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Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
« Reply #105 on: October 31, 2012, 05:19:46 PM »
# 7: The Hook
 

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Highest Vote: (#1 by Smoky )

The Story:
Story time, kiddies.
 
Once upon a time, a guy and a girl were parked in the woods, doing what comes naturally to teens. Over the radio they hear a story about an escaped mental patient on the loose. His distinguishing characteristic?  He had a hook for a hand. Now, the guy? He doesn't care at all about the story. He just wants to make out. But the girl? She's freaked out. She wants to go home. Right now. The guy argues, but she won't budge. Finally, in fit of rage, he says "fine" and guns the engine and drives off in a cloud of dust. After a while, he finally gets back to her house and, since he's a gentleman, he gets out of the car to open the door for her. But when he gets to the passenger side door, he stops. Because there on the car door handle hangs a bloody hook.
 
Well, Is It True?
No.
 
While there have been examples of murderers who really did prey on kids hanging out in "Lover's Lane" this is just a long standing myth with no real basis in actual incidents. There are a long series of myths where teens fooling around get punished for doing so, and this is just another example. But one with a bloody hook.
 
 
Random Notes
Nothing to add here. It's a classic legend.
 
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Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
« Reply #106 on: October 31, 2012, 05:21:27 PM »
# 6: Killer Arcade Game


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The Story:
Soooo. Still playing Pokemon, huh?

Yeah, I know that other guy told me not to talk to you, but I feel I have to. You know about the killer video game, right?

See, back in the 1980s, there used to be these things called "arcades" where people would go and pay to play video games.

Yeah, crazy, huh?

Anyway, there was this one company who made a game called "Polybius" and they tested it out in Portland, Oregon. And it was good. A bit too good. See, folks who started playing it didn't want to stop playing it. Soon there were lines of people there, all just waiting to play the game.

To make things stranger, soon after, a bunch of men dressed in dark black suits appeared to collect data from the machine. And soon after, the machines vanished in the middle of the night. The folks who had been playing it? Some of them went insane. Some became anti-gaming activists. And some just disappeared .  Was it all some sort of government experiment? Or did the government step in before the situation became even worse?


Well, Is It True?
No, despite Cracked saying it is.

In the modern age where even the rarest of games will appear (a copy of the Atari 2600 game Air Raid resurfaced last week and allegedly only a dozen copies ever were made) but no ROM of Polybius has ever surfaced. No people who ever played the game have appeared nor anyone who worked at the arcade. In short, there's no one out there who can corroborate the game's existence. Except for my supermodel Canadian girlfriend, of course.

Since the rumors of the game's existence surfaced though, folks have mocked up Polybius cabinets and attempted to make versions of the game (some versions of which have in fact caused epileptic seizures, but that's not hard to reproduce.) But he actual killer version has never surfaced.


Random Notes
Simpsons did it too.


Note the  single game button and the "property of the US government" stamp. Someone on the show did their research.

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Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
« Reply #107 on: October 31, 2012, 05:23:30 PM »
# 5: The Vanishing Hitchhiker


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Highest Vote: (#6 by Smoky )

The Story:
... true story time. I drive a lot. At least twice a week every week for the last five years, I drive from southwest Denver out toward Limon via I-70. And a couple of times a year I drive out from Denver to Salt Lake and back, usually in the dead of night. Wyoming during the day frankly isn't any less lively than it is during the day.

A few years back, I was running late out in Limon and instead of heading home at 2 PM or so, I had to delay my leaving until about 11 PM or so. Needless to say, I wasn't happy. After about a half hour or so of stewing in my car while driving, I spotted a figure up ahead on the road. I slowed down, just to be safe, and saw a teenager by the side of the road. Fearing the worst, I slowed down and pulled up beside her and asked if she was okay. She replied, "Yeah. Can you give me a ride home?" I nodded and let her into the car. She didn't talk much on the way back, just the occasional "take a left here" and the like. I tried to draw her out in conversation, but she just didn't reply. Eventually, we just rode in silence. After a while, we came to our destination just outside of Bennett and I turned to let her out of the car.
But she wasn't there.

I jumped out of the car. Had she opened the car without me noticing? Did she jump out somewhere else? While I looked, the lights in the home came on and after a moment, an old woman in a nightgown came out and asked what I was doing. I started explaining about the girl and the directions, but the old woman went ash white and interrupted me.

"Sir, I know. This has happened before. That girl was my daughter. She was killed in a car crash on the freeway almost twenty years ago."

And then we went into her house and had sex so freaky that I can't even describe it. Ooooh yeah.


Well, Is It True?
No, pure legend. Even the story above.


Random Notes
The above is version 1 of the legend. "The passenger who wants to be taken home and/or where she died and sometimes leaves an article of clothing behind." The other popular version goes roughly as follows.

A few years back, a young couple was driving along towards the airport for an early morning flight when they spotted a man by the side of the road. They pulled over and gave the man a lift. When they reached their destination, the passenger offered to pay for the gas used, but they refused. So instead, he offered to reveal their fortune. He said that "By the end of the day, there will be a dead man in your car and building  and you'll have missed your flight." He then vanished without a word. The couple was spooked, but continued towards the airport. But before they reached it, they saw a pair of cars crash. One of the drivers in the car was a doctor and relatively uninjured but the other driver was severely injured. The doctor begged the couple to help take the injured man to the hospital, saying that he'd never last if he had to wait for the ambulance. The reluctantly agreed and drove the man towards the hospital. Unfortunately, the injured man died en route. By the time they'd delivered the deceased man to the hospital, they'd missed their flight. So they headed out to the airport to see if they could catch a later flight. But once they got there, they discovered that their original flight had crashed a few minutes after takeoff.

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Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
« Reply #108 on: October 31, 2012, 05:27:31 PM »
# 4: The Man Upstairs


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Highest Vote: (#2 by Johnny U and Smoky )

The Story:
Once upon a time, there was a babysitter who was looking after some kids. She'd put the kids to bed and sat down to watch TV when suddenly the phone rang. She answered and a voice on the other end laughed and said "You'd better check the children." She hung up, thinking it was a prank call. A few minutes later, the phone rang again. Once again she answered and once again the voice tells her to check the children.

She calls the police and they tell her not to panic and if he calls again, try to keep the man talking as long as possible so that they can trace the call. A few minutes later, he calls again. She tried to keep the caller talking, but he just said "You'd better come upstairs" and hung up. A few seconds later the phone rang again, she picked it up expected the caller, but instead it was the police screaming at her. "We've traced the calls! They're coming from inside the house! " At the same time, she heard footsteps coming down the stairs, so she threw the phone down and rushed outside the house, where the cops had just arrived. They burst in and found the children butchered in their beds. There were no signs of the killer.


Well, Is It True?
No.

The legend seems to date back to the 1960s, but likely gained in popularity due to the 1979 film "When a Stranger Calls."

Random Notes
There's a variant of this myth where a second babysitter is in the house. She goes upstairs to check on the children and its her warnings as the killer attacks her that allows the first sitter to escape.


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Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
« Reply #109 on: October 31, 2012, 05:29:17 PM »
# 3: Bloody Mary


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Highest Vote: (#1 by Johnny U )

The Story:
So, Pokemon kid hit you? Well, you kinda deserved it. You were taunting him a lot with those stupid stories.

See, taunting is stupid. It's a bad idea to do to people and it's an even worse idea to taunt the supernatural. Let me give you an example.

There was a woman years ago whose face was disfigured in an auto accident. As if her life wasn't hard enough, the local children taunted her constantly throughout her sad, short life. She died alone and miserable. But she died angry too.

So, if late at night you turn off all the lights and stand in front of a mirror and say her name three times... well, she'll appear. And she'll get the vengeance in death that she never had in life.

No, that legend's not about Biggie Smalls.

Well, Is It True?
No.

Don't believe me? Try it.

Fine, wuss. In any case, while its tried thousands of time a year, very few times does an actual grim specter appear from the mirror. Some of that may be due to the different methods required to summon her. Some legends say "say her name" three times. Some say it's 13 times. Still other versions say that you must also add "Kathy come out" or "I murdered your baby." Or you may need to do it in a specific place. In any case, you're pretty safe if you do this.

Me? I've already risked my life today with an urban legend, thanks.

Random Notes
Some versions require that you speak the name "Mary Worth" instead, but I'm pretty sure that just summons a meddlesome old woman.

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Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
« Reply #110 on: October 31, 2012, 05:31:41 PM »
# 2: The Killer in the Back Seat


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Highest Vote: (#4 by Smoky and Compound )

The Story:
A few months ago, a murder escaped from the local prison and the police warned everyone in the area to be careful and stay inside.

Well, Sally had a rather important errand and even at risk of life and limb and even in the pouring rain, she had to leave the house. So, she got in her car and started driving. But unfortunately, she was low on gas. Now it's late at night and practically nothing was open, but she eventually found a run down gas station that still had its light on. It even advertised being full service....

Yeah, they must be in Oregon.

... so she honked her horn and a few moments later a seedy looking attendant stumbled out of the station and over to her car. She asked him to fill up the car. He stared at her, looking quite distracted, and then walked back to the pump. A few seconds later, Sally heard a knock on her window.

"Ma'am? Your card's been declined. The credit card company wants to speak with you on the phone." Sally stammered that all her cards were current and there must be some mistake. But the attendant was quite insistent that she come with him to the office. By this time Sally feared the worst and started her car in an attempt to leave. The station attendant tried to leap in front of her car, but she blew past him and screamed out onto the road.

The police found her car a half mile down the road. They were already on the way after the station attendant called them. As he explained later to the police, he'd seen a person crouching in her back seat and was desperately trying to get her out of the car and away from the figure without letting the figure know that he'd been seen, but she just wouldn't listen.

And they never did find Sally's head.

Well, Is It True?
No.

While it's very popular legend, it doesn't ever seem to have ever happened. In addition, there are about a dozen versions of the legend. Sometimes the helpful stranger is in a car, following the girl and flashing his lights, othertimes it's a tough looking criminal type or (gasp!) a black man. In still other versions, the killer is a gang member wanabee who has to kill and rape a woman to enter the gang. And in yet another version, this legend is rolled in with the "Ankler slasher" legend.

But... it does seem to have been inspired by a real story. In 1964, an escaped murderer did in fact hide in the back seat of someone's car. Unfortunately, the car he chose belonged to  police detective and he shot the escapee.

Random Notes
Note, the killer in this legend is always male and the driver is always female.

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Our final legend, where I risk life and limb.


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Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
« Reply #111 on: October 31, 2012, 05:52:04 PM »
Been a while. Maybe he didn't make it through the last one alive!


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Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
« Reply #112 on: October 31, 2012, 05:57:54 PM »
Just building suspense. And trying to see what my doggie is choking on....HOLY COW! THOSE ARE HUMAN FINGERS!


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Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
« Reply #113 on: October 31, 2012, 05:58:32 PM »
# 1: Pop Rocks & Soda
 

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Highest Vote: (#3 by BBQ Platypus and Pak-Man)

The Story:
You remember Mikey? That kid from the Life commercials? "Let Mikey eat it." Well, someone once took that too far.
 
See, there was once this candy called "pop rocks." You'd put them in your mouth and they'd pop around. You can't buy them now because they're banned. Well, Mikey ate a packet of pop rocks and then drank a soda. well, instead of popping around harmlessly in his mouth, the combination of the things caused little Mikey's stomach to explode.
 
Hrmph. Kids always ruin the fun things. Mikey probably was one of the kids who ate crazy foam too.
 
Well, Is It True?
Not at all.
 
Firstly, Mikey? Well, he's actually John Gilchrist and is very much alive, and reprised the role of Mikey in commercials in the 80s and again in 2000.
 
Secondly, the combination? It's not fatal. How do I know this? Well, see this message?
Okay, just posting this to mark a time. I'll explain why later.
 

Well, that was me noting the time where I ate a packet of pop rocks (which are still for sale. There's even a Halloween flavored pack out right now.) and then drank the can of soda shown in the blurry photo above.  Since then I've consumed another pack (the very icky blue raspberry flavored one and drank 2 additional carbonated beverages. Still no exploded stomach.
 
Don't believe me?  How about Adam and Jaime instead?
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Their conclusion? You'd need to drink roughly six sodas one after the other after the other and have stomach filled with baking soda, rather than pop rocks, before you'd have a chance of your stomach exploding. So, they're safe to consume, other than dealing with the dubious nutritional value of the combo.
 
However....
 
While it won't kill you, the combo can hurt. No, not in the stomach. This is a much easier thing to reconstruct. Take a packet of Pop Rocks. Empty into mouth. Then drink soda. Now, this won't kill you, but the rocks will be rather accelerated by the soda and as a result, it'll feel like popcorn is popping inside your mouth.
 
It's not a pleasant experience.
 
Random Notes
These days when people combine candy and soda, they'll usually combine mentos with diet soda. It provides a much more visual, and non-legendary, response.
 
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 FYI- pop rocks are also very nucleated, but they don't do this if you pour them into a soda.
 
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Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
« Reply #114 on: October 31, 2012, 06:14:25 PM »
Fun countdown, Compound. Thanks!

Here was my list:

25. Humans can lick too (She thought it was her dog licking her hand and went back to sleep; in the morning she found the note written in blooood)

24. Walt Disney Was Cryogenically Frozen (Enough said)

23. Three Men and a Baby Ghost (in the movie.. maybe real?)

22. The Spider Cactus (Somebody orders a special cactus which shakes and rumbles and finally explodes with spiders)

21. Captain Kangaroo Curses Out Kids ("That oughta hold the little bastards")

20. Skinned Tom (He cheated with married lady and her boyfriend skinned him and now he haunts the area looking for his own victims)

19. Deadly Snakes are In Kids' Ball Play Pits (fun times)

18. Kidney Theives (People waking up in bathtubs of ice with note "call ambulance now or you will die" was all over the news, then apparently wasn't real)

17. Paul is Dead (The Beatles)

16. Pop Rocks and Soda Made Mikey's Stomach Explode (The kid from the Life's cereal commercials)

15. The Spider Hairdo (A woman finds spiders have laid eggs in her beehive, and they all come crawling out)

14.   Old Lady Needing Ride is Really Maniac (they find "her" weapon after the driver escapes...)

13. The Clown Statue (A Babysitter is unsettled by a creepy clown statue and mentions it on the phone to the parents... who tell her they don't HAVE a clown statue)

12. Scraping On Top The Car (Boyfriend got out for gas, girl started hearing scraping on the car, got out and saw boyfriend's dead body hanging above car with feet dangling on the roof)

11. Aren't YOu Glad You Didn't Turn On The Light? (Girl in college comes in and doesn't turn on the light then she finds the words painted in bloooood)

10. Tapeworm Cookie Cure (Put some cookies out for a tapeworm to crawl out and eat, when the worm comes out you bash it on the head with a hammer)

9. Alligators in the Sewer (They're living down there... this may be true, actually)

8. Explode Pillsbury Dough Package (Person hears loud pop in car, feels the back of their head and thinks their brains are falling out. Turns out their package of Pillsbury Dough exploded in the heat)

7. The Devil's Tower, NJ (Walk or drive around it backwards and the devil or a ghost appears)

6. The Vanishing Hitchhiker (Someone gives a ride and the hitcher dissapears)

5. Bloody Mary (Say it three times in a mirror and she appears)

4. High Beams (There's someone in your back seat!)

3. Girl Who Stood on A Grave (On a bet, and told to plunge knife into earth to prove she was there. She plunged the knife through her jacket and died of fright)

2. The Babysitter (Call Is Coming From Inside The House)

1. The Hook (Found it on the car's door handle)

I chose not include paranormal stories or generally stories with real names and claims attached, as I think of those as mysteries (even The Jersey Devil) and not really "urban legends").


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Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
« Reply #115 on: October 31, 2012, 06:29:37 PM »
Great Job!  :clap:


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Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
« Reply #116 on: October 31, 2012, 06:32:19 PM »
Really enjoyed this list. Great writeups.



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Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
« Reply #117 on: October 31, 2012, 06:33:44 PM »
"Ever feel like you're dragging a big bag of meat around?" -  Kevin, The Curse of Bigfoot


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Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
« Reply #118 on: October 31, 2012, 08:37:49 PM »
Great list and great write-ups.  Here's my list.  Lots of Japanese stuff that I ended up putting on the list just by doing research (though some I was previously familiar with).  I don't know what it is about Japan, but they love ghost stories and such.  In fact, I forgot the Japanese legend that if you hear 100 ghost stories, you'll live one yourself.

1. Bloody Mary
2. The Calls are Coming from Inside the House
3. Dungeons and Dragons Madness
4. Unlucky Number 4 (Japan)
5. The Killer in the Backseat
6. And There, On the Handle, Was a Hook
7. The Vanishing Hitchhiker (particularly the young girl who takes the driver’s coat)

8. Hanako-San - She's a little ghost girl that haunts public toilets in Japan.  It's really just the Japanese equivalent of Bloody Mary.
9. The Dungarvon Whooper - This is a local one, but I think it fits with "old legend" more than urban.  Sure it is a 20th century legend, but it probably takes place a century prior Still, I needed to put it one.  Basically, a cook at a lumber camp is murdered by his boss and I guess scares his murderer with whooping sounds.  This is what a Canadian would consider haunting. 
10. The Men in Black - I liked the first movie, but even without a franchise I like them as the villain.  I did manage to photograph one.

11. Area 51 - No takers?
12. The Red Room - It's an internet Pop-up or website or something that either kills you or compels you to kills your self.  In one story, a person paints their room in their own blood.
13. Unlucky Number 13 - How did this not get picked?
14. The Jersey Devil
15. Jinmenken - This is a new one to me, but I already love it.  In most Japanese ghost stories, the spirit just wants to kill you.  But this is a human faced dog that can run as fast as a car, but will either not talk to you or just say leave me alone.  I love this guy!

16. The Mothman
17. Aka Manto - Translated as the Red Mantle Basically a handsome masked ghost in a sort of Phantom of the Opera vein who visits you when you are on the can in a public toilet.  For some reason, Japanese ghosts attack people on the shitter.  I guess it's a vulnerability thing, but while it has less dignity than the shower, it is a good place to get scared.  Anyway, he asks you if you want a red vest or a blue one and either rips the skin off your back or suffocates you, depending on the answer.

"I'm waiting for you to poo!"
18. Backmasking Brainwash
19. The Chupacabra
20. Bigfoot
21. The Secret Messages of The Shining (Re: the documentary Room 237)
22. The Moon Landing Never Happened
23. MacBeth Curse
24. Kids Dying/Going to Dangerous Places to Meet Cartoon Characters Not a big fan, but it did repeat in my childhood.  These days people are just replacing Ninja Turtles in the Sewer with Spongebob in the Ocean.  Good to know some things are still the same.
25. Pop Rocks and Coke


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Re: LoC 65: Top 50 Urban Legends
« Reply #119 on: November 01, 2012, 04:38:00 AM »
Welp, here's mine.

1.   Phil Collins drowning story ("In the Air Tonight")
2.   Up + B (and other variants), Pokemon Red & Blue
3.   Pop Rocks and Coke
4.   Jimmy Hoffa in Giants Stadium
5.   "Mother Upduff" (Grandma dies on car trip, they stuff her on the roof, car gets stolen)
6.   Polybius
7.   Mew cheat code, Pokemon

8.   Fan death (Korea) - Can't believe this one didn't make the list. It's a great urban legend.  In the event you haven't heard of it, it's a widespread belief in South Korea that leaving a fan on in a room while you sleep can kill you.  All fans sold in South Korea come with timers because of it.
9.   Washington Avenue Bridge, Minneapolis. Talk to any U of M student or alum who's crossed it late at night. If haunted places exist - and I don't think they do - there's no way that place isn't.
10. Pokemon Creepy Black - Not the creepypasta itself, obviously, but I heard similar rumors of a foreign bootleg where you can kill Pokemon as a kid.
11. Mr. Rogers was a sniper in Vietnam
12. Dead body under the mattress
13. The Brown Note
14. Paul is dead
15. Gators in the sewer
16. Walt Disney was cryogenically frozen
17. Spring-heeled Jack
18. Backmasked satanic messages

19. The water-powered car
20. Bigfoot sightings
21. Bloody Mary
22. Roswell conspiracy

23. Guy gets jumped, wakes up without one of his kidneys
24. McDonald's burgers contain cow eyeballs
25. Obama is a secret Muslim sleeper agent
« Last Edit: November 01, 2012, 04:44:22 AM by BBQ Platypus »
Correction: the coat hanger should be upside down.