The Mysterious Drink: A Not So Tasty Urban Legend - Anita's Notebook


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*The Mysterious Drink: A Not So Tasty Urban Legend*

Black and white picture of a guy drinking from a glass to illustrate this urban legend story.Here’s an old urban legend that will make you laugh and cringe at the same time…


So a small group of recent immigrants to the US decide to send a care package to their struggling family back in The Old Country.

The package is stuffed full of food and goodies of all sorts, which the poor family eagerly digs into.

Everybody has fun trying out the food from the far off place called America, and all the strange but delicious flavors make for a happy time.

But the festive mood comes to a screeching halt when one of the uncles practically chokes on the drink he just tasted.


“Agh it tastes awful!” he says, “Is this the kind of drink that they like over there?”

Well after that naturally everybody in the room wants to take some sips of this weird drink to taste for themselves and try to take a guess at the drink flavor.

Black and white picture of a woman looking down and cringing as an illustration of this urban legend story.After the glass is passed around the flavor remains a mystery though, as nobody can even come up with an idea as to what it might be. They ask the uncle where he got the drink from and he holds up a container of drink mix powder with a spoon in it.

The container is very pretty but there isn’t anything written on it or any kind of pictures that would help identify the weird flavor.

Soon they all try to move on and forget about the drink mix that has left such a horrible taste in their mouths.


It’s not until later that evening that they discover the shocking truth about the drink mix:

Someone finds a letter tucked into the corner of the care package. The letter explained that sadly Grandma had passed away that month, and her last wish was to have her ashes buried in The Old Country. To save money the family back in the US simply sent the urn with her ashes in it along with the care package. Would they please bury the urn in the local cemetery?

Picture of a burglar holding a flashlight that's tiptoeing away from a robbery to illustrate this story.LOL yikes! This is an older urban legend that was popular when people were more likely to have families living in places far off enough to be called ‘The Old Country’.

Nowadays, however, this story has morphed into a version that’s a bit more likely to happen in this day and age.


This new urban legend tells the story of a couple of burglars that break into a house one night. There’s quite a few things that they’re happy to steal but don’t feel like they’ve hit the jackpot until they come across a container of what they assume to be cocaine.

So they finish up robbing the place and then hurry back to their hideout, where they begin gleefully snorting the coke while dividing up their loot. Except of course it’s not coke at all but Grandma’s ashes, as they soon realize to their horror…


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  1. zyylver says:

    Oh noooooooo!! XD This actually made me cringe(and laugh a bit, too)! In both cases it’s just sooo wrong! I mean, this IS kind of funny, but ewww… and oh my, the poor granny!

    • Hi Zyylver,

      Lol yeah this is definitely a cringe-worthy urban legend. The upside is that at least they stopped drinking the ‘drink mix’ early on so that there was enough of Grandma left to bury!

  2. Mandy F. says:

    Gross!!! I had never heard that one before. Funny in a horrifying way. Keith Richards claimed to have snorted his Dad’s ashes at one point. He later recanted, saying it was a joke but knowing Keith, he prolly did.

  3. anon says:

    hey, this reminds me of that episode of South Park where Cartman drank Kenny’s ashes thinking it was chocolate milk mix.

    • Hi Anon,

      Oh my God, he drank Kenny!

      I wonder if the writers for the show got the idea from this urban legend or if it just popped into their heads as a hilarious thing to write into that episode.

  4. Marilee says:

    Thank you for this story. Great in its simplicity but made grand with engaging photos.

    • Hi Marilee,

      Happy to hear that you liked the story and the pictures :).

      I’m glad the pictures worked out, they (er, well at least the top 2) are actually from WWII. I figured it was appropriate since the earliest instance of this story being told that I know about was from a little bit after that war.

  5. AquaKittyKat says:

    I better hide my cat’s ashes.