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

    1The 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
  • 2

    2Target 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
    • 5K
  • 3

    3Carolina in My Kind

    An article reporting that the Cowboys' quarterback was arrested for using a men's bathroom in North Carolina was a spoof.  Read More

    by David Mikkelson
  • 4

    4Clinton, Trump, or Death

    The obituary of Mary Anne Noland, which said she chose death over the prospect of voting for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, went viral in May 2016.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
  • 5

    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
  • 6

    6Hair Force One

    Donald Trump was never involved with Tower Air, nor could we find any evidence he ever transported stranded Gulf War soldiers.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
  • 7

    7It'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
    • 5K
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    8Jenner's Gender

    Caitlyn Jenner has not said she regrets becoming female and will transition back to being male.  Read More

    by David Mikkelson
    • Jun 4, 2015
    • 8K
  • 9

    9Banana 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
  • 10

    10Gender Lie-dentity

    A man was arrested for allegedly choking a young girl in a bathroom, but the incident was unrelated to transgender restroom policies.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
    • May 16, 2016
    • 9K
  • 11

    11Provoking in the Boys' Room

    The Departments of Justice and Education issued guidance to U.S. schools about transgender students and Title IX.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
  • 12

    12Flap Iron

    A number of images circulating on social media accompanied rumors that retailers T.J. Maxx and Marshall's carried inauthentic salon products.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
    • May 18, 2016
    • 5K
  • 13

    13'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
    • 5K
  • 14

    14Bathroom Reading

    A report that Target had stopped selling the Bible due to recent protests against its transgender bathroom policies came from a satire site.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
    • May 18, 2016
    • 7K
  • 15

    15Mourned Beef

    Unverified, unvetted postings on social media use photographs from video game promotions to advance tropes about China's food industry.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
    • May 10, 2016
    • 9K
  • 16

    16A Shocking Discovery

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

    by Dan Evon
  • 17

    17Feign Reaction

    Belgian police issued commentary about "Facebook reactions," but their remarks fell short of a warning and didn't involve danger to users.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
    • May 18, 2016
    • 3K
  • 18

    18Sex Roulette

    A number of tabloids are reporting rumors that a risky new "sex roulette" trend — involving orgies where at least one attendee is HIV-positive — are "on the rise."  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
  • 19

    19Trump Card

    A rumor claiming that Donald Trump was never called a racist before he started running for president was widely circulated on Facebook.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
    • May 18, 2016
    • 7K
  • 20

    20Smoking in Cars with Underage Passengers Now Illegal in England and Wales

    On 1 October 2015, smoking became illegal in vehicles carrying passengers under age 18 in England and Wales.  Read More

    by David Mikkelson
  • 21

    21Patrick Stalwart

    Comments made by 'Star Trek' star Patrick Stewart about the movie 'Galaxy Quest' are authentic but not recent.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
    • May 19, 2016
    • 3K
  • 22

    22Fight to the Future

    A viral video purportedly shows a spectator using a not-yet-available camera phone to take photographs of a Mike Tyson fight back in 1995.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
    • Apr 30, 2016
    • 4K
  • 23

    23Liars Ice Cream

    A misleading video purportedly shows that Breyers brand ice cream doesn't melt.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
    • May 16, 2016
    • 3K
  • 24

    24Dead Zone

    A photograph showing where the Mississippi meets the Gulf of Mexico is often shared with misinformation.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
  • 25

    25Zimmerman's Gun

    A story reporting that the musician destroyed the gun used by George Zimmerman to kill Trayvon Martin came from a fake news web site.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
    • May 16, 2016
    • 2K

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