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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. Basically, they jokingly claim that they searched every town containing bushes, dimly-lit streets, and trees, interviewed every woman named Judy in the world (barring North Korea and Cuba), then found an identical story, albeit with a woman named Katherine instead, on another planet.
    • 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. They thought a little boy had a sack of leaves for a body!
  • 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.
  • They have a list of odd searches, which includes:
    • "Requests for death certificate", with the description, "Okay, but then we'll have to kill you."
    • "Pictures of my naked girlfriend", with the description, "If you don't have any..."
    • A series of searches and their descriptions that are formatted like a conversation:
      Search: "Seduce wife."
      Description: "It's on our to-do list."
      Search: "Chloroform-soaked rag."
      Description: "Perhaps you're not familiar with the meaning of 'seduce'?"
      Search: "Take off your dress."
      Description: "Now you've got it!"
      Search: "She unzipped my pants."
      Description: "Excellent!"
      Search: "Knocked her unconscious."
      Description: "No, no, no."
    • "Polly's penis page", which they jokingly suggest was searched by a parrot.
    • One search is just "SEX" over and over, so they point out that shouting doesn't make search endings work better.
    • "Nude secretaries", with the description "Where do they keep their pens?"
    • "Operation with no scalpal Johnny Carson". They hope that it wasn't also "no anaesthetic".
    • "Marilyn Manson removed his ribs so he could suck his own dick".
  • One claim debunked as false is the urban legend that a car sold badly in Spanish, because it was called a "Nova" and "no va" is Spanish for "doesn't go". It's debunked because, among other things, the Spanish phrase "no va" is emphasised on the second word. The humour then comes in when they make an analogy of a dinette set with the brand name "notable" selling badly because people read it as "no table".

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