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  • An example appears on the Horrors page. On the website, various icons represent the topics being discussed, such as the Grim Reaper for the "Murdering Madmen" section and the skull and crossbones for "Poisoning" legends. What's the icon that represents "Parental Nightmares"? Elmo! Unfortunately, that may now be considered a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment, considering what happened to his puppeteer, Kevin Clash...
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  • In one article about Dear Abby getting pranked by a letter based on the plot to an episode of The Simpsons, Barbara admits that she once pranked Ann Landers (Abby's sister) with a letter based on an urban legend, and she fell for it.
  • Many of the "phallus on an innocent label/poster/drawing" myths are usually this, especially because 90% of them turn out false.
  • From this article about a couple of rumors surrounding Barney The Dinosaur.
    Children, especially small ones, don't easily grasp small differences — to them, a news story about illicit drugs having been discovered inside a Barney doll during a police raid is likely to be understood as drugs having been found inside Barney the television star himself. Given that to a small child, everything they see of Barney happens to him on camera, the story would quickly flesh out to the dinosaur's having been arrested while the cameras were rolling, the police appearing on set to pull the drugs from his tail and haul him off in dino-cuffs.
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  • The response to the Blue Ribbon Against Child Abuse legend:
    A number of readers have asked us if this item is "true", a question we're not sure how to answer. As unlikely as it might be that a three-year-old could possess the language skills necessary to compose such a piece, it's even more unlikely that anyone could describe her own murder in the first person.
  • This glurge and their response to whether or not it was based on a true story.
    • Actually, quite a few of the more outlandish legends include this type of response. There's apparently nothing the Internet can create that's so obviously false that someone—often several someones—won't forward it to Snopes asking if it's true.
    • This inane tale is another such example of people asking Snopes if it's real, when it pretty blatantly isn't.
  • The question of whether or not a blue whale's fart bubble could contain a horse. Even funnier than the claim itself is Snopes' in-depth investigation of its authenticity, ultimately finding it inconclusive.

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