David Emery


David Emery is a former writer for ThoughtCo who contributed articles on urban legends for 19 years. He has more than two decades of experience as an internet folklore expert and debunker of urban legends, hoaxes, and popular misconceptions.

David is currently a senior writer at Snopes.com, a popular online fact-checking website. He first won recognition in the online universe as a commentator on the outer limits of internet culture after creating Iron Skillet Magazine in 1997. The website, which he ran for one year, curated and annotated the "Wild Weird Web." David has also been lauded by Brandon Toropov in "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Urban Legends" and Jan Harold Brunvand in "Encyclopedia of Urban Legends."



David holds a B.A. in philosophy from Portland State University.

Awards and Publications

ThoughtCo and Dotdash

ThoughtCo is a premier reference site focusing on expert-created education content. We are one of the top-10 information sites in the world as rated by comScore, a leading Internet measurement company. Every month, more than 13 million readers seek answers to their questions on ThoughtCo.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population monthly. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone, and recently Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

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