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Top 10 Urban Legends of 2012

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Here, in ascending order of popularity as gauged by site traffic and reader interest, are the Top 10 Urban Legends, Rumors, and Internet Hoaxes of 2012:

10. The Origin & Meaning of '420'
How did the number "420" come to be associated with pot smoking? Some will tell you 4/20 is Bob Marley's birthday. Others will claim 420 is the number of a state penal code for marijuana possession. Still others will say 420 is the number of chemical compounds in Cannabis. Who's right? Read more

9. Cell Phone Numbers Going Public
Still circulating eight years hence, this false rumor states that a national directory of mobile phone numbers is about to be released, and anyone who hasn't added their number to the Do Not Call Registry will be inundated with telemarketing calls. Read more

8. Richard Gere and the Gerbil
A friend of a friend happened to be working the late shift at Cedars Sinai Hospital one night when actor Richard Gere was admitted to the Emergency Room with a tiny rodent lodged in his butt! Read more

7. The Clown Statue
Freaked out babysitter calls parents to ask if she can cover up the creepy clown statue in their living room. Parents to babysitter: "WHAT clown statue???" Read more

6. Mr. Rogers Was a Marine Corps Sniper / Navy SEAL
It's "common knowledge" that the kind, avuncular kids' show host Fred Rogers enjoyed a previous career as a trained military assassin before transitioning to show business. But is it true? Read more

5. Jamie Lee Curtis Is a Hermaphrodite
Absurd as it seems, rumors persist that actress Jamie Lee Curtis was born with both male and female genitalia and underwent surgery to correct her "intersex" condition. Read more

4. The Legend of Bloody Mary
Legend has it that if you stand before a mirror in a darkened room and chant "Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary," a terriying specter will appear and scratch your eyes out, or worse! Read more

3. Carmen Winstead
Young Carmen Winstead died after bullies from her school pushed her down a sewer drain. You must share this message with friends, or she will find you and and kill you. Read more

2. Hercules, World's Biggest Dog
For the thousandth time, this image purporting to show a 282-pound English Mastiff named Hercules, winner of the Guinness World Record for biggest dog, is fake. The real holder of the title is a Great Dane named Zeus. Read more

1. NASA Predicted 'Total Blackout' Dec. 22-23, 2012
Sorry, Doomsday fans. The date has passed and we can confidently report that the world did not come to an end in December 2012, nor did a supposed "three days of darkness" allegedly predicted by NASA occur. Read more

Dishonorable Mentions:
Adam Sandler Dead in Snowboard Accident
Why Friday the 13th Is Unlucky
How to Stand a Broom on End on the Equinox
The Origin of the F-Word

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