Halloween is almost upon us, and it's nearly too spooky to handle. Jack-o-lanterns leer from every doorstep, clowns emerge from every Facebook video, and you're about to discover that every terrifying story you've ever heard around a campfire is true. Yes, as we've proven a whopping nine times before, many urban legends are real, and horror movie experiences don't always require a movie ticket. Steel yourself, spookable readers, because this year's collection of true-life tales of spookiness may be our most spookifying yet!

Who's Monitoring The Baby Monitor?

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The Myth:

A young couple decide to get their helicopter parenting off to an early start with the best baby monitor money can buy. Microphones, cameras, WiFi, bacon grill ... this monitor has everything! It's a device so powerful, it almost makes you wonder ... what if this technology were to fall into the wrong hands? And then one night, as the parents are putting their tiny baby to bed, a sinister voice crackles from the monitor: "I'M WATCHING YOU."

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Aww, baby's first jump scare.

The Truth

This happened last year to a Canadian couple. As their bundle of joy was being rocked to sleep, eerie music started playing over the baby monitor, a sinister voice told them they were being watched, and then almost certainly both baby and parents needed to be changed.

Oh, and this wasn't an isolated incident. Not by a long shot. People report lunatics screaming at their babies through internet-enabled monitors all the time, including one family who couldn't understand why their child was so afraid of the "man in the monitor." The mystery was solved in gut-wrenching fashion when a family member heard these words come out of the device:

"Wake up, little boy. Daddy's looking for you."

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Lunatics, are there not enough squirrels left in your neighborhood to crucify? Find another hobby. Video games seem to be very welcoming to your kind lately.

The Myth:

There are snakes in your toilet.

The Truth

THERE ARE SNAKES IN YOUR TOILET.

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SNAKES. IN. YOUR. TOILET.

While both insecure and all men have been known to exaggerate the size of their trouser snake from time to time, no man wants an actual snake in their trousers. Just ask the world's unluckiest Thai man, who got the surprise of his life when a python crawled up through his toilet and bit him right on the dick. And with that, you will now feel 20 percent less safe every time you poop for the rest of your life.

The following sentence is one part journalism, one part education, and two parts dick joke: While the man lost a lot of blood -- dick blood -- pythons are not venomous, so he still had the strength to beat off the snake and survive the ordeal. Think about the courage of this man. He had to pinch off his bowels while wrestling a snake to death with two brand-new holes in his wang. The word "hero" is too small.

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And his real name, Attaporn Boonmakchuay, is too goddamn hilarious.

Terrifyingly enough, this wasn't only time something like this has happened. A few years back, an Israeli man also had a bathroom run-in with a snake. It was a normal bowel movement, until suddenly: surprise snake to the dick! Luckily, it -- like the previous toilet intruder -- was non-venomous, but no one is fully comfortable using the word "luckily" when snakes are biting you on the dick, and he still had to seek medical attention.

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It's rare that cheesy Hollywood B-schlock gets shit right, but ... yeah, it's basically this.

So remember these snake tales, reader! Remember these tales of sudden genital bites the next time you're trying to relax on the toilet! And especially remember them if a romantic evening with your snake goes badly and you need a less embarrassing story to tell your penis doctor!

The Myth:

A family hears rustling in the night. An intruder? A burglar? They cautiously search their home, but find no evidence of a break-in. Deeming it a false alarm, they decide to sooth their jangled nerves with a roaring fire. But as things get going, screams erupt from the fireplace! The screams of a man being burned aliiiiiiive!!!

The Truth

Sure, sliding down the chimney may seem like a clever way in for a hopeful burglar, but if you get stuck (and let's just count on you getting stuck), that chimney will become your vertical casket. And starving to death while snuggling sooty bricks is not the worst way to die. The first, of course, is still an accident in Melania Trump's sex swing. But right below that is being roasted alive.

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His chestnuts went first.

On a chilly afternoon in Fresno County, a family decided to light a fire. Once the fire got crackling, screams, smoke, and a distinct roast burglar aroma started to billow out of the fireplace.

As it turns out, a 19-year-old intruder had tried to slide down the chimney the night before and got stuck. He was now being fucking barbecued by the family he tried to rob. The terrified family doused the flames as quickly as they could and a rescue team dismantled the fireplace, but it was too late. The would-be burglar was done.


Well done.

Dr. Dickin YerMouth, D.D.S.

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The Myth

Every dentist has a tray of drills, pliers, and other torture devices right next to your tender face. You trust your dentist not to turn your mouth into an Eli Roth movie, but not all dentists can be trusted. Maybe it's your dentist who's lost his mind. Maybe he keeps one tooth from every person he kills. Or maybe, just maybe, while you were under anesthesia, his dick was in your mouth.

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"If you have a better way to fill in cavities, I'd like to hear it."

The Truth

That happened. Probably not to you, but absolutely maybe you, though allegedly to a man in Washington D.C. in 2014. He was in the dental offices of Dr. Bilal Ahmed, getting a chipped tooth repaired. He woke up during the procedure to find more than Dr. Ahmed's scalpel depressor on his tongue. Let's be perfectly clear: While he slept, his dentist placed a dentist penis into his mouth.

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He probably "forgot" to tell him to spit afterward, too.

Dr. Ahmed tried to laugh it off by saying the patient was hallucinating, which is probably a hard sell when you come out of your dentist's office with nearly twice as much pubic hair in your mouth than when you went in. Despite the awesome alibi of "Haha, WHAT!?" Ahmed was charged with first-degree sexual abuse. Which should really hurt his business since, judging by his 1.5 stars on Yelp, he's not a very good dentist even when he's not placing his penis in people's mouths.

A Spicy Demise

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The Myth

Hot peppers are so hot right now. Habaneros, Scotch bonnets, ghost peppers -- as soon as one is declared the hottest, another even hotter pepper steps up to really destroy your digestive system. Some are said to burn your skin on contact. Others ... can kill!

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There's a reason they call it a ghost pepper.

The Truth

If you're wondering if anyone has ever died from hot peppers, the answer is yes. A far-too-brave forklift driver, Andrew Lee, made a bet with his girlfriend's brother regarding who could cook up a hotter chili. Andrew won that bet, but at a terrible cost: The day after eating his impossibly over-spiced hot sauce, he straight-up died.

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If the pepper's Scoville number looks like Bill Gates' bank account, stay the fuck away.

According to witnesses, Andrew began to itch violently after eating the chili, and he suffered a heart attack the next morning. It sounds like an allergic reaction, but Andrew identified himself as a spicy food lover, and never had any reactions to it before. It's speculated that his ultra-spicy dish actually ate through his stomach, delivering a mega-dose of capsaicin (the stuff that makes chilies hot) directly into his bloodstream. In other words, Andrew literally turned his blood into hot sauce and gave himself heartburn in his heart. That's like something Freddy Krueger would do to kill Guy Fieri in a dream.

The Kiddie Organ Cartel

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The Myth

You wake up in a bathtub full of ice with a note that reads: CALL AN AMBULANCE. The good news is that you've lost several pounds. The bad news is that it was all kidney weight. While you were asleep, someone took your organs. Not your organs! Those are your favorite kinds of organ -- yours!

The Truth

The Knights Templar are a crime cartel operating in the Mexican state of Michoacan, and they are evil on another level. They seem like something a troubled comics writer would conceive of to give the Punisher someone special to kill. Word is, they devised a complicated scheme to harvest human organs. And not merely anyone's organs -- organs from schoolchildren.

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We're pretty sure knights are not supposed to do that.

They would stalk their targets, kidnap them, and take them to a rental home, where their organs were surgically removed. This operation was eventually foiled, but not by sending psychics through neighborhoods listening for furious ghost shrieks -- rather, by local vigilante groups which formed to battle the cartels. Yes, Mexico is a terrifying comic book right now.

There's a happy(ish) ending to this story. Mexican authorities say the cartels make so much money through illegal mining, illegal logging, and extortion, that organ trafficking is becoming more rare. So next time you're thinking about vacationing in sunny Michoacan, remember that "a long list of crimes becoming more profitable than child organ harvesting" is considered "good news" there.

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