For the often more interesting real stories surrounding popular rumors, check out the facts behind the latest urban myths with Snopes.com.
Here is another example: "snake survival guide." This bit of newspaper nonsense was published as true, but is actually false. Among other implausible aspects of that story, anacondas normally grow up to about 20 feet, not 35, and cannot move faster than the average person can run, so hanging around while one slowly attacks and swallows you "feet first" (?) is not particularly good advice, even if you happened to have a sharp knife handy.
Snopes.com has an easy to navigate site with multiple categories of rumors that may be checked for veracity. It typically gives both the popular myth followed by the truth, cites its sources, and provides related information. It is thus a good resource to use whenever one gets another e-mail suggesting a scandalous or dramatic tale that sounds a little too good, awful, or ridiculous to actually be true.
One may also check out Snopes.com for its frequently updated "Hot 25" currently circulated rumors and the reality behind them. There are also "Odd News," "Randomizer," "Daily Snopes," and "Message Board" site categories. There is a very useful search function too. In short, give Snopes.com a try. Unless you prefer to be gullible and enjoy falling for the latest internet or e-mail circulated falsehoods, I think you'll like it!