What exactly are urban legends? People say they’re stories circulated around that were too crazy to be true and just plausible enough to be believed. Sometimes they’re horrific or funny or embarrassing, but most serve as a cautionary tale. Then there are these, compiled by Thought Catalog, that are so eerie and often terrifying. And don’t worry. No matter what state you live in, you can’t escape...
Alabama — Hell's Gate Bridge
It’s thought that a young couple once lost their lives driving off the bridge.
And the origin of the name? Local legend states — on certain nights — if you stop your car and turn around, you will gaze right into a fiery hell.
Get in the car, kids!
Alaska — The "Bushman"
Apparently a long long time ago, the Inuit native people and Alaskan Bushman (a.k.a Big Foot) once harmoniously shared the upper reaches of Alaska. This peaceful arrangement ended when an Inuit killed a Bushman for destroying his kayak.
They got fed up and migrated elsewhere, and now these creatures are said to be seen randomly wandering around.
Arizona — Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine
The name is pretty accurate as many down-on-their-luck people have died trying to discover the missing mine of gold that German immigrant Jacob Waltz supposedly located in the 1800s.
That didn’t work out so well for them.
Arkansas — The Dog Boy
Well, that’s terrifying.
Legend states that Gerald Floyd Bettis was a deranged lunatic who gained supernatural (probably satanic) powers by performing grotesque experiments on dogs in his house.
Various owners have reported a number of ghostly sightings, including men that resemble Bettis, perhaps indicating his desire to keep up his antics — even after death.
California — Alien Blood Poisons Hospital
Over two dozen emergency room staff were screwed after a woman named Gloria Ramirez had her blood drawn in the ER. The very second her blood began being sampled, a foul odor filled the entire area and Ramirez’s skin began taking on an oily sheen.
Apparently people started passing out and losing control of their limbs. There was an evacuation, minus a crew of doctors who failed to save her life, and many outside theorists supposed that Ramirez wasn’t human.