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

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

Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act - Urban Legends
Email flier urges women to sign an online petition in favor of the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act, which would require insurance companies to cover a minimum 48-hour hospital stay for patients undergoing a mastectomy

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

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

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

'Obama Acceptance Speech' Virus Alert
NOT A HOAX: Virus alert warns that emails with the subject line 'Obama Acceptance Speech' carry a Trojan horse program that steals passwords and user IDs.

'Work' Virus Warning - Urban Legends
Beware, there's a new virus going around called 'work.' If you receive any sort of 'work' at all, whether via email, Internet or simply handed to you by a colleague... DO NOT OPEN IT!

'I Buy Strays' Website - Hoax or Satire?
Ibuystrays.com website purports to offer cash for unwanted pets to be resold to companies engaged in animal experimentation

'I Buy Strays' Website - Hoax or Satire?
Ibuystrays.com website purports to offer cash for unwanted pets to be resold to companies engaged in animal experimentation. Page 2.

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

Obama Said He Visited 'All 57 States' - Urban Legends
Forwarded email quotes a road-weary Barack Obama saying he has campaigned (or plans to campaign) in 'all 57 states,' and claims there are exactly 57 Islamic states in the world.

Sen. Obama Snubs Troops on Visit to Afghanistan - Netlore Archive
Viral email written by U.S. Army Cpt. Jeffrey S. Porter claims Barack Obama shunned rank-and-file soldiers during his July 2008 visit to military installations in Afghanistan.

Obama Endorsed by the KKK? - Netlore Archive
Emailed 'news item' dated Feb. 7, 2008 claims the Imperial Wizard of the KKK (Ku Klux Klan) has endorsed Barack Obama for the presidency

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

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

Maureen Dowd on Obama's Foreign Fundraising? - Urban Legends
Phony op-ed column attributed to New York Times writer Maureen Dowd claims Barack Obama has accepted campaign donations from foreign countries including Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Obama in Montana - Email Says Town Hall Meeting 'Staged' - Urban Legends
Purported firsthand account of Barack Obama's town hall meeting in Bozeman, Montana on August 14, 2009 claims the event was 'staged,' hundreds of tickets mysteriously 'disappeared,' union members 'intimidated' local protesters, and thousands of dollars worth of lobster were shipped in for the event from out of state.

Obama in Montana [p. 2]
Purported firsthand account of Barack Obama's town hall meeting in Bozeman, Montana, cont. Page 2.

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

Tiger Woods Inauguration Speech - Urban Legends
Email flier quotes golfer Tiger Woods' speech during a pre-inaugural ceremony for President Obama on January 18, 2009 and praises him for saluting the nation's military instead of the President-elect himself.

Tiger Woods Inauguration Speech [p. 2]
Email flier quotes golfer Tiger Woods' speech during a pre-inaugural ceremony for President Obama on January 18, 2009 and praises him for saluting the nation's military instead of the President-elect himself. Page 2.

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

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

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

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

Don't Go to Cars.gov (Cash for Clunkers) - Urban Legends
Forwarded email warns users not to accept the terms of service agreement at Cars.gov, the website of the federal 'Cash for Clunkers' program, because it supposedly grants the government full ownership of and access to users' computers and all the files and information they contain.

Bankruptcies and Gift Cards - Netlore Archive
Email flier lists several companies that have supposedly filed for bankruptcy, warning that gift cards from these businesses won't be valid for much longer

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

Click to Donate Tampons to Women's Shelters - Netlore Archive
Email flier touts a Website where users can click to donate free feminine hygiene products to women's shelters around the U.S.

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

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

Marks & Spencer Voucher Giveaway - Netlore Archive
Chain letter claims recipients will receive a free gift voucher from Marks & Spencer and Persimmon Homes if they pass the message along to at least eight other people.

Hugh Downs: Obama Will Lose - Urban Legends
Circulating online, an op-ed piece falsely attributed to Hugh Downs predicts Barack Obama will lose the 2008 presidential election because he is a 'flake.'

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

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

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

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

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

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

Speeding Ticket Frenzy in Georgia - Urban Legends
Forwarded email warns that Georgia state troopers are about to launch a 'speeding ticket frenzy' in and around Atlanta, Georgia during which citations will be issued at the rate of one every 10 to 20 minutes to increase state revenues.

Harvey Milk Day (AB 2567) - Urban Legends
Forwarded email urges California residents to call the governor and voice their objections to AB 2567, a legislative bill designating May 22 as Harvey Milk Day to commemorate the San Francisco city supervisor slain in 1978.

HR 615 - Congress and Health Care - Urban Legends
Forwarded email trumpets an online petition favoring a House resolution urging all members of Congress to enroll in any new 'government-run' or 'public option' health care plan created by Congress.

Cleveland's Innerbelt Bridge on Verge of Collapse - Urban Legends
Email rumor claims structural engineers have declared the I-90 Innerbelt Bridge in Cleveland on the verge of collapse and recommends detouring around it.

Do Redskins Wins, Losses Predict the Outcomes of Presidential Elections? - Urban Legends
According to the infamous 'Redskins Rule,' whether or not the Washington Redskins win their last home game prior to a presidential election predicts which party will win the presidency.

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

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

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

Cap and Trade - License Required to Sell Your Home? - Urban Legends
Forwarded email claims that H.R. 2454, also known as the 'Cap and Trade' bill, will require homeowners to retrofit their homes to comply with new energy efficiency standards before being allowed to sell them.

Cap and Trade - License Required to Sell Your Home? [p. 2]
Forwarded email claims H.R. 2454, also known as the 'Cap and Trade bill,' will require homeowners to retrofit their homes to comply with new efficiency standards before selling them. Page 2.

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

3.8% Real Estate Tax in Obamacare? - Urban Legends
Online rumor claims Obamacare imposes a 3.8% home sales tax on all real estate transactions beginning in 2013.

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The Urban Legends Slide Show - Personal Computer in a Pen (#2)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Personal Computer in a Pen (#3)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

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

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Space Shuttle Explosion (#2)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Space Shuttle Explosion (#3)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Space Shuttle Explosion (#4)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

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

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Crooked House (#2)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - The Eye of God in Space
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Air Force Jets Fly in USA Formation
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Crooked House (#3)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Crooked House (#4)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Crooked House (#5)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Camel Spiders Found in Iraq
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Giant Human Skeleton Found in Middle East
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Alligator's Lunch (#1)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Alligator's Lunch (#2)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

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

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Insulting Epitaph (#2)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Giants Found in Greece
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

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

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Giant Razorback Hog
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Snake vs. Electric Fence
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Doctors Find Live Worm in Patient's Eye
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Summer Fashion Trend (#2)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Summer Fashion Trend (#3)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Summer Fashion Trend (#4)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Summer Fashion Trend (#5)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Tow Truck Comedy of Errors (#9)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Tow Truck Comedy of Errors (#10)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Saddam Hussein's Capture (#1)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Saddam Hussein's Capture (#2)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Saddam Hussein's Capture (#3)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Saddam Hussein's Capture (#4)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Moose Logging
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - The Ghost Under the Bed
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Albino Fawn
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - The Queen and Scottish Soldiers
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

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

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

The Urban Legends Slide Show - The Giant Grizzly Bear (#2)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Christmas at Arlington Cemetery
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - 'Bill Sux' Etched on Pentium Chip
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Mondex: Mark of the Beast
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Even Rocks Pray
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Satellite Photo of 2003 Northeast Blackout
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Illegal Immigrant Smuggled in Dashboard of Car (#1)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Illegal Immigrant Smuggled in Dashboard of Car (#2)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Illegal Immigrant Smuggled in Dashboard of Car (#3)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - A Whale of a Dork
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

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

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Japanese Fashion Craze (#2)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Japanese Fashion Craze (#3)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Japanese Fashion Craze (#4)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Japanese Fashion Craze (#5)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Giant Catfish
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - The Snake in the Computer (#1)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - The Snake in the Computer (#2)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - The Snake in the Computer (#3)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - The Snake in the Computer (#4)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Deer on a Pole (#1)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Deer on a Pole (#2)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Deer on a Pole (#3)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

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

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Street Paintings (#4)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Street Paintings (#5)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - John Kerry and Jane Fonda
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Hand of Hope
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - MiG Jet Fighter Buried in Iraq (#1)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - MiG Jet Fighter Buried in Iraq (#2)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - MiG Jet Fighter Buried in Iraq (#3)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - MiG Jet Fighter Buried in Iraq (#4)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Personal Computer in a Pen (#1)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - The 9/11 Tourist Guy (#4)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - The 9/11 Tourist Guy (#5)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - The 9/11 Tourist Guy (#6)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - The 9/11 Tourist Guy (#7)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - The 9/11 Tourist Guy (#8)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - The 9/11 Tourist Guy (#9)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - The 9/11 Tourist Guy (#10)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - The 9/11 Tourist Guy (#11)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Another Giant Cat
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - 1964 Mock-Up of 'Home Computer'
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - The Black Patch
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Dog-Human Hybrid
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Attorney Johnnie Cochran's Headstone
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - World's Highest Bridge
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Giant Gator
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - North Pole Sunset
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Black and White Twins
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Square Watermelons
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Strange-Headed Creature
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Tsunami Strikes Thailand
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Hurricane Isabel Approaches
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Anti-Obama Product Label
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Sneaky Shark
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Mule Attacks Mountain Lion (#1)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Mule Attacks Mountain Lion (#2)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Mule Attacks Mountain Lion (#3)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Mule Attacks Mountain Lion (#4)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Water Bridge
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Where's My Gnome?
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Brain Maggots / Sushi Worms (#1)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Brain Maggots / Sushi Worms (#2)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

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

The Urban Legends Slide Show - A Fish Story (#2)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - A Fish Story (#3)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

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

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Indoor Ski Resort (#2)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Tow Truck Comedy of Errors (#1)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Tow Truck Comedy of Errors (#2)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Tow Truck Comedy of Errors (#3)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Tow Truck Comedy of Errors (#4)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Tow Truck Comedy of Errors (#5)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Tow Truck Comedy of Errors (#6)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Tow Truck Comedy of Errors (#7)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Tow Truck Comedy of Errors (#8)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

Corset Piercings (Photos) [p. 5]
Emailed photos, cont.: summer trends

Speeding Ticket Frenzy in South Orange County, CA - Urban Legends
Email hoax claims the California Highway Patrol is launching a 'speeding ticket frenzy' in South Orange County to collect more fines and increase the state's revenues.

Jamie Oliver 2004 'Naked Chef' Calendar? - Netlore Archive
Is this the cover of 'Naked Chef' Jamie Oliver's official 2004 calendar?

Jamie Oliver 2004 Calendar - Boots Edition - Netlore Archive
Is this the cover of 'Naked Chef' Jamie Oliver's official 2004 calendar?

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

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

Petition Against Pascua-Lama Gold Mine - Netlore Archive
Email petition expresses opposition to a Barrick Gold Corporation mining project in the Andean region of Pascua-Lama calling for the removal of glaciers that supply water to local farmers

Personal Computer in a Pen? [p. 2]
Emailed images, cont.: flat surfaces ladies and gentlemen page nbsp booing personal computer

Personal Computer in a Pen? [p. 3]
Emailed images, cont.: james bond films handwriting data john latta keyboard monitor virtual keyboard

Nagin Defends Use of 'Phantom Police' - Netlore Archive
Forwarded satire claims New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin padded the city budget by listing 700 nonexistent 'phantom' officers on the police payroll

Tsunami Deep Sea Creatures [p. 2]
Series of emailed images, cont.: deep sea creatures phuket deep sea creatures indian ocean tsunami phuket beaches tsunami images

Buy Pink M&Ms to Support Breast Cancer Research? - Urban Legends
Forwarded email urges recipients to buy special pink M&Ms to help fund breast cancer research through the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

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

Monster Crocodile of Pointe-Noire [p. 2]
Emailed photos, cont.: netlore archive pointe noire crocodile monster

Monster Crocodile of Pointe-Noire [p. 3]
Emailed photos, cont.: netlore archive pointe noire crocodile monster

Monster Crocodile of Pointe-Noire [p. 4]
Emailed photos, cont.: netlore archive pointe noire crocodile monster

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

Sony PSP Giveaway - Netlore Archive
Email hoax claims recipients will receive a free Sony PSP console if they forward the message to 20 other people

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

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

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

Photos of Saddam Hussein's Capture (p. 5)
Emailed photos, cont.: photos of saddam hussein saddam hussein photographer

Photos of Saddam Hussein's Capture (p. 6)
Emailed photos, cont.: photos of saddam hussein saddam hussein photographer

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

Photos of Saddam Hussein's Capture (p. 8)
Emailed photos, cont.: photos of saddam hussein saddam hussein photographer

School Science Fair Name-Gathering Project - Netlore Archive
Email chain letter soliciting the first names of recipients purports to be a school science fair project, but it's not

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Pit Bull vs. Porcupine (#2)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - G.W. Bush Gone Fishing
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Malay Ghost
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Grand Canyon Skywalk
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Bungee Jumper vs. Crocodile
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Breast Infestation
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

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

The Urban Legends Slide Show - The 9/11 Tourist Guy (#3)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Truck Art (#2)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Truck Art (#3)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Car Wash Coin Thieves (#1)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Car Wash Coin Thieves (#2)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Car Wash Coin Thieves (#3)
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

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

Hotel Key Cards - Statement from city of Pasadena
Response from the City of Pasadena on email rumor claiming hotel and motel key cards are routinely encoded with customers' personal information

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

Hurricane Katrina - Photos of Storm's Approach? [p. 2]
Emailed images, cont.: hurricane katrina photos mike hollingshead photo credit images

Hurricane Katrina - Photos of Storm's Approach? [p. 3]
Emailed images, cont.: hurricane katrina photos mike hollingshead photo credit images

Hurricane Katrina - Photos of Storm's Approach? [p. 4]
Emailed images, cont.: hurricane katrina photos mike hollingshead photo credit images

Hurricane Katrina - Photos of Storm's Approach? [Analysis]
Emailed photos, cont.: photos of hurricane katrina hurricane katrina photos cnn news mike hollingshead museum of hoaxes

Fw: Sandstorm from HELL (p. 2) - Netlore Archive
Emailed photos, cont.: netlore archive al asad sandstorm hell photos

Fw: Sandstorm from HELL (p. 3) - Netlore Archive
Emailed photos, cont.: netlore archive al asad sandstorm hell photos

Fw: Sandstorm from HELL (p. 4) - Netlore Archive
Emailed photos, cont.: netlore archive al asad sandstorm hell photos

Fw: Sandstorm from HELL (p. 5) - Netlore Archive
Emailed photos, cont.: netlore archive al asad sandstorm hell photos

Fw: Sandstorm from HELL (p. 6) - Netlore Archive
Emailed photos, cont.: netlore archive al asad sandstorm hell photos

Fw: Sandstorm from HELL (p. 7) - Netlore Archive
Emailed photos, cont.: netlore archive al asad sandstorm hell photos

Fw: Sandstorm from HELL (p. 8) - Netlore Archive
Emailed photos, cont.: netlore archive al asad dark as night sandstorm hell

Hurricane Isabel Photo - Urban Legends
HOAX: Emailed photo purports to show the approach of Hurricane Isabel at sea, September 2003.

'It Takes Guts to Say Jesus' Virus - Netlore Archive
False email alert warns Internet users to beware of a virus-bearing email entitled 'It Takes Guts to Say Jesus'

Statue by Iraqi Artist 'Kalat' [p. 2]
Emailed photos, cont.: iraqi artist page nbsp tribute

John Kerry's Visit to Canonsburg, PA - Netlore Archive
Email flier purports to expose the 'truth' behind presidential candidate John Kerry's 'front porch meeting' in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania on September 6, 2004

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

Life Is Beautiful Virus - Urban Legends
HOAX: False email alert warns Internet users to beware of a virus-bearing PowerPoint file entitled 'Life Is Beautiful.pps'

[Hercules Analysis]
: hercules the liger sam barcroft tonight show with jay leno female tigers amp photos

Speeding Ticket Frenzy in Michigan - Urban Legends
Email hoax claims a 'speeding ticket frenzy' is taking place in Michigan, with state troopers handing out tickets every 10 minutes to collect more fines and increase the state's revenues.

Michael Moore: Open Letter to President Bush - Netlore Archive
AUTHENTIC: An open letter to G.W. Bush from left wing pundit Michael Moore excoriating the president for his handling of the Hurrican Katrina disaster in New Orleans

MiG Jet Fighter Found Buried in Iraq (p. 2)
Emailed photos, cont.: jet fighter page nbsp master sgt photo credit usaf

MiG Jet Fighter Found Buried in Iraq (p. 3)
Emailed photos, cont.: jet fighter master sgt photo credit usaf iraq

MiG Jet Fighter Found Buried in Iraq (p. 4)
Emailed photos, cont.: jet fighter master sgt photo credit usaf iraq

MiG Jet Fighter Found Buried in Iraq (p. 5)
Emailed photos, cont.: jet fighter master sgt photo credit usaf iraq

MiG Jet Fighter Found Buried in Iraq - Analysis
Emailed photos, cont.: al taqqadum airfield mig 25 foxbat defense donald rumsfeld secretary of defense donald rumsfeld bbc news

Mobile Phone Virus - Netlore Archive
While it is true as of this writing that at least one cell phone virus actually exists, emailed warnings circulating since 1999 impart false information about the nature of the threat

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

Michael Moore vs. Bill Timmins - Netlore Archive
Purported exchange of open letters between Michael Moore and Aladdin Casino and Hotel president Bill Timmins regarding the expulsion of singer Linda Ronstadt from the Las Vegas showplace

Formosan Termites in Mulch from New Orleans? - Urban Legends
Email rumor warns that Formosan termites from the New Orleans area are being spread around the U.S. in cheap garden mulch made from Hurricane Katrina wood debris.

First Name Survey Chain Letter - Example #1 - Netlore Archive
Full text example #1: netlore archive angel angela griselle letter example eleana

NBC Refuses to Publicize All-Black Jamie Foxx TV Special? - Netlore Archive
Email rumor claims NBC refused to promote Jamie Foxx's January 25, 2006 TV special, 'Unpredictable,' because no white entertainers were invited to guest star

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

Corset Piercings (Photos) [p. 3]
Emailed photos, cont.: summer trends

Corset Piercings (Photos) [p. 4]
Emailed photos, cont.: summer trends

Catfish Eats Basketball [p. 4]
Emailed photos, cont.: catfish basketball photos

Catfish Eats Basketball [p. 5]
Emailed photos, cont.: catfish basketball

The Chadsworth Bush Story - Urban Legends
Email euphemistically summarizes the life and times of 'Chadsworth Bush,' supposedly the great-great uncle of President G.W. Bush and a horse thief and train robber to boot

Citibank Email Scam - Example Screen Shots - Netlore Archive
Fraudulent email designed to steal personal information sends recipients to a real Citibank Web page but launches a phony pop-up demanding 'login' info. Beware!

Car Wash Coin Thieves [p. 2]
Emailed images, cont.: three quarters nearby tree car wash beak thieves

Soldier's Mother Solicits Emails of Support for U.S. Troops in Afghanistan - Netlore Archive
An email chain letter started by Connie Wells of Lufkin, TX, whose son is serving in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, solicits messages of support for troops who won't be home for Christmas this year.

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

Delta Airlines 'Free Round-trip Flight' Chain Letter - Netlore Archive
Email hoax claims recipients will receive a free round-trip flight from Delta Airlines if they forward the message to 5 other people

Did Denzel Washington Fund a Fisher House for Military Families? [p. 2]
Email rumor, cont.: denzel washington page nbsp military families fisher images

Did Denzel Washington Fund a Fisher House for Military Families? [p. 3]
Email rumor, cont.: denzel washington military families fisher images

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

Fw: DIGITAL CAMERA FOR SALE - Netlore Archive
'Last photo' supposedly taken by the seller of a digital camera shows a rampaging bull heading straight for the lens

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

'Do Not Call' Cola Giveaway Scam - Netlore Archive
Email flier warns that by submitting a mail-in form to choose your favorite cola, you grant telemarketers consent to contact you even if your name is on the National Do Not Call Registry

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

Washing Lint Filter Extends Clothes Dryer Lifespan - Netlore Archive
According to this email flier, cleaning the lint filter of your clothes dryer with a brush and soapy water on a regular basis will remove residue from fabric softener sheets and extend the appliance's lifespan

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

Eisenhower Quote - Reader Response #1
Readers' responses to 'Eisenhower Quote on Abolishing Social Security'

Eisenhower Quote - Reader Response #2
Readers' responses to 'Eisenhower Quote on Abolishing Social Security'

Eisenhower Quote - Reader Response #3
Readers' responses to 'Eisenhower Quote on Abolishing Social Security'

FEMA Job Fair for Katrina Evacuees - Netlore Archive
Forwarded email claims that a fleet of buses arranged to transport unemployed Hurricane Katrina evacuees to a job fair in Austin, Texas went unused except for a single rider

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

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

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

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

Alligator with Deer in Mouth on Cross Lake (p. 2)
Emailed photos, cont.: fish and wildlife service u s fish and wildlife service lake image cross lake fish and wildlife

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

The Insulting Epitaph [p. 2]
Emailed photos, cont.: epitaph

The Hands of God (Photo) - Urban Legends
Emailed image purports to show the 'hands of God' in a cloud formation associated with 2004's Hurricane Charley.

Does the Heinz Company Outsource Jobs to Foreign Countries? - Netlore Archive
Email flier claims presidential candidate John Kerry, who has decried the outsourcing of U.S. jobs to foreign countries, owns and operates overseas factories by virtue of his marriage to heiress Teresa Heinz Kerry

Hillary Clinton vs. Arnold Schwarzenegger - Netlore Archive
Email joke: Hillary Clinton and Arnold Schwarzenegger exchange insulting witticisms during a chance meeting at a party

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

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

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

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

Target Stores vs. Vietnam Veterans (April 2003 Variant) - Netlore Archive
April 2003 variant of forwarded email alleging not only that Target Corporation refused to make a donation to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, but that the company is French-owned

Target Stores vs. Vietnam Veterans - December 2003 Statement from Target Corp.
Updated statement from Target Corp., December 2003

Photo of Hurricane Lili Waterspouts - Netlore Archive
Emailed photo purportedly shows three waterspouts threatening a supply vessel at sea as Hurrican Lili approaches, October 2002

Emergency Mobile Number in London Tube Emergency? - Urban Legends
Forwarded email claims that dialing 112 on one's mobile phone during an emergency in the London underground diverts the call via satellite, so it's a better way to contact authorities than dialing 999.

'A Virtual Card for You' Virus Hoax - Urban Legends
Hoax email alert warns of 'the worst virus ever' circulating under the header 'A Card for You' (or 'A Virtual Card for You').

Al Gore Airlifted Katrina Victims out of New Orleans - Urban Legends
Forwarded email credits former vice-president Al Gore with arranging the airlift evacuation of more than 140 hospital patients from New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Send an Avon E-Bear for Breast Cancer Research - Netlore Archive
Promotional email asks recipients to 'send an e-bear' to raise money for breast cancer research by visiting Avon Canada's Website

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

Con Ed Reimbursements for Blackout Food Spoilage - Netlore Archive
Email flier claims electrical utility Con Edison will reimburse residential power customers in New York up to $350 for food spoilage caused by the August 14 blackout

2003 Blackout Satellite Photo - Urban Legends
HOAX: Viral image purports to show satellite view of the 2003 east coast blackout (power outage) in North America.

$10 Surcharge for Pay-at-Pump Gasoline? - Netlore Archive
Forwarded email claims a customer buying gasoline at a Bloomington, Minnesota gas station was charged an extra $10 for paying at the pump with a bank card

British Airways 'Free Flight' Hoax - Netlore Archive
New version of an old email hoax claims British Airways is giving away free flights to users who forward a promotional chain letter to at least five other people

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

Did G.W. Bush Refer to a Fetus as a 'Feces'? - Netlore Archive
Did President G.W. Bush really say in a speech to a pro-life group that 'all human beings begin life as a feces'?

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

Photo of G.W. Bush Running with Amputee Soldier - Netlore Archive
Emailed photo shows President Bush running beside U.S. Army Sgt. Mike McNaughton, who lost his leg in a land mine explosion in Afghanistan

G.W. Bush to USS Lincoln: 'I Have the Balls' - Netlore Archive
Did President Bush radio the message 'I have the balls' to the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln just before the jet transporting him touched down on May 1, 2003?

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

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

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

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

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

Card Trick [Analysis]
This is truly one of the simplest yet most effective mindreading illusions ever crafted.

Catfish Eats Basketball [p. 2]
Emailed photos, cont.: catfish basketball photos

Catfish Eats Basketball [p. 3]
Emailed photos, cont.: catfish basketball photos

Music CD Settlement - $20 Refund in CD Price-Fixing Lawsuit - Netlore Archive
TRUE: If you bought any music CD, cassette tape or vinyl album between 1995 and 2000 you are eligible to file a claim and receive a refund of up to $20 in a class action settlement involving alleged price-fixing by music distributors and retailers

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

Sen. Tom Daschle's Left-Handed Flag Salute - Urban Legends
Photo circulating via email purports to show Senator Tom Daschle reciting the Pledge of Allegiance with the wrong hand over his heart.

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

Free Beer! - Netlore Archive
Free beer! Just visit this Website and fill out an online form to win a free promotional case of beer from Anheuser-Busch or Miller Brewing Co. (depending on which version of this prank message you receive)

JDBGMGR.EXE Virus Warning (Teddy Bear Virus) - Netlore Archive
jdbgmgr.exe ('teddy bear' virus) - forwarded virus warning claims that a standard Windows file is a security threat

The Lion Cut (p. 2) - Netlore Archive
Photos show 'one seriously pissed off cat,' cont.: netlore archive lion nbsp photo

The Lion Cut (p. 3) - Netlore Archive
Photos show 'one seriously pissed off cat,' cont.: netlore archive lion photo

Iraq Sandstorm Uncovers Hidden Minefield - Netlore Archive
U.S. Marines are miraculously saved when a fierce desert sandstorm and torrential rains uncover a hidden Iraqi minefield

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

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

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

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

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

Target Stores vs. Vietnam Veterans (Feb. 2003 Variant) - Netlore Archive
Feb. 2003 variant of forwarded email alleging that Target Corporation refused to make a donation to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall?

Target Stores vs. Vietnam Veterans (March 2003 Variant) - Netlore Archive
March 2003 variant of forwarded email alleging that Target Corporation refused to make a donation to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall?

'300 People Who Believe in God' Chain Letter - Netlore Archive
Chain letter: 'I made this bet that I could find 300 people who believe in God before my friend could find 300 people who do not...'

Newspapers Bite on Bush IQ Hoax
Urban Legends and Folklore - sightings, notes and updates - archived stories

A Weird Rain's Gonna Fall
Urban Legends and Folklore - sightings, notes and updates

Apocrypha Now!
Urban Legends and Folklore sightings, notes and updates

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

HOAX: Gay-to-Straight Program in Arizona Public Schools
The website is satirical and the story is a spoof.

FACEBOOK SCAM: Free Costco Gift Card
Facebook link offering free $100 or $1,000 Costco gift card is a scam.

Which Is Cleaner, a Dog's Mouth or a Human's?
A reader writes: I have a problem with people who say 'a dog's mouth is cleaner than a human's.' I have asked for facts from these people to back up their

'iLoo' Internet Toilet - Hoax or Not?
Marketing fiasco over announcement of Internet-ready portapotties in the U.K. has MSN executives flushing

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

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

The Cat's Meow - Bogdanovich Film Recounts Legend of Thomas Ince's Death
Long ago and far away when I was a television writer in Los Angeles, I had the pleasure of going to work every day at the historic Culver Studios, where I overheard rumors to the effect that the lot's 1918-vintage administration building - known to employees as

Do Antiperspirants / Deodorants Cause Breast Cancer?
Email rumor claims underarm antiperspirants (or deodorants) are the 'leading cause' of breast cancer in women. The current medical evidence is inconclusive.

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

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

George Turklebaum, R.I.P. - Urban Legends
Worker dead at desk for 5 days before coworkers notice - the strange, sad, untrue story of New York proofreader George Turklebaum.

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

Woman Bites Dog
From October 1997: It's been a hectic month on the urban legends beat. Among other developments, a woman has bitten a dog who bit her dog...

Woman Bites Dog (p. 2)
All the folklore fit to print... Page 2.

Biscuits for Brains - An Urban Legend
POP! goes the Pillsbury Dough Boy in the backseat of the car - and the driver thinks she has been shot. Also known as 'The Killer Biscuits.'

Ronald Opus - 1994's Most Bizarre Suicide - Urban Legends
The incredible misadventures of Ronald (or Roland) Opus. How one man's attempt to kill himself turned into a brain-teaser for crime scene investigators.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Father of Va Tech Victim Backs Over Daughter in Driveway - Netlore Archive
Virginia Tech shooting tragedy is compounded when the father of one of the victims backs over his 8-year-old daughter in the driveway

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

NYC Official: Send Gator Back to Sewer!
June 20, 2001: Charles Sturcken, New York City's chief of environmental protection, says he wasn't kidding yesterday when he told a reporter that the Central Park gator spotted in the Harlem Meer a few days before ought to be returned, if caught, to its 'natural habitat' - the sewer.

Happy Ending for New York 'Gator'
June 23, 2001: 'Damon the caiman' (so christened by Parks Commissioner Henry Stern) will not be exiled to the polluted New York sewer system, nor will it end up a tourist attraction in the Florida theme park that sent Bailey to assist with the capture.

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

The Stolen Penguin - An Urban Legend
In an unusual press conference held at Boston's New England Aquarium, officials assured the public that all of the aquarium's 61 penguins are present and accounted for, scotching a rampant rumor that a 12-year-old autistic boy had made off with one of the birds in his backpack.

ProMeris Safety Warning - Netlore Archive
Forwarded email warns pet owners of possible hazards associated with using ProMeris flea and tick treatments based on the author's personal experience with adverse reactions.

Ben Stein's Last Column - Urban Legends
Circulating via email, Ben Stein's final column for E! Online, a piece published in December 2003 entitled 'How Can Someone Who Lives in Insane Luxury Be a Star in Today's World?'

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

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

Bedbugs in Imported Clothing? - Urban Legends
Email rumor blames America's bedbug 'epidemic' on infested clothing, bedding, and towels imported from foreign countries for sale in the U.S.

The Dead Cat in the Package - An Urban Legend
After stealing someone's shopping bag in a department store parking lot, a thief gets the surprise of her life when she opens it up and sees what's inside.

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

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

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

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

Judge Forbids Black Mothers to Name Own Children - Netlore Archive
Emailed 'news item' claims a U.S. federal judge has ruled that due to the proliferation of 'ridiculous names,' poverty-stricken black women no longer have the right to christen their own children.

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

Craig Shergold - A User's Guide
Craig Shergold and the get-well cards: The true story of the boy whose life was saved by a chain letter that wouldn't die.

Juval Aviv Predicts New Terrorist Attacks - Urban Legends
Emailed report citing predictions by security consultant Juval Aviv warns that multiple terrorist attacks will occur in U.S. cities 'within the next few months' and offers emergency preparedness advice.

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

When Shamrocks Were Banned in Boston - Urban Legends
British newspaper claims Bostonians want to outlaw shamrocks, the symbol of Irish pride, precisely on the eve of St. Patrick's Day! Truth or blarney?

Of Slim Jims, Organ Reapers, and the KKK
Q&A from the Urban Legends Mailroom...

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