The Urban Legends Reference Pages

I constantly get suggestions for “stories” from readers that are not only not from a “mainstream, legitimate” news outlet, they’re completely made up (and often very old): “urban legends” that are told again, and again, and again and again! I often simply reply “www.snopes.com” with hopes the reader will go look up the story they just sent me and see how it certainly won’t make it into This is True, but more importantly, I want them to see how easy it is to research whatever rumor or fantastic “fact” they received, and understand it’s indeed just another silly legend before passing it along further. Very, very highly recommended. (See also Break the Chain.)

(First published: 14 March 2003)

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