I’ve been a fan of Snopes.com since the 90’s.
Run by Barbara and David Mikkelson, Snopes has been a bulwark of reason against the flood of urban legends that clog our in-boxes (and now Facebook walls). Snopes earned my eternal love back when I was an Email administrator, helping me debunk countless hoaxes, and I still refer to them regularly.
Recently a post came over their RSS feed that makes me wonder if a gamer decided to have some fun, because a viper whose bite will freeze your blood definitely needs to be in the Monster Manual.
“This is the deadly snow snake. It has bitten 3 people in the state of Ohio and one in Pennsylvania. It’s been spotted in other states. It comes out in the cold weather and at this time there is no cure for it’s bite. One bite and your blood starts to freeze. Scientist are trying to find a cure. Your body temperature start to fall once bitten. Please stay clear if you have see it. Please forward this and try to save as many people as we can from this deadly snow snake.”
You can read the entire entry here.
If you are running a conspiracy game you should definitely check out Snopes. They have collected a hoard of crazy ideas that would be right at home in a role playing game of high weirdness.