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

    1Loose Nukes

    During a presidential debate Hillary Clinton mentioned a four-minute response window for launching missiles during a nuclear attack, but that information wasn't secret.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
  • 2

    2Clown Cruel

    The social media clown panic has inevitably merged with "purge" rumors, just in time for Halloween.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
  • 3

    3First Grandma

    Reports that Marian Robinson, First Lady Michelle Obama's mother, will receive a $160,000 annual government pension are fake news.  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

    5Soros Subject

    A rumor falsely claimed that 16 states will be using voting equipment owned or controlled by George Soros, who will rig the presidential election for Hillary Clinton.  Read More

    by David Mikkelson
  • 6

    6Hillary 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
  • 7

    7Project Veritas' Election 2016 'Rigging' Videos

    James O'Keefe's Project Veritas released four 2016 election-related videos supposedly depicting rampant election fraud and misconduct on the part of Democrats.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
  • 8

    8Poll Position

    The claim that Reagan won the 1980 election despite trailing Carter in late public opinion polls is cited as a reason to get out and vote for Donald Trump.  Read More

    by David Emery
    • Oct 23, 2016
    • 2K
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    9Hear No Evil

    An indecipherable noise recorded during the third 2016 presidential debate led to claims that someone was feeding the Democratic presidential nominee her lines.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
    • Oct 20, 2016
    • 2K
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    10Dallas Cow-ploys

    Although rumors of "vote switching" in Texas are rampant, we found only one case in which a report was investigated, and it was found to be unsubstantiated.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
  • 11

    11Madonna Promises Blow Jobs for Hillary Clinton Voters

    Some people missed that the singer's risqué comment was jokingly made as part of her introduction of a comedian.  Read More

    by Jeff Zarronandia
    • Oct 19, 2016
    • 6K
  • 12

    12Capitol Crime

    A recirculating rumor holds that Hillary Clinton was forced to return $200,000 in furniture, china and art she stole from the White House.  Read More

    by David Emery
  • 13

    13Department of Defense Suspends Enlistment Bonus Repayment Efforts

    The Pentagon's directive affects nearly 10,000 National Guard members in California who had been ordered to pay back thousands of dollars in enlistment benefits.  Read More

    by Arturo Garcia
    • Oct 22, 2016
    • 8K
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    14WikiLeaks Director Gavin MacFadyen Dies

    WikiLeaks' director Gavin MacFadyen has died, but he was not "found dead" nor did he pass away under "mysterious" circumstances.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
    • Oct 24, 2016
    • 2K
  • 15

    15The Pen Is Flightier

    A first-person account of a voting pen glitch allocating Clinton votes to Trump went viral but stems from a single unconfirmed anecdote.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
    • Oct 22, 2016
    • 7K
  • 16


    A viral Facebook post claimed Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton sought to make "the cutoff date" for abortion 36 weeks, but we were unable to substantiate that.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
  • 17

    17Summer's Heave

    A fake news site spread an offensive story about a plane forced to make an emergency landing due to the odor of a passenger's private parts.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
    • Oct 12, 2016
    • 2K
  • 18

    18Survey Doesn't Say

    A tweet about an online survey on the Fox News host's website misrepresented the nature of that poll.  Read More

    by Arturo Garcia
    • Oct 24, 2016
    • 5K
  • 19

    19Shots Hired

    As WikiLeaks released several batches of October 2016 leaks, rumors claimed they contained e-mails proving Hillary Clinton sold weapons to ISIS.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
  • 20

    20Hotel Me Again

    Trump Hotels announced in September 2016 that their new hotels would be named "Scion," but the name "Trump" is not being removed from established hotels.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
  • 21

    21100 'Lucky Pennies' Scattered Across the U.S. Are Worth $1,000 Each

    A bank is leaving 100 "lucky pennies" in cities across the United States, each one worth $1,000 to its finder.  Read More

    by David Mikkelson
    • Oct 20, 2016
    • 2K
  • 22

    22Fault and Peppa

    Talk of a Harvard study linking the popular British children’s show “Peppa Pig” to autism has gone viral, but neither the study nor the scientist who allegedly published it exists.  Read More

    by Alex Kasprak
    • Oct 21, 2016
    • 6K
  • 23

    23Taking License

    False rumor holds that Barack and Michelle Obama surrendered their law licenses to avoid pending disciplinary actions.  Read More

    by David Mikkelson
  • 24

    24Did Texas Students Leave Class Over an Evolutionary Fact?

    Texas State University has disputed claims that students walked out of a lecture after hearing that humanity descended from Africa.  Read More

    by Arturo Garcia
    • Oct 21, 2016
    • 1K
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    25Jimmy John's Gourmet Hunts

    Jimmy John Liautaud, the owner of Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches, is a big game hunter.  Read More

    by Dan Evon