How can you tell the difference between myths and reality anymore? Sure, this might not be so difficult if the myth in talk involves laser-shooting alligators riding flying tricycles. But we’re not talking about these – we’re talking about the stories and urban legends that have been circulating for a while, instilling fear in the hearts of people exactly because they seem like they might be real. And even if they’re far-fetched, they’re simply terrifying. Keep your light on tonight because these are 10 Awesome Urban Legends And Myths That Became Famous.
#1 Bloody Mary
Let’s get this elephant out of the room first. The legend of Bloody Mary is so old that it had so many versions and variations to fill an entire Bible-sized book. We all know how it goes – you light up a candle, close your eyes, twirl five times, and say “Bloody Mary” three times in front of a mirror. What happens afterward varies from tale to tale, but it generally never ends well, so we don’t recommend it.
#2 The Kidney Heist
First surfacing around 1997, the kidney heist craze started blooming after an e-mail began circulating. It told the story of a man who passed out in a bar and then woke up in a bathtub full of ice, with a telephone by his side and a note that told him to call 911 immediately because his kidney had just been stolen.
#3 The Ghost Hitchhiker
A man picks up a hitchhiking girl and offers to drive her home. When he turns to the backseat to say goodbye, he realizes she had suspiciously disappeared. Upon further inspection, he discovers that she had been dead for years, killed in a car accident on the same spot he picked her up. This tale is so old that earlier versions included horses or covered wagons instead of cars.
#4 Sewer Alligators
Not only are there alien lizards ruling our countries, but there alligators underneath the streets of New York too. This urban legend is based around the concept that some people who wanted to keep alligators as pets released them into sewers after they had gotten too big and violent.
#5 Body in the Mattress
Guests checking into their room at a motel or hotel start complaining because of a poignant stench infesting the chamber. When the hotel manager arrives at the scene, he discovers, much to his dismay, that there was a rotting corpse hidden underneath the mattress. The scary part? This actually happens more often than we’d like.
Since we’re on the topic of famous urban legends, we couldn’t possibly leave Slender-Man out of this. Described as a really tall and thin faceless entity dressed in a black suit, Slender-Man supposedly lurks around forests and abducts clueless children. Or, you know, people who collect notes scattered around his woods.
#7 Aren’t You Glad You Didn’t Turn on the Light?
A girl attends a party while her friend stays behind to study for her midterms. When the former girl returns and wakes up the next morning, she finds her friend dead on her bed, with the message mentioned in the heading written in blood on the wall.
#8 The Clown Statue
Here’s another story to fuel your clown-based nightmares. A babysitter retreats to watch TV after she’d put the kids to bed. Disturbed by a clown statue in the corner, she calls the father, who instructs her to take the kids to a neighbor and call 911. It turns out that the “statue” was a midget dressed as a clown who lived in their basement, lived off their food, and tormented the kids by watching them while they sleep.
#9 The Choking Doberman
A family arrives home after a party and finds the family Doberman choking in the living room. They rush to the vet’s office, then drop the dog in his care for the night. Later on, they receive a call from the vet who frantically asks them to leave the house. They meet up in front of the house later and the vet tells them that the dog was choking on a human finger. A bloodied and battered body was soon afterward found next to the house.
#10 The Babysitter and the Man Upstairs
Here’s another myth that won’t make you want to babysit ever. A girl arrives to babysit three children who are already asleep. She gets multiple phone calls from a mysterious man who tells her to check on the children. After calling 911, she is told that the call has been traced to a room inside the house. She runs away scared and, later, when the police arrest the intruder, she sees him covered in the blood of the three murdered children.