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The Urban Legends Reference Pages, also known as snopes.com, is a website dedicated to determining the truth about many urban legends, internet rumors and other such stories of uncertain or questionable origin. Snopes is run by Barbara and David Mikkelson, a couple from California who met on the newsgroup alt.folklore.urban and married. The site is organized according to topic and includes a messageboard where questionable stories and pictures may be posted. Image File history File links Snopes_logo. ... This page as shown in the AOL 9. ... Urban legends are a kind of folklore consisting of stories often thought to be factual by those circulating them (see rumor). ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... alt. ...

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The title page of snopes.com shows the numerous categories which urban legends fall into. They updated their layout in 2005
The title page of snopes.com shows the numerous categories which urban legends fall into. They updated their layout in 2005

The Mikkelsons' work has been effective in debunking or confirming widely spread urban legends. The site is referenced by numerous other sites, directing people to more information about various hoaxes, especially in regard to chain e-mails. Although they research their topics heavily and provide references when possible, not all of their sources (especially those which are personal interviews, phone calls, or e-mails) are fully verifiable. Where appropriate, pages are generally marked "undetermined" or "unverifiable" if the Mikkelsons feel there is not enough evidence to either support or disprove a given claim. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (759x937, 104 KB) Summary This is a screenshot of a copyrighted web page, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by owner of the website. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (759x937, 104 KB) Summary This is a screenshot of a copyrighted web page, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by owner of the website. ... Urban legends are a kind of folklore consisting of stories often thought to be factual by those circulating them (see rumor). ... Chain e-mail is a term used to describe e-mails that encourage you to forward them on to someone else, the Internet versions of the chain letters. ... Bibliographies at the University Library of Graz Bibliography (from Greek βιβλιογραφία, lit. ...


The site is sometimes confused with The AFU and Urban Legends Archive [1], a similar site run by the denizens of alt.folklore.urban, which houses that newsgroup's FAQ. AFU and Urban Legends Archive is a website dedicated to urban legends. ... alt. ... FAQ is an abbreviation for Frequently Asked Question(s). The term refers to listed questions and answers, all supposed to be frequently asked in some context, and pertaining to a particular topic. ...


The Mikkelsons have stressed the reference portion of the name Urban Legends Reference Pages, indicating that their intention is not merely to dismiss or confirm misconceptions and rumors but to provide evidence for such debunkings and confirmations as well.[1] In an attempt to demonstrate the perils of over-reliance on authority, the Mikkelsons created a series of made-up urban folklore tales which they termed The Repository of Lost Legends.[2] (The name was chosen for its acronym, T.R.O.L.L.) One fictional legend averred that the children's nursery rhyme "Sing a Song of Sixpence" was really a coded reference used by pirates to recruit members. (This parodied a real false legend surrounding "Ring Around the Rosie"'s link to the bubonic plague.) Although the creators were sure that no one could believe a tale so ridiculous – and had added a link[3] at the bottom of the page to another page explaining the hoax, and a message with the ratings saying Note: Any relationship between these ratings and reality is purely coincidental. – eventually the legend was featured as true on an urban legends board-game and TV show.[4] Whether this meant their plan backfired or succeeded is in the eye of the beholder. A Do not feed the troll image (dont encourage trolls by reacting to them) Internet Troll In Internet terminology, a troll is someone who comes into an established community such as an online discussion forum, and posts inflammatory, rude, repetitive or offensive messages designed intentionally to annoy and antagonize... A nursery rhyme is a traditional song or poem taught to young children, originally in the nursery. ... See also Sing a Song of Sixpence, a Sesame Beginnings book. ... Ring Around the Rosey or Ring-a-Ring ORoses is a childrens song and game that first appeared in print in 1881 but may have been recited as early as the 1790s. ... Yersinia pestis seen at 2000x magnification. ...


Critics have accused the Mikkelsons of political bias.[5] However, they have various articles that are both critical and supportive of various political beliefs. For Wikipedias policy on avoiding bias, see Wikipedia:Neutral point of view. ...


The name snopes comes from the name of a family in the works of writer William Faulkner.[6] William Cuthbert Faulkner (September 25, 1897 – July 6, 1962) was a Nobel Prize-winning novelist from Mississippi. ...


Forums

The ULRP has a reasonably active forums community. The community, who call themselves "snopesters" (usually lowercase "s") have their own lingo, such as NFBSK (Not For British School Kids, a euphemism for adult subjects or language), Waffles (for when posters accidentally double post), YOMANK (You Owe Me A New Keyboard, their equivalent to LOL), and other expressions. An Internet forum, also known as a message board or discussion board, is a web application that provides for online discussions, and is the modern descendant of the bulletin board systems and existing Usenet news systems that were widespread in the 1980s and 1990s. ... Look up LOL, lol in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


The current forums have been around roughly since 2000, replacing the two old forums, as shown in this post. The current forums are powered by UBB Classic. This article is about the year 2000. ...


The forums have a variety of subforums with different areas of discussions, grouped together, such as a group of forums devoted to discussions of different types of Urban Legends, a group of forums devoted to general talk, with forums about real life (SLC), current events (Soapbox Derby), a forum for entertainment (Amusement Bark), a forum for rants (Rantidote), and a forum for suggestions about new forum features.


There is also a forum about Glurge (Glurge Gallery) and Hurricane Katrina, as well as a forum where threads that get out of control go (Petty Bickering), a forum for jokes (Fun House), a forum for technological discussions (Technobabble) and a forum for bizarre emails sent in through the comments section (We've Got Mail!). Glurge is a term term coined by Pat Chapin from Three Mermaids [1], a regular contributor to the Urban Legends Mailing List maintained by David and Barbara Mikkelson of Snopes. ... Lowest pressure 902 mbar (hPa) Damages $75 billion (2005 USD) (costliest Atlantic hurricane in history) Fatalities ≥1,836 total Areas affected Bahamas, South Florida, Cuba, Louisiana (especially Greater New Orleans), Mississippi, Alabama, Florida Panhandle, most of eastern North America Part of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season Hurricane Katrina was the...


There are also archived versions of forums, to save space in the current versions of the forums, but not every forum has an archived version. Also, many older threads have been deleted, but there are plenty of older threads that still exist.


The forums regularly have different themes, centered around a concept. With each theme, there is a near-universal color scheme (with only some of the forums staying another color scheme all the time) and theme related member statuses. Throughout the forum's history, usage of custom member statuses and avatars have been enabled or disabled. Currently, the forums provides for custom avatars (regardless of theme) and custom member statuses (that must relate to the theme).


The organization of the forum groups has seen minor changes in the past, but currently stands composed as:

  • Urban Legends
  • Non-UL Chat
  • SLC Central
  • Diversions
  • About This Site
  • Archived Forums

David and Barbara Mikkelson are active participants on the forums, with David going by the name "snopes" (lowercase "s") and Barbara going simply as "Barbara".


References

  1. ^ "Urban Legends Reference Pages: (Frequently Asked Questions)". (Re "How do I know the information you've presented is accurate?") Retrieved 9 June 2006.
  2. ^ "Urban Legends Reference Page: Lost Legends". Retrieved 9 June 2006.
  3. ^ "Urban Legends Reference Page: Lost Legends (False Authority)". Retrieved 9 June 2006.
  4. ^ "Urban Legends Reference Pages: Humor (Mostly True Stories)". Retrieved 20 June 2006.
  5. ^ "snopes.com: Kiss my bias". Message-board thread, where the Mikkelsons repost some of the e-mails they receive. Retrieved 9 June 2006.
  6. ^ "Urban Legends Reference Pages: (Frequently Asked Questions)". (Re "What are 'snopes'?") Retrieved 9 June 2006.

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See also

MythBusters is an American science television program on Discovery Channel starring Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, two special-effects experts who set out to test the validity of timeless myths and urban legends of popular culture. ... The Straight Dope is a popular question and answer column published in the Chicago Reader, syndicated in thirty newspapers in the United States and Canada, and available online. ...

External links


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Urban Legends Reference Pages - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (858 words)
The Urban Legends Reference Pages, also known as snopes.com, is a website dedicated to determining the truth about many urban legends, internet rumors and other such stories of uncertain or questionable origin.
Although they research their topics heavily and provide references when possible, not all of their sources (especially those which are personal interviews, phone calls, or e-mails) are fully verifiable.
The Mikkelsons have stressed the reference portion of the name Urban Legends Reference Pages, indicating that their intention is not merely to dismiss or confirm misconceptions and rumors but to provide evidence for such debunkings and confirmations as well.
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