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True Urban Legends

Urban legends have always been irresistible nuggets of life, reeling us all in with their promises of darkness and jump scares. Many urban legends have been made into media, from movies to TV shows like Supernatural, and the fringe stories that people used to share at parties grew into global phenomena shared over the Internet. But what about urban legends that ring of truth?

Phantom Hitchhikers

You know the story. A hitchhiker (usually a woman but not always) asks for a ride and the driver picks him or her up. Once they reach their destination, they disappear, only to leave the driver to discover that he or she had been dead for many years. He or she often tells the story in a tavern or bar to a group of grim locals who inform the driver that the hitchhiker was a girl who died in a car crash on prom night or something like that. The urban legend is so popular that it was the subject of the pilot episode of the hit CW series Supernatural.

Speaking to Dead People

EVP may be most well known as a fictional method of speaking to the dead popularized on movies like Ghostbusters, but actual paranormal investigators do utilize electronic voice phenomena when they attempt to collect data on the unexplained. A team of researchers traveled to 19th century Gwyrch Castle, where sightings of a ghostly woman and reports of terrified dogs have been reported.

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