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Urban Legends January 2012 Archive


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Feb. 2 Is Groundhog Day

Tuesday January 31, 2012
Though Groundhog Day proper is a North American tradition of fairly recent origin, its historical roots stretch back through the medieval Christian feast of Candlemas to ancient pagan midwinter celebrations. ... Read More

Can You Guess What This Is?

Thursday January 26, 2012
No, it's not frozen yogurt. It's not soft-serve ice cream. It's what's known in the meat processing industry as "mechanically separated chicken." After being stripped off the bone by machinery, ... Read More

Navy SEAL Team 6

Thursday January 26, 2012
"This is what the Navy SEAL team looked like when they went in to get Bin Laden," says a forwarded email touting the shock-and-awe-inspiring photo above. A closer examination ... Read More

FACEBOOK SCAM: 'Chuck Norris Dies at Age 71!'

Wednesday January 25, 2012
The latest Facebook clickjacking scam takes the form of a blurb for a video supposedly describing how action film star Chuck Norris died. But as anyone capable of conducting a ... Read More

Chinese New Year Begins Today

Monday January 23, 2012
Happy Chinese New Year! The 15-day celebration begins today, the first new moon of the year, and closes Feb. 6 with the Lantern Festival. In Chinese astrology, 2012 is known ... Read More

Email: Halal Meat Invading U.S. Supermarkets

Saturday January 21, 2012
Halal is to Islam what kosher is to Judaism — a set of faith-based dietary laws requiring, among other things, that animals be slaughtered in accordance with strict rules. Due ... Read More

Tim Tebow, 'Miracle Baby'

Saturday January 14, 2012
A much-forwarded email describes the circumstances surrounding the precarious birth of Denver Broncos star quarterback Tim Tebow, whose mother, Pam Tebow, was being treated for amoebic dysentery while pregnant. Doctors ... Read More

FACEBOOK SCAM: Switch Profile Color to Gold, Black, Pink, or Red

Thursday January 12, 2012
Wall posts offering Facebook members a "Limited Time!" opportunity to change their profile to include a gold, black, pink, or red logo (or, in the most recent twist, "ANY color!") ... Read More

Why Friday the 13th Is Unlucky

Wednesday January 11, 2012
The sixth day of the week and the number 13 have foreboding reputations said to date from ancient times. It seems their inevitable conjunction from one to three times ... Read More

FALSE RUMOR: Anthrax or Poison in Tide Detergent Samples

Saturday January 7, 2012
Updated 1/7/12: One year later, these bogus warnings are circulating again via Facebook, Twitter, and text message. New variants don't mention anthrax but continue to declare that CNN has reported ... Read More

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