Top 10 TV Urban Legends
#10 - GEE MRS. CLEAVER
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The actor who portrayed obnoxious Eddie Haskell on Leave It To Beaver became a porno star (some even claim that he grew up to become John Holmes—aka "Johnny Wadd") who died of AIDS in the 1980s. [Actor Ken Osmond joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 1970 and retired in 1988. He also has made sporadic TV appearances over the years, often reprising his "Eddie Haskell" character. Another urban legend popular during the 1970s was that "Eddie" grew up to become Alice Cooper.]

#09 - HE LIKES IT! HEY MIKEY!
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The kid who played "Mikey" in those Life cereal commercials died after his stomach exploded from a mixture of Pop Rocks and soda. [According to snopes.com, Pop Rocks "generate less gas than half a can of soda." In addition, actor John "Mikey" Gilchrist is alive and well, and reportedly works as a radio advertisting executive.]

#08 - DAYDREAM BELIEVER
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Charles Manson once auditioned to be one of The Monkees but was beat out by Michael Nesmith for the role. [In a 1999 interview, Davy Jones admitted he started the rumor shortly after the Tate-LaBianca murders. An aspiring musician, Mansion reportedly learned guitar from Alvin "Creepy" Karpis while in prison and later hung out with Dennis Wilson. Believe it or not, various bands, including Guns N' Roses ("Look at Your Game, Girl" on the The Spaghetti Incident? album), have covered Manson's songs.]

#07 - SMELLS LIKE CHILDREN
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The kid who played Kevin's best friend Paul on The Wonder Years grew up to be none other than shock rocker Marilyn Manson. [Actor Josh Saviano, who played "Paul," currently works as a lawyer in New York City. Marilyn Manson's real name is Brian Warner.]

#06 - O-TAY!
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Bill Cosby bought the rights to all the copies of the Little Rascals series so they would never be broadcast again. [Several entities, including RHI Entertainment and CBS Television Distribution, own the rights to the Little Rascals/Our Gang series. A similar urban legend had Ted Turner buying the rights to The Dukes of Hazzard to keep the show off the air.]

#05 - WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?
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Mr. Rogers served as a Marine Corps sniper or Navy Seal during the Vietnam War with at least 25 confirmed kills to his credit. He used his sweater as a method of covering up his "racy tattoos." [Rogers never served in any branch of the military. Similar rumors have been spread about Bob "Captain Kangaroo" Keeshan.]

#04 - LOOK UP IN THE SKY!
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The star of the 1950’s TV series, The Adventures of Superman, George Reeves killed himself trying to fly after believing that he had acquired Superman’s powers. [Although Reeves died under mysterious circumstances, the official version was that he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.]

#03 - SET A COURSE FOR ADVENTURE
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After a Congressional page encountered Congressman Fred “Gopher” Grandy in an elevator and remarked, “Lido Deck, sir?”, the former Love Boat star had him promptly fired. [Grandy himself reportedly enjoyed telling the story and actually helped spread the rumor.]

#02 - PUSSY
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A guest on The Tonight Show, Zsa Zsa Gabor brought along her cat and asked Johnny Carson, “Would you like to pet my pussy?” Carson replied, “I’d love to but you’ll have to remove that damn cat.” [Carson denied that the incident ever took place, stating, "I think I would recall that," when asked about it by Jane Fonda on the show in 1989.]

#01 - ARNOLD ZIFFEL ROAST
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The cast of Green Acres roasted up the beloved pig, Arnold Ziffel, during a cookout celebrating the series' final episode. [Several pigs actually portrayed Arnold Ziffel during the run of the sitcom. The original Arnold Ziffel reportedly died in 1972, was cremated and his ashes were given to his trainer, Frank Inn.]

User Comments - Add a Comment
Ernie - 2012-11-27 03:19:25

Re the Zsa Zsa "pussy" quote: I saw the clip in question on a retrospective of Carson's best moments, but it wasn't said to Zsa Zsa Gabor. It was said to some obscure starlet who was on Carson's show just one time to plug something she was in and that moment actually occurred, sometime in the mid-to-late 1960s.

Blueshoes - 2014-10-29 10:41:16

In regards to Zsa Zsa and her white cat on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson... it happened exactly as mentioned. There are many who say it didn't but my TV set, along with the millions of others whose TV sets received and displayed it, actually saw it with our own eyes, so those who are insistent that it didn't happen, couldn't have been watching, period. It happened, you didn't see it, doesn't mean it didn't happen, just means you didn't see it 'cause you went to the frig. for a beer.

Stevie D. - 2014-11-05 15:55:25

I saw it too, absolutely no doubt. Been arguing with Snopes for years about it. The reason it became a big deal was because Zsa Zsa was reported to be furious that Carson told a dirty joke at her expense. (Supposedly she was going to sue him.) But if you watched it, it was obvious that she was setting him up so that he could turn it into a risque punchline.

Paul Q., August 1, 2015 - 2015-08-01 23:05:30

About Zsa Zsa and her white cat on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson... It was her for sure, and it most certainly DID happen, as it is one of the 'bits of business' etched into my brain, from the Show. I saw it with my own eyes; heard it with my own ears. I have to Fourth, everyone above: 'it happened exactly as mentioned.' No doubt about it: you should update this page on this interesting site.

Sam Ragan - 2015-10-30 20:09:03

Yes, I saw it too. Zsa Zsa said, coyly, "Would you like to pet my pussy?" and Johnny replied, "Sure, if you'd get that damn cat off your lap!" It's been my favorite Johnny Carson moment ever since I saw it. I'm not crazy. I wasn't watching the show, but some kind of compilation of "Best of Carson" or something like that.

paul davis - 2015-12-03 22:14:43

It was"if you will git rid of that damn cat" Zsa Zsa never acted mad-just mildly shocked. I also saw Fonda on the show years

Corporal Henshaw - 2016-01-01 11:59:33

..okay, so if any of you "this really happened, I saw it" folks can just provide the video proof, this argument will be over.

Barry Wolk - 2016-01-13 14:47:33

I personally asked Ed McMahon during a 2 1/2 hour dinner I had with him in California if the 'Pussy' quip with the cat ever happened and Ed told me it did! BTW: Ed, to this day, was the biggest gentleman and kindest person I've ever met in my life!

G-MAN - 2016-01-24 21:24:42

It Did happen as I saw it my self. Snoop sucks

Troy - 2017-01-03 06:09:59

I saw the Johnny Carson show with the clip in question as well. I now know I'm not crazy (at least in this respect) because someone else commented that is was a white cat. The first time I can find someone mentioning the color of the cat. I remember it being a white cat as well. I even remember the cat laying down on her lap with the head being to the audience left.

Steven M. - 2017-02-22 06:54:31

I watched, as a teenager, the Zsa Zsa and Carson episode with the cat. It did happen! I have nothing to gain or lose by saying this. I remember what was said, very clearly! This is no urban legend. Since the tapes have been lost or destroyed or whatever, it's an easy thing to deny, and I think both Zsa Zsa and Johnny denied it ever happened...BUT IT DID!