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Here We Go Again: Dumb Burglars Snort Stolen Cremains!
The New York Daily News and other venues are reporting that three teenage thieves stole what they thought was a stash of cocaine from someone's home in Marion

Royal Snub for the Obamas, or No Hope for Literacy in America?
Allow me to share a few of the most brilliant passages from an anonymous text purporting to explain why President and Mrs. Obama have allegedly been excluded

Why Is the Ocean Salty?
Quoth Snooki on Thursday night's episode of Jersey Shore: I hate the ocean. It's all whale sperm. Everybody Google it. That's why the water is salty. From

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

In Search of the Elusive 8mm/VHS Adapter
Listen up, home video enthusiasts! About.com's Home Theater Guide Robert Silva explains in full technical detail why you'll never find that elusive

Urban Legends Quiz: Sex & Romance
Question #1: True or false: Research shows that men think about sex every seven seconds, on average.Choose one:  • True  • False

FALSE RUMOR: 'Everyone's Phone Numbers Are Now on Facebook'
Today's dose of Facebook hysteria is currently replicating in the form of a viral wall posting: EVERYONES PHONE NUMBER IS NOW ON FACEBOOK!! NO JOKE... Go

Old Wives' Tale Says Onions Absorb Germs, Prevent Flu
Five hundred years ago it was popularly believed that placing raw, sliced onions around the household was an effective way of warding off the bubonic plague.

Dial *112 in an Emergency?
A forwarded email offers questionable advice to folks in need of emergency services, namely to dial *112 on any mobile phone for a direct line to the police.

Facebook Rumor Warns of Photo Tagging 'Virus'
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Poll: Are You Superstitious About Friday the 13th?
The sixth day of the week and the number 13 both have foreboding reputations said to date from ancient times, and their inevitable conjunction from one to three

FACEBOOK SCAM: Tsunami Whale Video
Yet another clickjacking scam is replicating like crazy on Facebook, in this case inviting users to view a video of a whale smashed into a building during the

'Nuclear Rain' Rumors Spread in Asia
False warnings of a health threat from nuclear rain are spreading throughout Asia, particularly the Philippines, despite government assurances that there's no

L.A. County: 'Acid Rain Precautions' Email Is Fraudulent
An email version of the nuclear rain/acid rain rumor that spread panic in parts of Asia earlier this week warns Los Angeles residents to stay indoors or risk

Why Did Bigfoot Cross the Road?
Question: Why did Bigfoot cross the road? Answer: So he could wave at the camera before waddling off...

Jackie Chan ISN'T Dead
Hoax web page claims action movie star Jackie Chan died of a heart attack.

Zora Neale Hurston on Zombies
1943 interview with Zora Neale Hurston, the first person to ever photograph a zombie.

Public Service Announcement
As many of you know, each year the Internet must be shut down for 24 hours in order to allow us to clean it.

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

The Fabulist
A brief biography of the ancient Greek fabulist Aesop.

Unlucky 13
Gather 'round the digital campfire as we share an unlucky 13 of the scariest urban legends we know. First up: The Hook-Man.

Life Imitates Fairy Tale?
Reader Margo Mead writes: The 'similarities' between images of Cinderella, Prince Charming, and the wicked stepsisters in Disney's animated movie Cinderella

Is May 21st the End of the World? No.
Is May 21 doomsday? Judgment Day? The end of the world? Please open your Bibles to page....

Apocalypse Not
It's May 21. I'm still here. You're still here. Harold Camping and his misled followers are still here. Somebody has some explaining to do.

No, George Clooney Isn't Dead
Did George Clooney die after falling off a cliff in New Zealand? No, the story is a hoax.

Did a Michigan Welfare Recipient 'Dine Like a King' on Food Stamps?
Grocery store receipt shows customer bought lobster, steak and Mountain Dew with food stamps.

Is McDonald's Really Imposing a $1.50 'Transaction Fee' on African Americans?
Is McDonald's Really Imposing a $1.50 'Transaction Fee' on African Americans?

Eggs and the Summer Solstice
Eggs and the Summer Solstice

O.J. Simpson Confesses to Oprah? No, Says Winfrey Rep
Did O.J. Simpson confess to murdering his wife?

In Case Anyone Doubts that 'Sea Monster' Makes for a Catchier Headline than 'Dead, Stinky Whale'...
Sea monster found in China? Or is it a dead, stinky whale?

HOAX: Facebook Charging for Membership
New version of old hoax claiming that Facebook will start charging members for basic services.

NY State Police: 'Uniform Traffic Ticket' Email May Contain a Virus
'Uniform Traffic Ticket' Spam - Mass emails purport to deliver a traffic ticket but actually contain a virus.

Is Charlie Sheen Dead? No, Unless His Ghost Is Tweeting
I logged on this morning to find Charlie Sheen death notices everywhere...

Facebook Scam: 'Spider Under the Skin' Video
Status updates purporting to link to a video of a spider growing under someone's skin are a scam. DON'T click on them!

HIV+ Pepsi
Rumor claims Pepsi products are contaminated with HIV-positive blood.

Vacation Special: The Top 5 Travel Horror Stories
Vacation Special: The Top 5 Travel Horror Stories

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

Pick a Card, Any Card...
Here, direct from the Internet and optimized for your amusement, is a well-traveled card trick / mindreading illusion...

Sign in a Houston Mall
A viral image still raising hackles though it's over six months old shows a sign on the front door of a Houston perfume shop said to be

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

'Burundanga' Scare Hits New Delhi
'Burundanga' Scare Hits New Delhi

Obama vs. Raising the Debt Limit
Obama vs. Raising the Debt Limit

Tooth Fairy Economics
Tooth Fairy Economics

Facebook Rumor: Bobby Roberts Hacker Warning
Facebook Rumor: Bobby Roberts Hacker Warning

Yet Another Facebook Privacy Alert
New privacy issue with Facebook! As of tomorrow, Facebook will creep into your bathroom when you're in the shower, smack your ass, and then steal your clothes and towel.

'Once-in-a-Lifetime' Celestial Event Returns for the Ninth Straight Year
'Once-in-a-Lifetime' Celestial Event Returns for the Ninth Straight Year

Status Update
Please copy and paste this as your status if you know someone...

Quote of the Week
Quote of the Week

Tall Tales of 9/11: 'Budweiser vs. the Arabs Who Laughed'
Tall Tales of 9/11: 'Budweiser vs. the Arabs Who Laughed'

Urban Shark Sighting: Puerto Rico
Viral image purports to show a shark swimming flooded streets of Puerto Rico after Hurrican Irene.

Snooki Repeats Claim that Ocean is Salty Because of Whale Sperm
Snooki explains to Chelsea Handler why the ocean is salty.

Tall Tales of 9/11: 'Gen. Black Jack Pershing vs. Muslim Terrorists'
Tall Tales of 9/11: 'Gen. Black Jack Pershing vs. Muslim Terrorists'

Did Michele Bachmann Ask a Crowd, 'Who Likes White People?'
Did Michele Bachmann Ask a Crowd, 'Who Likes White People?'

Attention Frequent Forwarders!
Attention Frequent Forwarders!

Prayers for Diego Mendez?
Viral prayer request on behalf of 5-year-old Diego Mendez

End of the World, Oct. 21 Edition
I awoke to the best birthday news one could possibly hope for, namely the world hadn't come to an end today...

Vicks VapoRub: Good for Your Soles?
Forwarded email claims you can stop your child's nighttime cough by applying Vicks VapoRub to their feet.

A Pair of Bawdy Tales for Halloween
Urban Legends: The Halloween Surprise / Men Who Love Pumpkins Too Much

13 Tales Best Told After Dark
Gather 'round the digital campfire to enjoy an unlucky 13 of the scariest urban legends we know. Start here...

Did David Beckham Die in a Car Crash?
Rumors of soccer player David Beckham's death are premature.

Just How Tired Is Bill Cosby?
Viral email titled 'I'm 76 and I'm Tired' is falsely attributed to Bill Cosby.

Old Hoax, New Version: Facebook to Start Charging for Membership
Facebook charging? No. Viral wall postings claiming Facebook will soon start charging due to profile upgrades are false.

'Killer Phone Number' Rumor Spreads in Nigeria (Again)
According to rumors spreading via SMS, answering phone calls from the number '09141' will result in 'instant death.'

It's Deja Vu All Over Again, Again
October 2011 has 5 Mondays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays. So what?

Did Obama Change Military Funeral Protocol?
Forwarded email claims President Obama ordered a revision of military funeral protocol.

Obama's U.N. Photo Op Faux Pas
Obama's U.N. Photo Op Faux Pas

History of the Jack-O'-Lantern
Fact: The earliest jack-o'-lanterns consisted of hollowed-out turnips and had the advantage of being portable!

Facebook Charging? No. 'It's Free and Always Will Be,' Says Company
Facebook statement: 'We have no plans to charge for Facebook. It's free and always will be.'

Dog Park Cheese Alert
Is it true that people leaving pieces of cheese studded with nails is a new 'trend' at dog parks?

Photo of Cop Pepper-Spraying Child Makes the Facebook Rounds
Photo of Cop Pepper-Spraying Child Makes the Facebook Rounds

The (Supposed) Congressional Reform Act of 2011
Now hear this: Warren Buffett had nothing to do with a chain letter touting a 'Congressional Reform Act of 2011.'

Live Ghost Cam
Live Ghost Cam

'Have You Checked the Children?'
'Have You Checked the Children?'

The Clown Statue
The Clown Statue

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

Things Andy Rooney DIDN'T Say
Unfortunately, Andy Rooney will also be remembered for things he didn't say, though folks on the Internet claim he did.

Will Sharing this Photo 100 Times Get this Child a Free Heart Transplant?
The image is circulating on Facebook under false pretenses and won't result in free medical treatment for anybody.

What's the Meaning of 11/11/11? You Decide!
Is there a special meaning to the date 11/11/11?

Not Dead: Tiger Woods
Fake online news reports claim Tiger Woods died in the Dominican Republic.

FACEBOOK HOAX: 14-Year-Old Boy Allegedly 'Beaten Half Dead' by Stepfather
Image supposedly shows a 14-year-old boy 'beaten half dead' by his stepfather.

Saturday Is World Toilet Day
Contrary to popular belief, the flush toilet was not invented by a man named Crapper.

Please Ignore 'Vodka Tampon' Hype
Are teens everywhere really using vodka-soaked tampons to get drunk?

How 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' Came to Be Written
The beloved Christmas character Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was created by Montgomery Ward copywriter Bob May in 1939.

Poo-Poo Tattoo Tale Is Doo-Doo
Rossie Brovent claims her boyfriend tattooed her back with an image of a pile of excrement with flies buzzing around it.

FACEBOOK SCAM: Free $100 Tim Hortons Gift Card
Facebook link offering free Tim Hortons Coffee gift cards is a scam.

Return of the Flesh-Eating Bananas!
Online rumors claim bananas shipped from KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa are contaminated with necrotizing fasciities, the 'flesh-eating disease.'

False Rumor of Gerber Banana Baby Food Recall
False rumor claims Gerber is recalling banana baby food because of possible glass contamination.

FACEBOOK SCAM: 'Justin Bieber Stabbed by Crazed Fan' Video
Links to a video about Justin Bieber being stabbed by a fan are bogus.

FACEBOOK SCAM: 'Chuck Norris Dies at Age 71!'
Don't click on links promising a video about Chuck Norris dying. He's very much alive, and the video doesn't exist.

Why Friday the 13th Is Unlucky
The sixth day of the week and the number 13 have foreboding reputations said to date from ancient times.

FALSE RUMOR: Anthrax or Poison in Tide Detergent Samples
Online rumor claims Tide detergent samples contaminated with anthrax or poison are being sent through the mail.

Can You Guess What This Is?
The facts about mechanically separated chicken.

NOT DEAD: Jon Bon Jovi
Jon Bon Jovi dead? Nope, it's an online hoax!

The Top 10 ULs of 2011
It's time once again to unveil our annual roster of the most popular urban legends, rumors, and hoaxes of the past year.

Carmen Winstead Goes International
The Carmen Winstead story isn't new, but there's a fresh twist, namely that folks are now spreading the fear in French and Spanish translation.

'Tipsy Tow' Blurbs Are Misleading
AAA's Tipsy Tow service is only available in some parts of the U.S.

Tim Tebow, 'Miracle Baby'
Forwarded email describes the circumstances surrounding the precarious birth of Denver Broncos star quarterback Tim Tebow.

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

Email: Halal Meat Invading U.S. Supermarkets
Internet rumors claim halal meat products are unsafe for human consumption.

Chinese New Year Begins Today
Happy Chinese New Year! In Chinese astrology 2012 is known as the year of the dragon.

Navy SEAL Team 6
Viral photo purports to show Navy SEAL Team 6 ready for action.

'Gas Buying Tips' Go Viral
With gasoline prices on the rises again, some folks are resorting to money-saving tips they find in forwarded emails.

Obama's Left-Handed Flag Salute
I think we know who's truly clueless in this scenario.

Feb. 2 Is Groundhog Day
The historical roots of Groundhog Day stretch back through the medieval Christian feast of Candlemas to ancient pagan midwinter celebrations.

Shamrocks, Blarney, St. Patrick's Day
St. Patrick, the holy and tutular man, His beard down his bosom like Aaron's ran.

'The Half-Time Flush' and Other Super Bowl Myths Debunked
The larger-than-life folklore of Super Bowl Sunday

The Long, Long Snake
Photo of a giant snake taken in Delray, Florida? I don't think so.

Eddie Murphy Isn't Dead
Ignore those rumors on Facebook and Twitter. Eddie Murphy isn't dead.

Confirmed: 'Woolly Mammoth' Video a Hoax
Videographer proves 'woolly mammoth' video shot in Siberia is a hoax.

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

Leap Year
Think calculating leap years is simple? Think again.

Martha Raye, Combat Nurse?
Was Martha Raye a combat nurse as well as an entertainer?

Who Said It?
Circulating via email, a viral quiz consisting of 10 embarrassing verbal gaffes committed by one or more U.S. politicians.

Internet Doomsday on July 9, 2012?
Is it true that hundreds of thousands may lose Internet in July 2012?

April Fools' Day
No one knows exactly how or when April Fools' Day originated, but theories abound.

Is It Possible to Balance Raw Eggs on End on the First Day of Spring?
On the quaint superstitious belief that eggs will balance upright by themselves on the first day of spring.

Mega Millions Winner Splitting Proceeds with Facebook Sharers? April Fools!
Facebook prank claims Mega Millions lottery winner will split proceeds with everyone who shares his update.

Will Facebook REALLY Donate $3 to This Infant Burn Victim Every Time This Photo Is Shared?
Hoax: Facebook will donate $3 every time this image is shared.

Mumbai's 'Burundanga' Problem
Are criminals in Mumbai incapacitating victims with a street drug called burundanga? Probably not.

Walmart Gift Card Scam
Walmart Gift Card Scam

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

Mitt Romney, Nice Guy
Viral missive recounts the story of how Mitt Romney shut down his company to help find the missing daughter of business partner Robert Gay in 1996.

Did Lincoln File a Patent for Facebook in 1845?
Online hoax claims Abraham Lincoln invented an analog version of Facebook in the mid-19th century.

'Vengeful Dentist' Tale Exposed as Hoax
News story about Polish dentist pulling all of her ex-boyfriend's teeth because he jilted her is a hoax.

Obama vs. Romney
Obama vs. Romney

How NOT to Remove a Tick
Viral text recommends swabbing ticks with a cotton ball soaked in liquid soap.

Mouthwash as Mosquito Repellent
Listerine Antiseptic mouthwash - it not only freshens your breath, it gets rid of pesky, biting insects too!

Pop Quiz: Fractured History
Test your knowledge of historical hoaxes and fallacies!

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Colorful myths surround the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington Cemetery and its 24-hour-a-day Honor Guard.

Woman 'Pregnant' with Squid After Eating Undercooked Calamari
Woman 'Pregnant' with Squid After Eating Undercooked Calamari

'Ich Bin ein Berliner'
'Ich Bin ein Berliner'

The Black Lion
Viral image of an all-black lion is fake.

What Happened to the Obamas' Law Licenses?
Is it true the Obamas surrendered their Illinois law licenses to avoid criminal prosecution?

Michelle Obama and that 'Damn Flag'
Michelle Obama and that 'Damn Flag'

Are You Superstitious About Friday the 13th?
Take our poll: Are YOU afraid of Friday the 13th?

George Washington on Political Smears, 1796
Hence serious misfortunes, originating in misrepresentation, frequently flow and spread before they can be dissipated by truth.

Stories to Tell Around the Campfire
Stories to Tell Around the Campfire

Olympics Wrap-Up: On-Air Bloopers Recycled
The closing ceremonies were barely underway when Facebookers began sharing a list of on-air bloopers purportedly made by NBC sports commentators over the course of the London Olympic Games.

Houston Store Closing to Honor 9/11 Terrorist? No.
False rumor claims a Muslim-owned store in Houston announced it will close on September 11 to honor a terrorist

The Wildest Rumors of 9/11
The Wildest Rumors of 9/11

HMS Romney
HMS Romney

Once in a Blue Moon?
'Blue moon' myths and facts

Did Kennedy Slam Obama?
Viral quote attributed to Caroline Kennedy

Martian Sunset?
Hoax image purports to show a 'double sunset' on Mars.

No, Mitt Romney Did Not Say He Was 'Too Important' to Serve in Vietnam
No, Mitt Romney Did Not Say He Was 'Too Important' to Serve in Vietnam

Bacon Diet Coke?
Bacon Diet Coke?

This Is NOT Hurricane Isaac!
Hoax: Viral image purportedly shows Tropical Storm Isaac approaching the coast of Florida.

Another Fake Hurricane Isaac Pic
This is not a photo of Hurricane Isaac

It's a Croc: Photo of 'Alligator' Swimming by Stranded Motorist Isn't Real
Hoax photo purports to show an alligator swimming near a stranded motorist during flooding caused by Hurricane Isaac.

Blue Moon
Blue Moon

Did NASA Predict Some Kind of 'Total Blackout' for Dec. 2012?
Did NASA Predict Some Kind of 'Total Blackout' for Dec. 2012?

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

How the Internet Killed Satire
How the Internet Killed Satire

The Truth About 'Obama's 923 Executive Orders'
Did Obama really sign 923 executive orders during his first 40 months in office?

'Romney' Equals 'R Money'?
Circulating online, a photo of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney posing with kids whose T-shirts spell out the word 'money.'

More Fake Storm Photos from Hurricane Sandy
Check out our slideshow of the worst, wildest, wackiest viral images of Hurricane Sandy.

Fall Back: The Truth About Daylight Saving Time
Geographer Matt Rosenberg explains the true origins of Daylight Saving (not 'Savings') Time.

Is Ann Romney Against Equal Pay for Women?
Did Ann Romney really say women shouldn't get equal pay for equal work?

Thanksgiving, De-Mythologized
They dressed in earth-tones, not black and white. They didn't wear buckles on their shoes. The first Thanksgiving in 1621 actually a three-day harvest

HOAX: Medicare Part B Premiums to Increase to $247
Text attributed to Blue Cross claims Medicare Part B premium is set to increase to $247.

Dire Election Prediction
Election day joke: I predict that no matter who wins, within one week the banks will be closed and soldiers marching in the streets!

HOAX: 'Police Warning' on Supposed New Carjacking Method
Bogus warning: Carjackers placing flyers on rear windows of parked cars to trick drivers into exiting vehicles with the engine running.

ATTENTION INTERNET: This is NOT Hurricane Sandy!
ATTENTION INTERNET: This is NOT Hurricane Sandy!

'Redskins Rule' Predicts Romney Win
The Redskins Rule: In any presidential election year during which the Redskins lose their last home game before the election, the incumbent party will be voted out of office.

ALERT: Facebook Hoax Misleads 'Straight Ticket' Voters
Hoax message tells voters to select their presidential choice separately from a 'straight ticket' option.

Is It True that George Bush Accidentally Voted for Obama Last Tuesday?
Short answer: no. Any claims to the contrary are fictitious (and liable to be misspelled).

Adventures in Epithetymology
Certain types of manure used to be transported (as everything was back then) by ship. In dry form it weighs a lot less, but once water (at sea) hit it, it not

'Found Photos' of Pearl Harbor Attack? Not Exactly.
Circulating online, photos of the Pearl Harbor attack allegedly taken with a Brownie camera

Was 'The Twelve Days of Christmas' an Underground Catechism Song?
An examination of the theory that 'The Twelve Days of Christmas' originated as a secret 'catechism song' for oppressed Catholics in Elizabethan England.

This Is Not a Monkey Orchid
This Is Not a Monkey Orchid

12/12/12 for the Lazy Blogger
The New York Times said it all 100 years ago today!

No, Morgan Freeman Didn't Blame the Media for Connecticut School Shootings
Statement blaming the media for the Connecticut school shootings is falsely attributed to Morgan Freeman.

The Reindeer Conundrum
Donner, Donder or Dunder? What's the CORRECT name of Santa's seventh reindeer?

Bookworms
A Pocket Tale by Peter Kohler

The Top 10 of 2012
The Top 10 of 2012

'Hole Punch' Auto Burglaries
'Hole Punch' Auto Burglaries

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

Clarissa's Ghost
Clarissa's Ghost

Pumping Up the Fear
Pumping Up the Fear

'Our Lives Are at Stake Here'
Viral story about Ann Coulter refusing to board a plane because the pilot was black is satire, not fact.

Mom, Look What I Found in My Capri Sun!
Did someone really find a glob of mold in their pouch of Capri Sun?

Ironically, Mark Twain Probably Never Said This...
Attributed to Mark Twain: 'It's easier to fool people than to convince them they have been fooled.'

The Problem with Quotes on the Internet
Abraham Lincoln: 'The problem with quotes on the Internet is that it is hard to verify their authenticity.'

Medical Excise Tax in Obamacare?
Retail customers subjected to a 'medical excise tax' thanks to Obamacare?

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

Last Time They Were Seen Alive
A slideshow of bogus images purporting to show various people moments before they met untimely deaths.

Annals of Adulterated Oreos
Viral images showing unwelcome objects allegedly found in Oreo cookies.

Pearl Harbor Redux?
About that viral photo of five nuclear carriers at Norfolk...

Not Aunt Bee
Contrary to rumor, the young starlet depicted above is not Frances Bavier, who became famous during the 1960s for playing the matronly Aunt Bea on The Andy

Recycled: April 15 Gas Boycott
Recycled hoax urges drivers to skip the gas pumps on April 15th.

Big Pig
Circulating anew, a viral image showing an (allegedly) 1,800-pound wild boar.

Holiday Tip: How to Cook an Egg with Your Cell Phone
Please note: I didn't say which holiday. Read more...

Joel Osteen Hoax
HOAX: Joel Osteen Resigns, Leaves Christian Faith. Scuttlebutt has it that Houston mega-church pastor Joel Osteen has announced he's leaving his post and renouncing the Christian faith.

Did a German Study Show that Looking at Busty Women for 10 Minutes a Day Is Good for Men's Health? No.
I regret to inform you that no such study exists.

Boston Marathon Bombings
Alleged 8-Year-Old Bombing Victim Status: False The Man in the Red Shirt Status: False

To Protect and Serve
Authenticated: Viral photo of police officer delivering milk to Boston family during lockdown.

Hottest Rumor on Facebook Says Facebook Is Shutting Down
Fake 'news story' claims Facebook will end on May 15, 2013.

This Is Nancy Pelosi?
Is Nancy Pelosi the former Miss Lube Rack of 1955?

Did NRA President Jim Porter Say 'It's Only a Matter of Time Before We Can Own Colored People Again'? No.
The Free Wood Post article is satirical; the quote is fictitious.

Zebra of a Different Color
Meet Zoe, a 'golden zebra' born on the island of Molokai in Hawaii.

Are Mermaids Real?
Are mermaids real? Scientists say no evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found

The Best Chain Letter Ever
IMPORTANT!!! YOU REALLY MUST DO THIS!!!

Bogus Shark Warnings in California and New Jersey
Virtually identical flyers have circulated in California and New Jersey.

Pareidolia of the Day: Elvis Tree
Does this tree in Herefordshire, England look like Elvis to you? Personally, I think it looks more like Abraham Lincoln, but that's the thing about pareidolia:

Don't Bother Posting That 'Privacy Notice' on Your Facebook Page
Just so you know, that viral Facebook 'Privacy Notice' is useless.

Pope Benedict Comes Out as Gay? Oh, Please
'News' story claiming Pope Benedict has come out as gay is purely fictional.

Notice of Revocation of Independence
TO THE CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, in the light of your failure to elect a competent President of the U.S.A. and thus to govern yourselves, we

Another Bogus Shark Warning
San Clemente Pier shark warning is a hoax, officials say.

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

DHMO Alert
Caution! Water areas contain large amounts of DHMO!

Money Bags
October has 5 Mondays, 5 Tuesdays and 5 Wednesdays. This happens once every 823 years. This is called money bags.

TRUE: Amber Alert Issued for Hannah Anderson and Ethan Anderson
Amber Alert for missing children Ethan and Hannah Anderson is valid.

In My Fortune Cookie...
'Love truth, but pardon error'

I'm Mark Zuckerberg. Please Share My Chain Letter!
No, Mark Zuckerberg isn't really asking for your input on Facebook video ads.

'Close Encounter with Mars' Hoax, 2013 Edition
Sorry, Internet. The August 27 'close encounter' with Mars already came and went in 2003.

HOAX: Jay Cutler Breaks Both Legs in Car Accident
'News' that Jay Cutler broke both legs in a car accident is an Internet hoax.

A Wiretapping Surcharge on Your Phone Bill?
Is AT&T really charging a 'lawful interception recovery fee'? No.

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

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

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

HOAX: Fukushima Disaster Leaves Hundreds of Whales 'Radiated to Death'
No 'radiated' whales washed up on the beaches of Fukushima. The source is satirical, the story is a hoax.

HOAX: Tony Romo Breaks Both Legs in Car Accident
No, Tony Romo didn't break both legs in a car accident. It's a recurring Internet hoax.

Phil Plait Is Fed Up with the Mars Hoax, and Rightly So
Bad Astronomy blogger Phil Plait calls the recurring Mars hoax 'tiresome at best and damaging at worst.'

RECYCLED HOAX: Ben Roethlisberger Breaks Both Legs in Car Accident
No, Ben Roethlisberger didn't break both legs in a car accident. It's a hoax.

'Kill a Pit Bull Day' Isn't a Real Thing
'National Kill a Pit Bull Day' was a hoax from day one.

UPDATED: AmberAlert.gov Is Up and Running Again
AmberAlert.gov was briefly offline due to the government shutdown, but the Amber Alert system itself was unaffected.

MORE FAKE NEWS: Obama Uses Own Money to Open Muslim Museum
Another fake news report from satire website NationalReport.net

Charlie Daniels Asks Why There's a Medical Tax on Sporting Goods
Contrary to rumor, ObamaCare does not impose a medical excise tax on sporting goods.

RECYCLED HOAX: Adam Sandler Dead in Snowboard Accident
Attention Internet: Adam Sandler is NOT dead!

FAKE NEWS: House Republicans Schedule Obama Impeachment Hearings
Have Republicans scheduled Obama impeachment hearings? No. It's fake news courtesy of the satirical website The Daily Currant.

The Venerable, Versatile Gourd
Peter Kohler greets the arrival of autumn with a meditation on the thousand-and-one uses of the venerable gourd.

The SCARIEST Stories Ever Told!
Scary Stories: Urban legends guaranteed to give you goosebumps!

A Halloween Primer
A brief overview of the origin and history of Halloween.

HOAX: 5.3 Fukushima Earthquake Caused by Super Volcano Tamu Massif
Fake news site claims the Sep. 2013 Fukushima earthquake was caused by a super volcano 1,000 miles away. It's false.

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

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

My Fellow Americans, There's No Such Thing as The 28th Amendment
Sorry to break it to you, but as of this writing there are only 27 amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

Report that Lou Reed's Death Is a Hoax Is a Hoax
'Satire' site falsely claims that Oct. 2013 media reports of Lou Reed's death aren't true.

It's SATIRE, Internet: 'City in Michigan First to Fully Implement Sharia Law'
More fake news from satire website NationalReport.net: 'City in Michigan First to Fully Implement Sharia Law'

The Urban Legends Slide Show
A gallery of over 100 odd and arresting viral images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic prepare to be shocked and amused! Start

World's Tallest Dog, R.I.P.
Buck Wolf reports that Gibson, the world's tallest dog (the real one, not the fake one), has died of bone cancer. Read more...

Another Facebook Hoax: Linda Smith / Jason Lee Virus Warning
Notwithstanding the fact that there must be a hundred or more Linda Smiths on Facebook and a comparable number of Jason Lees, a

FACEBOOK SCAM: 'Charlie Sheen Found Dead at Home'
Links to a nonexistent video entitled

Obama Citizenship - Readers Respond
Some people claim there are valid reasons to doubt Obama's status as a natural-born citizen of the U.S., and therefore the legitimacy of his presidency. Others say the challenge is politically motivated and based on hearsay and speculation. Do you think there are valid questions about Obama's legitimacy?

Obama Citizenship - Readers Respond
Some people claim there are valid reasons to doubt Obama's status as a natural-born citizen of the U.S., and therefore the legitimacy of his presidency. Others say the challenge is politically motivated and based on hearsay and speculation. Do you think there are valid questions about Obama's legitimacy? Page 2.

Obama Citizenship - Readers Respond
Some people claim there are valid reasons to doubt Obama's status as a natural-born citizen of the U.S., and therefore the legitimacy of his presidency. Others say the challenge is politically motivated and based on hearsay and speculation. Do you think there are valid questions about Obama's legitimacy? Page 3.

Obama Citizenship - Readers Respond
Some people claim there are valid reasons to doubt Obama's status as a natural-born citizen of the U.S., and therefore the legitimacy of his presidency. Others say the challenge is politically motivated and based on hearsay and speculation. Do you think there are valid questions about Obama's legitimacy? Page 4.

Obama Citizenship - Readers Respond
Some people claim there are valid reasons to doubt Obama's status as a natural-born citizen of the U.S., and therefore the legitimacy of his presidency. Others say the challenge is politically motivated and based on hearsay and speculation. Do you think there are valid questions about Obama's legitimacy? Page 5.

Obama Citizenship - Readers Respond
Some people claim there are valid reasons to doubt Obama's status as a natural-born citizen of the U.S., and therefore the legitimacy of his presidency. Others say the challenge is politically motivated and based on hearsay and speculation. Do you think there are valid questions about Obama's legitimacy? Page 6.

Obama Citizenship - Readers Respond
Some people claim there are valid reasons to doubt Obama's status as a natural-born citizen of the U.S., and therefore the legitimacy of his presidency. Others say the challenge is politically motivated and based on hearsay and speculation. Do you think there are valid questions about Obama's legitimacy? Page 7.

Obama Citizenship - Readers Respond
Some people claim there are valid reasons to doubt Obama's status as a natural-born citizen of the U.S., and therefore the legitimacy of his presidency. Others say the challenge is politically motivated and based on hearsay and speculation. Do you think there are valid questions about Obama's legitimacy? Page 8.

Obama Citizenship - Readers Respond
Some people claim there are valid reasons to doubt Obama's status as a natural-born citizen of the U.S., and therefore the legitimacy of his presidency. Others say the challenge is politically motivated and based on hearsay and speculation. Do you think there are valid questions about Obama's legitimacy? Page 9.

Obama Citizenship - Readers Respond
Some people claim there are valid reasons to doubt Obama's status as a natural-born citizen of the U.S., and therefore the legitimacy of his presidency. Others say the challenge is politically motivated and based on hearsay and speculation. Do you think there are valid questions about Obama's legitimacy? Page 10.

Obama Citizenship - Readers Respond
Some people claim there are valid reasons to doubt Obama's status as a natural-born citizen of the U.S., and therefore the legitimacy of his presidency. Others say the challenge is politically motivated and based on hearsay and speculation. Do you think there are valid questions about Obama's legitimacy? Page 11.

Obama Citizenship - Readers Respond
Some people claim there are valid reasons to doubt Obama's status as a natural-born citizen of the U.S., and therefore the legitimacy of his presidency. Others say the challenge is politically motivated and based on hearsay and speculation. Do you think there are valid questions about Obama's legitimacy? Page 12.

Super-Skinny Fashion Models - Urban Legends
Viral images purport to show grotesquely thin fashion models in runway shows and posing for photographs.

Super-Skinny Fashion Models [p. 10]
Viral images purport to show grotesquely thin fashion models in runway shows and posing for photographs. Page 10.

Super-Skinny Fashion Models [Analysis]
Viral images purport to show grotesquely thin fashion models in runway shows and posing for photographs. Page 11.

Super-Skinny Fashion Models [p. 2]
Viral images purport to show grotesquely thin fashion models in runway shows and posing for photographs. Page 2.

Super-Skinny Fashion Models [p. 3]
Viral images purport to show grotesquely thin fashion models in runway shows and posing for photographs. Page 3.

Super-Skinny Fashion Models [p. 4]
Viral images purport to show grotesquely thin fashion models in runway shows and posing for photographs. Page 4.

Super-Skinny Fashion Models [p. 5]
Viral images purport to show grotesquely thin fashion models in runway shows and posing for photographs. Page 5.

Super-Skinny Fashion Models [p. 6]
Viral images purport to show grotesquely thin fashion models in runway shows and posing for photographs. Page 6.

Super-Skinny Fashion Models [p. 7]
Viral images purport to show grotesquely thin fashion models in runway shows and posing for photographs. Page 7.

Super-Skinny Fashion Models [p. 8]
Viral images purport to show grotesquely thin fashion models in runway shows and posing for photographs. Page 8.

Super-Skinny Fashion Models [p. 9]
Viral images purport to show grotesquely thin fashion models in runway shows and posing for photographs. Page 9.

Reader Responses to 'Hanoi Jane' [p. 2]
Reader responses to our coverage of the 'Hanoi Jane' email accusing Jane Fonda of betraying American POWs to their captors during the Vietnam War. Page 2.

Reader Responses to 'Hanoi Jane' [p. 4]
Reader responses to our coverage of the 'Hanoi Jane' email accusing Jane Fonda of betraying American POWs to their captors during the Vietnam War. Page 4.

Reader Responses to 'Hanoi Jane' [p. 5]
Reader responses to our coverage of the 'Hanoi Jane' email accusing Jane Fonda of betraying American POWs to their captors during the Vietnam War. Page 5.

Reader Responses to 'Hanoi Jane' [p. 13]
Reader responses to our coverage of the 'Hanoi Jane' email accusing Jane Fonda of betraying American POWs to their captors during the Vietnam War. Page 13.

Reader Responses to 'Hanoi Jane' [p. 12]
Reader responses to our coverage of the 'Hanoi Jane' email accusing Jane Fonda of betraying American POWs to their captors during the Vietnam War. Page 12.

Reader Responses to 'Hanoi Jane' [p. 11]
Reader responses to our coverage of the 'Hanoi Jane' email accusing Jane Fonda of betraying American POWs to their captors during the Vietnam War. Page 11.

Reader Responses to 'Hanoi Jane' [p. 10]
Reader responses to our coverage of the 'Hanoi Jane' email accusing Jane Fonda of betraying American POWs to their captors during the Vietnam War. Page 10.

Reader Responses to 'Hanoi Jane' - Urban Legends
Reader responses to our coverage of the 'Hanoi Jane' email accusing Jane Fonda of betraying American POWs to their captors during the Vietnam War.

Reader Responses to 'Hanoi Jane' [p. 6]
Reader responses to our coverage of the 'Hanoi Jane' email accusing Jane Fonda of betraying American POWs to their captors during the Vietnam War. Page 6.

Reader Responses to 'Hanoi Jane' [p. 9]
Reader responses to our coverage of the 'Hanoi Jane' email accusing Jane Fonda of betraying American POWs to their captors during the Vietnam War. Page 9.

Reader Responses to 'Hanoi Jane' [p. 7]
Reader responses to our coverage of the 'Hanoi Jane' email accusing Jane Fonda of betraying American POWs to their captors during the Vietnam War. Page 7.

Reader Responses to 'Hanoi Jane' [p. 8]
Reader responses to our coverage of the 'Hanoi Jane' email accusing Jane Fonda of betraying American POWs to their captors during the Vietnam War. Page 8.

Reader Responses to 'Hanoi Jane' [p. 15]
Reader responses to our coverage of the 'Hanoi Jane' email accusing Jane Fonda of betraying American POWs to their captors during the Vietnam War. Page 15.

Reader Responses to 'Hanoi Jane' [p. 14]
Reader responses to our coverage of the 'Hanoi Jane' email accusing Jane Fonda of betraying American POWs to their captors during the Vietnam War. Page 14.

Reader Responses to 'Hanoi Jane' [p. 3]
Reader responses to our coverage of the 'Hanoi Jane' email accusing Jane Fonda of betraying American POWs to their captors during the Vietnam War. Page 3.

Mermaid Pictures - Dead Mermaid Found in the Philippines - Urban Legends
Emailed pictures purportedly show the carcass of a dead mermaid caught by a fisherman in the Philippines.

Mermaid Pictures - Dead Mermaid Found in the Philippines [p. 2]
Emailed pictures purportedly show the carcass of a dead mermaid caught by a fisherman in the Philippines. Page 2.

Mermaid Pictures - Dead Mermaid Found in the Philippines [p. 3]
Emailed pictures purportedly show the carcass of a dead mermaid caught by a fisherman in the Philippines. Page 3.

Mermaid Pictures - Dead Mermaid Found in the Philippines [Analysis]
Emailed pictures purportedly show the carcass of a dead mermaid caught by a fisherman in the Philippines. Page 4.

Reader Responses to 'Richard Gere and the Gerbil'
Reader responses to About.com's coverage of 'Richard Gere and the Gerbil'

Reader Responses to 'Richard Gere and the Gerbil' [p. 11]
Reader responses to About.com's coverage of 'Richard Gere and the Gerbil'. Page 10.

Reader Responses to 'Richard Gere and the Gerbil' [p. 2]
Reader responses to About.com's coverage of 'Richard Gere and the Gerbil'. Page 2.

Reader Responses to 'Richard Gere and the Gerbil' [p. 3]
Reader responses to About.com's coverage of 'Richard Gere and the Gerbil'. Page 3.

Reader Responses to 'Richard Gere and the Gerbil' [p. 4]
Reader responses to About.com's coverage of 'Richard Gere and the Gerbil'. Page 4.

Reader Responses to 'Richard Gere and the Gerbil' [p. 5]
Reader responses to About.com's coverage of 'Richard Gere and the Gerbil'. Page 5.

Reader Responses to 'Richard Gere and the Gerbil' [p. 6]
Reader responses to About.com's coverage of 'Richard Gere and the Gerbil'. Page 6.

Reader Responses to 'Richard Gere and the Gerbil' [p. 8]
Reader responses to About.com's coverage of 'Richard Gere and the Gerbil'. Page 7.

Reader Responses to 'Richard Gere and the Gerbil' [p. 9]
Reader responses to About.com's coverage of 'Richard Gere and the Gerbil'. Page 8.

Reader Responses to 'Richard Gere and the Gerbil' [p. 10]
Reader responses to About.com's coverage of 'Richard Gere and the Gerbil'. Page 9.

Reader Responses to 'Richard Gere and the Gerbil' [p. 12]
Reader responses to About.com's coverage of 'Richard Gere and the Gerbil'. Page 11.

Reader Responses to 'Richard Gere and the Gerbil' [p. 13]
Reader responses to About.com's coverage of 'Richard Gere and the Gerbil'. Page 12.

Reader Responses to 'Richard Gere and the Gerbil' [p. 7]
Reader responses to About.com's coverage of 'Richard Gere and the Gerbil'. Page 13.

Giant Florida Rattlesnake (This Is NOT a Python!) - Urban Legends
Viral images purport to show a 15-foot-long, 170-pound eastern diamondback rattlesnake caught in a subdivision near Jacksonville, Florida.

Giant Florida Rattlesnake [p. 2]
Viral images purport to show a 15-foot-long, 170-pound eastern diamondback rattlesnake caught in a subdivision near Jacksonville, Florida. Page 2.

Giant Florida Rattlesnake [p. 3]
Viral images purport to show a 15-foot-long, 170-pound eastern diamondback rattlesnake caught in a subdivision near Jacksonville, Florida. Page 3.

Giant Florida Rattlesnake [Analysis]
Viral images purport to show a 15-foot-long, 170-pound eastern diamondback rattlesnake caught in a subdivision near Jacksonville, Florida. Page 4.

The Snake in the Wreath (Photos) - Urban Legends
AUTHENTIC: Viral images show a 5-foot-long rat snake lurking inside a floral wreath on the front door of a home near Slidell, LA.

The Snake in the Wreath [p. 2]
Viral images show a 5-foot-long rat snake lurking inside a floral wreath on the front door of a home near Slidell, LA. Page 2.

The Snake in the Wreath [p. 3]
Viral images show a 5-foot-long rat snake lurking inside a floral wreath on the front door of a home near Slidell, LA. Page 3.

The Snake in the Wreath [p. 4]
Viral images show a 5-foot-long rat snake lurking inside a floral wreath on the front door of a home near Slidell, LA. Page 4.

The Snake in the Wreath [p. 5]
Viral images show a 5-foot-long rat snake lurking inside a floral wreath on the front door of a home near Slidell, LA. Page 5.

The Snake in the Wreath [p. 6]
Viral images show a 5-foot-long rat snake lurking inside a floral wreath on the front door of a home near Slidell, LA. Page 6.

The Snake in the Wreath [Analysis]
Viral images show a 5-foot-long rat snake lurking inside a floral wreath on the front door of a home near Slidell, LA. Page 7.

Deconstructing Ronald Opus (1994's Most Bizarre Suicide) - Urban Legends
Sleuthing an Internet urban legend: in which we deconstruct the complicated demise of Ronald Opus (a.k.a. '1994's Most Bizarre Suicide').

Deconstructing Ronald Opus [p. 2]
Sleuthing an Internet urban legend, cont. Page 2.

Deconstructing Ronald Opus [p. 3]
Sleuthing an Internet urban legend, cont. Page 3.

Deconstructing Ronald Opus [p. 4]
Sleuthing an Internet urban legend, cont. Page 4.

Deconstructing Ronald Opus [p. 5]
Sleuthing an Internet urban legend, cont. Page 5.

Deconstructing Ronald Opus [p. 6]
Sleuthing an Internet urban legend, cont. Page 6.

Deconstructing Ronald Opus [p. 7]
Sleuthing an Internet urban legend, cont. Page 7.

Bighorn Sheep on Buffalo Bill Dam - Urban Legends
Viral images purport to show 'big horn sheep' scaling the face of Buffalo Bill Dam near Cody, Wyoming.

Calico Buck / Calico Deer (Photos) - Urban Legends
Viral images purport to show a 'calico buck' shot by a hunter somewhere in Wisconsin (or Michigan, Arkansas, West Virginia, or Georgia, depending on version).

Calico Buck [p. 2]
Viral images, cont. Urban Legends. Page 2.

Calico Buck [p. 3]
Viral images, cont. Urban Legends. Page 3.

Calico Buck [Analysis]
Viral images, cont. Urban Legends. Page 4.

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

Albino Fawn Pictures [p. 2]
Emailed images show a completely white albino fawn photographed near Stanley, North Dakota, the Bolivar Peninsula in Texas, or West Liberty, Kentucky - depending on which version of the story you choose to believe. Page 2.

Mars Close to Earth on Aug. 27, 2013? - Urban Legends
Will Mars look as big as the moon on August 27, 2013? No. Recycled hoax claims Aug. 27 will bring the closest encounter between Mars and Earth in recorded history, a 'once in a lifetime event' that already came and went in 2003.

Mars in August [p. 2]
Recycled hoax, cont. Urban Legends. Page 2.

Mars in August [p. 3]
Recycled hoax, cont. Urban Legends. Page 3.

Mars in August [p. 4]
Recycled hoax, cont. Urban Legends. Page 4.

Mars in August [p. 5]
Recycled hoax, cont. Urban Legends. Page 5.

Mars in August [Analysis]
Recycled hoax claims August 27 will bring the closest encounter between Mars and Earth in recorded history. Unfortunately, this 'once in a lifetime event' already came and went in 2003. Page 6.

Giant Coconut Crab (Photos) - Urban Legends
Viral images of gargantuan specimens of Birgus latro - the coconut crab - named for its preferred diet of fallen coconuts and said to be the world's largest land-dwelling arthropod.

Giant Coconut Crab [p. 2]
Emailed photos of gargantuan specimens of Birgus latro - the coconut crab, named for its preferred diet of fallen coconuts and said to be the world's largest land-dwelling arthropod. Page 2.

Giant Coconut Crab - Analysis
Emailed photos of gargantuan specimens of Birgus latro - the coconut crab, named for its preferred diet of fallen coconuts and said to be the world's largest land-dwelling arthropod. Page 3.

Freaky Fish Found on a Tampa Bay Beach (Photos) - Urban Legends
Emailed photos show the carcass of a very strange fish with monstrous teeth allegedly washed up on a beach in Tampa Bay, Florida.

Freaky Fish [p. 2]
Emailed photos show the carcass of a very strange fish with monstrous teeth allegedly washed up on a beach in Tampa Bay, Florida. Page 2.

Freaky Fish [p. 3]
Emailed photos show the carcass of a very strange fish with monstrous teeth allegedly washed up on a beach in Tampa Bay, Florida. Page 3.

Freaky Fish [p. 4]
Emailed photos show the carcass of a very strange fish with monstrous teeth allegedly washed up on a beach in Tampa Bay, Florida. Page 4.

Freaky Fish [p. 5]
Emailed photos show the carcass of a very strange fish with monstrous teeth allegedly washed up on a beach in Tampa Bay, Florida. Page 5.

Freaky Fish [p. 6]
Emailed photos show the carcass of a very strange fish with monstrous teeth allegedly washed up on a beach in Tampa Bay, Florida. Page 6.

Freaky Fish [Analysis]
Emailed photos show the carcass of a very strange fish with monstrous teeth allegedly washed up on a beach in Tampa Bay, Florida. Page 7.

Man-Eating Catfish of Furong Reservoir - Urban Legends
Viral images purport to show a giant, man-eating catfish caught in the Furong Reservoir of Huadu, China.

Man-Eating Catfish of Furong Reservoir [p. 2]
Viral images, cont. Urban Legends. Page 2.

Man-Eating Catfish of Furong Reservoir [p. 3]
Page 4: Viral images, cont. Urban Legends. Page 3.

Man-Eating Catfish of Furong Reservoir [p. 4]
Viral images, cont. Urban Legends. Page 4.

Man-Eating Catfish of Furong Reservoir [p. 5]
Viral images, cont. Urban Legends. Page 5.

Man-Eating Catfish of Furong Reservoir [p. 6]
Page 7: Viral images purport to show a giant, man-eating catfish caught in the Furong Reservoir in Huadu, China. Page 6.

Man-Eating Catfish of Furong Reservoir [Analysis]
Viral images purport to show a giant, man-eating catfish caught in the Furong Reservoir of Huadu, China. Page 7.

The Urban Legends Slide Show - 9/11: The Face of Satan
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

Letter from Wasilla: Anne Kilkenny on Sarah Palin - Urban Legends
Authenticated: Widely-forwarded email written by Wasilla, Alaska resident Anne Kilkenny questions Sarah Palin's fitness to be Vice-President.

Letter from Wasilla: Deb Frost on Sarah Palin - Urban Legends
Authenticated: Email by Wasilla, Alaska resident Deb Frost hails Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin as the 'U.S. answer to Margaret Thatcher.'

GPS Used to Create U.S. Map Corn Maze (Photo) - Urban Legends
Emailed image shows a corn maze carved in the shape of a United States map with the aid of a GPS unit and a laptop computer.

Wall Street Bailout Nigerian Letter - Urban Legends
'Dear American, I need to ask you to support an urgent secret business relationship with a transfer of funds of great magnitude.'

The Urban Legends Slide Show - Sarah Palin Bikini Pic
A gallery of odd and arresting images - some real, some fake, some persistently enigmatic - as circulated via email

Hair Bands Made from Used Condoms in China - Urban Legends
Authorities in China have reportedly discovered instances of used and/or defective condoms being recycled to make cheap elastic hair bands.

Katie Fitch Chain Letter - Netlore Archive
Prayer chain letter circulating via email tells the story of 3-year-old Katie Fitch of South Carolina, who suffers from hepatoblastoma, a form of liver cancer.

Largest Re-enlistment Ceremony Ever - Urban Legends
Emailed photos taken in Baghdad, Iraq show 1,215 uniformed servicemembers taking part in the single largest U.S. reenlistment ceremony since the all-volunteer force began in 1973.

Michelle Obama's Lobster Snack - Urban Legends
Emailed campaign flyer purports to show the receipt for a $447.39 lobster 'snack' ordered by Michelle Obama at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in October 2008.

Mother and Daughter Banned from Disneyland [Photo] - Urban Legends
Viral image purports to show a mother and daughter 'banned for life' from Disneyland (or Disney World) because they're wearing t-shirts with Mickey Mouse boobs.

My Holiday with John McCain - Urban Legends
Forwarded email contains purported firsthand account of rude, boorish behavior on the part of Republican presidential candidate John McCain during a holiday excursion on Turtle Island in Fiji in 1999.

Piper Palin One-Finger Salute - Urban Legends
Emailed photo of Alaska governor Sarah Palin and daughter Piper at a public event appears to show the latter 'flipping the bird' at another child.

What Does Obama Read? - Urban Legends
Emailed photo shows Barack Obama carrying a copy of the book 'The Post-American World' by Fareed Zakaria, described in the caption as 'the Muslim/Islamic view to destroy America.'

Parrot Flower - Urban Legends
Circulating via email, authentic pictures of the rare parrot flower (Impatiens psittacina), which is native to northern Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), and northern India, and bears a remarkable resemblance to its avian namesake.

Parrot Flower [p. 2]
Circulating via email, authentic pictures of the rare parrot flower (Impatiens psittacina), which is native to northern Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), and India, and bears a remarkable resemblance to its avian namesake. Page 2.

Parrot Flower [p. 3]
Circulating via email, authentic pictures of the rare parrot flower (Impatiens psittacina), which is native to northern Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), and India, and bears a remarkable resemblance to its avian namesake. Page 3.

Parrot Flower [p. 4]
Circulating via email, authentic pictures of the rare parrot flower (Impatiens psittacina), which is native to northern Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), and India, and bears a remarkable resemblance to its avian namesake. Page 4.

Parrot Flower [p. 5]
Circulating via email, authentic pictures of the rare parrot flower (Impatiens psittacina), which is native to northern Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), and India, and bears a remarkable resemblance to its avian namesake. Page 5.

Parrot Flower [Analysis]
Circulating via email, authentic pictures of the rare parrot flower (Impatiens psittacina), which is native to northern Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), and India, and bears a remarkable resemblance to its avian namesake. Page 6.

Mouse Gets Jammed in Printer Cartridge (Photos) - Urban Legends
Emailed photos document one of the more unusual causes of a printer jam: a live mouse stuck in the printer's ink toner cartridge.

Mouse Gets Jammed in Printer Cartridge [p. 2]
Emailed photos document one of the more unusual causes of a printer jam: a live mouse stuck in the printer's ink toner cartridge. Page 2.

Mouse Gets Jammed in Printer Cartridge [p. 3]
Emailed photos document one of the more unusual causes of a printer jam: a live mouse stuck in the printer's ink toner cartridge. Page 3.

Mouse Gets Jammed in Printer Cartridge [Analysis]
Emailed photos document one of the more unusual causes of a printer jam: a live mouse stuck in the printer's ink toner cartridge. Page 4.

G.W. Bush Visit to Ft. Hood [p. 2]
Circulating via email, a photo of George W. Bush and Laura Bush visiting a victim of the Ft. Hood shootings. Accompanying text says the visit was impromptu and the White House asked the Bushes to leave. Page 2.

G.W. Bush Visit to Ft. Hood [p. 3]
Circulating via email, a photo of George W. Bush and Laura Bush visiting a victim of the Ft. Hood shootings. Accompanying text says the visit was impromptu and the White House asked the Bushes to leave. Page 3.

G.W. Bush Visit to Ft. Hood [Analysis]
Circulating via email, a photo of George W. Bush and Laura Bush visiting a victim of the Ft. Hood shootings. Accompanying text says the visit was impromptu and the White House asked the Bushes to leave. Page 4.

9-11 Tear Drop Memorial (Photos) - Urban Legends
Authentic: Emailed photos of 'Tear Drop Memorial' designed by Russian artist Zurab Tsereteli to commemorate the victims of 9/11.

9-11 Tear Drop Memorial [p. 2]
Emailed photos of the 'Tear Drop Memorial' designed by Russian artist Zurab Tsereteli to commemorate the victims of 9/11. Page 2.

9-11 Tear Drop Memorial [p. 3]
Emailed photos of the 'Tear Drop Memorial' designed by Russian artist Zurab Tsereteli to commemorate the victims of 9/11. Page 3.

9-11 Tear Drop Memorial [p. 4]
Emailed photos of the 'Tear Drop Memorial' designed by Russian artist Zurab Tsereteli to commemorate the victims of 9/11. Page 4.

9-11 Tear Drop Memorial [p. 5]
Emailed photos of the 'Tear Drop Memorial' designed by Russian artist Zurab Tsereteli to commemorate the victims of 9/11. Page 5.

9-11 Tear Drop Memorial [p. 6]
Emailed photos of the 'Tear Drop Memorial' designed by Russian artist Zurab Tsereteli to commemorate the victims of 9/11. Page 6.

9-11 Tear Drop Memorial [p. 7]
Emailed photos of the 'Tear Drop Memorial' designed by Russian artist Zurab Tsereteli to commemorate the victims of 9/11. Page 7.

9-11 Tear Drop Memorial [p. 8]
Emailed photos of the 'Tear Drop Memorial' designed by Russian artist Zurab Tsereteli to commemorate the victims of 9/11. Page 8.

Analysis
Emailed photos of the 'Tear Drop Memorial' designed by Russian artist Zurab Tsereteli to commemorate the victims of 9/11. Page 9.

Birthday Cards for Alyssa Bruno - Netlore Archive
Chain email asks all recipients to send a birthday card and a penny to Alyssa Bruno, a cancer victim celebrating her sixth birthday on August 2, 2006

8-Year-Old Iranian Child Caught Stealing Bread - Urban Legends
Forwarded images purport to show the cruel punishment of an 8-year-old Iranian boy caught stealing bread: his arm was run over with a truck.

8-Year-Old Iranian Child Caught Stealing Bread [p. 2]
Emailed photos, cont.: emailed photos friends photos original source islam peace

8-Year-Old Iranian Child Caught Stealing Bread [Analysis]
Emailed photos, cont.: little green footballs amp photos peyke iran littlegreenfootballs urban legends

Child Murder in Australia Linked to Jamie Bulger Killer - Netlore Archive
Email rumors claim the murder of an 8-year-old girl in a Perth, Australia shopping center was perpetrated by one of the boys convicted of killing 2-year-old Jamie Bulger in Liverpool, England in 1993

Warning on Dole Pre-Packaged Salad Mix - Netlore Archive
Email flier warns of lettuce and spinach in Dole pre-packaged salad mixes contaminated with e coli bacteria

Howard Schultz: 'A Thank You to All Starbucks Customers' - Urban Legends
Forwarded message purportedly authored by Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz claims the company contributes money toward Israel's military defense.

Are Mr. Clean Magic Erasers Toxic? - Netlore Archive
Forwarded email claims that Mr. Clean Magic Eraser cleaning pads pose a health hazard because they contain formaldehyde

Muslim 'Religion of Peace' Demonstration (Photos) - Netlore Archive
Emailed photos show Muslims brandishing signs advocating violence against anyone who insults Islam at a purported 'Religion of Peace demonstration' in London

Muslim 'Religion of Peace' Demonstration [p. 2]
Emailed photos, cont.: religion of peace demonstration demonstration photos muslim religion religion of peace moslems