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Hoax Quiz: Can YOU Spot the Fakes?
Real or Fake? Take our quiz and see if you can tell the hoax photos from the real thing!
The Top 25 Scariest Urban Legends Ever!
A handpicked collection of scary stories you won't dare tell in the dark.
"The Russian Sleep Experiment" Will Keep You...
Did Russian researchers conduct an experiment in which five prison inmates were deprived of sleep for 15 days straight, driving them to insanity and cannibalism?
Don't Be Fooled! Your Guide to Fake News Sites
Tired of people sharing fake news as if it's true? Point them to this checklist of satire sites on the web. Guaranteed 100% effective!
What Really Happened to Carmen Winstead?
Internet chain letter tells the story of Carmen Winstead, a 17-year-old girl supposedly pushed down a sewer and killed by a gang of bullies from her school.
Do You Know What Happens When You Mess with...
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"Aren't You Glad You Didn't Turn on the Light?"
After coming home late and getting ready for bed in the dark, a college coed wakes up the next morning to receive the shock of her life...
Beware, Head and Shoulders Shampoo Video is a...
Fake video supposedly reveals a hideous skin condition caused by Head and Shoulders, Dove, Garnier or other shampoo. Don't click. It's a scam.
Scary Stuff: The Legend of the Hanging Boyfriend
They picked the worst possible night to go necking on Lovers' Lane. Find out why... if you dare!
About That Photo of Barack Obama "Praying" in a...
Description: Viral image, text Circulating since: Jan. 2010 Status: False (details below) Text example:
Is the Rumor About Hobby Lobby Closing All of...
Viral version of a letter by Hobby Lobby CEO David Green about his company's reaction to Obamacare is misleadingly titled.
How Deadly Is This "Snow Snake," Really?
Circulating via social media, a photo of the deadly "snow snake," whose bite can freeze your blood, supposedly,
Richard Gere and the Gerbil: A Moral Tale
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The True Origin of the F-Word - Urban Legends
In which we're asked to believe that the word 'fuck' originated as the acronym of 'Fornication Under Consent of the King,' or 'For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge,' or some variation thereof.
Is This Anaconda Really the World's Biggest...
Viral image of a 134-foot-long anaconda is circulating with the claim that it's the world's biggest snake and killed 257 people in Africa. Real or fake?
Does Dialing 112 in an Emergency Really Help?
Female college student pursued by cop impersonator is rescued by a real police officer after dialing 112 (or *112, or #112) emergency number on her cell phone.
That Time Donald Trump Paid Off a Guy's...
Viral story about Donald Trump (or another celebrity) richly rewarding a good Samaritan for helping him when his car breaks down.
The Vanishing Hitchhiker
The honeymooners came upon a young woman hitchhiking on a deserted road in the middle of the night. They offered her a ride, embarking on a detour they'd never forget.
The Biggest Snake That Never Was... Photos Here!
Viral images purport to show an unbelievably large snake found and killed in the Red Sea by the Egyptian military.
7 Horror Stories to Make You Think Twice Before...
The absolute worst, most horrifying travel stories we've ever heard!
Stuff Onions in Your Socks to Cure Disease!
Viral message claims placing raw onions on feet overnight will take away illness or prevent flu. Be skeptical!
The Babysitter and the Man Upstairs
A teenage babysitter frantically calls the police after receiving prank calls from a stranger who repeatedly inquires after the welfare of the children she's supposed to be taking care of.
The 13 Creepiest Tales to Tell Around a Campfire
Thirteen of the creepiest stories ever told. Read them if you dare.
Why Do They Say Leftover Onions Are Poisonous?
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Test Your Urban Legends IQ
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The Case of the Choking Doberman
That the Doberman seemed to be choking to death was scary enough. Then they discovered what he was choking on...
Is There Such a Thing as a Black Lion?
Viral image purports to show a rare, all-black lion discovered in Africa.
Beware of Drug-Laced Business Cards (and Urban...
Online rumors warn of criminals using business cards impregnated with a drug called burundanga (scopolamine) to incapacitate victims before attacking them.
2 Jaw-Dropping Versions of a Very Creepy Urban...
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Is Jamie Lee Curtis a Hermaphrodite?
Longstanding (and unproven) rumors claim actress Jamie Lee Curtis is a hermaphrodite, or was born intersex and underwent surgery as a child to become female.
No, Mr. Rogers Wasn't a Tattoo-Wearing Military...
Rumor has it that children's TV show host Mr. Rogers was a tattoo-wearing Navy SEAL or Marine sniper with dozens of kills to his credit.
Beware the Hook Man!
The Hook: A teenager drove his date to Lovers' Lane for a make-out session before it was time to take her home. The place was dark and deserted...
Breast Infestation - Urban Legends
Ladies, wash your underwear in boiling water! Viral image and video purport to document a case of larvae infestation of the human breast.
Read If You Dare: The Knife in the Briefcase
After consenting to give a ride to a good samaritan who helped her fix a flat tire, a female driver suddenly remembers she has a very important appointment and races off without him. Later, she finds he left his briefcase in her back seat. She opens it.
A Tech Support Nightmare: The Snake in the...
What do you do when you hear hissing sounds coming from your PC? Call Tech Support, of course. Unless the problem is a snake in your hard drive.
The Killer in the Window
A teenage babysitter frantically phones the police after seeing a strange man approaching the sliding glass door near where she's watching TV.
Did They Finally Find Obama's "Foreign Student"...
Circulating via email and social media, this image purports to be a scan of Barack Obama's "foreign student"
17 Hysterically Funny Urban Legends!
A hand-picked collection of hysterically funny stories from the Urban Legends archive
Is Urban Legend Debunking Site Snopes.com Biased?
Is there any truth to the claim that Snopes.com is a liberal front organization?
Would You Pay \$250 for This Cookie Recipe?
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One Dead Body Under the Mattress Can Spoil Your...
Honeymooners notice a strange odor in their hotel room and decide to peek under the mattress, only to find... The Body Under the Bed!
Is This Photo of a Behemoth "New York Rat" for...
A photo circulating via Facebook and other social media purports to show a man holding a gigantic rat caught somewhere in New York City.
Can Vicks VapoRub on Your Feet Relieve Coughing?
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The Spider in the Oreo
Viral image purports to show a spider found smashed inside an Oreo cookie. Here's what really happened.
Why Is the Ocean Salty? Whale Sperm! - Urban...
According to this viral message, a typical blue whale produces over 400 gallons of sperm when it ejaculates. And you wonder why the ocean is so salty!
Myth Busted: A Duck's Quack Doesn't Echo
We have heard it claimed that the quack of a duck, unlike every other sound known to man, does not echo. Humbug!
Do People Really Get Buried Alive?
Once upon a time, before modern embalming techniques were developed, people were indeed found on very rare occasions to have been buried alive.
The Killer in the Backseat
Drivers beware - that person following you on the highway may actually be trying to save your life!
Don't Believe Rumors About a Public Cell Phone...
Viral messages warn that all cell phone numbers will soon go public and instructs users to dial 888-382-1222 to add mobile numbers to the Do Not Call Registry.
Arachnophobe's Nightmare: The Spider Bite!
Can spider eggs really hatch inside someone's body? Here are two variants of an urban legend about a truly horrible infestation!
Did a 600-Pound Woman Give Birth to a 40-Pound...
Description: Fake news / Satire Circulating since: Jan. 2015 Status: False (details below) Example: Via
The Top 25 Urban Legends This Week
Trending urban legends, online rumors and hoaxes
World's Biggest Dog, or Dumbest Hoax?
Viral photo of a gigantic dog named Hercules, purportedly the Guinness Record holder for Biggest Dog in the World.
Did the U.S. Government Buy 30,000 Guillotines?
Decades-old conspiracy theory claims the federal government recently purchased 30,000 guillotines.
Can People Look Up My Driver's License on the...
Website purports to offer free, easy access to personal information contained in state driver's license databases.
Did JFK Really Tell Germans "I Am a Jelly Donut"?
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4 Theories About Who Killed Princess Diana
More than 15 years after Princess Diana was killed in a car crash on Aug. 31, 1997, conspiracy theories are still circulating about the circumstances of her death.
Did You Hear the One About the Spiders in the...
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Did Obama Really Salute the Flag with His Left...
Viral image purports to show Barack and Michelle Obama saluting the flag by placing their left hands over their hearts.
Watch Out for the "Anaconda Swallows Zookeeper"...
(Updated 5/12/14) DON'T CLICK on video posts about a giant anaconda swallowing a zookeeper in South Africa.
Amazing Cell Phone Tips! But Sadly Not Real
Viral message purports to divulge various tips and tricks for cell phone use, including dialing 112 to access a worldwide emergency network. Be skeptical!
The Laundry Room Killer
A teenage babysitter hears strange noises in the basement, as if someone is turning the clothes dryer on and off. She goes downstairs to investigate.
Did This Man Force a Puppy to Drink Vodka from...
Circulating via social media, this viral image appears to show a puppy being forced to drink vodka from a bottle. Appearances are deceiving.
What Is a Leap Year and Why Do We Have It?
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Altoids and Oral Sex - Urban Legends
Altoids lore: Does chewing mints before performing oral sex really enhance the pleasure?
Do Plastic Water Bottles Really Cause Cancer?
Bottled water cancer danger? Viral text warns against drinking bottled water left in a warm car because the heat may cause cancer-producing toxins to 'leak' from the plastic into the water.
Black Jack Pershing vs. Muslim Terrorists -...
Did U.S. Gen. 'Black Jack' Pershing rid the Philippines of Islamic extremism by executing Muslim terrorists and burying them with pig's blood and entrails?
Who's Afraid of The Slender Man?
The Internet boogeyman known as Slender Man (aka Slenderman) is best described as a crowdsourced fiction.
Is That Infamous Marie Antoinette Quote You...
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Read This and You'll Never Eat Cookies in Bed...
Doctors looking for the cause of severe headaches and facial itching in a young child discover that ants have crawled in his ear and infested his brain.
Is There a Nasty Secret Ingredient in Your...
We look into the claim that the secret ingredient responsible for the boost you get from Red Bull and other energy drinks is bull sperm.
Origin of the S-Word - 'Ship High in Transit' -...
In which we are told, and with a straight face, that the word 'shit' originated as the acronym of 'Ship High in Transit' (or 'Stow High in Transit'), a supposed nautical phrase.
Beware of KFC's "Mutant" Chicken!
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Do Sneakers on Power Lines Really Mark Gang...
Shoefiti: Are sneakers dangling from power lines a sign of gang or drug activity?
Is There Such a Thing as a "Rainbow Owl"?
Viral image purports to show a specimen of the rare rainbow owl, purportedly a native of both the western United States and China.
The Last Time They Were Seen Alive
A slideshow of startling images purporting to show people milliseconds before meeting their doom. Be skeptical.
Is This Photo of a "Monkey Orchid" for Real?
Description: Viral image Circulating since: 2012 Status: Mixed (details below) Example caption #1 As
What Exactly IS an Urban Legend?
Urban Legends FAQ: What is an urban legend?
Is This What They Mean by "Panda Diplomacy"?
Viral image purports to show a 'real panda' flying on a plane, gnawing on bamboo shoots in business class beside a human passenger.
Why Are People Saying Tommy Hilfiger Is a Racist?
About those rumors that fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger made racist statements on the Oprah Winfrey Show...
Salaries of Charity CEOs Compared - Urban Legends
Viral text purports to compare the salaries of top executives of U.S. and Canadian charitable organizations.
Was Tom Hanks' Dad the Lead Singer of The...
Social media rumor claims Tom Hanks' dad was an original member of the vocal quartet The Diamonds. Not true.
Can Listerine Really Be Used as a Mosquito...
Viral text claims spraying an outside area with Listerine mouthwash repels and/or kills every mosquito in the vicinity.
Card Trick: I CAN READ YOUR MIND! - Urban Legends
I can read your mind! Don't believe me? Here, I'll prove it!
What Really Happened to "The Missing Bride"?
After a lavish wedding in a stately mansion, members of the wedding party play a game of hide-and-seek. It isn't long before everyone is found... everyone, that is, except the bride.
Is Mark Zuckerberg Really Giving Away Millions...
A hoax message circulating via Facebook claims Mark Zuckerberg is giving away $4.5 million each to 1,000 users who repost it.
That Time You Ate Someone Else's Cookies by...
A traveler is aghast when an indigent sits down beside him in an airport and begins filching cookies from the package he has just bought.
Can Raw Onions Really Absorb Germs and Prevent...
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Do Gangs Use Eggs and Abandoned Babies to Trap...
Viral alert warns of criminals using new techniques to trick drivers into stopping their vehicles - throwing raw eggs at windshields and leaving infant car seats with fake babies in them beside the road.
Can a Floridian Rattlesnake Reach 15 Feet and...
Viral images purport to show a 15-foot-long, 170-pound eastern diamondback rattlesnake caught in a subdivision near Jacksonville, Florida.
Can You Balance Eggs on End During an Equinox?
Is it true you can stand eggs (or brooms!) on end only during the spring (or fall) equinox?
A Classic Urban Legend: The Mexican Pet
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This Has to Be a Prank, Right? Facebook Closed...
Recurring Internet hoax claims Facebook will be closed for maintenance on Feb. 29, 30, and 31.
STRAWBERRY QUICK Meth Warning - Urban Legends
Viral messages warn of a candy-flavored form of methamphetamine targeted at young people called strawberry meth (aka Strawberry Quick).
The Mystery of the Tootsie Pop Indian Wrapper
Where did the rumor come from that you could get a free Tootsie Roll Pop (or a whole bag of them) if you found a star (or an Indian, or both) on your wrapper?
The Cadaver's Arm
Students in a medical school play a prank on a fellow student using the arm of a cadaver. It doesn't end well.
Viral "Privacy Notice" on Facebook Has No Legal...
DON'T FALL FOR IT! Viral post purports to protect the privacy and intellectual property rights of Facebook members who copy and paste it to their walls. Not true.
Have Scientists Really Found Giant Human...
Hoax images purport to show skeletons of human giants (biblical Nephilim or Canaanites) allegedly found in Greece.
7-Headed Snake Bites the Internet
Viral images purport to show a 7-headed snake (or a 5-headed, or 3-headed snake, depending on version) found in Honduras (or India, etc.).
Was the Flush Toilet Invented by a Man Named...
Is it true that a 19th-century British plumber named Sir Thomas Crapper (aka John Crapper) invented the flush toilet?
Did Obama Really Offer Free Cell Phones to...
Viral rumor claims the Obama administration started a program whereby taxpayer money is being 'redistributed' to provide free cell phones ('Obama phones') to welfare recipients.
5 Dumb Hoaxes People Actually Fell for in 2015
The year in lies, a fond look back at some of the wackiest Internet hoaxes people shared and fell for in 2015.
How We Know the Story of Ciara's Secret Sex...
Internet rumors claim Ciara was born male and is either a secret transvestite or underwent a sex-change operation to become a transsexual.
"They Hurt Her" - A Cautionary Tale About...
Chain letter claims 16-year-old David Gregory was found dead in a sewer after failing to repost it. Did Carmen Winstead kill him?
What About Those "Spermicidal" Properties of...
Is it true that the popular American soft drink Mountain Dew can lower a male's sperm count and be used as a contraceptive to prevent pregnancy?
Gross Pictures
WARNING: Some viewers may find these images unnerving or offensive. A gallery of viral images notable for their 'ick' factor. Some are authentic, others not. As you'll see, it's not always easy to tell which is which!
Is It True that ABC News Banned American Flag...
Viral message claims ABC News ordered reporters and news anchors not to wear American flag lapel pins or other patriotic insignia.
Bill Gates Speech on 11 Rules of Life - Urban...
Circulating virally, the text of a speech allegedly given by Bill Gates setting out 11 Rules of Life kids won't learn in school.
The Roommate's Death, An Urban Legend
There's a killer hiding in the room. Don't turn on the light!
Incredible "Pig Fish" Tastes Like Bacon!
Circulating via social media and forwarded email, an "amazing photo" of a fish with a snout resembling
Are Baby Carrots Really Made by Soaking Them in...
Viral text about how baby carrots are made claims they pose a health risk because they're processed in chlorine.
Card Trick
I can read your mind!: card trick cards
The Terrifying Tale of Bunny Man Bridge
In which we investigate the legend of the Bunny Man, an ax murderer in a bunny suit who has supposedly terrorized Virginia, Maryland, and D.C. for decades.
Toxic Mold in Cake Mix / Pancake Mix? - Urban...
Viral texts warn that outdated cake mixes and pancake mixes may contain 'toxic' mold that can result in illness or death.
Leptospirosis from Soft Drink Can? - Urban...
Viral alert claims someone contracted the deadly disease leptospirosis after drinking soda from an unwashed can contaminated with dried rat urine.
Gold Ring Test for Lead in Lipstick - Urban...
Viral alert claims major-brand lipsticks contain 'cancer-causing' lead, which consumers can test for by scratching the surface of a product with a 24K gold ring.
Could Cannibalism Be Alive and Well in Modern...
Dear Urban Legends: I received an email last week which was quite disturbing. It is about dead babies that can be bought from hospitals in Taiwan to meet the high demand for grilled and barbequed babies!
Is Barack Obama a Muslim? - Urban Legends
Online rumor alleges that Barack Obama is a Muslim and lied to the American people when he claimed to be a devout Christian.
Myth Busted: Sucking on Penny Will Fool...
Urban legend: Sucking on a copper penny will fool a breathalyzer test. Myth or fact?
Holy Crab! Can Coconut Crabs Really Get That Big?
Viral images of giant specimens of Birgus latro -- the coconut crab -- named for its preferred diet of fallen coconuts and said to be the world's largest land-dwelling arthropod.
Check Out This Amazing Pic of a Rare "Golden...
According to her caretakers at an animal sanctuary in Hawaii, Zoe the golden zebra was born with a condition known as amelanosis, a melanin pigment deficiency.
Can You Unlock Your Car Door with a Cell Phone?...
Locked out of your automobile? According to this forwarded email, you can have someone transmit a signal from your spare remote key via cell phone and unlock your car door in a pinch.
Bill Gates is the Antichrist - Urban Legends
Forwarded email claims Microsoft founder Bill Gates is the Antichrist prophesied in the New Testament. It all adds up... to 666!
Ever Wonder What a Real Mermaid Looks Like?
Viral images allegedly show the carcass of a mermaid found washed up on a beach near Chennai, India after a tsunami.
Is Chelsea Clinton Really Married to the Son of...
Viral anecdote claims Chelsea Clinton's husband is Marc Mezvinsky, the son of former Congressman Ed Mezvinsky, who went to prison for fraud. It's true.
Do Earwigs Crawl in People's Ears and Eat Their...
Myth Busted: The earwigs is so named because it crawls into sleeping people's ears and eats their brains.
Does Flour Really Work as a Burn Remedy?
No. Plain white flour will not stop pain from a burn nor promote healing. Experts say it's better to use cool water, then cover the burn loosely with dry, sterile gauze.
Do Bar Codes Reveal Where a Product Is Made?
Viral messages claims potentially hazardous products made in China can be identified by looking at the first three digits of the bar code on the packaging, which supposedly indicate the country of origin.
Is Megan Fox Actually a Man?
Is Megan Fox a man??? Internet rumors claim voluptuous actress Megan Fox is actually either a man in drag (transvestite), a transsexual, or was born a hermaphrodite and underwent surgery to become a woman. What's the truth?
Is It True that Lemons Can Cure Cancer?
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Can Tanning Beds Kill?
A young bride-to-be decides she needs a tan, so a week before her wedding day she visits a tanning salon. Then another, then another.
It's a Hoax: "Worker Puts HIV+ Blood in Frooti...
Online hoax claims Frooti products have been contaminated by a worker with HIV-positive blood. It's false.
What Exactly ARE Urban Legends?
Infrequently answered questions about the whys and wherefores of those silly-yet-irresistable stories called 'urban legends.'
Breast Larvae Infestation?
Viral image purports to show a larvae infestation of the human breast. It's a hoax.
College Application Essay - Urban Legends
A viral hit since 1990, here is the funniest 'college application essay' ever written.
Was Aunt Bee From The Andy Griffith Show Once a...
Viral image purportedly shows the young Frances Bavier (who played Aunt Bee on the Andy Griffith Show) as a 1940s pin-up model.
"Scary Way to Break Up" Chain Letter Haunts the...
Circulating via chain latter, a cautionary tale for bad boyfriends: If you want to break up with a girl and stay alive, be nice about it. And don't forget to repost this!
Check Out the Latest Trending Hoaxes and Urban...
Hoax List from About.com: Current Internet hoaxes, email rumors and urban legends debunked - your resource for information on all the latest misinformation on the Net.
The Clinton Body Count - Urban Legends
Viral email dating from the mid-1990s lists dozens of 'friends' of Bill and Hillary Clinton who allegedly died under mysterious circumstances.
When the Craigslist Gold Digger Met Her Match
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Are Car Thieves Hacking Remote Keys as a New...
Is it true car owners should lock doors manually instead of using a remote key,because thieves can gain entry by cloning the security code('code grabbing'?)
Chain-Letter Ghost Story About the Little Girl...
Chain letter tells the story of Clarissa, a little girl imprisoned in a mental hospital for killing her mother and father. That was just for starters.
Muslims Exempt from Obamacare? That's a Myth!
Viral rumor falsely asserts that Muslims are specifically exempt from the government mandate to purchase health insurance under Obamacare.
Flash Your Headlights and Die!
Examining the resurgence of a terrifying urban legend about aspiring gang members firing at oncoming drivers who innocently flash their headlights.
Work Moose in Harness (Moose Logging) - Urban...
Viral image purportedly shows a full-grown 'work moose' being harnessed to haul wood in a logging operation. Stated location varies.
Gerbilling Mishap Injures Two - Urban Legends
Two people injured in gerbilling mishap (another insult to the reputation of gerbils everywhere).
Did Pepsi Omit 'Under God' in Patriotic Can...
Don't buy the new Pepsi can? Baseless email campaign protests the alleged omission of the words 'under God' in an excerpt from the Pledge of Allegiance on new Pepsi cans.
About Those Alligators in the Sewers of New...
Did you know there are gigantic albino alligators living in the sewers of New York City? No, really! They were flushed down toilet when they were babies.

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