BOSTON (MainStreet) -- The bigger the company -- the more iconic the brand -- the more persistently it is dogged by rumor and conspiracy theories.
Ranging from the gross and absurd to matters only resolved through litigation, false claims against companies have traditionally been spread by word of mouth -- somehow traveling coast-to-coast via a friend who told a friend who told two friends, etc.
In more recent years, email, newsgroups and Web sites have done the damaging dirty work, leading sites such as Snopes.com to serve as go-to sources for debunking.
We took a look at 10 brands that have faced ongoing viral slander:
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