A few years ago, I received a panicked-sounding email from a friend of mine, warning me about a venemous “Two-striped Telemonia Spider” that had been discovered lurking under the toilet lids in public bathrooms. I forwarded the email to my sister, who quickly informed me that the Two-striped Telemonia Spider is an urban myth.
She sent me to a web site called http://www.snopes.com/, where she’d checked out the story. Now, every time I read a scare story about some new threat or disease, it’s the first site I check out.
Here are are some of my favorite urban myths—click the links to the Snopes web site to find out whether they’re true or false.
A Killer Brew
More than a half-dozen people died in a beer flood in the 1800’s. Fact or Fiction?
Reusing plastic water bottles can cause them to release carcinogenic toxins. Fact or Fiction?
Thieves are stealing women’s thighs and replacing them with oatmeal (Okay, no matter what they say about this one, it really happened to me!). Fact or Fiction?
Following oil spills, crafters are asked to knit sweaters for oil-covered penguins. True or False?
The Freshest Loaf
You can tell which day a loaf of bread was baked by the color of its plastic twist tag. Fact or Fiction?