Daily Snopes provides a daily email list of stories circulating on the Internet and the message board allows individuals to post whatever rumor they heard to check with the community on its veracity.
The Internet can provide a valuable resource, since many urban legends are dissected by Snopes and other websites soon after making the rounds in chain emails and college dorms.
The urban legend Snopes created claimed that the famous pirate Blackbeard created the nursery rhyme "Sing a Song of Sixpence" as a coded pirate recruitment song.
Snopes Dupes TV show: A television show was the victim of research practices when it used a Snopes's bogus legend about Blackbeard's nursery rhyme.
Snopes staffers noticed that the show featured very obscure urban legends that were mostly only found on the Snopes website.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie: According to Snopes the movie is largely based on the story of mass murderer Ed Gein.
Many people check the large database on the Snopes site when they hear stories in order to separate fact from fiction.
The website Snopes is renowned for its ability to pick through urban legends and separate the real from the absurd.
Truth or Fiction: Truth or Fiction is a website like Snopes that aims to help debunk urban legends.
I mention FactCheck and Snopes as two examples of the many enterprises on the Internet that subject every government utterance to scrutiny in something approximating real time.