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Monday, September 8, 2008

Myth Busting Monday - Vanishing Hitchhiker

MYTH: The Vanishing Hitchhiker

This is one of those myths that was probably 'made up' to scare kids from hitchhiking or picking up hitchhikers. I can remember growing up, going to Halloween parties and listening to a variation of this myth. The best description of this myth is as follows:

One of the oldest known urban legends around, this ghostly tale goes back to a time when the mystery hitchhiker was picked up in a horse and buggy. The passenger is often a young girl who, upon reaching the address she has provided, is found to have disappeared from the back seat altogether. The driver discovers his charge to have died several years earlier. Completely unverifiable, but a chilling tale nonetheless.[source]
Looking into this myth it seems that its origins go back centuries; the myth started with horses and buggies and it has evolved to cars.

There is a great version of the story at

After reading one of the versions of this myth it can give you the chills, but it is one of those myths that you would have to experience to believe.

Conclusion: False

What are your thoughts about this myth, let us know in the comments

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