Urban legends continue to be a main part of storytelling as a way to provide extreme tales of a variety of scary, horrific and even funny situations. The legends surround several different circumstances such as driving at night, hitchhiking or shaving. Although some urban legends are based on real stories, as they are retold throughout the years they become more fiction than fact. The list below provides an overview of some of the most famous urban legends.
The bloody Mary myth has continued to scare children throughout the years. It has been widely told that if you turn out the lights and look into the mirror and say bloody Mary five times, Mary Worth’s spirit would appear. Upon appearing the spirit would scratch out your eyes. Fortunately, this is just a myth, which has not been proven.
The Vanishing Hitchhiker
This urban legend was told to prevent young kids from hitchhiking. It starts with a driver that picked up a female hitchhiker along a deserted road. When he arrives at the address to drop her off, he turns to the backseat only to realize that she has disappeared. He still goes up to the house only to find out that the female had died years ago from the exact spot he supposedly picked up the hitchhiker.
The urban legends states that Walt Disney’s body was frozen when he died to preserve it for the future. It was believed that he could possibly be brought back to life from technological advancements. However, records show that Disney was cremated in 1966.
The Spider Bite
It was believed that if a person was bitten by a spider while traveling overseas, upon returning home the bite would start to hatch. This would cause parasitic baby spiders to start crawling from the skin. Not true, although spider bites may hurt and some may even require medical attention, none will lead to spiders hatching underneath your skin.