View image of Slender Man fans like to dress up as the feared character Getty Images Credit: Getty Images Appealing to both the social and survival biases, the story of a serial killer who lures women to their death, with the sounds of a baby crying proved to be most popular of all.
Others, along a similar vein, might include the story of the inadvertent biscuit thief that ends in excruciating embarrassment.
The assumption of mass action is that, like molecules in a test-tube, people are mixing with each other constantly. Except that it was someone's boyfriend's brother—or friend's cousin, or doctor's travel agent—who became ill.
The game, titled Polybius, was alleged to have prompted feelings of disorientation, amnesia, game addiction, and even suicide. People tend to share articles that makes them feel strongly to whatever the topic of the legend is. Discovering the truth behind urban legends, however, isn't as important as the lessons they impart, experts say.
He apparently drank too much soda and experienced stomach discomfort.
But there is absolutely no evidence that any such thing ever occurred, in Las Vegas or anywhere else. You spread the story of the man with no face throughout Pennsylvania.
From the perspective of believers, myths act as proof and reinforce existing beliefs. Why are some rumors short-lived, while others never seem to die?
We are also drawn to themes of survival — which is why many stories deal with life and death. Measles involves recovery or death within a few weeks of initial infection, whereas some rumors may be believed for years. Drain plumbing for toilets is typically three inches in diameter or more, plenty of space for a rat to climb up.