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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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About.com: Urban Legends and Folklore
Articles, links, and an archive of urban and internet folklore.
BellaOnline: Urban Legends
Updates on the newest urban legends, plus articles on the classics.
Calypso's Urban Legends
Small collection of famous urban legends.
The Cat in Urban Mythology
Essay by Sarah Hartwell discussing the images of the cat in urban legends.
Christian Urban Legends
Documents known urban legends and pious frauds.
Common E-mail Hoaxes
A list of some of the more popular internet hoaxes, urban legends, rumors, and junk, circulated through your email.
Darwin Awards Urban Legends
Cautionary tales of human evolution in action that are simply too astounding to be true.
Don't Spread That Hoax!
Debunking hoaxes as well as urban legends that spread on the internet.
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.
Hoax Busters
Large alphabetical list debunking internet hoaxes, scams, and e-mail chain letters.
Information about email hoaxes; includes weekly newsletter, archives and list of the latest email hoaxes.
The Horse and the Maiden: An Urban Legend in Ancient Athens
Article by Lowell Edmunds, Rutgers University.
HowStuffWorks: How Urban Legends Work
What they are, where they come from, and why they spread so quickly.
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."
The Museum of Hoaxes
A reference guide to hoaxes, pranks, practical jokes, frauds, tricks, and other forms of deception.
NetScrap.com: Urban Folklore
Urban legends and beliefs gathered from across the net.
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.
Devoted to American folklore and 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.
The Urban Legend Combat Kit
Collection of prepared responses to refute oft cited internet myths and urban legends.
Urban Legends & Superstitions Online
The most popular urban legends and superstitions including local legends based in New Jersey.
Urban Legends: An Electronic Art Exhibit
A virtual gallery of multimedia artistic representations of urban legends, by Sarah Wichlacz.
Urban Myths & Legends
Submitted stories and other fantastic messages.
Weird USA
Gazette of urban legends and beliefs, as well as ghost sightings and hauntings.
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