Stories circulate and get more outrageous the longer they’re spread. Some facts are exaggerated or even fabricated to make the event look more thrilling than it is. The same thing happens for urban legends.
If you can’t get over Halloween or just love to get spooked, look no further because these urban mythical legends will for sure give you the fright of your life. For more horror stories, you can check out mysteriousheartland.com.
The Red Room Curse of Japan
The internet ushered in a new digital age, but for Japan, it came with a price. During the late 1990s, users were wary of using the internet because they might see the Red Room Curse.
The Red Room Curse was an electronic virus that could pop out anytime, anywhere whenever they’re browsing the internet. It would show up as a small red pop-up banner or advertisement with an unfinished question written in black ink: “Do you like…?”
The banner is accompanied by a high-pitched voice reading out the text in Japanese. It randomly targets users, so no one is safe from this banner. Should they attempt to close the window, it reappears, pestering the user with the same unfinished question. If they persist in closing the pop-up repeatedly, the banner will finally ask a finished question: “Do you like the Red Room?”
After this, targets are as good as dead.
According to accounts, several things happen. Some say that the computer screens fill with a window with a red background dotted with a long list of names in black text. Then, users begin to feel a presence behind them. Soon after, they’ll be found dead in their homes and the room they’ll be found in will be painted red with blood.
It’s unclear to investigators how the targets died. Some see signs of suicide while others point to the work of a third party.
The Umm Al Duwais Jinn of the UAE
Arabic culture strayed from ghosts in favor of the jinn. The story about the female jinni Umm Al Duwais is a famous story around the UAE.
Umm Al Duwais was an amalgamation of many creatures, with the feet of a donkey, cat eyes, bladed hands, and jet-black hair. She also emitted a sweet-smelling perfume.
Umm Al Duwais was a beautiful jinni and would wander the streets, wearing luxurious clothing and jewelry to tempt men. Entranced by her beauty, the attracted men would follow her. Once they try to approach her, Umm Al Duwais transforms into what reports say is an ugly creature before killing the men who followed her.
But according to other reports, Umm Al Duwais is no respecter of persons and would kill men, women, and even children.
This urban legend has been used to keep children from sneaking out of their houses at night, but it’s spooky enough to keep adults inside as well.
Sydney Harbour Bridge Tomb
Australia doesn’t just offer a wide variety of insects and animals, it also home to great infrastructures that will make the perfect background for your next photo op.
Rumor has it that the Sydney Harbour Bridge doubles as a tomb for the workers killed during its construction. These deaths, according to the urban legend, were kept on the down-low.
Officially, there were 16 workers killed but there were three workers unaccounted for. These three workers were said to have fallen into the pylons. Because of the shift schedules, no one noticed their absences for weeks.
Legend has it that the bodies were found but too hard to be retrieved, and so they stayed entombed in the pylons to this day.
Beijing Ghost Bus
One of the most famous urban legends in China is the Beijing Ghost Bus, also known as “The Last Bus to Fragrant Hills.” The story took place way back on November 14, 1995, when the 302 bus picked up two men outside of a bus stop wearing Qing Dynasty robes.
Passengers were suspicious about these men because they were not waiting at a bus stop, but the conductor calmed the rising sense of panic when he told them that it was the last bus of the day, so it made sense for the bus to let them inside.
As the story goes, the faces of these men were whiter than normal and did not interact with any of the passengers. The conductor reasoned out and said they were probably actors who had no time to change out of their costumes.
After some time, the only people left aboard the bus were the mystery men, the driver, the conductor, an old lady, and another man. The old lady accused the other man of stealing her wallet and insisted they get off at the next stop to go to the police station.
When the two get off the bus, the old lady admitted she fabricated the theft so she had an excuse to leave the bus because she saw that the mystery men had no legs and were probably ghosts.
“The wind coming in from the window raised their robes, and I saw they didn’t have feet.” the old lady said.
The next morning, the 302 bus was reported missing and was found with three heavily decomposed bodies inside–the driver, the conductor, and an unidentified body with long hair. Reports came in and found that the gas tank wasn’t filled with petrol, but with blood.
Countless mysteries surround this urban legend, like the fact that the bodies were too decomposed for the short time the bus was missing.
Pinky Pinky of South Africa
Schoolchildren in South Africa are afraid to go to the bathroom by themselves thanks to the legend of Pinky Pinky.
The monster is called Pinky Pinky because she targets girls, specifically those who wear pink underwear and torments them in school bathrooms before brutally murdering them.
The story came about during a time when girls went missing, and there were claims that they disappeared when they went to the bathrooms.
Fortunately for boys, they were unable to see Pinky Pinky, but there have been cases where boys have been attacked by the monster.