The reason urban legends work so well isn’t because they’re scary, but because they happened to someone you know. It’s no longer a fictional story in a book, but a shared story of a community or place that gives them more credibility than any ghost story we can ever come up with.
While most of the well-known urban legends we know are likely entirely fictional, they are worth mentioning because they don’t seem to be going away. If someone mistakenly mistook a few stones for a race of giant people living in the mountains – for example, of course – the myth would quickly vanish as it would not be corroborated by anyone else. The only reason people would continue to believe would be if they kept finding clues that prove the theory to be correct. That plausibility ̵
8. The well to hell
As early as 1989, a new urban legend had spread in Christian newsletters around the world. Apparently, a team of Soviet scientists had dug a super deep hole in the ground to prove the existence of Hell, because otherwise why would you? They dug to a depth of about 9 miles and even if there are different versions of what happened next, almost all of them claim that some type of microphone was sunk into the hole to record what was really going on there.
According to legend, the cries of millions of souls were recorded in the limbo of hell and proved once and for all that the Bible was correct. The story is still prevalent in the religious parts of the internet, along with the alleged recording that was made that day (which is actually pretty scary).
Of course there is none of that trueeven if it is still believed by many people. For one, the motive of the drilling expedition was not to check whether Hell really exists, but to collect scientific data about what lies in the depths of our planet. Also known as the Kola Superdeep borehole, it is the deepest man-made point on earth at a depth of approximately 12 km. Since then we have received valuable data on the earth’s crust.
7. The monkey man of Delhi
New Delhi is hardly new to monkeys, although the monkey man was no ordinary monkey. Legend has it that a monkey-like figure appeared somewhere on the roofs of the city in 2001, and many eyewitnesses said they saw him. Strangely, the police even took their certificates and made their own artistic impression.
While Monkey man was never caught and disappeared as quickly as it came, the whole situation caused quite a panic among the residents of the city. Most people tell it to someone who got so bored in 2001 that they started dressing up as a monkey and jumping off rooftops before things got out of hand. However, since he wasn’t caught, we’d never really know for sure.
The UAE has some urban legends of its own (similar to the rest of the Arabian Peninsula) as the Emiratis love their monsters and ghouls. Perhaps the scariest of them, however, are the Umm-al-Duwais: female jinns who seem to lure young men to remote places before brutally killing them for being so stupid.
While the story is mostly from the Northern Emirates region, it is so popular now that you would find versions of it as far as Iran. The jinnis should only appear when the men are alone, as they first take on the appearance of a beautiful woman in white. We’d say something similar happening on a secluded Arab beach is already a cause for concern – ghost or not – even though men in the UAE just don’t seem to make that logical leap. Once completely seduced, the ghost returns to its true form of an ugly witch and instantly kills her.
While some Americans reading this would have heard of the chupacabra as the blood-sucking, mammal-like monster apparently found in Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the southern United States, it has been a while since we heard anything new about it . Is it gone?
The answer is no, and on the contrary, the number of sightings has increased significantly in recent years, especially in Mexico. Something mysterious is definitely attacking and killing the cattle in the area, and we’re not sure enough to say it’s definitely not Chupacabra. Someone even claimed to have shot one Video of the matter, although it could only be a sick stray dog or a coyote.
Regardless of whether it is real or not, the chupacabra remains one of America’s most enduring myths.
4. The Tokoloshe
Because of its absolutely massive size, Africa is home to an incredible number of urban legends. In this case, let’s take a look at one from South Africa who has been a nuisance to the Zulu for hundreds of years.
Known as a Tokoloshe, it is said to be a tiny creature that can resemble a large rodent, small mammal, or gremlin, depending on who you ask. They have been part of Zulu mythology for a long time and apparently the reason their beds are set up so much higher than usual.
The Tokoloshe should only come out at night when you sleep. While there are variations on what they would do when they reached you, the most common ones range from something really annoying – like messing up your hair – to total death from gagging. Don’t worry, traditionally believed that the creepy but tiny creature can be completely thwarted if you lift your bed just a little higher, as it seems to completely ruin its capabilities.
If you’ve been to Germany, you know that the country’s folklore is absolute stacked with urban legends straight from your nightmares. So it’s next to impossible to pick the scariest one, so we went for something that seems more poetic-tragic.
Lorelei is the local name for a large rock on the banks of the Rhine as well as a legendary siren that seems to haunt the area for a long time. It only shows itself to the fishermen lost at sea and beckons them to come as a safe refuge. Of course, like most urban legends, it relies heavily on men simply forgetting everything they do to chase after a pretty woman, which might as well be true.
As expected, the sailors – enchanted by the beauty of a suspiciously beautiful woman in the middle of nowhere – approach them to be knocked down and drowned by the treacherous rocks of the shore. While other versions of this legend exist around the world, this one may have truth, just as these stones can actually kill you if you happen to run into them.
2. The Beijing Ghost Bus
Although there are many variations on this legend, the common theme remains the same. On November 14, 1995, two men stopped the last bus going to Beijing’s Fragrant Hills. The driver did not want to let them in at first because they were not at a bus stop. When he does this, he sees that there are actually three men. The two men from earlier supported a third man with long hair who was out of his senses, and all of them were curiously dressed in Qing Dynasty robes.
According to some versions, all three were really pale, almost like … ghosts. When the other passengers got off at their stops, it ended up being just two people: a young man and an old woman (some versions say it was an old man). Suddenly the woman accused him theftand insisted that they get off at the next stop to go to the nearest police station. As soon as they did, she told him that it was just a ploy to get the hell to get him off the bus since she had noticed that the three men from before had no feet.
We don’t know if this is true, but apparently the bus was found a few miles from its intended destination the next morning. Inside were three crumbling bodies: the driver, the conductor, and a mysterious, unidentified man with long hair.
1. The rake
The rake – also known as the fallen angel in some regions – appears in urban legends around the world, although most of its most recent sightings have taken place in Europe.
According to the sightings, it is a humanoid creature almost the size of the average human, with creepy, hairless skin and large, hollow eyes. It is said to linger in suburban, bushy areas and show up in almost the same position. Sitting on the edge of the bed in the middle of the night. Apparently it can also invade your dreams and eat your sanity which is just overwhelmed at this point.
The difference between that Rake and most of the other entries on this list are that there are many corroborative accounts of the alleged creature dating back to the 12th century. It has also been caught on camera multiple times, including This scary convincing clip from Catalonia, Spain. While we don’t know if a ghostly type of Voldemort-like creature actually lives among us, a good body of evidence definitely supports this one.
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