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Tooth Fairy Feels the Bite of Economic Recession
From Peter Kohler: Latest poll results indicate the Tooth Fairy's average payout is 13 percent less than it was a year ago. Free market forces at work?
Bookworm vs. Bookworm - A Pocket Tale
When a bookworm (a lover of books) meets a bookworm (an eater of books), only mayhem can ensue.
Blame It on Plato: The Meanings of 'Philosophy'
What the heck is mythology? That's the real question! And the answer: It is a flawed, oft-misunderstood, made-up term, wrenched into English from a couple of Greek words...
So Close to Home - Two Folktales of Papua New Guinea
Stories can unite people. Neighbors gather to listen to a clever raconteur, to view a movie reel, to watch a play or a dance. Writers have their audience, poets their dreamy public. The office gossip entertains at the water cooler. A mime enchants the imagination of the crowd. I recognize home in the folktales of distant lands....
So Close to Home [p. 2]
Two folktales of Papaua New Guinea, cont. Page 2.
You Can't Drown a Dragon - Dragons in Myth and Legend
Dragons appear in stories throughout the world and so, naturally enough – that is, due to the natural selection inherent in great storytelling traditions – they come in a large variety of shapes and sizes.
Finno-Ugric Is Not a Fine Burp - Myths and Legends of Finland
Ugric is not, as at first I thought, perhaps because of the inflection with which I heard it spoken, a burp. Much less is Finno-Ugric a fine burp...
Finno-Ugric Is Not a Fine Burp [p. 2]
First of all nobody can quite agree on exactly what the Sampo is. Just try looking in a dictionary... Page 2.
Firefighting Folklore: A Tale of Three Cities
Not many jobs require a person to go rushing headlong into danger at the ring of a bell. But a fireman’s job does...
The Fish of Fertility
Symbols and gestures, I’ve noticed, can be misunderstood. For example, last Friday as I hurried through the kitchen on my way out of the house on some errand or another I was momentarily brought up short by my wife, who was standing in front of the open refrigerator with a fish in her hand. She turned and shook the fish in my face. That may have been my cue, I’m still not sure - my lovely wife was in a sheer nightie at the time...
Glooskap - A Pocket Tale
Imagine if, though you were a warrior, you lived with an unbearable fear of death; so much so that every time you looked upon the dead you saw your own face...
When the Gods Go in Drag - A Pocket Tale
When gods get into the act it's bound to be a larger than life affair... especially when they're Viking gods!
The Venerable, Versatile Gourd
Gourds - the fruit produced from a family of vine plants called Curcurbitaceae - have been put to use throughout history for a wide variety of purposes. Like many of life's simplest things, gourds can be elegant and beautiful yet also decorative and unassuming, and people have always grown and harvested them.
The Venerable, Versatile Gourd [p. 2]
The venerable gourd and its many uses, cont. Page 2.
Igpupiara - Mermaids in Brazilian Folklore
If you want to believe in mermaids (or mermen or merfolk of any kind, for that matter) then the Igpupiara are a pretty good place to start.
An Elusive Ghost: Lao Tzu
A meditation on the life of Chinese philosopher and holy man Lao Tzu.
The Maero - New Zealand Folklore
According to the legends of the Maori of New Zealand, the fearsome Maero, or wild people, were inclined to such hijinx as kidnapping folks and then fighting them to the death...
Najaqneq - Many of the shamans of old, as of now, were masters of sham. Their trickery included such skills as sleight-of-hand illusions, subtle or spectacular theatrics of boggling variety, and an ability to create through these and other strategems a belief in their tribespeople of spooks and spirits.
Peter Kohler - Bio
About Peter Kohler, bookseller, bibliophile and frequent contributor to this site
Srit and the Bitch
Folklore and historical legends - not to mention legends urbane - abound with warnings about visitations of malevolent spirits both natural and supernatural. Indeed it can be sobering to contemplate the seemingly endless array of bizarre and chaotic elements that are crouching nearby...
Sarah Palin Banned Books List - Urban Legends
Forwarded email purports to list books Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin attempted to have banned from the public library when she was Mayor of Wasilla, Alaska.
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.
Altoids, Oral Sex and the Presidency - Urban Legends
Altoidsgate: Will the latest Bill Clinton debacle bring the White House to its knees?
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?'
MasterCard Wedding - An Urban Legend
MasterCard Wedding: During a lavish wedding ceremony at Clemson University with 300 attendees, the groom interrupts the proceedings to reveal a shocking secret about the bride and the best man.
The Necrophiliac's Gift - An Urban Legend
Note to self: never have sex with someone who works in a morgue.
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...
How to Survive an Anaconda Attack - Urban Legends
Viral message purports to share instructions from a U.S. government Peace Corp manual on what to do if an anaconda or python attacks you in the wild.
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.
Attack of the Butt Spider / Toilet Spider - Urban Legends
Email prank warns of deadly South American 'Blush Spiders' (scientific name: Arachnius gluteus, or 'Butt Spider') migrating to the U.S. in airliner bathrooms and lurking under public toilet seats everywhere.
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!
HOAX: The Two-Striped Telamonia Spider - Urban Legends
Recycled hoax warns of the Two-Striped Telamonia spider (Telamonia dimidiata), purportedly a poisonous species that hides under toilet seats and recently killed five people in North Florida.
HOAX: The Two-Striped Telamonia Spider [cont.]
Recycled email hoax, cont. Urban Legends. Page 2.
Urban Legend: Tommy Hilfiger Is a Racist
About those rumors that fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger made racist statements on the Oprah Winfrey Show...
Noah Biorkman Christmas Card Request - Urban Legends
Email chain letter requests Christmas cards for Noah Biorkman, a terminally ill 5-year-old in South Lyon, Michigan suffering from neuroblastoma cancer.
Web Hoax: Snoop Dogg Converts to Mormonism
Text of Web hoax featuring a fake CNN news story claiming that rapper Snoop Dogg is converting to the Mormon faith.
Was Martha Raye a Nurse in Vietnam? - Urban Legends
Viral story about entertainer Martha Raye helping to save wounded soldiers in the field during a 1967 USO tour in Vietnam.
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 Ciara a Man? - Ciara's Secret Sex-Change Operation - Urban Legends
Internet rumors are flying to the effect that hip-hop/R&B star Ciara was born male and is either a secret transvestite or underwent a sex-change operation to become a transsexual.
Ciara's Secret Sex-Change Operation [p. 2]
Internet rumors are flying, cont. Page 2.
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!
Eminem Dead - Did Eminem Die in a Car Crash? - Urban Legends
Is Eminem dead? 10-year-old Internet hoax claims famed rap artist Eminem died in a car crash.
The Celebrity Heckler - An Urban Legend
'If you think you can do better, come on up here!' says Grand Funk Railroad's guitarist to a booing audience member. Up walks Eric Clapton.
Is John Dillinger's Preserved Willie on Display at the Smithsonian?
Dear Urban Legends: I believe I read an article by Robert Anton Wilson a ways back regarding the Smithsonian or some D.C. museum housing private parts of famous people - John Dillinger, for example. Is there any truth to this folklore?
Kurtis the Stock Boy and Brenda the Checkout Girl - Urban Legends
Circulating online since 2002, the partly-true story of Kurt Warner, a grocery store stock boy who married a check-out girl named Brenda and adopted her two children... then went on to become a famous NFL quarterback.
Richard Gere and the Gerbil [p. 2]
Extracting the truth about a Hollywood urban legend, cont. Page 2.
Al Sharpton Blasts Tiger Woods - Urban Legends
Forwarded email quotes Rev. Al Sharpton criticizing professional golfer Tiger Woods for his 'lack of mistress diversity.'
Richard Gere and the Gerbil - An Urban Legend
Several years ago, 'they' say, actor Richard Gere was admitted into the emergency room of a Los Angeles hospital with a foreign object lodged in a bodily orifice.
Did Tom Jones Insure His Chest Hair? - Urban Legends
It MUST be true, I read it in the tabloids! Did singer and heartthrob Tom Jones insure his graying chest hair for a cool $7 million?
Top 10 Net Hoaxes / Urban Legends of 2005
It's time to look back on 2005, an eventful twelve months by any measure, and revisit the Top 10 Net Hoaxes and Urban Legends of the year.
Top 10 Net Hoaxes / Urban Legends of 2005 [p. 2]
Our Top 10 of 2005, cont. Urban Legends. Page 2.
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.
Avi Ben Stella Prayer Request - Urban Legends
A viral prayer request circulating on Facebook and Twitter asks for prayers on behalf of a 12-year-old boy named Avi Ben Stella, who is allegedly in a coma after a serious car crash.
Christopher Butterfield Hacker Warning - Urban Legends
Viral 'hacker warning' urges recipients not to accept messages or friend invitations from a supposed email hacker named Christopher Butterfield.
Hoax List: Internet Hoaxes, Email Rumors & Urban Legends
Hoax List from About.com: Current Internet hoaxes, email rumors and urban legends debunked - your resource for information on all the latest misinformation on the Net.
'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.
Matt Dawson Chain Letter - Netlore Archive
Circulating via email and on MySpace.com, this hoax claims 23-year-old Matt Dawson is suffering from lung cancer and a brain tumor, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation will donate 7 cents toward paying his medical bills every time the message is forwarded or reposted
Sam Bish Prayer Request - Urban Legends
Chain email solicits prayers for 8-year-old Sam Bish (Samuel Gordon Bish) of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, who has been diagnosed with an aggressive type of cancer known as Osteosarcoma.
Birthday Cards for Shane (Hoax) - Netlore Archive
Email chain letter requesting birthday cards for a young leukemia sufferer in Crystal Lake, Illinois (or Schuylerville, New York) named Shane so he can win a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records is a hoax
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.
Cards for Jacob Hadcock - Urban Legends
Email chain letter solicits Christmas cards for Jacob Hadcock, allegedly a 4-year-old with terminal cancer in Mexico, New York.
Christmas Cards for Nathan Elfrink - Urban Legends
Email chain letter and Internet postings solicit Christmas cards for Nathan Elfrink, a 7-year-old Ohio boy diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.
Top 10 Net Hoaxes / Urban Legends of 2004
The year is at an end and it's time to unveil About's partly-scientific, partly-subjective roundup of the Top 10 Net Hoaxes and Urban Legends of 2004
Top 10 Net Hoaxes / Urban Legends of 2004 (p. 2)
Top 10 of 2004, cont. Urban Legends. Page 2.
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.
Top 10 Urban Legends of 2008
Here, in ascending order of popularity as measured by overall Web traffic and reader interest, are the Top 10 Urban Legends of 2008.
Top 10 Urban Legends of 2008 [p. 2]
Here, in ascending order of popularity as measured by overall Web traffic and reader interest, are the Top 10 Urban Legends of 2008. Page 2.
Top 10 Urban Legends of 2009
Top 10 Urban Legends and Hoaxes of 2009: Here, in ascending order of popularity as gauged by reader interest and site traffic, are the Top 10 Urban Legends, Rumors, and Internet Hoaxes of 2009.
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.
Top 10 Urban Legends of 2010
Top 10 Urban Legends of 2010: Here, in ascending order of popularity as gauged by reader interest and site traffic, are the Top 10 Urban Legends, Rumors, and Internet Hoaxes of 2010.
Top 10 Urban Legends of 2011
Here, in ascending order of popularity as gauged by reader interest and site traffic, are the Top 10 Urban Legends, Rumors, and Internet Hoaxes of 2011.
Top 10 Urban Legends of 2012
Here, in ascending order of popularity as gauged by site traffic and reader interest, are the Top 10 Urban Legends, Rumors, and Internet Hoaxes of 2012.
Lemons and Cancer - Is Lemon a Cancer Cure? - Urban Legends
Forwarded email claims the humble lemon is a 'miraculous product' that kills cancer cells and has been proven '10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy.'
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.
Fellatio Decreases Risk of Breast Cancer in Women - Urban Legends
Homemade web page masquerading as a CNN news story claims women can decrease their risk of breast cancer by 'performing the act of fellatio on a regular basis.'
Flour for Burns - Flour as a Burn Remedy? - Urban Legends
Flour for burns? Forwarded email claims putting plain white flour on a burn will immediately stop any pain and promote healing without so much as a blister.
Egg Whites for Burns? - Urban Legends
Egg whites as a burn remedy? Viral text touts coating burned skin with raw egg whites as a 'miracle healing' home remedy. Doctors not so much.
The Klingerman Virus - Urban Legends
Forwarded emails originally dating from April 2000 warn recipients not to open large blue envelopes marked 'A gift for you from the Klingerman Foundation.' They supposedly contain sponges contaminated with a deadly virus.
Don't Drink Bottled Water Left in Car? - Urban Legends
Bottled water cancer danger? Viral text says don't drink bottled water left in a warm car because the heat supposedly causes cancer-producing toxins to 'leak' from the plastic into the water.
Aqua Dots Recall - Netlore Archive
TRUE: Forwarded emails and Internet postings warn that a popular children's toy called Aqua Dots ('Bindeez' in Australia) are made with a substance that breaks down into the 'date rape' drug GHB.
Asparagus and Cancer - Can Asparagus Cure Cancer? - Urban Legends
Emailed article attributed to a biochemist offers medical case histories collected with the help of alleged cancer expert 'Richard R. Vensal, D.D.S.' purporting to prove that eating asparagus may prevent and/or cure cancer.
Asparagus Cures Cancer? [p. 2]
Emailed article, cont. Urban Legends. Page 2.
Copper Pennies and Bee Stings - Urban Legends
Viral message claims that taping a copper penny over a bee sting (or hornet sting) will provide overnight relief from redness and swelling.
The Boy Who Peed Beetles - Urban Legends
Newspaper accounts of the ordeal of Chandan Goswami, a 13-year-old Indian boy who astounded physicians by actually urinating live beetles.
Death Calls - Killer Phone Number Warnings - Urban Legends
Forwarded emails and text messages warn mobile phone users not to accept calls from certain numbers which allegedly transmit a high-frequency signal causing brain hemorrhage and death.
Dr. Gitterle's Swine Flu Update - H1N1 Swine Flu Urban Legends
Forwarded email from Dr. Marcus Gitterle of New Braunfels, Texas claims that swine flu (H1N1 flu) is spreading far more rapidly than officials admit and has infected 10 to 25 times more people than reported in the media.
Swine Flu Update from Dr. Gitterle [p. 2]
Forwarded email from Dr. Marcus Gitterle, cont. Page 2.
Fan Death - An Urban Legend
Fan Death: If you have ever fallen asleep in a closed room with an electric fan running, you're lucky to be alive. That's what many folks in South Korea believe, at any rate, including government health authorities.
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!
Halloween Warning - Candy-Flavored Meth - Urban Legends
Circulating via email, a 'Halloween Warning' urges parents to instruct their children to beware of a new form of crystal meth that looks and smells like strawberry Pop Rocks candy and comes in other flavors such as chocolate, peanut butter, and cola.
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.
Listerine vs. Mosquitoes - Listerine a Mosquito Repellent? - Urban Legends
Forwarded email claims spraying an outside area with Listerine mouthwash repels and/or kills every mosquito in the vicinity.
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.
Can a Needle Save the Life of a Stroke Victim? - Netlore Archive
Misinformative email flier claims pricking a stroke victim's fingers and ear lobes with a pin or needle until they bleed will relieve symptoms of paralysis, restore consciousness, and allow the patient to be safely moved.
A Needle Can Save the Life of a Stroke Victim [p. 2]
Misinformative email flier recommends pricking a stroke victim's fingers and ear lobes with a pin or needle Page 2.
HOAX: Staring at Breasts Increases Heart Health in Men - Urban Legends
'Medical study' supposedly published in the New England Journal of Medicine claims staring at women's breasts improves heart health and lengthens lifespan in men.
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.
Pregnant Man - The World's First Male Pregnancy - Urban Legends
The world's first pregnant man? It's funny, yes, and even sounds convincing to some. Is it art or urban legend?
Halal Meat in U.S. Supermarkets - Urban Legends
Viral message claims that halal meat products being sold in U.S. supermarkets are processed in plants 'notorious' for 'filth and uncleanliness.'
About that Vodka Tampon 'Craze' - Urban Legends
Are teenagers really using vodka-soaked tampons to get drunk without that telltale odor of alcohol on their breath? A sober look at what the mainstream media would have us believe is a growing 'trend.'
About that Vodka Tampon 'Craze' [p. 2]
Are teenagers really using vodka-soaked tampons to get drunk without that telltale odor of alcohol on their breath? Page 2.
Cockroach Egg Tacos - An Urban Legend
What? A woman became sick after dining on a taco or burrito infested with cockroach eggs?? Calm down, it's only an urban legend.
Cockroach Egg Tacos [p. 2]
Woman gets sick after dining on a taco or burrito infested with cockroach eggs, cont. Page 2.
The $250 Neiman Marcus Cookie Recipe - Urban Legend
Here's a 'true story' almost everyone has heard by now: the infamous $250 Cookie Recipe, most recently associated with the Neiman Marcus company, but previously (during the 1980s) the bane of cookie diva Mrs. Fields.
Pus-Filled Tumor in McChicken Sandwich - An Urban Legend
Dear Urban Legends: I have heard a story doing the rounds and want to know if you think it's based on any fact at all. I must admit it does smell of 'urban legend'...
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.
Little Mikey Eats Pop Rocks and Soda, Dies - An Urban Legend
Did the actor who played 'Little Mikey' in Life cereal commercials die as a result of consuming Pop Rocks and soda at the same time?
Diner Contracts Syphilis at Olive Garden Restaurant - Urban Legends
Forwarded email claims a female diner contracted syphilis after eating a meal contaminated with 'three different types of semen' at an Olive Garden restaurant.
Pirate's Gold Milk Chocolate Coins - Melamine Contamination Warning
TRUE: Sherwood Brands Pirate's Gold Milk Chocolate Coins imported from China may contain deadly melamine and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has warned the public not to eat, distribute or sell the candy.
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.'
HOAX: 'Black Muslim in the White House' Virus - Urban Legends
False viral message warns of the 'most destructive ever' computer virus, supposedly circulating under the title 'Black Muslim in the White House.'
F1 Key Virus Warning - Urban legends
NOT A HOAX: Forwarded emails warn of a new security vulnerability in Windows 2000, XP, and Server 2003 systems consisting of a pop-up window directing users to press the F1 key, which sends them to a website that downloads malware.
A Police Officer's Night Before Christmas (A Viral Parody)
Another Internet parody based on the classic Christmas poem 'A Visit from St. Nicholas'
Thank You for All Your Educational Posts - Urban Legends
A viral spoof recapping all the scary viral messages people have shared over the past year.
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.
State Policemen Don't Have Balls - An Urban Legend
Female traffic violator tries to talk her way out of a citation by offering to buy tickets to the policeman's ball. 'I'm a state trooper, ma'am,' replies the officer. 'We don't have balls.'
'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.
Lowe's Selling American Flag Doormats? - Urban Legends
Recycled rumor circulating since May 2012 claims Lowe's home improvement stores offer American flag doormats for sale.
Best Buy Return Policy - Urban Legends
Forwarded email recounts a customer's unhappy experience attempting to return merchandise and obtain a cash refund at a Best Buy store.
The Troll in the Closet - Urban Legends
A parent returns from a shopping trip to find her mentally-challenged son in a very excited state, saying, 'I caught a troll and trapped him in the closet!' Upon checking, it turns out the 'troll' is a diminutive census taker who had come to the door while she was out.
The Troll in the Closet [p. 2]
A parent returns from a shopping trip, cont. Page 2.
A Beatles Night Before Christmas (A Viral Parody)
Direct from the Internet, another viral parody of 'A Visit from St. Nicholas'
Boycott Hershey Co. - Netlore Archive
Email flyers urge boycott of Hershey Co., which has lately announced worker layoffs in U.S. plants while outsourcing jobs to new facilities in Mexico.
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...
Is My IPod a Lightning Rod? - Urban Legends
Dear Urban Legends: Is it true that wearing an iPod during a thunderstorm increases one's chances of being struck by lightning?
Marine Veterans Snubbed at Cracker Barrel Restaurant - Urban Legends
Forwarded email recounts an incident at Cracker Barrel restaurant in Memphis, Tennessee in which a member of the Marine Corps League was denied permission to play patriotic songs on his bagpipes in honor of Memorial Day.
McDonald's Importing South American Beef (Canada) - Urban Legends
An email call to boycott McDonald's restaurants in Canada on the grounds that the company plans to import beef from South America.
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.
Oscar Mayer Refuses to Send Hot Dogs to Marines - Urban Legends
Forwarded email urges 'patriots' to boycott Oscar Mayer hot dogs because the company allegedly refused to ship its products to U.S. Marines stationed in Iraq.
Procter & Gamble Accused of Satanism [p. 2]
Satan worship at Procter & Gamble, cont. Page 2.
Procter & Gamble Accused of Satanism
Decades-old rumors of 'Satan worship' by the owners of Procter & Gamble still circulate online
Store Closings and Gift Cards - Urban Legends
Forwarded email purports to list current and future retail store closings by major U.S. companies due to the economic downturn, and advises consumers to redeem gift cards and gift certificates sooner rather than later.
Store Closings and Gift Cards [p. 2]
Forwarded email purports to list current and future retail store closings by major U.S. companies due to the economic downturn and advises consumers to redeem gift cards and gift certificates sooner rather than later. Page 2.
A Tootsie Pop Mystery: The Tootsie Pop Indian Wrapper - Urban Legends
Where did the rumor come from that you could get a free Tootsie Roll Pop (or a whole bag of them) if you found a star (or an Indian, or both) on your wrapper?
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...'
Are You Sure 'Mr. Gorsky' Was a Hoax? - Urban Legends
A reader writes: 'I absolutely recall hearing these comments on the radio, in 1995, as told by Armstrong following the press conference.Either what I heard was an audio hoax, he was just kidding, or it is the truth. Are you SURE it was a hoax?'
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.
'Where Thieves and Pimps Run Free' - Hunter S. Thompson Misquote
In which we attempt to nail down the source of a quotation attributed to Hunter S. Thompson and determine which of the many versions - if any - is authentic.
'Where Thieves and Pimps Run Free' (cont.)
A quotation attributed to Hunter S. Thompson... Page 2.
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.
Did Nostradamus Predict a 2006 World Cup Win for Spain?
Did 16th-century astrologer Nostradamus pen a quatrain predicting that Spain would win the World Cup in 2006?
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.
Thomas Sowell on the Presidential Candidates - Netlore Archive
Bigoted, poorly written email rant attributed to conservative black columnist Thomas Sowell trashes Democratic presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
Thomas Sowell on the Presidential Candidates [p. 2]
Bigoted, poorly written email rant, cont. Page 2.
The Atheists' Holiday - Urban Legends
An atheist and his ACLU lawyer go before a judge to complain that while Christians have Christmas and Easter to celebrate, and Jews have Yom Kippur and Hanukkah, there is no such public holiday for atheists.
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.
R. Lee Ermey Press Conference - Urban Legends
Forwarded email purports to quote an actual 2004 press conference in which actor and Marine veteran R. Lee Ermey takes the media to task in a profanity-laden diatribe.
Einstein Proves God Exists - Urban Legends
Einstein's proof of God? In this viral anecdote of unknown origin, a university student named Albert Einstein humiliates his atheist professor by proving that God exists.
Einstein Proves God Exists [p. 2]
Emailed anecdote, cont. Urban Legends. 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.'
Flight 297 - Atlanta to Houston [p. 2]
Forwarded email by Tedd Petruna purports to convey an eyewitness account of a Muslim terrorist 'dry run' aboard AirTran Airways Flight 297 from Atlanta to Houston on November 17, 2009. Page 2.
Who Said It? (Dumb Obama Quotes) - Urban Legends
Circulating via email, a short quiz consisting of funny verbal gaffes attributed to various American politicians including Barack Obama.
Flight 297 Atlanta to Houston - Urban Legends
Unreported airline incident? Forwarded email by Tedd Petruna purports to convey an eyewitness account of a Muslim terrorist 'dry run' aboard AirTran Airways Flight 297 from Atlanta to Houston on November 17, 2009.
Joys of Muslim Women by Nonie Darwish - Urban Legends
Forwarded article attributed to Egyptian-born Christian convert Nonie Darwish warns that radical Islamists aim to destroy western civilization by imposing Sharia law on the entire world.
Obama's Wedding Ring Out for Repairs? - Urban Legends
Forwarded email notes that President Obama wasn't wearing a wristwatch or wedding ring at a press conference allegedly held during the month of Ramadan in 2010 and concludes he must therefore be a Muslim.
Who Said It? (Dumb Obama Quotes) [p. 2]
Emailed quiz, cont. Urban Legends. Page 2.
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.
Royal Snub for the Obamas - Urban Legends
Circulating via email: Anonymously written article claims Barack and Michelle Obama won't be invited to Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding because the British royal family considers the Obamas 'low class' and 'tacky.'
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.
Obama Quote on Raising Debt Limit (2006) - Urban Legends
Circulating via email, a quote attributed to Sen. Barack Obama in 2006 in which he calls raising the U.S. national debt limit 'a sign of leadership failure.'
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.
Huntley Brown: Why I (A Black Man) Can't Vote for Obama - Urban Legends
Emailed essay by Christian pianist Huntley Brown states his reasons for not supporting Barack Obama's candidacy for president.
Huntley Brown: Why I (A Black Man) Can't Vote for Obama [p. 2]
Emailed essay by Christian pianist Huntley Brown states his reasons for not supporting Barack Obama's candidacy for president. Page 2.
Obama Snubs Nation's Heroes - Urban Legends
Forwarded email criticizes Barack Obama for being the first newly elected president in 56 years to skip the Salute to Heroes Inaugural Ball honoring recipients of the Medal of Honor.
Obama / Bush Inauguration Costs Compared - Urban Legends
Forwarded email compares the alleged cost of Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration to that of G.W. Bush's second inaugural festivities in 2005, and the disparate media reactions to same.
Fourth-Grade Teacher's Letter to President Obama? - Urban Legends
An open letter to President Obama attributed to Hillsboro, Missouri elementary school teacher Kathleen Lyday expresses one citizen's vehement displeasure with the way the country is being run.
Is Barack Obama the Antichrist? - Urban Legends
Internet rumors say Barack Obama is the Antichrist prophesied in the New Testament.
Is Barack Obama the Antichrist? [p. 2]
Internet rumor, cont. Urban Legends. Page 2.
Obama Citizenship Case [p. 2]
Circulating via email, a purported AP news story... Page 2.
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.
Is Barack Obama a Natural-Born Citizen? - Urban Legends
Obama citizenship questioned: Viral text claims Barack Obama is ineligible for the presidency because he isn't a natural-born citizen of the United States.
Obama Citizenship Case Reaches Supreme Court - Urban Legends
Very Quietly Obama's Citizenship Case Reaches the Supreme Court - Purported AP news story claims college transcripts reveal that Barack Obama, using the name 'Barry Soetoro,' received a Fulbright Scholarship only awarded to foreign-born students.
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.
Obama's Decision Making in Pirate Hostage Crisis - Urban Legends
Forwarded email criticizes Barack Obama's handling of the Somali pirate hostage crisis in April 2009, alleging that the President hindered the on-scene commander's ability to effect a rescue by withholding authorization to use deadly force.
Obama's Decision Making in Somali Pirate Hostage Crisis [p. 2]
Forwarded email criticizes Barack Obama's handling of the Somali pirate hostage crisis in April 2009, cont. Page 2.
'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.
Harold B. Estes Letter to Obama [p. 2]
Emailed letter, cont. Urban Legends. Page 2.
Harold B. Estes Letter to Obama - Urban Legends
Forwarded letter attributed to 95-year-old World War II Navy veteran Harold B. Estes lambastes President Obama for 'telling our friends & enemies despicable lies' and advises him to 'shape up and start acting like an American.'
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.
Was Nidal Hasan on Obama Homeland Security Transition Team? - Urban Legends
Online rumor claims that Nidal Hasan, who killed 14 people and wounded 30 during a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas on Nov. 5, 2009, was a member of President Obama's Homeland Security transition team.
'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.'
Obama Grants Full Diplomatic Immunity to Interpol - Urban Legends
Forwarded op-ed piece claims an executive order (12425) amended by President Obama grants full diplomatic immunity to the international police organization Interpol.
Obama and the National Day of Prayer - Urban Legends
Forwarded email claims President Obama declared that the U.S. is no longer a Christian nation, then canceled the annual National Day of Prayer ceremony 'under the ruse of not wanting to offend anyone.'
Obama Fires Cattle Guards in Colorado? - Urban Legends
Viral message claims that President Barack Obama, upon learning there are over 100,000 cattle guards in Colorado, ordered half of them to be fired.
Obama Fires Cattle Guards in Colorado [p. 2]
Forwarded email, cont. Urban Legends. Page 2.
Wayne Allyn Root on Obama's 'Marxist' Agenda - Urban Legends
Forwarded op-ed piece attributed to libertarian politician Wayne Allyn Root accuses Barack Obama of 'purposely overwhelming the U.S. economy to create systemic failure, economic crisis and social chaos.'
Obama and the National Day of Prayer [p. 2]
Forwarded email, cont. Urban Legends. Page 2.
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!
Benzene - Toxic Benzene in Cars? - Urban Legends
Forwarded email claims car interiors contain toxic levels of cancer-causing benzene emitted by dashboards, car seats, and air fresheners. It recommends opening windows to expel trapped benzene gas before turning on the car air conditioner.
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.
E-Z Pass Used to Catch Speeders in NY? - Netlore Archive
Email hoax claims the state of New York is using the EZ Pass electronic toll collecting system to gauge drivers' speed between toll booths and issue automatic speeding tickets to violators.
Toxic Benzene in Cars? [p. 2]
Forwarded email claims car interiors contain toxic levels of cancer-causing benzene emitted by dashboards, car seats, and air fresheners. It recommends opening windows to expel trapped benzene gas before turning on the car air conditioner or driving. Page 2.
Scam: Ford Fusion Hybrid at Half Price - Urban Legends
Scam email purporting to come from Ford Motor Company offers an opportunity to purchase a 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid vehicle at half price ($15,500).
Tips on Pumping Gas - Urban Legends
Netlore Archive: Viral text purports to share a petroleum industry insider's tips for saving money at the gas pump.
Operation Yellow Jacket (Speeding Ticket Frenzy) - Urban Legends
Email hoax claims Michigan State Police are conducting a 31-day 'speeding ticket frenzy' during which troopers will pose as DOT workers to enable them to catch traffic violators unawares. The scheme is called 'Operation Yellow Jacket.'
Car Break-ins - Hole Under Door Lock - Urban Legends
Viral alert warns of a 'new' vehicle break-in method wherein thieves punch a hole under the handle of a car door to unlock it.
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.
HOAX: Needles Hidden Under Gas Pump Handles - Urban Legends
Online warnings claim evildoers are exposing innocent victims to the AIDS virus by attaching HIV-contaminated needles to gas pump handles.
The Body in the Bed - An Urban Legend
A classic urban legend. Honeymooners notice a strange odor in their hotel room and decide to peek under the mattress, only to find... The Body in the Bed!
Paper-on-Rear-Window Carjacking Scheme - Urban Legends
Viral rumor warns of a new carjacking scheme involving the placement of a flyer or piece of paper on the victim's rear window to fool them into exiting the vehicle with the engine running.
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.
Dial 112 to Contact Police in Emergency? - Urban Legends
Female college student pursued by a cop impersonator is rescued by a real police officer after dialing 112 (or *112, or #112) emergency number on her cell phone.
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
Car Magnets Aid Child Predators? - Netlore Archive
Email purportedly written by an abducted teen warns parents not to 'publicize' the whereabouts of their kids to child predators by attaching car magnets to their vehicles containing info about schools and activities
'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.
Don't Flash Your Headlights (Gang Initiation Warning) - Urban Legends
According to this decades-old urban legend, innocent people who flashed their headlights at oncoming cars have been chased down and killed by gang members.
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.
Stolen License Plates Used in Gasoline Thefts - Netlore Archive
Forwarded email warns that criminals are stealing license plates and mounting them on their own vehicles to avoid being caught perpetrating 'pump and run' gasoline thefts
Flash Your Headlights and Die! (Gang Initiation) - An Urban Legend
Resurgence of a terrifying urban legend about aspiring gang members firing at oncoming drivers who innocently flash their headlights.
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.
New Rapist Trick: The 5-Dollar Bill - 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. Is this a new trick used by rapists to dupe unsuspecting victims?
'Rockhard Abs' / 'Jason Stallings' State Police Warning - Netlore Archive
Latest version of an old email hoax warns people not to reply to messages from a person using the screen name 'Rockhard abs' or 'Jason Stallings,' supposedly a suspect in the murders of several women he met online
Dumb Burglars Break Into Wrong Bank - Urban Legends
Two robbers break into a bank expecting to steal diamonds and gold, instead finding what they believe to be a cache of vanilla pudding.
Sugar Water in the Gas Tank - Netlore Archive
Internet urban legend warns of a criminal ploy to disable women's vehicles by pouring sugar water in their gas tanks
Sugar Water in the Gas Tank [p. 2]
Internet urban legend, cont. Urban Legends. Page 2.
How to Detect a Two-Way Mirror [p. 2]
Forwarded email gives advice on how to tell a two-way mirror from an ordinary mirror. Page 2.
How to Detect a Two-Way Mirror - Urban Legends
Forwarded email purports to give practical advice on how to tell the difference between a two-way mirror and an ordinary mirror.
Wal-Mart Check Copying Scam - Netlore Archive
Emailed alert written on Louisiana Dept. of Public Safety stationary warns of a 'multi-city' check copying scam run by a ring of Wal-Mart employees
Welcome to the World of AIDS - Urban Legends
Latest viral scare story making the rounds tells of random victims unknowingly injected with the AIDS virus in crowded theaters and night clubs in two different countries.
Welcome to the World of AIDS [p. 2]
Latest email scare story, cont. Urban Legends. Page 2.
'Binary Explosives' Video - Urban Legends
Online video purports to show the manufacture of a binary explosive small enough to be hidden in a pen and powerful enough to 'vaporize' a watermelon.
Wasp Spray for Self-Defense? - Urban Legends
Viral message recommends using wasp spray instead of pepper spray for self defense because, allegedly, it's more effective and works at a greater distance.
Bottle Bombs / Drano Bombs - Urban Legends
Viral alerts warn the public to beware of 'bottle bombs' or 'Drano bombs,' homemade explosive devices consisting of water, Drano, and aluminum foil in plastic bottles.
Va. Beach Woman Injected with Knockout Drug - Urban Legends
Forwarded email claims a woman in Virginia Beach, VA was approached at a gas station by a man with a suspiciously large ring who 'injected her with something like a date rape drug' by squeezing her hand.
Australia PM Tells Muslim Immigrants 'Adapt or Leave'? - Urban Legends
Statements falsely attributed to Australia Prime Minister Julia Gillard advise Muslim immigrants to learn English and adapt to Australian culture or leave the country.
DNC Refuses Charlotte Hospitality? - Urban Legends
Viral text claims officials of the DNC in Charlotte, NC refused to accept gift baskets for delegates offered by local churches because their stance on women's rights is contrary to the Democratic Party platform.
Christmas Cards for Recovering American Soldiers? - Urban Legends
Viral text claims Christmas cards can be sent to wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center by addressing them to 'A Recovering American Soldier.'
ABC Bans American Flag Lapel Pins? - Urban Legends
Viral message claims ABC News has ordered reporters and news anchors not to wear American flag lapel pins or other patriotic insignia.
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.
Dr. Roger Starner Jones on U.S. Health Care Crisis - Urban Legends
Viral op-ed piece by Dr. Roger Starner Jones, an emergency room physician in Jackson, Mississippi, says America's health care problems are due to a 'crisis of culture,' not a shortage of quality medical care.
Ft. Calhoun Nuclear Plant Meltdown, News Blackout - Urban Legends
Online rumors claim U.S. authorities have instituted a 'news blackout' regarding what is described as a 'near catastrophic meltdown' due to flooding at the Ft. Calhoun Nuclear Plant in Nebraska.
Scary Election Statistics from Prof. Joseph Olson - Urban Legends
Viral text quoting Prof. Joseph Olson of Hamline University purports to analyze the results of the most recent U.S. presidential election in terms of the murder rates of districts voting Democrat vs. Republican.
Scary Election Statistics [p. 2]
Viral text, cont. Urban Legends. Page 2.
Don't Pump Gas on May 15 - Urban Legends
2007 version of familiar 'Gas Out' chain email urges U.S. drivers to boycott gas stations on May 15 to 'put a dent in the Middle Eastern oil industry.'
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.
Nancy Pelosi Windfall Tax on Retirement Income - Urban Legends
Circulating via email, purported statements by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi condemning stock market profit-taking and advocating redistribution of wealth via a 100% windfall tax on retirement income.
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.
Obama vs. McCain: Proposed Tax Changes - Urban Legends
Email flier compares tax changes purportedly advocated by 2008 presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama.
Election Day Switch - Urban Legends
Fraudulent emails and paper fliers sent out before Election Day tell Democrats or Republicans to vote on Wednesday instead of Tuesday.
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.
Proposed 28th Amendment - Urban Legends
Proposed 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: 'Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives.'
Are Muslims Exempt from ObamaCare Insurance Mandate? - Urban Legends
Viral rumor falsely asserts that Muslims are specifically exempt from the government mandate to purchase health insurance under ObamaCare.
Are Muslims Exempt from ObamaCare Insurance Mandate? [p. 2]
Forwarded email claims U.S. health care legislation passed in 2010 specifically exempts Muslims from the government mandate to purchase insurance and calls this an instance of 'Dhimmitude.'. Page 2.
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.
Arizona State Senator Sylvia Allen on New Immigration Law - Urban Legends
Viral email attributed to Arizona State Senator Sylvia Allen defends the state's new immigration law, SB 1070.
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.
9/11 Rumors: The 'Tourist Guy' of 9/11
Not long after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, a viral image made the rounds purporting to show the last snapshot taken atop the World Trade Center towers.
Boston Marathon Bombings, April 15, 2013
Rumors, hoaxes, viral images, and urban legends pertaining to terrorist bombings during the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013.
9/11 Rumors: Warnings of Future Attacks
Rumors and alerts circulating in the wake of the September 11 attacks purporting to contain information about future terrorist attacks.
9/11 Prophecies and Predictions
Alleged predictions, omens, and prophecies in advance of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
9/11 Rumors; The Grateful Terrorist
Urban legends circulating after 9/11 tell of men identified only as
9/11 Rumors: 'Celebrating Arabs' Stories
Rumors and boycott appeals spurred by rumors of Arabs or Muslims celebrating the 9/11 attacks in places of business around the U.S.
9/11 Rumors: Commemorations and Salutes
Post-9/11 emails about commemorations and salutes dedicated to 9/11 victims and/or first responders.
Urban Legends: September 11 Rumors and Hoaxes
Comprehensive listing of rumors, hoaxes, and urban legends surrounding the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Urban Legends: Current Events
Hoaxes, rumors, and urban legends pertaining to major news stories and current events.
Politicians: Mitt Romney Urban Legends
Urban legends, Internet hoaxes and rumors about former Massachusetts governor and 2008 presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
Politicians: Rick Santorum
Urban legends, rumors, and Net hoaxes pertaining to Republican Senator and primary presidential candidate Rick Santorum.
Christmas History, Traditions and Folklore
Christmas History: Facts, myths, folklore and trivia pertaining to the celebration of Christmas and the origins of seasonal holiday traditions.
Urban Legends and Folkore: Dubious Quotations
Amazing, isn't it, how often we find that famous people never said some of the clever, funny or horrid things attributed to them?
Beasts of the Internet, both real and imaginary.
Beasts of the Internet. Urban Legends. Page 3.
Beasts of the Internet. Urban Legends. Page 4.
Beasts of the Internet. Urban Legends. Page 2.
Critters, real and imaginary.
Snake Swallows Man 1
Viral images purport to show a gigantic snake — said to be an anaconda, python, or boa constrictor — swallowing a human being whole. Page 6.
The Mistletoe Bough by Thomas Haynes Bayly
The Mistletoe Bough, a ballad by Thomas Haynes Bayly and Sir Henry Bishop. Published circa 1830.
Fw: Winning Notification
LOTTERY SCAM: There are umpteen versions of this fake lotto scam claiming that recipients have won huge cash prizes but must contact a representative or
FAKE NEWS: Woman Kills Three For Last Xbox at Chicago Walmart
Viral 'news story' is another spoof from the satirical website DailyCurrant.com.
The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!
FALSE: Obama has agreed to deploy Russian troops on U.S. soil.
Did Obama Omit 'Creator' in Declaration Quote? - Urban Legends
Viral messages claim President Obama omitted the words 'by their Creator' when paraphrasing the Declaration of Independence in a 2010 speech.
HR 4646 - Obama's 1% Transaction Tax? - Urban Legends
Viral message warns against HR 4646, claiming Obama plans to impose a 1% transaction tax on all bank transactions, including personal deposits.
The 'True' Story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer [p. 2]
Viral story says Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was created by a Montgomery Ward copywriter to console his 4-year-old daughter after her mother died of cancer. Page 2.
Eggs on Windshield / Fake Car Seat Crime Alert - Urban Legends
Viral alert warns that criminals are using new techniques to trick drivers into stopping their vehicles: throwing raw eggs at windshields and leaving infant car seats with fake babies in them beside the road.
The 'True' Story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Urban Legends
Who wrote Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and why? A viral text claims Rudolph was created by Montgomery Ward copywriter Bob May to console his 4-year-old daughter after her mother succumbed to cancer.
The Twelve Days of Christmas [p. 3]
Internet text, cont. Urban Legends. Page 3.
The Twelve Days of Christmas - Urban Legends
Internet text purports to explain the 'origin and secret meaning' of 'The Twelve Days of Christmas,' describing it as an 'underground catechism song' for Catholics enduring religious persecution in Protestant England.
The Twelve Days of Christmas [p. 2]
Internet text, cont. Urban Legends. Page 2.
National Gang Week Crime Alert [p. 2]
National Gang Week activities purportedly include the use of abandoned baby car seats to trick women into stopping their vehicles and exposing themselves to attack. Page 2.
National Gang Week Crime Alert - Urban Legends
'National Gang Week' activities purportedly include the use of abandoned baby car seats to trick women into stopping their vehicles so they can be attacked.
Vicks VapoRub on Soles of Feet Relieves Coughing? [p. 2]
Forwarded email, cont. Urban Legends. Page 2.
Vicks VapoRub on Feet Relieves Coughing? - Urban Legends
Viral message claims coughing in children can be stopped '100% of the time' by applying 'Vicks Vapor Rub' to the bottoms of their feet at bedtime.
Do They Eat Babies in China? [p. 2]
Do they eat babies in China? Photos circulating on the Internet purport to show a Chinese man cooking and eating a human baby or fetus. Are they real? Page 2.
The Fatal Hairdo - An Urban Legend
Girl with a 'beehive' hairdo or Brazilian weave dies a horrible death after a spider crawls inside and lays eggs, hatching a brood of hungry arachnids. Legendary proof that vanity can kill!
Do They Eat Babies in China? - Urban Legends
Dear Urban Legends: I received an email last week which was quite disturbing. It is about dead babies that can be bought from hospitals in Taiwan to meet the high demand for grilled and barbequed babies!
'Twas The Night Before Christmas - Funny Parodies
Apocryphal versions of A Visit from St. Nicholas (The Night Before Christmas), one of the most parodied poems in the English language.
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.
Univ. of Kentucky Bans Holocaust from Curriculum? - Urban Legends
Is it true that the University of Kentucky has banned teaching the history of the Holocaust from its curriculum?
UK Bans Holocaust from School Curriculum? - Urban Legends
Viral message urges remembrance of the Holocaust, claiming the U.K. has banned all mention of it from its school curriculum for fear of offending Muslims.