Urban Legends Sitemap - Page 5 2014-12-18

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.

Tsunami 'Live Photos' [p. 2]
Emailed images, cont.: netlore archive photos images tsunami

Water Bridge in Germany (Photo) - Urban legends
Authentic: Emailed photo of a 'water bridge' over the Elbe River in Magdeburg, Germany.

Jet Aircraft Breaking the Sound Barrier (Photos) - Urban Legends
Emailed images document the formation of condensation clouds around jet aircraft flying near the speed of sound.

How to Spot an Email Hoax
A simple how-to on recognizing email hoaxes

How to Spot an Urban Legend
An urban legend may be a story you hear by word of mouth or a text you receive by email or fax. All have certain features in common which can aid in identifying them as urban legends.

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

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

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

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

Facebook Hoax: Linda Smith / Jason Lee / Amy Allen Virus Warning
Hoax message circulating among Facebook users warns that accepting friend requests from members named Linda Smith, Jason Lee, Jason Allen, or Amy Allen will cause a virus to be downloaded to your computer.

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

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

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.

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.

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

anthropology - definition of anthropology
Anthropology - The scientific study of the origin and behavior of man, including the development of societies and cultures.

Netlore - definition of Netlore
Definition of Netlore - Folklore - e.g., urban legends, rumors, and hoaxes - transmitted by means of the Internet (i.e., via email, blogs, or Websites).

superstition - definition of superstition
Definition of superstition - An irrational belief - i.e., one held in spite of evidence to the contrary - usually involving supernatural forces and associated with rituals.

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.

Bonsai Kitten - The World's Most Hated Website?
If all else fails, maybe the FBI can help us determine whether the Bonsai Kitten Website constitutes harmless satire or a dangerous incitement to cruelty toward animals.

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

Can Microwaved Water Explode? [p. 2]
Forwarded email warns of an uncommon - though plausible - mishap involving water superheated in a microwave oven 'exploding' and causing injury. Page 2.

Can Microwaved Water Explode? - Urban Legends
Forwarded email warns of an uncommon - though plausible - mishap involving water superheated in a microwave oven 'exploding' and causing injury.

Skogsra - Forest Spirits in Swedish Folklore
Notably unpredictable, these folklore babes known in Sweden as 'skogsra' seem as easily to bestow good fortune as trouble...

Days of Owls and Dances of Cows
There is a Chinese fable that tells of a man who sat near his cow playing a graceful melody on his lute for her. As he played he noticed that the cow simply kept eating grass and did not respond in any way to the lovely music, just as if she did not even hear it...

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?

Flunk Me If You Can - An Urban Legend
Here's one way to get around those pesky final exam time limits in college...

An Urban Legend Come to Life? - Needle-Stick Incidents in Bangkok and Maryland
July 1999: Police in Bangkok are hunting for a man accused of stabbing several women in the back with a needle and shouting 'You've got AIDS now!' in separate incidents over the past few days.

Two Sniffs and You're Out! - Urban Legends
This week's hot email rumor, a warning to women about a robbery scam involving a remarkably potent 'knock-out' cologne, arrives just in time to strike fear into the hearts of holiday shoppers...

What Is a Blue Moon?
What is a blue moon? In modern times the phrase 'blue moon' is most often defined as the second full moon occurring within a single month. 'Twas not always so, however...

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

Aesop the Fabulist - A Brief Biography of Aesop
Aesop, the great fabulist (author of fables) of ancient Greece, was himself the subject of legend.

Roswell: Birth of a Myth
Why the so-called Roswell Incident still haunts Americans 60 years after the fact

Roswell: Birth of a Myth [p. 2]
Why the so-called Roswell Incident still haunts Americans, cont. Page 2.

McDonald's Job Application - Urban Legends
Via forwarded email, an 'actual' job application submitted to McDonald's by one Greg Bulmash in 1997.

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.

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

Where Pringles Potato Chips Really Come From - Urban Legends
Dear Urban Legends: My mom got suckered - she was told (and believed) that Pringles potato chips are made from McDonald's unsold fries.

Nancy Pelosi and StarKist Tuna - Urban Legends
Email rumor claims Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has arranged special legislative favors for StarKist Tuna's parent company Del Monte Foods because the latter allegedly contributed to her political campaigns and her husband allegedly owns StarKist stock.

Kondole - Aboriginal Folklore
There is a charming myth from southern Australia which tells of a blistering hot day at the time of the Ceremonies. The performers realize they have no means of providing light for the evening rituals, so they invite Kondole to join them...

'Mail Server Report' Virus Warning - Urban Legends
TRUE: A potentially destructive Internet virus (or 'worm') is propagating via emails sporting the header 'Mail Server Report.' However, some of the information circulating about this threat is inaccurate.

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

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.

Obama Bumper Sticker Layoffs - Urban Legends
Memo attributed to a U.S. business owner announces pre-emptive layoffs of employees with cars sporting Obama bumper stickers.

Military to Pledge Loyalty Oath to Obama - Urban Legends
Emailed 'news story' claims the Obama administration is quietly planning to replace the military oath of loyalty to the Constitution with a pledge of loyalty to Obama himself.

Obama's Random Act of Kindness - Urban Legends
Forwarded email relates a story published in a Norwegian newspaper about Mary Andersen, who was stranded without money in the Miami airport one day in 1988 and unable to pay a $103 luggage surcharge. A tall, well-dressed stranger came to her rescue and paid the fee. His name: Barack Obama.

Three Men Who Brought Down Wall Street - Urban Legends
Forwarded email alleges that three former Fannie Mae executives accused of improprieties - Franklin Raines, Tim Howard, and Jim Johnson - went on to serve as top economic advisers to Barack Obama.

Three Men Who Brought Down Wall Street [p. 2]
Forwarded email, etc. Urban Legends. Page 2.

The Obama / Kagan / Snopes Connection - Urban Legends
Viral messages claim former U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan represented President Obama in court cases challenging his citizenship before he nominated her to the Supreme Court.

Cockroach Eggs in Soft Drink Straws - Urban Legends
Forwarded email warns that dark-colored straws offered with soft drinks in fast food restaurants are likely to contain cockroach eggs or excrement.

Press 'Clear' Button at the Gas Pump? - Urban Legends
Forwarded email advises service station customers to press the 'clear' button after using a debit or credit card at the gas pump so subsequent users won't be able to 'piggyback' charges on their accounts.

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.

Move Over Law - Email Warns of New 'Move Over' Law in CA - Urban Legends
Forwarded email warns drivers of a new 'move over' law which took effect in California as of January 1, 2010.

Obama Finances Offshore Oil Drilling in Brazil - Urban Legends
Forwarded email claims President Obama signed an executive order lending $2 billion of taxpayer money to a Brazilian oil company for offshore drilling to produce oil for China.

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.

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

Bank of America and Illegal Immigrants - Urban Legends
Viral email purports to recount an actual exchange between a Bank of America customer service representative and an account holder who wishes to cancel because the bank grants credit to illegal immigrants.

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

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

Notice of Revocation of Independence - Commentary
Sarah Hartwell outlines the genesis of the 'Notice of Revocation of Independence,' a satirical response to the 2000 U.S. election propagated via the Internet

Sonia Sotomayor Advocates Castrating White Males - Urban Legends
Emailed 'news story' claims U.S. Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor delivered a speech in 2004 in which she advocated the 'castration of all white males,' and that her comments have been defended by President Obama as 'taken out of context' by political opponents.

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

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

The Urban Legends Slide Show - The Giant Grizzly Bear (#1)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

Olympic Torch Virus Hoax - Urban Legends
HOAX: The 'Invitation' virus alert first emerged prior to the 2006 Winter Olympics. It warns of a computer virus which appears on the screen in the form of 'an Olympic torch which burns the hard disc.'

Munich Parking Garage (Photos) - Urban Legends
Emailed images purportedly show a space-age automated parking garage constructed in a circular tower in Munich, Germany.

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

Monster Crocodile of Pointe-Noire [p. 5]
Emailed photos, cont.: netlore archive pointe noire crocodile monster

Photos of Saddam Hussein's Capture (p. 2)
Emailed photos, cont.: photos of saddam hussein saddam hussein photographer

Photos of Saddam Hussein's Capture (p. 3)
Emailed photos, cont.: photos of saddam hussein saddam hussein photographer

Photos of Saddam Hussein's Capture (p. 4)
Emailed photos, cont.: photos of saddam hussein saddam hussein photographer

Photos of Saddam Hussein's Capture (p. 7)
Emailed photos, cont.: photos of saddam hussein saddam hussein photographer

Hurricane Katrina - Photos of Storm's Approach? - Urban Legends
Emailed images purport to show Hurricane Katrina approaching the Gulf Coast in August 2005.

Photo of John Kerry and Jane Fonda at Anti-War Rally - Urban Legends
Viral image purports to show John Kerry and Jane Fonda standing together at a podium during a 1970s anti-war rally.

Amazing Photo of Montana Fires - Urban Legends
Viral image of elk in the midst of a massive forest fire in the Bitterroot National Forest is authentic, taken by fire behavior analyst John McColgan in August 2000.

Corset Piercings (Photos) [p. 2]
Viral images, cont.: summer trends nbsp

Credit Card Scam Warning - Netlore Archive
Forwarded email warns of a credit card scam in which con artists request the 3-digit code on the back of a Visa or MasterCard to 'verify' it

Denzel Washington Interview w / Katie Couric - Urban Legends
Circulating via email: embellished version of a politically-charged TV interview hosted by Katie Couric and featuring 'Manchurian Candidate' stars Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep.

National Do Not Call Registry - Netlore Archive
TRUE: If you live in the United States, you can now have your name and phone number removed from most telemarketers' call lists by visiting a government Website and joining the National Do Not Call Registry

Dogs, Puppies, Cats Used as Shark Bait? - Urban Legends
True: Online petitions accuse rogue fishermen on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean of using live dogs, puppies and cats as shark bait.

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, unemployment insurance, labor laws, and farm programs would never be heard of again.

The Fly-Equipped Urinal - 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.'

Free 411 Calls - 1-800-FREE-411 - Urban Legends
Forwarded email touts a free 411 directory assistance service underwritten by advertisers

The Breast Cancer Site (Click to Donate Free Mammograms) - Urban Legends
TRUE: Clicking on sponsors' ads on the Breast Cancer Site helps provide funding for free mammograms for low-income women.

Does Freezing / Microwaving Plastic Containers Release Dioxin? - Urban Legends
Viral text purporting to relay information from a Johns Hopkins newsletter claims that freezing water in plastic bottles and microwaving foods in plastic wrap releases cancer-causing dioxin.

Public Toilet Made of One-Way Glass [p. 2]
Emailed photos, cont.: public toilet glass image page nbsp

Hotel Key Cards Encoded with Personal Info? - Urban Legends
False email rumor claims hotel and motel key cards are routinely encoded with customers' personal information, resulting in identity theft by employees.

Personal Computer in a Pen? - Netlore Archive
Emailed images purport to show a 'computer of the future,' a full-featured PC comprising five slender objects the size and shape of ball-point pens

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

FW: Don't Feed Your Cat Table Scraps - Urban Legends
Emailed photo of a really, really big housecat: guinness world record guinness world record holder cat lore quiz image table scraps

Giant Gator [The Photo]
Emailed image, cont.: photo image horvath

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.

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.

Camera Cell Phones Used to Take Pictures of Credit Cards? - Netlore Archive
Email warns that criminals have found a new means of committing identity theft - taking a picture of your credit card with a camera cell phone

Card Trick: I Can Read Your Mind! - Urban Legends
I can read your mind! Don't believe me? Here, I'll prove it...

Card Trick [p. 2]
Are you thinking of the card? Good. I will now read your mind...

Card Trick [p. 3]
Got it! I will now make your card disappear...: card trick

Card Trick [p. 4]
Voila! It's gone!: card trick

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.

Doctors Find Live Worm in Patient's Eye [p. 2]
Eye irritation turns out to be a live worm, cont.: worm doctors photos

Sears Maintains Benefits for Military Reservists - Urban Legends
TRUE: Sears, Roebuck & Co. maintains full job benefits and partial pay for military reservists called up to fight in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Latest Fashion Craze in Japan [p. 2]
Photos purport to show 'the latest fashion craze in Japan,' cont.

Latest Fashion Craze in Japan [p. 3]
Photos purport to show 'the latest fashion craze in Japan,' cont.

Satellite Photos of Columbia Space Shuttle Explosion [p. 2]
Dramatic photographs, cont.: columbia space shuttle explosion space shuttle explosion columbia space shuttle netlore archive satellite photos

Satellite Photos of Columbia Space Shuttle Explosion [p. 3]
Dramatic photographs, cont.: columbia space shuttle explosion space shuttle explosion columbia space shuttle netlore archive satellite photos

G.W. Bush Nigerian Scam - Urban Legends
I, G.W. Bush, am writing you in absolute confidence primarily to seek your assistance in acquiring oil funds that are presently trapped in the republic of Iraq...

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

Demi Moore and the Amorous Dolphin
Dear Urban Legends: I am attempting to verify something that was presentedas fact several weeks ago on a local radio station. You may be my only hope!

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.

Yellow Ribbons 'Tradition' Is of Recent Origin, Folklorists Say
'Tying a yellow ribbon' to honor U.S. troops overseas has become such a ubiquitous and familiar symbol that many people assume its origins to be quite old. Folklorists say its history stretches back little more than 20 years.

Attack of the Penis Shrinkers!
August 1997: Authorities cope with an outbreak of pubic panic in Senegal amid rumors that penis-stealing sorcerers are roaming the streets.

The Naked Truth About Slumber Parties
'Dear Ann Landers,' a May 2002 letter to the advice columnist began, 'I hope you can help me with an unusual problem. My teen-age daughter was recently invited to a nude slumber party.'

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.

Return of the Exploding Toilet - Variants of an Urban Legend
Man drops cigarette into toilet filled with discarded gasoline or cleaning fluids; toilet explodes; comedy of errors ensues...

Imps and Devils
Some survive by their wits and some don't. A couple of devilishly fun Korean folktales...

In Lieu of a Loo - An Urban Legend
Another disaster wrought by toilet-related embarrassment...

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.

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

The Trickster
The Trickster: Although he is a creator, and a teacher of humans, he can also be the epitome of chaos and foolishness...

An Alligator in New York
They say Central Park isn't as dangerous as it used to be - or they were saying it until June 16, 2001, at any rate, when a pint-sized alligator was spotted lurking in the Harlem Meer, a small lake in the northeastern section of the park.

The Thief and the Flutter Mouse
Of mice and bats: Peter Kohler takes a look at the lore surrounding these two modest creatures

Bedbug and Flea - A Fable from Ancient India
Truth is in the details, somebody once said. Here's a summary of an insect-sized view on some intimate matters, in a fable from ancient India.

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.

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.

Three Whiskers of Catlore
Cats tend to sprout up like weeds in the folklore of peoples all over the map, and all over time...

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

A Message from David Letterman - Urban Legends
Viral op-ed attributed to late-night talk show host David Letterman labels the majority of Americans

Poki and Ku - A Legend of Hawaii
From the folklore of the Hawaiians, a meditation on men who turn into dogs, and vice-versa

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.

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.

Attack of the Frankenfish - Snakehead Fish Invades North America
Variously described 'alien monsters,' 'the stuff of nightmares,' or 'something from a bad horror movie,' the northern snakehead fish rears its ugly head in North America.

Leap Year / Leap Day - History, Traditions, and Folklore
On the quaint bissextile custom of ladies' privilege, and other folklore and traditions associated with leap years. Feb. 29, 2012 is a Leap Day.

Leap Year / Leap Day - History, Traditions and Folklore [p. 2]
Leap year folklore and traditions, cont. Page 2.

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.

Heads Will Roll
These traditional stories from Fiji and a Native American tribe of the Pacific coast demonstrate you can still get ahead in this world without a body.

Nancy Pelosi's Big Fat Jet - Urban Legends
Email rumor claims Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi uses a gas-guzzling, 200-seat jet to commute nonstop between Washington, D.C. and California three days a week at an annual cost to taxpayers of $5,760,000.

Blame It on Plato: The Meanings of 'Philosophy'
What the heck is mythology? That's the real question! And the answer: It is a flawed, oft-misunderstood, made-up term, wrenched into English from a couple of Greek words...

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. Writers have their audience, poets their dreamy public. The office gossip entertains at the water cooler. A mime enchants the imagination of the crowd. I recognize home in the folktales of distant lands....

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

Finno-Ugric Is Not a Fine Burp - Myths and Legends of Finland
Ugric is not, as at first I thought, perhaps because of the inflection with which I heard it spoken, a burp. Much less is Finno-Ugric a fine burp...

Finno-Ugric Is Not a Fine Burp [p. 2]
First of all nobody can quite agree on exactly what the Sampo is. Just try looking in a dictionary... Page 2.

Glooskap - A Pocket Tale
Imagine if, though you were a warrior, you lived with an unbearable fear of death; so much so that every time you looked upon the dead you saw your own face...

When the Gods Go in Drag - A Pocket Tale
When gods get into the act it's bound to be a larger than life affair... especially when they're Viking gods!

An Elusive Ghost: Lao Tzu
A meditation on the life of Chinese philosopher and holy man Lao Tzu.

The Maero - New Zealand Folklore
According to the legends of the Maori of New Zealand, the fearsome Maero, or wild people, were inclined to such hijinx as kidnapping folks and then fighting them to the death...

Najagneq
Najaqneq - Many of the shamans of old, as of now, were masters of sham. Their trickery included such skills as sleight-of-hand illusions, subtle or spectacular theatrics of boggling variety, and an ability to create through these and other strategems a belief in their tribespeople of spooks and spirits.

Peter Kohler - Bio
About Peter Kohler, bookseller, bibliophile and frequent contributor to this site

Srit and the Bitch
Folklore and historical legends - not to mention legends urbane - abound with warnings about visitations of malevolent spirits both natural and supernatural. Indeed it can be sobering to contemplate the seemingly endless array of bizarre and chaotic elements that are crouching nearby...

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.

NASA Denies Astronauts Had Sex in Space Shuttle - Urban Legends
Allegations that Space Shuttle astronauts conducted 'sex experiments' in outer space are based on an Internet hoax, says NASA.

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 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.

That'd Be the Butt, Bob - An Urban Legend
During a taping of the popular 1970s show 'The Newlywed Game,' a female contestant comes up with an unexpected response to the question, 'Where's the most unusual place you've ever made whoopee?'

Rectal Foreign Objects - Urban Legends
Writer Leif 'Trials of a Gay-Seeming Straight Male' Ueland glosses the execrable Richard Gere gerbil-in-the-butt legend in a probing article for Nerve.com.

Tiresias: The Blind and Prophetic
Those Greek gods and goddesses were always copulating, or thinking about copulation, or planning to copulate...

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.

Rattlesnakes Not Rattling Anymore? - Urban Legends
Forwarded email warns that rattlesnakes have changed their behavior of late and are striking at humans and other animals without the customary warning rattle.

The Snake in the Store - An Urban Legend
A shopper in a department store is handling a coat, blanket, rug, or mattress (etc.), suddenly feels a sharp pain, and collapses. It turns out she was bitten by a snake hiding in the merchandise.

Britney Spears Is Dead ... Oops, Nevermind! - Urban Legends
False reports of the deaths of singers Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake run rampant on the Internet.

Is David Bowie Really Davy Jones of the Monkees? - An Urban Legend
Dear Urban Legends: When I was in junior high school in Huntsville, Alabama, the story going around was that David Bowie was really Davy Jones of the Monkees... after he had been in a car wreck and needed extensive plastic surgery!

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

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

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

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

Ask Urban Legends - Q&A on Popular Myths, Urban Legends, and Misconceptions
Q&A on popular myths, urban legends, and misconceptions. Page 3.

Ask Urban Legends - Q&A on Popular Myths, Urban Legends, and Misconceptions
Q&A on popular myths, urban legends, and misconceptions. Page 4.

Ask Urban Legends - Q&A on Popular Myths, Urban Legends, and Misconceptions
Q&A on popular myths, urban legends, and misconceptions

Ask Urban Legends - Q&A on Popular Myths, Urban Legends, and Misconceptions
Q&A on popular myths, urban legends, and misconceptions. Page 2.

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

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.

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

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

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.

Here You Have It Virus - Urban Legends
Forwarded virus alert warns of malicious software associated with seemingly harmless emails titled 'Here you have' or 'Here you have it.'

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

'Sex Is the Law' - Chants, Rhymes and Mockery in Children's Folklore
From Peter Kohler: Frequently making use of chants and songs, children interpret and manipulate the world for one another -- and often with an energetically creative and mocking wit.

'Sex Is the Law' [p. 2]
From Peter Kohler, cont. Urban Legends. Page 2.

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...

McDonald's Importing South American Beef - Urban Legends
An email call to boycott McDonald's restaurants on the grounds that the company plans to import beef from South America.

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

Julius Caesar: 'Beware the Leader Who Bangs the Drums of War' - Urban Legends
Caesar didn't say it, Shakespeare didn't write it, but everyone's quoting it: 'Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword...'

Andy Rooney and Prayer - Urban Legends
Andy Rooney and Prayer: Viral op-ed piece attributed to Andy Rooney defends Christian prayers at public events: 'I don't think a short prayer at a football game is going to shake the world's foundations.'

Why English Teachers Die Young - Urban Legends
A compilation of fractured similes and metaphors allegedly found in high school essays by English teachers from across the U.S.

Jay Leno Hits the Nail on the Head - Urban Legends
Viral op-ed attributed to Tonight Show host Jay Leno labels the majority of Americans 'ungrateful, spoiled brats' for saying they're unhappy with the current direction of the country.

Jay Leno Hits the Nail on the Head [p. 2]
Viral op-ed attributed to Tonight Show host Jay Leno, cont. Page 2.

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

Paul Harvey on Prayer - Urban Legends
Viral op-ed piece attributed to Paul Harvey defends Christian prayers at public events: 'I don't think a short prayer at a football game is going to shake the world's foundations.'

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

'The Golden Compass' - Atheist Propaganda for Children?
Email rumors warn parents that a new children's movie, 'The Golden Compass,' was written by an atheist and is aimed at selling books promoting anti-religious themes.

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

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.

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.

Have a Nice Millennium! - Urban Legends
'Dear Urban Legends: Bill Gates is NOT the AntiChrist, compared to someone on welfare he RICH, compared to real wealth less than avaerage. Bill Gates is not powerful just being used by Satan like many good people in the world.'

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.

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.

Jean Paul Ludwig / Obama's Social Security Number - Urban Legends
Viral message claims a social security number attributed to President Obama was originally issued to a man named Jean Paul Ludwig, who was born in 1890 and died in 1981.

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.

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.

Obama and Kenya Connection - Netlore Archive
Emailed letter from American missionaries in Kenya claims Barack Obama is a racist Muslim who fomented political chaos in Africa and is dedicated to worldwide jihad.

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

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

No White House Christmas This Year? - Urban Legends
Forwarded email claims this year the Obamas will have 'holiday trees' instead of Christmas trees in the White House and no ornaments with religious themes will be allowed.

Obama's Unholy and Anti-American Trifecta - Urban Legends
Forwarded email says President Obama completed an 'unholy and anti-American trifecta' by being the first president to miss the annual Army-Navy game, the first not to attend any Christmas religious observance, and the first to stay on vacation after a terrorist attack.

'We Noticed' (Sherry Hackett Letter to Obama) - Urban Legends
Open letter to Barack Obama attributed to Sherry Hackett, wife of deceased comedian Buddy Hackett, accuses the President of doing 'more to destroy this nation than the attack on 9/11.'

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!

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).

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

Car-Bumping Gang Initiation Rite - Urban Legends
Forwarded email warns that MS-13 gang members are participating in a 'gang initiation rite' wherein they rear-end a car from behind and then shoot the driver when he or she exits the vehicle to check for damage

'Good Samaritan' Serial Killer - Urban Legends
Email rumor claims a man posing as a good samaritan attempted to gain entry to a woman's vehicle by 'returning' a $5 bill she supposedly dropped. Was he the Baton Rouge serial killer?

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

The Colander Lie Detector - An Urban Legend
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.

HIV Needle-Stick Rumors Still Thriving Online
'You have been infected with HIV' - Rumors of recent needle-stick incidents in Dallas and Denver, plus copycat pranks in Virginia

Perfume Scam - Thieves Knock Out Victims with Ether-Laced Perfume - Urban Legends
Perfume scam: Parking lot thieves allegedly knock out their victims by tricking them into sniffing samples of ether-laced perfume or cologne.

Perfume Scam [p. 2]
Perfume hoax email, cont. Urban Legends. Page 2.

Perfume Scam [p. 3]
Perfume hoax email, cont. Urban Legends. Page 3.

Perfume Scam [p. 4]
Perfume hoax email, cont. Urban Legends. Page 4.

Perfume Scam [p. 5]
Perfume hoax email, cont. Urban Legends. Page 5.

Propane Tanks Used in Meth Labs - Netlore Archive
Email alert warns purchasers of propane tanks to avoid buying tanks with blue or green residue around the valve, an indication they may be contaminated with anhydrous ammonia.

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

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

Don't Wear Campaign Garb at Polling Places - Urban Legends
Email rumor warns Barack Obama supporters not to wear Obama shirts, pins, hats, or other paraphernalia to polling places because it is considered campaigning (electioneering) under the law and grounds for officials to turn voters away.

Don't Wear Campaign Garb at Polling Places [p. 2]
Email rumor, cont. Urban Legends. Page 2.

Bill Makes Anti-Gay Speech a Crime - Netlore Archive
Email alert circulated by conservative Christian group claims a new bill in Congress would make it a crime for pastors and churches to speak out against homosexuality.

Barack Obama's Racist Church - Urban Legends
Forwarded email labels presidential candidate Barack Obama a racist for attending a church describing itself as 'unashamedly black' with a 'non-negotiable commitment to Africa.'

Barack Obama's Racist Church [p. 2]
Forwarded email labels presidential candidate Barack Obama a racist, cont. Page 2.

War and Pizza
Does an upswing in pizza deliveries to the White House and Pentagon indicate a major military operation is about to take place?

Citizens Against Breastfeeding - Urban Legends
Email claims over 200,000 American citizens have signed a petition urging Congress to declare breastfeeding unlawful.

Congress Stops Social Security Cost-of-Living Increase [p. 2]
Forwarded email claims $24 million saved by skipping Social Security cost-of-living increases for two years will be spent on electronic medical records processing for members of Congress. Page 2.

Don Rickles Roasts Democrats - Urban Legends
Circulating via email, a comedy bit attributed to Don Rickles roasting well-known Democrats Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama, and others.

Cheap Tomatoes - A California Teacher on Illegal Immigration - Urban Legends
Viral email attributed to a southern California high school teacher cites purported facts and figures to demonstrate why illegal immigration is bad for America.

Cheap Tomatoes - A California Teacher on Illegal Immigration [p. 2]
Viral email purportedly written by a southern California high school teacher cites alleged facts and figures to demonstrate why illegal immigration is a bad thing for America. Page 2.

Cheap Tomatoes - A California Teacher on Illegal Immigration [p. 3]
Viral email purportedly written by a southern California high school teacher cites alleged facts and figures to demonstrate why illegal immigration is a bad thing for America. Page 3.

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.

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

Congress Stops Social Security Cost-of-Living Increase - Urban Legends
Forwarded email claims $24 million saved by skipping Social Security cost-of-living increases for two years will be spent on electronic medical records processing for members of Congress.

Pearl Harbor Pics Found in Old Brownie Camera [Analysis]
Viral images, cont.: kodak brownie camera president franklin d roosevelt timeline of world war ii pearl harbor photos pearl harbor december 7 1941

Pearl Harbor Pics Found in Old Brownie Camera? - Urban Legends
Viral photos of the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor were supposedly discovered on film from an old Kodak Brownie camera.

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.

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.

Will Facebook REALLY Donate $3 to This Infant Burn Victim Every Time This Photo Is Shared?
Hoax: Facebook will donate $3 every time this image is shared.

Obama Citizenship - Readers Respond
Some people claim there are valid reasons to doubt Obama's status as a natural-born citizen of the U.S., and therefore the legitimacy of his presidency. Others say the challenge is politically motivated and based on hearsay and speculation. Do you think there are valid questions about Obama's legitimacy?

Obama Citizenship - Readers Respond
Some people claim there are valid reasons to doubt Obama's status as a natural-born citizen of the U.S., and therefore the legitimacy of his presidency. Others say the challenge is politically motivated and based on hearsay and speculation. Do you think there are valid questions about Obama's legitimacy? Page 2.

Obama Citizenship - Readers Respond
Some people claim there are valid reasons to doubt Obama's status as a natural-born citizen of the U.S., and therefore the legitimacy of his presidency. Others say the challenge is politically motivated and based on hearsay and speculation. Do you think there are valid questions about Obama's legitimacy? Page 3.

Obama Citizenship - Readers Respond
Some people claim there are valid reasons to doubt Obama's status as a natural-born citizen of the U.S., and therefore the legitimacy of his presidency. Others say the challenge is politically motivated and based on hearsay and speculation. Do you think there are valid questions about Obama's legitimacy? Page 4.

Obama Citizenship - Readers Respond
Some people claim there are valid reasons to doubt Obama's status as a natural-born citizen of the U.S., and therefore the legitimacy of his presidency. Others say the challenge is politically motivated and based on hearsay and speculation. Do you think there are valid questions about Obama's legitimacy? Page 5.

Obama Citizenship - Readers Respond
Some people claim there are valid reasons to doubt Obama's status as a natural-born citizen of the U.S., and therefore the legitimacy of his presidency. Others say the challenge is politically motivated and based on hearsay and speculation. Do you think there are valid questions about Obama's legitimacy? Page 6.

Obama Citizenship - Readers Respond
Some people claim there are valid reasons to doubt Obama's status as a natural-born citizen of the U.S., and therefore the legitimacy of his presidency. Others say the challenge is politically motivated and based on hearsay and speculation. Do you think there are valid questions about Obama's legitimacy? Page 7.

Obama Citizenship - Readers Respond
Some people claim there are valid reasons to doubt Obama's status as a natural-born citizen of the U.S., and therefore the legitimacy of his presidency. Others say the challenge is politically motivated and based on hearsay and speculation. Do you think there are valid questions about Obama's legitimacy? Page 8.

Obama Citizenship - Readers Respond
Some people claim there are valid reasons to doubt Obama's status as a natural-born citizen of the U.S., and therefore the legitimacy of his presidency. Others say the challenge is politically motivated and based on hearsay and speculation. Do you think there are valid questions about Obama's legitimacy? Page 9.

Obama Citizenship - Readers Respond
Some people claim there are valid reasons to doubt Obama's status as a natural-born citizen of the U.S., and therefore the legitimacy of his presidency. Others say the challenge is politically motivated and based on hearsay and speculation. Do you think there are valid questions about Obama's legitimacy? Page 10.

Obama Citizenship - Readers Respond
Some people claim there are valid reasons to doubt Obama's status as a natural-born citizen of the U.S., and therefore the legitimacy of his presidency. Others say the challenge is politically motivated and based on hearsay and speculation. Do you think there are valid questions about Obama's legitimacy? Page 11.

Obama Citizenship - Readers Respond
Some people claim there are valid reasons to doubt Obama's status as a natural-born citizen of the U.S., and therefore the legitimacy of his presidency. Others say the challenge is politically motivated and based on hearsay and speculation. Do you think there are valid questions about Obama's legitimacy? Page 12.

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

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

Super-Skinny Fashion Models [Analysis]
Viral images purport to show grotesquely thin fashion models in runway shows and posing for photographs. Page 11.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reader Responses to 'Richard Gere and the Gerbil'
Reader responses to About.com's coverage of 'Richard Gere and the Gerbil'

Reader Responses to 'Richard Gere and the Gerbil' [p. 11]
Reader responses to About.com's coverage of 'Richard Gere and the Gerbil'. Page 10.

Reader Responses to 'Richard Gere and the Gerbil' [p. 2]
Reader responses to About.com's coverage of 'Richard Gere and the Gerbil'. Page 2.

Reader Responses to 'Richard Gere and the Gerbil' [p. 3]
Reader responses to About.com's coverage of 'Richard Gere and the Gerbil'. Page 3.

Reader Responses to 'Richard Gere and the Gerbil' [p. 4]
Reader responses to About.com's coverage of 'Richard Gere and the Gerbil'. Page 4.

Reader Responses to 'Richard Gere and the Gerbil' [p. 5]
Reader responses to About.com's coverage of 'Richard Gere and the Gerbil'. Page 5.

Reader Responses to 'Richard Gere and the Gerbil' [p. 6]
Reader responses to About.com's coverage of 'Richard Gere and the Gerbil'. Page 6.

Reader Responses to 'Richard Gere and the Gerbil' [p. 8]
Reader responses to About.com's coverage of 'Richard Gere and the Gerbil'. Page 7.

Reader Responses to 'Richard Gere and the Gerbil' [p. 9]
Reader responses to About.com's coverage of 'Richard Gere and the Gerbil'. Page 8.

Reader Responses to 'Richard Gere and the Gerbil' [p. 10]
Reader responses to About.com's coverage of 'Richard Gere and the Gerbil'. Page 9.

Reader Responses to 'Richard Gere and the Gerbil' [p. 12]
Reader responses to About.com's coverage of 'Richard Gere and the Gerbil'. Page 11.

Reader Responses to 'Richard Gere and the Gerbil' [p. 13]
Reader responses to About.com's coverage of 'Richard Gere and the Gerbil'. Page 12.

Reader Responses to 'Richard Gere and the Gerbil' [p. 7]
Reader responses to About.com's coverage of 'Richard Gere and the Gerbil'. Page 13.

The Snake in the Wreath (Photos) - Urban Legends
AUTHENTIC: Viral images show a 5-foot-long rat snake lurking inside a floral wreath on the front door of a home near Slidell, LA.

The Snake in the Wreath [p. 2]
Viral images show a 5-foot-long rat snake lurking inside a floral wreath on the front door of a home near Slidell, LA. Page 2.

The Snake in the Wreath [p. 3]
Viral images show a 5-foot-long rat snake lurking inside a floral wreath on the front door of a home near Slidell, LA. Page 3.

The Snake in the Wreath [p. 4]
Viral images show a 5-foot-long rat snake lurking inside a floral wreath on the front door of a home near Slidell, LA. Page 4.

The Snake in the Wreath [p. 5]
Viral images show a 5-foot-long rat snake lurking inside a floral wreath on the front door of a home near Slidell, LA. Page 5.

The Snake in the Wreath [p. 6]
Viral images show a 5-foot-long rat snake lurking inside a floral wreath on the front door of a home near Slidell, LA. Page 6.

The Snake in the Wreath [Analysis]
Viral images show a 5-foot-long rat snake lurking inside a floral wreath on the front door of a home near Slidell, LA. Page 7.

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. Page 2.

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

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

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

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

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

Bighorn Sheep on Buffalo Bill Dam - Urban Legends
Viral images purport to show 'big horn sheep' scaling the face of Buffalo Bill Dam near Cody, Wyoming.

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

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.

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. Page 2.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Freaky Fish [Analysis]
Emailed photos show the carcass of a very strange fish with monstrous teeth allegedly washed up on a beach in Tampa Bay, Florida. Page 7.

Hair Bands Made from Used Condoms in China - Urban Legends
Authorities in China have reportedly discovered instances of used and/or defective condoms being recycled to make cheap elastic hair bands.

Michelle Obama's Lobster Snack - Urban Legends
Emailed campaign flyer purports to show the receipt for a $447.39 lobster 'snack' ordered by Michelle Obama at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in October 2008.

Mother and Daughter Banned from Disneyland [Photo] - Urban Legends
Viral image purports to show a mother and daughter 'banned for life' from Disneyland (or Disney World) because they're wearing t-shirts with Mickey Mouse boobs.

What Does Obama Read? - Urban Legends
Emailed photo shows Barack Obama carrying a copy of the book 'The Post-American World' by Fareed Zakaria, described in the caption as 'the Muslim/Islamic view to destroy America.'

Parrot Flower - Urban Legends
Circulating via email, authentic pictures of the rare parrot flower (Impatiens psittacina), which is native to northern Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), and northern India, and bears a remarkable resemblance to its avian namesake.

Mouse Gets Jammed in Printer Cartridge (Photos) - Urban Legends
Emailed photos document one of the more unusual causes of a printer jam: a live mouse stuck in the printer's ink toner cartridge.

Mouse Gets Jammed in Printer Cartridge [p. 2]
Emailed photos document one of the more unusual causes of a printer jam: a live mouse stuck in the printer's ink toner cartridge. Page 2.

Mouse Gets Jammed in Printer Cartridge [p. 3]
Emailed photos document one of the more unusual causes of a printer jam: a live mouse stuck in the printer's ink toner cartridge. Page 3.

Mouse Gets Jammed in Printer Cartridge [Analysis]
Emailed photos document one of the more unusual causes of a printer jam: a live mouse stuck in the printer's ink toner cartridge. Page 4.

9-11 Tear Drop Memorial (Photos) - Urban Legends
Authentic: Emailed photos of 'Tear Drop Memorial' designed by Russian artist Zurab Tsereteli to commemorate the victims of 9/11.

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.

8-Year-Old Iranian Child Caught Stealing Bread [p. 2]
Emailed photos, cont.: emailed photos friends photos original source islam peace

8-Year-Old Iranian Child Caught Stealing Bread [Analysis]
Emailed photos, cont.: little green footballs amp photos peyke iran littlegreenfootballs urban legends

Child Murder in Australia Linked to Jamie Bulger Killer - Netlore Archive
Email rumors claim the murder of an 8-year-old girl in a Perth, Australia shopping center was perpetrated by one of the boys convicted of killing 2-year-old Jamie Bulger in Liverpool, England in 1993

Are Mr. Clean Magic Erasers Toxic? - Netlore Archive
Forwarded email claims that Mr. Clean Magic Eraser cleaning pads pose a health hazard because they contain formaldehyde

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

Polar Bear Attack (Photos) - Urban Legends
Emailed photos graphically document injuries sustained by the survivor of a polar bear attack in the Yukon.

The Snakes in the Flower Pot - Urban Legends
Viral images purport to show a nest of baby copperhead snakes found in the bottom of a plastic flower pot purchased at a grocery store.

Petition: No Social Security for Illegal Immigrants - Urban Legends
Social Security changes? Email petition addressed to President Obama (and President Bush before him) advocates a citizenship requirement for anyone receiving Social Security benefits or other government services.

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

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

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

Anatomy of a Hoax
Debunking the David Lawitts chain letter: mea culpa electronic chain letters second hand smoke receiving notes cancer association

Asbestos in tampons - Netlore Archive
False email rumor claims brand-name tampons are purposely made with asbestos fibers 'to make women bleed'

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.

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.

Book Review: The Vanishing Hitchhiker: American Urban Legends and Their Meanings, by Jan Harold Brunvand
To understand the origins and meaning of living folklore is to better understand ourselves and the cultures in which we live.

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

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

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

The Cougar on the Porch [Analysis]
Snapshots taken through the screen door of someone's house reveal a cougar (mountain lion) prowling on the porch. Page 5.

Apocrypha Now! - Urban Legends of the Silver Screen
Movie urban legends: on-camera suicides, cameos by ghosts, and s-e-x in Disney cartoons.

Apocrypha Now! - Ghost Cameo & Sex in Disney Cartoons [p. 2]
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Email Rumor: Sodium Laureth Sulfate in Shampoo Causes Cancer
Why are people saying those awful things about sodium laureth sulfate?

SB-2099 - Diabolical Conspiracy to Tax Handguns - Urban Legends
S.B.-2099: Take a grain of truth, sprinkle it with false and misleading statements, add a heaping dollop of paranoia, and what do you have?

The Elevator Story - Urban Legends
Two black men, one or more white ladies, an elevator and (sometimes) a dog add up to one very popular - but false - urban legend

Can Cell Phones Cause Explosions at Gas Pumps? - Urban Legends
Unsubstantiated rumor: Using a mobile phone near a gasoline pump may be hazardous to your health.

The Piano Teacher
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Mel Gibson: A Real Life 'Man Without a Face'? - Urban Legends
'The rest of the story' about actor and filmmaker Mel Gibson and his film 'The Man Without a Face.' Granted, somebody made 99% of it up -- but don't let that stop you from enjoying this heartwarming celebrity folktale

Mel Gibson: A Real Life 'Man Without a Face'? [p. 2]
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MONDEX Biochip - Mark of the Beast - Urban Legends
Forwarded slide show claims microchips used in Mondex 'smartcards' are now being implanted in people's hands or foreheads and constitute 'the Mark of the Beast' prophesied in the Book of Revelation.

Quick! Boil Some Water!
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Thank God It's Doomsday (P. 2)
Predictions of 5/5/2000 cataclysms, cont.: planetary alignments natural catastrophes earth scientists bad astronomy tidal waves

Snake Swallows Man! [p. 3]
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