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'Tough Guy' Sheriff Joe Arpaio - Urban Legends
Forwarded email recounts the controversial accomplishments of 'tough-guy' Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona.

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

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

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

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

Debbie Shwartz Chain Letter - Netlore Archive
HOAX: Email plea from a troubled woman calling herself 'Debbie Shwartz' claims AOL will donate 15 cents on her behalf for every 12 times the message is forwarded

Deer on a Pole - Netlore Archive
Emailed photos allegedly document the discovery of a dead deer high atop a power pole in a remote area of Baltimore (or Winnipeg, Manitoba, depending on version)

Citibank Email Scam - 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!

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

Johnnie Cochran's Headstone (Photo) - Urban Legends
Circulating via email: A photo purporting to show the headstone of famed lawyer Johnnie Cochran. The inscription reads: 'O.J. DID IT.'

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

Car Wash Coin Thieves - Netlore Archive
Emailed images reveal the real, bird-brained culprits behind a series of coin thefts from a car wash change machine

Car Wash Coin Thieves [Analysis]
Emailed images, cont.: wash car wash coin chute fredericksburg free lance star minor discrepancies fredericksburg virginia

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

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

The Chadsworth Gore Story - Urban Legends
Email euphemistically summarizes the life and times of 'Chadsworth Gore,' supposedly the great-great uncle of former Vice President Al Gore and a horse thief and train robber to boot (variant of 'The Gunther Gore Story').

Charlie Daniels on Illegal Immigration - Urban Legends
AUTHENTIC: Forwarded email combines two op-ed pieces written by country singer Charlie Daniels about illegal immigration and what should be done about it

Check 21 - Netlore Archive
Does a new law called 'Check 21' go into effect on October 28, 2004 which will make floating checks a thing of the past?

Pennsylvania Christians Face 47 Years in Prison for Reading Bible in Public - Netlore Archive
Email flier claims the First Amendment rights of a Christian group reading Bible passages at a gay pride event in Philadelphia were violated when they were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and hate crimes

The 'Real' Cindy Sheehan - Netlore Archive
Email flier claims that Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a soldier who died in the Iraq war, never really cared about her son while he was growing up and in fact abandoned him to be raised by her 'ex-husband'

Citgo / Petro Express Boycott - Urban Legends
AFA email flyer urges Americans to boycott Citgo-branded gas stations in response to anti-U.S. statements made by Venezuela president Hugo Chavez.

Casey Sheehan's Grave Marker - Netlore Archive
Email flier accuses anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan of 'not bothering' to place a tombstone over the grave of her son, Casey Sheehan, who was killed in the Iraq war in 2004

Catfish Eats Basketball - Netlore Archive
Emailed photos show a flathead catfish with a child's basketball stuck in its mouth

Catfish Eats Basketball [Analysis]
Emailed photos show a flathead catfish with a child's basketball stuck in its mouth

Missing child: Dong-Yue (Cecilia) Zhang - Netlore Archive
OUTDATED: The remains of 9-year-old Dong-Yue (Cecilia) Zhang, who was abducted from her home in Toronto on October 19, 2003, were found in a ravine near the city on March 27, 2004

Cell Phone Guns - Netlore Archive
According to this email flier and attached video, law enforcement officials have discovered .22 caliber guns disguised as cell phones being smuggled into western Europe from Croatia

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

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

Encounter with President Bush at St. John's Church - Netlore Archive
Email describes a personal encounter with President G.W. Bush at St. John's Episcopal Church, Washington, D.C.

Does Caribou Coffee Have Ties to an Anti-Israel Muslim Cleric? - Netlore Archive
Email flier alleges that Caribou Coffee is 87.8 percent owned by a group with ties to an anti-Israel Muslim cleric

NBC Show 'The Book of Daniel' Features Dysfunctional Christian Family - Netlore Archive
Email alert from the American Family Association decries a new NBC series featuring a dysfunctional Christian family headed by a drug-addicted Episcopal priest

Myth Busted: Sucking on Penny Will Fool Breathalyzer Test
Urban legend: Sucking on a copper penny will fool a breathalyzer test. Myth or fact?

Bruce Vincent in the Oval Office - Netlore Archive
Circulating via email: Bruce Vincent's tribute to President G.W. Bush

Flesh-Eating Bananas Hoax (South Africa) - Urban Legends
South African variants of an online hoax warning that shipments of bananas are infected with bacteria that cause necrotizing fasciitis ('flesh-eating disease').

Best Buy 'Fraud Alert' Email Scam - Urban Legends
An email claiming to be a 'Fraud Alert' from Best Buy is actually a scam designed to trick people into divulging their personal information to identity thieves via bogus Websites.

Bette Midler Letter to President Bush on Gay Marriage - Netlore Archive
A widely circulated email criticizing President Bush's stance on gay marriage is falsely attributed to Bette Midler

Giant Gator Bagged in Texas (or Florida) - Netlore Archive
Emailed image of a large alligator allegedly shot in Texas or Florida (depending on version) by a game warden named Joe Goff

Giant Gator [Analysis]
Emailed image, cont.: bar x ranch texas parks wildlife department texas parks and wildlife department clute texas brazosport facts

The Tamiflu / Rumsfeld Connection - Urban Legends
Forwarded email asserts a conspiratorial connection between the worldwide alarm over a possible flu pandemic and Donald Rumsfeld's financial interest in the company that patented the antiviral drug Tamiflu.

Black and White Twins (Photos) - Urban Legends
Emailed images show a pair of twin sisters - one black, the other white - born to a British couple who both had mixed-race parents.

Muslim Belief: 'Allah or Jesus?' by Rick Mathes - Urban Legends
Forwarded email describes an encounter between a Christian minister and a Muslim imam in which the latter admits that his religion requires violent jihad (holy war) against all infidels (non-believers in Islam).

Allstate Fires Manager for Christian Beliefs? - Urban Legends
Email flyer from the American Family Association urges recipients to boycott Allstate Insurance Company due to the alleged firing of an employee for expressing 'Christian beliefs' against homosexuality.

AP Releases 'Sports Rolodex' Phone Numbers by Mistake - Netlore Archive
Circulating via forwarded email - a long, long list of phone numbers of important sports figures accidentally distributed by the Associated Press

Photo of President Bush Hugging Daughter of 9-11 Victim - Netlore Archive
AUTHENTIC: Emailed photo shows President G.W. Bush hugging 15-year-old Ashley Faulkner, the daughter of 9/11 victim Wendy Faulkner

ATM Skimming Alert - Urban Legends
TRUE: Email flyer describes how criminals install special equipment called 'skimmers' on ATMs to steal unsuspecting bank customers' card numbers and PINs.

Bacteria on Women's Purses - Netlore Archive
Forwarded email relays the findings of a TV news investigative report on fecal contamination and e coli bacteria detected on women's purses

Barbara Bell 'Women United Against War' Petition - Netlore Archive
Email petition falsely claims that a 'Congresswoman Barbara Bell' led a walkout by 25 female members during the vote on a war powers resolution for President Bush

Folded $20 Bill Depicts 9/11 Terrorist Attacks - Urban Legends
Do images formed by folding a U.S. $20 bill origami-style 'commemorate' the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks of September 11, 2001?

6/11 Terrorist Attack on a U.S. City? - Netlore Archive
Friend-of-a-friend email rumor warns that a terrorist attack may take place in a large U.S. city (probably New York) on 6/11/04

Abercrombie & Fitch Catalog Sells 'Group Sex' to Teens - Urban Legends
Forwarded email urges consumers to protest Abercrombie & Fitch's 2003 'A&F Quarterly' magazine, which allegedly features young adults in various stages of undress engaging in 'group sex.'

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

Al Gore's Favorite Bible Verse, John 16:3 - Urban Legends
According to this forwarded email, presidential candidate Al Gore declared that his favorite Bible verse is John 16:3

Starbucks vs. Israel - Netlore Archive
Is it true that specialty coffee chain Starbucks has closed all its stores in Israel, while still doing business in surrounding Arab countries?

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

Ted Nugent: 'I Am a Bad American' - Urban Legends
Variant of an op-ed piece about political correctness and Americanism falsely attributed to Ted Nugent and other celebrities.

U.N. Petition to Stop World War III - Netlore Archive
An email petition 'to stop a third world war' has been circulating since September 2001 under the United Nations' name, but the organization unequivocally disavows it

Terrorists Buy UPS Uniforms on eBay? - Urban Legends
Email rumor circulating since 2003 claims a large number of UPS uniforms were mysteriously purchased at inflated prices - possibly by terrorists - on the online auction site eBay.

Air Force Jets Fly in USA Formation (Photo) - Urban Legends
Viral image purports to show a Veterans Day flyby of T-38 Talon jet fighters in 'USA' formation over Randolph Air Force Base.

Satellite Photos of Columbia Space Shuttle Explosion - Urban Legends
Are dramatic photographs allegedly taken by an Israeli satellite of the Columbia Space Shuttle explosion real?

The Snake in the Computer - Netlore Archive
When a woman's computer begins making strange hissing sounds, she calls Tech Support. And what should they find upon opening up the housing of her PC but a snake coiled around the machine's innards

Safety Tips for Sniper Attacks - Netlore Archive
Email flier purports to give safety tips for citizens fearing random sniper attacks

SFC Red Thomas - The Real Deal About Chemical, Nuclear and Biological Warfare - Netlore Archive
SFC Red Thomas's long email explaining how ordinary folks can protect themselves in the event of chemical, nuclear or biological attacks is authentic, but experts disagree as to its accuracy

John Brady Kiesling Letter of Resignation - Netlore Archive
AUTHENTIC: Text of U.S. diplomat John Brady Kiesling's letter of resignation to Secretary of State Colin Powell over the Bush administration's Iraq policy

Rice for Peace - Netlore Archive
Although some of the historical claims in this email flier are subject to doubt, the Rice for Peace campaign is authentic, launched in January 2003 by Stirling Cousins of the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center

SARS Infects Restaurant Workers in Chinatown, Asian Neighborhoods - Urban Legends
Variants of a widespread rumor claim the SARS epidemic threatens local communities across North America via infected workers at restaurants and groceries in Chinatowns and other Asian neighborhoods.

Commemorate 9/11: Wear Red, White and Blue - Netlore Archive
August 2002 chain letter urges Americans to commemorate the terrorist attacks of 9/11 one year later by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance while wearing red, white and blue

'Help Natalie Live' - Krista Marie Hoax - Urban Legends
Ignore this hoax. Parent 'Krista Marie' says her newborn daughter 'Natalie' has brain cancer, and AOL promises to donate 5 cents toward treatment for each time this email is forwarded.

Pep Boys Firing All Military Employees - Urban Legends
False email rumor alleges that Pep Boys, the national auto parts chain based in Philadelphia, is firing all reservist and National Guard employees called up for active duty in the Iraq war

Puppies Found in Trash Bin Need a Home - Netlore Archive
Forwarded email seeks homes for nine cute puppies abandoned in a trash bin (photos attached)

The Lion Cut - Netlore Archive
Photos show 'one seriously pissed off cat' after its groomer misunderstands the owner's instructions and gives the poor beast a 'lion cut' instead of a 'line cut'

'We Stand by You' - German Navy Salute to U.S.A. (USS Winston S. Churchill & GFS Lutjens) - Netlore Archive
Did personnel aboard the German navy ship Lütjens salute American sailors on the USS Winston S. Churchill with a sign reading 'We Stand by You'?

Shopping Mall Crime Victims Forced to Disrobe? - Netlore Archive
Shopping mall thieves try a new gambit: robbing their female victims in the restroom then forcing them to undress while they make their getaway

Mel Gibson Movie 'The Passion' Blames Jews for the Death of Jesus Christ - Urban Legends
Rumor has it that Mel Gibson secretly harbors anti-Semitic sentiments and that his upcoming film 'The Passion' blames Jews for the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ.

Mel Gibson Movie 'The Passion' [p. 2]
Rumors precede release of 'The Passion,' cont.: hanoi jane fonda real life man media pundits speculative article mel gibson movie

Commemorate 9/11: Drive with Lights On - Netlore Archive
August 2002 chain letter urges Americans to commemorate the terrorist attacks of 9/11 one year later by driving with headlights on

Statement from French's Mustard - Netlore Archive
Statement attributed to the manufacturers of French's Mustard disavowing anything in common with the country of France -- except being yellow

Dead Frog Found in Can of Kroger Peas - Netlore Archive
Irate consumer complains in forwarded email about finding a tiny dead frog inside a can of Kroger peas. Photos attached!

Dead Frog Found in Can of Kroger Peas [p. 2]
Photos show a tiny frog found inside a can of Kroger peas, cont.

Dead Frog Found in Can of Kroger Peas [Analysis]
Photos show a tiny frog found inside a can of Kroger peas, cont.

World Record Grizzly Bear [Analysis]
Emailed pictures of a giant, 1,600-pound, man-eating grizzly bear, cont.

U.S. Post Office Prohibits 'In God We Trust' Posters - Netlore Archive
Did U.S. post offices in Texas order the removal of posters bearing the motto 'In God We Trust'?

Joe Lieberman - Open Letter to the French People - Netlore Archive
Did Senator Joe Lieberman pen an open letter excoriating the people of france for being soft on anti-Semitism?

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

If a Baby Cries... Don't Open the Door! - Urban Legends
Email rumor claims a serial killer may be using recordings of a crying baby to coax unsuspecting women into inviting him into their homes.

Dame Edna Insults Hispanics in Vanity Fair - Netlore Archive
TRUE: Comic character Dame Edna Everage wrote a column insulting Hispanics in the February 2003 issue of Vanity Fair. Email petition demands a boycott of the magazine.

Doctors Find Live Worm in Patient's Eye - Urban Legends
When the doctors operated, what was thought to be a growth or cyst actually turned out to be a live worm; what was thought initially to be mere dust in the patient's eye was actually an insect's egg...

Doctors Find Live Worm in Patient's Eye [Analysis]
Eye irritation turns out to be a live worm, cont.: human botfly american medical association journal of the american medical association eye analysis republic of honduras

Gas Boycott (Saudi / Middle Eastern Oil) [Analysis]
Email chain letter, cont.: middle eastern oil gas boycott enemies and allies international media attention mergers acquisitions

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

Charlie Daniels - Open Letter to the Hollywood Bunch - Urban Legends
AUTHENTIC: Acrimonious open letter to anti-war celebrities was indeed penned by pro-war celebrity Charlie Daniels.

Apocrypha Now! Archive: British Schoolkids Leap to the Aid of Science
Urban Legends and Folklore - sightings, notes and updates

Ex-Astronaut Decks Moon Landing Doubter
Apollo 11 moon landing hoax update: astronaut buzz aldrin apollo moon landings apollo 11 moon landing conspiracy theorist ufo abduction

And the lucky number is... 911! - Urban Legends
Sightings, notes and updates: new york lottery christopher rump internet hoaxes lottery website little help from my friends

What IS It About Green M&Ms? - Urban Legends
After 30 years of essentially ignoring the inexplicable urban legend about green M&Ms having aphrodisiacal powers, the company has rolled out new magazine and TV ads unabashedly exploiting the candy's sexy reputation.

Apocrypha Now! Archive: Big Shoes Don't Make the Man
Notwithstanding the popularity of tacky Web gizmos like the 'Sizemograph,' which purports to calculate the size of a man's penis based on measurements of his other body parts, experts continue to insist there is no such correlation.

Apocrypha Now! Archive: Folklorists Document 'Shared Narrative' of NY Tragedy
Urban Legends and Folklore - sightings, notes and updates

Apocrypha Now! Archive: Hoax Causes Biohazard Scare in Florida
Urban Legends and Folklore - sightings, notes and updates

SF Symphony Premieres 'Urban Legend'
Urban Legends and Folklore - sightings, notes and updates

Apocrypha Now! Archive - Craig Shergold Movie: "The Miracle of the Cards"
Urban Legends and Folklore - sightings, notes and updates

Andy Rooney's Anti-PC Email Rant - Urban Legends
Circulating via email, a self-righteous, mean-spirited rant about minorities and the evils of political correctness falsely attributed to Andy Rooney (and others).

Boycott France! - Netlore Archive
Email chain letter urges American citizens to boycott all products made by French-owned companies

Gas Boycott (Saudi / Middle Eastern Oil) - Urban Legends
Gasoline solution? Email chain letter urges recipients to boycott gasoline from companies that purchase crude oil from Saudi Arabia / the Middle East.

Apocrypha Now! Steve Burns Is Still NOT Dead!
Urban Legends: Sightings, notes and updates: heinz baked beans david steve burns blue s clues deadly species

Turklebauming the Infobahn
I noticed while Web-browsing semi-aimlessly this morning that the cyberlexicographers at NetLingo.com recently added the word 'turklebaum' to their online dictionary.

The Greenback Prophecies (cont.) - Urban Legends
Updating us on that amazingly viral origami trick revealing images on a folded U.S. $20 bill that supposedly depict the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks, a reader writes...

Apocrypha Now! Archive: Outrageous Claims!
Urban Legends and Folklore - sightings, notes and updates

Apocrypha Now! Archive: Good Luck, Mr. ...Liebowitz???
Urban Legends and Folklore - sightings, notes and updates

Apocrypha Now! Archive: The Hunger Site Redux
Urban Legends and Folklore - sightings, notes and updates

Apocrypha Now! Archive: Demonizing Harry Potter
Urban Legends and Folklore - sightings, notes and updates

Apocrypha Now! Archive: Lady Godiva, G.W. Bush IQ Hoax, AMA Journal Duped by Author
The naked truth about Lady Godiva, G.W. Bush's IQ, and how a hoaxer fooled the American Medical Association

Is Bill 602P Still a Hoax? - From the Mailbag
'Bill 602P - federal tax on email' -- an Internet hoax that won't go away

Amina Lawal Petition - Netlore Archive
Amnesty International disavows inaccurate 2003 email campaign on behalf of Amina Lawal, a Nigerian woman sentenced to death by stoning for allegedly committing adultery

Apocrypha Now! Archive - Security Tightened for Groundhog Day 2002
Urban Legends and Folklore - sightings, notes and updates

Apocrypha Now! Archive: Milking a Legend - 'La Llorona'
The California Milk Advisory Board launches a cross-cultural version of its famous 'Got Milk?' ad campaign based on the centuries-old Mexican legend, 'La Llorona'

Sexually Explicit PUMA Ads Are Fake, Company Says
According to a statement from the company, a pair of sexually explicit PUMA ads currently circulating on the Internet are 'unauthorized,' 'appalling' and utterly fake

Dick Cheney's Daughter to Act as 'Human Shield' in Iraq? - Urban Legends
The office of Vice President Dick Cheney denies rumors stemming from overseas press reports that one of his daughters will go to Baghdad for the purpose of becoming a 'human shield' for Saddam Hussein's forces in the Iraq war

Apocrypha Now! Archive - April Fools Day 2002
Urban Legends and Folklore - sightings, notes and updates

Prayer Request for Baby Delaney - Netlore Archive
Outdated but basically accurate email prayer request on behalf of Delaney Parrish, who was seriously burned by hot oil from a Fry Daddy deep fryer in 2001. She is now mostly recovered.

Cough CPR / Self-CPR - Can Coughing Save Your Life in a Heart Attack? - Urban Legends
Cough CPR / Self-CPR - According to this viral rumor circulating since 1999, you can save your own life during a heart attack... by coughing.

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

World's Tallest Woman? - Urban Legends
Viral photos, cont.: tallest woman in the world guinness book of world records guinness book of world p t barnum sandy allen

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

Origin of the Word 'Picnic' - Urban Legends
Viral message contends that the word 'picnic' originated in southern 'family outings' during which white people lynched African Americans.

Hercules the Liger (Photos) - Urban Legends
AUTHENTIC: Viral images of a 10-foot liger (a cross between a lion and a tiger) named Hercules.

Electricity Is a Funny Thing - Netlore Archive
In case you needed it, proof that urine and electricity don't mix

Lou Reed Is Dead - Urban Legends
From 2001: April fools! Well, in this specific instance, anyway. Email hoax declares Lou Reed dead.

'America the Beautiful' by Judge Roy Moore - Urban Legends
Circulating online: 'America the Beautiful,' a caustic poem about the nation's moral decline attributed to Judge Roy Moore of Alabama.

The Halloween Surprise - An Urban Legend
Halloween urban legend: At a Halloween party where everyone is in costume, a woman makes whoopee with a man she thinks is her husband.

Muslim Stamp - Urban Legends
Viral message urges boycott of USPS Muslim stamps commemorating the Islamic holidays Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, stamps which have existed since 2001.

The Ghost of the Sundarbans / Fort Mountain Ghost - Urban Legends
Viral image shows a ghostly figure standing beside a tourist in the Sundarbans (southwest Bangladesh) two days before said tourist mysteriously died.

The Ghost of the Sundarbans / Fort Mountain Ghost [p. 2]
Emailed photo purportedly depicts a tourist visiting the Sundarbans in southwest Bangladesh, cont.

The Ghost of the Sundarbans [Analysis]
Emailed photo purportedly depicts a tourist visiting the Sundarbans in southwest Bangladesh two days before he mysteriously died of a heart attack

[The Face in the Window]
Content has moved: urban legends and folklore cold winter night murdering madmen wrinkled old man wet footprints

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

Snowball, the Giant Mutant Cat of Ontario - Netlore Archive
Circulating online since 2000, a photograph of a giant 'mutant' cat named Snowball posing in the arms of his owner, Roger Degagne.

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

Best Buy vs. Christmas Ads - Urban Legends
Forwarded email urges a consumer boycott of Best Buy on the grounds that its advertising recognizes a Muslim holiday but not Christmas.

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

1954 'Home Computer of the Future' - Urban Legends
Viral image allegedly found in a 1954 issue of Popular Mechanics shows the RAND Corporation's conception of what a home computer would look like in the future.

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

NASA and the Missing Day in Time - Urban Legends
In which we are asked to believe that NASA scientists inadvertently proved that the biblical account of God causing the sun to stand still for a day is true...

A Visit from St. Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore
'A Visit from St. Nicholas' - the classic poem attributed to Clement Clarke Moore

Hand of Hope - Samuel Alexander Armas - Urban Legends
Viral image shows the hand of a 21-week-old fetus, Samuel Alexander Armas, grasping the finger of a surgeon performing a prenatal operation.

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

Man Arrested for Pumpkin Love - Urban Legends
'A man is driving home late one night and is feeling very horny. As he is passing a pumpkin patch, his mind starts to wander...'

Toilet Terroristm - Don't Use the Bathroom on Oct. 28! - Urban Legends
This email parody of 'friend-of-a-friend' terrorism rumors warns of dangerous alligators lurking in toilets on October 28.

Thanks for All the Chain Letters - Urban Legends
If you send this email to at least 1,200 people in the next 10 seconds, a bird will crap on you today at 7 p.m.

'Gullibility Virus' Warning - Urban Legends
The Institute for the Investigation of Irregular Internet Phenomena announced today that many Internet users are becoming infected by a new virus that causes them to believe without question every groundless story, legend, and dire warning that shows up in their inbox.

Are All of Santa's Reindeer Female? - Urban Legends
Is it true that male reindeer lose their antlers by December, therefore all of Santa's reindeer - including Rudolph - must be female?

Lucky Truck Accident (Photos) - Urban Legends
Viral images show the aftermath of a pickup truck accident outside Hurricane, Utah in which the truck apparently crashed through a barricade, struck a culvert, flipped end over end and landed upright inches from the edge of a deep ravine.

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

Darrell Scott's Columbine Testimony - Urban Legends
Mr. Darrell Scott, the father of a victim of the Columbine shootings, did in fact deliver the stirring Congressional testimony that has been widely quoted in forwarded emails.

'Jenkem' Drug Warning - Urban Legends
Viral alert warns that a homemade intoxicant called Jenkem, consisting of the gases emitted by fermenting human feces, is now 'a popular drug in American schools.'

The Teacher and Little Teddy Stoddard - Urban Legends
Inspirational (though fictional) story of little Teddy Stoddard, a disadvantaged child who blossomed under the influence of his teacher, Mrs. Thompson, and went on to become a successful doctor.

Did Starbucks Refuse to Donate Coffee to U.S. Marines? - Urban Legends
Viral rumor accuses Starbucks of refusing to donate coffee to U.S. Marines on the, uh, grounds that the company has taken a stand against the Iraq war 'and anyone in it.'

'Malay Ghost' Photo - Urban Legends
Viral photo taken in a cemetery allegedly depicts the ghost of a Malaysian woman raped and murdered by a Japanese soldier during World War II.

Salaries of Charity CEOs Compared - Urban Legends
Viral text purports to compare the salaries of top executives of U.S. and Canadian charitable organizations.

*77 or #77 Emergency Cell Phone Feature - Urban Legends
Female college student pulled over in her car by a cop-impersonating would-be rapist is rescued by a real officer after dialing #77 (or *77) on her cell phone.

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

'Toxic' Mold in Cake Mix / Pancake Mix - Urban Legends
Viral texts warn that outdated cake mixes and pancake mixes may contain 'toxic' mold that can result in illness or death.

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

Shakira's Anti-Israeli Slur on MTV - Urban Legends
Did Colombian pop star Shakira say 'I'd rather have pigs listen to my music than Israelis' on MTV?

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

Gold Ring Test for Lead in Lipstick - Urban Legends
Viral alert claims major-brand lipsticks contain 'cancer-causing' lead, which consumers can test for by scratching the surface of a product with a 24K gold ring.

Praying Rocks (Viral Image) - Urban Legends
In this forwarded image, a rock formation and its reflection in a body of water resemble a mother and child praying.

Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry - Urban Legends
Circulating via email, criticism of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry attributed to former military personnel involved in swift boat operations during the Vietnam War.

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

Jane Fonda: 'Do You Know Who I Am?' - Urban Legends
'Do you know who I am?' said the movie star to the waitress. A story circulating since the mid-1990s claims Jane Fonda and Ted Turner were kicked out of a Montana restaurant by its owner, a Vietnam veteran.

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

Shark Attacks Helicopter! - Urban Legends
Viral image purports to show a great white shark lunging out of the water to attack a scuba diver dangling from a helicopter ladder.

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

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

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

Killer Biscuits Wanted for Attempted Murder! - Urban Legends
A woman who has just bought groceries hears a loud POP from the backseat of her car, then feels something warm and gooey oozing down the back of her neck. Immediately she thinks: I've been shot!

The Queen, the President, and the Flatulent Horse - Urban Legends
During a state visit to England, President G.W. Bush took a fateful coach ride to Buckingham Palace with the Queen of England and her farting horse.

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

President Bush Named 'Walking Eagle' by Native Americans - Urban Legends
According to this forwarded email, tribal elders at a Native American gathering (dis)honored President G.W. Bush by giving him the Indian name 'Walking Eagle.'

http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_obama_book_display.htm
Circulating via email, a photo taken of a window of the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Coral Gables, Florida featuring a display of Barack Obama books into which a book named 'Monkeys' has been inserted.

Winston Churchill, Farmer Fleming and Penicillin - Urban Legends
Did the son of a Scottish farmer who allegedly saved the life of the young Winston Churchill grow up to become the inventor of penicillin, which later supposedly saved the life of the adult Winston Churchill?

Tupac Is Alive! - Urban Legends
Circulating via email, hoax web page purports to be a CNN report revealing that murdered rapper Tupac Shakur is still alive and strolling the streets of Beverly Hills

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

Close Encounter with Mars on August 27 (2006 Version) - Urban Legends
2006 variant of years-old email hoax repeats outdated claim that during the month of August the orbits of Mars and Earth will bring the two planets closer together than ever before in recorded history.

New Dollar Coin Omits 'In God We Trust'? - Urban Legends
Refuse new dollar coins! Online rumor claims the motto 'In God We Trust' was (or will be) intentionally omitted from new one-dollar U.S. coins.

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

The Remus Rodham Story - Urban Legends
Viral message euphemistically summarizes the life and times of 'Remus Rodham,' supposedly the great-great uncle of former First Lady Hillary Clinton and a horse thief and train robber to boot.

Can You Unlock Your Car Door with a Cell Phone? - Urban Legends
Locked out of your automobile? According to this forwarded email, you can have someone transmit a signal from your spare remote key via cell phone and unlock your car door in a pinch.

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

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

The Clinton Body Count - Urban Legends
Viral email dating from the mid-1990s lists dozens of 'friends' of Bill and Hillary Clinton who allegedly died under mysterious circumstances.

Swiffer WetJet Harmful to Pets? - Urban Legends
Online rumor claims Swiffer WetJet disposable floor cleaner contains an ingredient toxic to dogs and cats.

Worker Dead at Desk for 5 Days - Urban Legends
Bosses of a publishing firm are trying to work out why no one noticed that one of their employees had been sitting dead at his desk for FIVE DAYS before anyone asked if he was feeling okay...

Never Lick an Envelope! - Urban Legends
According to this viral tale, a woman got sick after cutting her tongue when she licked an envelope infested with cockroach eggs.

Strawberry Quick Meth Warning - Urban Legends
Viral messages warn of a candy-flavored form of methamphetamine targeted at young people called strawberry meth (aka Strawberry Quick).

Fairy Pictures - Urban Legends
Viral images purport to show a mummified dead fairy (also described as a 'butterfly man' or 'moth man') discovered in the Derbyshire countryside of England.

John Kerry Meets Satanist Anton LaVey - Urban Legends
'Newspaper clipping' circulating online purports to show a youthful John Kerry shaking hands with Church of Satan founder Anton LaVey.

Soda Pop Terrorist Warning (Don't Drink Coke or Pepsi!) - Urban Legends
In these variants of The Grateful Terrorist, an 'Arab' or 'Muslim-looking' stranger repays someone's kindness by warning his benefactor not to drink Coke (or Pepsi) after a certain date.

Always Wear Underwear in Public - Urban Legends
Zipperless variant of 'The Unzipped Mechanic,' a classic urban legend in which a woman mistakes the man doing repairs underneath the family car for her husband - and gives him the surprise of his life.

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

Boy Eats Mentos with Coke, Dies - Urban Legends
Online rumor claims two boys in Brazil died after eating Mentos and drinking Coke (or Diet Coke) at the same time.

Sarah Palin Bikini Picture - Urban Legends
Viral image purports to show former Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin posing in an American flag bikini while holding a rifle.

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

The Tourist Guy of 9/11 - Urban Legends
The Tourist Guy (aka Tourist of Death, Accidental Tourist of 9/11): A snapshot purportedly taken atop one of the World Trade Center twin towers seconds before the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.

ACLU Calls for Removal of Crosses in Federal Cemeteries? - Urban Legends
Does the ACLU's battle against displaying religious symbols on federal property extend to calling for the removal of crosses from military gravesites?

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

Satan's Face in the Smoke on 9/11 - Urban Legends
Some TV viewers were convinced they saw the face of Satan in clouds of smoke billowing out of the World Trade Center after it was struck by a hijacked airliner on September 11, 2001.

The $12 Billion Zero-Gravity NASA Space Pen - Urban Legends
Did NASA spend $12 billion to develop a ballpoint 'space pen' for astronauts to use in zero gravity?

World Record Grizzly Bear (Photos) - Urban Legends
Viral images of an enormous, 1,600-pound, man-eating grizzly bear supposedly killed by a hunter in Alaska.

Work Moose in Harness (Moose Logging) - Urban Legends
Viral image purportedly shows a full-grown 'work moose' being harnessed to haul wood in a logging operation. Stated location varies.

Carson Williams' Christmas House (Video) - Urban Legends
Viral video of Carson Williams' suburban house decorated with animated Christmas lights synchronized to 'Wizards of Winter' by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

The Ghost Under the Bed - Urban Legends
Online chain letter claims a ghost seen hiding under a bed will 'collect your soul' if you don't forward the message to at least five people.

New York City Tornado (Hoax Photo) - Urban Legends
Viral image purports to show a tornado forming over New York City near the Statue of Liberty on September 16, 2010.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CFL Light Bulbs a Fire Hazard? - Urban Legends
Forwarded email claims CFL light bulbs made in China and sold under the brand name 'Globe' pose a fire hazard and should be avoided.

Drug Money (Photos) [Analysis]
Viral images, cont.: drug enforcement agency bull images money photos u s coast guard city mansion

Boy Eats Mentos with Coca-Cola, Dies [Analysis]
Email rumor, cont.: amp photos carbonated beverages water molecules carbonated drinks mentos and coke

Boy Eats Mentos with Coca-Cola, Dies [p. 2]
Email rumor, cont.: coca cola

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

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

412-Pound Deer [p. 2]
Emailed photos, cont.: 412 pound deer photos

The Lou Pritchett Letter - Readers Respond
Reader comments on the Lou Pritchett Letter. Page 2.

The Lou Pritchett Letter - Readers Respond
Reader comments on the Lou Pritchett Letter. Page 3.

The Lou Pritchett Letter - Readers Respond
Reader comments on the Lou Pritchett Letter. Page 4.

The Lou Pritchett Letter - Readers Respond
Reader comments on the Lou Pritchett Letter. Page 5.

The Lou Pritchett Letter - Readers Respond
Reader comments on the Lou Pritchett Letter. Page 6.

The Lou Pritchett Letter - Readers Respond
Reader comments on the Lou Pritchett Letter. Page 7.

The Lou Pritchett Letter - Readers Respond
Reader comments on the Lou Pritchett Letter. Page 8.

The Lou Pritchett Letter - Readers Respond
Reader comments on the Lou Pritchett Letter. Page 9.

The Lou Pritchett Letter - Readers Respond
Reader comments on the Lou Pritchett Letter. Page 10.

The Lou Pritchett Letter - Readers Respond
Reader comments on the Lou Pritchett Letter. Page 11.

The Lou Pritchett Letter - Readers Respond
Reader comments on the Lou Pritchett Letter

The Lou Pritchett Letter - Readers Respond
Reader comments on the Lou Pritchett Letter. Page 12.

The Lou Pritchett Letter - Readers Respond
Reader comments on the Lou Pritchett Letter. Page 13.

The Lou Pritchett Letter - Readers Respond
Reader comments on the Lou Pritchett Letter. Page 14.

The Lou Pritchett Letter - Readers Respond
Reader comments on the Lou Pritchett Letter. Page 15.

Fourth-Grade Teacher's Letter to President Obama - Readers Respond
Though it wasn't actually written by a schoolteacher, this open letter condemning President Obama and his policies purports to speak for

Fourth-Grade Teacher's Letter to President Obama - Readers Respond
Though it wasn't actually written by a schoolteacher, this open letter condemning President Obama and his policies purports to speak for

Fourth-Grade Teacher's Letter to President Obama - Readers Respond
Though it wasn't actually written by a schoolteacher, this open letter condemning President Obama and his policies purports to speak for

Fourth-Grade Teacher's Letter to President Obama - Readers Respond
Though it wasn't actually written by a schoolteacher, this open letter condemning President Obama and his policies purports to speak for

Fourth-Grade Teacher's Letter to President Obama - Readers Respond
Though it wasn't actually written by a schoolteacher, this open letter condemning President Obama and his policies purports to speak for

Another Giant Dog
Viral email touts humongous dog for sale: 'Owner cannot afford to feed him anymore, as there are no more thieves, murderers, rapists or molesters left in the neighborhood for him to eat...'. Page 56.

Calico Buck
This photo shows a 'calico buck' allegedly shot in Wisconsin. Its head and hide were supposedly sold by the hunter for $13,000. Page 54.

Deer on a Pole
This emailed photo allegedly documents the discovery of a dead deer high atop a power pole in a remote area of Baltimore - or Winnipeg, Manitoba, depending on version. Page 51.

Giant Gator Bagged in Texas / Florida
Viral image of a large alligator allegedly shot in Texas or Florida (depending on version) by a game warden named Joe Goff. Page 48.

Man-Eating Catfish
The caption accompanying this emailed photo reads: 'Each year, a few people will be drowned mysteriously in Huadu's Furong Reservoir. It was not until recently when the son of a certain official went swimming in the reservoir with his friend and were drowned that the secret was unravelled!'. Page 55.

Moose on a Wire
An unfortunate moose accidentally strung up on power cables by a utility crew near Fairbanks, Alaska. Page 50.

Mule Attacks Mountain Lion
Emailed photos purportedly show a mule attacking and killing a mountain lion in Arizona (or Wyoming, or Montana, depending on version). Page 52.

Polar Bear and Huskies at Play
Emailed images show a 1,200-pound polar bear playing with husky sled dogs in the sub-arctic wilderness of northern Canada. Page 49.

World Record Grizzly Bear
These pictures are of a guy who works for the forest service in Alaska. He was out deer hunting. A large world record Griz charged him from about 50 yards away. Page 53.

Alligator's Lunch
This was taken by a KTBS helicopter flying over Cross Lake! (For those of you who are not local, Cross Lake is in Shreveport, La.) That has to be a HUGE gator to have a whole deer in its mouth! Are you ready to go skiing on Cross Lake? Page 46.

800-Pound Razorback Hog
How would you like to run across this in the woods? The hog was reportedly killed in Arkansas very recently close to where they hunt... The man in the picture killed him, took 3 shots from a 7 mag. The afternoon before, he saw this hog eating on the side of the road. He weighed 800 pounds. Page 44.

Texas Rattlesnake
Next time you're out in the tall grass, remember this one. This snake was recently found at the J & S Quik Mart located just south of RR 3014 Turnoff on Highway 281 south of Tow, Texas. Page 47.

Why the Ocean Is So Salty
According to a popular forwarded email, a typical blue whale produces over 400 gallons of sperm when it ejaculates... and you wonder why the ocean is so salty! Page 45.

Drugs Smuggled in Baby's Corpse? - An Urban Legend
An urban legend dating from the 1970s claims ruthless cartels have resorted to smuggling cocaine, heroin, and other narcotics inside the dead bodies of infants.

Another Urban Legend Come to Life?
News stories out of the United Arab Emirates read remarkably like a 1970s-vintage urban legend.

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

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

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

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

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

AZ Sonoran Desert 'Illegal Super Highway' [p. 2]
Emailed photos show mounds of trash and debris left behind in a 'rest area' used by illegal immigrants crossing the border between Mexico and Arizona. Page 2.

AZ Sonoran Desert 'Illegal Super Highway' [p. 3]
Emailed photos show mounds of trash and debris left behind in a 'rest area' used by illegal immigrants crossing the border between Mexico and Arizona. Page 3.

AZ Sonoran Desert 'Illegal Super Highway' [p. 4]
Emailed photos show mounds of trash and debris left behind in a 'rest area' used by illegal immigrants crossing the border between Mexico and Arizona. Page 4.

AZ Sonoran Desert 'Illegal Super Highway' [p. 5]
Emailed photos show mounds of trash and debris left behind in a 'rest area' used by illegal immigrants crossing the border between Mexico and Arizona. Page 5.

AZ Sonoran Desert 'Illegal Super Highway' [p. 6]
Emailed photos show mounds of trash and debris left behind in a 'rest area' used by illegal immigrants crossing the border between Mexico and Arizona. Page 6.

AZ Sonoran Desert 'Illegal Super Highway' [Analysis]
Emailed photos show mounds of trash and debris left behind in a 'rest area' used by illegal immigrants crossing the border between Mexico and Arizona. Page 7.

Bighorn Sheep on Buffalo Bill Dam [p. 2]
Viral images purport to show 'big horn sheep' scaling the face of Buffalo Bill Dam near Cody, Wyoming. Page 2.

Bighorn Sheep on Buffalo Bill Dam [p. 3]
Viral images purport to show 'big horn sheep' scaling the face of Buffalo Bill Dam near Cody, Wyoming. Page 3.

Bighorn Sheep on Buffalo Bill Dam [Analysis]
Viral images purport to show 'big horn sheep' scaling the face of Buffalo Bill Dam near Cody, Wyoming. Page 4.

Humpback and Kayaker [p. 3]
Viral image purports to show a man kayaking between the open jaws of a humpback whale breaching the waters of Sitka Sound, Alaska. Page 3.

Humpback and Kayaker [p. 4]
Viral image purports to show a man kayaking between the open jaws of a humpback whale breaching the waters of Sitka Sound, Alaska. Page 4.

Albino Fawn Pictures [Analysis]
Emailed images show a completely white albino fawn photographed near Stanley, North Dakota, the Bolivar Peninsula in Texas, or West Liberty, Kentucky - depending on which version of the story you choose to believe. Page 3.

Nostradamus and 9/11 - Comment No. 10
Reader responses to our debunking of Internet rumors claiming that 16-century astrologer Nostradamus predicted the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. Page 10.

Nostradamus and 9/11 - Comment No. 2
Reader responses to our debunking of Internet rumors claiming that 16-century astrologer Nostradamus predicted the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. Page 2.

Nostradamus and 9/11 - Comment No. 3
Reader responses to our debunking of Internet rumors claiming that 16-century astrologer Nostradamus predicted the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. Page 3.

Nostradamus and 9/11 - Comment No. 4
Reader responses to our debunking of Internet rumors claiming that 16-century astrologer Nostradamus predicted the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. Page 4.

Nostradamus and 9/11 - Comment No. 5
Reader responses to our debunking of Internet rumors claiming that 16-century astrologer Nostradamus predicted the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. Page 5.

Nostradamus and 9/11 - Comment No. 6
Reader responses to our debunking of Internet rumors claiming that 16-century astrologer Nostradamus predicted the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. Page 6.

Nostradamus and 9/11 - Comment No. 7
Reader responses to our debunking of Internet rumors claiming that 16-century astrologer Nostradamus predicted the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. Page 7.

Nostradamus and 9/11 - Comment No. 8
Reader responses to our debunking of Internet rumors claiming that 16-century astrologer Nostradamus predicted the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. Page 8.

Nostradamus and 9/11 - Comment No. 9
Reader responses to our debunking of Internet rumors claiming that 16-century astrologer Nostradamus predicted the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. Page 9.

MONDEX - Mark of the Beast? [p. 16]
Forwarded slide show claims microchips used in Mondex 'smart cards' are now being implanted in people's hands or foreheads and constitute 'the Mark of the Beast' prophesied in the Book of Revelation.

Meet the Soetoros [p. 2]
Forwarded email, cont. Urban Legends. Page 2.

Meet the Soetoros [p. 3]
Forwarded email, cont. Urban Legends. Page 3.

Meet the Soetoros [p. 4]
Forwarded email, cont. Urban Legends. Page 4.

Meet the Soetoros [Analysis]
Forwarded email, cont. Urban Legends. Page 5.

Scary Urban Legends: Tell Us Your Favorites!
Horror Stories: Readers share their favorite scary urban legends. Page 2.

Scary Urban Legends: Tell Us Your Favorites!
Horror Stories: Readers share their favorite scary urban legends. Page 3.

Scary Urban Legends: Tell Us Your Favorites!
Horror Stories: Readers share their favorite scary urban legends. Page 4.

Scary Urban Legends: Tell Us Your Favorites!
Horror Stories: Readers share their favorite scary urban legends. Page 5.

Scary Urban Legends: Tell Us Your Favorites!
Horror Stories: Readers share their favorite scary urban legends. Page 6.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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