legends
Viral posts falsely claim that Oct. 31 (Halloween) is

Fraud Warning: Jury Duty Scam
Forwarded alert warns of a 'new' identity theft scam wherein potential victims are falsely notified that they've failed to appear for jury duty and must supply personal info for verification.

Russian Troops Deployed on U.S. Soil Urban Legend
False reports claim FEMA and its Russian counterpart EMERCOM agreed to deploy up to 15,000 Russian troops on U.S. soil to provide security at mass events.

12 Days of Christmas Lyrics - Old and New
Modern lyrics compared with older variants of the traditional Christmas song 'The Twelve Days of Christmas.'

The Twelve Days of Christmas (1889)
Lyrics of the traditional Christmas song 'The Twelve Days of Christmas' as published in 'The Folk-Lore Journal,' 1889)

The Twelve Days of Christmas (1888)
Lyrics of the traditional Christmas song 'The Twelve Days of Christmas' as published in 'The Monthly Chronicle of North-Country Lore and Legend,' 1888)

The Twelve Days of Christmas (1842)
Lyrics of the traditional Christmas song 'The Twelve Days of Christmas' as published in Halliwell's 'The Nursery Rhymes of England,' 1842)

The Yule Days
Lyrics of the traditional Christmas song 'The Yule Days' (probable progenitor of 'The Twelve Days of Christmas'), as published in 'The Popular Rhymes of Scotland,' 1870)

The Flat Tire - An Urban Legend
Exam scam: Two college students who blew off a final exam attempt to get a second chance at taking it by telling their professor they had a flat tire on the way to school.

Frooti Contaminated with AIDS / HIV Blood? - Urban Legends
Online hoax claims Frooti products have been contaminated by a worker with HIV-positive blood. It's false.

'The President Without a Country' by Pat Boone - Urban Legends
vIRAL MESSAGE attributed to American entertainer Pat Boone chastises President Obama for saying the United States is 'no longer a Christian nation.'

'The President Without a Country' by Pat Boone [p. 2]
Emailed article attributed to American entertainer Pat Boone chastises President Obama for saying the United States is 'no longer a Christian nation.'. Page 2.

Obama on Military Insurance Proposal [p. 2]
Forwarded email quotes President Obama deriding military veterans for 'whining' about his proposal to bill their private health insurance plans for treatment of battlefield injuries. Page 2.

Sarah Palin Thought Flight 370 Flew to Heaven (Satire)
Satirical article quotes Sarah Palin suggesting that missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 could be in heaven if it 'accidentally flew too high and got stuck up there.'

Texas Board of Education: Slaves Were 'Unpaid Interns'?
Viral 'news article' claims the Texas Board of Education revised its history textbook guidelines to stipulate that slaves should be described as 'unpaid interns.'