Urban Legends Reference Pages: Daily Snopes: ()   Paranormal Researcher Finds Wausau Strange   (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • Wausau's haunted back yard includes a business in Oshkosh, a back road in Portage County and the historic Grand Theater in downtown Wausau. Strange things happen all the time, and who's to say where urban legend ends and spooky reality begins?


  •   U.S. Losing Battle Against Rumors   (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • As spun by the Iraqi rumor mill, gossip, urban legend and conspiracy theories battle daily with what occupation officials insist, with ever-increasing weariness, are "the facts."


  •   Woman May Have Driven with Dead Mom   (Associated Press)
  • Authorities in two states are trying to determine why a woman may have driven with her mother's decaying body as a passenger from their Oklahoma home to Florida — by way of North Carolina and Texas — and then left the body in the car in a Wal-Mart parking lot.


  •   Wine, Cigars, Deer Head — Charge It to Uncle Sam   (Reuters)
  • Cosmetic surgery, a mounted deer head, designer briefcases and pricey wine are among goods improperly charged to U.S. government credit cards by employees.


  •   Airline Pilot Dozes with Inspector Aboard   (Associated Press)
  • A Japanese airline pilot nodded off twice while at the controls of a domestic flight — in front of a transport official who happened to be on board for a routine inspection.


  •   Traffic Offenders Undergo Sanity Check   (Reuters)
  • The Lagos transport chief said 608 Nigerian motorists were tested for insanity after they were caught driving against the flow of traffic on city streets.


  •   Cops Arrest Naked Man After Bus Hijacking   (Associated Press)
  • Police arrested a naked man after he hijacked a private school's bus.


  •   Cop Suspended for Hitler Salute   (Reuters)
  • A policeman guarding Britain's embassy in Berlin has been suspended after he gave a fellow officer the stiff-armed Hitler salute at the start of his shift.


  •   Woman Acquitted After Sex Defense   (Associated Press)
  • A woman charged with manslaughter in the 1999 highway death of her boyfriend has been acquitted. Her attorney had argued that she couldn't have been behind the wheel because she had been performing a sex act on the driver at the time.


  •   Captain Cook Arrow Legend Shot Down   (Reuters)
  • It was a great legend while it lasted, but DNA testing has finally ended a century-old story of the Hawaiian arrow carved from the bone of British explorer Captain James Cook who died in the Sandwich Islands in 1779.


  •   Fact Is, Wedding Dress Guy's eBay Pitch Has Some Fiction   (The Seattle Times)
  • Everyone wanted to see the tattooed, biker-booted computer geek who found his ex-wife's wedding dress in a closet, posed in it and wrote a hilarious sales pitch for eBay, asking only for "enough money for maybe a couple of Mariners tickets and some beer."


  •   Restaurant Apologizes to Couple Barred from Buffet   (Associated Press)
  • Chuck-A-Rama said it's still not an all-you-can-eat establishment, but the restaurant chain is serving up an apology to a low-carb Utah couple cut off from eating beef after making one too many trips to the buffet.


  •   FBI Searches for Chatty Bank Robber   (Associated Press)
  • The FBI is looking for a chatty bank robber who talked on his cell phone throughout a bank robbery.


  •   Student Cheating Prevalent, Poll Finds   (Associated Press)
  • More than seven in 10 teenagers say students in their school cheat on tests, and almost as many say cheating on homework is widespread, too, a national poll finds.


  •   School Yearbook Flap Brings Suspension   (Associated Press)
  • A flap over a photo on the cover of the Wesson Attendance Center yearbook has resulted in the suspension of at least one student.


  •   Cicadas 'Like a Yard Full of Chicken Nuggets' to Pets   (Associated Press)
  • When millions of cicadas emerge across the eastern United States for a rare mating season, they will appear as tasty morsels to pets who could get sick from eating the insects, officials warned.


  •   Man Said to Torch Home in Divorce Case   (Associated Press)
  • A man who set his mobile home on fire, then sat in the yard to watch it burn, told authorities he did it to keep his estranged wife from getting any property in their divorce.


  •   U.S. Charges Four Under New Law Against 'Spam' E-Mails   (Associated Press)
  • Federal authorities say they managed to pierce the murky underworld of Internet spam e-mails, filing the first criminal charges under the government's new "can spam" legislation.


  •   Journalists Send Drugs to Politicians   (Associated Press)
  • Journalists from a trendy magazine slipped envelopes containing small quantities of marijuana into Bulgarian lawmakers' mailboxes to protest a tough new drug law, drawing heated reactions from indignant legislators.


  •   Farts, Underpants and 'Zombie Butts'   (Associated Press)
  • These days, potty humor is big in the world of popular children's literature — from the "Captain Underpants" series to such best-selling titles as "Zombie Butts from Uranus!"


  •   Michigan's 'Hold' Music Gets Much Hipper   (Associated Press)
  • Add DJ to her duties: Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm wants it to be hip to hold when someone calls the state.
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