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Urban legends are realistic stories concerning recent events or alleged events with an ironic or supernatural twist; urban beliefs or rumours are reports of such events that lack the storyline of the urban legend. Urban legends and beliefs spread not only through word of mouth, but also through the internet in the form of e-rumours, chain letters, and e-mail and computer virus hoaxes.
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Snopes.com Urban Legends Reference Pages - Attempts to give accurate information about rumors and urban legends on a variety of topics, including war, business, events, toxins, science, military, popular culture. The Urban Legend Combat Kit - Collection of prepared responses to refute oft cited internet myths and urban legends. About.com: Urban Legends and Folklore - Articles, links, and an archive of urban and internet folklore. Don't Spread That Hoax! - Debunking hoaxes as well as urban legends that spread on the internet. Jan Harold Brunvand - Transcript of an interview with folklorist Jan Harold Brunvand, author of "Too Good to be True - The Colossal Book of Urban Legends." NetScrap.com: Urban Folklore - Urban legends and beliefs gathered from across the net. theFolklorist.com - Devoted to American folklore and urban legends. Common E-mail Hoaxes - A list of some of the more popular internet hoaxes, urban legends, rumors, and junk, circulated through your email. Urban Myths & Legends - Submitted stories and other fantastic messages. Urban Legends: An Electronic Art Exhibit - A virtual gallery of multimedia artistic representations of urban legends, by Sarah Wichlacz. Calypso's Urban Legends - Small collection of famous urban legends. Darwin Awards Urban Legends - Cautionary tales of human evolution in action that are simply too astounding to be true. Weird USA - Gazette of urban legends and beliefs, as well as ghost sightings and hauntings. The Cat in Urban Mythology - Essay by Sarah Hartwell discussing the images of the cat in urban legends. Tourist Of Death - A site maintaining the history of the WTC Rooftop Tourist picture hoax, and all copycat pictures resulting from the original picture. HowStuffWorks: How Urban Legends Work - What they are, where they come from, and why they spread so quickly. The Horse and the Maiden: An Urban Legend in Ancient Athens - Article by Lowell Edmunds, Rutgers University. Urban Legends & Superstitions Online - The most popular urban legends and superstitions including local legends based in New Jersey. Hoax-Slayer - Information about email hoaxes; includes weekly newsletter, archives and list of the latest email hoaxes. Dr. Jan Harold Brunvand - Official site of the folklorist who wrote several books on urban legends beginning with "The Vanishing Hitchhiker". Features personal and professional information, works, and a FAQ. Christian Urban Legends - Documents known urban legends and pious frauds. Hoax Busters - Large alphabetical list debunking internet hoaxes, scams, and e-mail chain letters. BellaOnline: Urban Legends - Updates on the newest urban legends, plus articles on the classics. The Museum of Hoaxes - A reference guide to hoaxes, pranks, practical jokes, frauds, tricks, and other forms of deception.
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