Speaking of the recurrence of urban legends, I'm excited to report that this Halloween season the "madman poisons Halloween candy!" urban legend and the "drug dealers are lurking by schools to give kids temporary tattoos that are laced with LSD!" urban legend have now merged into Very Serious Warnings about how people are going to sneak "rainbow" fentanyl into kid's Halloween candy this year.
All part of a grand scheme by drug cartels to give away all their drugs for free in order to kill random children who couldn't pay for it even if they get addicted, I guess
(how cop warnings about fentanyl being hidden in Halloween buckets jibes with the sacred cop belief that being within a few feet radius of it results in a instant fatal overdose by proxy, I cannot say)
Tim and Bruce from Urban Legends #18. This was set during Tim's early days as Robin. My goodness but he is so tiny here!
Tim looks like he's about half of Bruce's size. His eyes barely come up to the old yellow bat-circle.
Tiny Robin Tim tried so hard and was so heartbreakingly ernest in his desire to help Bruce. How can anyone not love this kid?
What the Heck is a Dybbuk Box?
In short, it's an entertaining bunch of bullshit. Here's the backstory!
A Dybbuk (spelled דיבוק in Yiddish) derives from the Hebrew word דָּבַק, to cling. (The suffix -im or makes it plural.) It's a displaced human spirit of a dead person that possesses a living human in order to accomplish a goal, then leaves once finished (unless you exorcise it beforehand.) These possessions are always nonconsensual, typically forcing you to act on negative repressed impulses (often of a sexual nature.) This is in contrast to Ibbur, where a righteous soul possesses a consenting individual in order to perform a mitzvah. Historically, dybbukim served as a warning against improper behavior or unorthodoxy, which would open your household to the risk of dybbukim. It's also been viewed as a folk explanation for "hysteria" in women.
While it's been written about since the 1500s, it wasn't a super popular concept until S. Ansky's play The Dybbuk in the early 1900s (a classic in Yiddish theatre!)
The dybbuk box was first created on eBay, 2003. A man named Kevin Mannis was selling a refurbished wine cabinet he got from a yard sale, adding the story in the item description to give it a little flair. People bought and re-sold the cabinet, each adding their own paranormal claims to how the dybbuk had given them nightmares and bad luck.
The hoax became an urban legend, then a sensation, even as Mannis publicly admits to having made the whole thing up. He's even said if anybody could find reference to a dybbuk box before his post, "I’ll pay you $100,000.00 and tattoo your name on my forehead." Even still, the legends/paranormal claims surrounding the box continue to this day! (Post Malone even had a run-in in 2018.)
Mannis said to Input Magazine in 2021: "I am a creative writer. The Dybbuk Box is a story that I created. And the Dybbuk Box story has done exactly what I intended it to do when I posted it 20 years ago... Which is to become an interactive horror story in real-time." Which, as a writer, I will admit is pretty dang cool.
Other Neat Stuff
The concept of a dybbuk box might be a wash, but there are lots of other similar legends of super-haunted/unlucky dolls, gems, etc. Just think of the hope diamond, or how people write apology letters to Robert the Doll for disrespecting him after a string of misfortune post-visit! Spirit anchors are a fairly common practice for modern-day witches/magic practitioners, so a malevolent spirit taking up residence in a wine cabinet isn't that far-fetched. It's just not going to be a Dybbuk.
The dybbuk box inspired the horror movie The Possession (2012.) It... got pretty middling reviews. While I wouldn't call it a particularly good movie overall, the horror film The Unborn (2009) portrays dybbukim in an interesting way much more accurate to the original folklore (plus it's written by a Jewish author!)
Either Steph has talked shit about those shoes to Dick directly, or he’s just been around her enough to hear her talk shit about those shoes
Regardless, I love the implication that Dick and Steph are close enough to have such mundane conversations
Batman: Urban Legends #10
Dick and Damian took silly holiday pictures during their tenure as Batman and Robin!
urban legends au where Tim has no filter and Bernard goes “I wish we could have finished our date”
and Tim goes “we were on a date?” 0 thought behind it. and doesn’t realise he said it out loud until he end of the fight.
The Bunny Man
The legend of the Bunny Man started to spread around 1970, and like most urban legends, it has many variations. The most common telling begins in 1904, when a local psychiatric facility in Clifton, Virginia, is shut down and its patients are transferred to another facility. Several patients escape during the transfer process. They are successfully rounded up… all except one, that is. Douglas Griffon, who was locked up for killing his entire family on Easter Sunday.
Soon after his escape, skinned and mauled rabbit carcasses begin appearing in the trees and dangling from the Colchester Overpass. Then one day, a human body was found, a man named Marcus Wallster. His body was dangling from the underpass in the same gruesome condition as all the rabbits. Police cornered the madman, who tried to bolt but was hit by an oncoming train instead. Now, his spirit haunts the area, still hanging rabbit carcasses from the Colchester Overpass, which is now dubbed the Bunny Man Bridge. Some have even sworn to see the Bunny Man himself, lurking in the shadows of the underpass. Locals believe anyone who dares enter it on Halloween night will be found dead and dangling from the bridge by morning.
As gruesome as the legend is, it’s clearly just a legend. There was never an asylum in the area, and there was never a Douglas Griffin or a Marcus Wallster living there. The truth in this tale is simply the existence of a madman with a thing for bunnies.
Some guy would get dressed up in a full bunny costume and terrorize the people of Fairfax County back in the 1970s. Although several residents have reported sightings of the man, his identity is unknown.