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

    1Bad Pitt

    A fake news article reported that Jennifer Aniston made a curse-filled remark on the 'Today Show' about Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's divorce.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
    • Sep 20, 2016
    • 8K
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    2Hillary 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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    3Full of Bull

    Red Bull and other brands of energy drinks employ various stimulating ingredients, but none of them is bull semen.  Read More

    by David Mikkelson
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    4Brad Pitt Death Hoax

    Actor Brad Pitt, whose split from wife Angelina Jolie was announced in September 2016, did not die in a shooting range suicide.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
    • Sep 21, 2016
    • 4K
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    5Zodiac Filler

    Whether or not you believe horoscopes are worthwhile, Ophiuchus won't be disrupting our astrological zodiac any time soon.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
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    6Baby Boom

    Recycled fake news reports that a police officer killed a mother following a dispute about breastfeeding her child in public.  Read More

    by David Mikkelson
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    7Playing the Patriots

    Cowboys owner Jerry Jones didn't tell his players they were "actors" playing the role of "patriotic super heroes" and had to stand during the national anthem.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
    • Sep 13, 2016
    • 9K
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    8Slave to the Facts

    Questionable sources maintain that the plight of so-called "Irish slaves" in early America was worse than that of African slaves. Historians beg to differ.  Read More

    by David Emery
    • Sep 24, 2016
    • 3K
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    9Did George H.W. Bush Endorse Hillary Clinton?

    A Kennedy family member reported that this coming election day, George H. W. Bush will be casting his ballot for Hillary Clinton.  Read More

    by David Mikkelson
    • Sep 20, 2016
    • 2K
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    10Endorsing Precedents

    An image reporting that all living ex-presidents have warned Americans to not vote for Donald Trump is not quite accurate.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
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    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
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    12Don't Fear the Reefer

    A death hoax about comedian Tommy Chong circulated in December 2015, March 2016, and again in September 2016. But he's still alive and seeking a presidential pardon.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
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    13Eyes Wide Crossed

    Hillary Clinton cancelled a North Carolina event due to "changes" to her schedule, but not because of reported "bizarre eye movements."  Read More

    by Bethania Palma
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    14Executive 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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    15Symphony of Disruption

    Reports of Alabama law enforcement shooting a saxophone-wielding teenager came from a fake news web site.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
    • Aug 27, 2016
    • 9K
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    16High on the Hog

    Smithfield Foods was sold to a Chinese company in 2013, but China won't be slaughtering and processing hogs raised in the U.S. and shipping them back to America.  Read More

    by David Mikkelson
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    A fake news site cranked out an election year fairy tale guaranteed to tickle the fancy of every conspiracy theorist.  Read More

    by David Emery
  • 18

    18Frost Spite

    Fake news reports a Chicago man named Rasheed Thompson was arrested in connection with dead bodies found in his basement freezer.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
  • 19

    19Terence Crutcher Shooting: What We Know

    What we know so far about the controversial 16 September 2016 officer-involved fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
  • 20

    20Charlotte Police Chief Says Dead Man Had a Gun, Not a Book

    Keith Lamont Scott was shot and killed by police in North Carolina on 20 September 2016.  Read More

    by Brooke Binkowski
  • 21

    21Brad Pitt Under Investigation for Child Abuse?

    Unconfirmed accusations of child abuse follow on the heels of a divorce filing by the actor's wife, Angelina Jolie.  Read More

    by Jeff Zarronandia
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    22The 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
    • 4K
  • 23

    23Shaky Diagnosis

    A montage of photos and video clips of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton purportedly proves she has symptoms of Parkinson's disease.  Read More

    by David Emery
  • 24

    24Fox News in the Henhouse

    Leaked e-mails from the Democratic National Committee don't suggest Bill O'Reilly and Megyn Kelly are surreptitious Clinton operatives.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
  • 25

    25Mother Overdoses on Heroin at Store With Toddler

    The child was taken into protective custody and the mother has been charged with child endangerment.  Read More

    by Bethania Palma