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Truth or Fiction: The Scoop on Urban Legends
"Did it really happen? Is it true? See if you can tell the difference between the truth and the fiction. All information verified by truthorfiction.com."
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
The rumor: Drivers beware! Carjackers are putting ad flyers on the rear windows of cars to help them do their dirty work.
Partially true. The ad flyers are being put on the passenger side windows
Partially true. The ad flyers are being put on the windshield
The rumor: The right of African-Americans to vote is not protected by the US Constitution.
Partially true. Congress has to renew the 15th Amendment every five years
Partially true. Each state is responsible for reviewing and renewing that right every ten years
The rumor: A Los Angeles man managed to fly to an altitude of 16,000 feet--in a lawn chair.
Partially true. The man was in a recliner
Partially true. The man used his lawn chair on his own private airplane
The rumor: The cover of a hip-hop album had to be pulled after the September 11, 2001 attack on America because it depicted the World Trade Center being blown up.
Partially true. The building depicted was the Transamerica Pyramid
Partially true. The building depicted was the Empire State Building
The rumor: Dialing from the US to any phone number with an area code serving the Caribbean will leave you facing a ridiculously high phone bill.
Partially true. Calling an unfamiliar phone number in the Caribbean can result in ridiculous charges.
Partially true. Calling only government offices in the Caribbean can result in ridiculous charges.
The rumor: An exam given in late 19th Century Kansas shows just how much smarter eighth graders were in simpler times.
Partially true. The test was real, but only meant for adults
Partially true. The test is real, but one knows for sure who it was written for
The rumor: Cellular phones have been linked to explosions at several gas stations.
Partially true. There have been several fires, but no explosions
Partially true. One explosion actually occurred at an oil refinery
The rumor: Beware of blue envelopes coming to you in the mail. They contain the deadly Klingerman Virus.
Partially true. The virus comes in red envelopes.
Partially true. The virus is named the Konawalchuk Virus.
The rumor: Companies like Honda, Microsoft and Victoria's Secret will give you free merchandise, if you forward an e-mail to a lot of friends.
Partially true. Some companies give away money instead of merchandise
Partially true. Some companies have discontinued this practice
The rumor: Two die-hard Metallica fans died hard trying to crash a concert in Washington State. They also won a Darwin Award for their efforts.
Partially true. They bought tickets for the concert, but died trying to get there
Partially true. They crashed the concert, but survived
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Compiled May 21 13