Ten Really Scary Urban Legends
These particular urban legends are ones that have thrilled people for several generations, and they continue to be some of the most common legends told at slumber parties and camping trips.
Don’t Answer The Phone
Late one night, a babysitter was by herself downstairs after putting the children to bed. The phone rang, and thinking it might be the children’s parents, she answered it.
Instead of identifying himself, the caller merely breathed heavily into the phone for a few moments. She hung up, but the phone rang again. The babysitter answered it, only to hear the same breathing, followed by laughter.
The babysitter was alone in the house with the children and frightened, so she called the operator and asked that the call be traced.
When it rang a third time, she heard the same breathing and laughter before the caller hung up. The operator called back almost immediately, frightening the babysitter by telling her that the call was coming from inside the house.
The babysitter ran out, while the operator called the police. When they arrived, they discovered that a man had murdered the children and was waiting to murder the babysitter if she came upstairs.
Flashed From Behind
A college student was traveling home from school. As she entered one particularly long, dark stretch of forest, a car that had been following her suddenly raced up close, and the driver flashed his lights. She accelerated in order to pull away, but the car kept pace and again flashed his lights. She accelerated again, but the car behind her kept up and continued flashing his lights.
Within moments, the student saw flashing blue lights from an approaching police car. She pulled over to the shoulder and so did the car behind her. She watched as the police car pulled up behind them both. The officer quickly exited his car, and then raced towards her. The officer pulled her quickly from the car and before she could ask what was happening he ran back to the car, and with his gun drawn, opened the back door and shouted, “Get out of the car slowly with your hands in the air.” As the college student watched, a large man holding a knife got out of the back seat of her car. As he was being handcuffed, the man who had been following her told the college student that he was flashing his lights every time the man would rise up from the back seat to stab her.
The Clown Statue
A babysitter was working one night at a house filled with clown memorabilia, including multiple statues, kept in one room. While the children were playing in this room the babysitter became aware of a life-sized clown statue sitting in a rocking chair. It was extremely life-like and appeared to be following them with its eyes as they moved around the room.
Finally, the babysitter became concerned by its presence enough to call the parents and request that it be removed from the room. Upon hearing its description, the mother ordered the babysitter and children to leave the house immediately and head for the neighbors.
When they arrived at the neighbors, they spoke again to the mother who assured them that the police were on their way. Apparently a mentally ill neighbor had been threatening to murder the family. He had dressed as a clown and was laying in wait for them in that room.
Glass in the Fried Rice
A couple had a tradition of ordering Chinese food every Friday night from their favorite local restaurant. One particular Friday night they ordered their usual, which came with a large order of fried rice.
By the middle of the night they were both overcome with excruciating stomach pain and severe bleeding. The husband became so concerned the he called 911 for help. Two ambulances arrived, and as they loaded the husband and wife into the vehicles they also collected samples of the Chinese food the couple had eaten the night before.
Neither the husband nor wife made it to the hospital; they both died of internal bleeding enroute. An analysis of the Chinese food turned up fragments of glass throughout the fried rice. A subsequent inspection of the Chinese restaurant revealed that a disgruntled employee had broken a drinking glass, chosen a random batch of fried rice, and poured the tiny glass fragments into the rice. The employee was arrested for the two deaths.
The Dead Dog
A child who woke during the night would frequently hold her hand out to her dog to lick so she would go back to sleep. One night, she was awakened multiple times by what sounded like a dripping faucet. Each time she awoke, she put her hand down for her dog to lick. When morning came, she went into the bathroom to find out what was causing the dripping. In the shower, she discovered her dead dog hanging from the curtain rod, with his blood dripping into the drain. When she returned to her room, she discovered a note which read, “Humans can lick, too.”
The Curse of Amen-Ra
Some report that the Titanic carried a cursed mummy. An American museum purchased the mummy of Amen-Ra, and were shipping it from England to the United States aboard the Titanic. The mummy had previously brought grave misfortune upon all who owned it. The Titanic was no exception, for Amen-Ra’s curse brought death to over 1,500 passengers aboard the ill-fated vessel.