Most Popular Urban Legends of 2015

These are the 25 urban legends that circulated the most widely on the Internet in 2015.

Published Dec 28, 2015

This page compiles the 25 urban legends that circulated the most widely on the Internet in 2015, as determined by frequency of access, user searches, reader e-mail, and media coverage.

  Facebook Privacy Notice
1) FALSE: Posting a legal notice on your Facebook wall will protect your copyright and privacy rights.

  Mark Zuckerberg Giveaway Hoax
2) FALSE: Mark Zuckerberg is giving away $4.5 million to Facebook users who share a "thank you" message.

  Full of Bull
3) FALSE: Red Bull and other brands of energy drink contain bull semen.

  Dead Ringer Singer
4) FALSE: The body of a homeless man found in San Diego was identified as that of Elvis Presley.

  Donald Trump "Dumbest" Quote
5) FALSE: Donald Trump said Republicans were "dumbest group of voters" in a 1998 People interview.

  Facebook Charges
6) FALSE: Facebook will soon start charging users a monthly fee for using their social network.

  Charity Check
7) MIXTURE: A comparison of the salaries of top executives of several large charitable organizations.

  Tainted Blood Oranges
8) FALSE: Oranges from Libya have been injected with HIV-positive blood and pose a danger of infection.

  Papal Declaration
9) FALSE: Pope Francis said belief in God is not necessary to be a good person.

  15 Days of Darkness
10) FALSE: NASA confirmed the world will experience 15 straight days of darkness.

  Race Kors
11) FALSE: Fashion CEO Michael Kors said he is tired of "pretending to like blacks."

  Willie Nelson Death Hoax
12) FALSE: Country music legend Willie Nelson has died.

  War on Christmas Cups
13) FALSE: The coffee chain Starbucks removed all mentions of Christmas from their red holiday cups because "they hate Jesus."

  Arizona Iced Pee
14) FALSE: The FDA discovered that the Arizona Beverage Company uses human urine in many of their products.

  Terrorists Buy UPS Uniforms
15) FALSE: Terrorists have acquired a large number of "missing" UPS uniforms.

  Sandy Hook Hoax
16) FALSE: The FBI has revealed that no murders occurred in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012, inadvertently admitting that the Sandy Hook massacre was an elaborate hoax.

  Drinking Age Lowered
17) FALSE: President Obama has signed a new law lowering the drinking age to 18.

  Sandy Hook Staged
18) FALSE: A video documents that the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School were a staged hoax.

  ISIS Kill List
19) OUTDATED: An ISIS "kill list" targets several U.S. cities and towns.

  Baby Boom
20) FALSE: An Indian woman gave birth to eleven baby boys all at once.

  Mars Spectacular
21) FALSE: The planet Mars will make a once-in-our-lifetimes, remarkably close approach to Earth.

  Cell Phone Telemarketing
22) FALSE: A directory of cell phone numbers is being released to telemarketers.

  Secret Sisters Gift Exchange
23) FALSE: By participating in a Facebook "secret sister" gift exchange, you'll receive 36 gifts (or books) in exchange for one $10 contribution.

Reverse PIN Alarm

24) FALSE: Entering your PIN in reverse at any ATM will summon the police.

  Fatima Noor
25) MIXTURE: President Obama appointed Fatima Noor as the head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in the Department of Homeland Security.

David Mikkelson founded the site now known as back in 1994.

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