Despite long history urban legends still amaze

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Urban legends have been fascinating many different kinds of people from various backgrounds, and they continue to amaze people to this day.  

Bloody Mary, The Licked Hand, and the Black Eyed Children all have one thing in common. They are all urban legends. Urban legends are chilling, hair raising fictional stories or tales that were published for the first time in 1968. A good source for finding these legends is searching for them on Wikipedia.  

WARNING: We do not recommend doing any rituals that may be named in this article, and some stories of the legends may be mildly graphic.

This is an illustration of a woman looking into the mirror doing the Bloody Mary challenge. (Public Domain: Reproduced in Bill Ellis, Lucifer Ascending: The Occult in Folklore and Popular Culture (University of Kentucky, 2004).

Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary’s origin dates back to the early 20th century. The Bloody Mary ritual started by influencing young women to walk down a flight of stairs backwards with a lit candle, holding a mirror of her choice. When the women looked in the mirror, they were supposed to see the face of their future husband in the reflection of the mirror. If the lady’s odds were not in her favor, it was told that the Grim Reaper was to show up in the reflection instead, indicating that the woman would die before marriage.

Over time, the ritual has changed. Today, all that has to be done to summon Bloody Mary is being in a dark room with a candle, staring into a mirror, and repeating, “Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary.”  Once the name is repeated, the person doing the ritual will start to hallucinate, and eventually will see a skeleton, ghoul, or bloody woman starting to torture them.  

The Licked Hand

The tale of ‘The Licked Hand’ or sometimes called ‘Humans Can Lick, Too’  goes all the way back to the early 1980s. This story can be interpreted in many ways, and there is often more than one way that people tell the story.

Illustration of a girl in her bed waiting for the comfort of her dog who ends up dead. (Public Domain: Reproduced in Fear and You: “The Licked Hand”)

The basis of the story is that there was a killer on the loose, and a little girl brought her dog with her into her room as she did every night, and let it sleep under her bed as normal. The sounds of dripping then filled the air, and the terrified girl becomes reassured when she puts her hand down to have her dog lick it. The next morning when she wakes up, she goes into the bathroom and is greeted by a spine chilling sight. She sees her dog covered in blood with writing on the wall that reads, “humans can lick, too.”

Black Eyed Children

Black Eyed children are said to usually range from the ages 6-16 and came into view in the late 1990s. The first sighting of the black eyed children was in Abilene, Texas by Brian Bethel in 1996. Many ghost hunters think of these children as extraterrestrials, vampires, or even ghosts.  

Edited photo of a Black Eyed Child. (Public Domain: Reproduced by Megamoto85: (11 July, 2006)

Every story with the Black Eyed Children has some type of correlation. Most of them include the child walking up to someone’s house wearing all black. The child then asks the victim to let them in their (victim’s) house, and no matter how much the victim doesn’t want to let them in, they end up letting them in their house anyway. There are many different versions of Black Eyed Children encounters. Black Eyed Children seem to be more active around the Halloween season, but they are also known for coming out during the daytime.