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Nion
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I started a thread on another forum a few days ago about Bloody Mary, curious to hear of other peoples' experiences there. I was surprised to find that 95% of the users on the board didn't know who this Bloody Mary was! [Eek!] I was even more surprised to find out that my own wife never heard of her, either!!

Has anyone else had a similar experience in which what you thought was a well-known urban legend turned out to be not known by most of the people you know?

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I had never heard of Bloody Mary until I found Snopes.com.

I'm not sure if that's because she's not a wide-spread story in Australia or if I was just a particularly cynical child and nobody thought it was worth all the "but, why?" questions involved in trying to scare me.

Where are most of those 95% from? Is Bloody Mary a widespread UL throughout the world? If she is a North-American-specific story and the board users are from elsewhere, that might help explain it.

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I am more often shocked to find out that people not only have heard of a particular legend, but firmly believe it. The best example would be the "eating 8 spiders per year" thing. Even when I bring that up as an example of a completely ridiculous legend, people will say "No, that one's true!" Why do they want so badly to believe that they eat 8 spiders every year?

I guess an unknown one might be the HIV needles placed to infect the innocent. My boyfriend and mother were both unaware (lucky them) that this scare lore ever existed.

Edited to be more on topic.

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Nion
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Originally posted by Em:
Where are most of those 95% from? Is Bloody Mary a widespread UL throughout the world? If she is a North-American-specific story and the board users are from elsewhere, that might help explain it.

The vast majority are from the US, although a couple are from the UK. While it might not be a world-wide phenomenon, I've always understood it to be a fairly well-known legend in the states. I guess I was taken in by a UL of my own making, eh? lol

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I'm from Australia, and I remember hearing the Bloody Mary story when I was in school (it would have been about 13 years ago I reckon)But it was fairly short-lived. I guess the one that really surprises me is Picnic At Hanging Rock. The number of people who swear they remember it happening, or knew someone who knew someone who went missing etc.

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I heard vaguely of Bloody Mary, but I heard people telling the story about the same time that someone told me about Candyman, so I get the two confused.

I used to believe the '8 spiders a year' thing until I read it here.

Over here, most of the stuff about Coke is pretty unknown. I've never heard any rumours about Coke other than 'it used be green' (and about it originally having cocaine in but that's true so doesn't count). Similarly with Disney, there're less ULs about it here.

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Isn’t there a new bloody Mary film coming out soon? This might get BM a little better known
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My son was telling me about candyman the other day so I told him about Bloody Mary. He said that Bloody Mary isn't real but candyman is. Kids are funny.

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i had not heard of candyman apart from the movie candyman in Melbourne Victoria Australia i heard Bloody Mary once in Sydney NSW and not as at true story

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What's the general age group of the people who have never heard of "Bloody Mary". I ask, because I never heard of it until one of my godchildren started telling me about it -- so maybe it's only well known amoung people under 30 or something.
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I remember hearing this when I was in grade school. My sister and I would dare each other to go into the bathroom with the lights off and say her name three times into the mirror and scare the bejuzzus outta ourselves.
Heck, I'm in my 30s now and the thought of doing that still makes me jumpy.

BTW have you thought that the UL might be regional? I never heard of her as a child growing up in Florida, but I moved to the mid-west and heard the stories all over the place.

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I also was under the impression that BM was well known here in the U.S. I heard it in school when i was around 8 or 9.
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I remember reading the story in some scary novels when I was a kid. Around the same I heard it from other elementary-age kids.

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I remember Bloody Mary going around my elementary school when I was in grade two or three. It was mainly popular with the older kids at the time.
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Another one here who heard it first in public school.

Seems that a lot of people here heard it at a young age. Is it possible some people on the other board heard it and simply forgot about it?

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We had quite a few instances of 'Bloody Mary'; this was in the UK, age group of 9-12 or so.
Nothing dreadful happened unfortunately, apparently she would just appear in the mirror, or you would- horrors! lose your balance.
We were a little hazy on both the myth and actual history, so I remember thinking it was something to do with Mary Tudor.

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I just asked the 39 year old man, 16 year old girl, 14ish year old boy and NONE of them had heard of Bloody Mary. When I described who and what Bloody Mary was, the 39 year old said, "Like that movie, Candyman?"

Now my 14ish year old son wants to try it.

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The first time I heard of "Bloody Mary" was in an episode of "The X-Files"... I was later surprised to find out (on Snopes) that it was an actual UL.

Same goes with Candyman.

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I get asked about my snopes bumper sticker. I thought everyone heard the vanishing hitchhiker story, it's even in an American Fokelore and Legend book from Reader's Digest (published 1978) that I have.

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I can attest the the Bloody Mary UL is alive and well in elementary schools in Ontario. Candyman is less weel known, but I do hear it occasionally, too.

I teach 12 and 13 yos. They _know_ it's not true, but they're torn between wanting to believe it and not wanting to believe it. Many of them are still at the stage that they _need_ to hear that it's not true from an adult.

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I can't tell you when I heard about Bloody Mary, but I've known of it since I was a kid.

I've never heard of Candyman as being an UL; I always just thought it was a horror movie. I'd more likely associate Candyman with Willy Wonka anyway.

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I'm 22, and until about four years ago, I had to sleep with blankets over my mirrors because of Bloody Mary. I also refused to go into any room containing mirrors if the lights were out. A very irrational fear, I know.

My exposure to the Bloody Mary UL was my older cousins locking me in the bathroom and making me do it when I was young. I also remember it being included in one of the Scary Stories books.

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quote:
Originally posted by Major D. Saster:
The first time I heard of "Bloody Mary" was in an episode of "The X-Files"... I was later surprised to find out (on Snopes) that it was an actual UL.


Same with me although I was quite obsessive with all things occult as a teenager and knew the ins and outs of ouija boards and tarrot.

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quote:
Originally posted by RelicMan:
I started a thread on another forum a few days ago about Bloody Mary, curious to hear of other peoples' experiences there. I was surprised to find that 95% of the users on the board didn't know who this Bloody Mary was! [Eek!] I was even more surprised to find out that my own wife never heard of her, either!!

Has anyone else had a similar experience in which what you thought was a well-known urban legend turned out to be not known by most of the people you know?

Thats happened to me as well, its sad because Bloody Mary has always been the most fun and interesting one for me, but alot of people have no idea what im talking about [Frown]

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I didn't know the Bloody Mary one either until I read Snopes.

I wonder if showbiz UL's are destined to fade out if the younger generation doesn't have an interest in movie/theater history. "Did you know that Humphrey Bogart was the model for the Gerber baby?" "Who's Humphrey Bogart?"

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quote:
Originally posted by Sanguinista:
I'm 22, and until about four years ago, I had to sleep with blankets over my mirrors because of Bloody Mary. I also refused to go into any room containing mirrors if the lights were out. A very irrational fear, I know.

My exposure to the Bloody Mary UL was my older cousins locking me in the bathroom and making me do it when I was young. I also remember it being included in one of the Scary Stories books.

Dear Lord, your cousins were evil!
Some of the hardest things to oversome can be "rituals" we started doing as children.
I have also learned that movie or book plots that are humourous at noon can be downright hair raising at 3 am.

I knew about Bloody Mary - I learned about it in middle school. I think it probably IS a regional thing.

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I learnt about bloody mary at school and the candy man from the movie, but some friends from guides took it too far on camp and were making it out as though he was after me, and scaring me something chronic. I neer saw the movie until my friends forced me to when i was 18, and i lost my fear after that. Though watching a tv show called supernatural last night fears returned and i'm lucky i managed to sleep.

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I knew about bloody mary from a book I think it was "Night Frights"...candyman was the same creepy thing lol
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quote:
Originally posted by Sanguinista:
I'm 22, and until about four years ago, I had to sleep with blankets over my mirrors because of Bloody Mary. I also refused to go into any room containing mirrors if the lights were out. A very irrational fear, I know.

My exposure to the Bloody Mary UL was my older cousins locking me in the bathroom and making me do it when I was young. I also remember it being included in one of the Scary Stories books.

There is a story that a girl killed herself in my inlaws bathroom (which is upstairs, mulit family house we're in the basement) So I avoid mirrors as well!
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We had Bloody Mary when I was in primary school (1980-1987). I too thought it was something to do with Mary Tudor. Candyman was never mentioned.

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I thought the legend was based off of her?
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quote:
Originally posted by Squishy0405:
I thought the legend was based off of her?

Mary-a-chow

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I'm 24 and I remember at EVERY slumber party, we had to do Bloody Mary in the bathroom.
My cousins and I would never be able to get through the whole thing but we would try it every time. [Razz]

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I remeber being scared as hell around number 10 then stopping [Big Grin]
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quote:
Originally posted by MissE:
I'm 24 and I remember at EVERY slumber party, we had to do Bloody Mary in the bathroom.
My cousins and I would never be able to get through the whole thing but we would try it every time. [Razz]

Ah, yes. Bloody Mary was definately de rigueur at every slumber party I've ever attended. It was always followed by plans of sneaking out and going to Bachelors Grove cemetary (a local "haunted" place). Of course we never did sneak out, it was just a lot of big talk.

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