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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    1Trump Flower

    An old photoshoot features then-model Melania Trump posing provocatively for GQ magazine.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
    • May 23, 2016
    • 7K
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    2Apology Tour

    While President Obama offered his sympathies for the loss of life during a visit to Hiroshima, he did not apologize for dropping the bomb.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
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    3Rest in T

    A false rumor reported that 'A-Team' actor Mr. T passed away in May 2016.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
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    4A Shocking Discovery

    Videos of the "Sharpie Shock Challenge" don't actually show people getting shocked ... or do they?  Read More

    by Dan Evon
    • Apr 28, 2016
    • 1K
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    5Hillary Clinton Rape Defense Meme

    Hillary Clinton's role in a 40-year-old rape case became the focal point of a viral meme in 2016, but the claims were only partially accurate.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
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    6Memorial Day Origins

    One legend associated with the origins of Memorial Day holds that it was started by former slaves to honor Union war dead.  Read More

    by David Mikkelson
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    7Berned Out

    An image purportedly showing a rejection letter Albert Einstein received from the University of Bern in 1907 is a modern fabrication  Read More

    by Dan Evon
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    8Kyle File

    'American Sniper' Chris Kyle did not shoot dozens of Hurricane Katrina looters, kill two attempted carjackers, and punch Jesse Ventura in the face.  Read More

    by David Mikkelson
    • Jan 27, 2015
    • 4K
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    9Border Disorder

    This photograph does not show a border wall between Mexico and Guatemala. It's actually a portion of the Israeli West Bank barrier.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
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    10Sarlacc Turtle Teeth

    An image showing the inside of a leatherback turtle's mouth is gruesome, terrifying, and real.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
    • May 23, 2016
    • 6K
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    11Banana Bloat

    Photographs show discolored bananas that have likely fallen prey to a fungus, not to being injected with HIV-infected human blood.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
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    12Stan Lee Death Hoax

    A prank article started a false rumor that famed Marvel Comics artist Stan Lee had passed away.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
    • May 25, 2016
    • 3K
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    13Coined Tradition

    About the tradition of leaving coins on military tombstones to denote visits from living soldiers.  Read More

    by David Mikkelson
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    14It's A Hard Knock Life

    A viral Facebook post warns that robbers are using rubber bands on door latches to break into homes, but its validity is questionable.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
    • Apr 25, 2016
    • 7K
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    15Neigh Sayer

    Rumors swept social media that a police mount was pushed over during anti-Trump demonstrations, fracturing its leg.  Read More

    by Brooke Binkowski
    • May 26, 2016
    • 7K
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    16Facebook Subscription Fees

    Ages-old hoax claims Facebook is planning to institute a monthly charge for users.  Read More

    by David Mikkelson
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    17FALSE: Clinton Body Bags

    Decades-old political rumor claims Bill Clinton quietly did away with several dozen people who possessed incriminating evidence about him.  Read More

    by David Mikkelson
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    A woman named Amanda from Longview, Texas shared a Facebook claim about attempted human trafficking at a local store.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
    • Feb 25, 2016
    • 5K
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    19The Galaxy Next Door

    A purported photograph that shows the galaxy next to (and much larger than) the moon is actually a composite of two separate images.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
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    20Boo and Sullied

    A viral video purports to show a sexual act depicted in a scene from the popular children's movie "Monsters, Inc."  Read More

    by Dan Evon
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    21'America Was Never Great'

    A controversial photograph shows an employee at Home Depot wearing a cap bearing the slogan "America Was Never Great."  Read More

    by David Mikkelson
    • May 19, 2016
    • 6K
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    22Tax Hack

    A fake news article reported that Donald Trump's tax returns were posted online after Anonymous hacked the IRS database.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
    • May 28, 2016
    • 2K
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    23The Chair Thrown 'Round the World

    A Las Vegas reporter's second-hand claim Bernie Sanders supporters threw chairs at a Nevada convention was widely reproduced by other news outlets.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
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    24Ticked Off

    Swabbing liquid soap on ticks may sometimes help remove them, but it isn't a recommended, effective method for tick removal.  Read More

    by David Mikkelson
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    25Target Practice

    Target did sue Michael Turner, a man who saved a girl from being stabbed in one of their stores, but the lawsuit was about more than that.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
    • May 20, 2016
    • 6K