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A small town creates good conditions for myths, legends, and long-remembered tragedies.


Lacking the hustle and bustle of big industries and people running every which way, the people in town take an interest in one another.

That could take the form of kindness or gossip, but either way, many things are known about the community's past and present.

And so, when a Reddit thread asked for users of small towns to name the wildest, most tragic, or creepiest past event, a whole trove of responses was at the ready.

gingerbread-coffin asked, "People of reddit who live in small towns, what is the main creepy event or legend that happened in said small town?"

Knew Too Much

"Rich guy has torrid affair with the wife of one of his father's employees. Rich boy also joins the local Masonic Lodge and regularly gets drunk and spills lodge secrets. Rich boy turns up dead in a ditch, beaten to death."

"Was the killer the employee whose wife cuckolded him, a bitter member of the Masonic Lodge--or somebody else?"

"Case is still open 65 years later"

-- StuShepherd

Travelling Dead Bodies

"There is an urban creature in my country called the 'Pocong' it's basically a dead body wrapped in cloth from head to toe leaving the face space open and usually shamans or witch doctors use these spirits for their own benefit."

"During 2019 one pocong went rogue and travelled to 3 different states. It became sort of like a local meme. There were even pics of the sightings going viral on Malaysian Twitter."

"Creepy yet funny when you think abt how it became a local meme lol."

-- Mordec***rigbi***

Haunting Stories of War

"Small french town here"

"During the war of vendée (1793 - 1796), 209 civilian that were suspected to support the royalist got executed by the other side on a small wood close to were i use to live."

"Went there by night several time, there's a panel explaining every thing on a wall in the middle of the wood. Pretty eerie."

-- Glonk2000

"Ghost Rider"

"We have a road that if you speed on it after midnight a ghost motorcycle rider appears and chases you. Pretty sure there was even some indie movie made about the phenomenon." -- beepa217

"I feel like every city has a haunted road. The local legend here is that a school bus stalled on railroad tracks and was hit by a train. Now if you put flour on your car windows and stop your car on the same train track, the ghost kids will push it off the track and you'll see their handprint."

"... Or so I've been told. I've never gone to check and I don't know anyone who has either. Plus, there's several small towns and a couple big cities in my state that have the same exact story." -- gingerbread-coffin

The World Kept Going

"Some guy got really f***ing mad at his ex-girlfriend and decided to kill her and two elderly at her job. He then set her workplace (a care home for the elderly) on fire and drowned himself in a lake nearby."

"It's now, a few decades later, a kindergarten which I went to."

-- GaLact1c_

Snitching Limbs

"I went to college in Kirksville, Missouri, where in 2013 a man killed someone, dismembered the body, set the apartment on fire to destroy the evidence, and then proceeded to throw the arms at witnesses (which, despite his attempt to destroy the evidence, might have implied he was guilty)"

"Makes for quite the local legend among college kids."

-- nerednegnav

A Tough Day for that School

"A high school girl got pregnant and didn't tell anyone. She was successful in hiding it and finally gave birth in the school bathroom to a stillborn without anyone knowing. She panicked and hid the baby in her locker."

"It was discovered by a janitor a couple of days later because of the smell. Poor girl ended up in an institution."

-- krukson

NOT Public Art

"Don't know if this counts, but a high school kid was curb stomped and killed outside of the local 711 in the early 2000s and you can still see what basically looks like bite marks on the curb where it happened."

"Really f***ed up when tourists ask what the significance of it is thinking it's some kind of local artist having done it then seeing their face when you explain someone literally died there."

-- dman2316

Story Gets Worse and Worse

"A guy and his son froze to death in the back of their van (I believe they ran out of gas?) and the dad was holding a handgun when he died."

"They weren't discovered for awhile, and the couple that discovered them cut off some of the dad's frozen fingers to steal the gun and then they went on a cross-country crime spree."

-- Katy-L-Wood

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Have you ever been reading a book, watching a movie, or even sitting down for a fantastical cartoon and began to salivate when the characters dig into some doozy of a made up food?

You're not alone.

Food is apparently fertile ground for creativity. Authors, movie directors, and animators all can't help but put a little extra time and effort into the process of making characters' tasty delights mouthwatering even for audiences on the other side of the screen.

Read on for a perfect mixture of nostalgia and hunger.

AllWhammyNoMorals asked, "What's a fictional food you've always wanted to try?"

Some people were all about the magical foods eaten in the magical places. They couldn't help but wish they could bite into something with fantastical properties and unearthly deliciousness.

Nutritious

"Enchanted golden apple" -- DabbingIsSo2015

"The Minecraft eating sounds make me hungry" -- FishingHobo

"Gotta love that health regeneration" -- r2celjazz

"Pretty sure those are based off the golden apples that grant immortality. Norse mythology I think?" -- Raven_of_Blades

Take Your Pick

"Nearly any food from Charlie and the Chocolate factory" -- CrimsonFox100

"Came here to say snozzberries!" -- Utah_Writer

"Everlasting Gobstoppers #1, but also when they're free to roam near the chocolate river and the entire environment is edible." -- devo9er

Peak Efficiency

"Lembas" -- Roxwords

"The one that fills you with just a bite? My fat a** would be making sandwiches with two lembas breads and putting bacon, avocado and cheese inside. Then probably go for some dessert afterwards. No wonder why those elves are all skinny, eating just one measly bite of this stuff." -- sushister

Some people got stuck on the foods they saw in the cartoons they watched growing up. The vibrant colors, the artistic sounds, and the exaggerated movements all come together to form some good-looking fake grub.

The One and Only

"Krabby patty 🍔" -- Cat_xox

"And a kelp shake" -- titsclitsntennerbits

"As a kid I always pretended burgers from McDonalds were Krabby Patties, heck from time to time I still do for the nostalgia of it all. Many of my friends did the same thing." -- Thisissuchadragtodo

Cheeeeeeeeese

"The pizza from an extremely goofy movie. The stringy cheese just looked magical lol" -- ES_Verified

"The pizza in the old TMNT cartoon as well." -- gate_of_steiner85

"Only bested by the pizza from All Dogs Go to Heaven." -- Purdaddy

Get a Big Old Chunk

"Those giant turkey drumsticks in old cartoons that characters would tear huge chunks out of. Those things looked amazing, turkey drumsticks in real life suck and are annoying to eat."

-- Ozwaldo

Slurp, Slurp, Slurp

"Every bowl of ramen on any anime, ever." -- Cat_xox

"Studio Ghibli eggs and bacon" -- DrManhattan_DDM

"Honestly, any food in anime. I swear to god half the budget no matter what the studio goes into making the food look absolutely delicious." -- Viridun

Finally, some highlighted the things that aren't quite so far-fetched, but still far enough away that it's nothing we'll be eating anytime soon.

That tease can be enough to make your mouth water.

What's In It??

"Butter beer" -- Damn_Dog_Inappropes

"came here to say this. i was pretty disappointed with the universal studio version which was over the top sweet. it was more of a butterscotch root beer. i imagine butter beer to be something more like butter and beer, which wouldn't be crazy sweet, but would have a very deep rich flavor" -- crazyskiingsloth

Slice of the Future

"The microwave pizzas in back to the future two" -- biggiemick91

"I've been fascinated with those for years! They just look so good!" -- skoros

As Sweet As They Had

"The Turkish Delight from Lion Witch & Wardrobe. The real ones I had weren't bad but nothing special." -- spoon_shaped_spoon

"Came here to say this. I know it's a real thing, but I always imagined that it must have been amazing to betray your siblings over." -- la_yes

"You're used to freely available too sweet sweets. For a WW2 era schoolkid, it would have represented all the sweets for an entire year." -- ResponsibleLimeade



Here's hoping you made it through the list without going into kitchen for some snack you didn't actually need.

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