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Scariest urban legend: Bloody Mary or the Hook Man?

Urban legends are fascinating. They’re proof that the art of oral storytelling is far from dead. Everyone at some point has sat down as some narrator engrosses them in a terrifying tale that could have grown right in their hometown. You’ve of course heard of Bloody Mary, the fiend that appears in your mirror if you chant her name three times in a row. Or maybe you’re more familiar with the Hook Man legend, one whose psychotic star has a ghoulish appendage. Which is scariest?  

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Bloody Mary has terrified both bored high school students looking for something to do, and sleepover-goers for a long, long time. No, she has nothing (well, at least not totally) to do with that crazy British queen, but has everything to do with some broad killing anyone who chants her name three times in the bathroom mirror.  

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The origins of the Bloody Mary legend are still unclear. Some surmise it stems from the notorious Elizabeth Bathory, the Hungarian countess said to have murdered virgins and bathed in their blood to remain youthful. Others point to Queen Mary I, the aforementioned crazy British queen, for all the blood she shed during her reign. Others say she was a witch executed during the Salem witch trials. Whatever the case, you may poo-poo this legend now, but try doing it yourself in the dark later on. Bet you, you won’t. 

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This one’s for all you couples making out in cars (get a room!). Taking the setting outside of the bathroom, the Hook Man legend (sometimes simply referred to as “The Hook”) follows the story of a couple getting frisky in a car. Suddenly the mood is broken when the announcer on the radio warns how a lunatic with a hook for a hand has escaped from an asylum. Some versions say the couple hears scratching on the door while the other finds the girl in the story discovering her the boy’s mutilated body. Whichever the version, the Hook Man remains the leading character.  

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Like Bloody Mary, no one’s entirely sure where the Hook Man legend originated from. One of the earliest references to the legend was in 1960 in a “Dear Abby” column, no less. Moral of the story: fool around in the safety of your own home, kids.  

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Scariest urban legend: Bloody Mary or the Hook Man?
A festive crown for the winner
#BloodyMaryScariest
#HookManScariest