Camel Spiders in the Gulf-Truth! But It’s a Close-up! Summary of eRumor: Photo of a gigantic spider allegedly caught by military members serving in Iraq. The Truth: We haven’t tracked down exactly who took this picture or when and where, but the chances are good that it’s authentic. Camel spiders are real, are large, and […]
The Pictures of the Man-Eating Snake–Fiction! Summary of eRumor: This eRumor comes in several versions. All of them include pictures of a large snake that has obviously swallowed a very large meal. Then there are pictures of a human body apparently being cut from the belly of the snake. The differences among the versions are […]
The “noisy cactus” That Turned out to Have Thousands of Tarantulas In It–Fiction! Summary of eRumor: A lady buys an expensive decorative cactus to put into her home. One day, the cactus starts swaying and humming. Alarmed, the homeowner calls 911, happens to get an operator who knows what is going on and who […]
There are two major versions of this circulating. Both quote an alleged article from the Journal of the United Medical Association about people mysteriously dying then investigators finding deadly spiders from foreign lands living under toilet seats. One version says the spider is from South American and was found to be hiding under toilet seats in a restaurant at Chicago's Blare airport. Another version says the spiders are appearing in North Florida, traced to a restaurant, and have come aboard airplanes from India.
Cockroach Eggs Are Incubating In People’s Mouths-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: There are several different versions of stories about people who accidentally got infested with roach eggs in their mouths or salivary glands, then experienced a disgusting mouthful of hatched roaches. Some versions say a person got infected with the eggs by eating contaminated […]