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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    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
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    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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    3Dr. 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
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    4Hillary 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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    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
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    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
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    8Executive 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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    9Dwayne 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
    • 8K
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    10Close 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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    11The 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
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    12Virginia 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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    13Bye 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
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    14The 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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    15Convoy 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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    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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    17Angelina Jolie Death Hoax

    A scammy web site has perpetrated a false rumor that Actress Angelina Jolie committed suicide.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
    • Aug 11, 2016
    • 4K
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    18Huma 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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    19I'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
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    20Military 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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    21Vault 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
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    22DNC Lawsuit Process Server Shawn Lucas Has Died

    Shawn Lucas, depicted in a viral video serving the DNC with a lawsuit in July 2016, died suddenly of unknown causes in early August 2016.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
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    23Melania 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
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    24Divide 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
    • 7K
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    25Smokescreen 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