Groups of friends nowadays tend to fabricate stories to trick their gullible companions. You're better than that, right?
A decade ago, it was a common sight to be bombarded by fake emails depicting gruesome situations if you didn't share them.
The hook man is a made-up story of an old and decrepit shadowed figure who would hunt at secluded locations during the night, made-up to scare teenagers off.
The "Real" Legends
Raymond Robinson was disfigured from an explosion. People who saw him thought of him as a strange monster, when really the damage from the explosion made his skin a sickly green, and he only walked out at night to prevent being gawked at.
All That's Interesting. (2019). The Real-Life Urban Legend Of 'Charlie No-Face'. [online] Available at: https://allthatsinteresting.com/raymond-robinson [Accessed 11 Feb. 2019].
Commons.wikimedia.org. (2019). File:Winchester Mystery House (front).jpg - Wikimedia Commons. [online] Available at: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Winchester_Mystery_House_(front).jpg [Accessed 11 Feb. 2019].
the Guardian. (2019). Top 10 urban legends. [online] Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2014/jul/06/top-10-urban-legends-myths-james-dawson [Accessed 11 Feb. 2019].
Winchester Mystery House. (2019). Welcome to the Winchester Mystery House® - Winchester Mystery House. [online] Available at: https://winchestermysteryhouse.com/# [Accessed 11 Feb. 2019].
Some of these other stories may be real, though. Check behind you and you may find out what!
The Winchester Mystery House, located in San Jose, California, was built from 1886 to 1922 and contains many hallways, doors, windows and stairs that seemingly lead to nowhere.
Today, many still try to spread constructed stories through social media, but at worst they usually become a sub-par trend.
What are Urban Legends?
The Hook Man
Urban legends have long been known to both compose real, factual pieces and those of superstition. When stories are passed down by word, they are commonly changed slightly to fit different times and cultures. Legends now may be similar, if not the same as they were decades ago, however some also cease to make an impact any more, and have changed drastically. Without evidence, it becomes a matter of opinion whether they exist, or whether they are one more wives-tale, spread with a metaphorical or literal purpose. Legacy’s students have their own beliefs, however.
“For me, urban legends are about how many people believe in them," sophomore David Maybury said. "Enough people, and depending on the legend I may look into it.”
“I really only believe the legends that have legitimate proof to back them up," sophomore Alyssa Boortz said. "If not, I have to see them myself.”
The Green Man
The Winchester Mystery House