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3.8% Real Estate Tax in Health Care Bill?
Email rumor claims the health care bill imposes a 3.8% sales tax on all real estate transactions beginning in 2013.

28th Amendment Proposed
Forwarded email quotes a "proposed 28th Amendment" to the U.S. Constitution: "Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives..."

ABC News Bans American Flag Lapel Pins
Forwarded email claims ABC News issued orders forbidding reporters to wear American flag lapel pins or other patriotic insignia.

ACLU Objects to Marines Praying
Has the ACLU raised objections to U.S. service personnel praying based on a photo showing a group of Marines with bowed heads?

ACLU vs. Crosses on Federal Property
Is the American Civil Liberties Union against displaying crosses on federal property?

Al Gore's Energy Use Exceeds National Average
Forwarded email accuses global warming crusader Al Gore of hypocrisy because his personal energy consumption far exceeds that of the average American household

Al Gore vs. Christianity
Alleged quotation from a book written by Al Gore derides Christians as "a blight on the environment."

Altoids, Oral Sex and the Presidency
From the Starr Report: Clinton nixed mint-enhanced pleasuring and failed to confirm a curiously strong urban legend.

American Flag v. Mexican Flag
Emailed images show Hispanic high school students in California demonstrating against proposed immigration legislation by hoisting a Mexican flag above an upside-down American flag.

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

Ann Coulter Refuses to Board Plane with Black Pilot?
"News article" shared via social media claims conservative pundit Ann Coulter refused to board a commercial airline flight after learning the pilot was African American.

Anti-Bush Clothing/Laptop Bag Label
Translated into English, the French portion of an American product label reads: 'We are sorry that our president is an idiot. We did not vote for him.'

Arizona Billboard vs. Illegal Immigrants (Photo)
Forwarded image purports to show a billboard near Phoenix, Arizona inviting illegal immigrants to go to Los Angeles instead.

Arizona State Senator Sylvia Allen on New Immigration Law
Viral email attributed to Arizona State Senator Sylvia Allen defends the state's new immigration law, SB 1070.

Australian Prime Minister to Muslim Immigrants: 'Adapt or Leave'
Forwarded quotes attributed to recent Australian Prime Ministers warn Muslim immigrants that they must learn the English language and adapt to Australian customs and culture or leave the country.

Barack Obama Antichrist
Email rumor claims charismatic U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama is the Antichrist prophesied in the New Testament

Barack Obama's Birth Certificate
A refutation of rumors alleging that Barack Obama's birth certificate is either a forgery or an invalid "short-form" computer print-out which fails to establish his status as a U.S. citizen.

Barack Obama Changes Presidential Seal
Email flier says Barack Obama used a podium featuring an altered version of the Presidential Seal during a June 2008 campaign appearance.

Barack Obama's Church
Email rumor labels presidential candidate Barack Obama a racist for attending a church that describes itself as "unashamedly black" with a "non-negotiable commitment to Africa."

Barack Obama's Economic Advisers
Forwarded email alleges that three former Fannie Mae executives accused of improprieties -- Franklin Raines, Tim Howard, and Jim Johnson -- are all now serving as top economic advisers to Barack Obama.

Barack Obama Explains Why He Doesn't Salute the Flag
Circulating via email, an alleged quote from Barack Obama explains why he doesn't wear a flag pin or salute the flag during the national anthem.

Barack Obama's Foreign Fundraising
Phony op-ed column attributed to New York Times writer Maureen Dowd claims Barack Obama has accepted campaign donations from foreign countries including Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Barack Obama: 'I've Visited 57 States'
Forwarded email quotes a campaign-weary Barack Obama saying he has campaigned (or plans to campaign) in 'all 57 states.' Lo and behold, allegedly, it turns out there are 57 Islamic states.

Barack Obama Is a 'Stealth' Muslim
Email rumor alleges that U.S. presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama is actually a loyal Muslim who has lied about his religious background, including his claim to being a devoted Christian.

Barack Obama vs. John McCain: Proposed Tax Changes
Email flier compares tax changes purportedly advocated by 2008 presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama.

Barack Obama KKK Endorsement
Emailed 'news item' dated Feb. 7, 2008 claims the Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan has endorsed Barack Obama for the presidency

Barack Obama's Left-Handed Flag Salute
Viral image appears to show Barack and Michelle Obama saluting the flag by placing their left hands (instead of their right) over their hearts.

Barack Obama on the Phone (Photo)
Emailed photo shows presidential candidate Barack Obama speaking on the phone while apparently holding the receiver upside-down.

Barack Obama Quote
Supposedly uttered by Barack Obama: "My friends, we live in the greatest nation in the history of the world. I hope you'll join with me as we try to change it."

Barack Obama's Random Act of Kindness
Forwarded email relates a story published in a Norwegian newspaper about Mary Andersen, who was stranded without money in the Miami airport one day in 1988 and unable to pay a $103 luggage surcharge. A tall, well-dressed stranger came to her rescue and paid the fee. His name: Barack Obama.

Barack Obama Refuses to Salute the Flag
Email rumor with accompanying photo alleges that Barack Obama did not salute the American flag, either during the playing of the national anthem or while saying the Pledge of Allegiance.

Barack Obama Removes U.S. Flag from Campaign Plane
Email flier chastises presidential candidate Barack Obama for removing an image of the American flag from the tail of his campaign jet.

Barack Obama Skips 'Salute to Heroes' Inaugural Ball
Forwarded email criticizes Barack Obama for being the first newly inaugurated president in 56 years to skip the Salute to Heroes Inaugural Ball honoring recipients of the Medal of Honor.

Barack Obama Snubs Troops on Visit to Afghanistan
Email purportedly written by a U.S. Army captain claims Barack Obama shunned rank-and-file soldiers during his July 2008 visit to military installations in Afghanistan.

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

Barack Obama: 'Why I Can't Vote for Obama' by Huntley Brown
Emailed essay by Christian pianist Huntley Brown states his reasons for not supporting Barack Obama's candidacy for president.

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

Bill Cosby: Write-in Platform for President
Circulating online, a "presidential platform" attributed to "write-in candidate" Bill Cosby. He did not write it.

Bill Makes Speaking Against Homosexuality a Crime
Email alert circulated by a conservative Christian group claims a new bill in Congress will make it a crime for pastors and churches to speak out against homosexuality.

Bird Flu, Tamiflu and the Donald Rumsfeld Connection
Forwarded email asserts a conspiratorial connection between the worldwide alarm over a possible avian flu pandemic and Donald Rumsfeld's financial interest in the company that patented the antiviral drug Tamiflu.

Black Voting Rights in the U.S. to Expire in 2007
This email alert, bouncing around the Internet since January 1997, has just about all of the facts wrong.

Blue Cross on Medicare Premium Increase
Viral message attributed to Blue Cross / Blue Shield claims monthly Medicare insurance premiums will increase to $247.00 in 2014 thanks to a provision in ObamaCare legislation.

California Law Requires Use of Headlights when Wipers Are On
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.

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.

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.

Cheap Tomatoes
Viral email purportedly written by a southern California high school teacher cites alleged facts and figures to demonstrate why illegal immigration is a bad thing for America.

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 'A Recovering American Soldier.'

Cindy Sheehan: The 'Real' Cindy Sheehan
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."

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.

Citizens Against Breastfeeding
Email claims over 200,000 American citizens have signed a petition urging Congress to declare breastfeeding unlawful.

Cleveland's Innerbelt Bridge on Verge of Collapse
Email rumor claims structural engineers have declared the I-90 Innerbelt Bridge in Cleveland on the verge of collapse and recommends detouring around it.

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 the 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.

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.

Congress Stops Social Security Cost-of-Living Increase
Forwarded email claims $24 million saved by denying Social Security cost-of-living increases over the next two years will be spent on electronic medical records processing for members of Congress.

Congressional Pensions vs. Social Security
Is it true that members of Congress don't pay into Social Security, receiving lavish pensions at taxpayer expense instead?

Congressional Reform Act of 2009
This is the 2009 version of a forwarded email touting the so-called "Congressional Reform Act" intended to eliminate waste and privilege in government.

Congressional Reform Act of 2011
Chain letter supposedly supported by billionaire Warren Buffet advocates a so-called "Congressional Reform Act of 2011."

Cook County Correctional Center (Photos)
Emailed photos purportedly show the stylish and comfortable new digs of prison inmates in Chicago's Cook County Correctional Center.

Debunking the Presidents
The real story behind George Washington's "wooden" teeth and other presidential errata.

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.

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

The Difference Between Obama and Romney
Juxtaposition of images paints President Obama as a "man of the people" and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney as a "man of wealth and privilege."

DNC Refuses Charlotte Hospitality?
Viral text claims officials of the 2012 DNC in Charlotte, NC refused to accept gift baskets for delegates offered by local churches because their stance on women's rights is contrary to the Democratic Party platform.

Don Rickles Roasts Democrats
Circulating via email, a comedy bit attributed to Don Rickles roasting well-known Democrats Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama, and others.

Don't Pump Gas on April 15th, 2012
Originally an email flier, this chain letter circulating via social media urges an April 15, 2012 gas boycott to force fuel prices lower and punish Middle Eastern oil companies.

Don't Pump Gas on May 15th
Latest version of familiar email chain letter urges Internet users in the U.S. to boycott gas stations on May 15, 2007 to 'put a dent in the Middle Eastern oil industry'

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 under the law and grounds for officials to turn voters away.

Dr. Roger Starner Jones on Health Care Crisis
Viral op-ed piece by Dr. Roger Starner Jones, an emergency room physician in Jackson, Mississippi, says America's health care problems are due to...

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
Fraudulent fliers and emails tell Democrats or Republicans to vote on Wednesday instead of Tuesday.

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.  True story!

EPA to Use Poor Kids as Guinea Pigs in Pesticide Study
Email flier claims 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."

Excerpts from a DC Airline Ticket Agent
Circulating via email, a collection of idiotic comments attributed to well-known U.S. politicians, their spouses, and their aides.

Ft. Calhoun Nuclear Plant Meltdown, News Blackout
Online rumors claim U.S. authorities have instituted a 'news blackout' regarding what is described as a 'near catastrophic meltdown' due to flooding at the Ft. Calhoun Nuclear Plant in Nebraska.

George W. Bush 'Miss Me Yet?' Billboard
TRUE: Mysterious billboard sighted off Highway I-35 near Wyoming, Minnesota features a picture of George W. Bush with the slogan "Miss Me Yet?"

G.W. Bush Accidentally Votes for Obama in 2012 Election
According to a viral "news story," former President George W. Bush mistakenly cast his vote for Barack Obama in the 2012 election.

G.W. Bush, America's Soul-Saving President
In which we attempt to draw a distinction between presidential folklore and boldfaced lies.

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").

G.W. Bush Hugs Daughter of 9/11 Victim (Photo)
Authentic photo circulating via email shows President G.W. Bush hugging 15-year-old Ashley Faulkner, the daughter of 9/11 terrorism victim Wendy Faulkner.

On G.W. Bush's IQ (or Lack Thereof)
You'd think Americans would have grown weary of "Bush is an idiot" jokes by now, but the popularity of this forwarded email suggests otherwise.

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: 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'
Did President 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)
TRUE. Emailed photo shows President Bush running beside U.S. Army Sgt. Mike McNaughton, who lost his leg in a land mine explosion in Afghanistan.

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.

Gold Star Mothers vs. Hillary Clinton
Did Senator Hillary Clinton refuse to meet with the Gold Star Mothers during their February 2001 lobbying junket in Washington, D.C.?

'Hanoi Jane' Fonda
Email rumors allege that Fonda purposely betrayed U.S. POWs in Vietnam to their captors.

Harvey Milk Day
Forwarded email urges California residents to call Governor Schwarzenegger and voice their objection to AB 2567, a bill designating May 22 as Harvey Milk Day in commemoration of the gay politician slain in San Francisco in 1978.

Health Care Real Estate Tax
Email rumor claims the health care bill imposes a 3.8% sales tax on all real estate transactions beginning in 2013.

Hillary Clinton and the Black Panthers
Email rumor claims that a young Hillary Clinton defended murders committed by members of the Black Panther Party in 1969

Hillary Clinton 'Marxist' Quotes
Circulating via email, a set of quotes attributed to Senator Hillary Clinton purportedly demonstrates her Marxist leanings.

Hillary vs. Arnold
Did Hillary Clinton and Arnold Schwarzenegger exchange insulting witticisms during a chance encounter at a party?

Hobby Lobby Closing 500+ Stores
Viral article by Hobby Lobby CEO David Green about the company's legal battle against Obamacare is misleadingly headlined "Hobby Lobby May Close All 500+ Stores in 41 States."

Holocaust Memorial Chain Letter
Email chain letter urges remembrance of the Holocaust and claims the U.K. has removed all mention of the event from its school curriculum for fear of offending Muslims

Howard Dean on Middle East Policy
Email flier accuses Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean of backing away from U.S. support for Israel by calling for an 'even-handed' approach to the Middle East conflict and labeling Hamas terrorists "soldiers."

HR 615 - Congress and Health Care
Forwarded email trumpets an online petition favoring a House resolution urging all members of Congress to enroll in any new "government-run" or "public option" health care plan created by Congress.

HR 2454: License Required to Sell Your Home?
Forwarded email claims that H.R. 2454, also known as the "Cap and Trade" bill, will require homeowners to retrofit their homes to comply with new energy efficiency standards before being allowed to sell them.

HR 3590 - Income Tax on Employer-Provided Health Insurance?
Forwarded email claims a provision of HR 3590 (Health Care Reform Bill) will require employees to pay additional income tax based on the value of employer-provided health insurance listed on W-2 forms.

Hugh Downs: Obama Will Lose
Circulating online, an op-ed piece falsely attributed to Hugh Downs predicts Barack Obama will lose the 2008 presidential election because he is a "flake."

IQ and Voter Preference in the 2004 Presidential Election
In which the results of the 2004 U.S. presidential election are correlated with purported average IQ of voters in each state.

Janet Reno Defines 'Cultist'
Did Janet Reno suggest on national TV that virtually all practicing Christians are cultists?

JFK: 'I am a Jelly Donut'
Was John F. Kennedy's 1963 "Ich bin ein Berliner" comment at the Berlin Wall a linguistic flub?

Joe Biden's Character
A widely-forwarded email written by Maryland accountant Bruce D. Riddle calls vice-presidential candidate Joe Biden a "liar and a cheat" and a "man of bad character" for failing to pay for services rendered to his political campaigns.

Joe Biden to Step Down as VP Candidate
Internet rumor predicts an Obama campaign "October surprise" -- Democratic VP candidate Joe Biden will "excuse himself" from the ticket for health reasons and be replaced by Hillary Clinton.

Joe Lieberman: Open Letter to the French People
This letter, circulating in the form of an email chain letter since May 2002, excoriates France for being soft on anti-Semitism. Did Senator Joe Lieberman really write it?

John Edwards to Blame for Flu Vaccine Shortage
Email flier blames 2004 shortage of flu vaccine in the U.S. on "frivolous litigation" by vice-presidential candidate and former trial lawyer John Edwards.

John Glenn vs. Howard Metzenbaum
Responding to a remark allegedly made by opponent Howard Metzenbaum to the effect that he had 'never held a job,' Ohio Senatorial candidate John Glenn lashes back by citing 23 years service to his country in the Marine Corps.

John Kerry's Comments at Reagan Funeral
Did presidential candidate John Kerry, speaking at Ronald Reagan's funeral, call for Democrats to 'confirm the demise of the man who is solely responsible for turning the American people away from liberal philosophy'?

John Kerry Criticized by Swift Boat Veterans
Circulating via email: critical comments about Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry by former military personnel.

John Kerry 'Didn't Have Time' for Briefing on al Qaeda Attacks
Email rumor claims presidential candidate John Kerry told interviewer Larry King he "hasn't had time" to be briefed by the Bush administration on possible al Qaeda attacks.

John Kerry's Favorite Bible Verse: John 3:16
Like President G.W. Bush and Vice-President Al Gore before him, John Kerry stands falsely accused of declaring his favorite Bible verse to be John 16:3 ("And they will do this because they have not known the Father nor Me").

John Kerry's 'Foreign Enterprises' (Heinz Outsourcing)
Email flier claims presidential candidate John Kerry, who has decried the outsourcing of U.S. jobs to foreign countries, owns overseas factories by virtue of his marriage to heiress Teresa Heinz Kerry.

John Kerry's 'Front Porch Meeting' in Canonsburg, PA
Email flier purports to expose the 'truth' behind presidential candidate John Kerry's 'front porch meeting' in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania on September 6, 2004.

John Kerry w/Jane Fonda (Photo)
Image making the email rounds purports to be an Associated Press photo showing John Kerry standing at a podium beside Jane Fonda as she delivers a speech at a 1970s peace rally.

John Kerry's Many Homes
Email flier (with photos) purports to enumerate the personal property holdings of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry.

John Kerry Meets with Satanist Anton LaVey (Photo)
'Newspaper clipping' circulating on the Internet purports to show a youthful John Kerry shaking hands with Church of Satan founder Anton LaVey.

John Kerry's War Record
Forwarded email criticizes Senator John Kerry's record as a Vietnam War hero/dissident.

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

John McCain on the Pledge of Allegiance
Circulating via email: A text attributed to Senator John McCain on the meaning and importance of the Pledge of Allegiance.

John McCain's Sons
Forwarded email states that three of Republican presidential candidate John McCain's sons are in the military, and one, Jimmy McCain, served as a Marine infantryman in Iraq.

Judge Forbids Black Mothers from Naming Own Children
Emailed "news item" claims a U.S. federal judge has ruled that due to the proliferation of "ridiculous names," poverty-stricken black women no longer have the right to christen their own children.

'Lawful Interception Recovery Fee' on Phone Bill
Viral image purports to show a 'Lawful Interception Recovery Fee' listed under surcharges on an ATT customer's phone bill.

Lee Iacocca Speaks Out on Obama
Forwarded text attributed to former Chrysler chairman Lee Iacocca says the only way to save America is to "Throw all the Democrats out along with Obama!"

Medical Excise Tax in Obamacare
Viral image of a customer receipt from Cabela's sporting goods store is offered as proof of a "hidden" 2.3% medical excise tax under Obamacare.

Lobster & Steak Food Stamp Receipt
Circulating via email, an image of a grocery store receipt showing that a welfare recipient in Menominee, Michigan purchased large quantities of lobster, porterhouse steak, and Mountain Dew using food stamps.

Mastectomy Bill in Congress
Email flier urges women to sign an online petition in favor of the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act, which would require insurance companies to cover a minimum 48-hour hospital stay for patients undergoing a mastectomy

Michael Moore vs. Bill Timmins on the Firing of Linda Ronstadt
Purported exchange of open letters between Michael Moore and Aladdin Casino and Hotel president Bill Timmins regarding the expulsion of singer Linda Ronstadt from the Las Vegas showplace.

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

Michelle Obama's Staff
Emailed article castigates First Lady Michelle Obama for requiring a paid staff of more than 20 people, claiming she has an "unprecedented" number of "attendants."

Military Casualties Under Clinton vs. Bush
Email flier purports to demonstrate that there were more U.S. military casualties under the Bill Clinton administration than there have been during the Iraq War under George W. Bush.

Military to Pledge Loyalty Oath to Obama Instead of Constitution
Emailed "news story" claims the Obama administration is quietly planning to replace the military oath of loyalty to the Constitution with a pledge of loyalty to Obama himself.

Mitt Romney's Character
Viral message tells the story of how current Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney helped find the missing teenage daughter of a business colleague, Robert Gay, in 1996.

Muslims Exempt from Health Insurance Mandate?
Forwarded email claims U.S. health care legislation passed in 2010 specifically exempts Muslims from the government mandate to purchase insurance and calls this an instance of "Dhimmitude."

Monica Lewinsky Explains Post-Clinton Weight Loss
Here's what the former White House intern purportedly said on Larry King Live... and evidence that she didn't.

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

My Neighbor, John Edwards
Message purportedly written by a neighbor of Democratic vice-presidential candidate John Edwards says the politician is aloof, pretentious and disliked by fellow residents of Raleigh, North Carolina.

Nancy Pelosi: Miss Lube Rack 1955 (or 1959)?
Viral image purports to show a young Nancy Pelosi (née Nancy D'Alesandro) posing in a bathing suit in an auto repair shop as "Miss Lube Rack 1955."

Nancy Pelosi's Big Fat Jet
Email rumor claims Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi uses a gas-guzzling, 200-seat jet to commute nonstop between Washington, D.C. and California three days a week at an annual cost to taxpayers of $5,760,000.

Nancy Pelosi and StarKist Tuna
Email rumor claims Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has arranged special legislative favors for StarKist Tuna's parent company Del Monte Foods because the latter allegedly contributed to her political campaigns and her husband allegedly owns StarKist stock.

Nancy Pelosi vs. Windfall Profits
Circulating via email, purported statements by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi condemning stock market profit-taking and advocating redistribution of wealth via a 100% windfall tax.

Not One Damn Dime Day
'Not One Damn Dime Day' email flier urges citizens to protest the war in Iraq by refusing to spend money on Inauguration Day, January 20, 2005.

NY Times Front Page on Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, 1948
Circulating via email, an image purporting to show the front page of the May 10, 1943 edition of the New York Times with a headline declaring that the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising against Nazi oppression was an "over-reaction."

Obama's Air Force One Tail Number (Photo)
In an emailed photo of Air Force One, the military plane used by President Barack Obama, the tail number has been changed to a racist epithet.

Obama Bumper Sticker Layoffs
Memo attributed to a U.S. business owner announces pre-emptive layoffs of employees with cars sporting Obama bumper stickers in anticipation of higher taxes and government fees.

Obama / Bush Inauguration Cost Comparison
Forwarded email compares the alleged cost of Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration to that of G.W. Bush's second inaugural festivities in 2005 and the disparate media reactions to same.

Obama's Decision Making in Somali Pirate Hostage Crisis
Forwarded email criticizes Barack Obama's handling of the Somali pirate hostage crisis in April 2009, alleging that the President hindered the on-scene commander's ability to effect a rescue by withholding authorization to use deadly force.

Obama Finances Offshore Oil Drilling in Brazil
Forwarded email claims President Obama signed an executive order lending $2 billion of taxpayer money to a Brazilian oil company for offshore drilling to produce oil for China.

The Obama Phone - Free Cell Phones for Welfare Recipients
Forwarded email claims the Obama administration has started a program whereby taxpayer money is being "redistributed" to provide free cell phones and service to welfare recipients.

Obama and the National Day of Prayer
Forwarded email claims President Obama declared the U.S. "no longer a Christian nation" and canceled the annual National Day of Prayer ceremony "under the ruse of not wanting to offend anyone."

Operation Yellow Jacket
Email hoax claims Michigan State Police are conducting a 31-day "speeding ticket frenzy" during which troopers will pose as DOT workers to enable them to catch traffic violators unawares. The scheme is called "Operation Yellow Jacket."

Pat Boone: CBS and 60 Minutes Are 'Modern Benedict Arnolds'
Did Pat Boone call CBS and 60 Minutes II "modern Benedict Arnolds" for their role in revealing the prisoner abuse scandal at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq?

Pennsylvania Cell Phone Ban
"Legislative brief" circulating via forwarded email claims the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed a bill on September 11, 2007 banning cell phone use in moving vehicles.

Petition Against Appointment of W. David Hager to FDA Panel
Outdated email petition opposes President Bush's appointment of anti-abortion physician Dr. W. David Hager to the FDA Reproductive Health Drug Advisory Committee.

Petition Against Pascua-Lama Gold Mine
Email petition expresses opposition to a Barrick Gold Corporation mining project in the Andean region of Pascua-Lama calling for the removal of glaciers that supply water to local farmers.

Petition to Deny Social Security Benefits to Illegal Immigrants
Email petition addressed to President Bush advocates a citizenship requirement for immigrants receiving Social Security benefits and other government services.

Petition to Keep English as Primary Language
Email petition addressed to President Bush and others claims the U.S. is in danger of being 'conquered' by Spanish-speaking immigrants and urges the adoption of English as the primary language.

The President and the Seventh-Inning Stretch
Was portly President William Howard Taft the originator of this baseball tradition?

'The President Without a Country' by Pat Boone
Emailed article attributed to American entertainer Pat Boone chastises President Obama for saying the United States is "no longer a Christian nation."

Prominent Democrats Born 9 Months After Roswell Incident
Forwarded email names several prominent Democrats supposedly born 9 months after the 'Roswell incident' in 1947.

The Queen. the President and the Flatulent Horse
During a state visit to England, President G.W. Bush goes on a fateful coach ride to Buckingham Palace with the Queen of England and a farting horse.

Quiz: Who Said It?
Circulating via forwarded email, this brief quiz consists of hilarious verbal gaffes attributed to several different U.S. politicians including President Barack Obama.

Racist Obama Book Display at Barnes & Noble (Photo)
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.

Ray Reynolds: The Rest of the Story in Iraq
Emailed letter written by Army National Guard SFC Ray Reynolds while on leave from duty in Iraq notes positive developments in that country since the start of the war.

The Redskins Rule: Redskins Wins/Losses Predict Outcomes of Pres. Elections
According to the infamous "Redskins Rule," whether or not the Washington Redskins win their last home game prior to a presidential election predicts which party will win the U.S. presidency.

Religion Banned on White House Christmas Tree Ornaments
Forwarded email claims the Obamas will have "holiday trees" instead of Christmas trees in the White House this year, and no ornaments with religious themes will be allowed.

The Revocation of Independence
Net satire poking fun at the 2000 U.S. presidential election grew in the online telling...

The Revocation of Independence (Comments by Sarah Hartwell)
Sarah Hartwell outlines the genesis of 'The Revocation of Independence,' a satirical response to the 2000 U.S. election propagated via the Internet

Rice for Peace
2003 email flier urges recipients who object to a U.S. war with Iraq to send small bags of rice marked "If your enemies are hungry, feed them" to President Bush.

Rick Santorum Declares War on Heavy Metal
Viral text claims Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has condemned heavy metal music as "Satanic" and the "single most dangerous force in America today."

Rick Santorum on Gay Pornography?
In this viral quote, Rick Santorum is purported to have announced he will ban pornography - especially gay pornography - allegedly the only issue he "sees eye to eye on with the Taliban."

Ronald Reagan: Grace Under the Scalpel
"I hope you're all Republicans," said the president to the surgeons.  Or did he?

Rumsfeld to Kennedy: 'You're All Wet'
Satire mistaken for news: Donald Rumsfeld allegedly calls Senator Ted Kennedy "all wet" over accusations that the Bush administration misled the public about Iraq possessing weapons of mass destruction.

Rush Limbaugh on Compensation of 9/11 Victims vs. Military Families
Short text attributed to Rush Limbaugh points out the unfairness of 9/11 victims' families being paid greater benefits than family members of American military personnel killed in action.

Sarah Palin Banned Books List
Forwarded email purports to list books Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin attempted to have banned from the public library when she was Mayor of Wasilla, Alaska.

Sarah Palin in Bikini with Rifle (Photo)
Emailed image purports to show Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin posing for a photo wearing an American-flag bikini and carrying a rifle.

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

Sarah Palin: Crowd Member Shouts the N-Word at Palin Rally
Obama supporters claim that someone in the crowd at a Sarah Palin campaign stop hollered the "N-word "during a portion of the speech addressing Obama's alleged "redistribution of wealth" economic policies.

Sarah Palin: Deb Frost on Sarah Palin
Email by Wasilla, Alaska resident Deb Frost hails Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin as the "U.S.'s answer to Margaret Thatcher."

Sarah Palin Faked Pregnancy to Protect Teen Daughter
Online rumor claims Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin pretended to be pregnant and give birth to cover for her unwed teenage daughter.

Sarah Palin Quotes
Circulating via email, a series of preposterous quotes attributed to Repubican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin on the subjects of evolution, oil drilling in ANWR, and Alaskans serving in the military in Iraq.

Save NPR and PBS (It's Real This Time)
AUTHENTIC: 2005 email flier from the political action group MoveOn.org urges recipients to sign an online petition to save NPR and PBS from defunding by Congress.

Snopes.com: Biased and Unreliable?
Forwarded email alleges that the urban legend debunking site Snopes.com is "owned by a flaming liberal" who is "in the tank for Obama" and cannot be trusted to provide reliable information.

Save the Pledge of Allegiance (Petition)
U.S. Court of Appeals declares the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional. Online petition drives promise to deliver "millions" of names to elected officials in protest.

Scary Election Statistics
Forwarded email purports to analyze the results of the 2000 (or 2008) U.S. presidential elections in terms of the population density and murder rates of parts of the country that voted Democratic vs. Republican.

Sonia Sotomayor Advocates Castrating White Males
Emailed "news story" claims U.S. Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor delivered a speech in 2004 in which she advocated the "castration of all white males," and that her comments have been defended by President Obama as "taken out of context" by political opponents.

A Tale of Two Houses - Gore vs. Bush
Email flier compares the eco-friendliness of Al Gore's Nashville, Tennessee mansion to that of President George W. Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas.

Theodore Roosevelt on Immigrants
Emailed quotation in which Theodore Roosevelt insists that every immigrant must become 'an American, and nothing but an American,' forsaking their native language for English and all other flags for the American flag.

Thomas Sowell on the Presidential Candidates
Bigoted, poorly written email rant attributed to conservative black columnist Thomas Sowell trashes Democratic presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Tiger Woods Inauguration Speech
Email flier quotes golfer Tiger Woods' speech during a pre-inaugural ceremony for President Obama on January 18, 2009 and praises him for saluting the nation's military instead of the President-elect himself.

Tom Daschle's Left-Handed Flag Salute
"Brooks Brothers suit: $680. Political career to become Senate Majority Leader: $15 million. Using the wrong hand while repeating the Pledge of Allegiance: PRICELESS."

U.S. Gov't Tried (and Failed) to Run Mustang Ranch Brothel
Forwarded email casts doubt on the wisdom of taxpayer-funded industry bailouts by pointing out that the U.S. government seized Nevada's Mustang Ranch brothel in 1990, tried to run the business, and failed.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Email flier purports to describe the lifelong duties of the Honor Guard of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

University Building Dedicated to 'Abraham Lincoln Democrat'?
Viral image shows a plaque on a building at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago which says "This Building is Dedicated to Public Service Honoring the Memory of Abraham Lincoln Democrat."

Wall Street Bailout as Nigerian Scam
"Dear American, I need to ask you to support an urgent secret business relationship with a transfer of funds of great magnitude."

War and Pizza
Does an upswing in pizza deliveries to the White House and Pentagon indicate a major military operation is about to take place?

Barack Obama's 'Muslim' Wedding Ring
Online "news" sources claim President Obama's Indonesian-made wedding ring bears the inscription "There is no God but Allah" in Arabic.

NAACP Covers Statue of George Washington at MLK Day Event
Circulating via email: Snapshot taken at the NAACP's 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. Day event in Columbia, SC shows a wooden box covering a statue of George Washington in front of the state house.

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