I'm sure growing up we have all played the game Bloody Mary. It requires you going in a bathroom, turning out the lights and saying 'Bloody Mary' three times. I was always told that you had to spin around while saying it, but variations of the game say differently. After saying the words, Bloody Mary is supposed to appear in the mirror. When I played this game at summer camp, I didn't see the figure but when I opened my eyes, the whole room was red. Of course, being a kid I was pretty scared. However, I realized later that everything probably seemed red because I was spinning around in a dark room with my eyes closed. Still pretty freaky though!
The legend of Bloody Mary is actually a true story. Mary Tudor, at the time, was the sister of Queen Elizabeth I. At this time in Britain, the Catholics and Protestants violently opposed each other. Mary, a Catholic, had many Protestants put to death via vicious methods, crediting her with the name Bloody Mary. There was a lot of pressure on Mary to produce an heir, however she had a hard time conceiving. She discovered that she had an ectopic pregnancy, also known as a ghost baby. She went through what seemed to be the stages of pregnancy, but bore no baby. Because of this, the throne was given to her sister Elizabeth, who put Mary to death.
Learning the true story behind Bloody Mary makes the game even more eerie!