25 Hottest Urban Legends

These are the Top 25 Urban Legends currently circulating most widely, as determined by frequency of access, user searches, reader e-mail, and media coverage.

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  • 1

    1Wee the People

    Donald Trump did not say that Republicans are the "dumbest group of voters" in a 1998 'People' magazine interview.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
  • 2

    2Licensed to Bill

    Motorists with personalized license plates reading 'NO PLATE' or 'NO TAG' received a plethora of traffic tickets.  Read More

    by David Mikkelson
    • Jul 22, 2015
    • 9K
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    3FLOTUS Glower

    After Melania Trump was accused of plagiarizing Michelle Obama's 2008 DNC speech at the 2016 RNC, several sites claimed the FLOTUS plagiarized Saul Alinsky.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
  • 4

    4I'm with Seiz-Her

    A video clip purportedly shows presidential candidate Hillary Clinton undergoing a seizure on camera, but there's no credible evidence she actually did.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
    • Jul 23, 2016
    • 4K
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    5Who Stole First?

    Social media users answered claims that Melania Trump plagiarized her 2016 RNC speech from Michelle Obama by saying that Obama plagiarized Stephen R. Covey.  Read More

    by David Emery
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    6Trapper Keeper

    Donald Trump's son said that the family's greenskeeper missed his own sister's wedding in order to work for the Trumps.  Read More

    by Brooke Binkowski
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    7Lawsuit Charges Donald Trump with Raping a 13-Year-Old Girl

    A civil suit against Donald Trump alleging he raped a 13-year-old girl was thrown out in California in May 2016 and refiled in New York in June 2016.  Read More

    by David Mikkelson
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    8Hillary Clinton Freed Child Rapist

    Hillary Clinton's role in a 40-year-old rape case became the focal point of a viral meme in 2016, but the claims made about it were mostly inaccurate.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
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    9Matter of Degrees

    Several media outlets have called into question Melania Trump's claim that she graduated with a degree in design and architecture.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
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    10Meredith Mc-Nigh-ver

    When Donald Trump campaign ghostwriter Meredith McIver emerged to take the fall for Melania Trump's purported plagiarism, some onlookers questioned her existence.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
    • Jul 21, 2016
    • 8K
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    11Chapter and Diverse

    An image comparing the diversity (or lack thereof) of Republican and Democratic interns is somewhat misleading.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
    • Jul 20, 2016
    • 7K
  • 12

    12Obama's Half-Brother Says He’s Voting for Donald Trump

    Barack Obama's half-brother Malik, a longtime Democrat, says he is now a Republican who will vote for Donald Trump in the upcoming election.  Read More

    by Jeff Zarronandia
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    13Wikileaks Dumps Democratic National Committee E-Mails

    Wikileaks published 20,000 leaked DNC e-mail messages, many of which proved controversial for the purportedly neutral committee.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
  • 14

    14Boo, Nary

    A fan-made poster quickly crossed from Instagram to Facebook and led fans to believe Pixar was releasing the 'Monsters, Inc.' sequel 'Boo' in 2020.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
    • Jul 18, 2016
    • 2K
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    15Big Game Boys

    Photographs show Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump posing with kills from a 2012 big game hunting trip  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
  • 16

    16Clinton Coat-astrophe

    Outrage over an expensive Armani jacket worn by Hillary Clinton during her New York primary acceptance speech included some inaccurate details.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
  • 17

    17Nicolas Cage Death Hoax

    A false rumor holding that actor Nicolas Cage passed away in a motorcycle accident circulated in July 2016.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
  • 18

    18Who Increased the Debt?

    A chart from 2011 compared changes in the U.S. national debt over the last several presidencies.  Read More

    by David Mikkelson
  • 19

    19The Disney Arch-lies

    Netflix has signed a deal making them the exclusive U.S. pay TV home outlet for new Disney movies, but they won't be offering the entire Disney film archive.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
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    20Barack Obama vs. Deval Patrick

    Another entry in dueling partisan contentions about who plagiarized whom first and worst holds that Barack Obama lifted a few lines from Deval Patrick in 2008.  Read More

    by David Mikkelson
    • Jul 20, 2016
    • 4K
  • 21

    21Adverse Possession

    Massachusetts didn't announce a new law banning the sale of semi-automatic rifles, but rather enforcement of an existing law on assault weapons.  Read More

    by David Mikkelson
  • 22

    22Doubt of Africa

    Several African web sites claimed Donald Trump described black people as lazy and prone to crime, but we were unable to find any evidence supporting the rumor.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
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    The details of a shelter's Pokemon Go dogwalking program were exaggerated for a heartstring-tugging viral Facebook post.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
    • Jul 21, 2016
    • 3K
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    24Whole Tweet

    Donald Trump's tweet congratulating his wife Melania on her speech at the Republican Convention wasn't stolen from Barack Obama.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
    • Jul 19, 2016
    • 5K
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    25Sympathy for the Devil

    Erstwhile Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson claimed in his 2016 RNC speech that author Saul Alinsky dedicated his best-known book to Lucifer.  Read More

    by David Emery
    • Jul 20, 2016
    • 3K