->"''Rumor Has It''"
-->--'''The ''Snopes.com'' {{tagline}}'''

[[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 simply don't answer to proof or disproof, it's possible to demonstrate that some claims couldn't possibly be true.

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]]!" 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.
!!Tropes present:

* AdultFear: The "Parental Nightmares" section.
* 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.
* BribingYourWayToVictory: A RealLife [[http://www.snopes.com/photos/signs/stevenson.asp example here]], which shows a letter informing students of the Adlai E. Stevenson High school that they can donate money to the school in exchange for being pardoned for tardiness or bad grades. Thankfully, it's fake.
* 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 (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.
* ConspiracyTheorist: Some of the chain emails that they investigate are conspiracy theories. Among other things, they have examined and debunked the "[[UsefulNotes/BillClinton Clinton]] body count" list, theories about UsefulNotes/BarackObama's birthplace, and various 9/11 theories.
** Of course, don't tell such theorists to check Snopes - they're obviously part of the conspiracy (regardless of what said conspiracy ''is'').
* 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."
* 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 before she does.
* EskimosArentReal: The famed [[http://www.snopes.com/business/money/tacobell.asp Taco Bell $2 Bill]] story.
* FunWithAcronyms: [[{{Troll}} The Repository of Lost Legends]].
* {{Glurge}}: A whole section on it, in-universe (and they are the TropeNamer).
* 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.
* 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.
* MemeticMutation: [[invoked]] This is discussed often as the means by which the online rumors and stories spread.
* PoesLaw: Many of the rumors cited are ostensibly news articles but are actually from parody or satirical "news" sources. ''Website/TheOnion'', ''The Daily Currant'', and ''Weekly World News'' are common offenders.
* PoliticallyMotivatedTeacher: Quite a few UrbanLegends archived and discussed here have such teachers, typically involving them teaching a lesson to their students or getting into a fracas with a student of a different political alignment. A few examples (of varying degrees of truth) include [[http://www.snopes.com/college/exam/socialism.asp a professor giving his students a hands-on lesson about socialism]], [[http://www.snopes.com/glurge/nodesks.asp a teacher having veterans come into her class to impart patriotism to her students]], and a HollywoodAtheist [[http://www.snopes.com/religion/chalk.asp professor attempting to disprove the existence of God...]]by dropping a piece of chalk.
** The latter of these also mentions [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0055/0055_01.asp a similar]] ComicBook/{{Chick Tract|s}}.
* 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.
** 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 TV series on urban legends]] and the makers of a [[http://www.snopes.com/media/goofs/urbanmythsgame.asp board game about urban myths]].
** Yahoo!'s [[http://news.yahoo.com/who-knew/#crsl=%252Fwho-knew%252Fflag-trivia-oldest-mistakes-more-28688110.html "Who Knew?"]] feature totally fell for the joke entry about how California's flag supposedly was meant to have a ''pear'' on it instead of a bear.
* ShownTheirWork: Back when it was driven almost entirely by the Mikkelsons, they always made sure to cite their sources when proving or debunking an urban legend. Now that more authors work for the site, source-listing has grown spottier.
* {{Understatement}}: [[http://snopes.com/horrors/animals/golfcroc.asp "Borneo is a fair distance from Palm Beach."]]
* UrbanLegends: Your top go-to source for debunking all those things you heard from someone who has a friend whose aunt…
* YourCostumeNeedsWork: Creator/CharlieChaplin [[http://www.snopes.com/movies/actors/chaplin2.asp lost a Chaplin look-alike contest]]. This one's actually marked as true.