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Urban legends — both hoaxes and real — spread at the speed of byte

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Urban legends — both hoaxes and real — spread at the speed of byte

Urban legends exploded with the Internet and email, and outdoor topics are far from immune.

Sure, the jackalope — the mythical cross between a jackrabbit and a pronghorn antelope — preceded the Web by more than 150 years. Bigfoot and the chupacabra have been around a long time, too.

But others, such as Hogzilla — the 1,000-pound boar — ricochet around the world at the speed of byte. Hogzilla even spawned television programs and eventually an exhumation that proved it was not a hoax but an exaggeration. The big pig weighed only some 800 pounds and was about 8 feet long, not 12.

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