College

For many of us the college experience is our first encounter with urban legends. Young men and women living away from home for the first time are particularly susceptible to legends that play on the unease and fear of life in a strange, new environment among unfamiliar surroundings. College life (especially in fraternities) is filled with legendary tales of pranks and debauchery — some true, some not. Students often have to deal with university administrators and their bewildering array of rules and regulations, and with instructors to whom they may be nothing more than names on a roll sheet — all of them at times frustratingly arbitrary and uncaring. And, of course, students are always trying to come up with new ways of cheating and outsmarting their instructors (and sometimes vice-versa).

Did Ripon College Ban a 9/11 Memorial Because ‘It May Offend Muslims’? A conservative youth organization's claims about Ripon College's response to a controversial poster were contradicted...
    Mostly False
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Did a Professor Flunk a Student for Correctly Saying that Australia Is a Country? Ashley Arnold attracted media attention after challenging — and triumphing over — her instructor's faulty...
    Mostly True
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Does MIT Offer Students a ‘Pirate Certificate’? The prestigious university counts among its alumni Nobel laureates, leaders of science and industry, and...
    True
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The Unsolvable Math Problem A student mistook examples of unsolved math problems for a homework assignment and solved them.
    True
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Graduation mortarboard hat on a pile of $100 bills
Is a Kentucky University Giving Black Students Free Tuition as an ‘Apology’ for Slavery? A non-binding vote by student leaders on a largely symbolic resolution has been misrepresented as...
    Mostly False
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Cent to College How an enterprising college student financed his education by soliciting one-cent donations.
    True
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Are California College Students Cutting Off Their Genitals Over Trump’s ‘Wall’ Plan? A dubious web site fabricated an account of a student protest over President Trump's plans...
    False
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Is Hell Endothermic or Exothermic? Old collegiate legend involves a student's coming up with a clever proof about the physical...
    Legend
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College Rejection Letter Rumor: Applicant turned down for a college position sends the school a letter declining the...
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Daughter’s Letter Home A college student sends her parents a letter filled with disastrous news.
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Billy Goats Bluff College prank: Students let loose a herd of livestock with an apparently missing member.
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Playboy’s Top Party Schools Is your college on Playboy magazine's annual ranking of America's top party schools?
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