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Train Kills Woman Hunting for Fabled 'Goatman'

She was hit while walking on Louisville trestle

(Newser) - The search for a fabled "goatman" said to prowl an active 19th-century train trestle in Louisville, Ky., has led to tragedy. Roquel Bain, 26, who was visiting from Ohio, planned to go on a "haunted" tour of Louisville's former tuberculosis clinic with her boyfriend Saturday when the... More »

Inside Dark Origins of 'Slender Man' Who Inspired Girl's Stabbing

Internet meme began on 2009 forum

(Newser) - Two 12-year-old girls who allegedly stabbed their friend in the woods of Waukesha, Wis., offered a chilling explanation for their actions: They'd been driven by "Slender Man," a mythical figure who's made the rounds on the Internet since 2009. But there are no deep, mysterious roots... More »

5 Myths About Titanic

Few thought it was 'unsinkable' before the tragedy

(Newser) - With the anniversary of the Titanic's sinking in the news, the BBC busts what it says are five myths that have emerged over the years, including:
  • 'Unsinkable': The idea that people viewed the ship as unsinkable before the tragedy might be the biggest urban legend of all, says
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'Quake Prophecy' Panics Rome

Thousands flee city amid rumors of major quake today

(Newser) - Thousands of Romans unsettled by rumors of an impending earthquake have decided that today is a good day to get out of Rome. A rumor that has spread widely online holds that seismologist Raffaele Bendandi—who died in 1979—predicted that a devastating earthquake would hit Rome on May 11,... More »

The Truth Behind 6 Legendary Lawsuits

There was a good reason to sue over hot coffee

(Newser) - We’ve all heard the complaints: America is the land of lawsuits, the kind of place that has to label its coffee with “Warning: Hot!” But Cracked takes a second look at the frivolous lawsuits of legend:
  • Woman sues McDonald’s for millions ... because her coffee was hot.
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Snopes Founders: People Are Suckers

Please, stop falling for that Nigerian scam

(Newser) - The founders of Snopes.com started out investigating the origins of urban legends like the serial killer with a hook for a hand; 14 years later, their site is a major source of information for people seeking the real story behind political rumors. “When you’re looking at truth... More »

Relax, World Isn't Ending in 2012

Scientists are busy debunking growing urban legend

(Newser) - The statement issued by a Los Angeles observatory and Sky & Telescope magazine this week says it all: "The world will not come to an end on Dec. 21, 2012." It seems a confluence of events—the coming end of the Mayan calendar, for one, and the... More »

Vodka Tampons? A Ridiculous Myth

Most teens won't bother with anal beer bongs, either

(Newser) - The Internet’s been all atwitter with talk of vodka-soaked tampons and anal beer bongs, supposedly new fads in teenage intoxication. The talk stems from an Arizona TV news piece in which a rehab spokeswoman, Stephanie Siete, said teens were shoving liquor into their unmentionables to hurry it into the... More »

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