Urban Legends Sitemap - Page 3 2016-09-26

Did Kanye West Say 'I Am the Next Nelson Mandela'? - Urban Legends
Satirical story quotes entertainer Kanye West supposedly saying 'I am the next Nelson Mandela.'

FAKE NEWS: Jockey Accidentally Euthanized After Breaking Leg
Was a jockey mistakenly euthanized after breaking his leg at the 140th Kentucky Derby?

Does McDonald's Use Worm Meat? - Urban Legends
Hoax article claims McDonald's uses worm meat as filler in its hamburgers. Ironically, it's more expensive than beef.

Legal Drinking Age Prank, cont.
Legal drinking age prank, cont. Urban Legends.

HOAX: Legal Drinking Age Raised to 25 - Urban Legends
Social media prank claims the U.S. legal drinking age will change to 25 in August 2014. Not true.

Brad Pitt's Love Letter to His Wife - Urban Legends
Supposedly a letter written by Brad Pitt to Angelina Jolie, this viral essay extols

Human Meat Found in McDonald's Factory? Nope, Satire.
Satirical article claims health inspectors found

FAKE NEWS: RFID Chip to Be Implemented in Public Schools
Satirical article claims U.S. students will be required to receive RFID chip implants to help reduce gun violence.

FAKE NEWS: Marijuana Overdoses Kill 37 in Colorado
Viral 'news article' claims 37 people died of marijuana overdoses in Colorado the first day recreational pot use was legalized in the state.

Michael Vick Hospitalized in Pit Bull Attack?
Satirical 'news article' claims Eagles quarterback Michael Vick was attacked by a pit bull.

FAKE: Jeff Gordon, Stephen Rhodes in Gay Relationship
Satirical story claims NASCAR drivers Jeff Gordon and Stephen Rhodes are in a gay relationship.

FAKE NEWS: Justin Bieber Admits to Being Bisexual
It's a hoax: Viral 'news story' claims Justin Bieber admits to being bisexual and tweeted a photo of himself kissing Austin Mahone.

FAKE NEWS: KKK Petition for 'Purge' of African Americans
Satirical article claims the KKK has started a petition for an annual 'purge' (guilt-free murdering) of African Americans.

FAKE NEWS: George W. Bush Arrested for Cocaine Possession
Satirical article claims former President G.W. Bush was arrested during a routine traffic stop in Dallas for possessing cocaine.

FAKE NEWS: Miley Cyrus Kicked Out of Kentucky Derby Party
Didn't happen: Miley Cyrus ejected from post-Kentucky Derby party after an altercation with Ron Jeremy.

Obama's Left-Handed Flag Salute - Urban Legends
Viral image purports to show Barack and Michelle Obama saluting the flag by placing their left hands over their hearts.

Welcome to Kenya, Birthplace of Barack Obama - Urban Legends
HOAX: Circulating via email, a photo purporting to show a highway sign in Kenya that reads 'Welcome to Kenya, Birthplace of Barack Obama.'

Welcome to Kenya, Birthplace of Barack Obama [p. 2]
HOAX: Circulating via email, a photo purporting to show a highway sign in Kenya that reads 'Welcome to Kenya, Birthplace of Barack Obama.'

Obama's 'Foreign Student' ID Found? No, It's a Hoax
Viral image purports to show Barack Obama's student ID card from Columbia University in 1981, listing him as a

Did Ann Coulter Refuse to Board Plane with Black Pilot?
'News article' shared via social media claims conservative pundit Ann Coulter refused to board a commercial airline flight after learning the pilot was African American.

Obama Named 'Walking Eagle' by Native Americans?
Viral joke alleges that President Barack Obama was given the Indian name 'Walking Eagle' by Native Americans.

Gauging Toddlers' Earlobes a New Trend? - Urban Legends
Satirical article claims 'gauging' (piercing and stretching) toddlers' earlobes has become trendy among parents into body modification.

Will a Jan. 4 Planetary Alignment Decrease Earth's Gravity?
Zero Gravity Day: Recycled April Fools prank claims a rare Jan. 4 planetary alignment will counteract Earth's gravity.

Raccoon Holding a Cat (Photo) - Urban Legends
Did you lose a cat? Viral image purports to show a raccoon standing on its hind legs holding a kitten or cat in its paws.

Raccoon Holding a Cat (Photo) - Urban Legends
Did you lose a cat? Viral image purports to show a raccoon standing on its hind legs holding a kitten or cat in its paws.

Raccoon Holding a Cat - Urban Legends
Did you lose a cat? Viral image purports to show a raccoon standing on its hind legs holding a kitten or cat in its paws. Real or fake?

HOAX: WhatsApp to Start Charging Inactive Users
Viral alerts claim WhatsApp will begin charging inactive users 37 cents per message due to 'congested servers.'

Smartphone Pictures Pose Privacy Risks? - Urban Legends
TRUE: Photos taken with smartphones may pose a privacy risk, especially for children, because of geographical location information embedded in the images.

The Dead Cat in the Package - An Urban Legend
After stealing someone's shopping bag in a department store parking lot, a thief gets the surprise of her life when she opens it up and sees what's inside.

Photo of Dubai Skyline
Photo depicts skyline of Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Does Obama Have a 19-Year-Old Son? - Urban Legends
Viral 'news story' claims President Obama has a 19-year-old son named Luther who appeared with his father at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

The 9/11 Diet Pepsi Can - Urban Legends
Viral images show a can of Diet Pepsi purchased in the Middle East featuring a graphic design some Americans find reminiscent of the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center.

CVS Won't Let Employee Wear Religious Ties? - Urban Legends
Viral Facebook posting claims a CVS pharmacy in Orange, VA asked an employee to stop wearing ties bearing religious symbols after receiving a customer complaint about them.

Lowe's Selling American Flag Doormats? - Urban Legends
Recycled rumor circulating since May 2012 claims Lowe's home improvement stores offer American flag doormats for sale.

Obama Fires Cattle Guards in Colorado [p. 2]
Forwarded email, cont. Urban Legends. Page 2.

FAKE NEWS: Uganda Child Rape Festival Officially Launches
Satirical article claims Uganda has launched a 'child rape festival' to combat homosexuality and uphold 'Christian principles.'

Obama Pranked by Ron Paul Supporter - Urban Legends
Viral image purports to show Barack Obama posing for a photo with an unidentified gentleman with 'Vote Ron Paul' written on the back of his hand.

Did Michelle Obama Say 'All This for a Damn Flag?'
Online rumor claims news video shows First Lady Michelle Obama whispering 'All this for a damn flag' during a flag folding ceremony on the anniversary of 9/11.

FAKE NEWS: Creator of 'Flappy Bird' Commits Suicide
Viral hoax falsely claims that 'Flappy Bird' developer Dong Nguyen and 7 other people committed suicide.

FAKE NEWS: British Scientists Clone Dinosaur
Satirical article claims scientists in England have successfully cloned a dinosaur to produce a living Apatosaurus named 'Spot.'

FAKE NEWS: Kansas to Black Out 'Cosmos' Show - Urban Legends
Viral article claims the Kansas Senate wants to require Fox affiliates to black out the science TV series 'Cosmos' on religious grounds.

Calico Buck [Analysis]
Viral images, cont. Urban Legends.

Mountain Lion Stalks Elk Hunter (Photo) - Urban Legends
Viral image purports to show a mountain lion (cougar) silently stalking a hunter posing with a freshly-downed elk in North Dakota.

Idaho Wolves [p. 2]
Forwarded images, cont. Urban Legends.

Idaho Wolves [p. 3]
Forwarded images, cont. Urban Legends.

Idaho Wolves [p. 4]
Forwarded images, cont. Urban Legends.

Idaho Wolves [Analysis]
Forwarded images, cont. Urban Legends.

Wayne Allyn Root on Obama's 'Marxist' Agenda
Forwarded op-ed piece attributed to libertarian politician Wayne Allyn Root accuses Barack Obama of 'purposely overwhelming the U.S. economy to create systemic failure, economic crisis and social chaos.'

Cheating at the Gas Pumps [p. 2]
Email rumor, cont. Urban Legends. Page 2.

Giant Dog for Sale (Photo) - Urban Legends
A very large dog indeed. It's a mastiff of some kind, probably a Boerboel. These dogs can weigh as much as 180 pounds in adulthood.

Shark Swimming in Flooded Puerto Rico Street - Urban Legends
Viral image purports to show a great white shark swimming freely in the flooded streets of Puerto Rico following Hurricane Irene (August 2011).

The Spider in the Oreo (p. 2) - Urban Legends
Viral image purports to show a spider found smashed inside an Oreo cookie. It appears to be a bit of a prank.

Puppy Forced to Drink Vodka? Not Really - Urban Legends
Circulating via social media, this viral image appears to show a puppy being forced to drink vodka from a bottle. Appearances are deceiving.

The Spider in the Oreo (p. 3) - Urban Legends
Viral image purports to show a spider found smashed inside an Oreo cookie. It appears to be a bit of a prank.

Cheating at the Gas Pumps - Urban Legends
Email rumor claims a consumer was cheated by a rigged gas pump while refueling at a BP service station in Cartersville, Georgia (or Chatham, Georgia, or Ridgetown, Ontario, depending on version).

The Spider in the Oreo - Urban Legends
Viral image purports to show a spider found smashed inside an Oreo cookie. Here's what really happened.

'Rare Golden Zebra' Photo - Is It Real?
According to her caretakers at an animal sanctuary in Hawaii, Zoe the golden zebra was born with a condition known as amelanosis, a melanin pigment deficiency.

Obama Said He Visited 'All 57 States' - Urban Legends
Forwarded email quotes a road-weary Barack Obama saying he has campaigned (or plans to campaign) in 'all 57 states,' and claims there are exactly 57 Islamic states in the world.

Black Fawn Pictures [Analysis]
Images circulating via forwarded email show a 'melanistic' fawn covered head-to-toe in black fur.

Idaho Wolves - Urban Legends
Forwarded images show several large wolves purportedly killed in Idaho.

Albino Fawn Pictures [Analysis]
Emailed images show a completely white albino fawn photographed near Stanley, North Dakota, the Bolivar Peninsula in Texas, or West Liberty, Kentucky - depending on which version of the story you choose to believe.

Albino Fawn Pictures [p. 2]
Emailed images show a completely white albino fawn photographed near Stanley, North Dakota, the Bolivar Peninsula in Texas, or West Liberty, Kentucky - depending on which version of the story you choose to believe.

Black Fawn Pictures - Urban Legends
Black Fawn / Melanistic Deer - Images circulating via forwarded email show a 'melanistic' fawn covered head-to-toe in black fur.

Lou Pritchett Letter to Obama - Urban Legends
Authentic: Circulating via forwarded email, an open letter to President Obama by former Procter & Gamble executive Lou Pritchett enumerates the ways the newly-elected commander-in-chief scares him.

The Cost of Obama's Trip to India - Urban Legends
Forwarded emails based on unsubstantiated press reports claim President Obama's trip to India will require a staff of 3,000 people and a flotilla of 34 war ships, at a cost to American taxpayers of $2 billion.

Black Lion - Real or Fake? - Urban Legends
Viral image purports to show a rare, all-black lion discovered in Africa.

Gabriel Iglesias Is NOT Dead. It's a Hoax!
Viral article falsely claims that comedian Gabriel Iglesias was found dead of a 'health complication' related to diabetes.

Albino Fawn Pictures - Urban Legends
Emailed images show a completely white albino fawn photographed near Stanley, North Dakota, the Bolivar Peninsula in Texas, or West Liberty, Kentucky - depending on which version of the story you choose to believe.

Deconstructing Ronald Opus [p. 3]
Sleuthing an Internet urban legend, cont.

Deconstructing Ronald Opus [p. 4]
Sleuthing an Internet urban legend, cont.

Deconstructing Ronald Opus [p. 5]
Sleuthing an Internet urban legend, cont.

Deconstructing Ronald Opus [p. 6]
Sleuthing an Internet urban legend, cont.

Deconstructing Ronald Opus [p. 7]
Sleuthing an Internet urban legend, cont.

Deconstructing Ronald Opus (1994's Most Bizarre Suicide) - Urban Legends
Sleuthing an Internet urban legend: in which we deconstruct the complicated demise of Ronald Opus (a.k.a. '1994's Most Bizarre Suicide').

Deconstructing Ronald Opus [p. 2]
Sleuthing an Internet urban legend, cont.

Ronald Opus - 1994's Most Bizarre Suicide - Urban Legends
The incredible misadventures of Ronald (or Roland) Opus. How one man's attempt to kill himself turned into a brain-teaser for crime scene investigators.

9-Year-Old Suspended for Saying Merry Christmas? - Urban Legends
FAKE NEWS: Viral article claims a fourth-grader at Anon Elementary School in San Francisco was suspended for saying

93-Year-Old Grandma Kills 'Knockout Game' Thug?
Fake news story claims 93-year-old Gladis Bennett of St. Louis shot and killed a young man who attacked her in a 'knockout game' assault.

Real or Fake? 112 Murdered in Chicago 'Purge'
Satirical article claims teens reenacting violent scenes from 'The Purge 2: Anarchy' murdered 112 people in Chicago. Not true.

9/11 Was an Inside Job - Wildest Rumors of 9/11
A look back at the wildest, weirdest, wackiest rumors that circulated in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Fake News: 600-Pound Woman Gives Birth to 40-Pound Baby
Viral

The Prophetic Album Cover - Wildest Rumors of 9/11
A look back at the wildest, weirdest, wackiest rumors that circulated in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

The WTC Surfer - Wildest Rumors of 9/11
A look back at the wildest, weirdest, wackiest rumors that circulated in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

The Wildest Rumors of 9/11 - Urban Legends
A look back at the wildest, weirdest, wackiest rumors that circulated in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Nostradamus Predicted 9/11 Attacks - Wildest Rumors of 9/11
A look back at the wildest, weirdest, wackiest rumors that circulated in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

The Wildest Rumors of 9/11 - Urban Legends
A look back at the wildest, weirdest, wackiest rumors that circulated in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

The Wingdings Prophecy - Wildest Rumors of 9/11
A look back at the wildest, weirdest, wackiest rumors that circulated in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Did Mel Gibson Nail Jesus to the Cross?
Dear Guide: In the movie

Urban Legends FAQ: What is a rumor?
Urban Legends FAQ: What is a rumor?

Do Antiperspirants / Deodorants Cause Breast Cancer?
Email rumor claims underarm antiperspirants (or deodorants) are the 'leading cause' of breast cancer in women. The current medical evidence is inconclusive.

Urban Legends: Animals and Insects
Urban legends and Netlore about animals and insects: Alligators in the Sewers; Maggots in the Brain; Spiders in the Hairdo; The Mexican Pet; The Choking Doberman.

Urban Legends: Gross & Disgusting
The most revolting, gross, disgusting urban legends and Netlore to be found - horrible infestations, repugnant medical conditions, and repulsive human behavior. Read at your own risk. I mean it!

Urban Legends: Current Events
Hoaxes, rumors, and urban legends pertaining to major news stories and current events.

Urban Legends and Folklore: Alligators and Crocodiles
Urban legends and folklore about 'gators and crocs. Do alligators in the sewers cry crocodile tears? A sampling of crocodilian lore.

Urban Legends and Folklore: Automobiles
Urban legends and Netlore related to automobiles: The Vanishing Hitchhiker; The Killer in the Backseat; Grand(ma) Larceny; Biscuits for Brains; The Hook.

Celebrities: Ben Stein
Urban legends, rumors, and Net hoaxes about American author, pundit, and actor Ben Stein.

Urban Legends and Folklore: Birds
Urban legends and folklore about birds

Photo Fakery: Food and Beverages
Weird, wacky images circulating on the Internet featuring food and beverages - and some of the strange things found therein.

Celebrities: Jaleel White
Urban legends and Netlore about American actor Jaleel White

Celebrities: Megan Fox
Urban legends, rumors, and Netlore about American actress Megan Fox.

Celebrities: Princess Diana
Folklore and urban legends about Diana, Princess of Wales

Urban Legends and Folklore: Reference
Resources containing basic info about urban legends and folklore.

Celebrities: Robin Williams
Urban legends and Netlore about American actor/comedian Robin Williams

Celebrities: Rod Stewart
Urban legends and Netlore about British pop star Rod Stewart

Politicians: Sarah Palin
Urban legends, rumors and Netlore about Sarah Palin, Alaska Governor and Republican vice-presidential candidate in 2008.

Celebrities: Sinbad
Urban legends and Netlore about American actor/comedian Sinbad (David Adkins)

Celebrities: Steven Spielberg
Urban legends and Netlore about American film director Steven Spielberg

Boston Marathon Bombings, April 15, 2013
Rumors, hoaxes, viral images, and urban legends pertaining to terrorist bombings during the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013.

Celebrities: Al Gore
Urban legends and Netlore about former U.S. vice-president and presidential candidate Al Gore

Urban Legends and Folklore: Bears
Urban legends and Netlore about bears

Celebrities: Bill Cosby
Urban legends, rumors and Netlore about American entertainer Bill Cosby.

Celebrities: Bill Gates
Urban legends and Netlore about Microsoft founder Bill Gates

Celebrities: Britney Spears
Urban legends and Netlore about American pop star Britney Spears

Urban Legends and Folklore: Cats
Urban legends, folktales and superstitions about cats and their owners.

Celebrities: Ciara
Urban legends and Netlore about American hiphop star Ciara

Celebrities: David Letterman
Urban legends, rumors and Netlore about late-night talk show host and comedian David Letterman.

Celebrities: Denzel Washington
Urban legends and Netlore about American actor Denzel Washington

Urban Legends and Folklore: Dogs
Urban legends about dogs and their owners

Celebrities: Eddie Murphy
Urban legends and Netlore about American actor/comedian Eddie Murphy

Celebrities: Eric Clapton
Urban legends and Netlore about British blues singer/guitarist Eric Clapton

Urban Legends and Folklore: Fish / Aquatic Life
Urban legends and folklore about fish, whales, crustaceans and other denizens of the deep.

Celebrities: Mr. Rogers
Urban legends and Netlore about American children's TV show host Fred Rogers (

Celebrities: George Carlin
Urban legends and Netlore about American comedian George Carlin

Celebrities: Jamie Lee Curtis
Urban legends and Netlore about American actress Jamie Lee Curtis

Celebrities: Jane Fonda
Urban legends and Netlore about American actress Jane Fonda

Celebrities: Jay Leno
Urban legends and Netlore about American comedian and talk-show host Jay Leno

Celebrities: Jennifer Lopez
Urban legends and Netlore about American pop star Jennifer Lopez

Celebrities: Jon Heder
Urban legends and Netlore about American actor Jon Heder

Celebrities: Julie Andrews
Urban legends and Netlore about actress/singer Julie Andrews

Celebrities: Mel Gibson
Urban legends and Netlore about actor/director Mel Gibson

Urban Legends and Folklore: Moose
Urban legends and Netlore about moose.

Celebrities: Richard Gere
Urban legends and Netlore about American actor Richard Gere

Urban Legends and Folklore: Rodents
Urban legends, folktales and superstitions about rats, mice, gerbils, etc.

Celebrities: Snoop Dogg
Urban legends and Netlore about hiphop artist Snoop Dogg.

Celebrities: Steve Burns
Urban legends and Netlore about former children's TV show host Steve Burns

Celebrities: Tom Jones
Urban legends and Netlore about Welsh singer Tom Jones

Celebrities: Tommy Hilfiger
Urban legends and Netlore about American fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger

Celebrities: Will Ferrell
Urban legends and Netlore about American comic actor Will Ferrell

Celebrities: William Hung
Urban legends and Netlore about

Celebrities: Michael Richards
Urban legends and Netlore about American actor/comedian Michael Richards

Urban Legends: Internet / Web Hoaxes
Urban legends, hoaxes and rumors on and about the Internet and the World Wide Web.

Glossary - Urban Legends and Folklore
A glossary of words and phrases used to discuss folklore and urban legends, with definitions and links to further reading.

Gross Pictures
Index to our collection of gross, disgusting pictures - some authentic, most not - currently circulating on the Internet. View at your own risk!

Holidays and Observances - Origins, History, Customs and Folklore
Customs, folkore and history of major holidays and observances.

Mythical Creatures
A place to explore all the fantastic creatures of myth and legend, from unicorns to dragons, from hobgoblins to zombies, from vampires to werewolves, bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster and

Urban Legends and Folklore: Bugs: Spiders
Spiders in houseplants, hairdos, toilets and popping out of your skin!

Ghost Stories
Ghost stories and folklore about death and dying. Creepy urban legends from both sides of the grave.

Photo Fakery: Social / Political Issues
Weird, wacky images circulated on the Internet pertaining to social and political issues of the day.

Politicians: Rick Santorum
Urban legends, rumors, and Net hoaxes pertaining to Republican Senator and primary presidential candidate Rick Santorum.

Mythical Creatures: The Mermaid
The Mermaid: In myths and legends dating from ancient times, an ocean-dwelling creature with the head and torso of a woman (or man) and the tail of a fish.

Mythical Creatures: The Dragon
The Dragon: A mythical creature found in both Eastern and Western folklore, usually described as gigantic, reptile-like, and fearsome in appearance.

Thanksgiving Myths, Facts and Folklore
Thanksgiving - Separating myth from fact regarding the history, origin, and traditions of this quintessentially American holiday.

Politicians: Al Gore
Urban legends, Internet hoaxes and rumors about former U.S. vice-president Al Gore

Politicians: John McCain
Urban legends and Netlore about U.S. Senator and presidential candidate John McCain

Pocket Tales
Author and bibliophile Peter Kohler probes the deep roots of human culture in this series of wry essays unearthing universal pathos, humor and abiding wisdom in folktales, myths and legends from all parts of the world.

Computer Virus Hoaxes
Pointers to the best available information on computer virus hoaxes and misconceptions

Urban Legends: Bogus Websites
Notorious specimens of Web hoaxes -- bogus Websites that are all too often indistinguishable from the real thing.

Photo Fakery: Mishaps and Disasters
Weird, wacky images circulated on the Internet pertaining to mishaps and disasters.

Urban Legends and Folklore: Religion
Urban legends, rumors and Internet hoaxes pertaining to religion, religious beliefs, figures and doctrines.

Photo Fakery: Fashion
Weird, wacky images circulated on the Internet pertaining to clothing and fashion.

Photo Fakery: Medical
Weird, wacky images circulated on the Internet depicting odd or unbelievable medical conditions.

Photo Fakery: Gross
A collection of the grossest, most disgusting pictures - some authentic, most not - currently circulating on the Net.

Photo Fakery: Man-Made Wonders
Weird, wacky images circulated on the Internet depicting outlandish or unbelievable man-made artifacts.

Open Letter to Obama by Fourth-Grade Teacher (Myth or Fact?)
An open letter to President Obama attributed to Hillsboro, Missouri elementary school teacher Kathleen Lyday expresses one citizen's vehement displeasure with the way the country is being run.

Historian Compares Obama to Hitler - Urban Legends
Emailed article comparing Barack Obama's rise to that of Adolf Hitler is variously attributed to professional historians David Kaiser and Timothy Wood.

Historian Compares Obama to Hitler [p. 2]
Emailed article, cont. Urban Legends. Page 2.

Hoax: Obama Explains 'Refusal' to Salute Flag
Circulating online, fictitious statements attributed to President Obama explaining his 'refusal' to salute the flag and national anthem.

Obama Explains 'Refusal' to Salute Flag, Anthem [p. 2]
Alleged statement circulating via email. Page 2.

Barack Obama's Birth Certificate - Urban Legends
Online rumors allege that Barack Obama's birth certificate is either forged or an abbreviated 'short-form' document which fails to establish his status as a U.S. citizen.

Obama's Birth Certificate [p. 2]
Online rumors, cont. Urban Legends. Page 2.

Is Barack Obama a Natural-Born Citizen? - Urban Legends
Obama citizenship questioned: Viral text claims Barack Obama is ineligible for the presidency because he isn't a natural-born citizen of the United States.

Obama Citizenship Case [p. 2]
Circulating via email, a purported AP news story... Page 2.

Transcript of Obama Citizenship Supreme Court Case - Hoax
Very Quietly Obama's Citizenship Case Reaches the Supreme Court - Purported AP news story claims college transcripts reveal that Barack Obama, using the name 'Barry Soetoro,' received a Fulbright Scholarship only awarded to foreign-born students.

The Mexican Pet - An Urban Legend
Classic urban legend: A family vacationing in a foreign country adopts a mangy-but-adorable stray

The Microwaved Pet - An Urban Legend
In this classic urban legend, an elderly woman comes up with a novel way to dry her soggy pet in a hurry. It doesn't go so well.

Are Leftover Onions Poisonous? - Urban Legends
Forwarded email claims leftover onions are

The Truth About Carmen Winstead - Urban Legends
Internet chain letter tells the story of Carmen Winstead, a 17-year-old girl supposedly pushed down a sewer and killed by bullies from her school.

'I'm 63 and I'm Tired' by Robert A. Hall - Urban Legends
Forwarded text attributed to U.S. Marine Corps veteran and former Massachusetts state senator Robert A. Hall condemns the ideas and policies of President Obama and the 'latte liberals' who voted for him.

Eggs on Windshield / Fake Baby in Car Seat Urban Legends
Viral alert warns of criminals using new techniques to trick drivers into stopping their vehicles - throwing raw eggs at windshields and leaving infant car seats with fake babies in them beside the road.

Obama and the National Day of Prayer [p. 2]
Forwarded email, cont. Urban Legends. Page 2.

Donner, Donder or Dunder? - Santa's Reindeer Names Explained
What IS the correct name of Santa's seventh reindeer -- Donner, Donder or Dunder? We've gone back to the original sources to find out.

3.8% Real Estate Tax in Obamacare? - Urban Legends
Online rumor claims Obamacare imposes a 3.8% home sales tax on all real estate transactions beginning in 2013.

Gallery: The Tourist Guy of 9-11
Parodies of the infamous 'tourist guy' photo, a hoax circulating in the wake of the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. Page 2.

Gallery: The Tourist Guy of 9-11
Parodies of the infamous 'tourist guy' photo, a hoax circulating in the wake of the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. Page 12.

Gallery: The Tourist Guy of 9-11
Parodies of the infamous 'tourist guy' photo, a hoax circulating in the wake of the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. Page 18.

Gallery: The Tourist Guy of 9-11
Parodies of the infamous 'tourist guy' photo, a hoax circulating in the wake of the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. Page 5.

Gallery: The Tourist Guy of 9-11
Parodies of the infamous 'tourist guy' photo, a hoax circulating in the wake of the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. Page 8.

Gallery: The Tourist Guy of 9-11
Parodies of the infamous 'tourist guy' photo, a hoax circulating in the wake of the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. Page 9.

Gallery: The Tourist Guy of 9-11
Parodies of the infamous 'tourist guy' photo, a hoax circulating in the wake of the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. Page 7.

Gallery: The Tourist Guy of 9-11
Parodies of the infamous 'tourist guy' photo, a hoax circulating in the wake of the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. Page 14.

Gallery: The Tourist Guy of 9-11
Parodies of the infamous 'tourist guy' photo, a hoax circulating in the wake of the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. Page 11.

Gallery: The Tourist Guy of 9-11
Parodies of the infamous 'tourist guy' photo, a hoax circulating in the wake of the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. Page 3.

Gallery: The Tourist Guy of 9-11
Parodies of the infamous 'tourist guy' photo, a hoax circulating in the wake of the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. Page 10.

Gallery: The Tourist Guy of 9-11
Parodies of the infamous 'tourist guy' photo, a hoax circulating in the wake of the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. Page 17.

Gallery: The Tourist Guy of 9-11
Parodies of the infamous 'tourist guy' photo, a hoax circulating in the wake of the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. Page 16.

Gallery: The Tourist Guy of 9-11
Parodies of the infamous 'tourist guy' photo, a hoax circulating in the wake of the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. Page 13.

Gallery: The Tourist Guy of 9-11
Parodies of the infamous 'tourist guy' photo, a hoax circulating in the wake of the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. Page 6.

Gallery: The Tourist Guy of 9-11
Parodies of the infamous 'tourist guy' photo, a hoax circulating in the wake of the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. Page 15.

Gallery: The Tourist Guy of 9-11
Parodies of the infamous 'tourist guy' photo, a hoax circulating in the wake of the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.

Gallery: The Tourist Guy of 9-11
Parodies of the infamous 'tourist guy' photo, a hoax circulating in the wake of the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. Page 4.

Can You Really Stand Eggs on End During an Equinox?
An old bit of Chinese folklore says it's easy to balance raw eggs (or brooms!) on end -- but only during the spring (or fall) equinox. How true is it?

April Fools! - The BBC Spaghetti Tree Prank
On April 1, 1957 the BBC punked the British public with a documentary claiming that spaghetti grows on trees in Switzerland. Here's how it went down.

About That Vodka Tampon "Craze" (cont.)
Is it true that teenagers are using vodka-soaked tampons to get drunk without having alcohol on their breath? Here's a sober look at that

About That Vodka Tampon "Craze" - Urban Legends
Is it true that teenagers are using vodka-soaked tampons to get drunk without having alcohol on their breath? Here's a sober look at that

14-Year-Old Boy Shot 6 Times by Stepfather - Urban Legends
Hoax claims Facebook will donate 45 cents to cover medical expenses of a 14-year-old boy abused by his stepfather every time the message is shared.

999-999-9999 - The Phone Call of Death!
My caller ID says the incoming call is from 999-999-9999. Is it just a random telemarketer or an omen that I'm about to die?

Lobster & Steak Food Stamp Receipt - Urban Legends
Grocery store receipt purportedly proves that a welfare recipient in Menominee, Michigan used food stamps to purchase lobster and steak.

Can Vicks VapoRub on Your Feet Relieve Coughing?
Viral message claims coughing in children can be stopped

Can Vicks VapoRub on Your Feet Relieve Coughing? (cont.)
Viral message claims coughing in children can be stopped

Julie Andrews "My Favorite Things" (AARP Version)
This parody of

Welcome to the World of AIDS
Latest viral scare story making the rounds tells of random victims unknowingly injected with the AIDS virus in crowded theaters and night clubs in two different countries.

Welcome to the World of AIDS [p. 2]
Latest email scare story, cont. Urban Legends. Page 2.

Did a Man Named Otto Titzling Invent the Brassiere?
The sad, apocryphal story of Otto Titzling (aka Otto Titsling), unheralded inventor of the modern brassiere.

Did Otto Titzling Invent the Brassiere? (cont.)
The sad, apocryphal story of Otto Titzling (aka Otto Titsling), unheralded inventor of the modern brassiere. Page 2.

7 Times the Internet Gave You Terrible Medical Advice
When the Internet is wrong, it's really, really wrong. Here are seven examples of the worst medical advice ever given out online.

The Definition of "Dork" Has Nothing to Do with Whales!
Attention Internet: The real meaning of the word

'Corpus Christi' Gay Jesus Movie - Urban Legends


'Corpus Christi' Movie, cont.


How to Stand a Broom on End on the Equinox
Are there special cosmic circumstances making it possible to balance a broom upright on the equinox, or during a planetary alignment?

Sarah Palin in Bikini with Rifle - Urban Legends
A viral image circulating since the 2008 presidential election purports to show former Alaska governor Sarah Palin in a bikini, holding a rifle.

Did Tom Jones Insure His Chest Hair? - Urban Legends
Did heartthrob singer Tom Jones really insure his graying chest hair for a cool $7 million? It MUST be true, I read it in the tabloids!

Why You Can't Drown a Dragon (and Other 'True' Facts About Dragons)


Aesop the Fabulist - A Brief Biography of Aesop
A brief biography of Aesop, the great fabulist (author of fables) of ancient Greece, whose own life was the stuff of legend.

What Is Mythology? - Definition and Examples
Folklore and Mythology FAQ: What is mythology?

So Close to Home - Two Folktales of Papua New Guinea
Stories can unite people. Neighbors gather to listen to a clever raconteur, to view a movie reel, to watch a play or a dance....

So Close to Home [p. 2]
Two folktales of Papaua New Guinea, cont. Page 2.

Sex in Mythology - What Could Be More Natural?
Here's what Hopi mythology has to say about sex... and a certain peculiarity of the male sex organ in particular.

'Suggestive' Mickey Mouse Milk Ad - Urban Legends
Viral image of a vintage milk ad from the 1930s appears to feature Mickey Mouse making a sexually suggestive remark to Minnie.

What Theodore Roosevelt Said About Immigrants
A quote attributed to Teddy Roosevelt says,

A Tiger, a Worm, a Snail - Two Vietnamese Folktales
Two folktales from Vietnam illustrate the value the culture places on faithfulness, virtue and intelligence.

Are Terrorists Buying UPS Uniforms on eBay?
Online rumor circulating since 2003 claims a large number of UPS uniforms were purchased at inflated prices, possibly by terrorists, on eBay.

The Story of Little Teddy Stoddard - Is It True?
Heartwarming (but fictional) story about a disadvantaged boy named Teddy Stoddard who blossomed under a caring teacher and went on to become a doctor.

What is a Fable? - Definition and Examples
A concise definition of

Is Lady Gaga a Man? Woman? Or a Hermaphrodite?
Online rumors claim Lady Gaga is a man or a hermaphrodite. Read Gaga's response when asked by Barbara Walters.

Did Eminem Die In a Car Crash? - Urban Legends
Viral stories dating back to 2000 falsely reported the death of rap singer Marshall Bruce Mathers III, better known as Eminem.

Giant Skeletons Found? [p. 2]
Hoax images, cont. Urban Legends.

Giant Skeletons Found? [p. 3]
Hoax images, cont. Urban Legends.

Giant Skeletons Found? [p. 4]
Hoax images, cont. Urban Legends.

Giant Skeletons Found? [p. 5]
Hoax images, cont. Urban Legends.

Maggots in Oreo Cookies [p.2]
Viral images, cont. Urban Legends.

Maggots in Oreo Cookies [p. 3]
Viral images, cont. Urban Legends.

Maggots in Oreo Cookies [p. 4]
Viral images, cont. Urban Legends.

Did Einstein Prove God Exists? - Urban Legends
In this viral anecdote of unknown origin, a university student named Albert Einstein humiliates his atheist professor with proof that God exists.

Einstein Proves God Exists [p. 2]
In this viral anecdote of unknown origin, a university student named Albert Einstein humiliates his atheist professor with proof that God exists. Page 2.

What Is a Chain Letter? - Definition and Examples
Chain letters are messages that attempt to persuade recipients to copy and share them. They really serve no other purpose at all.

Is Kopi Luwak for Real? - Urban Legends
The straight poop on kopi luwak (

The Nareepol Tree / Narilatha Flower - Urban Legends
The bloom of the Nareepol tree (aka Narilatha flower) is said to be shaped like a woman and among the rarest plants in the world. We are skeptical.

Cinderella Wedding vs Royal Wedding - Urban Legends
Viral images purport to show an amazing likeness between photos of Prince William's royal wedding and the Disney animated feature

Panda Diplomacy (Panda on a Plane) - Urban Legends
Viral image purports to show a

Panda Diplomacy (Panda on a Plane) - Urban Legends
Viral image purports to show a 'real panda' flying on a plane, calmly gnawing on bamboo shoots while lounging in business class next to a human passenger. The Chinese call this 'Panda diplomacy.'

Myth Busted: Duck Quacks Don't Echo
We have heard it claimed that the quack of a duck, unlike every other sound known to man, does not echo. Humbug!

Urban Legends of Super Bowl Sunday
Urban legends and myths about the Super Bowl and the American ritual of Super Bowl Sunday.

Urban Legends of Super Bowl Sunday [p. 2]
Urban legends and myths of the Super Bowl. Page 2.

Urban Legends
Urban Legends.

SCAM: Video Warning About Shampoo
Fake video supposedly reveals a hideous skin condition caused by Head and Shoulders, Dove, Garnier or other shampoo. Don't click. It's a scam.

The Body Under the Bed - Urban Legends
Honeymooners notice a strange odor in their hotel room and decide to peek under the mattress, only to find... The Body Under the Bed!

'That'd Be the Butt, Bob' - A Fairly True Urban Legend
During a taping of the 1970s TV show

Groundhog Day
Groundhog Day 2016: Stop the presses! Entire nation's weather depends on furry critter named Punxsutawney Phil seeing his shadow on Feb. 2.

Giant New York Rat - Urban Legends
A photo circulating via Facebook and other social media purports to show a man holding a gigantic rat caught somewhere in New York City.

Baby Carrots and Chlorine - Urban Legends
Viral text about how baby carrots are made claims they pose a health risk because they're processed in chlorine.

Store Closed on 9/11: Muslim Sign in Harwin Central Mall
A sign posted on the door of a shop in Houston supposedly says it will be closed on September 11 to commemorate the martyrdom of a 9/11 terrorist.

Cow Eyeballs in Your McDonald's Burger? - Urban Legends
Dear Urban Legends: Is McDonald's the world's largest purchaser of cow eyeballs?

Myth Busted: Thomas Crapper Invented the Flush Toilet
Is it true that a 19th-century British plumber named Sir Thomas Crapper (aka John Crapper) invented the flush toilet?

'In God We Trust' Removed from Currency? - Fake News
Satirical article falsely claims President Obama ordered

Humans Can Lick, Too - An Urban Legend
Also known as

The Rainbow Owl - Is It Real or Fake?
Viral image purports to show a specimen of the rare rainbow owl, purportedly a native of both the western United States and China.

Mr. Rogers - A Navy SEAL or Marine Sniper?
Rumor has it that children's TV show host Mr. Rogers was a tattoo-wearing Navy SEAL or Marine sniper with dozens of kills to his credit.

Is Hobby Lobby Closing 500+ Stores?
Viral version of a letter by Hobby Lobby CEO David Green about his company's reaction to Obamacare is misleadingly titled.

Obama Bumper Sticker Layoffs - Urban Legends
Memo attributed to a business owner says he will lay off all employees with Obama bumper stickers on their cars.

FALSE: Charles Manson Granted Parole
Satirical article claims infamous murderer Charles Manson has been granted parole due to his age, ill health, and prison overcrowding.

Are Kids Smoking Bed Bugs to Get High? - Urban Legends
Viral video claims teenagers are getting high by smoking bedbugs, which supposedly give off a hallucinogenic substance.

Richard Gere and the Gerbil - It's an Urban Legend
Several years ago,

Richard Gere and the Gerbil [p. 2]
Several years ago,

Can Microwaving Water Cause an Explosion? - Urban Legends
Viral message warns of a plausible though uncommon mishap involving water superheated in a microwave oven

Can Microwaving Water Cause an Explosion?
Viral message warns of a plausible though uncommon mishap involving water superheated in a microwave oven

Islam on Capitol Hill / Muslim Day of Prayer - Urban Legends
Forwarded emails express alarm that a Muslim Day of Prayer with an estimated 50,000 Muslims attending has been announced for Washington, D.C. on September 25, 2009.

Islam on Capitol Hill / Muslim Day of Prayer [p. 2]
Forwarded emails express alarm, cont. Page 2.

Asparagus Cancer Cure - Urban Legends
Viral message citing alleged cancer expert 'Richard R. Vensal, D.D.S.' purports to prove that asparagus prevents and/or cures cancer.

Asparagus Cancer Cure? [p. 2]
Viral message, cont. Urban Legends. Page 2.

The Package of Cookies - An Urban Legend
A traveler is aghast when an indigent sits down beside him in an airport and begins filching cookies from the package he has just bought.

Was Tom Hanks' Father Lead Singer of the Diamonds?
Social media rumor claims Tom Hanks' dad was an original member of the vocal quartet The Diamonds. Not true.

Spiders in the Hairdo - An Urban Legend
Girl with a

Cell Phone Numbers Go Public This Month? - Urban Legends
Viral messages warn that all cell phone numbers will soon go public and instructs users to dial 888-382-1222 to add mobile numbers to the Do Not Call Registry.

True Identity of 9-11 'Tourist Guy' Revealed
By a strange twist of fate (or so it seemed), his face would become as recognizable in the weeks following the World Trade Center attack as that of Osama bin Laden. Finally, the 'Tourist Guy of 9/11' reveals his identity to the world... kind of.

Are CFL Light Bulbs a Fire Hazard? - Urban Legends
Forwarded email claims CFL light bulbs made in China and sold under the brand name 'Globe' pose a fire hazard and should be avoided.

Hercules the Liger (Photos) - Urban Legends
AUTHENTIC: Viral images of a 10-foot liger (a cross between a lion and a tiger) named Hercules.

HR 1388 - Obama Resettles Hamas Refugees in U.S.? - Urban Legends
Viral message claims President Obama has funded a $20 million resettlement of Hamas refugees to the United States via H.R. 1388, a bill supposedly passed 'behind our backs' in Congress.

UPS Virus Warning (UPS/Fed Ex Delivery Failure)
Alerts about a network security thread described as a 'UPS / FedEx / DHL Virus' are mostly accurate and should be heeded.

Urban Legends: Is Spokeo.com Invading Your Privacy?
Online rumor claims the people search site Spokeo.com invades users' privacy.

Craig Shergold - A User's Guide
Craig Shergold and the get-well cards: The true story of the boy whose life was saved by a chain letter that wouldn't die.

Hangover Cures: Hair of the Dog and Other Folk Remedies
Hangover cures and folk remedies: herewith, a generous pouring of

Don't Drink Bottled Water Left in Car? - Urban Legends
Bottled water cancer danger? Viral text warns against drinking bottled water left in a warm car because the heat may cause cancer-producing toxins to 'leak' from the plastic into the water.

'Alaskan Tree Frog' Photo Isn't Real - Urban Legends
Viral image allegedly documents an

Urban Legends: Can Lemons Cure Cancer?
Viral article claims the ordinary lemon is a

Things You Never Knew Your Cell Phone Could Do
Viral message purports to divulge various tips and tricks for cell phone use, including dialing 112 to access a worldwide emergency network. Be skeptical!

Obama and the National Day of Prayer - Netlore Archive
Forwarded email claims President Obama declared that the U.S. is no longer a Christian nation, then canceled the annual National Day of Prayer ceremony 'under the ruse of not wanting to offend anyone.'

Psychic Predicts Halloween Campus Massacre - An Urban Legend
Oft-resurrected urban legend about a psychic predicting mass murders at a major university on Halloween night terrorizes students on U.S. college campuses.

Psychic Predicts Halloween Campus Massacre [p. 2]
Resurrected urban legend brings terror to U.S. college campuses, cont. Page 2.

How They Make Pringles Potato Chips - Urban Legends
Straight from the Internet, a novel explanation of how Pringles potato chips are really made.

Dead Fairy Pictures - Urban Legends
Viral images purport to show a mummified dead fairy (also described as a 'butterfly man' or 'moth man') discovered in the Derbyshire countryside of England.

Bacon Diet Coke - Is It Real? - Urban Legends
Viral image purports to show a can of bacon-flavored Diet Coke. Real or fake?

The Legend of the Stolen Penguin
Familiar urban legend about a child who makes off with a penguin in his backpack while visiting the zoo.

Plaque: 'Abraham Lincoln, Democrat' - Urban Legends
Is it true that a plaque on a Northeastern Illinois University building bears a dedication to

The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919
Boston, 1919: Twenty-one people were killed and 150 injured in one of the most bizarre disasters in American history, the Great Boston Molasses Flood

Myths and Misconceptions About U.S. Presidents
One hundred and two hundred years ago we saw our leaders as having been cut from a different, more noble cloth than politicians of today. Presidential folklore, in the form of jokes, legends and historical errata, reflects that.

Mountain Dew Glow Stick - Urban Legends
Viral postings claim you can make a glow stick by adding baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to a bottle of Mountain Dew.

'Death Calls' Killer Phone Number Warnings - Urban Legends
Forwarded emails and text messages warn mobile phone users not to accept calls from certain numbers which allegedly transmit a high-frequency signal causing brain hemorrhage and death.

Alligator and Deer in Cross Lake (p. 2)
According to the Internet, this very large alligator with a deer in its mouth was spotted in Cross Lake, Louisiana. True or false?

Alligator and Deer in Cross Lake - Urban Legends
According to the Internet, this very large alligator with a deer in its mouth was spotted in Cross Lake, Louisiana. True or false?

Warren Buffett's Congressional Reform Act of 2013 - Urban Legends
Viral message touting a 'Congressional Reform Act of 2013' purports to have the support of billionaire Warren Buffett. It doesn't.

Tedd Petruna - AirTran Flight 297 Atlanta to Houston
Viral email by Tedd Petruna purports to be an eyewitness account of a Muslim terrorist

The Irena Sendler Story - Urban Legends
Viral text purports to tell the true story of Irena Sendler, a Polish woman who helped save the lives of 2,500 Jewish children during WWII by smuggling them out of the Warsaw Ghetto.

HIV+ Blood in Tomato Sauce Dispenser - Urban Legends
Hoax email claims a man was caught putting HIV-positive blood into a ketchup or tomato sauce dispenser at a fast food restaurant.

Criminals Exploit Key Ring Tracking Device? - Urban Legends
Online rumor warns that criminals are distributing free key rings, key fobs, or key chains equipped with a tracking device that enables them to follow potential robbery victims.

St. Patrick's Day History, Origin and Customs
St. Patrick's Day 2015: Good strong links to info on the origin, history and customs of the holiday.

Video of Ginger Rogers at 92 - Urban Legends
Viral video purports to show the legendary Ginger Rogers salsa dancing at age 92 with her great-grandson. Is it real?

Attack of the Snakehead - Walking Fish Invades America!
The northern snakehead fish has been called an

The Tootsie Pop Indian Wrapper - Urban Legends
Where did the rumor come from that you could get a free Tootsie Roll Pop (or a whole bag of them) if you found a star (or an Indian, or both) on your wrapper?

'The Cat's Meow' and the Legend of Thomas Ince's Death
Is the administration building at Culver Studios -- known on the lot as

G.W. Bush Visit to Ft. Hood - Urban Legends
Circulating via email, a photo of George W. Bush and Laura Bush visiting a victim of the Ft. Hood shootings. Accompanying text says the visit was impromptu and the White House asked the Bushes to leave.

G.W. Bush Visit to Ft. Hood [p. 2]
Circulating via email, a photo of George W. Bush and Laura Bush visiting a victim of the Ft. Hood shootings. Accompanying text says the visit was impromptu and the White House asked the Bushes to leave.

G.W. Bush Visit to Ft. Hood [p. 3]
Circulating via email, a photo of George W. Bush and Laura Bush visiting a victim of the Ft. Hood shootings. Accompanying text says the visit was impromptu and the White House asked the Bushes to leave.

G.W. Bush Visit to Ft. Hood [Analysis]
Circulating via email, a photo of George W. Bush and Laura Bush visiting a victim of the Ft. Hood shootings. Accompanying text says the visit was impromptu and the White House asked the Bushes to leave.

The Lincoln / Kennedy Coincidences - Urban Legends
Circulating virally, a list of carefully selected facts (and non-facts) purporting to demonstrate 'eerie' similarities between the assassination of Abraham Lincoln in 1865 and that of John F. Kennedy in 1963.

Danger: Propane Tanks Used in Meth Labs - Urban Legends
Viral alert warns propane tank purchasers not to buy tanks with blue or green residue around the valve because they may be contaminated with anhydrous ammonia.

TRUE: Razor Blades Found on Playground Equipment in East Moline, IL
Viral images show razor blades glued to playground equipment in Millennium Park in East Moline, Illinois.

Myth Busted: Poinsettias Are Poisonous - Urban Legends
Is it true that poinsettia plants are poisonous if ingested, especially by small children and pets?

'Holiday Tree' Instead of Christmas Tree at the White House?
Recycled rumor claims the Obamas have replaced the White House Christmas tree with a

Johns Hopkins Cancer Hoax - Urban Legends
Viral text touting 'alternative' cancer treatments is falsely attributed to Johns Hopkins University.

'Hanoi Jane' Fonda Rumors Blend Fact and Fiction
Viral postings accuse 'Hanoi Jane' Fonda of betraying American POWs by handing over secret documents to their captors in North Vietnam.

Beneful Dog Food Safety Warning - Netlore Archive
Forwarded email warns that pet owners have reported the sudden deaths of dogs who ate Beneful Dog Food purchased at Walmart in December 2006.

'Fukushima Mutant Vegetables' Debunked
Calm down, Internet. Viral images of

John Kerry Meets Satanist Anton LaVey - Urban Legends
'Newspaper clipping' circulating online purports to show a youthful John Kerry shaking hands with Church of Satan founder Anton LaVey.

Did a Study Say Staring at Breasts Is Good for Men's Health?
'Medical study' supposedly published in the New England Journal of Medicine claims staring at women's breasts improves heart health and lengthens lifespan in men.

Did the U.S. Gov't Try (and Fail) to Run Mustang Ranch?
Cautionary tale about government incompetence claims that Nevada's Mustang Ranch brothel was seized in 1990 by the feds, who tried to run the business and failed.

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

Is Steve Burns (The Blue's Clues Guy) Really Dead?
Did Blue's Clues TV show host Steve Burns really die of a drug overdose? Nope, he's alive and well no thanks to the Internet rumor mill.

Did a Mummy's Curse Sink the Titanic? - Urban Legends
Was a 3,500-year-old mummy case containing the cursed remains of the Egyptian Princess of Amen-Ra responsible for the sinking of the Titanic?

Did a Mummy's Curse Sink the Titanic? [p. 2]
The tale of a 3,500-year-old mummy case, cont. Page 2.

Premature Burial - Urban Legends
Once upon a time, before modern embalming techniques were developed, people were indeed found on very rare occasions to have been buried alive.

Judge Forbids Black Mothers to Name Own Children - Netlore Archive
Emailed 'news item' claims a U.S. federal judge has ruled that due to the proliferation of 'ridiculous names,' poverty-stricken black women no longer have the right to christen their own children.

Thieves Clone Remote Key Codes to Steal Cars?
Is it true car owners should lock doors manually instead of using a remote key,because thieves can gain entry by cloning the security code('code grabbing'?)

Acid Rain Alert - Urban Legends
Forwarded emails, text messages, and Facebook postings claim the appearance of a 'dark circle' around the moon means acid rain will fall between the 20th and 28th of the month and may cause skin cancer in those exposed to it.

Did Obama Change Military Funeral Protocol? - Urban Legends
Forwarded email alleges that President Obama has ordered changes in military funeral protocol such that the folded flag is presented to the next-of-kin 'on behalf of the Secretary of Defense' instead of 'on behalf of the President.'

News About Mandatory RFID Chips in Wyoming Is Bogus
Internet spoof falsely claims RFID chip implants are required in Hanna, Wyoming.

'Assam Rape Festival' Story is Satire, Not Fact
Don't confuse National Report's 'Assam Rape Festival' story for actual news. It's fiction.

'Twas The Night Before Christmas - Funny Parodies
Funny Christmas poems - apocryphal versions of A Visit from St. Nicholas (The Night Before Christmas), one of the most parodied poems in the English language.

Febreze Warning - Urban Legends
Net rumor warns that the Procter & Gamble fabric deodorizer Febreze poses a health threat to pets.

Answer to the Urban Legends FAQ: What Is a Hoax?
Urban Legends FAQ: What is a hoax?

What's With the 'Blood Moon' in April? - Urban Legends
Is the total lunar eclipse of April 14-15, 2014 the big deal some people say it is?

North Pole Sunset (Photo) - Urban Legends
In this viral image purportedly snapped at the North Pole, the crescent moon appears to be many times larger than the setting sun.

Bad Science Meets Conspiracy Theory in 'Burning Snow' Videos
Viral videos of so-called 'burning snow' or 'fake snow' aren't as inexplicable as they seem.

The $250 Neiman Marcus Cookie Recipe - Urban Legend
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Bedbugs in Imported Clothing? - Urban Legends
Email rumor blames America's bedbug 'epidemic' on infested clothing, bedding, and towels imported from foreign countries for sale in the U.S.

Dial 112 to Contact Police in Emergency? - Urban Legends
Female college student pursued by cop impersonator is rescued by a real police officer after dialing 112 (or *112, or #112) emergency number on her cell phone.

Copper Pennies and Bee Stings - Urban Legends
Viral message claims that taping a copper penny over a bee sting (or hornet sting) will provide overnight relief from redness and swelling.

Did Obama Snub the D-Day Monument? - Urban Legends
Viral message claims Barack Obama is the only president in 68 years to neglect visiting the D-Day monument in Normandy.

Owner of Lost Vietnam War Dog Tag Found
The tag belongs to former USMC Platoon Sgt. Lanny Martinson of Sugar Land, Texas.

'Amazing Ball Girl Catch' Video Is a Fake
Ball Girl Catch - Turns out that amazing YouTube video of a ball girl kung-fu climbing the outfield wall to catch a high-flying foul was staged.

A Case of Eye Worm - Urban Legends
Viral images purportedly show doctors removing a live worm from a patient's eye. Are they real or fake?

5 Dumb Hoaxes People Actually Fell for in 2015
The year in lies, a fond look back at some of the wackiest Internet hoaxes people shared and fell for in 2015.

Is This Anaconda the World's Biggest Snake?
Viral image of a 134-foot-long anaconda is circulating with the claim that it's the world's biggest snake and killed 257 people in Africa. Real or fake?

Wasp Spray Self-Defense - Urban Legends
Viral message recommends using wasp spray for self defense instead of pepper spray. Is there evidence to back it up?

Ants in the Brain! - An Urban Legend
Doctors looking for the cause of severe headaches and facial itching in a young child discover that ants have crawled in his ear and infested his brain.

Tick Removal with Liquid Soap? - Urban Legends
Viral text advocates using a glob of liquid soap on a cotton ball as 'the best way to remove a tick.' True or false?

17 Hysterically Funny Urban Legends
Irish Ghost Story, an urban legend

17 Hysterically Funny Urban Legends
Don't Forget Your Undies, an urban legend

17 Hysterically Funny Urban Legends
The Zoo Parking Attendant, an urban legend

17 Hysterically Funny Urban Legends
Thank You From the Old Folks' Home, an urban legend

17 Hysterically Funny Urban Legends
The Kangaroo Thief, an urban legend

Does 'The Twelve Days of Christmas' Have a Secret Meaning?
Secret meaning?

Does 'The 12 Days of Christmas' Have a Hidden Meaning?
Hidden meaning?

Does 'The Twelve Days of Christmas' Have a Secret Meaning?
Secret meaning?

KFC Licensed to Sell Pot in Colorado? - Urban Legends
Online story claims KFC has a license to sell marijuana at all of its locations in Colorado, where the sale of pot has been legalized. True or false?

'Homeless' Pastor Jeremiah Steepek - Urban Legends
Viral tale about a pastor named Jeremiah Steepek who tested the empathy of his congregation by disguising himself as a homeless man.

Hoax Quiz: Can YOU Spot the Fakes?
Real or Fake? Take our quiz and see if you can tell the hoax photos from the real thing!

Did Jennifer Lopez Insure Her Butt? - Urban Legends
Dear Urban Legends: Is it true that Jennifer Lopez insured her butt for a billion dollars?

Does KFC Serve Mutant Chickens? - Urban Legends
Is it true that KFC can't legally use the word

Does KFC Serve Mutant Chickens? - Urban Legends
Is KFC forbidden to use the word

Neal Boortz 'Commencement Speech' - Urban Legends
Text of purported commencement speech delivered to students at Texas A&M University by radio talk show host Neal Boortz.

Viral Complaint About Best Buy Return Policy - Outdated
Forwarded email recounts a customer's unhappy experience attempting to return merchandise and obtain a cash refund at a Best Buy store.

The Mistletoe Bough by Thomas Haynes Bayly
The Mistletoe Bough, a ballad by Thomas Haynes Bayly and Sir Henry Bishop. Published circa 1830.

The Naked Truth About Slumber Parties


How to Survive an Anaconda Attack - Urban Legends
Viral message purports to share instructions from a Peace Corps manual on what to do if an anaconda or python attacks you in the wild.

Are Rattlesnakes Striking Without a Warning Rattle Now?
Viral message warns that rattlesnakes have changed their behavior and are striking at humans and other animals without a warning rattle.

Urban Legends
Urban Legends.

'Snake Eats Man' Photos - Urban Legends
Viral images purport to show a gigantic snake -- said to be an anaconda, python, or boa constrictor -- swallowing a person whole.

Urban Legends
Urban Legends.

Urban Legends
Urban Legends.

Urban Legends
Urban Legends.

Photo Shows Police Officer Pepper-Spraying a Child?
Viral image shows a policeman spraying a child with mace or pepper spray.

Nigerian '419' Scam Letters - Urban Legends
If you receive a

Calico Buck / Calico Deer (Photos) - Urban Legends
Viral images purport to show a calico or piebald deer shot by a hunter in Wisconsin (or Michigan, Arkansas, West Virginia, or Georgia, depending on version).

Calico Buck [p. 2]
Viral images, cont. Urban Legends.

Calico Buck [p. 3]
Viral images, cont. Urban Legends.

What Hunter S. Thompson Said About Thieves & Pimps
In which we attempt to nail down the source of a quotation attributed to the irascible Hunter S. Thompson.

'Where Thieves and Pimps Run Free' (cont.)
A quote attributed to Hunter S. Thompson... Page 2.

Clement Clarke Moore, the Reluctant Mythmaker
Clement Clarke Moore, the presumed author of

Urban Legends
Urban Legends.

Urban Legends
Urban Legends.

Mermaid / Merman Pictures - Urban Legends
Viral images purportedly show the carcass of a merman or mermaid washed up on a deserted beach.

Urban Legends
Urban Legends.

Urban Legends
Urban Legends.

Urban Legends
Urban Legends.

Phil Mickelson's Gambling Debts - Netlore Archive
Did pro golfer Phil Mickelson really rack up a $200,000 debt betting on his own performance in a practice round against three other players in Augusta, Georgia?

Crocodile Eats Man - Urban Legends
After a golfer disappears at the seventh hole, searchers kill a huge crocodile named Ole Mose and cut him open to see what he had eaten. Sure enough...

A Police Officer's Night Before Christmas (Viral Parody)
Internet parody based on the classic Christmas poem

The Pregnant Turkey - Urban Legends
For a Thanksgiving Day laugh, a mom stuffs a roast turkey with a cornish game hen as a practical joke on her naive daughter.

Lindsay Lohan, the Media and Fallen Marines
Shared message expresses disdain over excessive media coverage of Linsday Lohan while Marines giving their lives get no media attention.

The Bridegroom's Revenge - An Urban Legend
In the middle of a wedding ceremony, the groom interrupts the proceedings to reveal a shocking secret about the bride and the best man.

Xmas Expert? Try Our Christmas Folklore Quiz
Quiz: Christmas traditions, history and folklore