No. 3: Walt Disney's frozen head
This rumor is cool, because it has to do with someone's head -- with that "someone" being the founder of a children's entertainment empire. But it's also cool because it gets us asking why some rumors thrive and others whither away.
Perhaps of all the ones mentioned in this article, this one is the most popular. It's a seemingly "normal" kind of celebrity legend: Walt Disney, having an impairing fear of death, asked to have his body frozen until the day came when science could cure and thaw him out. (Whoa, where am I?)
Further, to add some real flair to the already bizarre legend, it is said the body (or head) is currently frozen away below EPCOT center.
This rumor has been enabled by embellishments in two Disney biographies. But grasping at straws, these biographies aren't respected sources today. They do go to show, though, just how much this rumor permeates pop culture.
The Disney urban legend is a weird one, but this next one might be even stranger ...
No. 2: Jim Morrison, the Hippies, and the CIA
It's typical to see on opposite ends of the spectrum: rock bands of the '60s over here and CIA operatives over there. But the distance perceived is only a thin slice of reality and how deep a slice you want to go depends on your own openness to conspiracy theories.
What's not a theory, though, is the uncanny tie many counter-culture icons had to the military, many of them being "army brats" with dads of high rank.
So some have suggested that Jim Morrison was actually working with the CIA. Others suggest that he, along with Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, were puppets of the government. And of course, some think the CIA eliminated them. (Cue the minor key music.)
Unlike the other rumors on this list, these are "out there" to the point where you can't disprove them but if they did prove to be true our minds would be blown.
Despite being easy to debunk, our last urban legend remains incredibly prevalent ...
No. 1: Tommy Hilfiger's alleged racist rant on 'Oprah'
Racism. Now that's a juicy nugget that people revel in. So if a famous guy says it -- Hello!
This one was big not long ago. Heck, maybe this piece is dispelling it for the first time for some (un)lucky readers.
The rumor, spread by a couple viral emails that are variations of the same story, claims that Tommy Hilfiger said if he'd known that blacks and Asians would wear his clothes so regularly, he never would have designed them. What's more, the canard was beefed up with him supposedly going on "Oprah," she calling him out and then asking him to leave her show. Oh, no she didn't!
You're right, she didn't. Well, this one spread so well -- thanks, Internet! -- that Oprah herself made statements disputing the rumor. So as it stands, Hilfiger didn't say or do any of it.