What is it about weird online legends that make you want to throw your phone across the room and shut off your computer for a week? Some online urban legends definitely fill the void left by classic ghost stories and myths from the pre-internet era, but the urban legends about the internet that are truly unsettling are the ones that hold a kernel of truth, or speak to something specific inside us about the way we interact with technology. This list looks at some of the spookiest online urban legends and tries to figure out what it is about them that freaks us out.
The urban legends and online myths covered here are a far cry from Slender Man and his creepypasta creepy brethren. It’s not that Slender Man and his ilk aren’t scary, they’ve just been written about to death. Most of the stories on here blur the line between fiction and reality, and some of them just might be real. Keep reading to find out which online urban legends are waiting for you on the internet.
The Kanye West Cult Recruitment RPG
What would you say about a video game that's trying to recruit you into a cult? What if that game was the Kanye West RPG about fighting cloned rappers? According to an anonymous poster on Pastebin, by inputting the keyword "Ascend" at various times in the game, you're transported to a special area, where you receive the message, "Congratulations! You have proven yourself to be an open-minded and curious thinker. We must apologise for deceiving you, but we can reveal that the game you were playing until this point was a ‘front’ constructed to protect what you are currently accessing."
After more unnecessary gobbledygook, you're given the option of submitting your address to the creators of the game, who promise to "interact with you and your possessions in several ways" over a two week time period. A writer at Kotaku checked this rumor out and everything seems legit. The game may or may not be a recruitment tool for Ascensionism, a New Age cult.
WTF Is Up with "Dafu Love"?
Urban legends in the modern era tend to take on the concept of someone seeing something that they shouldn't have and relaying that information to you, thus implicating you in the horrible thing that they witnessed. Dafu Love is that concept to the nth degree.
Allegedly, Dafu Love is a video features an Australian man (Peter Scully) living in the Philippines, who, along with a group of nightmarish people, tortures babies to death with an increasingly severe list of implements. It's likely Dafu Love isn't real, but Peter Scully is, and he's in prison in the Philippines awaiting trial for rape and human trafficking and he's under investigation for kidnapping and murdering children.
Dead Girlfriends Love Facebook
This dead girlfriend legend is essentially a modern version of a ghostly ex-lover haunting their sweetie from beyond the grave, with a pinch of identity theft added for good measure. Basically, a year after a guy's girlfriend dies, she starts sending him messages on Facebook, and when he responds, things get spooky. "She" starts tagging herself in solo photos of him, in places she would have been had she lived. Her messages begin to recycle his words in an almost Lynchian way. It's an exploration on the nature of co-dependent relationships, and tells a modern ghost story.
The Ewok Sex Dungeon
This strange urban legend from Reddit gives a whole new meaning to the words "Yub Nub." In 2014, a Reddit user writing under the handle JaimeMargary posted about a trip through an "abandoned house next door" that featured two life size ewok suits that had the crotches cut out in a deliberate fashion. Whether the story is real or not, those two suits definitely exist.
Korean Taxi Legend
Apparently the ol' waking up in an ice bath sans kidney urban legend made it Korea a little late, because in 2013, a rumor spread via Kakao Talk, Facebook, and the local news that people were falling asleep in taxis and waking up in a field without a kidney. Unlike the old story we all know, this legend had real world implications. Supposedly one man, who's wife texted him about the kidney thieving incidents while he was in a taxi, jumped out of the cab, breaking his arm.
The Mysterious Death of Takako Konishi
The best urban legends, online or otherwise, have at least a thread of truth in them. That's why the story of Takako Koniso, a woman who came to America from Japan to commit suicide, is so gripping. In 2001, people everywhere were fascinated by the tale of a woman who went to North Dakota to find the lost briefcase full of money from Fargo, and ended up freezing to death in the process. But this is, in part, rumor. The true story of her death is much more strange and sad - heartbroken over an American man she'd been seeing in Japan, she took a trip to North Dakota, one she'd taken before with the man, and ended her life near Detroit Lakes.
Ted the Caver
Ted the Caver is one of the original online urban legends/creepypastas (although it predates the term by at least a decade). The story is told through a series of blogs on an Angelfire site that has an unnerving simplicity to it. Basically, Ted and his friends enter a cave that has wind where it shouldn't and a series of strange glyphs. Each time the group goes into the cave, they experience nightmares and hallucinations until the blog simply stops updating. If you enjoyed House of Leaves, Ted's Caving Page is definitely for you.
This unsettling online urban legend concerns digging through the trash (love it!), sifting through files on an abandoned computer tower, finding a disturbing maybe-snuff film, and following evidence in the film to a dilapidated house in the woods that may also be a torture chamber. The story feels real enough to make you think it could be true, which is exactly what should happen with a good urban legend. However, as it turns out, the interview footage linked in the story is actually from a French film.