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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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]
'The rest of the story...': real life man radio commentaries heavy drinker urban legends mel gibson

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

Thirty Days Hath February 2000?
Brace yourself for an unexpected millennial catastrophe: the year 2000 is a DOUBLE leap year!

Is the Statue of Liberty a Tribute to Black Slaves?
Researchers investigate a challenge to the official history of the Statue of Liberty.

'Slow Dance' Chain Letter - Urban Legends
Slow Dance - Can saving a dying child's life really be as simple as forwarding a treacly chain letter to everyone you know?

Ratburger - Family Sues McDonald's Over Alleged Rat Head in Burger
More urban legend fodder from the daily news...: rat head chicken head kentucky fried advertising campaign mcdonalds

The Race Card - Urban Legends
Does Microsoft Word's thesaurus contain hidden racist sentiments? Are the Social Security numbers of U.S. citizens encoded with racial data? Answers here.

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).

Bear vs. Combine (Photos) - Urban Legends
Emailed photos taken in a cornfield in Illinois, Minnesota, or Wisconsin (depending on version) show a black bear awakened from hibernation by a combine harvester

The Mysterious Staircase (Analysis)
Emailed slideshow tells the story of a mysterious staircase at Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe, New Mexico and its miraculous construction by an unknown carpenter without the use of nails, glue, or central support

Snakes in the Ball Pit - Urban Legends
Urban legend has it that deadly vipers infest the ball pits in fast food restaurant playgrounds everywhere. True or false?

Does Osama bin Laden Own Snapple? - Urban Legends
Does terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden have financial ties to major corporations like Cadbury-Schweppes (makers of Snapple) and General Electric?

A Tiger, a Worm, a Snail - Vietnamese Folktales
The various peoples of Vietnam value faithfulness, virtue and intelligence, and this is reflected in the folktales of the land.

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

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

Pensacola Shark Attack - The 'Untold Story' - Netlore Archive
Email rumor purports to tell the 'true' story behind the July 6, 2001 shark attack on 8-year-old Jessie Arbogast in Pensacola, Florida

What is animism?
Folklore and Mythology FAQ: What is animism?: what is animism belief in spirits ancestor worship worship peter spiritual belief

How to Avoid Speeding Ticket Penalties - Urban Legends
Forwarded email claims drivers ticketed for speeding can avoid incurring points against their license by overpaying fines.

Paget's Disease of the Nipple, a Form of Breast Cancer - Urban Legends
Paget's Disease of the Nipple. Our research confirms that this condition described in forwarded email warnings is a real though very rare form of breast cancer.

Peanut Butter Surprise - An Urban Legend
Scandalous proof that dog is woman's best friend, too

Oliver North Warned Us About Osama bin Laden in 1987? - Urban Legends
Email rumor claims a video clip of Oliver North's testimony in the Iran-Contra hearings of 1987 shows him warning Congress of the threat posed by terrorist Osama bin Laden.

Pastor Joe Wright - Prayer in Kansas House of Representatives - Urban Legends
Text of 'politically incorrect' prayer delivered by Pastor Joe Wright before the Kansas House of Representatives on January 23, 1996.

Earvin 'Magic' Johnson Is in Coma, Near Death - Urban Legends
Hoax email purporting to be a news flash from CNN claims famed basketball player Earvin 'Magic' Johnson is in a coma and dying in a Los Angeles hospital.

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.

Jaleel White (Steve Urkel) Is Dead! - Urban Legends
Bogus news story circulating via email claims actor Jaleel White, who played Steve Urkel on the TV show 'Family Matters,' is dead by suicide

Jelly Bracelets - An Invitation to Sex? - Urban Legends
It is widely believed - apparently more so by adults than by the teenagers themselves - that the 'jelly bracelets' currently popular among junior high school students are color-coded according to the wearer's willingness to perform certain sexual acts

Herman the Giant Bunny Rabbit - Urban Legends
Emailed image of a very large 'German Giant' rabbit named Herman, in the arms of his owner, Hans Wagner.

John Glenn vs. Howard Metzenbaum - Netlore Archive
Responding to a remark allegedly made by opponent Howard Metzenbaum to the effect that he had 'never held a job,' Ohio Senatorial candidate John Glenn lashes back by citing 23 years service to his country in the Marine Corps

FBI Warning: You Visit Illegal Websites - Urban Legends
TRUE: Beware of messages purporting to originate from the FBI (or CIA) accusing you of visiting illegal websites. Said messages are unauthorized and arrive with an attachment containing a variant of the 'Sober' virus.

Fetus Footprint Visible on Pregnant Woman's Abdomen? - Urban Legends
Forwarded image shows what appears to be the impression of an unborn child's foot plainly visible under the skin of a pregnant woman's abdomen.

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.

The Dropped Chalk ('It Takes Guts to Say Jesus') - Netlore Archive
Atheist college professor receives miraculous comeuppance after challenging God to prove His existence by preventing a piece of dropped chalk from breaking when it hit the floor

Kidney Thieves (Las Vegas) - Urban Legends
Kidney thieves strike in Las Vegas. Another email variant of the well-traveled urban legend...

Marilyn Manson No Puppy Killer, Says ASPCA - Urban Legends and Folklore
ASPCA comments on rumors that Marilyn Manson kills puppies during his concerts

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

The Elevator Story - Urban Legends and Folklore - Archive
A 'true story' Eddie Murphy swears never happened: urban legends and folklore elevator story hook line and sinker elevator button folklore archive

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

Is Canola Oil Hazardous to Your Health? - Urban Legends
False Internet rumors attack the safety of canola oil.

Coke Adds Death - Urban Legends
Does Coca-Cola contain an ingredient in common with anti-freeze? Is Coke a slow poison comparable to arsenic? Will it dissolve teeth and bones? Carla Homan investigates the claims of a popular forwarded email.

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

Budweiser vs. the Arabs Who Laughed on 9-11 - Urban Legends
The Budweiser Story: On September 11, 2001 a Budweiser employee yanks his product off the shelves of a convenience store where he has seen Arabs openly celebrating the terrorist attacks.

Gerbilling Mishap Injures Two - Urban Legends
Two people injured in gerbilling mishap (another insult to the reputation of gerbils everywhere).

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

The Pooped Pants - Netlore Archive
It was their first date... and, inevitably, their last

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

ATM Scam Warning (Lebanese Loop) Netlore Archive
TRUE: Increasingly prevalent ATM scam involves thieves putting a thin, clear, rigid plastic sleeve or similar device (known as a 'Lebanese Loop') into ATM card slots

Tampax Pearl Tampons Cause Yeast Infection, Bleeding - Urban Legends
Anonymous email rumor claims loose fibers from Tampax Pearl tampons can cause yeast infection and cervical bleeding.

Tim Hortons Coffee Contains Nicotine (or MSG) - Urban Legends
Widespread rumor claims Tim Hortons Coffee contains nicotine, posing a danger to smokers and/or people who are allergic to nicotine.

Quiz: Sex Urban Legends
Quiz: Urban Legends about romance, sex, and scandal

Coke: A Household Cleaner? - Netlore Archive
According to this email flier, the acidity of Coke and Pepsi makes both soft drinks a health hazard, not to mention darned good household cleaners

Cocoa Mulch Toxic to Dogs and Cats? - Urban Legends
Is it true that cocoa mulch, which contains the chemical theobromine, can be toxic to dogs and cats?

Photos: Giant New Orleans Crocodile - Urban Legends
Emailed photos of a gigantic crocodile purportedly captured in the flooded streets of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

'Crybaby Serial Killer' - Australian Variants - Urban Legends
Email rumor claims that a serial killer may be using recordings of a crying baby to coax unsuspecting women into inviting him into their homes in Sydney and Melbourne.

Dial *677 - Rapist Impersonates Police Officer in Unmarked Car (Ontario) - Urban Legends
Ontario Canada version: Female college student pulled over in her car by a cop-impersonating would-be rapist is rescued by a real officer after dialing *677 on her cell phone

Certificate of Completion vs. High School Diploma - Urban Legends
Forwarded email claims the No Child Left Behind Act mandates that high school students who fail to qualify for diplomas must receive Certificates of Completion which will prevent them from entering GED programs, attending college, etc.

ACLU Objects to Marines Praying (Photo) - Urban Legends
Has the American Civil Liberties Union objected to U.S. service personnel praying while on duty in response to a photo showing a group of Marines bowing their heads?

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

Cruise Control and Hydroplaning (Safety Warning) - Netlore Archive
TRUE: Using cruise control when driving at high speeds on wet pavement could cause a car to hydroplane and result in a deadly accident

Colin Powell Quote on 'Empire Building' - Urban Legends
Circulating by email: alleged response by U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell to alleged question from England's Archbishop of Canterbury regarding American 'empire building.'

World's Tallest Woman? - Urban Legends
Viral images purport to show the world's tallest woman at 7 feet, 4 inches tall and 320 pounds, in Holland. Real or hoax?

Ashley Flores Missing Person Hoax - Urban Legends
Ashley Flores hoax: Viral messages seek help locating Ashley Flores, a 13-year-old girl allegedly missing in Philadelphia.

'Triangle of Life' Earthquake Survival Method - Urban Legends
Doug Copp's viral advice on earthquake survival tactics, entitled 'Triangle of Life,' is disputed by experts from the American Red Cross and elsewhere.

Cyclops the One-Eyed Kitten - Urban Legends
Circulating online, a viral image of a one-eyed kitten named Cyclops who survived only 24 hours before succumbing to a rare medical condition called holoprosencephaly.

Car Thieves Use VIN Number to Obtain Duplicate Keys - Urban Legends
Viral message warns car owners to cover the VIN number on their dashboard to prevent car thieves from using it to obtain duplicate keys.

Trapped Humpback Whale Rescued by Divers - Urban Legends
Forwarded email recounts the true story of the rescue of a female humpback whale trapped in a web of crab lines in the Pacific Ocean near the Farallon Islands.

On G.W. Bush's IQ (or Lack Thereof) - Urban Legends
Forwarded email attributed to the nonexistent 'Lovenstein Institute' claims a recent report proves G.W. Bush has the lowest IQ of any modern president.

Aspartame (NutraSweet) Warning - Urban Legends
Email alert warns of alleged health hazards of the artificial sweetener aspartame

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.

Giant Razorback Hog (800 lbs., 8 Feet Long) - Urban Legends
Viral image shows a hunter posing beside a dead razorback hog purportedly measuring 8 feet in length and weighing 800 lbs.

How to Cook an Egg with Your Cell Phone - Urban Legends
Forwarded emails offer 'scientific proof' that you can cook an egg by positioning it between two cell phones and placing a call.

A New Twist on Kidnapping - Urban Legends
A female shopper's gratitude turns to horror when she discovers that the 'good samaritan' who offered to fix her flat tire has a briefcase full of knives, rope and duct tape.

WWII Memorial Inscription Omits 'So Help Us God'? - Urban Legends
Forwarded email claims the words 'so help us God' were purposely removed from the World War II Memorial inscription of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's famous 'Day of Infamy' speech.

Microwave Ovens, Plastic Wrap and Dioxin - Urban Legends
Does microwaving foods in plastic containers or covered with plastic wrap expose consumers to deadly cancer-causing dioxins?

Email Alert: Don't Eat Chicken Wings! - Urban Legends
According to this email rumor, a woman developed a cyst after eating chicken wings that had been injected with steroids to accelerate animal growth.

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

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

California Law Requires Headlights when Wipers Are On - Urban Legends
Email flier claims that a new California law effective January 1, 2005 requires that drivers turn headlights on any time their windshield wipers are in use during daylight hours

Photo of Mountain Lion Killed in West Virginia (and Elsewhere) - Urban Legends
Viral images show an unusually large mountain lion (cougar) purportedly killed near Parkersburg, West Virginia, Altoona, Pennsylvania, Cadiz, Kentucky, and other unlikely locations. It was actually hit by a car in Arizona.

The Remus Reid Story - Urban Legends
Viral message summarizes the life and times of Remus Reid, allegedly the great-great uncle of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid... and a train-robbing horse thief to boot!

Sneaky Shark (Photo) - Urban Legends
Viral image shows a massive shark looming behind two blissfully unaware scuba divers vacationing in Australia.

The Stuffed Baby - An Urban Legend
An urban legend: Ruthless smugglers murder a small child and hide drugs in its hollowed-out body to secretly transport them across international borders.

World Record 412-Pound Deer Killed - Urban Legends
A new world record? Viral images allegedly show a 412-pound deer killed by a hunter in Nebraska (or Clarion County, Pennsylvania, depending on version).

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

Pit Bull vs. Porcupine - Urban Legends
Viral images purport to show the painful result of an unfortunate encounter between a dog and a porcupine.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Polar Bear and Huskies at Play - Image #2
Emailed images show a 1,200-pound polar bear playing with husky sled dogs in the sub-arctic wilderness of northern Canada. Page 2.

Polar Bear and Huskies at Play - Image #3
Emailed images show a 1,200-pound polar bear playing with husky sled dogs in the sub-arctic wilderness of northern Canada. Page 3.

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

Polar Bear and Huskies at Play - Image #5
Emailed images show a 1,200-pound polar bear playing with husky sled dogs in the sub-arctic wilderness of northern Canada. Page 5.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Montana Fires, 2000
Urban Legends. Page 5.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Uniform Traffic Ticket Spam / Malware Attack - Urban Legends
Email spam purports to deliver a New York State Police speeding ticket to recipients, but in fact the attached zip file contains a virus.

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

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

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

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: Dodi Al Fayed
Contemporary news coverage and biographical information about Dodi Al Fayed, who was romantically linked to Princess Diana and died in the same car crash that killed her on August 31, 1997.

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.

Death of Princess Diana: Mohamed Al Fayed
Contemporary news coverage and biographical information about Mohamed Al Fayed, father of Dodi Al Fayed, who died along with Princess Diana in a car crash on August 31, 1997.

Death of Princess Diana: The Crash
News coverage and additional information about the Paris car crash that took the life of Lady Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales, on August 31, 1997.

412-Pound Deer Killed [Analysis]
Emailed photos, cont.: clarion county pennsylvania nebraska game and parks minneapolis star tribune nebraska game and parks commission whitetail deer

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

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

Tow Truck Comedy of Errors (Photos) - Netlore Archive
Photo vignette circulating via email shows a tow truck tumbling into the sea while attempting to salvage another tow truck that had already met the same fate while attempting to salvage a wrecked car.

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

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

Microwave Ovens, Plastic Wrap and Dioxin [Analysis]
Microwaving foods in plastic wrap, cont.: polyvinyl chloride pvc food safety experts microwave ovens s c johnson saran wrap

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

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

animism - definition of animism
Definition of animism - The belief that all creatures and all objects - even ones science regards as 'inanimate' - possess a soul or personality; the belief that all things are alive in some sense.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Urban Legends and Folklore: College
Tall tales from the halls of academe.

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

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

Urban Legends: Politics: Politicians by Name
Urban legends, Internet hoaxes and rumors about politicians

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