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JFK: 'I Am a Jelly Donut'
Germans supposedly giggled with embarrassment when John F. Kennedy uttered the words

JFK's 'Ich Bin ein Berliner' Mistake - Urban Legends
Germans supposedly giggled with embarrassment when John F. Kennedy uttered the words

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

Mr. Rogers Quote: 'Look for the Helpers' - Urban Legends


The Wizard of Oz Munchkin Suicide - Urban Legends
Urban legend holds that one of the munchkin actors in

Worms as 'Filler' in Fast Food - An Urban Legend
Do fast food chains like McDonald's and Taco Bell cut costs by substituting worms for beef in their hamburgers, tacos, etc.?

The Grocery Store Scam - An Urban Legend
In this familiar urban legend, an elderly con artist tricks a younger woman in a grocery store into paying for her groceries.

Dead Frog in Can of Peas
An irate consumer complains in a forwarded email about finding a tiny dead frog inside a can of Kroger peas. Photos attached!

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Do Lemon Slices in Restaurants Pose Health Risk?
Is it true that a scientific study found that lemon slices served as garnishes in restaurants are often contaminated with fecal bacteria?

The Tamiflu / Rumsfeld Connection - Urban Legends
Forwarded email asserts a conspiratorial connection between the worldwide alarm over a possible flu pandemic and Donald Rumsfeld's financial interest in the company that patented the antiviral drug Tamiflu.

Urban Legends
Urban Legends.

Christmas at Arlington Cemetery - Urban Legends
Viral images show Christmas wreaths adorning the headstones of every fallen soldier interred at Arlington National Cemetery. Are the photos real?

War and Pizza
Does an upswing in pizza deliveries to the White House and Pentagon (aka the

Why Do We Carve Pumpkins (Jack-O'-Lanterns) on Halloween?
A brief history of the jack-o'-lantern and how carving faces on pumpkins became a Halloween tradition.

Is Halloween Candy Tampering a Myth?
We've become so accustomed to monitoring our children's Halloween candy for adulterants that we rarely stop to wonder how real the danger is.

The Story of Tiresias, the First Transgendered Person in Folklore
Tiresias is a character in ancient Greek mythology with the distinction of being the first transgendered person, though not by choice and not for very long.

Is Jamie Lee Curtis a Hermaphrodite? [p. 2]
Longstanding (and unproven) rumors claim actress Jamie Lee Curtis is a hermaphrodite, or was born intersex and underwent surgery as a child to become female. Page 2.

Jamie Lee Curtis Hermaphrodite Urban Legend
Longstanding (and unproven) rumors claim actress Jamie Lee Curtis is a hermaphrodite, or was born intersex and underwent surgery as a child to become female.

Pin Prick Attacks in Bangkok and Maryland
In a reported incident in Bangkok, a man stabbed several women with a needle and shouted,

HIV Needle-Stick Rumors Rampant Online
Rumors of movie theater needle-stick attacks in Dallas and Denver are followed by copycat pranks in Virginia.Is it safe to leave your home anymore?

The Poison Dress - An Urban Legend
A young woman wearing a secondhand dress at a prom or wedding suddenly collapses and dies. More shocking still were the results of the autopsy report.

Why Do We Trick-or-Treat on Halloween?
Here's what we actually know about the origin and history of the custom of wearing costumes and trick-or-treating on Halloween.

HOAX: 15 Days of Darkness in November 2015
Various

17 Hysterically Funny Urban Legends
MasterCard Wedding, an urban legend involving a wronged groom and a sweet serving of expensive revenge at a wedding at Clemson University.

17 Hysterically Funny Urban Legends
The Wrong Bank, an urban legend. Urban Legends.

17 Hysterically Funny Urban Legends - The Cigar Arsonist
A hand-picked collection of hysterically funny stories from the Urban Legends archive

17 Hysterically Funny Urban Legends
The Queen, the President, and the Flatulent Horse, an urban legend

17 Hysterically Funny Urban Legends
Bricklayer Accident Report, an urban legend

17 Hysterically Funny Urban Legends
Good Luck Mr. Gorsky, an urban legend

17 Hysterically Funny Urban Legends
In Lieu of a Loo, an urban legend

17 Hysterically Funny Urban Legends
Biscuits for Brains, an urban legend

17 Hysterically Funny Urban Legends
The Pregnant Turkey, an urban legend

17 Hysterically Funny Urban Legends
Read Label Before Using is a story about a prim, proper and menopausal mother visiting her hip, happening daughter in San Francisco.

17 Hysterically Funny Urban Legends
The Exploding Toilet, an urban legend

17 Hysterically Funny Urban Legends
Need a laugh? Sit back and enjoy this collection of funny stories from our archive. Sixteen urban legends with a punch line!

HOAX: Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson) Is Dead
False reports that Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean) is dead are spreading via rogue Facebook apps.

Can Cell Phones Cause Explosions at Gas Pumps?
Email rumors claim using a cell phone at a gas station can ignite gasoline vapors and cause a fire and/or explosion.

Urban Legend of the Drugged Perfume
Criminals are supposedly knocking out victims by getting them to sniff samples of drug-laced perfume or cologne.

Harold B. Estes Letter to Obama [p. 2]
Emailed letter, cont. Urban Legends. Page 2.

Harold B. Estes Letter to Obama - Netlore Archive
Forwarded letter attributed to 95-year-old World War II Navy veteran Harold B. Estes lambastes President Obama for 'telling our friends & enemies despicable lies' and advises him to 'shape up and start acting like an American.'

Did Astronauts Have Sex in Space Shuttle? - Urban Legends
Allegations that astronauts had sex in the space shuttle are based on an Internet hoax, says NASA. A French author maintains that sex experiments were documented.

Why Do We Bob for Apples on Halloween?
On the origin and history of the custom of bobbing for apples on Halloween.

Biscuits for Brains - An Urban Legend
POP! goes the Pillsbury Doughboy in the backseat of the car... and the driver thinks she's been shot. An ancient (by Internet standards) tale also known as

Mermaid Pictures - Dead Mermaid Found in the Philippines [p. 2]
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 [p. 3]
Emailed pictures purportedly show the carcass of a dead mermaid caught by a fisherman in the Philippines.

Mermaid Body Found on Beach (p. 2)
Viral images allegedly show the carcass of a dead mermaid found washed up on a beach near Chennai, India after a tsunami.

Mermaid Body Found on Beach (p. 3)
Viral images allegedly show the carcass of a dead mermaid found washed up on a beach near Chennai, India after a tsunami.

A Quick Guide to the Origin and History of Halloween
What we know (and don't really know) about the history of Halloween, its origins, and how modern Halloween customs and traditions evolved.

Drugged Perfume Scam (p. 2)
Criminals are supposedly knocking out victims by getting them to sniff samples of drug-laced perfume or cologne. Page 2.

Drugged Perfume Scam (p. 5)
Criminals are supposedly knocking out victims by getting them to sniff samples of drug-laced perfume or cologne. Page 5.

Skinned Tom - An Urban Legend
A man skinned alive long ago for cheating with another man's wife still haunts Lovers' Lane...

The Hairy-Armed Hitchhiker - An Urban Legend
A little old lady begs for a ride from a passing stranger, who notices her arms are unusually hairy for a woman's. Wait, is that an axe in her handbag?

Drugged Perfume Scam (p. 3)
Criminals are supposedly knocking out victims by getting them to sniff samples of drug-laced perfume or cologne. Page 3.

Drugged Perfume Scam (p. 4)
Criminals are supposedly knocking out victims by getting them to sniff samples of drug-laced perfume or cologne. Page 4.

10 Things to Know About Slender Man
Who or what is Slender Man, and why is everyone so afraid of him? All your questions answered here!

The Biggest Rattlesnake in Texas - Urban Legends
Apparently they make snakes larger than humans in Texas. Who knew?

Is There Bull Sperm in Energy Drinks? - Urban Legends
We look into the claim that the secret ingredient responsible for the boost you get from Red Bull and other energy drinks is bull sperm.

Worker Dead at Desk for 5 Days - Urban Legends
The strange, sad, untrue story of New York proofreader George Turklebaum, who supposedly lay dead at his desk for five full days before anyone noticed.

Why Are They Called 'Urban' Legends?
Urban Legends FAQ: Why are they called

Citizens Against Breastfeeding - Urban Legends
Forwarded email claims more than 200,000 American citizens signed an anti-breastfeeding petition urging Congress to declare breastfeeding in public unlawful.

8 Ways to Spot an Urban Legend
Learn to spot an urban legend. Here are some telltale signs and a few tips and tricks for separating fact from fiction.

Skogsra - Forest Spirits in Swedish Folklore
Skogsra, the beautiful woodland spirits in Swedish folklore, are known for causing trouble; a lot of trouble.

Nancy Pelosi and StarKist Tuna - Urban Legends
Email rumor claims Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi arranged special legislative favors for StarKist Tuna's parent company Del Monte Foods.

HOAX: Facebook to Charge 5.99 to Keep Accounts Private
Is it true that Facebook will begin charging users an

Facebook to Start Charging Membership Fees?
Recurring rumors falsely claim that Facebook has released a new membership

Fan Death - An Urban Legend
Is it true that people have died simply because they slept in a closed room with the fan running all night?

Death of Little Mikey by Pop Rocks and Soda - Urban Legends
Did John Gilchrist, the actor who played

The Killer in the Backseat - An Urban Legend
Drivers beware - that person following you on the highway may actually be trying to save your life!

Is a Dog's Mouth Cleaner Than a Human's?
If you don't mind my falling back on a gut feeling, I'd rather be French-kissed by a human being than a dog any day.

Yellow Ribbons "Tradition" Is of Recent Origin, Folklorists Say
The custom of

Did ABC Ban Flag Lapel Pins? - Urban Legends
Viral message claims ABC News ordered reporters and news anchors not to wear American flag lapel pins or other patriotic insignia.

Two Duck Hunters, Dynamite and a Dog - Urban Legends
Two not-so-bright duck hunters drive their vehicle onto a frozen lake and use dynamite to break a hole in the ice for decoys. What could possibly go wrong?

The Spider Bite - An Urban Legend
Can spider eggs really hatch inside someone's body? Here are two variants of an urban legend about a truly horrible infestation!

Hillary Clinton 'Marxist' Quotes - Urban Legends
Circulating via forwarded email and social media, a set of quotes attributed to Hillary Clinton purportedly demonstrating her

Hillary Clinton 'Marxist' Quotes [p. 2]
Circulating via forwarded email and social media, a set of quotes attributed to Hillary Clinton purportedly demonstrating her

The Legend of Bunny Man Bridge - Urban Legends
In which we investigate the legend of the Bunny Man, an ax murderer in a bunny suit who has supposedly terrorized Virginia, Maryland, and D.C. for decades.

How to Spot an Email Hoax
How to detect and verify an email hoax: a few simple guidelines.

Nancy Pelosi's Jet - Urban Legends
Online rumor claims Speaker Nancy Pelosi used a gas-guzzling, 200-seat military jet for coast-to-coast commutes at an annual cost to taxpayers of $5,760,000.

Amazing Tsunami Picture - Urban Legends
Emailed image purports to show the devastating tsunami of December 26, 2004 washing ashore on the Thai island of Phuket (or Indonesia, depending on version

The Designated Decoy - Urban Legends
A state trooper pulls over a driver exhibiting clear signs of being intoxicated, only to find out he's a perfectly sober

Things That Really Suck - Urban Legends
From the mailbag: Cats get a bum rap, imploding toilets disembowel victims, Altoids prove 'curiously strong' in more ways than one...

Priest Dies, Wakes Up, Says God Is a Woman? - Urban Legends
Fake news story claims a Catholic priest resuscitated after a heart attack says he went to heaven and met God, whom he described as feminine and mother-like.

Are John Dillinger's Private Parts at the Smithsonian?
Dear Urban Legends: I believe I read an article regarding the Smithsonian housing private parts of famous people -- John Dillinger, for example. Is there any truth to this folklore?

Two Moons on August 27? - Urban Legends
Recurring rumor claims 27 August 2015 will bring a close encounter between Mars and Earth, during which there will appear to be two moons in the night sky.

- By Category
An index of categories in the

The Laundry Room Killer - An Urban Legend
A teenage babysitter hears strange noises in the basement, as if someone is turning the clothes dryer on and off. She goes downstairs to investigate.

Mars in August (p. 2)
Recycled hoax claims Aug. 27 will bring the closest encounter between Mars and Earth in recorded history.

Mars in August (p. 3)
Recycled hoax claims Aug. 27 will bring the closest encounter between Mars and Earth in recorded history.

Mars in August (p. 4)
Recycled hoax claims Aug. 27 will bring the closest encounter between Mars and Earth in recorded history.

Mars in August [p. 5]
Recycled hoax claims Aug. 27 will bring the closest encounter between Mars and Earth in recorded history.

Black Voting Rights to Expire? - Urban Legends
Forwarded email rumor claims that black voting rights in the U.S. are due to expire along with the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

HOAX: Walking Dead Season 6 Cancelled - Urban Legends
Social media prank claims AMC is cancelling season 6 of the popular TV series

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.

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.

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.

What Exactly Is a Blue Moon?
What is a blue moon? In modern times the phrase

9/11 Tear Drop Memorial - Urban Legends
Authentic: Viral photos of a

9/11 Tear Drop Memorial [p. 2]
Viral images, cont. Urban Legends.

9/11 Tear Drop Memorial [p. 3]
Viral images, cont. Urban Legends.

9/11 Tear Drop Memorial [p. 4]
Viral images, cont. Urban Legends.

9/11 Tear Drop Memorial [p. 5]
Viral images, cont. Urban Legends.

9/11 Tear Drop Memorial [p. 6]
Viral images, cont. Urban Legends.

9/11 Tear Drop Memorial [p. 7]
Viral images, cont. Urban Legends.

9-11 Tear Drop Memorial [p. 8]
Viral images, cont. Urban Legends.

Analysis
Viral images of the

Probably Wasn't the Same Elephant - Urban Legends
A man who had once rescued an injured elephant encounters the same animal years later, only this time the elephant tramples and kills him. Probably wasn't the same elephant.

The Fatal Tan - An Urban Legend
A young bride-to-be decides she needs a tan, so a week before her wedding day she visits a tanning salon. Then another, then another.

The Babysitter and the Man Upstairs - An Urban Legend
A teenage babysitter frantically calls the police after receiving prank calls from a stranger who repeatedly inquires after the welfare of the children she's supposed to be taking care of.

'Hit Man' Scam - Urban Legends
Spam message supposedly sent by a hitman hired to 'terminate' the recipient demands a large sum of money to cancel the mission.

Elephant Paints Elephant (Video) - Urban Legends
Viral video appears to show an elephant painting a 'self-portrait' unguided by human hands.

Is Tommy Hilfiger a Racist? - Urban Legends
About those rumors that fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger made racist statements on the Oprah Winfrey Show...

Is Shakira Anti-Semitic? - Urban Legends
Did Colombian pop star Shakira really make anti-Semitic statements on MTV?

Ben Stein Christmas Confessions - Urban Legends
Viral text attributed to Ben Stein includes his 'confessions' about Jewishness, celebrating Christmas, and the sorry state of American culture.

Larry Ellison's Yale Commencement Address - Urban Legends
Did flamboyant Oracle CEO Larry Ellison really deliver a commencement address in which he called Yale graduates 'a pack of losers'?

Can You Catch AIDS From a Pineapple? - Urban Legends
Internet rumor claims a 10-year-old boy came down with AIDS after eating pineapple from a roadside vendor who was infected with HIV.

Mentos and Coke Death - Urban Legends
Online rumor claims two boys in Brazil died after eating[R]Mentos and drinking Coke (or Diet Coke) at the same time.

The Bristol Zoo Parking Attendant - Urban Legends
Email tale about a 'very pleasant' car park attendant who showed up every day to collect parking fees from zoo visitors, then one day simply vanished.

AriZona Tea Contains Urine? Nope, False!
Viral

Dumb Burglars Break Into Wrong Bank - Urban Legends
Two robbers break into a bank to steal diamonds and gold, instead finding what they believe to be a cache of vanilla pudding.

The Many Homes of John Kerry - Urban Legends
Viral message purports to enumerate the vast property holdings of 2004 Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry.

Eisenhower Quote on Abolishing Social Security - Urban Legends
Authenticated: A quote attributed to President Dwight D. Eisenhower stating that any political party attempting to abolish social security would never be heard of again.

Ed Mezvinsky, Father of the Groom - Urban Legends
Viral anecdote claims Chelsea Clinton's husband is Marc Mezvinsky, the son of former Congressman Ed Mezvinsky, who went to prison for fraud. It's true.

The Colander Lie Detector Trick - Urban Legends
Claim: Police in Radnor, Pennsylvania, interrogated a suspect by placing a metal colander on his head and connecting it with wires to a photocopy machine. The suspect confessed!

Egg Whites for Burns? - Urban Legends
Egg whites as a burn remedy? Viral text touts coating burned skin with raw egg whites as a 'miracle healing' home remedy. Doctors not so much.

Hercules, World's Biggest Dog? - Urban Legends
Viral photo of a gigantic dog named Hercules, purportedly the Guinness Record holder for Biggest Dog in the World.

The Charlie Charlie Challenge - Urban Legends
The Internet is freaking out over a simple divination game played with two pencils called the

The Charlie Charlie Challenge (p. 2)
Urban Legends. Page 2.

The Necrophiliac's Gift - An Urban Legend
Note to self: never have sex with someone who works in a morgue.

Does Fellatio Decrease Risk of Breast Cancer in Women?
Homemade web page masquerading as a CNN news story claims women can decrease their risk of breast cancer by

An Alleged Case of Necrophilia-Related STD in Malta
Our story begins with a segment aired last week on Malta's Favourite Channel News.

The Insulting Epitaph - Urban Legends
Can you find the hidden, insulting message in this epitaph inscribed on a tombstone in a Montreal cemetery? (Warning: contains profanity!)

Who's Afraid of Spotted Dick?
Is it true that British shoppers are so embarrassed to ask for 'spotted dick' that a supermarket chain is considering renaming the classic steamed pudding 'Spotted Richard'?

Did the U.S. Government Purchase 30,000 Guillotines? No.
Decades-old conspiracy theory claims the federal government recently purchased 30,000 guillotines.

Is Megan Fox a Man? - Urban Legends
Is Megan Fox a man??? Internet rumors claim voluptuous actress Megan Fox is actually either a man in drag (transvestite), a transsexual, or was born a hermaphrodite and underwent surgery to become a woman. What's the truth?

Is Ciara a Man? - Ciara's Secret Sex-Change Operation
Internet rumors claim Ciara was born male and is either a secret transvestite or underwent a sex-change operation to become a transsexual.

Ciara's Secret Sex-Change Operation [p. 2]
Internet rumors are flying, cont. Page 2.

Coors Light Beer Laced With Cocaine? It's a Hoax!
Satirical article claims consumers reported feeling

Myth Busted: Marie Antoinette Said 'Let Them Eat Cake'
Say what you will about her, Marie Antoinette never actually uttered the words

The Exploding Toilet - An Urban Legend
A classic urban legend: Man drops cigarette into toilet filled with discarded gasoline or cleaning fluids. Toilet explodes. Comedy of errors ensues.

Tiger Adopts Piglets (Photos) - Urban Legends
Emailed snapshots taken at a zoo show a mother tiger apparently nursing a brood of piglets costumed in tiger stripes.

Barbara Bush on Hurricane Katrina Refugees
Did First Lady Barbara Bush really say of underprivileged Hurricane Katrina victims that the catastrophe was 'working very well for them'?

What Is a Cautionary Tale?
Definition of cautionary tale. Urban Legends.

Always Wear Underwear in Public - Urban Legends
Zipperless variant of 'The Unzipped Mechanic,' a classic urban legend in which a woman mistakes the man doing repairs underneath the family car for her husband - and gives him the surprise of his life.

Are Vending Machines More Deadly than Sharks?
An L.A. lifeguard says more people are killed each year by vending machines than by sharks.

The Bigoted Airline Passenger - Urban Legends
Widely circulated tale of an airline passenger who demands a different seat assignment after learning he or she will be sitting next to a person of another race or religion.

The Glitter Spray Mistake - An Urban Legend
A woman accidentally uses holiday glitter spray instead of feminine hygiene spray just before visiting the gynecologist. Embarrassment ensues.

HOAX: iPhone 6 Phones Contaminated With Ebola Virus
According to a fake news article circulating via social media, thousands of new iPhone 6 phones have been found to be contaminated with the Ebola virus.

A Little Girl Called Clarissa - Urban Legends
Chain letter tells the story of Clarissa, a little girl imprisoned in a mental hospital for killing her mother and father. That was just for starters.

Thaw the Chicken! (The Chicken Gun) - Urban Legends
On the unadvisability of firing chickens out of a cannon before they are fully thawed...

The Stella Awards - Urban Legends
Introducing the Stella Awards for the most frivolous lawsuits in the U.S., purportedly named after 81-year-old Stella Liebeck, who was awarded damages for injuries sustained after spilling a cup of McDonald's coffee in her lap in 1994.

Never Lick an Envelope! - Urban Legends
According to this viral tale, a woman got sick after cutting her tongue when she licked an envelope infested with cockroach eggs.

Folded $20 Bill Depicts 9/11 Terrorist Attacks - Urban Legends
Do images formed by folding a U.S. $20 bill origami-style 'commemorate' the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks of September 11, 2001?

Cockroach Egg Tacos [p. 2]
Woman gets sick after dining on a taco or burrito infested with cockroach eggs, cont. Page 2.

Cockroach Egg Tacos - An Urban Legend
What? A woman got sick after eating a taco or burrito infested with cockroach eggs?? Calm down, it's only an urban legend!

Giant Catfish Picture (Photo) - Urban Legends
Viral of a huge catfish supposedly caught in Lake Texoma, Texas in 2004.

Abe Lincoln Meme "The Problem with Quotes on the Internet"
Abraham Lincoln: 'The problem with quotes on the Internet is that it is hard to verify their authenticity.' (source: the Internet)

The Ghost Under the Bed - Urban Legends
Online chain letter claims a ghost seen hiding under a bed will 'collect your soul' if you don't forward the message to at least five people.

The Great Internet Banana Scare of 2000 - Urban Legends
An email hoax circulating since January 2000 claims bananas imported from Costa Rica carry the deadly 'flesh-eating disease' necrotizing fasciitis.

Flesh-Eating Bananas Hoax - Urban Legends
Killer bananas from Costa Rica (or South Africa) infected with necrotizing fasciitis, the deadly 'flesh-eating disease'? Don't panic, it's an Internet hoax!

Lucky Truck Accident (Photos) - Urban Legends
Viral images show the aftermath of a pickup truck accident outside Hurricane, Utah in which the truck apparently crashed through a barricade, struck a culvert, flipped end over end and landed upright inches from the edge of a deep ravine.

Dumb Burglars Snort Dead Person's Ashes - Urban Legends
Dumb criminals supposedly confuse someone's cremated remains for cocaine, and snort them.

Fly in Urinal at Schiphol Airport - Urban Legends
Viral image shows a restroom urinal in Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport with a fly etched in the porcelain to improve users' aim and reduce 'spillage.'

Does 'LOL' Stand for 'Lucifer Our Lord'? - Urban Legends
The claim that the popular Internet expression 'LOL' is actually an acronym for 'Lucifer Our Lord' started out as a viral joke, but some insist on taking it seriously.

Did Caroline Kennedy Call Obama a Liar? - Urban Legends
Viral quote attributed to Caroline Kennedy: 'I can't stand to hear his (Obama's) voice anymore. He's a liar and worse.'

Brain Maggots or Sushi Worms? [Analysis]
Viral images, cont.: stanford university hospital anatomical landmarks brain infection medical explanation disturbing images

The Driverless Car - Urban Legends
A man hitchhiking on a dark and stormy night jumps in a stopped car, then realizes there's nobody in the driver's seat. Imagine his surprise when the vehicle starts moving and a disembodied arm reaches in through the window to steer!

Teenager Dies After Inhaling Dust-Off Cleaning Spray - Urban Legends
TRUE: One father's first-person account of finding his son dead after he inhaled Dust-Off cleaning spray to get high.

Shark Attacks Helicopter! - Urban Legends
Viral image purports to show a great white shark lunging out of the water to attack a scuba diver dangling from a helicopter ladder.

Muslim Stamp - Urban Legends
Viral message urges boycott of USPS Muslim stamps commemorating the Islamic holidays Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, stamps which have existed since 2001.

Winston Churchill, Farmer Fleming and Penicillin - Urban Legends
Did the son of a Scottish farmer who saved the life of the young Winston Churchill grow up to become the inventor of penicillin?

The Choking Doberman - An Urban Legend
That the Doberman seemed to be choking to death was scary enough. Then they discovered what he was choking on...

The Bothered Bride (The Bride's Revenge) - An Urban Legend
A wedding ceremony is suddenly interrupted by the bride, who reveals a shocking secret about the groom and the maid of honor.

The Dead Boyfriend - An Urban Legend
They picked the worst possible night to go necking on Lovers' Lane. Find out why... if you dare!

Miner Found Alive After 17 Years Underground? - Urban Legends
Satirical 'news story' claims Chinese man survived 17 years trapped in a mine.

Niagara Falls Frozen in 1911 (Photos) - Urban Legends
Viral images purport to offer postcard views of Niagara Falls completely frozen over in 1911.

Robin Williams Plan for Peace - Urban Legends
Sarcastic 10-point 'world peace plan' circulating via email and social media is falsely attributed to comedian Robin Williams.

Muslim Belief: 'Allah or Jesus?' by Rick Mathes - Urban Legends
Forwarded email describes an encounter between a Christian minister and a Muslim imam in which the latter admits that his religion requires violent jihad (holy war) against all infidels (non-believers in Islam).

Photo: Gone Fishing - G.W. Bush in New Orleans - Urban Legends
Emailed photo purports to show President Bush and his father nonchalantly fishing in the flooded streets of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

Bungee Jumper vs. Crocodile (Video) - Urban Legends
Viral video of a grisly encounter between a bungee jumper and a huge crocodile awaiting him in the river below.

Carson Williams' Christmas House (Video) - Urban Legends
Viral video of Carson Williams' suburban house decorated with animated Christmas lights synchronized to 'Wizards of Winter' by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Jane Fonda: 'Do You Know Who I Am?' - Urban Legends
'Do you know who I am?' said the movie star to the waitress. A story circulating since the mid-1990s claims Jane Fonda and Ted Turner were kicked out of a Montana restaurant by its owner, a Vietnam veteran.

'America the Beautiful' by Judge Roy Moore - Urban Legends
Circulating online: 'America the Beautiful,' a caustic poem about the nation's moral decline attributed to Judge Roy Moore of Alabama.

Thank You from the Old Folks Home - Urban Legends
An 84-year-old resident of the Safety Harbor Assisted Home for the Aged writes to administrators of a local middle school to thank them for the radio she won at a senior citizens' luncheon.

General Giap on How U.S. Lost the Vietnam War - Urban Legends
Bogus passage attributed to former North Vietnam General Vo Nguyen Giap blames U.S. loss of the Vietnam War on media bias and homefront disruption.

Crooked House [p. 5]
Viral photos of a 'crazy architectural structure' that actually exists in Sopot, Poland. It's called 'The Crooked House.'

Crooked House [p. 3]
Viral photos of a 'crazy architectural structure' that actually exists in Sopot, Poland. It's called 'The Crooked House.'

Crooked House [p. 4]
Viral photos of a 'crazy architectural structure' that actually exists in Sopot, Poland. It's called 'The Crooked House.'

Crooked House [Analysis]
Viral photos of a 'crazy architectural structure' that actually exists in Sopot, Poland. It's called 'The Crooked House.'

Crooked House [p. 2]
Viral photos of a 'crazy architectural structure' that actually exists in Sopot, Poland. It's called 'The Crooked House.'

Why Penus Van Lesbian Changed His Name - Netlore Archive
If you'd been born with the name 'Penus Van Lesbian' you would have changed it too

Qur'an 9:11 - The Wrath of the Eagle - Urban Legends
Does verse 9:11 of the Qur'an (Koran) predict that the 'wrath of the Eagle would be felt throughout the lands of Allah,' a coded reference to America's response to 9/11?

Navy Warship USS New York - Urban Legends
Forwarded email accurately describes the USS New York, a Navy warship built using 24 tons of scrap metal from the fallen towers of the World Trade Center

Is Canola Oil Hazardous to Your Health? [p. 3]
Internet rumors claim canola oil isn't as good for you as it's reputed to be, cont.

Obama's Veterans Day Non-Salute (Photo) - Urban Legends
Viral photo supposedly shows President Obama neglecting to salute the flag (or national anthem) at the 2009 Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington Cemetery (or, in another version, Ft. Hood).

"Talking Angela" App a Threat to Kids' Safety? No.
Online rumors claim the popular smartphone app 'Talking Angela' is a threat to kids' privacy and safety. Not true.

FAKE NEWS: Unborn Baby Becomes Pregnant - Urban Legends
Satirical 'news story' claims an unborn fetus became pregnant while still inside the mother's womb.

Obama Phone - Free Phones for People on Welfare?
Viral rumor claims the Obama administration started a program whereby taxpayer money is being 'redistributed' to provide free cell phones ('Obama phones') to welfare recipients.

The Kurt Vonnegut Sunscreen Speech - Urban Legends
A commencement address that Kurt Vonnegut never gave...

Does the Church of Satan Really Exist? - Urban Legends
To outward appearances, Anton LaVey's so-called Church of Satan still survives despite his passing...

Humpback and Kayaker [p. 4]
Viral image purports to show a man kayaking between the open jaws of a humpback whale breaching the waters of Sitka Sound, Alaska.

Humpback and Kayaker [p. 3]
Viral image purports to show a man kayaking between the open jaws of a humpback whale breaching the waters of Sitka Sound, Alaska.

Barack Obama's 923 Executive Orders - Urban Legends
Viral text falsely asserts that President Obama signed 923 executive orders in the first 40 months of office, many times more than any other president to date.

"I'm 76 (Or 83) and I'm Tired" by Bill Cosby
Viral rant attributed to Bill Cosby condemns Muslims, lazy poor people, global warming activists, drug addiction programs, and

The Snake in the House - An Urban Legend
If you think those little green grass snakes are totally harmless, you've got another think coming!

The Snake in the House [p. 2]
If you think those little green grass snakes are totally harmless, you've got another think coming! Page 2.

'Jenkem' Drug Warning - Urban Legends
Viral alert warns that a homemade intoxicant called jenkem, consisting of the gases emitted by fermenting human feces, is now 'a popular drug in American schools.'

Urban Legends: Using Flour as A Remedy for Burns
No. Plain white flour will not stop pain from a burn nor promote healing. Experts say it's better to use cool water, then cover the burn loosely with dry, sterile gauze.

The Queen, the President, and the Flatulent Horse - Urban Legends
During a state visit to England, President G.W. Bush took a fateful coach ride to Buckingham Palace with the Queen of England and her farting horse.

The 'Truth' About Martin Luther King - Urban Legends
Anonymous forwarded email purports to reveal 'Four Things You Didn't Know About Martin Luther King, Jr.'

The Needle in the Ball Pit - Urban Legends
In this version of an old playground myth, a child named Kevin Archer dies after being stuck with a heroin-contaminated needle in a fast-food restaurant ball pit.

'Hanoi Jane' Rumors [p. 2]
Viral rumors about Jane Fonda, cont. Page 2.

'Hanoi Jane' Rumors [p. 3]
Viral rumors about Jane Fonda, cont. Page 3.

HOAX: The Two-Striped Telamonia Spider - Urban Legends
Recycled hoax warns of the Two-Striped Telamonia spider (Telamonia dimidiata), purportedly a poisonous species that hides under toilet seats and killed five people in North Florida.

HOAX: The Two-Striped Telamonia Spider [cont.]
Recycled email hoax, cont. Urban Legends. Page 2.

Two Sniffs and You're Out! - Urban Legends
This viral warning to women about a robbery scam involving a potent 'knock-out' cologne arrived just in time to strike fear into the hearts of holiday shoppers...

Obama's Wedding Ring Out for Repairs? - Urban Legends
Viral message takes note of the fact that President Obama wasn't wearing a wristwatch or wedding ring at a press conference coinciding with Ramadan and concludes he must be a Muslim.

The Exploding Cactus - An Urban Legend
A family receives a cactus as a gift and gives it place of honor in their living room. Weeks later, someone happens to notice that it's... quivering?

The Killer in the Window - An Urban Legend
A teenage babysitter frantically phones the police after seeing a strange man approaching the sliding glass door near where she's watching TV.

Does Taco Bell Use Grade 'D' Meat? - Urban Legends
A class-action lawsuit has been filed accusing Taco Bell of false advertising because it describes the meat used in some of its products as

Violin Spider in Tea Kettle - Urban Legends
Is it true that 6 people died after drinking tea made from water heated in a kettle where a violin spider was hiding?

Flesh-Eating Disease from Unwashed Underwear [Analysis]
Viral images, cont.: group a streptococcus flesh eating disease types of bacteria soft tissues photo examples

Why Are People Saying Will Smith Is Dead?
It's a scam to trick you into installing a rogue Facebook app.

Macaulay Culkin Found Dead? No, It's a Hoax!
Internet hoax claims former child actor Macaulay Culkin was found dead in his home at the age of 34.

Attention Internet: Paul Walker 'Death Photo' Is a Hoax
Photo purporting to show Paul Walker's facial injuries is a hoax.

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Scary Presidential Election Statistics (2000-2012)
Viral text quoting Prof. Joseph Olson of Hamline University purports to analyze the results of the most recent U.S. presidential election in terms of the murder rates of districts voting Democrat vs. Republican.

NBC Poll: In God We Trust - Urban Legends
Forwarded email claims an NBC poll asking respondents if they believe in God yielded 86% in favor of keeping the words 'In God we trust' on currency and 'under God' in the Pledge of Allegiance, 14% against.

Bride-and-Seek (The Missing Bride) - An Urban Legend
After a lavish wedding in a stately mansion, members of the wedding party play a game of hide-and-seek. It isn't long before everyone is found... everyone, that is, except the bride.

New & Updated - Urban Legends, Rumors, Internet Hoaxes
Find info on the latest Internet hoaxes, rumors, and the most popular stories circulating today.

HOAX: Needles Hidden Under Gas Pump Handles
Online warnings claim evildoers are exposing innocent victims to the AIDS virus by attaching HIV-contaminated needles to gas pump handles.

Hoax List: Current Netlore & Urban Legends
Hoax List from About.com: Current Internet hoaxes, email rumors and urban legends debunked - your resource for information on all the latest misinformation on the Net.

HR 4646 - Obama's 1% Transaction Tax? - Urban Legends
Viral message warns against HR 4646, claiming Obama plans to impose a 1% transaction tax on all bank transactions, including personal deposits.

Urban Legend: European Newborn Will All Be Microchipped
Bogus news article repeats discredited claim that all newborn babies in Europe will be microchipped starting in May 2014..

FACEBOOK SCAM / HOAX: 'Miley Cyrus Commits Suicide After Traumatic Stress'
Miley Cyrus isn't dead. Rogue Facebook app is spreading viral posts falsely claiming she committed suicide.

Flash Your Headlights and Die! - An Urban Legend
Examining the resurgence of a terrifying urban legend about aspiring gang members firing at oncoming drivers who innocently flash their headlights.

Procter & Gamble Accused of Satanism
Decades-old rumors of 'Satan worship' by the owners of Procter & Gamble still circulate online

Procter & Gamble Accused of Satanism [p. 2]
Satan worship at Procter & Gamble, cont. Page 2.

Did Nostradamus Predict the 9/11 Attacks?
Internet rumors claim French seer Nostradamus predicted the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon 500 years before they happened.

Did Nostradamus Predict 9-11? (cont.)
Internet rumors, cont. Urban Legends. Page 2.

Ronald Reagan: Grace Under the Scalpel - Urban Legends
'I hope you're all Republicans,' said the President to the doctors. Or did he?

Ronald Reagan: Grace Under the Scalpel (p. 2)
'Please tell me you're all Republicans,' said the president to the surgeons. Or did he? Page 2.

The Kidney Thieves - An Urban Legend
Rumors can spread like viruses, and are sometimes just as lethal. Case in point, 'The Kidney Thieves.'

The Kidney Thieves [p. 2]
Rumors can spread like viruses, cont. Page 2.

HOAX: Ericsson Free Laptop Promotion - Urban Legends
Viral message claims phone manufacturer Sony Ericsson will give away free laptop computers to anyone who forwards the text to at least eight people.

Obama Quote on Raising Debt Limit (2006) - Urban Legends
Circulating via email, a quote attributed to Sen. Barack Obama in 2006 in which he calls raising the U.S. national debt limit 'a sign of leadership failure.'

SCAM: 'Two Little Creatures Found in USA' Video
Beware of scam posts purporting to link to a video about two 12-inch-tall human-like creatures supposedly found in the USA.

Khrushchev 'Small Doses of Socialism' Quote - Urban Legends
Attributed to Khrushchev: 'we can assist their elected leaders in giving Americans small doses of socialism until they suddenly awake to find they have Communism.'

MasterCard Wedding - An Urban Legend
MasterCard Wedding: During a lavish wedding ceremony at Clemson University with 300 attendees, the groom interrupts the proceedings to reveal a shocking secret about the bride and the best man.

Weird Baby Names
Weird Baby Names: Speaking of urban legends about newborn babies saddled with bizarre names...

The Kurt Vonnegut Sunscreen Speech [p. 2]
A commencement address that Kurt Vonnegut never gave, cont. Page 2.

'Six Days of Darkness' Hoax - Don't Believe It!
Fake news article claims the earth will experience six days of total darkness in December 2014 due to dust and space debris from a solar storm.

Lee Iacocca Speaks Out on Obama - Urban Legends
Forwarded text attributed to former Chrysler chairman Lee Iacocca says the only way to save America is to 'Throw all the Democrats out along with Obama!'

Lee Iacocca Speaks Out on Obama [p. 2]
Forwarded text attributed to former Chrysler chairman Lee Iacocca says the only way to save America is to 'Throw all the Democrats out along with Obama!'. Page 2.

Who Said 'Dissent Is the Highest Form of Patriotism'?
Did Jefferson say 'Dissent is the highest form of patriotism'?

Michelle Obama's Staff - Urban Legends
Emailed article castigates First Lady Michelle Obama for requiring a paid staff of more than 20 people, claiming she has an 'unprecedented' number of 'attendants.'

Urban Legend - Definition and Examples
Definition of urban legend - An apocryphal, secondhand story told as true and just plausible enough to be believed, about some horrific, embarrassing, ironic, or exasperating series of events that supposedly happened to a real person.

Was Martha Raye a Nurse in Vietnam? - Urban Legends
Viral story about entertainer Martha Raye helping to save wounded soldiers in the field during a 1967 USO tour in Vietnam.

Bill Gates Won't Pay You for SharingThis Photo
Facebook prank: Bill Gates is giving $5,000 to everyone who shares this photo. NOT!

Bible Stops Bullet, Saves Soldier's Life
Bible stops bullet? Variations on an urban legend, old and new.

Alleged Photo of Darren Wilson Injuries Is a Hoax - Urban Legends
A viral image supposedly showing Ferguson, Mo. police officer Darren Wilson with a broken eye socket is actually of deceased motocross driver Jim McNeil. It was taken in 2006.

Scary Election Statistics [p. 2]
Viral text, cont. Urban Legends. Page 2.

The Man on Page 602 - An Urban Legend
Dear Urban Legends: I read somewhere that in a 1975 Sears catalog, there is a penis visible in one of the pictures. Is this true? It sounds kind of urban legend-y to me, but I'm curious to know.

Paper-on-Rear-Window Carjacking Scheme - Urban Legends
Viral rumor warns of a new carjacking scheme involving the placement of a flyer or piece of paper or currency on the victim's rear window to trick them into exiting the vehicle.

Pedigree Dog Food Warning - Urban Legends
UNCONFIRMED: Viral Facebook post claims someone's dogs died after exhibiting symptoms similar to poisoning as a result of consuming 'tainted' Pedigree dog food.

The Legend of the Apple Logo - Urban Legends
For years it's been rumored that the Apple logo was inspired by circumstances surrounding the death of Alan Turing.

The Troll in the Closet - Urban Legends
A parent returns from a shopping trip to find her mentally-challenged son in a very excited state, saying, 'I caught a troll and trapped him in the closet!'

The Troll in the Closet [p. 2]
A parent returns from a shopping trip, cont. Page 2.

'Wall Street Suicides' Mostly Urban Myth
The current financial crisis reminds a lot of people of the catastrophic stock market crash of 1929, prompting this timely exercise in historical factchecking

McDonald's 'Semen Sandwich' Story Is a Hoax
No, a Michigan woman did not contract herpes after ingesting semen-spiked mayo at McDonald's.

Malaysia Airlines 'Lose Yourself' Ad Is Fake
Tasteless online jokes follow in the wake of the loss of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

'Python Eats Drunk Guy in India' Story Is a Hoax
Captured python supposedly had a human being for its last meal.

Are Sharks Prowling the Streets of New Orleans?
Among the many rumors circulating in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina is the claim that sharks have been seen prowling the flooded byways of New Orleans.

Charge Your iPod with Gatorade and an Onion?
Via Museum of Hoaxes: The hottest viral video of the week was posted by a guy who calls himself

No Hoax: Free Rice Website Feeds the Hungry
In case you were wondering, FreeRice.com is neither a hoax nor a scam, despite its seemingly too-good-to-be-true premise. Visitors to the nonprofit website are

The Truth About Pringles
A British court just handed down a decision exempting Pringles, the popular potato-chip-like snack marketed in a can, from a value-added tax on potato products

Eggs and the Summer Solstice
Urban Legends.

Shake 'It' but Not the Picture, Warns Polaroid


Return of the Blue Star LSD Tattoo [p. 2]
The legend of the 'Blue Star LSD tattoo' cont. Page 2.

The Blue Star LSD Tattoo - An Urban Legend
The urban legend of the 'Blue Star LSD tattoo' -- a transferable decal for children allegedly spiked with LSD -- is back to cause another round of hysteria.

Juval Aviv Predicts New Terrorist Attacks - Urban Legends
Viral report citing predictions by security consultant Juval Aviv warns of multiple terrorist attacks 'within the next few months.'

Juval Aviv Predicts New Terrorist Attacks [p. 2]
Viral report citing predictions by security consultant Juval Aviv, cont. Page 2.

Bill Cosby's (Supposed) Presidential Platform - Urban Legends
Circulating online, a 'presidential platform' attributed to purported write-in candidate Bill Cosby. (Actually, he had nothing to do with this viral rant.)

No, an Ebola Victim Did Not Rise From the Dead - Urban Legends
Satirical article claims the Liberian government has confirmed that a deceased Ebola patient rose from the dead, sparking fears of a zombie apocalypse.

FAKE NEWS: Texas Town Quarantined Due to Ebola
Satirical article claims the small town of Purdon, Texas was quarantined by the CDC after a family was diagnosed with the Ebola virus.

Did 'The Simpsons' Predict the Ebola Outbreak?
Claim: The Ebola virus had not yet been discovered when a book entitled 'Curious George and the Ebola Virus' was featured in a 1997 episode of 'The Simpsons.'

Altoids, Oral Sex and the Presidency - Urban Legends
Altoidsgate: Will the latest Bill Clinton debacle bring the White House to its knees?

Black Fawn Pictures [p. 2]
Images circulating via forwarded email show a 'melanistic' fawn covered head-to-toe in black fur.

Black Fawn Pictures [p. 3]
Images circulating via forwarded email show a 'melanistic' fawn covered head-to-toe in black fur.

Black Fawn Pictures [p. 4]
Images circulating via forwarded email show a 'melanistic' fawn covered head-to-toe in black fur.

FAKE NEWS: Derek Jeter Cancels Retirement, Signs 3-Year Contract
Satirical article from EmpireNews.net claims Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has decided not to retire, instead accepting a contract from rivals the Boston Red Sox.

'Betty White Dyes Peacefully' Joke Fools the Internet
Satirical article says Betty White finds it soothing to dye her own hair at home. The 92-year-old actress isn't dead.

Hoax: Snoop Dogg Converts to Mormonism - Urban Legends
Text of April Fools hoax featuring a fake CNN news story claiming that rapper Snoop Dogg is converting to the Mormon faith.

America: The Good Neighbor (Tribute from a Canadian) - Urban Legends
Viral tribute to Americans after 9/11 is mostly authentic, drawn from a radio commentary by Canadian broadcaster Gordon Sinclair in 1973.

The Celebrity Heckler - An Urban Legend
'If you think you can do better, come on up here!' says Grand Funk Railroad's guitarist to a booing audience member. Up walks Eric Clapton.

AZ Sonoran Desert 'Illegal Super Highway' [p. 3]
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. 4]
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. 5]
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. 2]
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.

HOAX: Emma Watson in 'The Little Mermaid' - Urban Legends
Viral prank falsely claims Emma Watson will play Ariel in Disney's live-action remake of 'The Little Mermaid.'

Dog Park Alert: Nails in Cheese - Urban Legends
Viral image purports to document a 'new trend' at dog parks, namely people leaving cheese and ham mixed with nails to cause injury and death to pets.

What IS It About the Green Ones? - Urban Legends
After 30 years of essentially ignoring the inexplicable urban legend about green M&Ms having aphrodisiacal powers, the company has rolled out new magazine and TV ads unabashedly exploiting the candy's sexy reputation.

FALSE: 'Breaking Bad' Season 6 Announced - Urban Legends
Satirical article claims the acclaimed TV series 'Breaking Bad' will return for a sixth season. Consider the source!

Ferguson Police Chief's Wife Didn't Call Blacks 'Feral and Violent'
Racist Facebook comments have been falsely attributed to the wife of Ferguson, Mo. police chief Thomas Jackson.

Phillip Morris Introduces Marijuana Cigarettes?
Satirical article claims Phillip Morris plans to introduce a new product called 'Marlboro M' marijuana cigarettes.

Pam Tebow's Story - Urban Legends
Forwarded email tells the story of Pam Tebow, who contracted amoebic dysentery and fell into a coma just before becoming pregnant with her fifth child. Doctors advised her to abort the fetus but she refused, and ultimately gave birth to future football star Tim Tebow.

Mouse Found in Chinese Food? - Urban Legends
Viral image of what appears to be a newborn or fetal mouse in a take-out carton of fried rice has been associated with Chinese restaurants in the U.S. and elsewhere.

Welcome to Kenya, Birthplace of Barack Obama [p. 3]
HOAX: Circulating via email, a photo purporting to show a highway sign in Kenya that reads 'Welcome to Kenya, Birthplace of Barack Obama.'

Igpupiara - Mermaids in Brazilian Folklore
If you want to believe in mermaids (or mermen or merfolk of any kind, for that matter) then the Igpupiara are a pretty good place to start.

What Is an Urban Legend? - Question and Answer
Urban Legends FAQ: What is an urban legend?

FAKE NEWS: Japanese Whaling Crew Eaten Alive by Killer Whales
Satirical article from World News Daily Report claims that 16 crew members of a Japanese whaling ship were eaten alive by killer whales. False.

FAKE NEWS: Body Found Under Motel Bed - Urban Legends
Satirical article claims a woman's dead body was found under a motel bed, where it had lain undiscovered for 5 years or more.

Politicians: George W. Bush
Urban legends, Internet hoaxes and rumors about U.S. president George W. Bush

The Uses and Abuses of Superglue - Urban Legends
Befitting its status as a modern miracle invention, urban legends about superglue loom large in modern folklore.

The Uses and Abuses of Superglue [p. 2]
Superglue legends loom large in modern folklore, cont. Page 2.

Flesh-Eating Disease from Unwashed Underwear? - Urban Legends
Viral images allegedly show examples of flesh-eating disease contracted by women who wore new bras and underwear before washing them.

Fake Pelosi Quotes on Windfall Tax - Urban Legends
Purported statements by former Speaker Nancy Pelosi condemning stock market profit-taking and advocating redistribution of wealth via a 100% windfall tax on retirement income.

Did Google Earth Find Woman Trapped on Deserted Island?
HOAX: The story of a woman rescued from a desert island thanks to her SOS message being spotted on Google Earth.

Can a Needle Save the Life of a Stroke Victim?
Misinformative email flier claims pricking a stroke victim's fingers and ear lobes with a pin or needle until they bleed will relieve symptoms of paralysis, restore consciousness, and allow the patient to be safely moved.

Chubb Letter: Don't Flash Headlights
Urban Legend: A scanned letter from Chubb Electronic Security warns drivers not to flash their headlights at oncoming cars.

FAKE NEWS: 1 in 3 Americans Implanted With RFID Chips
Satirical article claims 1 in 3 Americans have been implanted with RFID chips and don't even know it.

Facebook Hoax Begs for Likes to Help Deformed Child
Please don't aid and abet this cynical hoax.

Lottery Winner Sharing Proceeds With Facebook Sharers?
Facebook prank claims Mega Millions lottery winner will split proceeds with everyone who shares his update.

No, a 7-Year-Old Named Eli Moreno DIDN'T Go Missing After Installing the 'Talking Angela' App
REALITY CHECK: A viral article claiming that a 7-year-old went missing after installing the Talking Angela is pure fiction.

Obama Fires Cattle Guards in Colorado? - Urban Legends
Viral message claims that President Barack Obama, upon learning there are over 100,000 cattle guards in Colorado, ordered half of them to be fired.

SCAM: 'Great White Shark Tears Captain Apart' Video
AVOID THIS SCAM: Social media blurbs tout video supposedly showing a great white shark attacking the captain of a fishing vessel.

FAKE NEWS: Eli Manning Cut From the Giants
Viral hoax claims NY Giants quarterback Eli Manning has been cut from the team.

Eddie Rickenbacker and the Seagull - Urban Legends
Viral tale about renowned military flying ace Eddie Rickenbacker, who survived a 24-day ordeal lost at sea during World War II thanks to the timely arrival of a seagull.

New Chinese Aircraft Carrier (Photos) - Urban Legends
Viral images purport to show China's new aircraft carrier under construction, a massive vessel with twin hulls and two flight decks.

New Chinese Aircraft Carrier [p. 2]
Viral images purport to show China's new aircraft carrier under construction, a massive vessel with twin hulls and two flight decks. Page 2.

New Chinese Aircraft Carrier [p. 3]
Viral images purport to show China's new aircraft carrier under construction, a massive vessel with twin hulls and two flight decks. Page 3.

New Chinese Aircraft Carrier [p. 4]
Viral images purport to show China's new aircraft carrier under construction, a massive vessel with twin hulls and two flight decks. Page 4.

New Chinese Aircraft Carrier [p. 5]
Viral images purport to show China's new aircraft carrier under construction, a massive vessel with twin hulls and two flight decks. Page 5.

Critters
Beasts of the Internet. Urban Legends. Page 4.

Urban Legends - Related Blogs
A listing of blogs and bloggers related to urban legends and folklore.

Urban Legends and Folklore: Bugs: Cockroaches
If roach eggs get in your mouth can they hatch inside your tongue? Is it true this has happened to people when they licked envelopes?

The Darwin Awards
The Darwin Awards: Honoring (posthumously, of course) those who have removed themselves from the gene pool in the most spectacular or humiliating manner. Some of these stories are true, some false; all reveal human nature at its most bizarre.

Urban Legends and Folklore: Music and Musicians
Urban legends about music and musicians.

Politicians: John Kerry
Urban legends, Internet hoaxes and rumors about Massachusetts senator and former presidential candidate John Kerry

Politicians: Nancy Pelosi
Urban legends, rumors and Netlore about U.S. Representative and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

Urban Legends and Folklore: Academia
College and high school urban legends - tall tales from the halls of academe.

Politicians: Joe Biden
Urban legends, rumors and Netlore about Joe Biden, Delaware senator and Democratic vice-presidential candidate.

Weird News
Weird News: Sites dedicated to bringing you the oddest, funniest, credulity-stretchingest weird news stories available on the Web.

Urban Legends and Folklore: Accidents and Mishaps
All the proof you'll ever need that humor lies in other people's misfortune: urban legends and Netlore about accidents and mishaps.

Univ. of Kentucky Bans Holocaust from Curriculum? - Urban Legends
Is it true that the University of Kentucky has banned teaching the history of the Holocaust from its curriculum?

National Gang Week Crime Alert - Urban Legends
'National Gang Week' activities purportedly include the use of abandoned baby car seats to trick women into stopping their vehicles so they can be attacked.

National Gang Week Crime Alert [p. 2]
National Gang Week activities purportedly include the use of abandoned baby car seats to trick women into stopping their vehicles and exposing themselves to attack. Page 2.

Urban Legends and Folklore: Movies and Theater
Urban legends about movies, the film industry, and theatrical productions

Valentine's Day History, Traditions and Folklore
Resources for exploring the origin, history, traditions and folklore of St. Valentine's Day

Halloween History, Traditions and Folklore
Halloween - Origin, history, traditions and folklore of our favorite holiday.

Is This the New Cook County Correctional Center? - Urban Legends
Viral images supposedly show the stylish and comfy new Cook County Correctional Center in Chicago, courtesy of Barack Obama.

Free Doritos Coupons (Hoax) - Urban Legends
Circulating via email, a PDF file purporting to contain six coupons issued by Frito Lay for free bags of Doritos tortilla chips.

Folklore Defined
Links to Web pages that attempt to define the broad topic of folklore - what it is, all of the different types of folklore, and why folklore is important.

Exploding Pyrex - Urban Legends
Forwarded email claims Pyrex dishes manufactured in the U.S. during the past 25 years may break or 'explode' during use due to changes in its formulation.

Exploding Pyrex [p. 2]
Forwarded email claims Pyrex dishes manufactured during the past 25 years may break or 'explode' during or after use in a standard or microwave oven. Page 2.

Obama on Military Insurance Proposal - Urban Legends
Forwarded email quotes President Obama deriding military veterans as 'whiners' for objecting to a proposal to bill their private health insurance plans for treatment of battlefield injuries.

Do Cell Phones Pose Fire Hazard at Gas Pump? - Netlore Archive
Hoax email warns that cell phone (mobile phone) use near gasoline pumps while refueling can cause fires or explosions.

The Char-Broiled Scuba Diver - An Urban Legend
Some days it just doesn't pay to get out of bed, put on your wetsuit, and go scuba diving near a forest fire.

Bogus Sarah Palin Quotes - Urban Legends
Circulating via email, a series of preposterous quotes attributed to Repubican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin on the subjects of evolution, oil drilling in ANWR, and Alaskans serving in the military in Iraq.

Hand Dryers vs. Paper Towels - Urban Legends
Forwarded email claims that electric hot-air hand dryers more unsanitary than paper towels because they blow bacteria around and spread disease.

Is The Hunger Site Legit?
Update: The Hunger Site went down in July 2001 when its parent company went out of business, but as of the end of August 2001 it has returned under new ownership...

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

8-Year-Old Iranian Child Caught Stealing Bread - Urban Legends
Forwarded images purport to show the cruel punishment of an 8-year-old Iranian boy caught stealing bread: his arm was run over with a truck.

Muslim 'Religion of Peace' Demonstration (Photos) - Netlore Archive
Emailed photos show Muslims brandishing signs advocating violence against anyone who insults Islam at a purported 'Religion of Peace demonstration' in London

The Piano Teacher
Something's rotten in the state of Oklahoma: sick twisted jokes email chain letters oklahoma city bombing sick humor piano teacher

Quick! Boil Some Water!
Old wives' tales of pregnancy and childbirth: old wives tales old wives tales of pregnancy pregnancy and childbirth old westerns david

Hoax: Air France Crash Photos - Urban Legends
HOAX: Emailed photos purportedly taken inside the passenger cabin of Air France Flight 447 moments before it broke up over the Atlantic Ocean on June 1, 2009 (originally circulated as photos of Gol Airlines Flight 1907 after mid-air collision in 2006).

Notice of Revocation of Independence - 15-Point Version
Variant of email joke, Nov. 2000: majesty queen elizabeth oxford english dictionary british crown dependency queen elizabeth ii revocation of independence

Test Your Urban Legends IQ!
How knowledgeable are you about urban legends and folklore? If you think you have a handle on the subject, try this fun quiz to test your urban legends IQ.

Dollar Store Toothpaste Warning - Urban Legends
Email flier claims imported brand-name toothpastes sold at dollar stores such as Dollar Tree and Greenbacks don't meet U.S. health standards and may contain dangerous amounts of fluoride.

Static Electricity Causes Gas Pump Fires - Urban Legends
TRUE: Static electricity has been the cause of a significant number of fires at or near gasoline pumps during vehicle refueling

Darrell Scott's Columbine Testimony - Urban Legends
Mr. Darrell Scott, the father of a victim of the Columbine shootings, did in fact deliver the stirring Congressional testimony that has been widely quoted in forwarded emails.

Drug Money (Photos) - Urban Legends
Viral images show a massive cache of currency totaling $207 million seized from Mexican drug dealers in 2007.

Gallery: The Tourist Guy of 9-11
Spoofs of the

Gallery: The Tourist Guy of 9-11
Spoofs of the

Death of Princess Diana: The Paparazzi
Contemporary news coverage and additional information pertaining to the role of the paparazzi (tabloid photographers) in the death of Princess Diana.

Death of Princess Diana: Henri Paul, the Driver
Contemporary news coverage and additional information pertaining to Henri Paul, driver of the black Mercedes limousine in which Princess Diana was killed when it collided with a pillar in a Paris tunnel, August 31, 1997.

The Ghost of the Sundarbans [Image Comparison]
Emailed photo purportedly depicts a tourist visiting the Sundarbans in southwest Bangladesh, cont.

Book Review - Hippo Eats Dwarf: A Field Guide to Hoaxes and Other B.S. by Alex Boese
David Emery reviews 'Hippo Eats Dwarf: A Field Guide to Hoaxes and Other B.S.' by Alex Boese

Urban Legends and Folklore: Celebrities by Name
Urban legends and Netlore about celebrities, sorted alphabetically by name

Urban Legends and Folklore: Celebrity Death Rumors
Rumors and Net hoaxes purporting to announce the deaths of various celebrities

Urban Legends and Folklore: Celebrity Sex Rumors
Urban legends and Netlore purveying rumors and gossip about the sex lives of celebrities