History Website / Snopes

24th Aug '16 5:39:41 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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* ChainLetter: The emails recorded on the site generally ask people to forward it to everyone they know. They don't specify a quota or threaten bad luck, but still push the urgency.

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* ChainLetter: The emails recorded on the site generally ask people to forward it to everyone they know. They don't specify a quota or threaten bad luck, luck (usually[[labelnote:†]]Messages of the "for each forward three cents are donated to help [[LittlestCancerPatient a sick kid]]" [[http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/medical/cancer.asp variety]] often include a note along the lines of "if you don't forward, what goes around comes around."[[/labelnote]]), but still push the urgency.



* SchmuckBait: The Repository of Lost Legends ([[FunWithAcronyms T. R. O. L. L.]]), which purports to be just as true as the rest of the site. It isn't, and is designed to remind people that even seemingly authoritative sources, themselves included, can sometimes be fallible or inaccurate. Humorously, a TV series on urban legends [[http://www.snopes.com/humor/mediagoofs/sixpence.asp fell for one]] of the joke entries.

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* SchmuckBait: The Repository of Lost Legends ([[FunWithAcronyms T. R. O. L. L.]]), which purports to be just as true as the rest of the site. It isn't, and is designed to remind people that even seemingly authoritative sources, themselves included, can sometimes be fallible or inaccurate. Humorously, a TV series on urban legends inaccurate.
** Hilariously enough, two different entities fell for the
[[http://www.snopes.com/lost/sixpence.asp "Sing a Song of Sixpence"]] entry: a [[http://www.snopes.com/humor/mediagoofs/sixpence.asp fell for one]] of TV series on urban legends]] and the joke entries.makers of a [[http://www.snopes.com/media/goofs/urbanmythsgame.asp board game about urban myths]].



* ShownTheirWork: Considering it's driven almost entirely by two people, those two people always make sure to cite their sources when proving or debunking an urban legend.

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* ShownTheirWork: Considering it's Back when it was driven almost entirely by two people, those two people the Mikkelsons, they always make made sure to cite their sources when proving or debunking an urban legend.legend. Now that more authors work for the site, source-listing has grown spottier.
24th Aug '16 5:17:22 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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* MadLibsCatchPhrase: Barbara "one-liner relevant to the legend" Mikkelson signs her articles with such a phrase. Back in the days when she and her husband David were the sole authors of the site, that signature (or absence thereof) was the way of identifying who wrote the article.
26th Jul '16 2:26:46 PM Chariset
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* EasyRoadToHell: A common urban legend about a paper made on [[http://www.snopes.com/college/exam/hell.asp whether hell is endothermic or exothermic]] states that hell must be really hot and getting worse because everyone has been cursed to go to hell by at least someone else in the world... and because he's not yet slept with a woman who said it'll be a cold day in Hell when she does.

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* DanBrowned: "The Repository of Lost Legends" does this intentionally, advancing claims like "Mister Ed was really a zebra" to remind the readers that something can look authoritative and well researched and still be bullshit.
* EasyRoadToHell: A common urban legend about a paper made on [[http://www.snopes.com/college/exam/hell.asp whether hell is endothermic or exothermic]] states that hell must be really hot and getting worse because everyone has been cursed to go to hell by at least someone else in the world... and because he's not yet slept with a woman who once said it'll be a cold day in Hell when before she does.
12th Nov '15 6:37:19 PM Jeduthun
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* MemeticMutation: Of course, this is the means by which the online rumors and stories spread.

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* MemeticMutation: Of course, this [[invoked]] This is discussed often as the means by which the online rumors and stories spread.
12th Nov '15 6:36:15 PM Jeduthun
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* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: A small but non-negligible percentage of the UrbanLegends they've researched actually turn out to be ''true''. A prime example is [[http://www.snopes.com/medical/asylum/fbipizza.asp this story of FBI agents trying to order pizza in an asylum]]— sounds like a joke, but to their astonishment it was confirmed by the FBI. As the site's authors observe:
--> "…no matter how bizarre, far-fetched, or incredible a story may seem at first glance, it should never be entirely discounted without at least some effort being made to verify it."


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* MemeticMutation: Of course, this is the means by which the online rumors and stories spread.


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* UrbanLegends: Your top go-to source for debunking all those things you heard from someone who has a friend whose aunt…
14th Feb '15 8:50:36 PM jormis29
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* JustForFun/NotableReferencesToTVTropes: [[http://www.snopes.com/info/news/cookies.asp This article]] links to the StrawFeminist trope page in describing the sort of content of the tale that it is examining.
2nd Jan '15 12:03:56 PM TheUnsquished
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* ConspiracyTheorist: Some of the chain emails that they investigate are conspiracy theories. Among other things, they have examined and debunked the "[[BillClinton Clinton]] body count" list, theories about UsefulNotes/BarackObama's birthplace, and various 9/11 theories.

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* ConspiracyTheorist: Some of the chain emails that they investigate are conspiracy theories. Among other things, they have examined and debunked the "[[BillClinton "[[UsefulNotes/BillClinton Clinton]] body count" list, theories about UsefulNotes/BarackObama's birthplace, and various 9/11 theories.
25th Dec '14 5:59:01 AM TheUnsquished
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* ConspiracyTheorist: Some of the chain emails that they investigate are conspiracy theories. Among other things, they have examined and debunked the "[[BillClinton Clinton]] body count" list, theories about BarackObama's birthplace, and various 9/11 theories.

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* ConspiracyTheorist: Some of the chain emails that they investigate are conspiracy theories. Among other things, they have examined and debunked the "[[BillClinton Clinton]] body count" list, theories about BarackObama's UsefulNotes/BarackObama's birthplace, and various 9/11 theories.
30th Jun '14 9:16:22 PM DracMonster
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* BlatantLies: Reading this site is a fast way to learn never, ever to trust a forwarded email. Many of the hoaxes documented have never had even a grain of truth at their hearts. Even the ones marked "true" are relative, as every single accompanying email has at least some lying and embellishment.
7th Apr '14 9:26:43 AM Chariset
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[[http://www.snopes.com Snopes]] (aka the UrbanLegends Reference Page) is very nearly the definitive website for busting urban legends and chain emails. They really have ShownTheirWork, and while some things can't be proven, they can be proven false.

If someone sends you some stupid email, or posts on Website/{{Facebook}} saying "Bubble Yum is made of [[http://www.snopes.com/horrors/food/bubbleyum.asp spider eggs]]!" you can point them to the right place to figure out that no, it isn't. Or that "[[http://snopes.com/inboxer/prayer/bundy.asp Amanda Bundy]] needs your prayers!" (she recovered years ago). Or, what about [[http://snopes.com/inboxer/medical/shergold.asp Craig Shergold]]? You know, the boy who was collecting greeting cards years ago? Well....Snopes checked, and Mr. Shergold made a full recovery, is now a healthy young man and -- having collected upwards of 33 ''million'' greeting cards -- respectfully requests that people stop sending them.

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[[http://www.snopes.com Snopes]] (aka the UrbanLegends Reference Page) is very nearly the definitive website for busting urban legends and chain emails. They really have ShownTheirWork, and while some things can't simply don't answer to proof or disproof, it's possible to demonstrate that some claims couldn't possibly be proven, they can be proven false.true.

If So when someone sends you some stupid email, or posts on Website/{{Facebook}} saying "Bubble Yum is made of [[http://www.snopes.com/horrors/food/bubbleyum.asp spider eggs]]!" you can point them to the right place to figure out that no, it isn't. Or that "[[http://snopes.com/inboxer/prayer/bundy.asp Amanda Bundy]] needs your prayers!" (she recovered years ago). Or, what about [[http://snopes.com/inboxer/medical/shergold.asp Craig Shergold]]? You know, the boy who was collecting greeting cards years ago? Well....Snopes checked, and Mr. Shergold made a full recovery, is now a healthy young man and -- having collected upwards of 33 ''million'' greeting cards -- respectfully requests that people stop sending them.
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