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25 Hottest Urban Legends


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Thursday, April 24, 2014
      Crest 3D White Toothpaste
  1. Warning about Crest 3D White brand toothpaste causing plastic balls to become embedded in users' gums.
  2.   Obamacare Mandates Microchip Implantation
  3. Claim that Obamacare regulations require Americans to be implanted with RFID microchips.
  4.   Starbucks Refuses Marines
  5. Claim that Starbucks refused free product to Marines serving in Iraq.
  6.   Motel 6 Turns Away Soldier
  7. Account of an Atlanta Motel 6 outlet that turned away a U.S. Army soldier because he was underage.
  8.   Heartbleed Bug
  9. Discovery of a major bug known as 'Heartbleed' that can compromise online account information.
  10.   New Pepsi Can
  11. Claim that a new Pepsi soda can design omits the words "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance.
  12.   Dwayne Johnson Death
  13. Report that actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was killed filming a stunt for Fast & Furious 7.
  14.   Smuggled Malaysia Flight 370 Photograph
  15. Conspiracy theory about a passenger on missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 posting a picture taken with a hidden cell phone to the Internet.
  16.   ATM PIN Reversal
  17. Claim that entering your PIN in reverse at any ATM will summon the police.
  18.   Remove Jesus Please
  19. Photograph shows a school essay rejected because the student chose 'Jesus Christ' as her hero.
  20.   Jane Fonda
  21. Claim that Jane Fonda gave away identifying information slipped to her by U.S. POWs during her 1972 visit to Hanoi.
  22.   Yellowstone Animals Fleeing Park
  23. Claim that animals are fleeing Yellowstone Park, indicating that a supervolcano eruption is imminent.
  24.   #-9-0 Phone Scam
  25. Warning about scammers' running up long-distance charges by asking victims to press #-9-0 on their telephones.
  26.   Urgent Warning About Gardasil
  27. Warning that the Gardasil HPV vaccine has caused the deaths of 32 women.
  28.   Robert Matthews
  29. Account of a pregnant woman who named her child after the rescuer who died while saving her and others at the World Trade Center on 9/11.
  30.   Leptospirosis and Soda Cans
  31. Warning about death and disease caused by rat urine on soda cans.
  32.   Hot Pockets Recall
  33. Alert that Nestle has recalled some HOT POCKETS brand products due to possible contaminated beef issues.
  34.   I'm Tired
  35. Opinion piece attributed to Bill Cosby details political and social issues he's tired of.
  36.   Corpus Christi
  37. Claim that Jesus will be portrayed as homosexual in an upcoming film.
  38.   Blue Waffle Disease
  39. Photograph shows an STD-related infection known as 'blue waffle disease.'
  40.   George Zimmerman
  41. Report that George Zimmerman sold his painting of Trayvon Martin for $30,000 at an online auction.
  42.   The Dangers of Splenda
  43. Warning about the dangers of the artificial sweetener Splenda.
  44.   Do Not Eat Tilapia!
  45. Warning about eating farm-raised tilapia and other fish from China.
  46.   809 Area Code Scam
  47. Warning about scammers' placing calls from 809 and other suspect area codes.
  48.   Cell Phone Numbers Given to Telemarketers
  49. Claim that cell phone providers will soon be releasing customers' phone numbers to telemarketers.

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