25 Most Popular Urban Legends Still Being Told

Whether it’s an unsolved mystery, a popular misconception, or sometimes just a big hoax, urban legends are an inevitable part of any culture. Told around campfires, at parties, or in casual conversation, these myths still find a way to be handed down from generation to generation. Even with the resources at our finger tips, many urban legends refuse to be stamped out. Often, they have their origin in some vaguely twisted version of a true story which only make them sound reasonable and true. Regardless of their veracity, they make for a good tale around the fire. Here are the 25 Most Popular Urban Legends Still Being Told.

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Babysitter and the Man Upstairs

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In this one, a baby sitter starts getting phone calls from a strange man asking her questions that get progressively more personal and conclude with whether or not she has checked the children. She ends up calling the police who proceed to trace the stranger’s call. They immediately call the babysitter back and tell her to get the kids out of the house immediately because the calls are coming from within the house. At this moment, police arrive to find a man in the upstairs room where the kids are sleeping, but it is already too late as all of the kids have been brutally murdered.


Hawaiian Night Marchers

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Do you have a trip to Hawaii planned anytime soon? If so, you’ll want to know about the Night Marchers. They are spirits of ancient Hawaiian warriors who march around protecting sacred sites. While they aren’t evil, don’t look directly at a Night Marcher, lest you be marked for death, and if you find yourself in the middle of a night march procession, lie down in the middle of the road. How do you know a procession is coming? Pay attention for torches and drums. 


Aren’t You Glad You Didn’t Turn On The Light?

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Widely circulated on college campuses, this legend tells of two girls about to have a big test the next day. One of the girls gets invited to a party the night before and when she returns to her dorm room, she doesn’t want to wake her friend so she goes straight to bed. When she wakes up in the morning, she rolls over to find her friend had been brutally murdered during the night. Written on the wall in blood is the phrase, “Aren’t you glad you didn’t turn on the lights?”


The Jedi Religion Form


This far-reaching hoax claims that if enough people fill out “Jedi” as their religion on their census forms, the government will have to make it an official religion. In fact, at one point thousands of people tried to do just that but to no avail. Just because a large number of people check something on a census form is not grounds for introducing it as “official.”


Snuff Films


Snuff films are movies where a person is murdered during the course of filming. Usually they are said to be funded by twisted rich people, but as of yet, not a single snuff film has been legitimately found in spite of numerous rewards going to anyone with information on their production.

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