The Most Popular Urban Legends

What is an Urban legend? An urban legend is a story that appears mysterious and spreads spontaneously in various forms and is usually false. It contains elements of horror and humor and is believed by many to be true.  Many urban legends tend to include supernatural beings with supernatural abilities. These legends often concern mysterious or troubling events, such as disappearances and strange objects. Urban legends are most often spread by social media, mobile news apps, newspapers or told orally from one generation to the next. 

One popular urban legend is “Bloody Mary.” Maybe the most famous current legend, she is said to show up in a mirror when her name is called multiple times. Most of the time, these sightings are false. Looking into a mirror in a lightly lit room for a long period of time can make one hallucinate. This is how they have claimed to witness Bloody Mary. When people see these things, they see facial features appear like a distorted version of themselves. This phenomenon is called a “strange-face illusion,” which causes the brain’s facial recognition system to function differently in a strange way.

Another popular urban legend is “Slender Man.” The Slender Man legend was created on June 10th, 2009.  In most stories, Slender Man’s face was white and featureless. He wears a dark black suit with a tie. Slender Man is mainly seen in abandoned locations/the forest and has the ability to teleport and has tentacle-like arms; he can change his height and body shape. He always had a strange relationship with children. It’s understood that he likes to torture his victims over long periods of time, using paranoia and fear to drive them crazy. 

One more urban legend is “La Llorona” (The Weeping Women), is an apparition who roams around water-like areas mourning her dead children. One day “La Llorona” sees her husband with another woman, and in rage, she drowns her children in a river, which she regrets immediately. Unable to save them and devoured by guilt, she drowns herself as well; however, she wasn’t able to enter the afterlife with her children. She now roams the river-like areas looking for her dead children. In Mexico, late at night, people can hear her crying for her dead children. This legend was mainly made for misbehaved children for parents to scare their children by saying “La Llorona” was going to take them.