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

    1Sound Advice

    A video purportedly showing a wire running down Hillary Clinton's back was shared as proof she wore a secret earpiece during the first presidential debate.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
  • 2

    2Hillary 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
  • 3

    3Hands Down

    Conspiracy theory holds that Hillary Clinton and moderator Lestor Holt rigged the first presidential debate by communicating via secret hand signals.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
  • 4

    4Lawsuit 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
  • 5

    5Slave to the Facts

    Questionable sources maintain that the plight of so-called "Irish slaves" in early America was worse than that of African slaves. Historians beg to differ.  Read More

    by David Emery
    • Sep 24, 2016
    • 3K
  • 6

    6Brad Pitt Death Hoax

    Actor Brad Pitt, whose split from wife Angelina Jolie was announced in September 2016, did not die in a shooting range suicide.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
    • Sep 21, 2016
    • 4K
  • 7

    7Zodiac Filler

    Whether or not you believe horoscopes are worthwhile, Ophiuchus won't be disrupting our astrological zodiac any time soon.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
  • 8

    8Doppelbangher

    Former Miss Universe Alicia Machado was characterized as a 'porn star' shortly after she was mentioned by Hillary Clinton during a debate in September 2016.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
    • Sep 28, 2016
    • 5K
  • 9

    9Full of Bull

    Red Bull and other brands of energy drinks employ various stimulating ingredients, but none of them is bull semen.  Read More

    by David Mikkelson
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    10Playing the Patriots

    Cowboys owner Jerry Jones didn't tell his players they were "actors" playing the role of "patriotic super heroes" and had to stand during the national anthem.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
    • Sep 13, 2016
    • 9K
  • 11

    11Lens Scare

    Two images of three Danville, Virginia, police vehicles with their hoods raised led to incorrect claims the practice was sanctioned to obstruct dash cams.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
    • Sep 26, 2016
    • 3K
  • 12

    12Fear Piece

    A photograph purportedly showing Hillary Clinton wearing a 'secret earpiece' during NBC's 'Commander-In-Chief' candidate forum reveals nothing unusual.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
  • 13

    13Preparation H

    A fake news story reported that Hillary Clinton was given her questions for the first presidential debate of 2016 a week in advance.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
    • Sep 27, 2016
    • 7K
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    14Parental Advisory

    A photograph that purports to show Donald Trump's parents wearing Klan robes is a hoax.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
    • Sep 24, 2016
    • 2K
  • 15

    15Tax Flak

    Donald Trump proclaimed during the first presidential debate that not paying federal taxes made him "smart," then denied having said it.  Read More

    by Bethania Palma
    • Sep 28, 2016
    • 4K
  • 16

    16Executive Disorder

    Umimaginative fake news publishers have recycled an old hoax about President Obama's banning the Pledge of Allegiance.  Read More

    by Jeff Zarronandia
  • 17

    17Tiffany Gasp

    Tiffany & Co. never made or sold slave collars, and a viral image of a slave collar is not from an exhibit at Washington's Museum of African American History and Culture.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
    • Sep 27, 2016
    • 6K
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    18Pumpkin Lie

    Just ahead of the fall holidays, a viral social media rumor suggested the pumpkin in pumpkin pie is secretly produced from other squash.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
    • Sep 26, 2016
    • 3K
  • 19

    19Been Savage

    Cryptic tweets sent by radio host Michael Savage led to rumors he was fired or replaced with a "liberal host" after discussing the topic of Hillary Clinton's health.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
    • Sep 28, 2016
    • 2K
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    20Bad Pitt

    A fake news article reported that Jennifer Aniston made a curse-filled remark on the 'Today Show' about Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's divorce.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
    • Sep 20, 2016
    • 8K
  • 21

    21Endorsing Precedents

    An image reporting that all living ex-presidents have warned Americans to not vote for Donald Trump is not quite accurate.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
  • 22

    22The Great Debate

    Reports that Trump would not attend the final presidential debates if Hillary Clinton showed up originated with a satirical column.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
    • Sep 27, 2016
    • 2K
  • 23

    23A Cure Thing

    Pharmaceutical companies aren't interested in a 'simple cure for cancer' because it hasn't been proved an effective treatment, not because it isn't patentable.  Read More

    by David Mikkelson
  • 24

    24Disarmament

    WARNING: Photograph shows the aftermath of a grisly tug-of-war contest in which two men lost their arms.  Read More

    by David Mikkelson
    • Sep 25, 2016
    • 4K
  • 25

    25Nope Francis

    Reports that His Holiness has endorsed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump originated with a fake news web site.  Read More

    by Dan Evon

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