Some of the most disturbing urban legends in the world often originate in Asia, with some turned into even creepier horror movies. In one such legend, a teenage Japanese girl drew a beautiful colour picture of a young girl who seemingly stares directly at you. The teen posted the picture online and, for some unknown reason, committed suicide shortly afterward.
Soon, people started commenting that they could see extreme sadness in the face of the drawn girl and reported that if you looked at it for too long her her lips would start curling into an eerie smile and you would start to have suicidal thoughts.
In the UK a painting of a crying boy was said to be responsible for over 50 fires which would burn everything but leave the painting unscathed.
Rotherham fire station officer, Alan Wilkinson, personally logged fifty 'crying boy' fires dating back to 1973, said that he could not explain how they had survived the inferno which generated heat sufficient to strip plaster from walls.
A retired schoolmaster from Devon named George Mallory’ in 1995 traced the artist who had painted the original crying boy picture, Franchot Seville. According to Mallory, the subject of Seville's paintings was a little street urchin the painter had found wandering around Madrid in 1969. Seville painted the boy and a Catholic priest identified him as Don Bonillo, a child who had run away after seeing his parents die in a blaze.
The priest told the artist to have nothing to do with the runaway, because wherever he settled, fires of unknown origin would mysteriously break out.
The painter ignored the priest’s advice and painted several pictures of the boy until one day his studio was destroyed by fire and the artist fell into destitution although he is said to have sold over 250,000 copies of his crying boy paintings.
There have been several urban legends regarding sad song over the years, but one song inparticular has the infamy of being known as the Suicide Song.
Press reports in the 1930s associated at least one hundred suicides, both in Hungary and the United States, with "Gloomy Sunday" a song by Hungarian composer Rezso Seress.
In Vienna, a teenage girl drowned herself while clutching a piece of sheet music. In Budapest, a shopkeeper killed himself and left a note that quoted from the lyrics of the same song. In London, a woman overdosed while listening to a record of the song over and over. Seress himself would later commit suicide.
After the spate of suicides blamed on the song, the BBC banned Billie Holiday's version of the song from being broadcast, only allowing performances of instrumental versions.