10 Terrifying Urban Legends From Tinsel Town

Hollywood might be the land where dreams come true, but it’s not all glitz and glamour. A world filled with so many larger-than-life people and events is bound to generate a lot of myths. And some of them can be quite disturbing.

1. The ghost in Three Men and a Baby

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HD could have prevented a lot of these tales Source: Flavorwire

Might as well start off with a classic. The movie Three Men and a Baby might not be anything to write home about, but it produced one of the most enduring urban legends in Hollywood history. There is a scene in the movie where viewers could clearly see the small figure of a boy appearing to be around 10 or 11 years old in the background, prompting many to say that directors had inadvertently captured a ghost.

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The Complicated Birth Of Midwifery

Around 353,000 babies are born every day. Some of them will be born in hospitals, others at home with the assistance of a midwife or doula, while others will make their grand entrance in the back of a car or ambulance somewhere in between home and hospital.

The history of childbirth, and in particular of midwifery, is a complicated and often cyclical one. For many decades, midwifery was the only acceptable practice. It then became highly discouraged, only to come around again when the natural birth movement was born in the 1960s. The natural act of childbirth reflected the technological, social and medical beliefs and practices of the time. In truth, you can learn a lot about what life was like in a particular time period by examining societal attitudes toward childbirth.

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Why The History of Measles (And Vaccines) Matters Today

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Though the history of measles stretches across centuries, a recent measles outbreak at Disneyland has re-ignited interest in the illness. This brief history of measles (and vaccines) will give you a little perspective on just how far we’ve come, and what’s at stake as pseudoscientific arguments gain traction.

Physicians learned how to identify and diagnose measles between the third and ninth centuries. In the years that followed, measles would continue to spread around the world, aided by well-traveled explorers. Christopher Columbus and his comrades introduced many diseases to indigenous populations who lacked a natural immunity to them. In fact, measles (along with other illnesses like smallpox, whooping cough, and typhus) was responsible for wiping out as much as 95 percent of the Native American population.

Christopher Columbus Reaches America

Christopher Columbus lands in the Americas. Source: Wikipedia

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Lead, Mercury And Death: Beauty’s Historically High Cost

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From magazines to makeup commercials, the public is bombarded with images of fabricated youth and beauty all courtesy of cosmetics. We’re not here to talk about whether or not the ads are realistic; everyone knows that celebrities are real people with acne and pit stains. However, most people don’t realize what’s in all of those cosmetics, or their history.

While makeup is often used to accentuate one’s better features, it can be a potentially fatal game. Makeup often contains animal by-products and toxic chemicals. Historically, makeup has even contained known lethal substances, including lead.

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