Gross & Disgusting Urban Legends
The 10 Grossest Urban Legends Ever Told
Here is a handpicked collection of our very favorite, absolutely 100% true (heh!) tales of revolting food contaminations, creepy-crawly insect infestations, sexually-transmitted horrors, and all-around nauseating human behavior. Each and every story is guaranteed to disgust. Enjoy!
Bananas Spread Flesh-Eating Disease
Necrotizing fasciitis, a rare and deadly disease, allegedly infects an entire crop of Costa Rican fruit.
Newspaper accounts of the ordeal of Chandan Goswami, a 13-year-old Indian boy who astounded physicians by urinating live beetles.
The Body in the Bed
A classic urban legend. Honeymooners notice a strange odor in their hotel room and decide to peek under the mattress, only to find...
How not to dry your hair.
Brain Maggots / Sushi Worms (Photos)
Disturbing images of what appears to be a worm infestation of a live human brain are circulating attached to two completely different stories, both of which are terrifying, but false.
Breast Infestation (Photo & Video)
Emailed image and video purport to document the medical case of anthropologist Susan McKinley, who failed to seek treatment for a rash and wound up with an infestation of larvae in her breast.
Brown Recluse Spider Bite (Photos)
Emailed photos purport to show the progressive deterioration of a wound caused by the bite of a brown recluse spider.
Capri Sun Mold Warning
Viral image, apparently authentic, shows a glob of mold found in a pouch of Capri Sun fruit drink. Similar incidents have been reported previously.
Cockroach Eggs on Envelopes
Postal Service worker's tongue gives birth to live cockroach!
Celebrity Stomach Pump
Did you hear that (Insert Name of Rock Star Here) collapsed onstage and had to be rushed to the emergency room, where a pint of semen was pumped from his/her stomach?
Cockroach Eggs in Soft Drink Straws
Forwarded email warns that dark-colored straws offered with soft drinks in fast food restaurants are likely to contain cockroach eggs or excrement.
Cockroach Egg Tacos at Taco Bell
A fast-food horror story, as told in six different locations around the U.S.
Crocodile Eats Golfer (Photo)
Little did the Palm Beach golfer realize as he tramped off alone to the seventh hole that he was about to become Ol' Mose's last meal.
Reasons not to have sex with a lobster. (Caution: a very bawdy email tale featuring explicit language some will find offensive.)
Dead Frog Found in Can of Peas (Photos)
(NOT a hoax!) Irate consumer complains in forwarded email about finding a tiny dead frog inside a can of Kroger peas. With revolting photo documentation...
Do They Eat Babies in China? (Photos)
Photos circulated on the Internet seem to prove that human infants are eaten in China. Are they real? (Not for the faint of heart!)
Doctors Find Live Worm in Patient's Eye (Photos)
Revolting photos show the surgical removal of a live worm from the eye of an unfortunate patient who purportedly contracted the parasite from ordinary house dust.
Don't Drink the Sea Water
Forwarded email accompanied by a photo purportedly showing the penis of a blue whale claims that the male of that species produces over 400 gallons of sperm in a single mating session.
Dumb Burglars Snort Stolen Cremains
As allegedly reported in a Florida newspaper, stupid burglars confuse woman's cremated remains for crack cocaine.
Gerbilling Mishap Injures Two
The rectal rodent was the least of their worries...
I Like My Pizza Without the 'P'
A tasty banquet of correspondence from the urban legends mailroom. Topic: food contamination. Yum!
Man Arrested for Having Sex with Pumpkin
"Police arrested Patrick Lawrence, a 22-year-old white male, resident of Dacula, GA, in a pumpkin patch at 11:38 p.m. Friday. Lawrence will be charged with lewd and lascivious behavior, public indecency, and public intoxication at the Gwinnett County courthouse on Monday..."
Man Keeps Dead Wife in Glass Coffee Table (Photo)
According to this forwarded email, Arizona resident Jeff Green preserved the body of his dead wife Lucy in a specially-built glass coffee table, which is on display in his living room.
Mechanically Separated Chicken
A viral image purportedly showing the manufacture of mechanically separated chicken, a thick, pink paste made by mechanically stripping poultry off the bone and forcing it through a sieve.
The Necrophiliac's Gift
Note to self: never have sex with someone who works in a morgue.
Peanut Butter Surprise
Shocking proof that dog is woman's best friend, too.
Rectal Foreign Objects
Writer Leif 'Trials of a Gay-Seeming Straight Male' Ueland glosses the execrable Richard Gere gerbil-in-the-butt legend in his probing article for Nerve.com, 'Everything but the Gerbil'...
Restaurant Closed for Serving Rats, Mice, etc. as Food
Email hoax claims an "Asian/Chinese" restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia was recently closed by authorities for offering dishes made of rats, mice, kittens and puppies.
Snail Eats Man's Brain
Dear Urban Legends: Have people gotten sick due to snails eating their brains?
Perhaps the most inventive use of an industrial staple gun you're ever likely to see. Grisly but true!
The McPus Sandwich
Hold the mayo!!
The Queen and the Scottish Soldiers (Photos)
Emailed image shows Queen Elizabeth of England sitting amidst a group of kilt-wearing Scottish soldiers, one of whom reveals a wee bit too much of his manhood.
Do fast food chains sometimes substitute ground worms for beef in their hamburgers to cut costs?