Teresa Fidalgo: A Ghost Who Haunts Social Media
Teresa Fidalgo: the ghost woman who has supposedly been haunting Facebook and Instagram. Photo: The Independent.
Many social media users claim to have been haunted by the spirit of Teresa Fidalgo, a woman who tragically lost her life in a car accident during the 1970s.
Who was Teresa Fidalgo?
The original Teresa Fidalgo ghost story video, A CURVA
According to the story, In 1983, a vehicle accident near Sentra, Portugal resulted in the tragic death of a young woman named Teresa Fidalgo. Fast forward two decades, and on July 12, 2003, a video reenacting the incident surfaced on the internet and quickly went viral.
The video showed a group of friends driving their car late at night, discussing ghosts and other supernatural topics. Suddenly, they spot a young woman walking along the roadside, and invite her into their car for a ride.
As they journeyed together, the woman pointed out a location, stating “this is where I died”. The eerie comment unnerved the other passengers. But things took a turn for the worse when the car crashed into a tree, leaving the woman screaming in agony with blood all over her face.
The male and female passengers didn’t survive the crash, while the third passenger, David, survived but was unable to provide a clear explanation of what happened that night. To make matters even more mysterious, Teresa’s body was never found.
The story of Teresa Fidalgo has captured the attention of many, and some believe that her spirit continues to haunt the location of her untimely death. The video has been shared and discussed widely on social media, sparking debates and discussions about the paranormal.
Teresa Fidalgo’s Social Media Hauntings
An example of the type of chain letter post about Teresa Fidalgo that has been going around Facebook and Instagram.
The story of Teresa Fidalgo has gained immense popularity on the internet, particularly in the form of chain letters that warn readers of dire consequences if they fail to share the story with others.
Despite the lack of evidence supporting the claims made in the story, it has become one of the most widely circulated ghost stories on the internet.
A few people in the comments on the Teresa Fidalgo posts claim that they have had spooky happenings occur not long after reading the message, but no one has been harmed.
One Quora user reported:
“This is actually true when my friend sent me a message. Of course I didn’t believe that but when I was up late I heard noise under my bed, that was when I went scared then that when it happend something breathe on me I went up and I slept with my older sister”
“Yes, I know that Teresa will sleep by your side. I’m a 9 year old and my friend sent me this. I thought it was fake at first but at night I started hearing weird things. I shivered, I wanted to sleep real bad but I was terrified. The next day I started investigating. I Sent 20 pictures. The same thing happened at night. I noticed I only sent 19 pictures so I sent one more. The pain was gone… I would say that Teresa will sleep by your side. This is a warning to everyone.”
Possible Explanations for the Teresa Fidalgo Sightings
Is the ghost of Teresa Fidalgo causing the ghostly happenings for people that didn’t forward the message? Probably not.
For a start, the person that created the infamous video of the ghost of Teresa Fidalgo claims that he made the story up and it is completely fictional.
David Rebordão created the video in 2003 to drum up some attention before promoting his upcoming movie “Virus”. He even said in an interview with Channel TVI that he was surprised by the longevity of the urban legend that was sparked by his video.
The most likely cause of any paranormal happenings after reading the story is a state of hyper vigilance caused by fear. When you are afraid you are more likely to notice all of the strange little things that happen, such as a rogue gust of wind or creaking noise.
One possibility though is that the heightened state of awareness is allowing actual spirits to be able to communicate with you more clearly. Don’t be scared though! Spirits can’t harm you. If you’re afraid just firmly tell them to leave and you will be fine.
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Fofao: The Killer Doll
The creepy Fofao dolls did in fact contain a sharp spike within to support the doll’s head. Photo: Latin Folktales
An urban legend spread throughout Latin America in the late 1980s telling of a knife being hidden in Fofao dolls. It turns out it was somewhat based in reality.
Who was Fofão?
The rather spooky looking character of Fofao. Photo: Wikipedia
Orival Pessini was tasked by TV Globo director, José Bonifácio de Oliveira Sobrinho , to create a child character for the upcoming program Balão Mágico. As any character that was created would go on air, Orival was unsure of what to create, having no prior experience with children.
After contemplating various possibilities such as a dog, pig, clown, teddy bear, extraterrestrial, or human, Orival decided to combine all the ideas, resulting in the creation of Fofão.
Orival was also inspired by Steven Spielberg’s E.T, which he described as being unattractive but possessing a great heart and charisma. Therefore, he aimed to create a similar character in Fofão.
In 1983, the character Fofão made its first appearance on the morning children’s television program, Balão Mágico, as a supporting character to the children’s musical group.
Despite its minor role, the character quickly gained popularity, eventually becoming an iconic figure in Brazilian media during the 1980s. This was largely due to the high sales of a plush toy based on the character.
In 1986, following the end of the original program, Fofão was given its own solo show called TV Fofão, which aired on Rede Bandeirantes until 1989, with a brief return between 1994-1996. The character made its final TV appearance in 1998 on the CNT Gazeta channel.
During the early 1980s, he gained immense popularity among Brazilian children and became a sensation. The character had its own TV show, released albums, dolls, and various other licensed products.
The Legend of the killer Fofao dolls
A video telling the story of the creepy Fofao dolls
After Fofao’s meteoric rise to fame the Fofao dolls sold in huge numbers. Not long afterwards rumors began to spread about the dolls having a knife concealed inside them.
According to the legend, Fofao dolls were cursed and would come to life in the middle of the night. The doll’s head would then separate from its body revealing a large knife. The Fofao doll would then repeatedly stab the child sleeping peacefully next to them.
After the story of the cursed Fofao doll became widely known, many people reportedly burned their own Fofao dolls out of fear. The story has since become a popular urban legend throughout Latin America.
Spookily, the Fofao doll legend wasn’t completely made up. When the head of the doll was removed a large, sharp plastic spike was revealed. This was used as a structural support to help the doll to sit up on its own.
Did you hear the legend of the Fofao dolls when you were growing up? Tell us about it in the comments.
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Demon Cat of D.C
A possible Demon Cat peering over a fence in Washington D.C. Photo: Wikipedia
Several people have reported seeing a large cat lurking around the US Government buildings in Washington D.C. Some say the cat appears as a warning before significant events.
The Legend of the Demon Cat of D.C
In the mid-1800s, cats were introduced into the underground tunnels of the United States Capitol Building with the purpose of exterminating rats and mice.
The story of the Demon Cat began during this time, with the belief that it was one of these feline workers whose spirit remained in the basement crypt after its passing.
The crypt, which was meant to be a final resting place for President George Washington, is said to be the Demon Cat’s favourite hangout.
As per a Washington Post article from 1898, the Demon Cat initially appears to be a regular-sized housecat but quickly expands to the size of an elephant, causing fear in the observer’s eyes.
In a 1935 Washington Post article, a witness described the Demon Cat’s eyes as glowing with the same intensity and fierceness as the headlights of a fire engine.
In addition to the Capitol Building, the legend extends to the White House. According to the tale, when the Demon Cat is seen on the Ground Floor of the White House (previously known as the basement), it means that a huge tragedy is about to unfold.
The Demon Cat’s notoriety is largely attributed to a collection of cat paw prints that can be found on the concrete floor of the Small Senate Rotunda, located near the entrance to the Old Supreme Court Chamber.
While the Architect of the Capitol asserts that these paw prints belong to the rat-catching cats that once inhabited the building, proponents of the Demon Cat legend contest this claim.
According to them, the paw prints only materialized after the rotunda was almost obliterated by an explosion in 1898, which they attribute to the vindictive cat, although official records attribute the blast to a gas explosion. (Who is to say the cat didn’t cause the gas explosion).
These believers also allege that the initials “D.C.” etched into the same floor stand for “Demon Cat”.
Sightings of the Demon Cat of D.C
One of the cats that lurked in the basement of the Capitol Building
The first recorded sighting of the Demon Cat was in the United States Capitol in 1862 when it appeared in the basement, which was then used as a bakery to feed soldiers during the Civil War.
The cat was seen multiple times in the basement, and a guard supposedly fired a gun at it, causing it to vanish.
Since then, the Demon Cat has been spotted most frequently in the Capitol Building’s basement. While some describe it as a tabby, others claim it to be black.
A White House guard claimed to have witnessed the Demon Cat before the 1929 stock market crash, while another night watchman spotted it prior to John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963.
Even though no firsthand source confirms the Demon Cat’s sightings at the White House, the feline ghost is occasionally included among the “most renowned” spirits of the Executive Mansion.
Possible Explanations for the Demon Cat of D.C
A video about the Demon Cat of D.C
The legend of the Demon Cat of D.C is thought to have originated from a guardsman at the United States Capitol who had possibly consumed too much alcohol during a long night shift, as per public historian Steve Livengood from the United States Capitol Historical Society.
Livengood speculates that upon waking up from a nap, the guardsman saw a basement cat that appeared larger than life due to his lying down position, and this experience might have perpetuated the story of the Demon Cat.
Such oral ghost stories are commonplace, particularly among those who worked graveyard shifts in the Capitol and White House, and the Demon Cat legend aligns with the traditional perception of cats as mystical creatures with the power to bring misfortune.
In addition to this, cats are often associated with nefarious activities and witchcraft. As a result, the Demon Cat tale is probably an amalgamation of history, imaginative narration, and widely held beliefs, making it one of the most renowned ghost stories in the nation’s capital.
Have you ever seen the Demon Cat of D.C? Let us know in the comments.
If you enjoyed learning about the Demon Cat of D.C you might be interested in other supernatural cats like the Bakeneko or the Canterbury Panther.
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