This page compiles the 25 urban legends that circulated the most widely on the Internet in 2014, as determined by frequency of access, user searches, reader e-mail, and media coverage.
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Report that use of the Facebook Messenger app requires user acceptance of many privacy-violating conditions.
Photograph shows a breast rash caused by South American larvae.
Report that the minimum legal drinking age in the U.S. is being raised to 25.
NASA announcement that a multi-day worldwide blackout will occur in December 2014.
Warning that the Talking Angela app unsafely prompts children to provide personal information about themselves.
Warning that giving your dog ice or ice water on a hot day is likely to cause it to die from bloating and spasms.
Claim that entering your PIN in reverse at any ATM will summon the police.
Rumor states that posting a legal notice on your Facebook wall will protect your copyright and privacy rights.
Image captures a cheerleader defecating in mid-air as her horrified teammates watch.
Report that the U.S. dollar will officially collapse after 1 July 2014 due to the implementation of H.R. 2847.
Rumor claims health care legislation requires that U.S. residents be implanted with RFID microchips.
Report that an Oklahoma City McDonald’s outlet was caught with horse meat and human meat in their freezers.
Claim that Red Bull and other brands of energy drink contain bull semen.
Rumor that Will Smith died during surgery following an accident.
Photographs show a Calderon dolphin hunt taking place in Denmark.
Image shows a fourth-grade science quiz about ‘Dinosaurs: Genesis and the Gospel’ from a South Carolina school.
Claim that the term “Black Friday” originated with the practice of selling off slaves on the day after Thanksgiving.
Florida woman Jasmine Tridevil claimed she underwent surgery to add a third breast.
Claim that colored squares on toothpaste tubes identify the composition of the toothpaste enclosed therein.
Report that two female Ebola victims resurrected as their corpses were being transported for burial.
Claim that swishing plant oils in your mouth has been proved to ameliorate a variety of medical ailments.
Claim that most of the $100 million raised from ALS ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ donations didn’t go to ALS-related research and services.
Warning that venomous ‘two-striped telamonia’ spiders are lurking beneath toilet seats in public restrooms.
Video claims that the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School were a staged hoax.
Report that rapper Sean Combs was arrested in connection with the murder of Tupac Shakur.