Urban Legends Sitemap - Page 5 2014-10-25

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Survival of the Silliest - A Darwin Award Winner?
Dear Urban Legends: What truth is there behind these 'Darwin Award' winners? I never seem to read anywhere else about these awards for human stupidity except via email.

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.

Hangover Cures: Hair of the Dog & Other Folk Remedies
Hangover cures and folk remedies: A generous pouring of 'hair of the dog' in anticipation of New Year's Eve and its aftermath. Caveat potor!

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.

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

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

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

'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.

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

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

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.

Obama Stops Soldier From Speaking - Urban Legends
Obama stops wounded soldier from speaking? Forwarded email claims President Obama has initiated a policy ordering that no members of the U.S. military speak at faith-based public events.

'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.

The Blue Star LSD Tattoo - An Urban Legend
The urban legend of the 'Blue Star LSD tattoo' - a transferable decal for children allegedly spiked with LSD - makes yet another strong comeback.

Return of the Blue Star LSD Tattoo [p. 2]
The urban legend of the 'Blue Star LSD tattoo' - a transferable decal for children allegedly spiked with LSD - makes yet another strong comeback. 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 Grateful Terrorist - Urban Legends
A person identified only as an 'Arab' or 'Muslim' repays a stranger's act of kindness with a cryptic warning not to go to a specific place at a specific time, supposedly saving them from a planned terrorist attack.

The Grateful Terrorist [p. 2]
A person identified only as an 'Arab' or 'Muslim' repays a stranger's act of kindness with a cryptic warning not to go to a specific place at a specific time, supposedly saving them from a planned terrorist attack. Page 2.

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.

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

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

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

The Truth About Earwigs
According to an old wives' tale dating at least as far back as the 18th century, the small, pincered insect known as the earwig earned its name by crawling

Angolan Witch Spider - Arachnophobes, Avert Your Eyes!
Facebook photo of an 'abnormally large spider,' aka 'Angolan witch spider' in Texas.

Obama's Mark of the Beast
Microchip implants required under Obamacare? No.

Wikipedia Hoax: Comedian Sinbad Is Dead
The emails started coming in early this morning, headers blaring Sinbad, the comedian, died today, heart attack. Attached was an excerpt from the

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.

HOAX: One Direction Fan Kills Dog Because Band Won't Follow Her on Twitter
Twitter troll claims she killed her dog because members of One Direction didn't follow her. Not true.

INTERNET HOAX: Aaron Rodgers Dies in Single Vehicle Car Crash
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers did NOT in a car crash. It's a false story circulating on the Internet.

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.

Jackie Chan Dead? No, Hoax Is Spreading via Rogue Facebook App
Is Jackie Chan dead? Only in this recurring Facebook scam.

Monster Pig vs. Hogzilla
The website of the hour is MonsterPig.com, which tells the story of 11-year-old Jamison Stone of Alabama, who allegedly bagged a 1,051-pound, 9-ft-long wild hog.

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.

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

Is Jimmy Hoffa Buried in Giants Stadium?
TV's Mythbusters Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman left an urban legend standing (or should I say lying?) when they failed to prove one way or the other whether

The Not-Quite-Longest Snake in the World
In a spate of international wire storiesfiled towards the end of December, it was reported that villagers on the Indonesian island of Java had found the largest

The Marcus Dixon Case
A reader writes: Is this true? One of my church members sent this to me. It's a link to a story about a young black high school football player in Georgia

Shake 'It' but Not the Picture, Warns Polaroid
Shake it like a Polaroid picture, says grammy-winning OutKast in the group's hit song Hey Ya! ...Which is a good thing to do on the dance floor but a

RFID Chip in New U.S. $20 Bills?
These guys say they microwaved a thousand dollars worth of the new $20 bills and claim that every one of them exploded at a uniform spot (Andrew Jackson's

Fetal Footprint?
There is currently a photo on the Snopes website that claims to be of a pregnant woman's stomach with a very clear outline of a baby's foot. Snopes has no

Hippo Eats Dwarf
Update: Hippo Eats Dwarf - The Book! Via Museum of Hoaxes, news that a dwarf named Od was swallowed by a hippopotamus in a freak circus accident in northern

Is Ciara a Transsexual Hermaphrodite Lesbian Transvestite?
Rumors questioning R&B/hip-hop star Ciara's gender and/or sexual orientation have been circulating since late 2004. One version claims the singer came out as

Woman Finds Human Finger in Wendy's Chili
From the Things That Sound Like Urban Legends but Aren't file...A woman dining at a Wendy's restaurant in San Jose, California received the shock

'Frankenchicken' May Soon Become a Reality, Scientists Say
Remember the urban legend claiming that fast food giant KFC was forced to change its name from Kentucky Fried Chicken because the products on its menu are

Craig Shergold: 'Stop Sending Get-Well Cards and Give Me a Job!!!'
Every Internet old-timer (i.e., anyone who's been online more than a year or two) will be familiar with the name Craig Shergold, the subject of the most

Hurricane Katrina: God's Punishment for a 'Wicked' City?
A reader writes: Is it true that Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans on a day that was to observe 'Southern Decadence Day' with 100,000 homosexuals

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

Hurricane Katrina Was Man-Made Using KGB Technology
Or so says weatherman Scott Stevens, who quit his job at an Idaho TV station to pursue research on climate modification as a weapon of mass destruction. There

Wendy's 'Chili Finger' Scammers Go to Jail
Anna Ayala, the Nevada woman who made headlines last year after claiming to find a severed human finger in a bowl of Wendy's chili, was sentenced to nine years

Ladies, Boil Your Underwear!
After anthropologist Susan McKinley came back home from an expedition in South America, this recirculated email tale begins, she noticed a very strange

Cops to Gunman: 'Potato Silencer' Is an Urban Legend
The Miami Herald reports that 23-year-old Shane Thompson was arrested last month after threatening to shoot the mother of his child with a handgun equipped with

New Poisonous Spider in the U.S.?
Remember, you read it here first... four years ago. This well-travelled email tale attributing five fatalities in north Florida to the bite of a poisonous

Video: Amazing Music Machine Made of Farm Equipment
Or so the forwarded email claims: This incredible machine was built as a collaborative effort between the Robert M. Trammell Music Conservatory and the Sharon

ATM PIN Number Reversal
Here's a scary scenario. You're at an ATM, about to make a transaction, and someone walks up behind you and sticks a gun in your back. He orders you to withdraw

Painted Cats? It's a Spoof!
Some folks are irate, others are perplexed, and many are downright incredulous after viewing a widely forwarded email containing dozens of photographs of

Things Your Cell Phone Can't Really Do
Despite its title -- Things You Never Knew Your Cell Phone Could Do -- this widely forwarded email is mostly comprised of misinformation, including the

A One-Cent Cure for Bee Stings
Straight from my inbox, here's the hottest new home remedy for the pain and swelling of a bee sting: tape a penny over the site for 15 minutes. The pain will go

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

Ashley Flores ISN'T Missing
Is a girl named Ashley Flores missing? No, this is a hoax circulating since May 2006.

World's Tallest Dog... for Real, This Time
Two legendary-but-real canine specimens made the news in recent weeks, one living and one dead, both having achieved their 15 minutes of doggy fame by winning

More than Half of Brits Believe Sherlock Holmes Was Real, Poll Says
Almost a quarter of Britons, on the other hand, think two-time prime minister Winston Churchill is a myth.Such are the results of a survey conducted by UKTV

U.S. Marines / Puppy Throwing Video
A viral video (beware, disturbing content) showing a pair of U.S. Marines callously joking as they throw what appears to be a live puppy off a cliff

Creepy Gnome Video - Urban Legends
Homeowners, if you're missing a garden gnome of late, you might try looking for it in northwestern Argentina in a town called General Guemes, where, according

The Elevator Ghost Hoax
A viral video making the rounds since March appears to be a snippet from a security cam tape showing the ghost of an old woman haunting a well-known office

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

Gun Totin', Bikini-Wearin' Sarah Palin
I have been asked to weigh in on the authenticity of this photo of John McCain's running mate, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. The vice-presidential contender is

False Rumors Claim Miley Cyrus Dead
Contrary to fast-spreading rumors planted by pranksters on Digg.com and Wikipedia, 15-year-old Miley Cyrus, pop singer and star of the Disney Channel's

Top 10 Most Ridiculous Conspiracy Theories
Sunday Mercury conspiracy buff Ben Goldby has compiled a list of his ten favorite crackpot theories in order of stupidity. Number one on the list is the

Beer Pong Herpes Hoax
That the popular drinking game beer pong is a font of contagion I do not doubt, but it's my job to separate rumor from fact, so let the hairsplitting begin.

Police: Wal-Mart Gang Initiation Rumors Are False
Police in several states (correction: every state see update) worked overtime yesterday and today to quash rumors about supposed gang initiation killings

Skeptics Doubt Fir Tree 'Grew' in Man's Lung
Okay, the news out of Russia, albeit several days old, is that a 28-year-old Izhesvsk resident named Artyom Sidorkin checked into a hospital last week coughing

Photo of Obama 'Checking Out Girl' at G8 Summit Isn't What It Seems
A photo of Barack Obama apparently showing him staring at a young woman's derriere during the recent G8 summit has set jaws a-flapping and inspired a new name

AirTran: Flight 297 Emailer Wasn't Even on the Plane
(UPDATED) The eyewitness who wrote a viral email describing a minor passenger disturbance aboard AirTran Airways Flight 297 in the Atlanta airport November 17

Michael Jackson Hoax Video Was an 'Experiment'
The German TV news magazine Explosiv is claiming credit for a video posted on YouTube last week which appeared to show a very-much-alive Michael Jackson

Internet Hoax Says Glenn Beck Raped, Murdered Young Girl in 1990
Via Mediaite: A baseless rumor insinuating that Fox News pundit Glenn Beck may be guilty of rape and murder is spreading rapidly online thanks to a loose-knit

Rumor: Michelle Obama's Brother Kept OSU Coaching Job Thanks to Stimulus Bribe
The following began circulating earlier this week via email: FW: stimulus jobs... Some have said that the stimulus hasn't saved any jobs, but here is a

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

FALSE: National Day of Prayer Canceled by Obama
The rumor: President Obama decided that there will no longer be a National Day of Prayer.

Protest Sign: 'We Will Shoot More Police in Arizona'
Help authenticate this image! A sign held by one of the protesters in this viral image of a May Day immigration reform rally reads: Give Us Free

Rumor: Pedophiles Started Facebook Cartoon Profile Pic Fad
A seemingly harmless Facebook fad that surfaced in mid-November with members urging one another to replace their profile pictures with cartoon characters

Facebook 'Stalker' Apps Are Scams
Beware the following messages and/or wall postings from Facebook friends: Example #1: I've just seen who checks me out the most here on Facebook! You can

Ronald Reagan to Surgeons: 'I Hope You're All Republicans'
Among the larger-than-life traits for which President Ronald Reagan is remembered was his irrepressible sense of humor, which withstood even an assassin's

Facebook Rumor Warns of Photo Tagging 'Virus'
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Jackie Chan ISN'T Dead
Hoax web page claims action movie star Jackie Chan died of a heart attack.

Flour as a Burn Remedy?
For those who like getting their medical advice from forwarded emails, here's the latest home remedy rocketing from inbox to inbox: Once I was cooking

Eggs and the Summer Solstice
Eggs and the Summer Solstice

Jane Fonda Decries 'Grotesque' Internet Lies About Her Anti-War Activities
Jane Fonda responds to email rumors accusing her of betraying American POWs in Vietnam.

Attention Facebookers: Pepsi Doesn't Hate God!
Behold the pious fury of Facebook users (as posted earlier today): Don't buy the new Pepsi can coming out with pictures of the Empire State Building

FACEBOOK SCAM: 'Girl Killed Herself on Halloween' Video
Don't click on Facebook postings titled 'Girl Killed Herself on Halloween After Dad Posted This on Her Wall.' It's a scam.

FACEBOOK SCAM: Switch Profile Color to Gold, Black, Pink, or Red
Facebook scam purports to offer users a chance to switch profile color to gold, black, pink, or red.

Did Rick Santorum Declare War on Heavy Metal? Nope.
Internet satire says Republican candidate Rick Santorum wants to put heavy metal fans in internment camps and force them to sing Celine Dion songs.

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.

What Did President Obama Do to Air Force One?
Did Obama replace the American flag on Air Force One with his own logo and campaign slogan?

STILL Not Dead: Adam Sandler
Twitter twits are tweeting: Adam Sandler died in a snowboard accident. Not true. It's a hoax.

Kentucky Fried Brain? More Like a Kidney, but Still No Happy Meal!
British student says he found a shriveled 'brain' in his box of KFC chicken.

Another Capri Sun Mold Pic Goes Viral
Have people really found mold growing in pouches of Capri Sun fruit drink? Yes.

This Is NOT a Picture of Trayvon Martin
Viral image is falsely described as a photo of teenage shooting victim Trayvon Martin.

Ray Romano Death Report Is a Hoax
Ray Romano isn't dead. It's about time we all learned to distinguish news from satire.

'Strawberry Quick' Flavored Meth Warning Still Spreading via Social Media
Strawberry Quick drug warning on Memorial Physician Services letterhead is a hoax.

Yes, Internet, Black Friend Connect Is a Hoax
If you're in doubt, read the 'Testimonials' page. Case closed.

MORE FAKE NEWS: President Obama Sedated Following Emotional Breakdown
Another 'satire' from fake news website NationalReport.net

So, that Viral 'Dr. Phil Test' Isn't Really from Dr. Phil. Surprised?
The 'Dr. Phil Personality Test' is circulating under false pretenses.

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]
Movie legends, cont.: animated disney film lifesize cardboard cutout three men and a baby baby ghost nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp

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
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

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!
Old wives' tales of pregnancy and childbirth: old wives tales old wives tales of pregnancy pregnancy and childbirth old westerns david

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]
Man swallowed by a giant snake, cont.: snake swallows man brazilian rain forest snake food rare phenomenon man analysis

Snake Swallows Man! [p. 4]
Man swallowed by a giant snake, cont.: snake swallows man snake photos snake food man analysis boa constrictor

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.

Timothy Flyte Chain Letter - Urban Legends
Circulating via forwarded email, the Timothy Flyte chain letter - a new variation of an old 'help save a dying child' hoax.

'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?

I See Dead People, cont.
Our current tally of who's REALLY dead and who's not, cont.

Nike Says: 'No Free Shoes!'
Contrary to information contained in a widely circulated email message, Nike Inc. is NOT exchanging new sneakers for old

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.

Beneful Dog Food Safety Warning - Netlore Archive
Email flier warns that pet owners in different parts of the U.S. have reported the sudden deaths of dogs who ate Beneful Dog Food purchased at Wal-Mart in December 2006

New California Traffic Laws 2007 - Netlore Archive
Hoax email purports to announce a set of new California driving laws effective January 1, 2007 (or July 1, 2007 in a later variant)

Purell Hand Sanitizer Fire Safety Warning - Urban Legends
Forwarded safety warning purporting to originate from Chevron cautions that Purell Hand Sanitizer is flammable and can catch fire if treated skin is exposed to an open flame.

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

Bear vs. Combine [p. 2]
Emailed images, cont.: photos

Christmas at Arlington Cemetery (Photos) - Urban Legends
AUTHENTIC: Emailed images show Christmas wreaths adorning the headstones of every fallen soldier interred at Arlington National Cemetery.

Hand-Feeding Hummingbirds (Photos) - Urban Legends
Authentic: Emailed images show several hummingbirds calmly feeding from a woman's outstretched hand.

FW: Strange Boat (Photos) - Netlore Archive
Emailed photos show a strange catamaran-like vessel consisting of a glass-walled cabin suspended over a pair of giant pontoons via tall, spidery legs

Zicam Cold Remedy Warning - Urban Legends
Anonymous 2006 email alert blames zinc-based nasal cold remedy Zicam for cases of anosmia (loss of the sense of smell).

Merman / Mermaid Carcass Found on Beach (Photos) - Urban Legends
Emailed photos purportedly show the carcass of a merman (or mermaid) washed up on a beach variously said to be located in Venda, South Africa; Cebu, The Philippines; Malaysia; and Fort Desoto Beach, Florida.

Merman / Mermaid Carcass Found on Beach [p. 2]
Emailed photos, cont.: netlore archive emailed photos carcass mermaid

Merman / Mermaid Carcass Found on Beach [p. 3]
Emailed photos, cont.: netlore archive emailed photos carcass mermaid

NASA and the Missing Day in Time [p. 2]
Did NASA scientists inadvertently proved the Bible true?

Steven Spielberg Letter to Mel Gibson - Urban Legends
Circulating via email, a letter purportedly written by Steven Spielberg taking Mel Gibson to task for making anti-Semitic remarks during his arrest for drunk driving in August 2006.

Obama on the Phone (Photo) - Urban Legends
Emailed photo shows presidential candidate Barack Obama speaking on the phone while apparently holding the receiver upside-down

Starving Dog as Art? - Urban Legends
Forwarded email urges recipients to sign a petition preventing artist Guillermo Vargas (aka 'Habacuc' or 'Habakkuk') from participating in the Central American Biennial of Art because he created an exhibition in which a stray dog was allegedly starved to death in the name of art.

U.S. Military Deaths Since 1980 - Netlore Archive
Email flier purports to demonstrate that there were more U.S. military casualties under the Bill Clinton administration than there have been during the Iraq War under George W. Bush

FW: Abandoned Puppies - Urban Legends
Forwarded email of indeterminate origin purports to seek a home for six abandoned black lab mix puppies.

Human Statue of Liberty (Photo) - Urban Legends
Circulating via email, a vintage 1918 photograph by Mole & Thomas captures an aerial view of 18,000 enlisted men and officers forming a 'Human Statue of Liberty'

Pearl Harbor Photos Found in Old Brownie Camera [p. 2]
Emailed photos, cont.: pearl harbor photos brownie camera historical images national archive image credit

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Causes Chemical Burn? - Netlore Archive
Forwarded email describes 'chemical burns' sustained by a 5-year-old child when he scrubbed his own skin with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser sponge

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

Square Watermelons - Urban Legends
Circulating via email, pictures of square watermelons grown in special tempered glass cases by Japanese farmers.

A Tale of Two Houses - Urban Legends
Email flier compares the eco-friendliness of Al Gore's Nashville, Tennessee mansion to that of President George W. Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas

Giant Texas Rattlesnake - Urban Legends
Emailed picture of a giant rattlesnake killed in Texas, allegedly measuring 9 feet 1 inch in length and weighing 97 pounds.

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

A Snake Fishes for Its Prey - Urban Legends
Viral image shows a very large snake (evidently a python) pulling its prey (evidently a wallaby, though some are calling it a 'cow') out of a body of water in Western Australia.

Lock Bumping / Bump Keys - Urban Legends
Forwarded emails link to videos demonstrating a breaking-and-entering technique used by criminals known as lock bumping or key bumping.

Moose on a Wire - Urban Legends
Emailed image shows an unfortunate moose accidentally strung up on power cables by a utility crew near Fairbanks, Alaska.

Sick, Dying & Missing Kids - Email Alerts, Chain Letters & Hoaxes
Outdated and outright phony chain letters, with rare exceptions

Internet Cleaning Day - Urban Legends
Hmmm... must be April Fools' Day again!: april fools prank internet search engines local area networks inactive ftp internet shutdown

Q33 NY - The Wingdings Prophecies - Urban Legends
Forwarded email makes much of the 'interesting' results obtained by typing 'Q33 NY' or 'Q33 NYC' into Microsoft Word, and converting the font to Wingdings.

The Wingdings Prophecies [p. 2]
More on the supposed 'weird coincidences' discovered in Wingdings

Animals & Insects - Net hoaxes, urban legends & rumors
Current Netlore: Animals & insects: clarion county pennsylvania black lab puppies west liberty kentucky beneful dog food flotsam and jetsam

Current Netlore - A to Z Index
A-Z listing of current Netlore: warsaw ghetto uprising clarion county pennsylvania flotsam and jetsam khao lak thailand nazi oppression

Current Netlore - Internet hoaxes, rumors, etc. - A to Z Index, cont.
A-Z listing of current Netlore, p. 2: camel spiders found in iraq internet hoaxes rumors flotsam and jetsam spiders found in iraq america the good neighbor

Current Netlore - Internet hoaxes, rumors, etc. - A to Z Index, cont.
A-Z listing of current Netlore, p. 3: hand feeding hummingbirds hanoi jane fonda internet hoaxes rumors chocolate peanut butter flotsam and jetsam

Current Netlore - Internet hoaxes, rumors, etc. - A to Z Index, cont.
A-Z listing of current Netlore, p. 4: anthropologist susan mckinley internet hoaxes rumors actor lee marvin 24k gold ring flotsam and jetsam

Current Netlore - Internet hoaxes, rumors, etc. - A to Z Index, cont.
A-Z listing of current Netlore, p. 5: soda pop cans flotsam and jetsam internet hoaxes rumors social security numbers army national guard

Celebrities - Net hoaxes, urban legends & rumors
Current Netlore about celebrities: aftermath of hurricane katrina bette midler letter to president bush flotsam and jetsam game show host internet hoaxes

Food & Drink - Net hoaxes, urban legends & rumors
Netlore about things you eat and things you'd better not eat

Health & Medical Rumors on the Internet
Health and medical misinformation via email: avian flu pandemic e coli bacteria flotsam and jetsam toxic tampons internet hoaxes

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?