The Creepy Truth Behind 10 Urban Myths

There's no smoke without a fire.


Who doesn't love a good spooky story? Whether it's a blood-curdling ghost story to freak yourselves out around the campfire, or a cautionary tale to scare the little ones to sleep at night, we've always been fascinated by whatever it is that goes bump in the night.

But they're just stupid stories, right? Made up to scare the gullible and while away those long winter evenings.

Well, what if we told you that all of your nightmares are real?

Okay, not all of them. But, you know what they say: there's no smoke without a fire, and those spine-chilling tales of sea monsters, weird murders, ghostly visitations and mysterious disappearances must have come from somewhere.

Urban myths and legends play on the deepest, darkest paranoias of the human psyche, so to discover that at least some of them have their basis in reality is pretty unnerving.

It is often the case that one strange happening will inspire a multitude of myths that are passed down through the generations, getting picked over and embellished along the way until the real truth is lost in the sands of time.

So, how do we sort out the truth from the legend? Well, read on and find out. If you dare.

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