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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    1Play Doh-Nations

    Donald Trump was criticized for donating Play-Doh to flood victims in need of food and water, but that wasn't the only item among his donations.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
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    2Executive 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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    3Convoy of the Dead

    Ominous-looking "Mutation Response Vehicles" spotted in Florida amplified Zika fears, but the automobiles were just part of the Burning Man festival.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
    • Aug 17, 2016
    • 5K
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    4Dr. Drew 'Gravely Concerned' About Hillary Clinton's Health

    In a rambling radio interview, physician and media personality Dr. Drew Pinsky said he's 'gravely concerned' about Hillary Clinton's health and health care.  Read More

    by David Emery
    • Aug 18, 2016
    • 7K
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    5Hillary 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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    6Raining Trump

    The GOP candidate reportedly donated money intended for a local church doing flood relief, but controversial Tony Perkins is interim pastor of that church.  Read More

    by Bethania Palma
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    7Angelina Jolie Death Hoax

    A scammy web site has perpetrated a false rumor that Actress Angelina Jolie committed suicide.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
    • Aug 11, 2016
    • 4K
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    8The 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
    • 3K
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    9Pledge of Allegiance Permission Slip

    A photograph showing a school opt-out form for the Pledge of Allegiance was frequently misinterpreted to represent the opposite.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
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    10Close Call

    The recirculation of a several-year-old, misleadingly headlined news story has spread the mistaken belief that the Hobby Lobby chain is closing.  Read More

    by David Mikkelson
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    11Dwayne Pain

    Actor Dwayne ("The Rock") Johnson has not been arrested for importing banned medical substances into Australia.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
    • Jul 4, 2016
    • 8K
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    12Miracle on Ice

    Jean Hilliard made a full recovery after she was found frozen in sub-zero temperatures in Minnesota.  Read More

    by David Mikkelson
    • Aug 20, 2016
    • 1K
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    13Miss Spoke

    Donald Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson previously made some racially charged remarks about President Obama on Twitter.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
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    14A Trump Family Portrait

    A family portrait of Donald Trump, his wife Melania, and son Barron appeared in August 2016, but some viewers were skeptical of its authenticity.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
    • Aug 23, 2016
    • 4K
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    15Incorrect the Record

    Right after the name of Hillary Clinton's physician appeared in the news, suspect medical records attributed to that doctor were "leaked" online.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
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    16Virginia Server Gets Racist Note Instead of Tip

    "We only tip citizens," wrote the customers on the receipt.  Read More

    by Brooke Binkowski
    • Aug 21, 2016
    • 5K
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    17Trump Companies Owe $650 Million?

    The New York Times reported that Donald Trump's companies have more than twice the amount of debt shown in public filings made by his presidential campaign.  Read More

    by Jeff Zarronandia
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    18Nursing a Grudge

    Rumor claims Hillary Clinton once disparaged nurses by calling them overpaid 'maids' or 'babysitters,' but we found no evidence she ever said any such thing.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
    • Aug 19, 2016
    • 8K
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    19Calendar Ghouls

    Old joke recycled yearly makes no calendrical sense, as Halloween never falls on the 13th of the month.  Read More

    by David Mikkelson
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    20I'm with Seiz-Her

    A video clip purportedly shows presidential candidate Hillary Clinton undergoing a seizure on camera, but there's no credible evidence she actually did.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
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    21Don't Forget to Rip Your Server

    Social media controversy erupted over a restaurant customer who purportedly stiffed his waitress and mocked her for being an immigrant.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
    • Nov 20, 2015
    • 6K
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    22Black List

    A widely circulated list of historical "facts" about slavery dwells on the participation of non-whites as owners and traders of slaves in America.  Read More

    by David Emery
    • Aug 17, 2016
    • 5K
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    23Vanishing Fortune

    A popular Internet meme says 'Harry Potter' author J.K. Rowling dropped off the Forbes billionaires list because she gave so much money to charity.  Read More

    by David Emery
    • Aug 20, 2016
    • 2K
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    24DNC Lawsuit Process Server Shawn Lucas Has Died

    Shawn Lucas, depicted in a viral video serving the DNC with a lawsuit in July 2016, died suddenly of unknown causes in early August 2016.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
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    25Pin Money

    Entering your PIN in reverse at any ATM will not summon the police; the idea is nothing more than an old and unimplemented suggestion.  Read More

    by David Mikkelson