5 Terrifying Urban Myths & Legends
Urban legends, we’ve all heard them, usually in the school playground or from our parents or grandparents. Many have been handed down generation after generation, often being exaggerated and more twisted as the years pass.
So here are five of the many old and new urban legends that still circulate today.
5 Spiders Nest
A woman complains that her head is itchy, on further inspection she appears to have a red lump on her scalp. One morning when brushing her hair the bristles catch the lump, the women screams in agony and realises the lump has burst open releasing a nest of poisonous baby spiders….
Urban legends about scary spiders making nests in thick hair, biting at scalps, and laying eggs under the skin have been told for many years, especially since beehive hairstyles and dreadlocks became popular in the 1960’s and 70’s.With the recent revival in backcombed and bouffant hairstyles, beware of that itch you never know what it might be!
More recently there have been stories of deadly spiders hiding in bunches of bananas. Such stories have struck fear into the hearts of arachnophobes, people with an intense fear of spiders, thought to be the world’s most common phobia.
4 Vanishing Hitchhiker
It’s a dark rainy night on a remote country road. In the distance, a lone hitchhiker can be seen in the car headlights. The car pulls over and offers the stranger a lift.
In this urban legend, the hitchhiker disappears during the journey and is never seen again. Reports of vanishing hitchhikers have circulated the world for years.
One of these stories is of a young girl who is picked up; she gives the driver the address of her parents. The girl does not speak another word, and sometime during the journey she just disappears.
The driver decides to go to her parent’s address to explain when he gets there he is met by the girl’s grieving parents, who explain their daughter had recently tragically died in a car crash along the same road the man had just driven!
3 Don’t Answer The Phone
Late one night a babysitter was sat in the living room alone after putting the children to bed. The phone rings… thinking it might be the children’s parents, the babysitter answered it, all she could hear was someone breathing heavily down the phone.
Immediately she hangs up, but the phone rings again. This time, she hears breathing and laughter. By now the girl is terrified and rings the operator to ask for the call to be traced.
The operator called back and said the call was coming from someone inside the house. The girl hung up terrified and ran out of the house.
The operator called the police. When the police arrived and searched upstairs they discovered a man, he had murdered the children and was waiting for the babysitter to come upstairs so he could murder her!
2 The Escaped Mental Patient
This classic urban legend involves a young couple who park up in a lovers lane. As the radio plays the music is interrupted by a news bulletin reporting that a serial killer has just escaped a nearby mental institution.
The young couple decide to leave the area, but before they go the man needs to relieve himself, so he gets out the car and goes to nearby bushes.
As the girl waits for her lover to return, she hears a thumping on the roof of the car. She becomes more and more concerned when he doesn’t return, and the thumping continues, so she gets out the car and checks what the noise is.
The girl sees the escaped mental patient sitting on the roof of the car banging her boyfriend’s severed head on it.
1 The Call Centre
A disgruntled customer calls his bank believing he has been charged too much for being overdrawn. He gets through to a call centre where a young lady introduces herself by name, after checking details on the customer’s account she advises the customer there is no bank error and there is nothing she can do.
The customer becomes angry and abusive, so the girl advises she will terminate the call.
The customer is livid and calls back again and gets through to someone else. He is completely different on this call and says he has called in as he was so delighted with the girl he spoke to previously (he gives her name), that he would like to send a letter to her manager to show his appreciation.
He then asks for the call centre address.
The customer then sends in a bunch of flowers to the call centre with the girls name on them. When the girl finishes work that day, she collects her flowers from reception and walks out to her car.
Un be known to her the angry customer is waiting for someone to walk out the building with a large bunch of flowers, he follows her home and attacks her…..