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If you’ve never heard the term “urban legend” or “urban myth” before, it refers to – in a definition shamelessly stolen from Wikipedia – “a form of modern folklore consisting of stories that may or may not have been believed by their tellers to be true. As with all folklore and mythology, the designation suggests nothing about the story’s veracity, but merely that it is in circulation, exhibits variation over time, and carries some significance that motivates the community in preserving and propagating it.”

You’ve probably been told some form of urban legend as if it were a truth at some point in your life – I remember the whole “pop rocks and soda will make you explode AND DIE!!!” legend going around my elementary school (complete with dares to try it, of course), and as recently as last month I’ve seen people circulating – seemingly in earnest – the absolutely ancient myth about gang initiations and car headlights. Urban legends tend to have incredibly long lifetimes, and it’s very possible that some of you have unknowingly helped to spread an urban myth that originally spread before you were even born!

If you’d like to explore and familiarize yourself with most of the more famous urban legends, Snopes and Urban Legends Online are your best bets.

If you want to go directly to the creepy/horror urban legends, that category can be found right here.

So let’s talk about urban legends this month. Which of these tall tales is your favorite? Have you ever been guilty of spreading an urban legend, either for fun or because you actually believed it? Were you surprised to see that any of the legends listed on the linked sites were actually just stories? Why do you think certain legends manage to stick around for so long? So on and so forth – I just figured that, given that this discussion post would be publishing on April Fool’s Day, we might as well discuss all the interesting and wild and even creepy hoaxes and legends that have cropped up and spread around throughout the ages.

Have fun!

  • miles

    nose

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  • Rat girl

    There is an urban legend down here in Louisiana… About French Town Road. It is basically a normal road till you get to maybe the middle of it…Then you start to hit trees that are like walls on either side. At this point there are no lines on the road, no lights, it just keeps going into blackness. At the end of the road, cannibalistic devil worshipers are said to live. Also, there is a bridge that a set of train tracks run on. Its said that if you go there at 3am and stop your engine under the bridge, the car will die. Apparently the devil worshippers use this curse to trap people for sacrifices in the woods…If you don’t stop under the bridge you will supposedly find animals skinned, drained of their blood, and hung from the trees over demonic symbols drawn on the ground…But ya know, It’s just an urban legend. ;)

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    • Shade

      Have you or anyone you know ever tried it?

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      • Miss Soho

        I’M LOOKING IT UP ON GOOGLE MAPS THANK YOU

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        • Miss Soho

          …I didn’t find it…

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    • http://creepypasta.com annavasquez

      thats fake and made up to scare unaware people.

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      • DarkDivine

        That’s the point of Urban LEGENDS

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  • http://Killthekillers.tumblr.com Ahriannah

    I would have to say that my favorite is Centralia. I am from a little town in Pennsylvania, so Centralia is a common topic spread around.

    Fact 1: Centralia PA is a real place
    Fact 2: There is an underground coal fire burning.

    That is where the facts in the real story end. People still live in Centralia, because they refuse to sell their lands to the government. While many people have been evacuated since the fire started decades ago, not everyone left.

    The people who currently live there still state that the fire has either gone out or has since gotten so deep into the coal vein that it is no longer a danger.

    The Mythos tends to spread more to the way that Centralia is Haunted, and that because of this, noone can live there. Mosters are propagated, demons, and ghosts are no stranger to the story either.

    Every school child in Pennsylvania has heard this story and told it to their friends. So, yes, I have spread urban legands around.

    )o(Blessed Be)o(
    Ahriannah

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    • Wuertzer

      Centralia is a creepy town. Reminds me of Silent Hill.

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      • http://Killthekillers.tumblr.com Ahriannah

        It is actually where part of the Premise of Silent Hill came from. (The haunted and the underground fire parts.)

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        • Jhe

          AH, for real?
          Well, I guess that is one town I’ll be avoiding FOR THE REST OF MY NATURAL LIFE.

          …AND THEREAFTER.

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    • The_Amazing SAF

      I live in PA too, and I remember that story. At first, I’ll admit, I was scared. You know, when I was five. Then, I heard it so much that I just got bored of it.

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  • Jason voorhees

    The gang initiation with headlights is for M16. And I didn’t just hear that randomly, corrections officers get gang training and that was part of it.
    On a different note, I love to hear urban legends. One near me is the haunted chair. It was a chair from an early royalty to the US (not sure who, slipping my mind) but supposedly, anyone who sits in it will die within a month. Could be any way, but it’s always within a month, you will die. The chair is roped off limits and police try to keep anyone from sitting in it, but people still try. I’ve never met anyone who has dared to sit in it, even if it is a hoax

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  • meisbeh

    I have to say the urban legend of the scream session is my most preferred myth. I loved how it was worked into the film “Urban Legends: Final Cut”! It’s awesome how they managed to cramp in famous urban legends into the storylines of two films. Also, kawaii Jeff is kawaii! :3

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  • Tay

    That white vans automatically come out at anytime after 11:00 and will pick you up and rape you. Only white vans windowless vans.
    It happens just not only white windowless vans and not only at night.

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  • badfakesmiles

    Actually, I have posted this urban legend on nosleep..
    http://www.reddit.com/r/nosleep/comments/20sopu/we_played_an_urban_legend_game_called_pete_wants/

    It’s called Pete Wants to Play

    basically it’s inviting a child to go play tag with you, in the dark. All of you must only hold a minimum amount of light, like a match or something. Then you run around in the dark.

    There was once a boy named Pete who agreed with his friends to go play tag…in the dark. Not the brightest idea huh? Well, you can already imagine what was going on in that game. If you’re thinking that Pete tripped over and died, thus the name of the game is what it is, and then you’re wrong. They were playing tag in the dark, when suddenly Pete met a strange looking man, it was said that the man took his soul, and will only release him if someone invites him to play another game of “tag in the dark”.
    Rules are simple
    1) You can perform this anywhere, as long as it’s dark.
    2) You and your friends should form a circle
    3) Do a head count; one player must announce his number to the whole group. example: Timmy: “One” Jack : “Two” Lisa: “Three”
    4) There is no limit on the number of players, so after all of you announced your numbers, grab a full match box.
    5) The match box will serve as the only light in the game, when while running, it goes out, light another one.
    6) Never play somewhere that has stairs, uneven grounds, whatever. We wouldn’t want to have any dangerous accidents
    7) Lights off, decide who’s it, and begin chasing each other
    8) After the game is complete, or if all of you are tired, open the lights and form another circle
    9) Do the head count again
    Warning: doing this game is at your own risk

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    • leV-lee

      Downvoted by mistake, stupid touchscreen!

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  • matthew

    there is this road called paradise road near my town and its said to be haunted. once you get on the road heavy trees cover the road. some people say if you go into the left side of the woods you can hear strange and evil things. i have heard that there was once devil worshippers in the woods. i heard that if you stop in the middle of the road and turn off your car lights and you look back into the top of the trees you can see a dead body. search paradise road wisconsin on google if you wanna know more

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  • Chapman

    I live in Alabama and grew up, at least during elementary school, hearing about or reading stories from “13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey.” I can’t really remember much about the stories, but the books are very popular and are memorable to people who haven’t even read them.

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  • Guy Guy

    When my cousins were little, they would hear an ice cream truck pretty late at night and would ask my uncle if they could get ice cream. He was in bed and was extremely tired, so to make them shut up he told them that they were hearing the “haunted ice cream truck”. He told them that whoever mentions the haunted ice cream truck always dies or something terrible like that. It worked. My cousins stopped asking him if they could get ice cream. So now the haunted ice cream truck is one of my favorite urban legends, made up on the spot by a poor, tired father.

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  • Anonymous

    harry and volde had a baby

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  • Guy Guy

    Aaaaaand here’s my Jeff submission. Worked super hard on this one. I’ve been called the Michelangelo of my generation.

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  • Demonicus

    Yowie. My favourite legend from the Australian outback. Think of it like bigfoot only… more aggressive.

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    • http://Killthekillers.tumblr.com Ahriannah

      LOL I have a friend from Evony, her name game handle was Yowie. She was aussie as well…I am impressed.

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  • LefthandedLunatic

    In Titusville, Pa we have the urban legend of the “Bleeding Skull Grave” or “The Witches Grave”. It is a gravestone located in Woodland Cemetery and it is noted to “bleed” from it’s eyes. I manage to found something on the internet on it that includes pictures. (http://missblaser.com/the-bloody-skull/#.UztfXyi9VFI)

    P.S. I’ve seen it myself in all of its bloody glory during cross country practice. The only Urban Legend I know to be true.

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  • CrazyWhovian

    How do I do the Jeff makeover?

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    • Darcy

      Check out pinkstylist’s channel he shows you tutorials on jeff.

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  • CrazyWhovian

    I got it. How do you like your nose, eyebrows, and MAKEUP, Jeff? LOL. Great idea.

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  • CrazyWhovian

    For the longest time when I was little I believed that tapping on a soda can could help. Until I found out the hard way.

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    • http://Killthekillers.tumblr.com Ahriannah

      Now I am thinking about JD from Scrubs.

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  • CrazyWhovian

    Random French Jeff.

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  • CrazyWhovian

    Where is the JTK makeover post?

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  • Wuertzer

    I live around the point pleasant area and I remember this one legend about an old bridge that collapsed in the 60s. People saw this moth-like creature multiple times before the collapse. Mothman wasn’t seen again. The legend goes on saying that Mothman is the harbinger of doom and that you will die if you see him.

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  • Old timer.

    There is the legend of the chubracabra, it started in Puerto Rico as a large alien-like creature with spikes running down it’s back and large bulging eyes, now that same legend is in Texas, one woman shot it and now it’s stuffed and in a muesem, but if you ask me it looks like a cross between a coyote and a large-eared, hairless dog. That would explan why they weren’t able to identify it.

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  • CrazyWhovian

    There is this house at the end of my block. It appears empty for most of the year, but there is never a for sale sign outside. I never thought anything about until I was about six.

    It was Halloween night. I hopped up the steps, hoping to receive more candy. I rang the doorbell, and my friends and I shouted “Trick or treat”. Nothing happened.

    Suddenly we all felt the urge to look down. Two little baby angel statues were halfway buried in the ground. One looked like it was dead, the other dying.

    Then an eerie looking light appeared in the front window. A hand was clawing at the curtains.

    That’s when a said “Let’s go home now” and ran home.

    Ever since then the angel statues are there, half buried, and every Halloween night the eerie light and hand appear.

    Now this is actually a true story, not a legend. I should know. I’m sorry to say, but I actually set it off.

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  • Adveshan

    The article discussing gangs shooting people who flash their brights at them is a real urban legend. I live in Eugene, OR, as the article mentions, and I grew up believing it to actually be true, and just now found it that it is in fact an urban legend.

    There’s this urban legend in my neighborhood, that some boy drowned in the pond north of my house trying to save his brother (which he supposedly did). I don’t know if this is true, since I can’t find any documentation of it anywhere. Supposedly the story went that he caught is foot in something and couldn’t get out. I’ve heard it said that there’s even been a car that crashed into the pond as well, but again, I can’t find any evidence. It still is kinda creepy knowing that this pond used to be visited by quite a bit of people in my childhood (since they used to load fish into the pond) but now it’s dead a barren, sans the geese and ducks that visit. There’s also this little pathway that leads into the thicket by the pond where supposedly some cultists would meet up. I do know that there were some people who did worship the Devil, but I think my parents said this to scare us away from the pond.

    If you want to check the pond out, look up Bean St. Eugene, OR on Google Maps. It’s the nearest pond just north of that street.

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  • Eldsmidur

    There is a burned down house close to 287 between Wichita Falls Texas and Henrietta. They refer to it as Witches Gate. I have heard several stories of what happened. One version says it was a wealthy rancher, his wife, and two sons. They say the man died of old age and the wife who was a witch went crazy and burned the house down. Then the sons later in life rebuilt the house and robbers broke in and killed the one brother and the other brother trapped them inside and killed them all including himself by burning the house down.

    The version closer to the truth is that one brother never married and one was divorced. They were in their 60s and still raising cattle like their father did. Four men broke into the house because of rumors of a coin collection and killed the one brother by shooting him in the back. The other brother escaped the house and made it to the Jolly Truck Stop and called the police. The brother moved to a friends house and house burned down a few days. They never investigated but it was believed arson. This supposedly happened in the 60s or 70s.

    If you drive down the highway either during sunrise or sunset(can’t remember what side of the highway its on) the house is supposed to look like it’s on fire again.

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  • kamerong.

    In Topeka Kansas there is a large mound named brunettes mound. It used to be the “castle” if you will for an old indian tribe. Being the highest point in Topeka. It was thought that chief brunette chose this place because it was the closest place to speak to god out here in the plains land. One day the settlers came to the area and tried to make the tribe leave. Long story short it was a slaughter fest for the natives. Chief brunette’s final breathes were used to put a curse on the mound. So that never again the land would be spoiled by the white man. In the 70s people tried to build on the mound. In the conclusion of construction a huge storm hit and a twister destroyed everything and everyone on the mound and half of Topeka with it at the time. The twister stayed in the city limits only… now since then the mound has stayed untouched. But a very haunted and very mysterious place at night that I myself have experienced so much up there. The whispers of fading voices can be heard. unexplained smells and random temp changes happen a lot. Phantom figures in the distance that just stare your down. Some have even said you can hear chief brunette and his white horse ridding around the mound. Some also say that there is a creature on the mound. Something that feeds on evil. Probably brought there from the blackened stain of those murdered natives. I have only heard this creature before. Never seen it. But in ally years of hunting I’ve never heard a howl like this thing can scream out. It really does put shivers down your spine. definitely a scary place you’re guaranteed to have a good time up on the mound at night if you’re a ghost hunter/ paranormal thrill seeker.

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