7 crazy urban legends handed down from generation to generation
Do you remember when you and your friends were gathered around the campfire? It was getting late and it was pitch dark out there in the woods. And one of your friends had the bright idea to swap urban legends. You could not leave because your friends would know you were scared. Sounds familiar? Be brave and keep on reading...
These 7 mysterious urban legends, some of which turned out to be true, will give you a chill to the bone.
#1 The Sleep Experiment, Russia
According to the legend, Russian scientists in the 1940s took 5 prison inmates and locked them in an airtight chamber with a special gas inside that made them unablу to sleep. They wanted to study the effects of sleep deprivation over 30 days. On day 5, the inmates stopped talking to each other. By day 9, some of them were screaming, begging to get out. One of the others tore apart the books they were given, smeared them with their own feces and then covered the one way mirror with it that was used to observe them. By day 15, the scientists announced over the intercom that they were coming in.
However, the inmates no longer wanted to be freed. They opened up the chamber to find one of the prisoners had been torn to pieces by the others. The team tried to surgically reverse the damage on their brain but they resisted and couldn’t be sedated — they just laughed and laughed. They repeated that now they were madness that lurks within us all, they were what we hide from in your beds every night.
#2 The Bunny Man, the USA
This story started when a bus full of mental patients crashes on the side of the road. While the police caught most of the escaped inmates, two remained at large. After that the local people started discovering skinned bunny carcasses. One of the prisoners was found hung from a bridge skinned and left just like the dead bunnies. Rumors say that visiting the bridge after midnight will get you killed by the bunny man himself.
#3 The Slit-Mouthed Woman, Japan
This is a Japanese tale in which a woman’s face is slashed from ear to ear leaving a smiling scar before being murdered by her jealous husband. She is known as Kuchisake-onna. After the woman dies she haunts streets asking people “Am I pretty?” No matter which answer they give, the woman kills them.
#4 Curse of the Crying Boy Painting, Italy
In 1985, a fire devastated the home of a couple in Rotherdam, England. In the ashy ruins only a painting called “The Crying Boy” by Italian artist Giovanni Bragolin was found unscathed. Soon similar stories began cropping up from firefighters from all over Europe. The painting was said to be cursed. Some believed that the boy from the picture caused the fires himself. It was said that the painter burned matches in front of the child’s face to make him cry. Thus, the fires were the boy’s revenge.
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#5 The Hitcher with Hairy Hands, Belgium
This is an urban legend that is based on a true story. The story goes that a woman is returning from a movie theatre and gets back into her car, parked in a dark parking lot. As she goes to drive off, she notices a little old lady in the backseat. Confused, she asks what she is doing there. The old lady looks weepy and says she got lost in the car park. The woman takes pity on her and decided to drive her home.
Later, the driver notices that the old lady has mysteriously hairy arms. She realises that the old woman is actually a man in disguise. Panicked, the driver sees a bus and decides to crash into it. She runs to the bus driver to ask him for help. When they get back to the car, the so called old lady has vanished. Only chloroform and a chainsaw have been left in the car.
#6 Hostel, the Netherlands
This is a story about college students who are backpacking through Europe. One of their stops was in Amsterdam and they decide to rent a room at a hostel that was known for its partying. However, they find themselves in a terrible situation full of torture chambers and murders.
According to the legend, hundreds of people who backpack through Europe each year, mysteriously disappear. Some people speculate that they are held in a torture room by a sick and sinister murderer. Others say that they were cut up and had their organs sold for money.
#7 Duppies, Jamaica
“Duppy” is a word of Jamaican origin meaning “ghost” or “spirit”. They are generally regarded as evil — coming out to haunt people at night. They’ve been seen by many Jamaicans. These creatures come in a number of different forms. A Duppy is regarded as a powerful being that can visit people anytime of the day or night. It causes havoc or pain to invoke maximum fear in their chosen victims.
They are often the soul of a dead person that can take on human or animal form. Many people fear that when their enemies die, they will come back to haunt them as a Duppy. It’s thought that after death, the soul of a person deemed as good goes to heaven to be judged by God. Before that, the spirit remains attached to the body for 3 days. This is the time when the spirit have a chance to escape and become a Duppy. The sightings often describe them violently attacking people.
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