We've all heard ghost stories around the campfire, rumors in the hallway and unbelievable tales.
Well, I've been digging around and have uncovered a few of Utah's legends or curious tales. Don't mess with the myth.
* From here to eternity, or at least to Disneyland
When Disneyland's Haunted Mansion ride was refurbished in 1995, the newly decorated exterior included a ghostly horse-drawn hearse. The story quickly spread that the hearse had once carried Brigham Young's body.
This myth has been proven false because Young was not carried in a hearse, and the hearse was also built in more modern times.
* Sugar and spice and everything nice
Utah Lake is rumored to be the home of wicked water babies. According to an old Ute Indian legend, these creatures use people's curiosity to lure them to a watery grave.
By making the sounds of a crying infant, the water babies attract attention and concern. When someone swims into the lake to investigate the sound, the water babies attack and drag the unsuspecting good Samaritans into the depths of the water.
* Tiny town's tribute
Kay's Cross of Kaysville is currently little more than a foreboding pile of rubble. Before that, however, the stone structure stood an impressive 20 feet tall. Some say a polygamist built the cross as a monument to his murdered wives, burying them around the cross. Although there is no evidence of such murders and no bodies have shown up, the cross remains peculiar.
In 1992, an explosion was heard throughout Kaysville and the cross was found in ruins. Police don't know who caused the explosion or why the cross was destroyed. For now, Kay's Cross' identifiable debris remains untouched.
* WWJB (What Would Jesus Buy)
With every purchase from the popular clothing store Forever 21, which has locations throughout Utah, you are gaining a bit of religion. On the bottom of Forever 21's sunny yellow shopping bags are the words "John 3:16." This Bible verse says, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
It may seem like a bit of a contradiction for a store that sells backless mini dresses and graphic thongs to be spreading the gospel.
* Lettuce pray
In-N-Out Burger -- new to the Beehive State -- wants to help make sure your food goes down more smoothly with a little bit of proselytizing in the form of some humble recommendations. Small print in unobtrusive places on food items references different Bible verses. On the bottom of your milkshake you may find Proverbs 3:5 and on the back of your hamburger wrapper, Revelation 3:20.
* Poor Lilly
In the beautiful Salt Lake Cemetery rests the baffling gravestone of Lilly E. Gray. The unassuming grave marker is inscribed with a woman's name, a day of birth and a day of death, and the words "Victim of the Beast 666."
On an otherwise ordinary site, these ominous words come as a surprise. Although little is known about Lilly Gray's gravestone, her husband, Elmer Gray, is thought to be responsible for the engraving. Today, pennies left by sightseers to signify their visit can be found scattered around the gravestone.
* Leave a message after the beep
For 11 hours, Salt Lake City Delta airlines agent Charles Peck's cellphone placed call after call to his loved ones. Unfortunately, Peck had been in a fiery train crash 12 hours earlier in California's San Fernando Valley in 2008.
Rescue workers followed the cellphone signal and searched frantically for survivors. Charles died on impact. True story.
* Angels waiting for a train
In December 1938, 25 high school students and their bus driver died when their bus stalled on the railroad tracks in Sandy during a blizzard and was hit by a train. Legend has it that if you stop your car on the tracks, it will be pushed off by the ghosts.
Other stories have even been whispered of finding tiny handprints on the backs of cars. While the accident is tragically true, the moving cars are the result of a "gravity hill" effect.
Rachel Badali is a senior in Electronic High School. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.