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• Missing Child in NYC: Nijaey Hilton (T)
The Current Top 25:
1. Paul Walker 'Death Photo'
Viral image purports to show facial injuries sustained by actor Paul Walker in his fatal car crash. Status: False
2. Hoax Quiz: Can YOU Spot the Fakes?
Take our Hoax Quiz and test your ability to tell fake photos from real ones. It's harder than you think! Start here
3. NBC Confirms That 'Friends' Is Returning for Comeback Season
Viral article claims it has been confirmed by NBC that the popular 1990s TV series Friends will return for a "comeback season" in 2014. Status: False
4. Kanye West: "I Am the Next Nelson Mandela"
Viral "news story" from the Daily Currant quotes rap singer Kanye West as saying, "I am the next Nelson Mandela." Status: False
5. Bob Denver (of 'Gilligan's Island') Dies
"RIP Gilligan" messages noting the death of actor Bob Denver circulate via social media. Status: Outdated
6. Paul Walker Is Dead
It has been confirmed that Fast & Furious actor Paul Walker died in a car crash on Saturday. Status: True
7. Colin Kaepernick Breaks Both Legs in Car Accident
In the "news": San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick suffered two broken legs in an auto accident. Status: False
8. 'Twas the Spoof Before Christmas
Online parodies of the classic Christmas poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas." Read on...
9. The Clown Statue
A babysitter calls the parents who hired her to ask if she can cover up the clown statue in the room where she's watching TV because it disturbs her. The parents tell her to call 911, grab the children, and get out of the house immediately! Status: False
10. Vicks VapoRub on Soles of Feet Relieves Coughing
Viral message claims that coughing in children can be stopped "100% of the time" by applying "Vicks Vapor Rub" to the bottoms of their feet and covering the feet with socks at bedtime. Status: See details
11. Jamie Lee Curtis Is a Hermaphrodite
Longstanding rumors say actress Jamie Lee Curtis was born with male sex organs and underwent a sex change operation as an infant. Status: Dubious
12. The Legend of Bloody Mary
Urban legend says if you stand in front of a mirror and chant "Bloody Mary" three times, a terrifying ghost will appear. Status: Urban Legend
13. Burundanga Drug Warning
Viral alerts warn of criminals using business cards or pieces of paper impregnated with a potent street drug called burundanga (scopolamine) to incapacitate victims before attacking them. Status: Mostly false
14. Woman Kills 3 for Last Xbox at Walmart
Viral "news story" claims a female shopper stabbed three other people to nab the last remaining Xbox during a Black Friday sale at Walmart. Status: False
15. Hercules, World's Biggest Dog?
Emailed photo of a gargantuan dog named Hercules, purportedly the Guinness Record holder for the title of World's Biggest Dog. Status: Fake
16. Bill Gates' 11 Rules of Life
Circulating online, the text of a speech allegedly given by Bill Gates in which he sets out 11 rules for life that kids won't learn in school. Status: Misattributed
17. Is Lady Gaga a Man?
Online rumors claim that far from being a "lady," Lady Gaga is either a man in drag, a transsexual, or a hermaphrodite. Status: False
18. Richard Gere and the Gerbil
Several years ago, "they" say, actor Richard Gere was admitted into the emergency room of a Los Angeles hospital with a foreign object lodged in a bodily orifice. Status: False
19. The Neiman Marcus Cookie Recipe
The "true" story of the infamous $250 cookie recipe from Neiman Marcus (or Mrs. Fields), actually a decades-old tall tale kept alive by the eternal spirit of revenge. Status: False
20. Salaries of Charity CEOs
Viral text purports to compare the salaries of top executives of U.S. and Canadian charitable organizations. Status: Outdated
21. Will Smith Pronounced Dead
Facebook postings offer a video clip of Will Smith dying of a medication overdose after emergency spinal surgery. Status: False
22. They Killed Carmen Winstead
Chain-letter-style Internet postings tell the story of Carmen Winstead, a 17-year-old girl supposedly pushed down a sewer and killed by a gang of girls from her school. Status: False
23. Mr. Rogers Was a Marine Sniper / Navy SEAL
Internet rumors allege that mild-mannered children's TV show host Fred Rogers had a former secret career as a trained assassin. Status: False
24. Dial 112 in Emergency
Female college student pursued by a cop impersonator is rescued by a real police officer after dialing 112 (or *112, or #112) emergency number on her cell phone. Status: False
25. Are Poinsettias Poisonous?
Claim: Poinsettia plants are poisonous, especially to small children and pets. Status: False