Myths & Legends

Scary Urban Legends You Didn't Realize Are Based On Real Stories

Humankind has been passing along legends and folklore since we’ve been able to communicate. The good news is, while many contain kernels of truth, the majority of the creepy legends shared in hushed tones over roaring fires aren’t true. Most are just exaggerated stories meant to scare listeners and sometimes impart some sort of life lesson. Urban legends wrap up society’s fears in an attention-catching narrative that can be safely enjoyed for thrills, all the while knowing that it's all just a tall tale.

The thing about urban legends, though, is that sometimes they are true. It's as if “legend-ifying” a horrific event is a way to cope and help people move on, while also shielding younger generations from ugly truths. Collected here are some of the world's most terrifying true urban legends.