Saturday, February 16, 2013

Don't Kill Me, Carmen!

Anyone who hangs around this blog long enough knows that I am a ridiculous person.

I woke up on my couch, as I often do, around 11:45 last night.  I caught the last few minutes of Bill Maher, took a decongestant and headed up to bed.  I hoped I wouldn't be up for long since I really need my beauty sleep.

On my way up the stairs, I checked Facebook from my phone.  I don't know why I do this.  I suppose it's just a bad habit.  Someone shared a picture with lots of text above it.  The update my friend put said, "They hurt her."  Like an idiot, I clicked on the picture.

This is the picture from the Facebook post.  

The story was about a girl, Carmen Winstead, who was pushed down a sewer drain and died.  She exacted her revenge upon her assailants, one by one each ending up dead in the drain.  But that didn't satisfy Carmen, oh no, it did not.  Anyone who did not believe she was pushed, since the police found that Carmen's death was accidental and she had fallen, would suffer the same fate.  To prove you believe Carmen was murdered, once you learn of her story, you need to repost it with the phrase, "They hurt her."  If you don't, once you fall asleep, Carmen will come out of your toilet or shower drain and kill you.  You will be found dead in the same drain she was pushed into.  We know this because it happened to some guy named David.

Ordinarily, in the light of day, I'm a pretty rational girl.  Let's think about this story for a minute.  First, dead people, once dead, generally cannot kill other people.  Also, how did all these people know to keep looking for dead teenagers in the same drain some random girl died in?  Finally, how did the people who found David's body know to look in that drain since, as the story would lead you to believe, David had no prior connection to Carmen?

Wait, there's one more thing.  Usually I don't believe that people, particularly dead ones, can come out of the shower drain or toilet and kill other people.

Except when it's midnight and I'm overtired apparently.  Because I spent the next 3 hours worried Carmen would kill me because I didn't repost.

I won't say I don't believe that she was pushed.  Maybe she was, how would I know?  But I tried to find the story on Snopes and in my fuzzy-minded haze, I couldn't.  I should note here that I was checking to see if there really was a girl named Carmen who died in a sewer drain.  I was NOT checking to see if she came out of toilets for murderous revenge.

I started to think about how silly it is to be worried about this and then it hit me.  Maybe this is how she gets to people.  The story is so preposterous that intelligent people such as myself don't give it credit and the next thing you know, there's a news story that a wife and mother of one from New Jersey was inexplicably found in a sewer drain with a broken neck and her face ripped off, floating in the "muck and poop."

I poked around Snopes a bit more, getting myself more and more freaked out because Snopes is the source of all of my irrational fears.  I generally do not go on that site at night because I'm afraid all of the fake missing children are going to kill me.*

I got myself so worked up that when the freezing rain began to hit my bedroom window, I was concerned it was Carmen's fingernails scratching to get in.  I wouldn't put it past her to try to outsmart me by coming in my bedroom window instead of out of my toilet.  That's probably why those girls pushed her in the first place since she was so sneaky.  And that's when I decided that making fun of her was a surefire way to get her pissed enough to kill me.

So I turned over onto my back, making sure I could keep an eye on both the bedroom door and the bedroom window, and I watched two hours of Hoarders.

Needless to say I'm tired this morning.  And I'm going to be extra careful when I clean the bathrooms today.

*You can read about my irrational fears here.  It's a bit long and rambles on, but if you're looking to make fun of someone, this will definitely give you necessary ammunition.  And, you can find out the name that strikes fear in my heart because I just know one of these days this creepy kid is going to end up in my house trying to kill me.

Edited to add:  You can read what happened just 2 days later here.

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  1. Haha, how our minds get twisted when it's late at night! My cousin was teasing me once that there was an old lady ghost in my basement. Never before have I been afraid of my basement, it's just a regular one. But that night? When I needed to go switch the laundry? I left it overnight and had to rewash it, because it smelled moldy. Darn cousin!

    1. Yup, that would be me! I refuse to go into my basement at night when I'm home alone.

  2. OK, now I'm totally glad I didn't click on the link of the girl's name or on the picture. I can blissfully pretend I know nothing about it so if I don't repost it on FB, I will still be fine. lol

    1. Yes, you are lucky. Unless me telling you was enough... What if this started a need to blog about her too? Oh no!!

      I can say that I have spent much time in and around my bathrooms today and so far I haven't heard maniacal laughing (I didn't mention that before, did I?). Hopefully I don't end up in a sewer after I go to bed tonight.

  3. Ha ha! Great story. I'm scared too now though...

    1. Thanks - sorry to scare you. I feel ok now, but let's see what happens when I try to go to bed!

  4. That would be me. This is why I don't watch scary movies, ever. And now I'm gonna be leery of FB too.

    1. I love horror movies and a good scary story. But these internet hoaxes freak me out for some reason!!

  5. I can identify with this 100%...
    The Sisterhood of Sensible Mom's posted a picture on their Facebook page a while ago that showed a headstone of a grave, which said "died from not forwarding that email to 10 people"...
    I thought that was hilarious - that being said, when I get an email from someone I know sends emails like that and I have a feeling I'm supposed to send it on I will delete it without opening. One can never be too sure ;)

    1. I remember that picture they posted!! If you find out I end up in a sewer drain tomorrow, please make sure there's a meme about me on Facebook, OK?

      I refused to repost or comment on the pic even though something like 56k people shared/commented. I hope I made the right choice...

  6. I can get everything here except for one thing. How did you ever sleep after 2 hours of Hoarders? That show makes me want to clean.

    1. Hoarders makes me want to have a yard sale, which sounds exhausting.

  7. You are so funny! I avoid all this trouble by going to bed by 9:00 every night, and living in Texas where we have no freezing rain ever.

    1. I'm usually asleep by about 9:30, but then I'm up between 12-3 (or thereabouts). Very little comes of being up at that time! No freezing rain sounds wonderful. But it gets a bit warm there in the summer, no? I have to admit, the pics you've been posting on FB are making me so jealous of your current weather.

  8. I don't watch scary movies (my whole life) because of this. I hate the guilts or the frightfulness or the threatened bad luck caused by Facebook or emails unforwarded.

    Also, I went to a late-ish yoga yesterday, got home just after dark to no lights left on and door unlocked (hubby gone this weekend). It took me 20 minutes to look everywhere before I felt safe. Didn't check basement. If they chose to hide there until I went to ed, I figured they could have me.

    1. Unlocked door and no husband, I'm pretty sure I'd have been sleeping with a knife that night!!

  9. Curses Facebook! haha Responsible for so many sleepless nights and heartbreaks. I have checked the book of face before bed or early in the day to find some horribly heartbreaking story that I could not get out of my head. This is so funny Michelle!

    1. At least this was stupid. I hate when I read something true and sad - like about a death or something. I need to learn to stay off my phone in the wee hours. PS, I totally was checking FB in the middle of the night again last night. Clearly I don't learn!

  10. OK, I am catching up and reading these backwards but how freaky is it that you were obsessing about Carmen and then your sewer backed up?!!

    1. I know, right? So weird. And funny. And gross. So glad I didn't end up dead in it though!

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