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A rumor (U.S.) or rumour (elsewhere, see spelling differences) is a piece of purportedly true information that circulates without substantiating evidence. The information content/payload of rumors can range from simple gossip to advanced propaganda techniques. Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... It has been suggested that French Wiktionary be merged into this article or section. ... American and British English spelling differences are one aspect of American and British English differences. ... Isak er dommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A Piece may be: A Musical piece - a work of music. ... In grammar, a preposition is a word that establishes a relationship between an object (usually a noun phrase) and some other part of the sentence, often expressing a location in place or time. ... When someone sincerely agrees with an assertion, they might claim that it is the truth. ... The ASCII codes for the word Wikipedia represented in binary, the numeral system most commonly used for encoding computer information. ... Look up that in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Evidence has several meanings as indicated below. ... For the pop music band, see The The. ... The ASCII codes for the word Wikipedia represented in binary, the numeral system most commonly used for encoding computer information. ... Look up content in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... In cargo transport, the payload is the valuable contents of the vehicle. ... In grammar, a preposition is a word that establishes a relationship between an object (usually a noun phrase) and some other part of the sentence, often expressing a location in place or time. ... Rumors is a farce by Neil Simon. ... ... Look up range in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... In computing, SIMPLE (Session Initiation Protocol for Instant Messaging and Presence Leveraging Extensions) is an instant messaging (IM) and presence protocol suite based on Session Initiation Protocol (SIP). ... Neighborly gossips in the Altstadt in Sindelfingen, Germany Gossip consists of casual or idle talk of any sort, sometimes (but not always) slanderous and/or devoted to discussing others. ... In Japan, to (都) is a metropolis; Tokyo is officially designated as a metropolis. ... An Australian anti-conscription propaganda poster from World War One U.S. propaganda poster, which warns against civilians sharing information on troop movements (National Archives) The much-imitated 1914 Lord Kitchener Wants You! poster Brochure of the Peoples Temple, portraying cult leader Jim Jones as the loving father of the...


Classically, rumors spread from person to person by word of mouth, as in gossip. Cheap postage rates and then telephone services fomented the pace and range of the swirling of rumors. With the advent of the Internet many rumors have started to spread via email and more recently through blogging, as also occurs with various hoaxes and urban legends. For the Ludacris album, see Word of Mouf. ... E-mail, or email, is short for electronic mail and is a method of composing, sending, and receiving messages over electronic communication systems. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... A hoax is an attempt to trick an audience into believing that something false is real. ... An urban legend or urban myth is a kind of modern folklore consisting of stories often thought to be factual by those circulating them. ...


While many rumors begin or continue to spread as a part of natural human communication that occurs when people discuss something they find funny or interesting, some are started in an intentional attempt to disseminate specific information. Viral marketing campaigns often depend on rumors, as do many political endeavors. Some people in very public positions find rumors very troublesome, annoying or embarrassing, when real or imaginary details about the personal lives they would prefer to keep private start to spread among people who are interested in them. Rumors can have a powerful motivational aspect on those who believe in them – among stock traders, for example, hearing a rumor from a trusted source can lead one to believe that one now has inside information. As rumors spread without corraborating evidence, it's not unusual for those who have heard the rumor to look for some on their own – a rumor about a celebrity's sexual preferences, for example, may cause those who hear it to start judging the celebrity's behavior against known stereotypes. Some rumors can be particularly outlandish or bizarre, such as the persistent claims that the singer Elvis Presley still lives or that the Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler had but a single testicle (there is in fact some evidence for this; see Adolf Hitler's medical health). This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... There are two kinds of trading that are referred to as insider trading: Trading of a security of a company (, shares or options) based on material nonpublic information. ... Elvis Aron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), often known simply as Elvis and also called The King of Rock n Roll or simply The King, was an American singer, musician and actor. ... Hitler redirects here. ... The testicles, or testes (singular testis), are the male generative glands in animals. ... Evidence has several meanings as indicated below. ... Adolf Hitlers medical health has long been a subject of popular controversy. ...


Rumors in plays are also a popular means of introducing a play, often called an Induction. In Henry IV, Part 2, one of Shakespeare's histories, rumor is used to twist and complicate the plot, to narrate in a way that does not have to state truth nor fact within the play, but lie and concoct the characters' whereabouts and their actions. This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... Henry IV part 2 is a history play by William Shakespeare, first published as part of Shakespeares First Folio. ... Shakespeare redirects here. ...


Poets have personified rumor as an abstract, demi-god-like figure, Rumor, since at least Roman times. "She" is the source of endless trouble in Virgil's Aeneid. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A bust of Virgil, from the entrance to his tomb in Naples, Italy. ... The Aeneid (IPA English pronunciation: ; in Latin Aeneis, pronounced — the title is Greek in form: genitive case Aeneidos): is a Latin epic written by Virgil in the 1st century BC (between 29 and 19 BC) that tells the legendary story of Aeneas, a Trojan who travelled to Italy where he...


In the financial markets rumour is rife with unfounded statements such as the dollar is going to crash or the price of gold will explode or the price of oil will explode. These are usually all based not on scientific information but on speculation and hype that various events will occur and so forth thus approximating to rumour. These type of rumours should not be used to make important financial decisions if uninformed. It could be said that economic science is based on false premises and thus promotes such nonsense.


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Commercialism redirects here. ... Neighborly gossips in the Altstadt in Sindelfingen, Germany Gossip consists of casual or idle talk of any sort, sometimes (but not always) slanderous and/or devoted to discussing others. ... An Australian anti-conscription propaganda poster from World War One U.S. propaganda poster, which warns against civilians sharing information on troop movements (National Archives) The much-imitated 1914 Lord Kitchener Wants You! poster Brochure of the Peoples Temple, portraying cult leader Jim Jones as the loving father of the... Social constructionism or social constructivism is a sociological theory of knowledge based on Hegels ideas, and developed by Durkheim at the turn of the century. ... Misinformation is information that is incorrect, but not because of a deliberate attempt to mislead. ... Rumor control centers are public-service operations designed to help publicize true information in times of crisis, terrorist attack, natural disaster, or civil disturbance. ... For the Ludacris album, see Word of Mouf. ...

External links

  • Whispers of War by Lee Richards (Rumour-mongering during WWII)
  • Urban Legends Reference Pages
  • University of Wyoming rumor study - An online collection point for rumors.
  • StarThrillerBrandonLee-Was Brandon Lee's death an accident or was he murdered? What motive?

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Rumor - Encyclopedia Dramatica (54 words)
Commonly confused with facts, rumors are pretty much everything that one reads about on the Internets.
For a list of well-known or popular rumors on the Internets, please see the appropriate section of the Internets article.
This page was last modified 03:48, 10 April 2006.
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