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

    1Play Doh-Nations

    Donald Trump was criticized for donating Play-Doh to flood victims in need of food and water, but that wasn't the only item among his donations.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
  • 2

    2Raining Trump

    The GOP candidate reportedly donated money intended for a local church doing flood relief, but controversial Tony Perkins is interim pastor of that church.  Read More

    by Bethania Palma
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    3Hillary 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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    4Dr. Drew 'Gravely Concerned' About Hillary Clinton's Health

    In a rambling radio interview, physician and media personality Dr. Drew Pinsky said he's 'gravely concerned' about Hillary Clinton's health and health care.  Read More

    by David Emery
    • Aug 18, 2016
    • 8K
  • 5

    5Pledge of Allegiance Permission Slip

    A photograph showing a school opt-out form for the Pledge of Allegiance was frequently misinterpreted to represent the opposite.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
  • 6

    6Pink Dawn

    Conservative radio pundit Rush Limbaugh railed against an Obama administration plot to recruit lesbian farmers to invade conservative rural strongholds.  Read More

    by David Emery
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    7A Trump Family Portrait

    A family portrait of Donald Trump, his wife Melania, and son Barron appeared in August 2016, but some viewers were skeptical of its authenticity.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
    • Aug 23, 2016
    • 4K
  • 8

    8Bye Bye Byrdie

    A photograph of Hillary Clinton being kissed by former Senator Robert Byrd has been widely circulated as a political statement.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
  • 9

    9The 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
  • 10

    10Heathers

    The pharmaceutical company Mylan (manufacturer of the EpiPen), not their CEO personally, donated money to the Clinton Foundation.  Read More

    by Bethania Palma
    • Aug 25, 2016
    • 4K
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    11Dwayne Pain

    Actor Dwayne ("The Rock") Johnson has not been arrested for importing banned medical substances into Australia.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
    • Jul 4, 2016
    • 9K
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    12Close Call

    The recirculation of a several-year-old, misleadingly headlined news story has spread the mistaken belief that the Hobby Lobby chain is closing.  Read More

    by David Mikkelson
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    13The Mandela Effect

    The Mandela Effect is a name given to the phenomenon of the collective misremembering of specific facts or events. Does anyone know why it happens?  Read More

    by David Emery
    • Jul 24, 2016
    • 3K
  • 14

    14Executive Disorder

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

    by Jeff Zarronandia
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    15Virginia Server Gets Racist Note Instead of Tip

    "We only tip citizens," wrote the customers on the receipt.  Read More

    by Brooke Binkowski
    • Aug 21, 2016
    • 5K
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    16Huma Abedin Worked at a 'Radical Muslim Journal'

    New York Post account reports Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin edited a 'radical Muslim publication' that opposed women’s rights and blamed the US for 9/11.  Read More

    by Jeff Zarronandia
    • Aug 22, 2016
    • 4K
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    17Convoy of the Dead

    Ominous-looking "Mutation Response Vehicles" spotted in Florida amplified Zika fears, but the automobiles were just part of the Burning Man festival.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
    • Aug 17, 2016
    • 5K
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    18Vault Bank

    Several blog posts claim that "Black Diamond Collection" Disney VHS films are worth thousands of dollars, but the tapes are not selling for nearly that much.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
  • 19

    19Military Fakeover

    U.S. Army officials say a memo announcing that martial law training exercises and preparation will begin at Fort Carson, CO, is a 'complete fabrication.'  Read More

    by David Emery
    • Aug 22, 2016
    • 4K
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    20Cheez-Fits

    Cheez-It brand crackers contain the synthetic preservative TBHQ, but the latter is not "created from butane," nor is it "toxic."  Read More

    by Dan Evon
    • Aug 25, 2016
    • 2K
  • 21

    21Divide and Profit

    President Lyndon B. Johnson, who grew up in the South and understood the politics of racism from the inside, saw it in part as a ploy to divide and conquer.  Read More

    by David Emery
    • Aug 23, 2016
    • 8K
  • 22

    22I'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
  • 23

    23Smokescreen Mountain

    A fake news article reported that the 2005 film 'Brokeback Mountain' is to be remade with Margot Robbie and Emma Watson in the lead roles.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
    • Aug 23, 2016
    • 2K
  • 24

    24Melania Trump Threatens Legal Action Over Reports She Was an Escort

    The Daily Mail cited a Slovenian gossip magazine in reporting Donald Trump's wife had once worked as a call girl.  Read More

    by Bethania Palma
    • Aug 22, 2016
    • 4K
  • 25

    25Troll Food

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump didn't resort to an old racist stereotype when predicting how popular he'll be with the black community.  Read More

    by David Emery
    • Aug 26, 2016
    • 2K

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