If we tracked nothing but urban legends on snopes.com, the task of assigning truth values to all the entries would be much easier. As Jan Harold Brunvand wrote in The Vanishing Hitchhiker:
[U]rban legends must be considered false, at least in the sense that the same rather bizarre events could not actually have happened in so many localities to so many aunts, cousins, neighbors, in-laws, and classmates of the hundreds and thousands of individual tellers of the tales.
However, since this site also chronicles many items that do not fit the traditional definition of “urban legend” (e.g., trivia, rumors, hoaxes, common misconceptions, odd facts), our single rating system must be able to accommodate disparate types of entries. As a result, the colored icons we use to classify items have slightly different meanings depending upon the nature of the entries being rated. Below are expansive definitions of the icons’ meanings: