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

    1Pepper Plot

    An online hoax held that Coca-Cola had bought up rival soda brand Dr Pepper and would be shutting down production of the popular soft drink.  Read More

    by David Mikkelson
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    2Purple Pros

    A meme asserts that musician Prince said he voted Republican because that political party knows the value of hard work.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
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    3Jack Potty

    A story about a woman leaving a "goodbye gift" on her boss's desk after winning the lottery came from a fake news web site.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
    • Apr 26, 2016
    • 3K
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    4Without a Prayer

    President Obama did not eliminate the National Day of Prayer and pray with Muslims on Capitol Hill instead.  Read More

    by David Mikkelson
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    5Eric's Idol

    An old chestnut of musical praise, once attributed to Jimi Hendrix, was repurposed to involve Eric Clapton and Prince.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
    • Apr 22, 2016
    • 7K
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    6Stall Doubt

    A man was arrested for alleged invasion of a women's bathroom, but he was neither transgender nor legally allowed to do so under any extant laws.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
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    7Public Arrest Rooms

    Fake news reports that NC police tased and "brutally ejected" a woman from a ladies' restroom because they thought she was transgender.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
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    8Facebook Subscription Fees

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

    by David Mikkelson
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    9Bottle Balm

    Warning about neighborhood residents finding unexploded 'bottle bombs' in their yards.  Read More

    by David Mikkelson
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    10Ghost Dad

    A meme claims that Sgt. Gregory Hayes beat a pair of Syrian refugees to death for raping his teenaged daughter, but we found no record Hayes even exists.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
    • Apr 19, 2016
    • 7K
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    A story that Klan members committed suicide after announcements that Harriet Tubman's image would be placed on $20 bills came from a hoax news site.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
    • Apr 22, 2016
    • 8K
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    12His Princeness

    Online item falsely suggests that Prince played a vital role in basketball star Michael Jordan's commercial success with Nike.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
    • Apr 24, 2016
    • 2K
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    13Banana 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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    14Trans Substantiation

    A social media controversy erupted when Target announced a chain-wide policy inviting transgender customers to use the bathroom that matched their gender identity.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
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    15Target of Protest

    A photograph of urinals was not taken in the women's bathroom of a Target store, nor has the chain announced plans for such installations.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
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    16Bernie Sanders Facebook Groups Controversy

    The purported simultaneous disappearance of multiple Bernie Sanders Facebook Groups caused a rash of rumors, but the groups quickly returned.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
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    17Transunder Arrest

    Reports that a transgender woman was arrested for taking pictures of girls in a Target bathroom came from a fake news web site.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
  • 18

    18City Trickers

    A number of hoax posts appeared on Facebook in early 2016, claiming various celebrities were moving to various small towns.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
  • 19

    19Arms and the Woman

    A macro presenting Harriet Tubman as a "gun-toting Republican" features a photograph of Mary Fields, not Harriet Tubman.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
    • Apr 22, 2016
    • 8K
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    20Shave the Date

    A 2013 news story about a man filming in women's bathrooms was misrepresented as having occurred "last weekend" in 2016.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
  • 21

    21Coke Joke

    A fake news article claimed that Coca-Cola was recalling Dasani water products after a clear parasite was found in bottles in the United States.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
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    22Chopper Stopper

    Video showing Obama boarding a helicopter without saluting a nearby Marine is shared with the unfounded claim that the pilot refused to let him stay aboard.  Read More

    by Dan Evon
  • 23

    23Saturn Fail-ia

    A meme played on social media's fascination with astronomy by claiming Saturn would appear to be impossibly close to Earth in May 2016.  Read More

    by Kim LaCapria
    • Apr 27, 2016
    • 5K
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    24It'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
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    25Saucy Sausage

    Fake news reports a woman was busted for pleasuring herself in a Walmart restroom with a meat product.  Read More

    by Dan Evon