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The 13 SCARIEST Urban Legends Ever Told
It's the witching hour on a dark, moonless night. You're huddled with friends around a campfire in the gloomy forest far from town, taking turns telling tales. Someone in the shadows clears his throat and begins to speak: "Did you hear the one about..."
Alligators in the Sewers
You can find everything else under the sun in New York City, so why not giant albino alligators thriving beneath the streets?
Another Close Call at the Mall
The story of the shopping mall "good samaritan" who happens to have a knife, a rope, and a roll of duct tape stashed in the trunk of his car.
Aren't You Glad You Didn't Turn on the Light?
After coming home late and getting ready for bed in the dark, a college coed wakes up the next morning to receive the shock of her life.
ATM Envelope Poisonings
False email rumor claims a bank customer died after licking a cyanide-coated deposit envelope.
Attack of the Butt Spiders
Email prank warns of deadly South American "blush spiders" (scientific name: Arachnius gluteus, or "butt spider") migrating to the U.S. in airliner bathrooms and lurking under public toilet seats everywhere.
Attack of the Penis Shrinkers!
Rumors of penis-shrinking sorcerers roaming the streets cause outbreak of pubic panic in West Africa.
The Babysitter and the Man Upstairs
A teenage babysitter calls the police after receiving prank calls from a creepy stranger who keeps inquiring after the welfare of the children.
Legend has it that if you stand in a darkened room in front of a mirror and chant "Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary" again and again, a terrifying apparition will appear.
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...
Inserting one's head into a microwave oven to dry one's hair is not a recommended use of this appliance.
The Boyfriend's Death
They picked the worst possible night to go necking on Lovers' Lane...
Wedding reception fun and games take a gruesome turn.
Brown Recluse Spider Bite
Emailed photos purport to show the progressive deterioration of a necrotic wound caused by the bite of a poisonous brown recluse spider.
It is a fact that once upon a time, before modern embalming techniques were developed, people were found on very rare occasions to have been buried alive.
Chain-letter-style Internet postings tell the story of Carmen Winstead, a 17-year-old girl allegedly pushed down a sewer and killed by a gang of girls from her school.
Carmen Winstead (in French)
French version of the Internet story of Carmen Winstead, a 17-year-old girl supposedly pushed down a sewer and killed by a gang of girls from her school.
Carmen Winstead (in Spanish)
In Spanish, the Internet story of Carmen Winstead, a 17-year-old girl supposedly shoved into a sewer drain and killed by a gang of girls from her school.
The Choking Doberman
Choking on what, you ask? Horrifying answer here.
The Clown Statue
A babysitter calls the parents who hired her to ask if she can cover up the clown statue in the room where she's watching TV because it disturbs her. The parents tell her to call 911, grab the children, and get out of the house immediately!
Crocodile Eats Golfer
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.
The Death of David Gregory
Chain letter circulating via social media claims a 16-year-old boy named David Gregory was found dead in a sewer after reading the message without reposting it.
Do They Eat Babies in China?
Do they eat babies in China? Photos circulating on the Internet purport to show a Chinese man cooking and eating a human baby or fetus. Are they real?
Doctors Find Live Worm in Patient's Eye
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 Lick Your Envelopes!
According to this online urban legend, a woman in California got sick after cutting her tongue on an envelope infested with cockroach eggs. Days later her doctor discovered something growing inside her tongue.
The Exploding Cactus
A family receives a cactus as a gift and gives it place of honor in their living room. Weeks later, someone notices that it seems to be... guivering.
The Fatal Hairdo
Girl with a beehive hairdo that can't be washed dies a horrible death after a spider crawls inside and lays eggs, hatching a brood of hungry babies. Legendary proof that vanity can kill.
The Fatal Tan
She made one too many visits to the tanning booth...
The Foiled Abduction
It really happened at a shopping mall to the son of my friend's friend.
Friday the 13th
The sixth day of the week and the number 13 both have foreboding reputations said to date from ancient times, and their inevitable conjunction from one to three times a year portends more misfortune than some credulous minds can bear.
The Grave Cage (Photo)
Were iron cages placed over graves during the Victorian era to prevent vampires and zombies from returning from the dead?
The Hairy-Armed Hitchhiker
In which a driver is asked for a ride by a little old lady who turns out to be not so old, not so little, and not so much of a lady.
A teenager drove his date to Lovers' Lane for a make-out session before it was time to take her home. The place was very dark and deserted. A voice came over the radio...
Humans Can Lick, Too
Home alone, but there's nothing to fear with your trusty dog keeping watch under the bed. Or is there?
'I Am Teddy' Chain Letter
Chain letter warns recipients to share it with at least 12 people or they'll be murdered in their sleep by a dead 7-year-old named Teddy.
The Killer in the Window
When you're 15 years old and babysitting in someone else's home on a dark, wintery night, the last thing you want to see is a creepy stranger approaching the sliding glass door.
The Killer in the Backseat
Drivers beware - that person following you on the highway may actually be trying to save your life!
The Knife in the Briefcase
A female driver offers a ride to a well-dressed gentleman, then suddenly remembers an important engagement and races off without him. Turns out he left his briefcase in the car. Turns out there's something scary inside the briefcase.
The Lightning-Fused Lovers
Two college students making love on top of a mountain during a thunderstorm experience the climax of their lives -- literally.
A Little Girl Called Clarissa
Chain letter tells the story of Clarissa, a little girl placed in a mental hospital for killing her mother and father.
The Mistletoe Bough
The Mistletoe Bough, a ballad by Thomas Haynes Bayly and Sir Henry Bishop. Published circa 1830.
The Necrophilac's Gift
A very good reason never to sleep with a necrophiliac - as if you needed one.
'New Twist on Kidnapping' (Flat Tire at the Mall)
A female shopper's gratefulness turns to horror when she discovers that the "good samaritan" who offered to fix her flat tire in the mall parking lot has a briefcase full of knives, rope and duct tape.
The Poodle in the Microwave
An elderly woman comes up with a novel way to dry off her soggy pet in a hurry. Don't try this at home!
Psychic Predicts Halloween Campus Massacre
Oft-resurrected urban legend about a psychic predicting mass murders at a major university on Halloween night terrorizes students on U.S. college campuses.
The Slender Man
Dear Urban Legends: There is this myth going around the internet for a couple of years now about a "creature" called the Slender Man. What is it?
The Roommate's Death
There's a killer hiding in the room. Don't turn on the light!
Flayed alive long ago by a jealous husband, Tom's ghost still haunts a popular "Lovers' Lane" in rural Tennessee.
Travel Horror Stories
From the urban legends archive, the five absolute worst, most horrifying vacation travel stories you've ever heard!
Snake Swallows Man!
This charming series of photographs purports to show a gigantic serpent killed and dissected in the process of swallowing a full-grown human being.
The Stuffed Baby
Proof that drug smugglers will stop at nothing to ply their evil trade.
The Fatal Tan
A young bride-to-be decides she needs a tan, so a week before her wedding day she visits a tanning salon. Then another, then another...