Urban legends are a specific type of folklore, and many of the items discussed on this site do not fall under the
folkloric definition of "urban legend." We are following the more expansive popular (if inaccurate) use of "urban legend" as a term that embraces not only urban legends but also common fallacies, misinformation, old wives' tales, strange news stories, rumors, celebrity gossip, and similar items.
Very often, we all receive emails
with outlandish claims, dubious "true stories," offers from
Microsoft and other companies to send you money for forwarding emails
to 50 of your friends, etc. Whenever you get one of these, and
before you pass it on, check out it's validity on the Snopes
website. It's also full of interesting information. Be
sure to check out their home page to see a sample of topics
covered. This is another one of our favorite websites.