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The stories of urban legends have been floating around for many years, often without a verifiable source with them. However, they do highlight our deepest, darkest fears that have gone back centuries within the course of human nature.
Why not try to challenge these natural fears of the fight or flight mode. Set the mood right. Turn the lights down low, get a candle going and take a look at some of the scariest urban legends floating around.
Are you a scared yet? No? Why not read on and see how much you can take.
1. Black Shuck
Black Shuck is a ghostly, large black dog that is said to roam around East Anglia. Most often being sighted on the coast, in forests and near Churches over the area, especially during thunder storms.
Descriptions of the creature vary, such as being described as being a large dog to then being the size of a calf or even a horse. There is no solid report on the size of Black Shuck. However, the beast is said to have flaming eyes of which are the size of saucers. Despite the varying sizes of Black Shuck, it is still a threatening omen.
One report of Black Shuck is its alleged appearance in 1577 at Bungay and Blythburgh at its Churches, where the dog most often is said to be seen. It is said that Black Shuck burst through the doors of St Mary's Church in Bungay to a clap of thunder. It ran up the nave, killing a man and boy and causing the church steeple to collapse through the roof, before moving on to Blythburgh Church where it mauled and killed more people. As the dog left, he left scorch marks on the north door, which can still be seen at the church to this day. The marks are referred to a "devil's fingerprints" by the locals.
Black Shuck could be a demon, or quite possibly (and most likely) a wild dog. It is possible that over the years the story has been twisted so much that it's likely to be an over exaggeration of the creature, true or not... One thing we do know is that it's possible the creature is still out there roaming the East Anglia countryside.
2. The Vanishing Hitchhiker
Also known as "The Ghost Hitchhiker," "The Phantom Hitchhiker" and "The Lady in White," this is an urban legend where people are met by a hitchhiker who will then vanish seemingly without explanation and often from the moving vehicle itself. After the encounter, the passengers are found dead who came in contact with the Vanishing Hitchhiker, with the ghost leaving an item behind in an attempt to get others to get in contact with it.
Not all vanishing hitchhiker legends involve ghosts. One in Hawaii involves the goddess Pele travelling the roads incognito and rewarding kind travellers, others include hitchhikers who utter prophecies (typically of doomed events) before vanishing.
However, it is still frightening to think that this is a possibility.
3. Ants in the Brain
The story goes that a little boy was enjoying some sweets but happened to be eating his snacks close to his bedtime. He soon fell asleep surrounded with the sweets. While asleep, the ants started to make a meal of what sugar treats were left, with some of the ants crawling right inside the child's ears.
When the boy woke up the following morning, he had an itchy feeling and a sore head; his mother then went to take him to the doctor shortly after. They couldn't find any reason for this pain until the doctor ordered an X-ray.
When the doctor saw what was on the X-ray, he was horrified, as the little boys brain was covered in live ants. As the ants were alive, the doctor couldn't operate, and as a result, the little boy died.
Guess this is a story that discourages you from wanting to eat sweets ever again!
4. Bunny Man Bridge
The Bunny Man is an urban legend that came from two separate incidents in Fairfax County, Virginia, during the 1970s. Most of the stories occur around Colchester Overpass, a Southern Railway overpass spanning Colchester Road near Clifton, Virginia, sometimes referred to as "Bunny Man Bridge."
Versions vary greatly, such as; motives, victims, weapons and the costume (or lack thereof).
The first incident was from a young couple visiting relatives. Around midnight, while returning from a football game, they reportedly parked their car in a field on Guinea Road to "visit an Uncle who lived across the street from where the car was parked." While sitting in the parked car, they noticed something moving through the window. Moments later, the front passenger window was smashed, and there was a white-clad figure standing near the broken window. The man screamed at them about trespassing, including: "You're on private property, and I have your tag number." As they drove away from the scene, the couple later discovered a hatchet on the floor of the car, presumably left behind by the "Bunny Man."
The second incident happened when construction security guard Paul Phillips approached a man standing on the porch of an unfinished home, in Kings Park West on Guinea Road. Phillips said the man was wearing a gray, black, and white bunny costume, and was about 20 years old, 5'8" tall, and weighed about 175 lbs(79 kg). The man began chopping at a porch post with a long-handled axe, saying, "You are trespassing. If you come any closer, I'll chop off your head."
The "Bunny Man" is supposed to have also eaten a man's cat.
5. The Red Room
The Red Room is a Japanese urban legend and is based on an Adobe Flash Player animation that shows a character researching about the room and things go horribly wrong. Once this small video ends, a pop up window will open and ask, "Do you like the red room?" If you click no and try to exit, your computer will start acting up with the same message until you actually click yes; once you click yes, you will die in a mysterious way, covering the walls with your blood.
However, it is reported that this is in fact real; a young girl and her friend in Japan reportedly watched the video and it caused them to go mad. Shortly after watching the video, the girl killed her friend and covered the room with her blood. When police investigated, they found the link to the find still open.
The video is real, but I wouldn't recommend you watch it.