Urban Legends Sitemap - Page 9 2014-09-20

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?

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.

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.

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.

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

The Lou Pritchett Letter - Readers Respond
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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.

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.

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.

Polar Bear and Huskies at Play - Image #7
Emailed images show a 1,200-pound polar bear playing with husky sled dogs in the sub-arctic wilderness of northern Canada. 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 10.

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 6.

Tow Truck Comedy of Errors #3
Photo vignette circulating via email shows a tow truck tumbling into the sea while attempting to salvage another tow truck that had already met the same fate while salvaging a wrecked car. Page 3.

Tow Truck Comedy of Errors #10
Photo vignette circulating via email shows a tow truck tumbling into the sea while attempting to salvage another tow truck that had already met the same fate while salvaging a wrecked car. Page 10.

Tow Truck Comedy of Errors #11
Photo vignette circulating via email shows a tow truck tumbling into the sea while attempting to salvage another tow truck that had already met the same fate while salvaging a wrecked car. Page 11.

Tow Truck Comedy of Errors #12
Photo vignette circulating via email shows a tow truck tumbling into the sea while attempting to salvage another tow truck that had already met the same fate while salvaging a wrecked car. Page 12.

Tow Truck Comedy of Errors #2
Photo vignette circulating via email shows a tow truck tumbling into the sea while attempting to salvage another tow truck that had already met the same fate while salvaging a wrecked car. Page 2.

Tow Truck Comedy of Errors #4
Photo vignette circulating via email shows a tow truck tumbling into the sea while attempting to salvage another tow truck that had already met the same fate while salvaging a wrecked car. Page 4.

Tow Truck Comedy of Errors #5
Photo vignette circulating via email shows a tow truck tumbling into the sea while attempting to salvage another tow truck that had already met the same fate while salvaging a wrecked car. Page 5.

Tow Truck Comedy of Errors #6
Photo vignette circulating via email shows a tow truck tumbling into the sea while attempting to salvage another tow truck that had already met the same fate while salvaging a wrecked car. Page 6.

Tow Truck Comedy of Errors #7
Photo vignette circulating via email shows a tow truck tumbling into the sea while attempting to salvage another tow truck that had already met the same fate while salvaging a wrecked car. Page 7.

Tow Truck Comedy of Errors #8
Photo vignette circulating via email shows a tow truck tumbling into the sea while attempting to salvage another tow truck that had already met the same fate while salvaging a wrecked car. Page 8.

Tow Truck Comedy of Errors #9
Photo vignette circulating via email shows a tow truck tumbling into the sea while attempting to salvage another tow truck that had already met the same fate while salvaging a wrecked car. Page 9.

Eye of God in Outer Space
Emailed NASA photo taken by the Hubble Space Telescope has been labeled the 'Eye of God' by frequent forwarders. Page 3.

Hurricane Isabel Approaches, 2003
Emailed photo purports to show the approach of Hurricane Isabel at sea, September 2003. Page 4.

Hurricane Katrina Approaches
Emailed image purports to show Hurricane Katrina approaching the Gulf Coast in August 2005. Page 10.

Iraq Sandstorm
Emailed photos evidently snapped by a U.S. soldier document a 'sandstorm from hell' at Al Asad airbase in Iraq on April 26, 2005. Page 8.

Montana Fires, 2000
Urban Legends. Page 5.

Niagara Falls Frozen Over
Emailed photo purportedly taken in 1911 offer postcard views of Niagara Falls completely frozen over. Page 9.

Praying Rock Formation
In this emailed image, a rock formation and its reflection in a body of water resemble a mother and child praying. Page 7.

Satellite Photo of 2003 Blackout
Emailed photo purports to show GeoStar satellite view of the 2003 east coast blackout. Page 6.

The Hands of God
Emailed image purports to show the 'hands of God' in a cloud formation associated with 2004's Hurricane Charley. Page 11.

Tsunami in Action
Emailed image purports to show the devastating tsunami of December 26, 2004 washing ashore on the Thai island of Phuket (or Indonesia, depending on version). Page 2.

Hurricane Lili Waterspouts
Emailed photo purportedly shows three waterspouts threatening a supply vessel at sea as Hurrican Lili approaches, October 2002. Page 12.

ManBeef.com Is a Hoax - Urban Legends
The creator of ManBeef.com, a website offering 'high quality' human meat for sale, has admitted the whole thing was a prank.

Navy SEALs (Photo) - Urban Legends
Viral image purports to show a battle-ready team of Navy SEALs, fully armed and wearing skull masks.

Uniform Traffic Ticket Spam / Malware Attack - Urban Legends
Email spam purports to deliver a New York State Police speeding ticket to recipients, but in fact the attached zip file contains a virus.

Video: Ginger Rogers Salsa Dancing at Age 92? - Urban Legends
Netlore Archive: Viral video purports to show the legendary Ginger Rogers salsa dancing at age 92 with her great-grandson.

AZ Sonoran Desert 'Illegal Super Highway' (Photos) - Urban Legends
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.

myth - definition of myth
Definition of myth - A traditional sacred story, typically revolving around the activities of gods and heroes, which purports to explain a natural phenomenon or cultural practice.

Myth Busted: Poinsettias Are Poisonous - Urban Legends
Is it true that poinsettia plants are poisonous if ingested, especially by small children and pets?

R. Lee Ermey Death Notice - Urban Legends
Forwarded email purports to announce the death of retired USMC Staff Sgt. and 'Full Metal Jacket' actor R. Lee Ermey.

Folklore and Mythology FAQ: What is a fable?
Folklore and Mythology FAQ: What is a fable?

Myth and Folklore FAQ: What is a myth?
Myth and Folklore FAQ: What is a myth? A definition of the word 'myth' as used by folklorists and mythographers.

Folklore and Mythology FAQ: What is superstition?
Folklore and Mythology FAQ: What is superstition?

Death of Princess Diana: The Paparazzi
Contemporary news coverage and additional information pertaining to the role of the paparazzi (tabloid photographers) in the death of Princess Diana.

Death of Princess Diana: Dodi Al Fayed
Contemporary news coverage and biographical information about Dodi Al Fayed, who was romantically linked to Princess Diana and died in the same car crash that killed her on August 31, 1997.

Death of Princess Diana: Henri Paul, the Driver
Contemporary news coverage and additional information pertaining to Henri Paul, driver of the black Mercedes limousine in which Princess Diana was killed when it collided with a pillar in a Paris tunnel, August 31, 1997.

Death of Princess Diana: Mohamed Al Fayed
Contemporary news coverage and biographical information about Mohamed Al Fayed, father of Dodi Al Fayed, who died along with Princess Diana in a car crash on August 31, 1997.

Death of Princess Diana: The Crash
News coverage and additional information about the Paris car crash that took the life of Lady Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales, on August 31, 1997.

Urban Legends and Folklore - Recent Features
Urban legends, rampant rumors, Internet hoaxes debunked

Charity Hoaxes Tug Cynically at Heart Strings [p. 2]
A new 'dying child' chain letter, cont.: chain letter evolution negative reinforcement snail mail emotional manipulation positive reinforcement

More AIDS / HIV Sneak Attacks - Urban Legends
False tales of 'sneak attacks' with HIV-contaminated needles continue to circulate in the U.S. and elsewhere.

Vending Machines of Death! - HIV Needle-Stick Rumors in Canada
Those sinister pin-pricking miscreants are back, now infecting innocent folks across all of western Canada with AIDS.

Vending Machines of Death! [p. 2]
History of 'deadly pinprick' legends since the 1920s

412-Pound Deer Killed [Analysis]
Emailed photos, cont.: clarion county pennsylvania nebraska game and parks minneapolis star tribune nebraska game and parks commission whitetail deer

An Urban Legend Come to Life?
In apparent 'copycat' incidents mimicking a well-known rumor, two people in Pulaski, Virginia were reportedly injured by hypodermic needles when they put their fingers into the coin return slots of public phones.

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

Hand of Hope [Analysis]
AUTHENTIC: Emailed photo, cont.: dr joseph bruner vanderbilt university medical center samuel alexander armas vanderbilt university medical week old fetus

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

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

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

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

Tow Truck Comedy of Errors (Photos) - Netlore Archive
Photo vignette circulating via email shows a tow truck tumbling into the sea while attempting to salvage another tow truck that had already met the same fate while attempting to salvage a wrecked car.

Merman / Mermaid Carcass Found on Beach [Analysis]
Emailed photos, cont.: netlore archive golden mermaid count orlock creatures of myth amp photos

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

Share Your Thoughts on Obama Hostage Crisis Revisionism - Urban Legends
Share Your Thoughts: After comparing the claims in forwarded emails to published accounts of the pirate hostage crisis, we concluded that allegations of indecisiveness on Obama's part should be treated skeptically. Do you agree or disagree? What are your reasons?

Reader Comments: Trust the Government in a Health Crisis?
Many people suspect public officials withhold potentially panic-inducing information or at least downplay the severity of the situation during major health crises such as swine flu outbreak. Do you trust the government to keep us adequately informed? Why? Why not?

April Fools' Day - Share Your Favorite Pranks!
Readers share their favorite April Fools' pranks.

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.

The Many Homes of John Kerry - Urban Legends
Email flier (with photos) purports to enumerate the personal property holdings of 2004 Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry.

Farces of Nature
A gallery of viral images depicting natural disasters and other astonishing phenomena that may seem more supernatural than natural. That's because many of these photographs are fake, of course, or circulating under false pretenses. You may be surprised in some cases at which photos are actually authentic. Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction!

Dirty Needles in Pay Phone Coin Slots - Urban Legends
Have drug addicts everywhere suddenly decided en masse to dispose of their dirty needles in pay phone coin return slots?

Microwave Ovens, Plastic Wrap and Dioxin [Analysis]
Microwaving foods in plastic wrap, cont.: polyvinyl chloride pvc food safety experts microwave ovens s c johnson saran wrap

Reader Stories: Balancing Eggs on the Equinox
Folklore has it that you can stand raw eggs on end during the vernal equinox (first day of spring). Science has it that it can be done any day of the year if you're patient and persistent. Share your own egg balancing successes and failures here.

Balancing Eggs on the Equinox - Share Your Experiences
Folklore has it that you can stand raw eggs on end during the vernal equinox (first day of spring). Science has it that it can be done any day of the year if you're patient and persistent. Share your own egg balancing successes and failures here.

The Ghost of the Sundarbans [Image Comparison]
Emailed photo purportedly depicts a tourist visiting the Sundarbans in southwest Bangladesh, cont.

Urban Legends: The Basics
Here we'll explore the fundamentals of folklore and urban legends -- what they are, where they come from, and what roles they play in human cultures, now and down through history.

G.W. Bush Visit to Ft. Hood - Urban Legends
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.

animism - definition of animism
Definition of animism - The belief that all creatures and all objects - even ones science regards as 'inanimate' - possess a soul or personality; the belief that all things are alive in some sense.

god, goddess - definition of god, goddess
Definition of god, goddess - In mythology, an immortal, supernatural being who is the subject of traditional sacred stories; in religion, an immortal, supernatural being who is the object of worship and prayer.

mythology - definition of mythology
Definition of mythology - The body of myths (sacred stories) of a particular culture, or of humankind as a whole; the study and interpretation of such myths.

old wives' tale - definition of old wives' tale
Definition of old wives' tale - A traditional belief, often founded in superstition, typically stated in the form of a maxim or proverb.

taboo - definition of taboo
Definition of taboo - A moral or cautionary restriction placed upon certain actions by authorities (kings, priests, shamans, etc.) of a people, which if ignored will result in specific negative consequences.

Book Review - Hippo Eats Dwarf: A Field Guide to Hoaxes and Other B.S. by Alex Boese
David Emery reviews 'Hippo Eats Dwarf: A Field Guide to Hoaxes and Other B.S.' by Alex Boese

Urban Legends FAQ: What is a chain letter?
Urban Legends FAQ: What is a chain letter?

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.

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

Tow Truck Comedy of Errors #1
Photo vignette circulating via email shows a tow truck tumbling into the sea while attempting to salvage another tow truck that had already met the same fate while salvaging a wrecked car.

North Pole Sunset
Emailed image purportedly snapped at the North Pole in which the crescent moon appears to be many times larger than the setting sun.

Web Hoax: Jackie Chan Died - Full Image
A Los Angeles hospital has reported that Jackie Chan has passed away. The legendary Hong Kong actor who appeared in over 100 films died last night following a heart attack. He was promoting his most recent film, 'Kung Fu Panda 2'. Doctors say his heavy schedule was causing extreme stress and putting too much pressure on his heart.

Cryptozoology
Animal lore from beyond the boundaries of ordinary science:

Product Reviews
Reviews of books and movies pertaining to urban legends and folklore.

Religion
Religion Resources

Computer Virus Hoaxes: General Info
What are virus hoaxes? Where do they come from? How serious a threat do they pose to computer users? Here's a list of resources where you can find answers to these and other general questions about false virus warnings.

Before You Buy - Urban Legends and Folklore Gifts
Do you know an urban legends fanatic? If you plan on giving them a gift related to their favorite topic, try to gauge their experience and familiarity with it. These resources will help you decide on the ideal gift.

Folklore Basics
Information and resources for the study of folklore and mythology.

The Knockout Perfume
Are 'knockout perfume' bandits around the world tricking women into sniffing ether-laced samples to render them helpless?

Virus Hoaxes: Alphabetical Listings
Where to find A-to-Z listings of the most common computer virus hoaxes.

Info and Help on REAL Computer Viruses
A list of resources for identifying and coping with real computer viruses.

Top Picks
Lists of books, gifts and other products recommended or selected by your Guide to Urban Legends and Folklore.

Urban Legends and Folklore: Radio & TV
Folklore from the television and radio industries, past and present.

Urban Legends
Feature articles, FAQs and basic information about urban legends.

Computer Virus Hoaxes
Pointers to the best available information on computer virus hoaxes and misconceptions

KFC Update / Mutant Chickens in the News
Field notes from your About.com Guide

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Urban Legends and Folklore: Science
Scientific myths and misconceptions

Urban Legends and Folklore: Science - page 2 of 2
Scientific myths and misconceptions

Christmas History, Traditions and Folklore - page 2 of 2
Christmas - Origin, history, folklore and traditions of the holiday season.

Curiosity of the Day
Found objects in the virtual world.

Curiosity of the Day - page 2 of 6
Found objects in the virtual world.

Curiosity of the Day - page 3 of 6
Found objects in the virtual world.

Curiosity of the Day - page 4 of 6
Found objects in the virtual world.

Curiosity of the Day - page 5 of 6
Found objects in the virtual world.

Curiosity of the Day - page 6 of 6
Found objects in the virtual world.

Urban Legends and Folklore: College
Tall tales from the halls of academe.

The Cabinet of Curiosities
The Cabinet of Curiosities: an online repository of the curious, the dubious, the offbeat, the outrageous and the bizarre.

Odd Museums of the Internet
From Ripley's Believe It or Not! to the Toilet Seat Art Museum, a handpicked selection of the best of the oddest and most interesting museums, collections, galleries, exhibitions and archives on the Internet.

Odd Museums of the Internet - page 2 of 2
From Ripley's Believe It or Not! to the Toilet Seat Art Museum, a handpicked selection of the best of the oddest and most interesting museums, collections, galleries, exhibitions and archives on the Internet.

Urban Legends and Folklore: Sports
Urban legends and folklore about sports, sporting events and celebrities in sports.

Urban Legends - TopPicks
An index of TopPicks for the Urban Legends guide site.

Web Archives of Urban Legends
Archives of urban legends and Netlore on the Web.

Faux Photos: Animals and Insects
Weird, wacky images circulating on the Internet featuring quirky denizens of the animal kingdom.

Urban Legends and Folklore: Celebrities by Name
Urban legends and Netlore about celebrities, sorted alphabetically by name

Urban Legends and Folklore: Celebrity Death Rumors
Rumors and Net hoaxes purporting to announce the deaths of various celebrities

Urban Legends and Folklore: Celebrity Sex Rumors
Urban legends and Netlore purveying rumors and gossip about the sex lives of celebrities

Urban Legends and Folklore: Errata
Myths and misconceptions about science, history, language, people and current events: A Duck's Quack Doesn't Echo; NASA's Billion-Dollar Zero-Gravity Pen; Sneakers Dangling from Power Lines Mark Gang Territory; Origin of the 7th-Inning Stretch; Sucking on a Penny Will Fool a Breathalyzer Test.

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Urban Legends and Folklore: Military
Urban legends and folklore pertaining to war and the military services.

Urban Legends and Folklore: Miscellaneous Animal Legends
Urban legends, folktales and superstitions involving miscellaneous beasts.

Faux Photos: Natural and Unnatural Disasters
Weird, wacky images circulated on the Internet featuring wonders and disasters both natural and unnatural.

Urban Legends: Politics: Politicians by Name
Urban legends, Internet hoaxes and rumors about politicians

Mythical Creatures: The Dragon
The Dragon: A mythical creature found in both Eastern and Western folklore, usually described as gigantic, reptile-like, and fearsome in appearance.