I've heard the one several times of an unfortunate boy/girl/whatever who had a cockroach lay eggs in thier nasal cavity only to have the eggs hatch and cockroaches poar out of his/her nose in class/at home/in the store. Am I the only one who has heard this one?
These are all so funny because I have heard every single one. Before the advent of the internet I believed some of them too, then as e-mail started up I realized that everyone was telling the same story, just with little differences.
With the Internet there seems to be so many and they spread so much faster. I think one of the more heard ones that haven't been mentioned is about waking up in a tub full of ice with a kidney missing.
How about the Bloody Mary urban legand?? This one was popular with us as kids around here.
Mary, the little girl who was so ill she went into a coma..but she didn't die, the family thought she did.. so they buried her alive. The mother thought she heard her daughter scream from her grave the first night... no one believed her. So a couple of days later she convinced them to dig up her grave.. When they did they saw scratches at the top of the coffin and her fingernails were bloody.
Following these instructions you may be able to see Mary: At midnight on Friday the 13th, turn off every single light in the house. Go in the bathroom and turn on water in the sink and shower, flush toilet and say "bloody mary" 5 times and she will appear in the mirror. If you don't turn on the light fast enough, she will stab you in the back.
Wow, did that one ever make me scared of a dark house when we would "play" it. We never followed the Friday the 13th rule...it was whatever night we wanted to do it.
One of the many reasons I've loved the book To Kill A Mockingbird is that every small town seems to have a character like Boo Radley. A person all little kids are afraid of, for whatever reason, and who becomes more of a legend than they actually are. The stories about people nearest to you are sometimes the scariest as kids.