Current Netlore: A to Z Index, cont.
Internet hoaxes, email rumors and urban legends
Hoax = False, deliberately deceptive information
UL = Urban Legend - a popularly believed narrative, typically false
Rumor = Anecdotal claims - may be true, false, or in between
Junk = Flotsam and jetsam of the Net
Caesar didn't say it, Shakespeare didn't write it, but everyone's quoting it - a passage allegedly stating Julius Caesar's opinion of warmongering heads of state.
California Traffic Laws 2007
Hoax email purports to share a set of new California traffic laws effective January 1, 2007.
Camel Spiders Found in Iraq
Emailed photo taken by U.S. soldiers stationed in Iraq show a pair of huge, scary-looking arachnids called camel spiders.
Camera Cell Phones Used to Take Pictures of Credit Cards
Email warns that criminals have found a new means of committing identity theft - taking a picture of your credit card with a cell phone camera.
A Canadian's Tribute to Americans
Also circulating under the title "America: The Good Neighbor," this text is authentic but was originally authored in 1973, not "recently" as some versions suggest.
Candlelight Vigil to Be Photographed from Space
Several emails erroneously claim that an official nationwide vigil to commemorate victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks will be held "tonight" and photographed by satellite.
Canola Oil Is Hazardous to Your Health!
Here we go again! Internet rumormongers claim that canola, usually touted as one of the healthier food oils, is in fact very toxic to human beings.
Car-Bumping Gang Initiation Rite
Forwarded email warns that MS-13 gang members are participating in a 'gang initiation rite' wherein they rear-end a car from behind and then shoot the driver when he or she exits the vehicle to check for damage.
Car Magnets Aid Child Predators
Email purportedly written by an abducted teen warns parents not to 'publicize' the whereabouts of their kids to child predators by attaching car magnets containing info about schools and activities to their vehicles.
Car Wash Coin Thieves
Emailed images reveal the real, bird-brained culprits behind a series of coin thefts from a car wash change machine.
Car Thieves Using VIN # to Obtain Duplicate Keys
Email flier warns automobile owners to cover the VIN # on their dashboard with tape to prevent car thieves from writing it down and using it to obtain duplicate keys from a dealership.
'A Card for You' Virus Warning
Hoax email alert warns of 'the worst virus ever' circulating under the header 'A Card for You' (or 'A Virtual Card for You').
Email flier warns of a 'new carjacking scheme' involving the placement of an advertisement or other piece of paper on the victim's rear window to trick them into exiting the vehicle with the engine running.
Casey Sheehan's Grave Marker
Email flier accuses anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan of "not bothering" to place a tombstone over the grave of her son, Casey Sheehan, who was killed in the Iraq war in 2004.
The Cat in the Hat's 50th Birthday
Email flier commemorating the Cat in the Hat's 50th birthday includes a link for sending the Dr. Seuss character an email birthday card and donating a book to charity.
Catfish w/Basketball Stuck in Its Mouth
Emailed photos show a flathead catfish with a child's basketball stuck in its mouth.
CDs $20 Refund (Price-Fixing Settlement)
TRUE: If you bought any CD, cassette or vinyl album between January 1, 1995 and December 22, 2000 you are eligible to file a claim and receive a refund of up to $20 due to a settlement in a price-fixing case against U.S. music distributors and retailers.
Cecilia Zhang: Missing Child
OUTDATED: The remains of 9-year-old Dong-Yue (Cecilia) Zhang, who was abducted from her home in Toronto on October 19, 2003, were discovered in a ravine outside the city in March 2004.
Cell Phones Cause Gas Station Explosions
Cell Phone Giveaway - Nokia and Ericsson
Hoax messages say Nokia and Ericsson are giving away mobile phones.
Cell Phone Guns
According to this email flier and attached video, law enforcement officials have discovered .22 caliber guns disguised as cell phones being smuggled into western Europe from Croatia.
Cell Phones - Things You Never Knew Your Cell Phone Could Do
Email flier purports to clue readers in on various "unknown" tips and tricks for cell phone use.
Cell Phones Pose Fire Hazard at Gas Pump
Bogus email repeats false allegations circulating since 1999 that cell phone (mobile phone) use near gasoline pumps while refueling can cause fires or explosions.
Cell Phone Virus
While it is true as of this writing that at least one cell phone virus actually exists, emailed warnings circulating since 1999 impart false information about the nature of the threat.
Certificate of Completion vs. High School Diploma
Forwarded email claims the No Child Left Behind Act mandates that high school students who fail to qualify for diplomas must receive certificates of completion or attendance which will prevent them from being able to enter GED programs, attend college, join the military, etc.
Champagne Freebie Chain Letter
Forward this message and Veuve Clicquot will send you a free case of French champagne.
The Char-Broiled Scuba Diver
As featured in the recent film "Magnolia," as well as a currently circulating email.
Charlie Daniels on Illegal Immigration
Forwarded email combines two op-ed pieces written by country singer Charlie Daniels on the hot topic of illegal immigration and what should be done about it.
Charlie Daniels: Open Letter to the Hollywood Bunch
Circulating by email: Acrimonious open letter to antiwar celebrities was indeed penned by prowar celebrity Charlie Daniels.
Cheating at Gas Pumps
Email rumor claims a consumer was cheated by a rigged gas pump while refueling at a BP service station in Cartersville, Georgia.
Does a new law called 'Check 21' go into effect on October 28, 2004 which will make floating checks a thing of the past?
The Chicken Cannon
Yankee engineers prove themselves superior once again.
Chicken Wings Laced w/Steroids Cause Cyst
According to this email rumor, a woman developed a cyst after eating chicken wings that had been injected with steroids to accelerate growth.
Chinese Eat BBQ Fetuses
Photos circulated on the Internet seem to prove that human infants are eaten in China. Are they real? (Not for the faint of heart!)
Christian the Lion (Video)
Viral video tells the true, heartwarming tale of the reunion between Christian the Lion and the two men who adopted him as a cub in the 1970s.
Christians Face 47 Years in Prison for Reading Bible in Public
Email flier claims the First Amendment rights of a Christian group reading Bible passages at a gay pride event were violated when they were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and hate crimes.
Christmas at Arlington Cemetery (Photos)
Emailed images show Christmas wreaths adorning the headstones of fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.
Christmas Cards for Wounded Soldiers
Email flier says Christmas cards can be sent to wounded servicemen and women at Walter Reed Army Medical Center by addressing them to "A Recovering American Soldier."
Christmas House (Video)
Amazing video of a suburban house decorated with animated Christmas lights synchronized to music.
Christopher John Mineo Jr.: Missing Child
An AOL chain letter that has no basis in fact, so far as we can tell.
Churchill, Farmer Fleming and Penicillin
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 supposedly saved the life of the adult Churchill many years later?
Ciara's Sex-Change Operation
Internet rumors are flying to the effect that hip-hop/R&B star Ciara was born a man and is either a transvestite or underwent a sex-change operation to become a transsexual.
Email flier claims that Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a soldier who died in the Iraq war, never really cared about her son while he was growing up and in fact abandoned him to be raised by her "ex-husband" so she could pursue her "liberal, feminist agenda."
Cindy Williams vs. Military Pay Raise
Did the actress who played Shirley in "Laverne and Shirley" pen an editorial decrying military pay increases?
Citgo Boycott (Venezuela Dictator Vows to Bring Down U.S. Gov't)
Email flier urges Americans to boycott Venezuela-owned Citgo gas stations in response to anti-U.S. statements made by Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.
Citibank Email Scam
Fraudulent email designed to steal personal information sends recipients to a real Citibank Web page but launches a phony pop-up demanding "login" info. Beware!
Citizens Against Breast-Feeding
Sign this petition if you want to ban this "incestuous perversion" from the United States.
'Class Project' Chain Letters
Don't bother responding to Mr. Blevins' 5th grade class - their email address has been canceled.
'Click for Cans' Chunky Soup/NFL Promotion
TRUE. The Campbell's/NFL "Click for Cans" charity donation program runs yearly for a limited time.
Click to Donate Tampons to Women's Shelters
Email flier touts a Website where users can click to donate free feminine hygiene products to women's shelters around the U.S.
The Clinton Body Count
Forwarded email dating from the mid-1990s contains a list of dozens of people connected with Bill and Hillary Clinton who -- we are to believe -- died under mysterious circumstances.
Clintons Make Secret Service Pay Their Mortgage
The tale is that Bill and Hillary are charging their Secret Service guards in their new Chappaqua, NY house an amount of rent equal to their mortgage.
'Clothes' by Maya Angelou
"Poem" purportedly written by Maya Angelou criticizes African Americans for buying clothing manufactured by allegedly racist companies.
Clothes Dryers: Washing Lint Filter Extends Appliance Lifespan
According to this email flier, cleaning the lint filter of your clothes dryer with a brush and soapy water on a regular basis will remove residue from fabric softener sheets and extend the appliance's lifespan.
Cockroach Eggs on Envelopes
Postal Service worker's tongue gives birth to live cockroach!
Cockroach Egg Tacos at Taco Bell
A fast-food horror story, as told in six different locations around the U.S.
Cocoa Mulch Can Be Lethal to Dogs and Cats
TRUE. Email warning about health hazards posed to pets - particularly dogs - by cocoa mulch is mostly accurate.
Coke, Pepsi Terrorist Warnings
In these variants of "The Grateful Terrorist," a man of "Arab descent" supposedly repays the kindness of a stranger by warning them not to drink Coke or Pepsi after a certain date.
Colin Powell Quote on 'Empire Building'
Alleged response from U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell to alleged question about American "empire building" from England's Archbishop of Canterbury.
Cologne Sniffing Scam
You all know not to take candy from strangers. Well... it's not safe to sniff their perfume, either.
Columbine High School Shootings
Americans attempt to share their grief over the Littleton massacre through email chain letters.
Commemorate 9/11: Drive with Your Lights On
Participate in a one-year commemoration of the events of September 11 by driving with your lights on all day.
Commemorate 9/11: Wear Red, White and Blue
Participate in a one-year commemoration of the events of September 11 by wearing red, white and blue and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at noon.
Con Ed Reimbursements for Blackout Food Spoilage
Email flier claims electrical utility Con Edison will reimburse residential power customers in New York up to $350 for food spoilage caused by the August 14, 2003 blackout.
Confidential Business Offer
Email example of the infamous "Nigerian Scam" letter used by con artists to bilk victims of millions of dollars every year.
Congress Plans to Reinstate the Military Draft
Email flier claims Congress is actively pursuing plans to increase funding of the Selective Service System and reinstate the military draft in the U.S. by 2005.
Congressional Pensions vs. Social Security
Members of the U.S. Senate and Congress enjoy lavish pensions at taxpayer expense.
Connie Wells Chain Letter (Soldier's Mother Solicits Emails of Support for U.S. Troops)
An email chain letter started by Connie Wells of Lufkin, TX, whose son is serving in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, solicits messages of support for troops who won't be home for Christmas this year.
Copper Pennies and Bee Stings
Forwarded email claims that taping a copper penny over a bee sting (or hornet sting) will provide overnight relief from redness and swelling.
Corpses of Children Used to Traffic Drugs
An old urban legend (c. 1973) dressed up in new clothes for the Internet.
Corset Piercings: New Summer Trend?
Emailed photos purportedly depicting 'new summer trends' show women with symmetrical rows of skin-piercings on their torsos laced up like old-fashioned corsets.
Costco: Suspicious Halloween Candy Purchases
Partly true but misleading: Costco and the FBI have confirmed recent large purchases of candy in New Jersey, but the FBI says it has no evidence of intended wrongdoing.
Cougar on the Porch! (Photos)
Emailed photos taken through a screen door show a cougar (mountain lion) prowling the porch or patio of someone's home.
'Cough CPR' Can Save Your Life
According to the American Heart Association, the "live-saving" technique advocated in this email is not recommended in the absence of medical supervision.
Cracker Barrel Gift Certificate Chain Letter
Free gift certificates for forwarding a chain letter. Sound familiar?
Craig Shergold Chain Letter
Story of the little boy whose life was saved by a chain letter that won't die.
Craigslist Gold Digger Meets Her Match
Self-described "spectacularly beautiful" woman posts an online personals ad bluntly stating her wish to pair off with a marriageable "rich guy" in New York City. Wall Street banker responds, "Your offer ... is plain and simple a crappy business deal."
Credit Card Fraud Warning
Forwarded email warns of a credit scam in which con artists request the 3-digit code on the back of a credit card to "verify" it.
Crocodile Eats Golfer
Just stopped for a little snack between the fifth and sixth holes...
Crocodile Found in New Orleans
Emailed pictures of a gigantic crocodile purportedly captured in the flooded streets of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
Crocodile Photos: The Monster Croc of Pointe-Noire
Emailed photos of a huge crocodile fished from the sea in the port of Pointe-Noire, Republic of the Congo.
Credit Bureaus to Release Private Info
But that is nothing new. What's new is that consumers now have the ability to opt out of certain kinds of information sharing.
Cruise Control and Hydroplaning (Safety Warning)
TRUE: Using cruise control when driving at high speeds on wet pavement can cause a car to hydroplane and might result in a deadly accident.
Cyclops, the One-Eyed Kitten
Emailed image of a one-eyed kitten named Cyclops who lived only one day before succumbing to a rare medical condition known as "holoprosencephaly."
Daisy, the Canine Hero of 9/11
Did a brave guide dog named Daisy lead her blind master, James Crane, and over 900 other people out of the burning World Trade Center after the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001?
Dame Edna Insults Hispanics in Vanity Fair
Email petition urges a boycott of Vanity Fair magazine due to alleged racism in its "Ask Dame Edna" column.
Darrell Scott's Columbine Testimony
TRUE: Darrell Scott, father of a victim of the Columbine shootings, delivered an impassioned speech before Congress which has since been widely distributed by email.
Dave Matthews Chain Letter
Rock star philanthropist offers up his email address to help sick & dying kids.
David Allen Prayer Request
This document is almost four years old. Missionary David Allen is just fine and no longer needs your prayers for his survival.
David 'Darren' Bucklew Chain Letter
This one's a rewrite of the old "Timothy Flyte" chain letter (below) - just as bogus, just as annoying.
David Lawitts Chain Letter
Supposedly dying of lung cancer due to secondhand smoke.
'Death Calls' Emit Killer Cell Phone Frequencies
Forwarded emails warn mobile phone users not to accept calls from certain numbers which supposedly transmit high-frequency signals causing brain hemorrhage and death.
Deb Frost on Sarah Palin
Email by Wasilla, Alaska resident Deb Frost hails Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin as the "U.S. answer to Margaret Thatcher."
Debbie Shwartz Chain Letter
Email plea from a troubled woman calling herself 'Debbie Shwartz' claims AOL will donate 15 cents on her behalf for every 12 times the chain letter is forwarded.
Delaney - 8-Month-Old Burn Victim (Prayer Request)
Outdated but basically accurate email prayer request on behalf of 8-month-old Delaney Parrish, who was seriously burned by hot oil from a Fry Daddy deep fryer in 2001. She is now mostly recovered.
Delta Airlines 'Free Flight' Chain Letter
Email hoax claims recipients will receive a free round-trip flight from Delta Airlines if they forward the message to 5 other people.
Denzel Washington Funded a Fisher House for Military Families
Email rumor claims actor Denzel Washington, after visiting a charity-funded 'Fisher House' provided for families of hospitalized American soldiers, wrote a check on the spot for the full amount to build a new one.
Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep Interview w/Katie Couric
Circulating via email: embellished version of a politically-charged TV interview hosted by Katie Couric and featuring 'Manchurian Candidate' stars Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep.
Dial *677 - Rapist Impersonates Police Officer (Ontario Version)
Female college student pulled over in her car by a cop-impersonating would-be rapist is rescued by a real officer after dialing *677 on her cell phone.
Dick Cheney to Be Dumped by Republicans
Is the Republican Party planning to substitute a vice-presidential ringer in the final hours of the campaign?
Dick Cheney: Naked Woman Reflected in His Sunglasses? (Photo)
A photo released by the White House of U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney on a fishing trip in Idaho appears to show the blurry reflection of a naked woman (among other possibilities) in the dark sunglasses he is wearing.
Fw: DIGITAL CAMERA FOR SALE
'Last photo' supposedly taken by the seller of a digital camera shows a rampaging bull heading straight for the lens.
Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO) Safety Warning
Forwarded email warns of serious health hazards associated with the chemical substance dihydrogen monoxide, also known as DHMO.
Discount-Mats.com - Web Retailer's Rude Reply to U.S. Soldier in Iraq
Forwarded email shows rude response sent by online retailer Discount-Mats.com in answer to a product inquiry from an American soldier stationed in Iraq.
'Do Not Call' Cola Giveaway Scam
Email flier warns that by submitting a mail-in form to choose your favorite cola, you grant telemarketers consent to contact you even if your name is on the National Do Not Call Registry.
'Do Not Call' List for Cell Phone Users
Email flier warns that a directory of cell phone numbers will soon be published and urges users to enter their cell phone numbers on a federal "do not call" list to prevent unsolicited calls from telemarketers.
Doctors Find Live Worm in Patient's Eye
Revolting photos show the surgical removal of a live worm from the eye of a patient who purportedly contracted the parasite from ordinary dust.
Dog Starved in the Name of Art? (Photos)
Forwarded email urges recipients to sign a petition preventing artist 'Habacuc' Guillermo Vargas (aka 'Habakkuk') from participating in the Central American Biennial of Art because he created an exhibition in which a stray dog was allegedly starved to death in the name of art.
Dogs, Puppies, Cats Used as Shark Bait
News stories and petitions circulating via email claim rogue fishermen on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean use live dogs, puppies and cats as shark bait.
Dole Pre-Packaged Salad Mix
Email flier warns of lettuce and spinach in Dole pre-packaged salad mixes contaminated with e coli bacteria.
Dollar Store Toothpaste Warning
Email flier says imported brand-name toothpastes sold at dollar stores such as Dollar Tree and Greenbacks don't meet U.S. health standards and may contain dangerous amounts of fluoride.
Dolphin Slaughter in Japan (Petition)
However worthy you may feel this cause is, the email petition is useless. Just delete it.
Don't Answer Cell Phone While Charging!
Email alert claims a young man was killed (electrocuted) when he answered a cell phone that was plugged in to charge the battery.
Don't Buy Gas on May 19th
Yet another variant of the 'Gas Out' chain letter, this one urging consumers to boycott gas stations on May 19th to 'send a message' to the oil companies.
Don't Go to the Bathroom on Oct. 28!
Just when you thought it was safe to use your own toilet...
Don't Lick Your Envelopes!
According to this emailed urban legend circulating since 2000, a woman in California got sick after cutting her tongue while licking an envelope infested with cockroach eggs. A few days later her doctor discovered a live cockroach growing inside her tongue.
Don't Wear Campaign Gear at Polling Places
Email rumor warns Barack Obama supporters not to wear Obama shirts, pins, or hats to polling places because it is considered campaigning (electioneering) under the law and grounds for officials to turn voters away.
Doubletree Hotel Key Cards - Identity Theft
False email rumor claims hotel key cards are routinely encoded with customers' personal information, resulting in identity theft by employees.
Dr Pepper Leaves 'Under God' out of Patriotic Promotion
Outdated email protest declares the Dr Pepper/Seven Up company guilty of "anti-Christian political correctness."
Drinking Cold Water with Meals Causes Cancer
Email flier claims drinking cold water after a meal slows down digestion and coats the intestines with 'sludge,' leading to cancer.
Driver's License Info on the Web!
By filling out a simple Web-based form, any user can search the National Driver's License Bureau's database containing more than 220 million driver's licenses. Supposedly.
Drug-Laced Suckers/Lollipops a Threat to Children
Email flier purporting to originate from the North Little Rock Police Department warns parents that drug-laced candy in the form of suckers and lollipops pose a hazard to children and teenagers.
'Drunk Building' (Photos)
Emailed photos of a 'crazy architectural structure' that really exists in Sopot, Poland.
Dubai Ski Resort (Photos)
Emailed images chronicle the completion of a massive indoor ski resort built on desert sands in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Dumb Burglars Snort Stolen Cremains
As allegedly reported in a Florida newspaper, stupid burglars confuse woman's cremated remains for crack cocaine.
Dumb Criminal Attempts to Rob Crowded Gun Shop
In this email tale circulated during the 1990s and subsequently revived as a "2005 Darwin Award contender," a less-than-clever criminal gets his just desserts when he attempts to rob a crowded gun shop full of well-armed patrons.
Dust-Off Warning: Teenager Dies After Inhaling Cleaning Spray
Circulating via email: A father's first-person account of finding his son dead after the teenager inhaled Dust-Off cleaning spray to get high.
Eddie Murphy/Michael Jordan Mistaken for Muggers
New email versions of this old urban legend have Eddie Murphy and Michael Jordan scaring the heck out of white people on elevators.
Einstein Proves the Existence of God
In this emailed anecdote by an unknown author, a university student named Albert Einstein humiliates his atheist professor by proving that God exists.
Eisenhower Quote on Abolishing Social Security
Authenticated: A quote attributed to President Dwight D. Eisenhower in which he says that any political party attempting to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, labor laws and farm programs would never be heard of again in our political history.
Election Day Switch
Email alleges that this year's U.S. presidential election will take place over two days instead of one.
Electricity Is a Funny Thing
In case you needed it, proof that urine and electicity don't mix.
Elephant Painting Self-Portrait (Video)
Viral video appears to show an elephant painting a "self-portrait" unguided by human hands.
EMI/Time Warner Merger Giveaway
Another "email tracking" hoax promising money and vouchers for free merchandise.
Eminem Died in a Car Crash
A phony "CNN" article claims that Eminem, drunk and on drugs, died recently in a horrible automobile accident.
Encounter with President Bush at St. John's Church
Forwarded email describes a personal encounter with President G.W. Bush at St. John's Church, Washington, D.C.
EPA to Use Poor Kids as Guinea Pigs in Pesticide Study
Email flier says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is launching "an outrageous new study in which participating low income families will have their children exposed to toxic pesticides."
Ericsson 'Free Laptop' Chain Letter
Email chain letter claims phone manufacturer Ericsson will give away free laptop computers to those who forward the message to at least eight people.
Evan Trembley: Missing Child
Hoax "Amber Alert" claims 15-year-old Evan Trembley of Wichita Falls, Texas is missing.
Even Rocks Pray
In this emailed image, a rock formation and its reflection in a body of water resemble a mother and child praying.
The Exploding Toilet
Our hapless protagonist tosses a lit cigarette into the selfsame toilet where his wife recently dumped gasoline.
Exxon/Mobil Gasoline Boycott (2004)
2004 variant of a chain letter campaign to boycott gasoline from Exxon Mobil (circulating since 2000).
The Eye of God (Hubble Space Telescope Photo)
This authentic, much-emailed NASA photograph taken by the Hubble Space Telescope has been labeled 'The Eye of God.
E-Z Pass Used to Catch Speeders in NY?
Email hoax claims the state of New York is using the EZ Pass electronic toll collecting system to gauge drivers' speed between toll booths and issue automatic speeding tickets to violators.
'Facebook Is Overpopulated' Chain Letter
Chain letter circulating among Facebook members claims the service is becoming too slow due to overpopulation and members must prove they are "active" by forwarding the message to others.
Farnaz Fassihi: Wall Street Journal Reporter's Personal Email from Baghdad
Personal email written by Wall Street Journal reporter Farnaz Fassihi describes nightmarish conditions in Iraq.
The Fatal Hairdo
The email variant of this very old horror story warns of what can happen when a mother doesn't wash her child's braids.
Father of Va Tech Victim Backs Over 8-Year-Old Daughter in Driveway
Virginia Tech shooting tragedy is compounded when the father of one of the victims backs over his 8-year-old daughter in the driveway.
Fatima Hareez Chain Letter
Practically a carbon copy of the "Kalin Relek" hoax below.
FBI Warning: You Visit Illegal Websites
TRUE: Beware messages purporting to originate from the FBI that accuse you of visiting illegal Websites. These messages are unauthorized and arrive with an attachment containing the Sober-K virus.
FCC Approves Use of "F" Word on TV and Radio
Email protest: American Family Association urges letter-writing campaign in response to an FCC ruling allowing limited use of the 'F-word' in radio and TV broadcasts.
FDIC Email 'Phishing' Scam
A fraudulent email purporting to originate from the FDIC uses scare tactics referencing the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S.A. Patriot Act to con users into divulging personal information.
An email alert warns that the fabric deodorizer Febreze is toxic to pets.
Fellatio May Decrease the Risk of Breast Cancer in Women (Study)
Web page masquerading as a CNN/AP news story claims women can decrease their risk of breast cancer by "performing the act of fellatio on a regular basis."
FEMA Job Fair for Katrina Evacuees
Forwarded email claims that a fleet of buses arranged to transport unemployed Hurricane Katrina evacuees to a job fair in Austin, Texas went unused except for a single rider.
First Name Survey Chain Letter
Email chain letter purports to be a 'survey' of first names started by a teacher for her daughter, but it's just more junk clogging our inboxes.
Fish Contaminated with Deadly 'Zulican' Virus After Tsunami
Text messages and forwarded emails warn Asian consumers to avoid eating seafood because fish killed by the Indian Ocean tsunami are supposedly infected with a deadly virus called 'Zulican.'
Flat Tire at the Mall ('A New Twist on Kidnapping')
A female shopper's gratitude turns to horror when she discovers that the 'good samaritan' who offered to fix her flat tire in the mall parking lot has a briefcase full of knives, rope and duct tape.
Flesh-Eating Disease from Unwashed Underwear
Emailed images allegedly show examples of flesh-eating disease contracted by women who wore new bras and underwear without washing them first.
Emailed image shows a restroom urinal in Amsterdam's Schipol Airport with a fly etched in the porcelain to improve users' aim and reduce "spillage."
Forest Fire Photo (2000)
This photo of two elk cows surrounded by an awesome conflagration is authentic, snapped on a digital camera by U.S. Forest Service fire behavior analyst John McColgan on August 6, 2000.
Formosan Termites Spread in Mulch from New Orleans
Email rumor warns that Formosan termites from the New Orleans area are being spread to different parts of the U.S. in cheap garden mulch made from Hurricane Katrina wood debris.
Free 411 Calls
Email flier touts a new free 411 directory assistance service underwritten by advertisers.
Just visit this Website and fill out an online form to win a free promotional case of beer from Anheuser-Busch or Miller Brewing Co. (depending on which version of this prank message you receive).
Free Shrimp from Long John Silver's!
TRUE: As promised, participating Long John Silver's restaurants in the U.S.A. will offer free shrimp (one per customer) on May 10, 2004 in honor of NASA's discovery of proof that there was once an ocean on the planet Mars.
'Free Stock' Chain Letters
Internet start-ups offer shares of nonexistent stocks for free.
Freezing Water in Plastic Bottles Releases Cancer-Causing Dioxin
Email flier purporting to relay information from a Johns Hopkins newsletter claims freezing water in plastic bottles can release toxic dioxin and cause cancer.
French's Mustard: Statement About France
This statement, allegedly from the manufacturer of French's Mustard, claims the product is not French and has nothing in common with the country of France - except being yellow.
Frog Found in Can of Kroger's Peas
Irate consumer complains in forwarded email about finding a tiny dead frog inside a can of Kroger peas. True, with photo documentation!
Frog Found in Packaged Salad
Emailed image purportedly shows a live frog found in a bag of Florette brand packaged salad mix.
'Frozen Wave' Photos
Emailed photos purport to show a 'frozen wave' or 'ice wave' frozen in mid-air by sub-zero temperatures in Antarctica, Lake Huron, or Lake Michigan, depending on version.
'Fuck,' Origin of
In ancient England a person could not have sex unless they had the king's consent. When anyone wanted to have a baby, they got consent of the king, who gave them a placard to hang on their door...
Gang Initiation Killings Threatened in Memphis (2005)
Email rumor warns that a mother and child will be killed at a Memphis shopping mall as part of a planned 'gang initiation' rite.
Gang Initiation Threat in Memphis (2007)
Email hoax warns that women will be targeted for gang initation violence in Memphis, Tennessee in December 2007.
Yet another "email tracking" prank. Forward this message and get a free Hawaiian shirt from Gap. (Not!)
Gap Giveaway, Part II
A sequel to the original Gap chain letter purportedly authored by the company's founder.
Gary Hogan/Cindy Hogan Prayer Request
Email prayer request from "Gary Hogan" on behalf of his wife, Cindy Hogan, who has cervical cancer, is a corrupted version of an authentic but outdated message.
Gary Hogan Prayer Request (Iraq Version)
2004 version of an email prayer request from 'Gary Hogan,' supposedly a U.S. soldier stationed in Iraq, on behalf of his wife, 'Cindy Hogan,' who supposedly has cervical cancer.
'Gas Out' 2000
Forwarded email incites Americans to protest high gasoline prices by skipping 3 days at the pumps.
Gasoline Boycott 2001
Chain letter urges recipients to protest high gasoline prices by refusing to patronize Exxon/Mobil service stations. Shades of the "Great Gas Out!"
'Gay Jesus' Film
Email petition incites Christians to protest the making of a film depicting Jesus and the disciples as gay.
Gel Candles Pose Fire Hazard
OVERBLOWN: Consumers report that gel candles have caused fires and serious burns. Please note, however, that this is true of all candles.
General Giap on How U.S. Lost the Vietnam War
Netlore Archive: Bogus passage allegedly penned by former North Vietnam General Vo Nguyen Giap attributes U.S. loss of the Vietnam War to homefront disruption caused by biased media.
GeoCities Is Closing Down!
Yahoo plans on deleting all GeoCities Websites without notice - or so the email rumor goes.
George Carlin's Hurricane Rules
A sarcastic rant purportedly authored by comedian George Carlin (or New Orleans musician Bill Boudreux, depending on version) outlining 'rules' for coping in the aftermath of a hurricane.
George Carlin's Solution to Save Gasoline
Statement falsely attributed to comedian George Carlin says the best way to cut down on gasoline consumption in the U.S. is to deport 11 million illegal immigrants.
Gerber Savings Bond Giveaway
Fax and email alerts falsely claim that Gerber Products Co. lost a class action suit and now must pay out restitution to millions of American children.
Gerbilling Mishap Injures Two
Not counting the gerbil, that is.
German Warship Salutes Crew of USS Winston S. Churchill
The crew of the GFS Lütjens flies an American flag at half-mast and brandishes a sign saying "We Stand by You" to salute U.S. sailors aboard the USS Winston S. Churchill after the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Gertrude M. Jones' Anti-Bush Obituary
October 2, 2003 obituary for Gertrude M. Jones, dead at 81, requests that memorial gifts be made to any organization that seeks the removal of President George Bush from office.
The Ghost of the Sundarbans
Emailed photo allegedly shows a ghost standing next to a tourist visiting the Sundarbans in southwest Bangladesh. Two days later, the tourist died of a heart attack. Coincidence?
The Ghost Under the Bed
Email chain letter claims that a ghost depicted in the attached image will "collect your soul" if you don't forward it to at least five people.
Giant Cat Photo
Despite its resemblance to the infamous "mutant cat" hoax of 2000, this image appears to be authentic. Information on its origin is welcome.
Giant Catfish Caught in Lake Texoma, TX
Emailed photo of a huge, 140-pound catfish supposedly caught in Lake Texoma, Texas.
Giant Gator Bagged in Texas (or Florida)
Emailed image of a large alligator allegedly shot in Texas or Florida (depending on version) by a game warden named Joe Goff.
The Giant Grizzly Bear
Are emailed pictures of a giant, 1,600-pound, man-eating grizzly bear allegedly killed in Alaska by a hunter or Forest Service employee real?
Giant Human Skeleton Discovered in Arabian Desert
"Recent gas exploration activity in the southeast region of the Arabian desert uncovered a skeletal remains of a human of phenomenal size."
Giant Texas Rattlesnake (Photo)
Emailed picture of a giant rattlesnake killed in Texas, allegedly measuring 9 feet 1 inch in length and weighing 97 pounds.
Gift Card Scam
Email rumor describes a new scam in which crooks copy down the numbers of gift cards sold on store display racks and use them to make purchases online.
GOL 737 Mid-Air Accident in Brazil (Photos)
Emailed photographs purportedly taken inside the passenger cabin of GOL Airlines flight 1907 seconds after the Boeing 737's fatal collison with another aircraft on Sept. 29, 2006.
'The Golden Compass' - Atheist Propaganda for Children?
Email rumors warn parents that a new children's movie, The Golden Compass, was written by an atheist and is aimed at selling books promoting anti-religious themes.
Good Luck, Mr. Gorsky
What Neil Armstrong really said when he first set foot on the moon.
'Good Samaritan' Killer at the Mall
A murderous, well-dressed "good samaritan" supposedly lurks in the parking lots of shopping malls just about everywhere.
GPS Used to Create U.S. Map Corn Maze (Photo)
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.
The Gum Arabic/Bin Laden Connection
Various emails advocate a boycott of soft drinks and other products containing gum arabic because it allegedly puts money in the pockets of terrorists.
Image: Grand Canyon Skywalk
Emailed image of a 70-foot glass-bottomed skywalk being built over the rim of the Grand Canyon in the Hualapai Indian Reservation.
Grapes, Raisins Can Be Poisonous to Dogs
TRUE. According to this forwarded email authored by an Ohio veterinarian, grapes and raisins are poisonous to dogs and can cause acute renal (kidney) failure.
Green Garden Snake Terrorizes Household
New, hilarious email version of a classic urban legend.
Green, Green Grass from Home (Photo)
Emailed image purporting to show a U.S. soldier in Iraq tending a small plot of grass grown from seeds sent by his wife back home.
'Guinness Book of Records' Chain Letter
Just forward this message and get your name listed in Guinness - along with a million or so other folks.
Gullibility Virus Warning
Send this to everyone you know! Hurry!
The Gun-Toting Granny of Melbourne
Tabloid tale of 81-year-old 'gun-toting granny' Ava Estelle of Melbourne, Australia, who took revenge on two men who raped her granddaughter by shooting their testicles off.
G.W. Bush Dubbed 'Walking Eagle' by Native Americans
According to this forwarded email, President G.W. Bush was recently (dis)honored by tribal elders at a Native American gathering with the Indian name "Walking Eagle."
G.W. Bush's Favorite Bible Verse: John 16:3
According to this forwarded email, President G.W. Bush declared his favorite Bible verse to be John 16:3 ("And they will do this because they have not known the Father nor Me").
On G.W. Bush's IQ (or Lack Thereof)
A new but hardly original specimen of Bush-bashing by email.
G.W. Bush Nigerian Scam Parody
"I [G.W. Bush] am writing you in absolute confidence primarily to seek your assistance in acquiring oil funds that are presently trapped in the republic of Iraq...."
G.W. Bush Quote: Firing Missiles at Empty Tents
Did he really say "I'm not going to fire a $2 million missile at a $10 empty tent and hit a camel in the butt"?
G.W. Bush Quote: How 'Too Much Education' Affects Voting Preferences
Attributed to G.W. Bush: "As people do better, they start voting like Republicans, unless they have too much education. Then they vote Democratic, which proves that there can be too much of a good thing. After all, it is easier to govern sheep because they don't have to think."
G.W. Bush Refers to Fetus as 'Feces' in Right-to-Life Speech
Did President G.W. Bush really say in a speech to a right-to-life group that 'all human beings begin life as a feces'?
G.W. Bush Runs with Amputee Soldier (Photo)
Emailed photo shows President Bush running beside U.S. Army Sgt. Mike McNaughton, who lost his leg in a land mine explosion in Afghanistan.
Gypsy Testicle-Snatching Ring
Funded by the Chinese Communist Party!