That’s so interesting! And yeah, most of the ones I knew were just learned from one another. Ghost stories could be told while camping or sleepovers or whatever, and once you heard one, you would share it with new people at another event. And yeah, I definitely recognize that one! But I honestly don’t remember any of the rest of it besides the beginning and how it’s said. Scary stories/urban legends are so interesting as a cultural/social phenomenon. I wonder if there is research about it I could look up…… Via Cirque du Freakholyfrittata replied to your post: “As much as I hated scary stories growing up, I find the life of said…”:that’s why I love Supernatural :) also, at this daycare I went to as a kid, girls were complete bitches, they would lock new girls in the bathroom with the lights off and chant bloody mary
Oh my god, that’s horrifying!! I would have flipped my shit if someone did that to me. The way I heard it in elementary school, the person had to go in and say bloody mary three times. As in they had to say it while looking in a mirror. So none of my friends forced anyone else to, although there was definitely a sleep over where we all dared each other to do it. Nobody did, haha.vanillevampire replied to your post: “As much as I hated scary stories growing up, I find the life of said…”:the “dog” story fucked me up as child, but yeah! it’s really fascinating, I mean, even internationally we know some same stories!
It’s so cool to me that you know that one!!! Would it be rude to ask if you were told it in English or German? Because I wonder if maybe these kinds of stories are based not just on locations/culture, but can travel due to spreading of languages? Plus I would assume that with the internet and social networking, those kinds of stories can now easily travel further so more and more, people around the world will know the same ridiculous scary stories/urban legends
Also yeah, I think we can all agree that the dog story was the worst of the bunch, ugh
whoops, I’m only seeing this now, sorry
I was told them in German! till like 8th grade my English wasn’t good enough for proper communication and we already told each other these stories in elementary school. And like, I have no idea where any of them came from. Everybody just KNEW the dog one and new ones were also only spread by word of mouth. I don’t remember anyone ever mentioning the internet or, idk, foreign cousins. They just went from child to child, school to school…
Strangely enough I don’t know any explicitly German urban legends, there’s none where I could say ‘yeah you Americans probably wouldn’t know that one’, and I strongly assume lots of the ones I’ve been told came from the English speaking countries originally. (Sometimes it displayed in the names the characters or places had — though that could have just been years of consuming American media, too.) Well, we Germans always had our creepy fairytales.
By the way, do you know the one with ‘in a dark dark house, in a dark dark room, in a dark dark closet, etc’? I think it has various endings, but was always very good at building up suspense.