Sometimes it’s amazing to hear the types of stories that get passed around when you’re out having a few drinks with friends or at a dinner party meeting new people. Most urban legends are no more than old folk tales passed down from generation to generation over and over again until no one is sure if there was any shred of truth to the story to begin with. But, every so often, it turns out that one of these old fables is actually 100 percent factual. Here are seven urban legends that are completely true.
7. Maggots on the Brain
There are countless urban legends and science fictions stories about some kind of insect or parasite that manages to crawl inside a person’s head and lay eggs. It’s repulsive to think that something could burrow its way into our skull without us even knowing and then spawn babies that feed on our tissues and organs, but it does happen. In 2013, an English traveller was on a flight home from Peru when she began getting headaches. At first she ignored them but, a few hours later, she started experiencing intense shooting pains down the side of her face. This was followed, to her horror, by the sound of something scratching and squirming inside her head. The next morning she immediately went to the hospital after awaking to a pillow soaked in fluid that had poured from her inner ear. After X-raying her brain, the doctor told her she had maggots living inside her ear canal (at which point she immediately, and understandably, broke into tears). Although the eight ravenous maggots managed to burrow a hole 12 millimetres deep into her ear canal, they weren’t able to get far enough to reach her brain and cause any serious damage. After minor surgery, all traces of the maggots were removed. It was determined that the maggots must have come from a screw-worm fly that laid eggs in her ear while she was in Peru.