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The 17 Scariest Urban Legends of All Time

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Hello there! Are you looking for a reason not to sleep tonight or ever again? Cool-cool-cool same, so let’s join spooky hands and run through 17 of the scariest urban legends ever. Let’s see…we have a wailing ghost who wanders rivers trying to doom people, a cryptid that feasts on goat blood, an axe murderer who spends his time dressed as a bunny (nope, do not want), and Slender Man—an urban legend so very legendary that people have tried to kill in his name.

Ready? Yeah me neither, but here we go I guess. Also, a word of warning: after reading this list, you will likely assume that every friendly dog who tries to lick your hand is secretly a serial killer trying to murder you. Enjoy the nightmares!

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The Hook

Let’s kick things off with this total classic, involving a deranged dude with a hook for a hand who goes around attacking couples trying to make out in their cars. Usually, said couples are listening to the radio, and find out that a serial killer has escaped a mental institution RIGHT before getting slashed to death. Oh, and our dude almost always leaves his hook hanging ominously in the car door.

Naale Baa

Naale Baa is an Indian urban legend involving a malevolent spirit dressed as a bride who manipulates people into letting her inside their homes. But once you open the door? You’re toast. The only way to deter Naale Baa is to write her name on your door, so excuse me while I go do that real quick, thanks.

Teke Teke

The legend of Teke Teke hails from Japan, and involves the spirit of a young woman who was tragically cut in half during a train accident. Apparently, the top half of Teke Teke’s body can be found wandering stations in the evenings—and legend says she’ll cut you in half if you run into her. So yeah, something else to worry about next time you’re taking the train home!

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Rat King

Despite the name, Rat King is not a cute rodent reigning over his whiskered subjects. Rat King is the horrifying name for a phenomenon where rats become tangled together and form a giant super rat. The worst part is, this is a thing that actually happens—so it’s less of an urban legend and more of a terrifying glimpse at what’s probably going down in the New York City subways.

^ The only rat king I currently recognize.

The Roommate

This is one of those stories that gets passed around from friend to friend and is likely very untrue, but here’s the deal. Once upon a time, a college student comes home after a party and sees her roommate lying in bed. No bigs / ordinary, so she goes to sleep. But uh, when she wakes up the next morning, she sees that her roommate’s throat has been slit and the words “aren’t you glad you didn’t turn on the light?” are drawn on the wall in blood. Thanks, I hate it!

The Vanishing Hitchhiker

This one has been around FOREVER thanks to multiple people telling the same story: they pick up a hitchhiker, everything’s normal, and then poof! Said hitchhiker vanishes from the car. Guess the consensus is that ghosts are trolling us? Kinda here for it.

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The Spider Bite

I honestly don’t even know how to describe this one, so I’ll just go ahead and say it: The Spider Bite is an urban legend about a, duh, spider bite which swells up and bursts, revealing millions of tiny baby spiders in the wound. I’ll give you a moment to collect yourself and/or vomit.

La Llorona

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Yours truly grew up with this particular folktale, which originates in Mexico and is about a mother named Maria (aka La Llorona) who threw her children into a river upon realizing that her husband was unfaithful. She immediately regretted the impulsive act, and so legend says that if you lurk around rivers or arroyos after dark, you might come across her wailing spirit. La Llorona wears a highly haunting all-white lace outfit, and laying eyes on her will bring you death and doom so RUN THE HELL AWAY.

Bloody Mary

Hands up if you’ve ever walked into the bathroom, turned the lights on and off, and chanted “Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary” in front of the mirror. Because apparently this is how you summon ya girl Mary! And the good news is that sometimes Mary’s nice. The bad news is she often appears as a corpse covered in blood. So yeah.

P.S. If you’ve ever played Bloody Mary and truly thought you saw her, don’t worry—you were most likely hallucinating, which apparently can happen when you stare into a mirror for too long. The alternative is you’re just seeing the spirit of a dead girl. Either way!

Chupacabra

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Ah yes, the Chupacabra! ‘Tis a legendary cryptid rumored to meander around the Southwest and Puerto Rico. This deranged-looking furry friend is said to drink the blood of goats and other unlucky livestock, and there’s no way you want to be caught near one. Apparently, the Chupacabra has been doing his thing since the ’90s, when eight sheep were found drained of blood in Puerto Rico. A few months later, a whole SLEW of farm animals were killed, and after that, people all over the world started citing reports of their livestock having two puncture wounds and zero bodily fluids.

There’s been a ton of legitimate research about whether or not the Chupacabra is real, and the answer is no-ish. IRL sightings are probably just coyotes with mange, but still. Watch your goats. Especially this goat:

The Goatman of Maryland

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Oh, you don’t know of the Goatman? The half-human and half-goat hybrid monster who trolls around Maryland? TIME TO GET ACQUAINTED because this dude is frightening as f*ck. According to urban legend, the ax-wielding Goatman used to be a scientist, until an experiment involving goats turned him into a goat and he started murdering everyone with his ax.

Mothman

Just a casual statue of Mothman.

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Kinda like Goatman, but with MOTHS. Most people are somewhat familiar with this buggy buddy thanks to the legendary Richard Gere movie, but if you need a reminder, Mothman is a man who is also a moth. He lives in West Virginia, and first showed up during the ’60s, when several folks claimed to see him. So, is Mothman real? Who knows, but look: if you want to believe there’s a giant moth person roaming around the South, godspeed.

The Licker

Here, cleanse your soul with this cute doggo.

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This is a personal favorite due to how completely messed up it is. Here’s the story: a girl and her dog are home alone, so she has her dog sleep under her bed because she’s scared. In the middle of the night, the girl wakes up to the sound of creepy dripping coming from the bathroom, so she puts her hand underneath her bed for comfort, and is reassured when her beloved dog licks it. But the next morning, she walks into the bathroom only to find her dog slaughtered and strung up from the shower rod, his blood dripping onto the floor. On the wall, someone has scrawled the message, “HUMANS CAN LICK TOO.”

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Bunny Man

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If you thought Goatman was bad, meet Bunny Man! He’s a dude from Virginia who dresses up as a rabbit and murders people with an ax! There’s even an entire BRIDGE named after him. Some say Bunny Man is an escaped convict who goes around Virginia skinning rabbits and hanging them on Bunny Man bridge, and rabbit carcasses are said to show up around Halloween, so feel free to visit this October.

The Black-Eyed Children

Reports of black-eyed children panhandling their way around the country have been around since the ’90s (which, judging from this list, was the creepiest decade ever). Verdict’s still out on whether they’re vampires or monsters, but the first person who saw them was a man named Brian Bethel, who claims they showed up in Texas. In conclusion: Never going to Texas again.

Slender Man

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You can go deeeep into the legend of Slender Man right this way, but here’s the TL;DR version: He’s a scary man with super long floppy arms who lives in the woods and preys on children. Slender Man is 100 percent not real (he was invented on the internet in 2009 by Eric Knudsen), but this fake story made its way into urban legend so fast and furiously that kids started believing he was real. In fact, there have been multiple crimes attributed to Slender Man—including the high-profile case of two girls who were accused of stabbing their classmate in his name.

Killer in the Backseat/High Beams

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Saved the worst for last! You’ve heard some version of this story before if your childhood was as WTF as mine, but here we go: a woman is driving home alone at night. Suddenly, the car behind her starts driving erratically and flashing its high beams. Understandably, she assumes she’s being stalked and rushes home—getting her car safely into the garage so that the car behind her can’t follow her in. Annnnnd it turns out that there’s been a man crouching in her backseat wielding a knife the whole time, and the driver behind her had only been flashing his lights to try and deter him from attacking. (Psst: 1998’s Urban Legend movie starts with this story.)

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Disney Plus Mulan Fails to Make an Impact

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Disney Plus’s most anticipated movie of the year was Live-Action Mulan, the infamous remake of the 1998 version of the Disney classic Mulan. With a budget of almost $200 million and alot of hard work involved, the film release’s expectations and excitement were at an all-time high. Disney’s marketing team left no stone unturned in promoting the film throughout the world as Mulan was one of the most influential female protagonists in a Disney movie. 

Mulan was known for her power and courage to take a step towards change and create a name for herself instead of becoming a burden for her family. She brought them honor but not through finding a compatible suitor, but through her bravery in fighting amongst the opposite gender when it was considered a taboo. 

But did the real Mulan walk in the footsteps of the animated one? Did it create an impact as strong as the classic version, which people love and adore even after 23 years? Sadly, no. The live-Action Mulan was nothing like the 1998 Mulan because it was not supposed to be that way. 

The old Chinese folklore inspired the Live-Action Mulan. The Balad of Mulan, which was different, more serious, and portrayed a much more feminist approach by eliminating any romantic or cartoonish elements or characters from the remake. 

The elimination of the character of Mushu came as a surprise for all the die-hard Mulan fans who were anticipating the voice-over of Eddie Murphy in a better-animated dragon who is by Mulan’s side, aiding in tough times. We did see a dragon, but it was a silent companion only coming in need. The remake also got rid of all the eventful songs which were hummed as we watched the animated version all the time.

Another setback was the mediocre release of Mulan during the Pandemic, which basically ruined the official March release. Mulan eventually made the screen on September 4 on Disney+ Premier Access, a pay-to-view for $30 across the US. In contrast, countries where Covid-19 was under control, saw a theater release like China. But that hardly made 50% of the total movie budget. Disney hoped to make some dollars in China by accurately depicting the Chinese culture and actors, but that didn’t happen either. 

Viewers with access to Disney+ also did not venture enough on the Premier Access service. What further disappointed the release was Mulan’s availability on multiple torrents and platforms for free in HD quality on its release. VPN users worldwide watched the movie for free without paying a whopping amount of $30 for a single film, while the whole service along with other streaming services cost ⅓ of the price. 

Live-Action Mulan was also under scrutiny for shooting in the Xinjiang, the region of China where Uighur Muslims were detained and imprisoned in concentration camps. This sparked outrage over the entire social media, where Muslims worldwide protested against the Chinese government’s actions. Disney+ did not state an official apology on their platform, nor did they acknowledge their wrongdoings, probably to stay clear of the Chinese government’s atrocity. 

Meanwhile, even within China, Mulan failed to impact the Chinese audience as they have a much better take and approach to recreating any Chinese epic or myths. Their cinema is far more advanced in portraying their culture with local actors and a local production house. As we all know, China has a strict censorship policy on international content, and they have an alternate of their own. It applies here as well. 

Lastly, the ill-natured tweet of the lead actress Liu Yifei, openly supporting the Hong Kong Police’s atrocities when China was implementing new security policies on Hong Kong, claiming it as a part of the Chinese government. The Hong Kong police came under fire for mistreating peaceful protestors and using harsh means to disperse the crowd. This tweet leads to #boycottmulan across the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Thailand. 

Liu Yifei made no outright apology. 

Despite so much anticipation, live-action Mulan came under alot of controversy and failed to make a solid impression on the audience, despite holding a strong message for its feminist audience. Wrong timing and a few wrong decisions cost Disney millions of dollars and somewhat tarnished the reputation of their remake sagas. 

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5 Underrated Shows on Netflix USA You Must Watch Right Now!

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American Netflix is home to hundreds of TV shows across multiple genres. Still, it could be hard at times to find something binge-worthy on it. Now we all have that one friend that’s perfectly content with re-watching their favorite TV series, but the rest of us normies find it a tad boring. We’re on a never-ending hunt for the next big show hoping to inject some excitement into our otherwise mundane existence. However, with so much to choose from, it’s only natural that a few gems go unnoticed when scrolling through the recommendations. 

Don’t sweat it! After spending endless hours of research, we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 underrated shows on Netflix USA that are definitely worth your time.

Can’t access US Netflix in your home country? There is an easy way around. Just download a Netflix VPN, connect to a US server, and start streaming. 

  1. 1994

Genre: Documentary

Season(s): 1 season; 5 episodes

Year of release: 2019

1994 is a modest 5-episode docu-series offering the perfect guilt-free, binge-watching experience. The show revolves around a promising presidential candidate in Mexico who stands to threaten the status quo. Seen as a threat by the powerful elite, he gets shot during one of his televised political rallies. If the events of the first episode seem unusual, then what follows is downright bizarre. 

Viewers are in store for surreal events backed by actual interviews and real-life footage that ups the ante with each passing episode. 1994 is a fascinating, informative, and rich account of one of the most turbulent times in Mexico. It not only gives viewers a glimpse of the past but also a story that follows a narrative very close to what we’re seeing in our present political climate.

  1. Rise of Empires: Ottoman

Genre: Drama

Season(s): 1 season; 6 episodes

Year of release: 2020

Following the wildly popular show Ertugrul—at least in the eastern part of the world—Rise of Empires: Ottoman features a historic mix of immaculate production value and dramatic re-enactment of the 1453 fall of Constantinople. A Turkish production, the show is entirely in English and revolves around the life of a young Ottoman Sultan named Mehmet. It shows how the 21-year old leader risks everything to conquer a city his father and so many others failed to take before him.

This point marked a crucial juncture in history: The fall of the Roman Empire and the transition of a local regional entity to that of a global superpower. While the show does have its set of drawbacks (such as the frequent History Channel-type flashbacks), the appeal of our protagonist is sure to have viewers in for a memorable ride. 

  1. Wild Wild Country

Genre: Documentary

Season(s): 1 season; 6 episodes

Year of release: 2018

The mere mention of Wild Wild Country in front of veteran Netflix viewers is sure to garner you some respect points. Based on a true story, Wild Wild Country tells the tale of an Indian cult that’s decided to relocate to Oregon. What ensues is a series of unusual events as the locals struggle to come to terms with the new inhabits and in particular, the eccentric leader of this cult: Bhagwan. This mini-series manages to capture and re-tell a significant—albeit unusual—event in American history and media and retell it in a way that’s sure to leave some viewers scratching their heads!

  1. Lenox Hill

Genre: Documentary

Season(s): 1 season; 9 episodes

Year of release: 2020

For those looking to embark on a roller-coaster ride of emotions, look no further than Lenox Hill. While we do recommend this docu-series especially if you’re a fan of Grey’s Anatomy or ER, Lenox Hill is not your average watch. It’s a far cry from what you’d call a feel-good series as it reveals the brutal reality associated with people diagnosed with really bad things.

Set in New York, the show follows the story of an ER physician, an OB-GYN, and two brain surgeons that are part of a small-time hospital competing with bigger establishments. It lifts the curtain from the otherwise romanticized emergency-ward that we’ve grown accustomed to and accurately depicts the struggles of both patients and doctors.

This highly emotional series might not sit well with everyone but if you want to watch a story about individuals that sacrifice everything to save others then this one’s for you.

  1. Borderline

Genre: Comedy

Season(s): 2 seasons; 12 episodes

Year of release: 2016

The Office is the most viewed show on Netflix according to Chicago Tribune which is a pity because its contract is set to expire on January 1, 2021. Enter Borderline, a British comedy series and ‘mockumentary’ of sorts that follows a similar pattern and humor as The Office. Set in the fictional Northend Airport instead of an office, viewers are quickly introduced to a slew of funny and ridiculous personalities.

The best part of the series is that it has its own version of Pam, Dwight, Jim, and a Michael type-boss. It also doesn’t try too hard to resemble its more popular counterpart and a few episodes are enough to make you wonder why more people aren’t watching it!

Agree with our list? Know of some underrated shows that need more love? Let us know in the comments section below!

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The Advantages of Online Casino Welcome Bonuses

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When it comes to online gambling, the industry is thriving in 2020. Although casinos are banned in many countries, people still find ways to enjoy their favorite games of chance. However, considering the level of competition on the market, it may be difficult for a beginner to find a good online platform and take advantage of all offers. In this article, you will learn the benefits of casinos’ welcome bonuses.

What Is a Sign-Up Bonus?

As we have already established, the industry is growing rapidly and companies are desperately looking for new ways to attract customers. A welcome bonus is often used by online casinos to get new leads and players in the future. However, the best casino bonuses can be easily used to the player’s advantage. Here are the main reasons you should not neglect this offer.

  1. It saves your money

Quite obvious, right? Well, this is the main reason why you should always use welcome bonuses in online gambling: it is always better to not risk your own money. It is especially true for beginners. Since they have no experience, it is fairly common for beginners to lose their initial investment and be done with gambling for good. However, if you use your welcome bonus as a way of getting the basics skills, the chances of success will rise significantly.

  1. It allows you to try several games

Another common issue beginners face is a lack of understanding of which types of games they want to try: slots, roulette, baccarat, blackjack, etc. If you use your sign-up bonus, you will be able to play several games and choose the ones you like better. Moreover, you can take advantage of a welcome bonus on several online gambling platforms. That way you will try out even more options.

  1. It will make future gambling more profitable

Besides beneficial sign-up bonuses, good online casinos usually have great loyalty programs. For instance, the company may double up to five first deposits on the platform. If you invest 100 USD, you will get 200 USD to your account. More money — more games — more chances of winning.

Although a welcome bonus is a great way of upping your gambling game, there are a few things you should pay attention to. Firstly, a good bonus does not equal a good platform. Before choosing a casino, make sure that the company is legal and trustworthy. Since there are many scams right now, it is essential if you want to save your money. Moreover, check the available deposit/withdrawal methods and their terms.

We hope that this article has shown the true power of online casinos’ welcome bonuses and how you can use them to your own advantage. Follow our tips while choosing a platform and enjoy the best gambling experience.

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