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surfcitydogdad
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The most hilarious thing I've ever read at Snopes is the Captain Pugwash story.

http://www.snopes.com/radiotv/tv/pugwash.htm

It's rude, but it makes me laugh. What are your favorites?

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diddy
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The Thousand Dollar Bill

It just gets funnier the longer you read it...

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Writing Wrongs always makes me laugh.

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Without a doubt:
Sad Sack

Believe it or not, I got that one in an email years back by a friend who thought it was true.

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Izzy Quigley
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The Naked Truth

Sinister undertones aside, this just cracks me up.

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surfcitydogdad
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Thanks for all the contributions. Funny. I was afraid last night that no one was going to respond, which surprised me because one of the reasons I frequently check Snopes is for a laugh. I go there to debunk the right-wing rumors and silly hoaxes I receive by e-mail, but I can spend hours reading all the amusing stories. I figured others must enjoy the fun stuff, too. We can't be serious and political all the time.

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Izzy Quigley
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I agree, surfcitydogdad. Part of the appeal of Snopes lies in being able to verify or debunk things, of course, but I also enjoy the site just because I like weird (if untrue) stories.

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A Viennese fellow is walking along the Karntner Strasse and notices a banana peel lying in his path. "Alas," he sighs, "now I must slip and fall down!"

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I used to think that the boy with the body made of a burlap sack was a tongue-in-cheek way of poking fun of glurges in general... I was shocked to hear that some people actually BELIEVED it. That was very scary, but other then that it's hilarious. [Smile]

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surfcitydogdad
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I couldn't find this before, but it's one that makes me smirk and chuckle. It's the old baked bean story toward the bottom of the entry about the farting date. http://www.snopes.com/love/dating/fart.asp

Yes, I confess I like the vulgar, crude, rude, and earthy. I started the thread with the Capt. Pugwash story (at top). I'm a guy. What can I say? I love the Three Stooges, the Simpsons, and South Park. I even watch the roasts on Comedy Central, although they're too blue for my taste. (See the thread about the Shatner roast at: http://msgboard.snopes.com/message/ultimatebb.php?/ubb/get_topic/f/52/t/003984/p/1.html )

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Santa Mari-a
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It's a toss-up between the above mentioned "fart on a date" story and the ski accident here described: http://www.snopes.com/embarrass/accident/skier.asp

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Eve MG
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quote:
Originally posted by diddy:
The Thousand Dollar Bill

It just gets funnier the longer you read it...

I agree. I think I'm going to engrave this part somewhere:
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Once again, e-mail tracing programs do not exist. Any "get something free" come-on or "help a sick kid" appeal which specifies an invisible program is keeping track of who received an e-mail and who it was then sent to is a hoax. Any such note. No exceptions. Not even ones not yet listed on this page.
That last sentence just cracks me up. Also the part about Dick Douche is hysterical.

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quote:
Originally posted by Izzy Quigley:
The Naked Truth

Sinister undertones aside, this just cracks me up.

Amazingly, this one got acted out in reality. http://msgboard.snopes.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?/ubb/get_topic/f/62/t/001196/p/1.html
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When it comes to the funniest stories on Urban Legends, here are my favorites.

First of all, let me explain that I was born in Toledo, Oregon, along the Oregon Coast, very near this episode of a true happening.

Second of all, I grew up learning in school that the Alaskan natives used to eat whale blubber to protect them from the extreme cold of the long, harsh winters. This story would not have set on their stomachs!

I was not there at the time, but I am glad I was not! Imagine raining whale blubber, and not just whale blubber, but stinking, decayed whale blubber!!!

http://www.snopes.com/critters/disposal/whale.htm

The other one, I cannot seem to locate now. It took place at Purdue University. A couple of the Professors decided to see if they could create the fastest lighting barbecue. They did! But they melted the poor old barbecue to a small ball of metal! I sure wish I could find it, it is very funny!

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Pseudo_Croat
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My person favorite would have to be The Lap Dog. Heck, I even made it part of the Snopes intiation ceremony.

Speaking of initiations, welcome to the board, LadyMistletoe. I suggest you make a trip to this month's initiation thread. The Georgian dance troupe is waiting.

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DarkDan
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quote:
Originally posted by diddy:
The Thousand Dollar Bill

It just gets funnier the longer you read it...

Yeah, my favorite part of that one is the letter saying Old Navy wants to compete with GAP, even though they are run by the same company.

And I do remember receiving the "$1,000 and Windows 98" one. I did believe it too. [Embarrassed] But then again, I was only nine at the time.

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That last sentence just cracks me up.
Barbara put that in there because, honest to God, we would get reader e-mail like this:

"I know the Bill Gates e-mail is hoax, and the Nike free shoes e-mail is hoax, and the free trip to Disney World e-mail is hoax, and the free clothing from Gap e-mail is a hoax, and the free gift certificates from Old Navy e-mail is hoax, but what about this one? It's not the same as those others -- it says you can get $25 gift certificates from Outback Steakhouse for testing an e-mail tracking program. Is it true?"

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Mister Ed

I was really getting into it when it started on the NFL officials thing, and then (yes, and ONLY then) did it hit me... This was BS!

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vfwchick
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I'm confused...what was BS? Mr. Ed was a Zebra? According to your link, he WAS a zebra.

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quote:
Originally posted by vfwchick's scared:
I'm confused...what was BS? Mr. Ed was a Zebra? According to your link, he WAS a zebra.

You should read some more.

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quote:
Originally posted by AnglRdr:
quote:
Originally posted by vfwchick's scared:
I'm confused...what was BS? Mr. Ed was a Zebra? According to your link, he WAS a zebra.

You should read some more.
Yup, that's exactly what I did.....

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It may not count as a "funniest UL" because it's listed as true, but Catch of the day is by far my favorite ULRP page.

I'm glad that the writer said "so let me tell you right up front that he's fine" at the start, or I would have been too horrified to enjoy the story. Poor kitty.

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vison
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quote:
Originally posted by Little_Duck:
Without a doubt:
Sad Sack

Believe it or not, I got that one in an email years back by a friend who thought it was true.

Thank you for the best laff I've had in months. I'm new here and the word "glurge" is also new to me. I get a lot of this stuff, too. Only now I know what to call it. A much politer name than the one I presently use.

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quote:
Originally posted by vison:

Thank you for the best laff I've had in months. I'm new here and the word "glurge" is also new to me. I get a lot of this stuff, too. Only now I know what to call it. A much politer name than the one I presently use.

Hi, Vision! Welcome to the board. Don't unpack your stuff just yet, though. We've moved to a bigger place. Just follow the links in my signature line to get directions.

Yeah, you'll have to register again. But the process is a little different, and you'll get to pick your own password.

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Here's one that doesn't seem to be on snopes.com.
It's a message board conversation about some dogs that found an elk carcass and had a party. Enjoy.
Dogs in Elk

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