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Also known as the Urban Legends Reference Pages, the site was founded in 1995 by Barbara and David Mikkelson, who met online in a Usenet discussion group. Journalists and detectives in one, the Mikkelsons investigate rumors, conspiracy theories, strange stories and scary headlines that circulate widely across the information highway via email and the Internet. Site traffic increased tenfold after 9/11, and its reputation for accuracy, authority and trust increased along with it.

Snopes.com is maintained without the benefit of sponsors, investors or outside affiliations, but it accepts advertising revenues and public donations to help with research. The Snopes name comes from a family of characters in the writings of American author William Faulkner. See urban legend.
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family of unscrupulous climbers, horse thieves, lechers, and murderers in Faulkner novels. [Am. Lit.: Benét, 940]
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