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

    2Boo, 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
  • 3

    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

    4Whole 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
  • 5

    5Melania Trump Copied from Michelle Obama's 2008 Convention Speech

    Melania Trump's speech on opening night of the 2016 Republican National Convention bore striking similarities to Michelle Obama's convention speech in 2008.  Read More

    by David Emery
  • 6

    6'White Elevators' Cause Consternation at RNC Site

    Republican National Convention staffers were reportedly scrambling to remove signs identifying a bank “white elevators" at Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena.  Read More

    by David Mikkelson
  • 7

    7Who 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
  • 8

    8Nicolas 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
  • 9

    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
  • 10

    10Trapper 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
  • 11

    11Lawsuit 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
  • 12

    12Chapter 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
  • 13

    13Meredith 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
  • 14

    14Hillary 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
  • 15

    15Melania Mania

    A quote from Eric Trump defending the originality of his stepmother's Republican National Convention speech is fake.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
    • Jul 19, 2016
    • 7K
  • 16

    16Bataclan Torture Coverup

    News outlets have rehashed debunked claims that France actively covered up horrifying details of torture at the Bataclan in November 2015 attacks.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
    • Jul 15, 2016
    • 7K
  • 17

    17Big 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
  • 18

    18Anonymous 'Day of Rage' Protests

    A rumor that the hacktivist collective Anonymous has called for nationwide 'Day of Rage' protests on 15 July 2016 is identical to a false rumor circulated in 2014.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
  • 19

    19Wigged Out

    Who knows what GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump's head looks like in its unprepped state?  Read More

    by David Mikkelson
    • Jul 16, 2016
    • 5K
  • 20

    20Chants Encounter

    A perpetually recirculating video of BLM protesters chanting for "dead cops" dates to December 2014 and is unrelated to BLM protest events occurring in July 2016.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
    • Jul 18, 2016
    • 8K
  • 21

    21Barack 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
  • 22

    22Internet Abuzz Over Photo of Mike Pence's 'Vampire' Daughter

    In a family photo tweeted by GOP vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence, his daughter's reflection appears to be missing from a nearby mirror.  Read More

    by David Emery
    • Jul 18, 2016
    • 4K
  • 23

    23The 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
  • 24

    24Tupac Obama

    Scott Baio asserted during a July 2016 MSNBC appearance that President Obama once said if "bring a knife" to a fight, should "bring a gun."  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
    • Jul 19, 2016
    • 2K
  • 25

    25Angel Dust

    The 'spirit' seen in a photograph of a fatal crash scene bears a startling resemblance to a fleck of dust.  Read More

    by Brooke Binkowski
    • Jul 14, 2016
    • 6K

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