“The Hook” is one of the oldest urban legends that retained its popularity. It’s often dismissed as a method parents’ use to keep kids from having “fun,” but does it serve a practical purpose? Do the roots of this story really stem from fiction? The tale has two common forms:Read More →

The legend of Bloody Mary has been retold for decades and made into countless books and films. So, when did it begin? Was there ever a real, “Bloody Mary?” You’ve probably seen such email forwards, comments, or posts as these: [Collected from the internet] “Mary Worth was a beautiful youngRead More →

The Chimera House is the term for an incredibly common phenomenon. It’s also called the “13 Floor house” and the “Money Back Haunted House.”   The Standard Legend My cousin’s best friend had some distant family who disappeared. They went out last Halloween, to the abandoned factory on Sixth Street.Read More →

Was Frank Tower the luckiest man ever known? Or is this one of the oldest urban legends in existence?   Frank “Lucky” Tower was a “fireman” by trade. A fireman, or stoker, tended the fires that kept steam-powered engines moving. He was the only individual known to survive not onlyRead More →

Faith healing is usually the use of a spiritual device (scriptural support, prayers, and often touch, as with “laying hands”) to either heal or alleviate disorder and disease. Many times, first impressions of, “faith healing,” involve personal biases against those who refuse medical treatment. They arbitrarily ignore their physician’s orders,Read More →

Many common ailments have extensive histories of “snake oil,” cures and treatments. Many so-called “treatments” are unhealthy, or even dangerous. Here are some old wives’ tales regarding the tick. The tick is a pest found around the globe. If they aren’t directly on us, they’re on our pets, in ourRead More →