snopes.com: Cal Abrams
Did Brooklyn Dodgers manager Charles Dressen play a mean-spirited trick on Cal Abrams?
...Claim: Brooklyn Dodgers manager Chuck Dressen played a mean-spirited trick on second-string outfielder Cal Abrams. Origins: Cal Abrams, a major...
...arc as many an unfortunate player: a fine talent signed to a team (the Brooklyn Dodgers) with too many established stars for him to be able to crack the...
...bottom of the ninth inning of the last game of the 1950 season, a contest Brooklyn had to win in order to force a playoff for the pennant. (They didn't.)...
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:53:38 GMT http://www.snopes.com/sports/baseball/abrams.asp
snopes.com: 1960s Dodgers
How often did the Los Angeles Dodgers of the 1960s win 1-0 games?
...the premier team in baseball's National League, just as their forebears in Brooklyn had been in the years between the end of World War II and the team's...
...California (1946-57). Shed of most of the stars from their glory days in Brooklyn, and ensconced in Dodger Stadium, a brand-new ballpark that favored...
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:33:54 GMT http://www.snopes.com/sports/baseball/dodgers.asp
snopes.com: UFOs Over Haiti
Video clip shows UFOs over Haiti.
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:47:24 GMT http://www.snopes.com/photos/odd/haitiufos.asp
snopes.com: Tropical Fantasy Renders Blacks Sterile
Does Tropical Fantasy contain a secret ingredient that will render blacks sterile?
...Origins: Tropical Fantasy was brought onto the market in September 1990 by Brooklyn Bottling, a small family-owned soft drink manufacturer established in...
...Brooklyn Bottling's early attempts to fight the rumor were unsuccessful. Consumers were not swayed by the information that the same ridiculous slander...
...also submitted to the FDA for testing, and the results were made public. Brooklyn Bottling employees were sent into affected areas to distribute ''truth...
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:53:20 GMT http://www.snopes.com/racial/business/tropical.asp
DKNY used a New York street photographer's pictures without permission?
...should donate $100,000 on my behalf to the YMCA in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. That donation would sure help a lot of deserving kids go to summer camp....
...by donating $100,000 on his behalf to the YMCA in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. DKNY subsequently posted a statement on its Facebook page on 25 February...
...making a charitable donation of $25,000 to the YMCA in Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn in Mr. Stanton's name. Brandon Stanton responded to DKNY's apology by...
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:20:47 GMT http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/dkny.asp
snopes.com: Stephen Wiltshire
An autistic artist drew a rendering of the New York skyline from memory after a 20-minute helicopter ride?
...The unbelievably intricate picture was drawn at Brooklyn's prestigious Pratt Institute from Stephen's memory, with details of every building sketched in...
...Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. "I always memorize by helicopter," he said, pausing from detailing the corners of a street on the Brooklyn side of the...
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:49:28 GMT http://www.snopes.com/photos/arts/wiltshire.asp
snopes.com: The Gold and Ivory Tablecloth
A war-separated couple is reunited by a tablecloth.
...adds many additional details not present in the original: the setting is Brooklyn, the tablecloth features an embroidered cross at its center, the woman...
...newly assigned to their first congregation to reopen a Shul in suburban Brooklyn" changes the religion of everyone involved. Origins: True or not, this...
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:14:44 GMT http://www.snopes.com/glurge/tablecloth.asp
snopes.com: Dallas Schoolboy Predicts September 11 Attacks
Did a Dallas schoolboy predict the September 11 terrorist attacks on America?
...A similar incident involving a schoolchild was reported in Brooklyn, New York: In Brooklyn, a high school freshman who recently immigrated from Pakistan...
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:31:50 GMT http://www.snopes.com/rumors/predict2.asp
snopes.com: Hurricane Sandy Photographs
Various photographs capture images of Hurricane Sandy?
...Brooklyn Bridge One photograph was purported to show an "eerie picture as Hurricane Sandy approached the Brooklyn Bridge": Another real image, but...
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:44:29 GMT http://www.snopes.com/photos/natural/sandy.asp
snopes.com: Sept 11 Funds Help Terrorists Rumor
Are funds from the September 11 Fund being used to help defend suspected terrorists?
...is assisting in the legal defense of eight terror suspects now detained in Brooklyn, N.Y. That's like the Heart Association donating to the Society of...
...in the Special Housing Unit of the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn. The WJS article did indeed say "[New York's] Legal Aid [Society] represents...
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:48:29 GMT http://www.snopes.com/rumors/legalaid.asp
snopes.com: Cheating Husband Billboard
Woman takes revenge on her cheating husband by advertising his infidelities on a billboard.
...Your [soon-to-be-ex] Wife, Emily.") popped up not only in New York, but in Brooklyn, Los Angeles, and Chicago as well. Some sharp-eyed readers noticed...
...thanks to camera phone pictures: the billboard was identical to others in Brooklyn, Los Angeles and Chicago. Someone else discovered that Emily was...
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:52:00 GMT http://www.snopes.com/love/revenge/emily.asp
snopes.com: Alligators in New York Sewers
Does a colony of alligators make its home in the New York City sewer system?
..."Passengers waiting on the eastbound platform of the Brooklyn Museum station of the I.R.T. subway just before midnight were startled by the sudden...
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:17:40 GMT http://www.snopes.com/critters/lurkers/gator.asp
snopes.com: Starbucks Charges 9/11 Rescue Workers $130 for Water
Did a New York Starbucks charge rescue workers $130 for three cases of water?
...My family owns an ambulance service in Brooklyn NY. Midwood Ambulance if anyone knows it. Anyway, my uncles were at "Ground Zero" during the attack to...
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:20:56 GMT http://www.snopes.com/rumors/starbucks.asp
snopes.com: Juval Aviv Terrorist Predictions
Did Juval Aviv correctly predict upcoming terrorist attacks against the U.K. and the U.S.?
...outlets that had run Aviv's allegations squirmed under the scrutiny. A Brooklyn federal magistrate later found Aviv's report to be utterly without merit....
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:24:58 GMT http://www.snopes.com/rumors/soapbox/juvalaviv.asp
snopes.com: Mother Arrested for Tattooing Baby
Photograph shows a 9-month-old baby tattooed by its mother's boyfriend?
...What's pictured here is a 2010 work by Brooklyn, New York, artist Jason Clay Lewis, who describes his art thusly: As an artist, my approach has always...
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:26:16 GMT http://www.snopes.com/photos/bodymods/baby.asp
snopes.com: Snapple Rumors
Is Snapple owned by the KKK?
...Greenberg, were interviewed on MTV. "How could three Jewish boys from Brooklyn support the Ku Klux Klan?" they said. As for the right-to-life rumor, they...
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:26:34 GMT http://www.snopes.com/business/alliance/snapple.asp
snopes.com: Dock Ellis LSD No-Hitter
Did pitcher Dock Ellis hurl a no-hitter while under the influence of LSD?
...hurler Bill Bevens came within one out of throwing a no-hitter against Brooklyn in the fourth game of the 1947 World Series despite issuing the Dodgers...
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:28:44 GMT http://www.snopes.com/sports/baseball/ellis.asp
snopes.com: Wedding Dress Guy
Did a man lists his ex-wife's wedding dress on eBay with a hilarious offer of sale?
...The tale of marital woe posted by this Brooklyn native both contained invented details and omitted key bits of information. Though he has a sister, she...
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:31:21 GMT http://www.snopes.com/love/revenge/weddress.asp
snopes.com: Rather Do Business With 1000 Terrorists Tale
Did a funeral home announce it would rather do business with 1,000 terrorists than one Jew?
...The following sign was posted in the front window of a local Brooklyn neighborhood business. WE WOULD RATHER DO BUSINESS WITH 1000 ARABS THAN WITH ONE...
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:31:36 GMT http://www.snopes.com/rumors/onejew.asp
snopes.com: Don't Open the Door to Strangers
Home invasion criminals have gained entry to houses by pretending to be distressed persons in need of shelter from attackers.
...Between March and August 2005, a robbery team working Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx used a 40-year-old woman to get people to open their...
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:32:08 GMT http://www.snopes.com/crime/prevent/doorpound.asp
snopes.com: NYC Firefighters Memorial Inaccuracies
Has a memorial to New York City firefighters has been rendered in a historically inaccurate way?
...have been placed in front of fire headquarters at the MetroTech Center in Brooklyn. The controversial memorial would not have been historically...
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:32:35 GMT http://www.snopes.com/rumors/memorial.asp
snopes.com: Larry Doby
Did Joe Gordon deliberately strike out to prevent rookie teammate Larry Doby from looking bad?
...major league baseball by starting the season with the Brooklyn Dodgers of the National League. Although Robinson's earlier entrée into the major leagues...
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:33:55 GMT http://www.snopes.com/sports/baseball/doby.asp
snopes.com: Swearing Child
Child earns present from radio's Uncle Don by giving up swearing?
...Uncle Don announce something like: "Little Johnny Smith on 56th Street in Brooklyn, your mother tells me you've cleaned your dinner plate every day for a...
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:34:00 GMT http://www.snopes.com/radiotv/radio/gift.asp
snopes.com: Starbucks in Israel
Various rumors about Starbucks and the Middle East.
...CEO Howard Schultz, Israel has always been a fraught topic. Raised in a Brooklyn Jewish family, he’s been accused of supporting Israel and also of not...
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:35:31 GMT http://www.snopes.com/politics/israel/starbucks.asp
snopes.com: Rental Scam
Con artist rents out a property he has no authorization to lease.
...artist absurdly dupes a naive rube into "buying" something — such as the Brooklyn Bridge — that the scammer clearly (in the eyes of any reasonable...
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:37:33 GMT http://www.snopes.com/fraud/sales/rental.asp
snopes.com: Etymology of Mad As a Hatter
Does the phrase 'mad as a hatter' refer to hat-makers poisoned by mercury fumes?
...Natter. As does this 1895 entry from Beckwith's Almanac, which cites the Brooklyn Eagle as its source: The phrase "mad as a hatter" has no reference to...
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:40:08 GMT http://www.snopes.com/language/phrases/hatter.asp
snopes.com: Bill Cosby on Blaming White People
Did comedian Bill Cosby's remarks form the basis of a 'We Can't Blame White People' essay?
...In December 2004, he addressed a panel at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, telling them: "Stop waiting for a leader. Get Up! Tell your friends. And if...
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:40:18 GMT http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/cosby.asp
snopes.com: $2 Million Sapphire Purchased for $10
Rock purchased for $10 proves to be a valuable star sapphire.
...that The Times call appraiser Elly Rosen, an independent appraiser from Brooklyn who has been a gem consultant for the Internal Revenue Service. Rosen...
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:42:46 GMT http://www.snopes.com/luck/discoveries/sapphire.asp
snopes.com: Shakira, Pigs and Muslims
Did singer Shakira say she'd rather have pigs listening to her music than Israelis?
...for a clothing line that allegedly purchased some of their product from a Brooklyn sweatshop. It would be rather foolish (and clueless) of her indeed to...
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:44:05 GMT http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/outrage/shakira.asp
snopes.com: Dust Off Death
Have adolescents died of huffing from cans of Dust-Off brand compressed air?
...In January 2004 in Brooklyn, New York, 18-year-old Kristian Roggio was killed when her vehicle was struck by one driven by Vincent Litto, 20, who had...
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:45:00 GMT http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/dustoff.asp
snopes.com: Bristol Zoo Carpark Attendant
A phony carpark attendant collected parking fees outside the Bristol Zoo for over twenty years?
..."for 25 years" as the e-mailed tale would have it. In December 2009, a Brooklyn man broke into a closed city-owned garage, opened it, and began charging...
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:45:01 GMT http://www.snopes.com/crime/clever/carpark.asp
snopes.com: Flight 175 Tefillin Delay
Did a Flight 175 passenger who insisted upon retrieving his forgotten tefillin delay the doomed flight?
...Mitzvah." From: Even in the Darkest Moments (Zeev Breier, editor). Brooklyn, NY: Goldstein Press, 2002. National Commission on Terrorist Attacks. The...
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:45:08 GMT http://www.snopes.com/rumors/tefillin.asp
snopes.com: Steve Buscemi
Actor Steve Buscemi was once a firefighter and assisted the FDNY after the 9/11 attacks?
...the Brotherhood of Fire Facebook page in September 2013, Steve Buscemi (a Brooklyn native) began his working life as 22-year-old New York City...
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:45:49 GMT http://www.snopes.com/rumors/buscemi.asp
snopes.com: John Kerry's Service Record
Were John Kerry's Vietnam War service medals earned under 'fishy' circumstances?
...F. Schlech, Jr. with the Military Sea Transportation Service based in Brooklyn, New York. Kerry served with Admiral Schlech until the end of 1969, when...
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:45:52 GMT http://www.snopes.com/politics/kerry/service.asp
snopes.com: Hoover Dam Entombments
Are bodies of workmen entombed in Hoover Dam?
...to have workmen buried in it. 27 men died during the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge (1870-1883), but none ended up becoming part of the structure....
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:46:12 GMT http://www.snopes.com/horrors/freakish/hoover.asp
snopes.com: World Series Origins
Was the World Series named for the 'New York World' newspaper?
...Save for a brief series between the National League's pennant-winning Brooklyn Superbas and the runner-up Pittsburgh Pirates after the 1900 season (the...
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:47:32 GMT http://www.snopes.com/business/names/worldseries.asp
snopes.com: Flying Lawnmower Death
A spectator at a football game was killed by a flying model lawnmower.
...people. Shortly before the end of the 15-minute show, Philip Cushman, a Brooklyn auto collision repairman, lost control of the model aircraft he was...
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:47:45 GMT http://www.snopes.com/horrors/freakish/lawnmower.asp
snopes.com: Hillary Delays Thanksgiving For Troops
Hillary Clinton forced U.S. troops in Afghanistan to wait for their Thanksgiving dinner?
...Twenty officers and soldiers from Queens, Ithaca, Geneva, Brooklyn, Homer, New Rochelle and other places across New York dined with the senators....
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:48:27 GMT http://www.snopes.com/politics/clintons/chowdown.asp
snopes.com: Cats Sacrificed at Halloween
Are black cats routinely sacrificed by 'satanic cults' at Halloween?
...their belief in satanic catnappings: Two years ago, shelter workers at the Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition in Williamsburg were on red alert when a...
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:49:37 GMT http://www.snopes.com/horrors/mayhem/blackcat.asp
snopes.com: Origin of Fortune Cookies
Did fortune cookies originate in China?
...advertising them as "Genuine American Fortune Cookies." In 1992 Brooklyn-based Wonton Food expanded its existing fortune cookie business into China,...
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:50:13 GMT http://www.snopes.com/food/origins/fortune.asp
snopes.com: The Fence - Herman Rosenblat
Concentration camp survivor is coincidentally reunited years later with a girl who secretly helped feed him.
...shot by a burglar at the shop were he worked as a television repairman in Brooklyn. While in the hospital, Herman's mother, who died in the Holocaust,...
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:50:20 GMT http://www.snopes.com/glurge/thefence.asp
snopes.com: Disneyland Deaths
Nine guests have lost their lives on Disneyland attractions.
...June 1973: Bogden Delaurot, an 18-year-old Brooklyn resident, drowned trying to swim across the Rivers of America. Delaurot and his 10-year-old brother...
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:52:25 GMT http://www.snopes.com/disney/parks/deaths.asp
snopes.com: Clear Channel Banned Songs
Has Clear Channel Communications created a list of songs banned from airplay?
...Brooklyn Bridge "Worst That Could Happen" Three Degrees "When Will I See You Again" Cat Stevens "Peace Train" Cat Stevens "Morning Has Broken"...
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:53:14 GMT http://www.snopes.com/rumors/radio.asp